After a weekend filled with veggies, fruits, and all things healthy (and yummy too!) I cracked a little tonight. Ok maybe a lot. But go ahead ask me if i regret it. Oh heck to the no. Not even a little bit. Let me introduce you to the most delicious, easiest to make, find-all-the-ingredients-hiding-out-in-your-pantry dessert EVER.
Salted Caramel Chocolate Pretzel Bark
- pretzels (enough to line a pan)
- 1 cup of brown sugar
- 2 sticks of butter (oh yeah thats right)
- lots of chocolate chips
Making It Happen:
Line your pan with foil and a layer of pretzels. Melt the two sticks of butter in a saucepan then add your brown sugar and stir together. Boil and keep stirring until it caramelizes (aka turns brown and looks kinda nasty). Pour a fairly even coat over the pretzels then pop in the oven for 5 minutes at 350. Ding. Take the pan out and cover with chocolate chips then as they melt spread them out with a spatula. Throw some sea salt on there, stick it in the fridge for an hour or so and wham bam bow you're ready to chow down. DELISH.
Over spring break, my sister and I struck up a bit of a wager. No eating out (meals, coffee, ice cream, late night Jimmy Johns, etc) until Easter. Challenge accepted. Needless to say I stocked up on groceries as soon as I got back to Waco and in doing so bought more produce than ever. I had seen this recipe for beet hummus a few weeks ago on one of the blogs I stalk daily, A House In The Hills, and was really eager to try it. I'll be honest, beets are way out of my comfort zone but hummus, well hummus is the yummest, so I thought what they hay lets give it a shot. My roommate Chel and I made it last night and let me tell you it did not disappoint! It's delicious with bell peppers, carrots, and blue tortilla chips. Plus it took hardly any time to make and is full of goodness for your body!
- 2 medium sized beets
- 2 tbs of tahini *
- 2 cups of chickpeas
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1 small lemon
- 1 tbs of sea salt
* We actually ended up using 3-4 tablespoons because ours was way too thick for our liking.
And if, like me, you have no idea what tahini is,
it is a sesame paste that you can find near the peanut butter or organic aisle of well stocked grocery stores!
Making it happen:
Peel and dice beets into cubes then add to a pan with water and simmer until soft. Your food processor will love you for this. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend well. Easy shmeasy! It makes quite a bit, so share the love. Hope you enjoy!
I'm going to give it to ya straight--
i have pretty good looking friends.
my friends love having their picture taken.
i love taking pictures.
therefore, photo booths have pretty much been a staple in my college career.
For some reason still unknown to even me, I do not own a white sheet and always find myself scrambling around like a madwoman an hour before the shindig starts looking for something to nail to the wall. As shown above, my backdrop skills are seriously lacking. Which is why I'm loving these background ideas from Oh Happy Day!
Especially this one! Blowing up a picture of the birthday boy or girl from when they were a wee lil lad or lassie--perfection. Maybe I'll get my act together for the next birthday and make one of these happen. I'll be sure to share if it does!