4th of July…it’s approaching. And all too fast, because apparently MotherNatureMinneapolis can’t seem to get it’s act together. Somedays I feel like I live in Seattle, except for the brief period I was in Austin for the BlogHer Food Conference (more on that later).
Let’s talk. You and I…
I, like most of you, feel like I am always running, rushing, in a hurry to get somewhere, to do something.
Whether it’s rushing to work or trying to beat traffic, trying to get to the gym after work. Not to mention trying to get a parking spot at the gym, ugh. Then rushing to get the pup from doggy day camp (oh yes, I do) and running to the store because I realize I ran out of half & half (and no one in my house can live without it). I could go on and on…but the fact of the matter is, sometimes life can be so busy, so complicated.
Take a little time for yourself today and relax. Breath. Stop rushing, for even just an hour.
Make yourself a little snack. A snack that is delicious yet simple and although it may not be the cutest thing on pinterest, it tastes dang good and will be made over and over.
Cracker Candy Swirled with Chocolate & Caramel.
Crackers. Salty ones. Any salted cracker will do here. I think if I made this again, I’d use square shaped ones, aka saltines.
Melt Chocolate Candiquik and stir mixed nuts directly into the tray
Pour Candiquik mixture over the crackers and use a spatula to spread evenly across the top of the crackers…
Then I melted some caramel and swirled it over the top of the chocolate.
Sprinkle with a little sea salt if your heart desires. I found that it added just the right balance of sweet and salty.
A lot of times I am asked, “What is the difference between CandiQuik and almond bark, candy melts, wafers, etc.?”.
Well, a lot! Truly. Candiquik is naturally flavored with all natural ingredients for one. Dos (as in, # two), Candiquik uses very fine sugar particles – this will come out in the taste. It will not give you that grainy texture, if you know what I’m talking about. Candiquik also uses more milk products & more cocoas, which also becomes very apparent in the taste. It tastes good, not like wax or something similar. It also comes packaged in this nice little tray; simply remove the overwrap and melt. Forget cleaning melted chocolate out of a bowl!
*Okay, I’m done*.
If you like cranberries and orange, you will love this recipe. If you can even call it that. It’s so easy to pull together and can literally be made in 15 minutes…that’s including prep time!
What’s your favorite candy bar?
Is it a gooey Snickers bar, or how about a creamy, salty Payday? Maybe you’re the good ‘ole Three Musketeers kinda person? Butterfinger?!
Well, Hayley (from The Domestic Rebel blog) and I have got you covered with all of those and many, many more. Plus, a couple spinoffs of traditional candy bars. Can anyone say, Biscoff Kit Kat Bars?! True stuff…keep reading.
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Every year. Same story.
This is me: “I am absolutely not going to eat all that junk that I did last year around the holidays”… Or realistically anytime the temp drops below 60 (I’m a wimp) and all I want to do is eat bonbons and brownies… on the couch… in my PJ’s.
Then, every year, ugh. I just can’t resist.
And it’s not junk by the way. I can’t believe I said that.
It’s sugary goodness, party in your mouth, can’t-resist-it’s-so-freakin-good.
Totally worth it.
Better than Twix. Way better.
I truly dread saying this, but summer is winding down. (Insert sad face here)
Advertisements for the State Fair are in full force.
Target has an abundance of no. 2 pencils, 3 ring binders, and Justin Bieber folders. And has had them for several weeks now.
Plus, according to a random friend on Facebook, kids are back in school!? Well, some of them.
Let’s prepare with homemade granola bars. These would make a lunchbox that much more exciting or simply as a nice afternoon treat.
You can really create your own concoction here. I’ve decided to combine chocolate (surprised?), sliced almonds, and flaked coconut in these. It was a superb decision.