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Day 4: Salted Caramel Pretzel Pecan Bon-Bons

Salted Caramel Pretzel Pecan Bon-Bons

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Welcome to Day 4 of my 12 Days of Christmas making, baking and decorating. Today I bring you a most decadent treat that is both salty and sweet (two of my favorite things). A gift anyone on your Christmas list would be happy to receive. This recipe yields 40 bon bons, meaning you could eat 10 and still have enough to make 3 people very happy!

Preheat your oven to 325 F.  Place your mini pretzels on a parchment lined baking sheet.

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Unwrap your caramels and place one caramel per one pretzel.

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Bake them for 7-8 minutes. You want the caramel soft enough to accept the pecan, but definitely not melted!

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Once the caramel pretzels have emerged from the oven, you’ll want to quickly press a toasted pecan into the top of each one.

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Day 1: Hershey Kiss Christmas Cookies

Welcome to Day 1 of my 12 Days of Christmas 2016.

Over the next 12 Days you can look forward to posts that will include things to make, things to bake and easy ways to decorate.

I’m starting off with these Hershey Kiss Christmas Cookies (that’s my name for them).

I had a good laugh when I read the instructions to remove the wrappers from the candy as the first step in the baking process.  Take it from me buy a big bag….a lot of them ended up in my belly – very, very smart move on the part of the Hershey company…lol

cookies-1The pictures below the recipe show the step by step process after the dough is made.

recipe from Hershey’s
1 bag Hershey’s Kisses brand Candy Cane Kisses (I used Hershey’s Hugs)
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 egg
2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons milk
Red and Green colored sugar
Preheat over to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove wrappers from candies (approx. 35)
Beat butter, sugar, vanilla, and egg in large bowl until well blended. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt; add alternatively with milk to butter mixture, beating until well blended.
Shape dough into 1 inch balls. Roll in red and/or green colored sugar. Place on ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake 8 – 1o minutes or until edges are lightly browned and cookies is set. Remove from oven; cool 2 to 3 minutes. Press candy piece into center of each cookie. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely. Yields approximately 35 cookies.

Wandaful Project Ideas

February and March are the months I spend planning my projects for the rest of the year. After the climax of Christmas and Valentine’s Day, I tend to slow down and hibernate for a few weeks and do a lot of searching on the internet and going through my favorite magazine collections searching for inspiration for my next round of  projects and of course to checkout the latest & greatest trends in DIY, making, baking and decorating.

I am sharing some of my discoveries today.  I’d love to put them all on my project list!

I’ve been trying to collect some old rulers in my travels because I saw quite a number of fabulous ideas for re-purposing them over at  Lush Home – I’ve only pictured one so go check the rest out.

The little flower vases shown below are made from Dollar Store S&P shakers but I have lots of vintage S&P shakers and I might just have to give this idea a whirl. Idea found on frumpybumpkin.com

flower vases from salt pepper shakers, container gardening, crafts, flowers, gardening, home decor, repurposing upcycling

Homeroad was a homerun with this vintage cheese grater organizer that is useful and playful for any kitchen.

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I have a love of mirrors and there are tons of great DIY decorating with mirror ideas over at Pretty Handy Girl. I liked this one because it re-purposed a vintage angel food cake pan.

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Beauty Harmony Life had lovely ideas for reusing old doors.

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Great redo on the metal tub – full tutorial at Muddaritaville.

I like this re-purposed washboard from Vintage with laces. I wonder how long it will take me to find a metal washboard.

With Easter just around the corner Amber at Crazy Little Projects definitely peeped my interest with her latest round-up post on 25 Fun Peeps Ideas for Easter. I mean check out how adorable this is…

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For the most part I really like the floors in my house, I have hardwood and vinyl plank that looks like barn board throughout my little house but one room that needs updating has laminate and that laminate is not in the best condition.  Since there is no budget for new flooring,  I have been wondering if it is possible to paint my laminate. I found some instructions on LifeHacker. I might have to try this (maybe under the fridge to start haha).

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This Spring table runner made from vintage doilies is from Sadie Seasongoods. I think my fellow blogger Amelia (You Can Always Start Now) should try this as she has a collection of her late mother’s doilies and I know she wants to display them, I hope to see her version.

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So many re-purposed things and ideas…..It’s A Wandaful Thing!

You might also like…http://awandafulthing.com/2015/08/24/diy-easy-cupcake-holder/

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Day 11: Reindeer Noses in a Jar

Welcome to Day 11 of my 12 Days of Christmas

If you are doing a cookie exchange or need to do some baking for your child’s class Christmas party, these Reindeer Noses in a Mason Jar are sure to delight. I think these are adorable and so much FUN!

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I first saw this idea on the blog From Rookie to a Rock Star.  It was so unique, I knew I wanted to give it a try.  The recipe I used for the cookies can be found here.  The icing I used was a simple powdered sugar icing, that recipe can be found here.

My Latest Venture…

I love the thrill of the hunt. I always have and I think I always will.

I can shop at thrift stores and go to antique auctions all year, but as soon as I see the first sign of Spring I get excited knowing I’ll soon be spending time scouring garage sale after garage sale looking for vintage items and other trinkets and treasures.

My latest venture includes my selling these vintage items, trinkets and treasures in my Etsy Shop, on Pinterest and on my own FaceBook selling group entitled Wandaful Things, Trinkets and Treasures.

These sort of signs make my heart begin to race and my palms sweat in anticipation of what I might find…

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