Easy Dessert

Most weekends my family gets together and has a movie night. We gather together in our basement and watch movies on our big screen and the girls love it!! Since we all have been home lately, and all extra-curricular activities have come to a halt, we have even more time that we are able to enjoy some really good movies and shows!! And what else does movie night mean? Snacks of course!! I mean what is movie night without good food? Do you know anyone who even goes to the movie theater and does not get a snack? Of course not. It is a must have!

Yes, most of the time we will have your typical snacks like popcorn or chips. And we even make a trip sometimes to grab boxes of the candy that you would usually get at the theater, sour patch kids, goobers, starburst, etc. And sometimes we love to come up with our creations or try new recipes to include in our fun family tradition. This past week we made a very simple and yummy dessert/snack, Pretzel Bars. Y’all, these were amazing! We made two pans of them, and both pans were gone by the end of the movie. We found the recipe on Pinterest and there were different variations of the recipe you could try. This is the one we used:

Pretzel Bars

Ingredients:

12 ounce package semi-sweet chocolate chips

8 ounces mini pretzel twists

11 oz bag Caramel Bits (or homemade caramel)

sea salt

  • Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper
  • Melt just 8 ounces of the chocolate chips in microwave ( keep remaining 4 ounces for another step). Be sure to stir and check on these as you microwave about every 10-15 seconds stirring until smooth.
  • Spread the chocolate evenly over the parchment paper. Immediately add the pretzel twists and press them into the chocolate. Don’t worry they can overlap.
  • Add caramel bits to microwave safe bowl along with 2 tablespoons of water and follow instructions on package for melting. Mine took a little under 2 minutes. Be sure to stir until smooth.
  • Drizzle the melted caramel over the pretzels.
  • Melt the remaining 4 ounces of chocolate and drizzle over the caramel and then sprinkle with sea salt.
  • Refrigerate until hardened.
  • Cut into squares or tear into pieces.

Guys, this is such a yummy treat!! The mixture of the chocolate, caramel, and salt is just a dreamy combination. Give this a try for an easy dessert or snack. Cut them or tear them up on a plate and cuddle up with a blanket and get ready for your movie night snack. Hurry and get yours though, they will go quick!!!

I hope you all enjoy this delicious treat and prayers for many blessings for you all today.

Love and hugs,

Jennifer

Family Dinner Favorite

Dinner in my home is always a big deal. You would think I lived in a house full of boys, instead of girls for the amount of food my children consume. I mean, they are big eaters!!! They love their food and they are always asking for me to go the kitchen and cook them something. My 18 year old daughter jokingly says “Woman, get in that kitchen and fix me some food.” She’s our comedian, can’t you tell? Coming up with good dinner ideas for my big family can be challenging sometimes. Especially coming up with dinner ideas that are easy and will feed a large family. Most of the time I have to double any recipe I make. My 11 year old is also a pretty picky eater also, so when I cook I always have to keep in mind the things she will actually eat.

I love to browse Pinterest for different dinner ideas. I also love cookbooks. I have a pretty big collection that I have accumulated over the years. I recently have pulling a lot of recipes out of my cookbooks lately. One of my favorites ones was a gift my oldest daughter got me for my birthday, The Pioneer Woman Cooks, Come and Get It. I would say I have been reaching for this particular one a lot lately. The recipes are not very difficult, and are pretty fast and easy for a busy family.

This book can be purchased at Walmart, Target, and many other stores. I also found it available on Amazon. Anyone who is a Pioneer Woman fan, or just looking for some easy delicious recipes, would definitely enjoy this book.

I have made several recipes from this cookbook. One of our favorites we tried again this past week, slow cooker glazed ribs. This is a delicious recipe that your whole family will love, and we can’t forget it is done in the crockpot!! Anything I can do in the crockpot is a favorite in my book. You definitely can purchase the book and find the recipe or look online for the recipe as well. I am also posting it here on my blog for an easy reference.

Slow Cooker Glazed Ribs

Ingredients:

2-3lbs of pork loin ribs or baby back ribs

1 Large onion

12 garlic cloves

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1 cup plum preserves

1/2 cup ketchup

1/2 cup Barbecue sauce

Several dashes of hot sauce

Directions:

  • Cut the ribs in half and place them in the slow cooker
  • Add the onion, garlic, salt, and pepper
  • Place the lid on the cooker and cook on low for 8 hours, make sure you don’t keep lifting the lid.
  • After 8 hours, strain off all the cooking liquid, make sure not to strain garlic or onions.
  • Make the sauce in a bowl combining preserves, ketchup, barbecue sauce and hot sauce. Stir these together until combined.
  • Pour sauce over the ribs and move the ribs around a little to make sure the sauce is on the ribs as much as possible. Ribs are tender at this point, so be gentle.
  • After sauce is added, continue to cook for 15 minutes.
  • Remove ribs to cutting board to separate.
  • Serve and enjoy!!

I promise that you will love this recipe!! We served with some good southern corn on the cob, and had a perfect dinner that everyone enjoyed. Give it a try!!!

Love and hugs,

Jennifer