Saturday December 7, 2013
It's my favorite time of year for cooking because I don't feel guilty for making lots of cookies and treats. I can pretend that I'm going to give them all away! One of our holiday favorites is chocolate covered pretzels. Try this recipe from About Candy and if you happen to drop a bit on your apron or shirt, just follow the links to remove the stains.
Chocolate Covered Pretzels
1 package (12 oz) semi-sweet chocolate chips or chopped chocolate
1 tablespoon shortening
2 dozen pretzel rods or large pretzel twists
Assorted sprinkles or small candies (optional)
1/2 cup white chocolate chips (optional)
Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with aluminum foil. Combine the chocolate chips or chopped chocolate and the shortening in a large microwave-safe bowl, and microwave until the chocolate is melted, stirring after every 20-30 seconds. When chocolate gets overheated it thickens and becomes unworkable, so watch your chocolate carefully! Take it out of the microwave when there are still unmelted chips remaining, and stir until the final chips melt.
If dipping pretzel rods, hold a rod by one end and dip it in the chocolate, leaving an inch or two uncovered. If you are dipping pretzel twists, drop the whole pretzel in the chocolate and submerge it slightly. Use a fork to pull the pretzel out of the chocolate. Shake the chocolate-dipped pretzels several times to remove excess chocolate, and place it on the prepared baking sheet. If you are using sprinkles or small candies, sprinkle them on when the chocolate is still wet. Repeat with remaining chocolate and pretzels. Place the pretzels in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to set the chocolate.
If desired, melt the white chocolate and drizzle it over the pretzels for a decorative look. Briefly return the candy to the refrigerator to set the white chocolate before serving.
For free nutritional information about this recipe, including calories, visit CalorieCount.
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Friday December 6, 2013
If you are a "Christmas Tree Nut" that has a tree (or more than one) in every room of your home, I have found the perfect ornaments for your Laundry Room Tree! These ornaments feature clothes or laundry items as part of their design (I love Santa's clothesline!). And, if you want to create some holiday decorations from the laundry room, you can do these yourself!
Thursday December 5, 2013
Whether you visit a Christmas Tree Lot to buy the perfect tree or tramp through the woods to cut your own evergreen, there is a strong possibility that you'll get some sap or rosin on your clothes. Since most of us don't work as a lumberjack, you may not know how to remove the stains. Just follow these tips to remove the stains and your clothes will be as merry and bright as your tree! (Photo: Chris Hondros/Getty Images)
Wednesday December 4, 2013
Before you scream - "NO ONE wants laundry gifts for Christmas", take a deep breath and take a look at this shopping list. I frequently get questions this time of year about the best washer or dryer to buy as a gift. Many of us are looking for something that will make our lives easier and laundry room gifts can do just that! During trying economic times practical gifts that serve the entire family can be a great idea.
I can tell you that when my kids were small, I would have much rather had a working washer and dryer than an expensive bottle of perfume! And if you don't have much money to spend, take a look at the last item on the list...it's one everyone can afford. (Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)