Soft and Chewy Homemade Caramels with Crushed Pretzels

Hello! I hope your Mother’s Day was fantastic. My family and I spent the day enjoying some of my mom’s and my favorite treats. It was filled with fun and delicious treats. Fresh from my culinary adventure, I wanted to make something I had never attempted before. First I tried to make taffy, but that did not turn out well. Instead of soft, stretchy taffy, I got rock hard unicorn horns. So I decided on something slightly less ambitious; homemade caramels. At least there’s no pulling hot sugar with this recipe.

Homemade Caramel Recipe with Pretzels

It is surprising how simply this recipe is. With a bit of patience and a lot of stirring, you can make this soft, buttery caramel. Adding the pretzel gives this super sweet candy a bit of salt and crunch. Homemade caramel can be intimidating, but this recipe breaks it down step by step. So you can treat your family and friends with homemade candy.

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Lime Cheesecake with Strawberry Sauce

National Cheesecake Day is this Saturday the 30th. What better excuse to enjoy a delicious dessert? In honor of summer, I made lime cheesecake with strawberry sauce and strawberries on top of course. I also diverged from the normal graham cracker crust and made mine with a yummy pretzel crust. It adds a nice sweet change with a hint a salt. The fresh lime taste in the cheesecake with the sweet strawberry sauce hits all the right notes for summer.

Lime Cheesecake with Strawberry Sauce and a Pretzel Crust

Cheesecake can seem a little intimidating but don’t let that stop you. This recipe isn’t difficult and is very worth the effort to make.

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A New Twist on a BLT: Grilled Brie and Bacon Sandwich

I’ve been doing some research on weird and wacky holidays. There seems to be something to celebrate everyday of the year. Did you know that it was National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day on the 12th?  It is National Soft Pretzel Month and BLT Sandwich Month? Tomorrow is actually National That Sucks Day which is appropriate for the impending Tax Day. 😀

Grilled Cheese Day makes a lot of sense; not only because grilled cheese is delicious and easy to make, but it is also inexpensive for all those people who may not be getting refunds this year.

With grilled cheese, soft pretzels, and BLTs all being celebrated this month, I decided to create a new twist on the classic BLT and the grilled cheese sandwich. It’s the grilled brie and bacon sandwich with sun dried tomato spread and alfalfa sprouts (instead of lettuce).

Grilled Brie and Bacon Sandwich: a new twist on a BLT and a Grilled Cheese Sandwich

And it turned out deliciously! The salty bun and bacon with the melty and mild brie is a lovely contrast. The fresh sprouts add a bit of crunch and the sun dried tomato spread adds another yummy layer of flavor.

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Treat for the Big Game: Bacon Snack Mix

With just a little over three weeks till the Big Football Game, it’s time to get a snack plan in place. Whether you are having a house full of football fanatics or just a couple friends to enjoy the show, snacks are the easiest way to keep your family and friends fueled for the big game.

Luckily I’ve come across a great snack mix in my great grandmother’s recipe box.

Bacon Snack Mix...yummy!

Bacon Snack Mix…yep the classic snack mix with a delicious bacon twist.

I personally love bacon. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t. Supplying your hungry football fans with bacon-y goodness might just get you your own cheering section, especially from the guys in the crowd.

So let’s get cooking before the big game begins.

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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. 🙂

It is New Year’s Eve, and 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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