Easter Egg Nests

Easter Egg Nests

Easter Egg Nests

Hello all!!

I’ve been pretty busy with school lately so I haven’t had a chance to do my usual weekly baking! However, I’ve been home for Easter break so I thought I’d make something fun and easy for the Easter season! I found these cute little pretzel snacks on Pinterest and you can find the original link here:

http://www.thecurvycarrot.com/2011/04/17/easter-peanut-butter-buttons/

This recipe calls for some different things than I used, like square pretzels and resse’s mini eggs. I just made due with what was available at my local grocery store so I went with regular pretzels, almond bark, and Easter peanut and peanut butter M&M’s. It would work with any small chocolate candy, but the pastel colors are a must!!

So really all you need to do is set out some waxed paper, line up your pretzels and melt your almond bark. Once you have it all laid out, just go to work spooning on about a teaspoon of almond bark and sticking your candy on top. You’ll want to do it one at a time so your “egg” will stick into the almond bark. After the almond bark is hardened, these things are ready to eat!

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Pretzels on wax paper

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Finished egg nests!

Enjoy and Happy Easter!

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Valentine’s Day Blondies

So I’ll start this particular post off with some really exciting news….THE OVEN IS FIXED!!! I’m so happy I don’t even know what to do with myself. AND, I’ve been so busy this week that I’ve only had the opportunity to use it once. Pretty sad, but I have approximately eight hundred new recipes I want to try that require an oven so I’m sure I’ll be getting on that soon! My main reason for using the oven was to brush up on my baking skills. It had been so long I got concerned I’d lost my touch ( YIKES!!!). So in honor of Valentine’s Day, I decided to make my sweetheart some blondies with Valentine M&Ms in them. I’d found this recipe on Pinterest a while back and honestly you could use different colored M&Ms in these things for any occasion!

I’ve never made blondies or from-scratch brownies before so honestly I think I went about making these a little bit incorrectly. Wherever it said “mix” in the recipe I used a hand-mixer, but I’m pretty sure you’re just supposed to stir the ingredients together. Beat the egg before adding it in. The consistency of this batter was just like a brownie batter only the color of brown sugar and for whatever reason I was expecting more of a dough, like if they were cookies bars. So I was a little confused by that, but it all turned out! I also accidentally spilled some extra vanilla in there, but they still tasted really good so I’m not too concerned about that! If you go to the link of the recipe, you’ll see these blondies looking super cute with the M&Ms baked perfectly on top of the bars…my M&Ms definitely sunk into the batter while they were baking so part of me wonders if you’re not supposed to sprinkle the M&Ms over the top until they’ve been baking for at least 10 minutes. But like I said, they tasted delicious, regardless of the fact that the M&Ms were sunken.

I really liked these blondies and my boyfriend did too and since the oven is back in commission, I’ll probably be making some more soon!

Blondies prior to baking

Blondies prior to baking

Blondies after baking at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes
Blondies after baking at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes