Glade-inspired flower pretzel candies {a recipe}

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I fully admit it-I am so ready for Spring to be here! This Winter has been cold, snowy, and long, and I am ready for the scents, sights, and sounds of Spring. Anyone else with me?

With the changing of the seasons on my mind this past weekend, I decided to infuse a bit of Spring into my home with the help of Glade and their new Limited Edition Spring Collection-Poppy Groove™ and Hello Spring™.

After using my Wax Melt Warmer to infuse Poppy Groove™ into my home, I immediately fell in love with the sweet (not cloying!) and exotic scents of flowers in bloom. I believe scents can inspire emotion, and this scent definitely inspired my fun and playful side!

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And what can I say about Hello Spring™? Only this: it’s fresh, clean and my new favorite Spring scent. After giving my home a dose of Spring fragrance, I can honestly say that it felt like Spring was in my home, which inspired an easy and fun Flower Pretzel Candy recipe!

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These were so simple, so fun, and definitely Spring-inspired. So let’s get started. Here’s what you need:

-Pretzel snaps
- chocolate-caramel candies
-Spring-Colored chocolate candies

Preheat your oven to 250 degrees. Take a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, and place 8 or so pretzels on it. Top each with a chocolate caramel candy. I found that if you do more than 8 or so at a time, the candies start to harden before you can finish assembling the flowers.

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Place in the over for 3-5 minutes, just until the candies are soft. Pull the pretzels out of the oven, and center a chocolate candy in the middle, and press down. Take 6 more candies and press gently around the center candy.

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Let cool, and you’re done!

I think I’ll package these in cello bags and hand out over the weekend…there may still be snow on the ground, but I can share the Glade scent-inspired Spring treats while they last (which may not be long)!

Need a burst of Spring in your home and mood? Check out the line of Spring scents from Glade, and let them inspire you own Spring recipe or DIY!

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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

    


throw a comfort foods party with marie callender’s pot pies {plus free printables}

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #WarmthInACrust #CollectiveBias

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I’ll admit it: Winter has never been my favorite season. Because of this, I always try to find ways to enjoy the season more. Whether it’s planning a get together with friends, indulging in some favorite comfort foods or putting together and enjoying a Winter-inspired tablescape, truly making an effort to enjoy the season makes Winter much more enjoyable than it would be otherwise. I did all three of the above this past weekend and held a Comfort Foods Party featuring some yummy eats, including Marie Callender’s Pot Pies! I’m so excited to share it with you all today–and be sure to scroll all the way through the post-I’m sharing free printables and recipes throughout!

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When I think of comfort foods, I think of easy-to-prepare and delicious dishes that warm you from the inside out. With the recent cold-front moving through, pot pies are the perfect comfort food to warm you up. Paired with sides such as homemade mac n cheese, mini cornbread muffins, and hot apple cider, this Comfort Foods party was a definite hit.

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Want to throw your own Comfort Foods get-together? These free printables will help you get started! Click here to download the gold “Gather Together” printable, and click here for the Comfort Foods Party invitation! The invite printable allows you to print 3 invitations per 8×10 sheet of cardstock, and, of course, it’s blank so you can fill in your own information.

As we all know, a great party is all in the details. Take a look at some of the easy touches that made this tablescape extra inviting…

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Wooden flatware in drawstring bags add a fun touch, as do confetti dot cloth napkins and mismatched white plates.

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And can we talk for a minute about this lovely (and easy!) backdrop? I call it my “dollar-eighty-nine” backdrop, because it literally cost, you guessed it, $1.89 to make. I started by taping lengths of streamers to the wall, carefully twisted each 5 times, and secured it with a piece of tape at the bottom. So easy.

Of course, we all know that a party is only as good as it’s food, and the obvious choice for our main dish were Marie Callender’s pot pies-homemade gravy mixed with vegetables and all white-meat chicken, in a golden, perfectly flaky crust that’s made from scratch. Yum.

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Interested in learning more about Marie Callenders? Visit their site here for information on their products, special offers, and more, and potpieplease for great recipe ideas.

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We love cornbread muffins in our house, and this Basic Mini Cornbread Muffin recipe is a favorite!

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Love mac n cheese? You’ll love it even more once you discover how easy it is to cook it in the crock pot (why had I never tried this before?!). I used this Crockpot Mac n Cheese Recipe.

Interested in hosting your own Comfort Foods Party? Be sure to print off the free printables, and head to Walmart, which is where I picked up our Marie Callender’s Pot Pies. Walmart has a huge selection and great prices for Marie Callender’s products. Also, be sure to check out Marie Callender’s Facebook page for updates, new product info, and great ideas using Marie Callender’s products.

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Lastly, be sure to visit Marie’ Callender’s Comforts From Home Project to help support our troops overseas. What a worthy cause!

 So tell me-what are your best ideas for enjoying Winter a bit more and beating the Winter blues?

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ghirardelli valentine’s bark + free printable

When it comes to great gifts to give (and receive!), edible treats are at the top of my list. Gifts of food are thoughtful and convey to the recipient that they’re worth the time it takes to create and package up an edible gift. My favorite type of food gift to give, though, is one that only looks complicated and time-consuming, so for Valentine’s Day this year, I was inspired by some enticing Ghirardelli products while at Target, and created this it-only-looks-complicated Valentine’s Bark! Keep reading for the how-to and free printable  tags…

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Who wouldn’t love a gift of this yummy-looking bark at Valentine’s Day? The ingredients for this are so simple, here’s what I used:

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Can I take a moment to wax lyrical about these Ghirardelli Candy Making and Dipping Wafers? First and foremost, they are versatile and easy to use, ensuring smooth and even melting. Meaning, of course, NO tempering! We all know that Ghirardelli products are an essential ingredient in any baker’s kitchen, but these Melting Wafers just took the cake. Anyone who’s ever ruined a batch of chocolate by tempering-gone-wrong (raises hand) knows what I mean.

But back to the recipe. I ended up not using the sprinkles; I really liked the neutral and simple feel of the bark on it’s own. You’ll also need a sheet pan, a spatula, a skewer or toothpick and a couple of microwave safe bowls. Let’s get started!

Step 1: Pour two bags of the Dark Melting Wafers into a microwave safe bowl. Be sure to microwave the wafers slowly; even though the wafers don’t need tempering, they can still burn if you’re not careful. I microwaved at 50% power for 30 seconds, stirred the wafers, and then continued to microwave at 50% power for 10 second intervals. When the wafers are almost melted, pull out the bowl and stir to finish melting.

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Step 2: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and pour the melted wafers onto the sheet, smoothing out with a spatula.

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Step 3: Take a handful of White Melting Wafers and microwave until smooth. You’ll have to work a bit quickly, as your sheet of Dark Wafers will quickly want to set.

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Step 4: Drizzle the melted White Wafers over the dark, and use a toothpick or skewer to gently swirl the two together.

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See how pretty it turned out? I could stare at pretty swirled bark all day…

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Step 5: Time to decorate! I used a bag of Ghirardelli Valentine’s Day Impressions, which are perfect all by themselves, but even more so when they’re nestled into Valentine’s Bark!

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Step 6: Let your bark set (I set it in the refrigerator because I’m impatient like that). In the meantime, gather your packaging supplies.

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Like the gold and black geometric hearts I used? Good news-I’m offering them as a free printable!

printable tagsClick here to download these Happy Valentine’s Day tags! They’ll print 4 to a sheet of 8×10 cardstock.

Step 7: Once the bark is cool, use a sharp knife to cut into pieces. I like my bark cut into random shapes-no perfect squares here! Bag up, add a tag, and you’re done!

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I just love how these turned out, what a fun gift for the special people in your life!

I’d love to know-what’s YOUR favorite way to bake with Ghirardelli products?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.