Rainbow Pretzel Sticks and a Spoiler

What could be better than chocolate-dipped Rainbow Pretzel Sticks? This #recipe is a big favorite in my house, so we thought we'd share it with you! #party

I think it’s time I just quoted.. myself.. from a Facebook status earlier this week:

“There are photos of 1 niece and 3 nephews in my camera, I felt my second niece kick, and I listened to Tom Petty radio for 8 hours and survived. Let’s call it a win and continue to try to make the world a better place this week and always.”

Amen. To myself. There are so many stories and thoughts swirling around right now. I could write about the “Empty Spaces” of really noticing the absence of so many people I’ve had in my life, and lost. I could write about my sister’s baby shower (sprinkle) and feeling my niece kick, and then meeting my new baby nephew. Or I could write about all of the photos in my camera, but that might just stress me out because I’ll think of all of the clients patiently waiting for their gorgeous photos.

I could write about how we are decorating for Halloween:

What could be better than chocolate-dipped Rainbow Pretzel Sticks? This #recipe is a big favorite in my house, so we thought we'd share it with you! #party

What could be better than chocolate-dipped Rainbow Pretzel Sticks? This #recipe is a big favorite in my house, so we thought we'd share it with you! #party

Or that I feel the most like this deflated/defeated version of our all-powerful ghost. Isn’t this hilarious?

What could be better than chocolate-dipped Rainbow Pretzel Sticks? This #recipe is a big favorite in my house, so we thought we'd share it with you! #party

Basically, I’ll write about all of that in time. I feel like I’m only halfway in right now. I show up to things and I’m fighting my annual cold, and maybe losing. My hair is terrible so I’m wearing a cute hat. I’m working three jobs and afraid to work them all terribly. We don’t have a bed or bedroom or bathroom right now and the renovations are on temporary hold because of hurricanes and lumber, so I feel kinda fuzzy. Overall, my morale is actually good, and I think I need it to be because it’s been a bit challenging lately, hasn’t it? Keep believing in the good stuff, and I will too. I just have to un-fuzz myself first.

I have to rejoin civilization, cute hat or not. Defeated or undefeated, deflated or inflated.

Oh! And for the spoiler, let’s just say this recipe has to do with my costume. Yes, I’m being a giant pretzel. (kidding)

This is one of the kids’ favorite recipes. It’s so simple but it doesn’t always look pretty when they “help.” That doesn’t stop me from letting them, though. Who doesn’t love rainbows and white chocolate and pretzels? I’m all in with this one here:

Rainbow Pretzel Sticks

Ingredients

1 pkg. Pretzel Rods
1 Pkg. each Wilton Chocolate Melts—white, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, pink
Gold Star Sprinkles

Directions

  1. Melt the white chocolate per package directions and dip the pretzel, leaving about 2 inches plain to hold it. Place on a parchment lined cookie sheet.
  2. Place a few gold stars on the white chocolate where it meets the plain pretzel that you didn’t coat.
  3. Melt each of the other colors of chocolate per package directions in individual bowls.
  4. Start by drizzling the red at the top of the pretzel, and across it, zig zagging back and forth. Come down about an inch or so. (To drizzle, you can either use a spoon or fill a plastic baggie and cut a tiny tip off a corner)
  5. Next drizzle the orange, then the yellow, green, blue, and finally the pink.
  6. The pink drizzle should end right at the stars so it looks like the gold at the end of the rainbow.
  7. Let dry, and then it’s ready to eat!


What could be better than chocolate-dipped Rainbow Pretzel Sticks? This #recipe is a big favorite in my house, so we thought we'd share it with you! #party

Enjoy!

What could be better than chocolate-dipped Rainbow Pretzel Sticks? This #recipe is a big favorite in my house, so we thought we'd share it with you! #party

Cars 3 Popcorn, Cars 3 Everything!

I have to tell you that over the weekend, I found myself discussing heady Cars 1, Cars 2, and Cars 3 plot points with four grown men at four separate times. Attractive men, too! I also have to tell you that I have the Disney Pixar Cars bug.

I have a serious case here! I have a bad case of loving youuuuu, Cars!

Having a Cars 3 birthday party or do you just want to surprise the Disney Pixar Cars-loving kid in your family? This Lightning McQueen popcorn #recipe rules

So we threw Des a movie theater birthday party. I have a distinct memory of my little brother’s Back to the Future III movie theater birthday party, which is how I knew they were a thing. Here’s the thing about the thing, though. My little brother’s friends were awful. They were older too, and clearly raised in a barn although I did say I was going to marry at least once of them, but I said that during our teen years, and he turned out great. Although we didn’t get married. That said, that was my only frame of reference and I still thought this was a great idea! (it was) We invited preschoolers and a few older siblings.

Cars 3

We did NOT invite my little brother and his friends, although they’re all adults now and probably don’t yell at adults and throw popcorn at perfect strangers? And maybe they’re now smart enough to understand Back to the Future III plot points?

A girl can dream.

This party was not cost-effective, and it was not simple, but it could have been. We tend to overdo everything in spectacular fashion. The plan was simple. We held the party about an hour or so before the first showing of Cars 3. Instead of renting out the whole theater, we rented out a party room and gave a rough head count. On the morning of the party, we gave a firm headcount once all the guests were there. Since we had them come at 9:30 in the morning, we served breakfast. Since it’s hard to serve breakfast to a bunch of people and keep it warm, we had the party breakfast-catered. I ordered the cake at Big Y and then BOOM. Instant party. It was SUCH fun. Pure insanity and giggles and laughter before the movie.

Mostly hushed and stunned silence for the movie. I smiled the WHOLE time.

(This photo is deceiving because it makes it look like there weren’t a lot of us, but there were!)

We don’t need to talk about the tears in my eyes for how Des wanted to sit in between Cassidy and me. We don’t need to talk about my complete heartbreak over anything concerning Doc Hudson’s character, as well as my own hopes and dreams for my own kids and for my own life. Plus, the future of society or something. Cars 3 felt like the first Cars. Same universe. Same atmosphere. It’s like when Star Wars created the more recent movies after the debacles of Episodes I, II, and III. All you can do is give it a virtual hug and say, “You. It’s you. You’re back.” Even though I saw the first one.. a month ago.

When I know what I’m talking about, I know what I’m talking about. It’s simple. Like this recipe:

Having a Cars 3 birthday party or do you just want to surprise the Disney Pixar Cars-loving kid in your family? This Lightning McQueen popcorn #recipe rules

Ingredients:

Popcorn
Almond Bark or White Chocolate
Yellow & Red Food Coloring
Marshmallows
Butter
Sprinkles
M&M’s
Mini Oreos

Directions:

After gathering all of your ingredients, first melt the marshmallows and butter together. Use 1 tbsp of butter for each 1 cup of marshmallows you use. (this will vary depending on how much popcorn you make)

Once your marshmallow and butter mixture has melted, pour over your popcorn and stir until popcorn is evenly coated.
Lay your popcorn out on a cookie sheet covered with wax paper.

Add M&M’s and sprinkles while your popcorn is still wet. Mix the candy and sprinkles into your popcorn.

Take apart your mini Oreos carefully so that the cream stays on one side. Use a straw to take the cream from the center of the Oreo to create a white wall tire. Add to your popcorn.

Melt your almond bark or white chocolate on the stove on low heat.

Separate the almond bark or white chocolate into two pans. Using food coloring, dye one pan red and one pan yellow. If the almond bark or white chocolate seizes up, add a tbsp of vegetable shortening to thin it down.

Drizzle the melted almond bark or white chocolate across your popcorn and enjoy!

Having a Cars 3 birthday party or do you just want to surprise the Disney Pixar Cars-loving kid in your family? This Lightning McQueen popcorn #recipe rules

Enjoy!