Fudgy Brownie Bites with a Pretzel Crust…Happy New Year Indeed!

Happy New Year! Wow it’s the end of 2015 and the beginning of a brand new year. One of the best things to happen this year was beginning this blog! It’s been a lot of fun so far, and I can’t wait for the new year with new posts, DIY, recipes, and fun.

Some of my New Year’s resolutions include getting organized, cooking lots of new recipes, and stretching myself creatively. All of which add up to an exciting new year of blogging and life in general. ūüôā

Since it is New Year’s Eve, I wanted to give you a delicious way to celebrate it.

These brownie bites are rich, sweet, and oh so good. The hint of salt in the pretzel crust give the brownie bites a welcome pause from all that delicious decadence. Easy and quick to whip up, these beauties a perfect dessert to bring to a party.

Enough talk! Time to get started on some deliciousness brownie bites.

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Merry Christmas from Home with Heartland

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Home with Heartland

Merry Christmas Eve everyone!¬†I just love this wonderful time of year, don’t you? Giving gifts, being with family, and the general love and goodwill in the air this time of year are things to be thoroughly enjoyed and cherished. All of the tasty treats are something you don’t want to miss either. ūüôā

This Christmas Eve, my family and I will be going over to an extended family party with lots of catching up, plenty of food, and games to play. There is usually a hearty game of broomball for those who want to brave the winter chill for some exhausting fun. But this year has been so unseasonably warm here in Minnesota that not even the puddles have a layer of ice on them. But there will be more than enough to do indoors and plenty of people to chat with.

After that my family and I will be heading to the airport to pick up my brother who is flying in for Christmas. I haven’t seen him in a long time….so I just can’t wait! I hope all of your family is able to get together, if not in person then through the wonderful world of technology. Three cheers for internet video chats!

Besides the fact that I miss my brother¬†like crazy,¬†another reason to be excited is that our Christmas family traditions would not be the same without him. While we can’t do all the traditions this year because he is only able to be here for an extra long weekend, we will indulge in all the traditions that we can. One of our Christmas traditions is getting new pajamas on Christmas Eve¬†while the rest of the presents would wait for Christmas morning. I remember many a restless Christmas Eve night and an ecstatic Christmas morning when I was a little girl. I remember creating a sea of wrapping paper and presents with cries of joy and thank-you’s. The rest of the day we would spend enjoying family, food, and our new gifts.

Now that I’m an adult, wrapping paper seas are not formed, Christmas still passes with such love and generosity that I’m always so thankful and amazed. While I still do occasionally let out cries of delight in such a high pitch that only dogs can hear it, the time with my family is what I really treasure.¬†Christmas in our family has¬†always been a time to be together, enjoying each other’s company, and remembering what family is all about.

Enjoying the Christmas season also¬†includes savoring¬†delicious food.¬†In the spirit of giving, I want to pass a yummy¬†recipe on to you. This recipe is going to be short and sweet since I don’t want to keep you away from the festivities any longer.

Vanilla Christmas Cream

What you need for this delicious warm drink is:

1 cup of milk

1 cup of half and half

2 Tablespoons of sugar

2 Tablespoons of brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon of nutmeg

Combine all the ingredients in a pot and heat on the stove at medium/low to medium heat until it is nice and hot. Be careful not to boil it because that will affect the taste. This makes two normal servings or one very big mug. If you wanted to make this for a large party you could multiply the recipe accordingly and keep it on low heat in a crock pot so your guests can sip on warm, delicious creaminess the whole day.

Soon I will be joining the rest of the world by heading home for Christmas. Before I go, from all of us here at Heartland America and Home with Heartland, we wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! And please remember that you are always welcome at Home with Heartland.

Quick and Easy Gift: Wood Burned Spoon

Wood Burned Spoon - Quick & Easy DIY Gift

I can’t believe it is nearly Christmas! I still have a¬†few things to whip up for family and friends before then and just maybe you do too. With the deadline fast approaching, you and I both need something quick and easy to make for our loved ones who love to cook. A wood burned spoon is perfect for a last minute DIY gift. All you need is a wood burning tool and a wooden spoon, and you can make it in under 15 minutes!

You can make a completely custom spoon as detailed or as simple as you want. No special skills required. (This project was actually the first time I’ve tried wood burning and I was really pleased with the result.)

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Gift Ideas for Every Guy on Your List

Christmas time is upon us! I don’t know about you but it is my favorite time of year. Everything seems brighter and warmer and that’s not just because of the snow outside forcing me to snuggle up inside.

Giving people gifts that they love is one of my favorite parts of the season. I have lots of ideas for all the ladies on my list, but ideas for the guy’s gifts are not coming to me as easily.

So I decided to start at Heartland America and make some inspiration boards on the types of guys I need to buy for. I hope these boards help you out as well!

First, no doubt there’s an avid golfer guy somewhere on your gift list:


Collapsible Chipping Basket, 50 pack of Titleist Pro Golf Balls, Golf Organizer Trunk Locker, Deluxe Ball Shag Bag, PowerBilt Deluxe Golf Cart in Black, and Indoor / Outdoor Swing Groover

With winter in full swing, golfers need to practice somewhere to keep their game sharp. The Collapsible Chipping Basket allows the golfer in your life to keep practicing their shots indoors and folds up for easy storage.

Even if they are a seasoned pro, there will still be some golf balls lost along the way. Help them stock up before hitting the course this spring with a 50 pack of Titleist Pro Golf Balls.

The Golf Organizer Trunk Locker will help keep things neatly organized and ready to hit the course at a moment’s notice.

Help your golf guy out by getting him the Deluxe Ball Shag Bag. Then he won’t have to continually bend down to retrieve his golf balls. You simply place the tube over the golf ball and press down firmly, the golf balls are then deposited into the attached bag.

He will love not having to carry his golf bag around when you get him the PowerBilt Deluxe Golf Cart. That way he can spend his energy on getting that hole in one and not on lugging his bag all over the course.

Right or left handed golfers will keep in excellent form over the cold winter months with the Indoor/Outdoor Swing Groover.


For guys who can’t get enough of the great outdoors, here are some ideas that¬†they’ll love:

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