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P B & J Snowman Sandwiches

I look out the window at the moment and all I see is snow, snow, snow.

Beautiful, quiet, white snow stretched out over the grass like one big blanket.

When my girls were younger *sniff* and would get all bundled up in their darling snow gear, eyes glistening while anxiously dancing around until they could finally skip outside for a day of winter wonder, I was always thinking of fun ways to welcome them back into the warmth. Hot cocoa with fluffy marshmallows was a must but one day I decided to get creative with lunch. I peeked outside to see them working diligently on a snowman and thought how fun it would be to bring their creation inside! It was then that the snowman peanut butter & jelly sandwich was born.

As I’ve been watching it snow here in suburbia I’ve been a bit nostalgic remembering those carefree-snow-fun-filled-days as I run my teenage daughter to mall & organize play-dates for my 10 year old rather than bundle them up their darling snow gear.

*sniff*

Then I remembered the precious little snowman sandwich…and a smile spread across my face (and heart) and I got to work.

A little food therapy.

What could be better than that? It’s not a culinary breakthrough mind you but rather a sweet reminder of being a kid again, in the snow, without a care in the world building snowmen until your cheeks turn pink and numb.

This is all you need! Your favorite peanut butter & jelly, 2 slices of bread & 2 circular cookie cutters (1 small & 1 medium size).

There is just nothing like a fresh jar of peanut butter is there? That sound of the seal breaking as you unscrew the lid…

that intoxicating smell of peanuts wafting up into your nostrils as you remove the paper seal.

That first virgin dip of the knife into the smooth surface…

Heaven.

See? I really do find food and the process of making food to be therapeutic…anyone else with me?

Spread the peanut butter on one slice of bread.

Then open the gorgeous sweet jelly…

O.k. actually that happens to be strawberry preserves because I prefer preserves over jelly but a “peanut butter & strawberry preserve sandwich” just doesn’t have the same ring to it, ya know?

And spread the jelly (or preserves) onto the other slice of bread.

Place the two slices of bread together, push your small cookie cutter into the bread,

and you’ll get a sweet little circle that will become the head of your snowman. Repeat with the larger cookie cutter for the body.

Next you’ll need some fun little candy embellishments!

I used sprinkles, silver dragees, non-pareils and some fruit tape, but you could use whatever you like!

You’ll definitely need some snow…

That’s how all this fun started after all! I used powered sugar.

Now for some creativity! It’s time to decorate the little fella! Let your imagination run wild! Kids love this part as well!

I made a cap & scarf out of the fruit tape and topped with a cotton candy pomp.

An orange sprinkle as his nose and 2 blue non-pareils for his eyes,

some dragees for buttons and then a sprinkling of powdered sugar for snow!

The final touch, puffy cotton candy clouds from which a few candy snowflakes fall and you’ve got yourself the perfect little wintertime lunch for all the kids to enjoy.

I mean who wouldn’t enjoy that?

No matter what the age.

AND you get to play with your food!

Happy snowman making!

Wenderly

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Chocolate Dunked Sweet & Salty Apples

I’ve never really been one to do anything by the book. I kinda march along through life to the beat of my very own drummer and that suits me just fine. Makes life more interesting ya know?

I wear my watch on my right wrist and I’m right handed.

I (kinda) type with my left middle finger and right pointing one.

Back in High School I wore Bermuda shorts (mostly plaid and patchwork) every single day my Junior and Senior year. Don’t ask me why. I liked them. Perhaps it was to show off my always tanned legs from the < gasp > suntan booth. Perhaps it was in rebellion to not being allowed to ride the brand new, shiny bright red moped past the end of my driveway. I’m serious. Do you know how hard it is to look cool while riding up and down your driveway 150 times a day? That’s a lot of time spent to end up nowhere. And just imagine how cold that was in the dead of winter wearing Bermudas.

So the other day as I exclaimed “that really frosts my Frito” and the people that I was conversing with laughed and said, “what did you say?” I was again reminded of my uniqueness.

But it got me to thinking.

Thinking of how much I LOVE sweet and salty…. Fritos® and frosting…and chocolate and apples…

I know, I’ll make chocolate dipped apples with Fritos and how about pretzels?… and of course sprinkles!

See how my mind works? Me either. But I did make some fabulous chocolate covered apples embellished with Fritos, pretzels and sprinkles.

Do you like sweet & salty? Well then my friend, come along with me!

First you’ll want some darling little washed apples. I used Gala but you can use whatever kind of apple you like.

These are the ingredients for the chocolate dipping glaze, semi-sweet chocolate chips, light corn syrup, water, & butter. Oh and wooden skewers. I like to use these fabulous long skewers, they add interest and fun and once again you can see that I’m marching right along to my own beat.

Of course you’ll need pretzels & Fritos.

And some darling sprinkles!

I thought that these sprinkles looked very festive for Halloween don’t you?

Next push the skewers into the center of the apples (sharp side first).

Heck, I could just eat them like this! NAH! What am I nuts? It’s the sweet & salty that I’m waiting for!

So, now it’s time to make the chocolate glaze. I use this glaze for everything! I’m not sure where I got this recipe but I’ve used it for decades and it’s so simple! You don’t even need a double boiler.

Just combine the butter, light corn syrup, and water over medium heat and stir until it just begins to boil.

Then remove from heat and add the chocolate chips and continue stirring,

until your glaze looks like this.

Isn’t that gorgeous? And see? It couldn’t be easier!

Now you’ll want to grab an already skewered apple by the stick and dip it into the chocolate glaze. Roll the apple around until it has a nice thick coating all over it.

Then while the apple is still wet, place the apple into your embellishments.

I just crunched the Fritos up in a baggie before dumping them onto a plate. After embellishing, place the apples on a wax paper lined cookie sheet.

Now repeat the same process with all of the apples and yummy toppings.

Some crunchy salty pretzels.

Some sweet and crunchy sprinkles.

Put the apples into the fridge for 20-30 minutes to let the chocolate set.

Just look how fun and festive these little darlings turned out.

Sometimes marching to a different beat pays off!

And in this case, I’d say that it definitely did!

Hope you enjoy!

Wenderly

Here’s the recipe:

Chocolate Dunked Sweet & Salty Apples

(Serves 6)

What you’ll need:

6 washed small-medium apples
6 wooden skewers
1 cup smashed Fritos
1 cup smashed pretzels
1 cup sprinkles

Ingredients for the Chocolate Glaze:

3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons light corn syrup
3 tablespoon water
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Here’s what you’ll do:

Place a skewer into the top/center of each apple.

Sprinkle your smashed Fritos, pretzels and sprinkles onto separate small plates.

In a small saucepan over medium heat combine the butter, light corn syrup and water and stir until the mixture just comes to a boil. Remove from heat and add chocolate chips, stir until chips are melted and glaze is shiny.

Grab an apple by the skewer and dip each apple into the chocolate glaze and roll until covered in chocolate. Immediately dip apple into  a chosen topping until the bottom half of the apple is covered.

Place apple onto a wax paper covered baking sheet. Repeat until each apple is covered and embellished.

Chill in fridge for 20-30 minutes until chocolate is set.

ENJOY!