Family, Food, Kids, Snacks

Pretzel Rolo Snacks

Pretzel Rolo M&M's

I’m a huge fan of sweet and salty mixed together.  I love pretzels and I love Rolos!  Unfortunately I can’t take credit for this recipe, but I still wanted to share it with you because it’s so good and easy!  Plus, it’s always a big hit at any party and my kids always help out in the kitchen.

There are tons of different variations of these pretzel Rolo snacks floating around.  My all time favorite ones include the pecans on top, however my third child has a peanut and nut allergy so I do not get to indulge in those anymore.  I decided that there had to be something else I could use as my topper on these awesome snacks. I came across a few different options.  I must admit that these Pretzel Rolo M&M’s are just as good as the Pretzel Rolo Pecans. Plus, my little one can eat M&M’s with out any problems so it was good for all of us!

Ingredients

  • 2 bags of Rolo’s
  • 1 Bag of Pretzel Snaps ( can use regular pretzels but I prefer to use the Snaps)
  • 1 (12.60 oz.) Bag of M&M’s
  • Foil

Directions

  1. Place foil on baking sheets.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Place pretzels on foil until entire sheet is full approximately 1/2 inch in between.Nick making Rolo Pretzels
  4. Open all the Rolos and place in the center of each pretzel. I usually have the kids do this part because they love to pop a few in their mouth.
  5. Place the pretzels with the Rolos on top in the oven for 3 minutes. Remove from oven. Then add one M&M to each one and gently push down to spread the Rolo all over the pretzel.  I also take a few of them and make a pretzel sandwich by adding another pretzel on top instead of an M&M.
  6. Cool the pretzel snacks and then place in the refridgerater so they can set.

The best way to serve them is at room temperature.

Enjoy!

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Family, Food, Kids, Snacks

Mini Festive Flag

All American Flag Snack
All American Flag Snack

I couldn’t resist making another flag snack this Labor Day weekend.  However, this time I wanted to change-up my old “go to” flag recipe.  I envisioned a smaller flag using raspberries for my red color.  It worked out great.  There is nothing easier than making these kabobs.  I must admit that I think this smaller version is prettier.  This all American treat is always a favorite with the kids too.

Mini Festive Flag

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

Directions

  1. Take five skewers/sticks and thread two raspberries, two marshmallows and four blueberries.  Follow pattern.
  2. Take seven more skewers/sticks and add four raspberries and three marshmallows.  Follow pattern. Arrange on a platter or dish.

The original Festive Flag recipe can be found on this blog http://wp.me/p3uZx8-U.  It’s a bigger version using strawberries.

You pick your favorite patriotic snack.

Enjoy!

Garden, Snacks

Guacamole

Spicy Guac

Avocado‘s are something we have never bought or used at home.  I don’t know why. We love guacamole.  We eat it in Mexico all the time.  We order it out when dining at a Mexican or Southwestern restaurant, but we have never made it at home until now.

Fresh Cilantro
Fresh Cilantro

It was so easy and simple to make guacamole.  It was so good especially with our fresh cilantro from the garden. I can’t say the kids loved it.  They do however prefer guacamole vs. avocados solo.

Also, I think back to my childhood.  We never ate guacamole or avocados.  My first experience with avocados was in my early 20’s when I began to travel for work.  It was also when I learned to love so many other different types of food. I grew up in a “meat and potatoes and pasta” kind of family (which was awesome), however we didn’t eat a lot of different kinds of foods.

At our house today, we make the kids taste everything. We eat a lot of different types of food. Our kids have quite a sophisticated palate except Nick, the five-year old, but we are working on that!

Ingredients

  • 3 avocados peeled, pitted, and mashed
  • 3 tablespoons of fresh cilantro chopped (from the garden)
  • 2 Roma Tomatoes (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup of diced red onion
  • 1 tablespoon of minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 lime (juiced)
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cayenne pepper (optional)

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, mash together the avocados, lime juice, and salt. Stir in cilantro, onion, tomatoes, and garlic.  Stir in cayenne pepper for desired taste. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours.

This is super simple and easy for anyone to make. It was our first time eating the fresh cilantro from the garden too.  Yummy!

Family, Food, Snacks

Festive Flag

Festive Flag

It doesn’t have to be Memorial Day, Fourth of July, or Labor Day, to enjoy this awesome snack.  Last year, I came across this idea from Pinterest.  I saw this cute picture of a flag snack using skewers.  I had a ton at home so I decided to try out the recipe, but I changed it up a bit.  The recipe that I found on Pinterest used bananas for the white part.  I swapped the bananas for marshmallows because I worried the bananas would brown and I figured it would add a little more excitement!  It was a HUGE hit at the house!

This year the kids demanded that I let them make it all by themselves.  I was a little reluctant, but I gave the go ahead. My oldest, Melanie, was the head chef, Jack and Nick were the assistants (plus my hubby was in the living room listening/monitoring).  I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw the finished product!

Festive Flag

  • Servings: 8-10
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

What you will need…

12 Total Skewers, blueberries, strawberries, and marshmallows

Directions:

  • 6 Skewers with 10-12 blueberries, 3 strawberries and 2 marshmallows on each one
  • 6 Skewers with 5 strawberries and 4 marshmallows on each one
  • Use the picture to follow pattern
  • Lay on a flat cookie sheet or nice platter

The kids love this snack and it’s a great side dish for a party!  Your guests will be impressed!

Enjoy!