At the risk of channeling Barry Manilow, I am proud to say that I have posted every single solitary day during the month of November. It was not always Pulitzer-worthy, it was not always fun for me, but I did it.
Next month I’m doing it again, only this time its for Holidailies. It helped me, this month, to have a routine, and Lord knows things will be even crazier around here in December than they were in November, so here’s my tentative schedule (she said, as the audience inched towards the very edges of their respective seats, breathless with anticipation):
Saturdays: Book Talk. I will write about a cookbook or food-related book I’ve read recently, and either recommend it or…not. Or I will whine about a cookbook I want that I do not, presently own. Or I will mock a cookbook I have seen at the book store or on amazon that seems to me to be patently ridiculous.
Sundays: Holiday Goodies. I’ll give you a tried and true recipe to make during the holiday season that could be anything from my grandmother’s pecan squares to a great salad to take to a holiday potluck. Or latkes. Or easy cookies to save you from being the Bad Mom with the Entemann’s box at the Holiday Party. If your kids are a) allowed to have a Holiday Party and b) allowed to consumed anything other than fruit, vegetables and bottled water at said Holiday Party.
Mondays: Rants and Raves. It may be a rave about something I love (more local and organic produce available at the grocery store) or a rant about something I hate (people who are snotty, judgemental and rude about people who can’t afford the locally grown and organic produce at the grocery store).
Tuesdays: Random Dinner Snapshot. I liked doing this, and I’m going to keep going. If it was good, I’ll include the recipe as long as I can do it ethically.
Wednesdays: Winter Recipe Day. A soup, a stew, a braise, something hearty and warm that relies on reasonably seasonal ingredients. Something to make your house smell like heaven after day of skiing or sledding or an afternoon of shovelling.
Thursdays: Menu Planning Day, because that’s when I do it.
Fridays: Blogs I Love Day. On this day I will sing the praises of another food blog I like and read regularly. I will try to focus on blogs we do not already know and love. You know the famous ones; I like the idea of discovering a hidden gem and bringing it to the attention of eager readers everywhere.
Now that I’ve taken care of business, I owe you one more dessert recipe for the month of November. This came to me via recipe exchange, and while it is not “gourmet,” its genius for two reasons:
- Kids can easily help make them
- If you keep the ingredients in the house you can always have something ready for all of those “bring something” occasions that are forgotten by you, your children and your spouse until its the morning of the event and you already have a dentist appointment, a deposition and a migraine.
Here you go:
- Round or ring pretzels (only found during holidays)
- Hershey’s kisses
- M&M’s (if peanut allergies are an issue at home or at school, replace m&m’s with Kissables)
Preheat oven to 325 degrees
Spread aluminum foil on a cookie sheet. Place round pretzels on the foil. (Usually around 50 fit on a small cookie sheet). Place kisses in the center of each pretzel ring and place in the oven for about 2 minutes. The kisses will NOT lose their shape; they get shiny when they melt. Take them out of the
oven and IMMEDIATELY press an m&m into the center of each kiss so the kiss spreads out and adheres to the pretzel evenly. If there is some resistance, put them back in the oven for 30 seconds. (Note: If you over cook them, the kisses will get too hard to work with; so you can’t leave them alone!)
If you use mini round pretzels you can substitute the bakers kisses that are already unwrapped! But you will get less of the salty pretzel taste and more of the chocolate this way.
HINT: if your kids like this recipe buy all the round pretzels you can find, because they usually sell out before Christmas and don’t return until next November.