Snack Time Cinnamon Sugar Pretzels

It is a well documented fact that I am a savory snacker, so when I posted this seasoned pretzels recipe and several people requested a sweet version, I was intrigued but I wasn’t rushing to the kitchen to whip up a batch. Now that I have, I’m a little bit mad at myself for not going to the sweet side sooner. After baking, they’re sweet and a little smokey and the salt from the pretzels keeps things in check. You’re going to love them.

Cinnamon Sugar Pretzels Cinnamon Sugar Pretzels

Makes a big party bowl.

Ingredients

  • 1 bag pretzels — sticks, nuggets, or twists
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Pure Vanilla Powder
  • additional sugar for sprinkling

Directions

Dump pretzel into a large Tupperware container. Combine melted butter, cinnamon, and sugar in a measuring cup and whisk. You don’t need the sugar to dissolve, just combine with the other ingredients. Pour sugar mixture over pretzels, close lid, and gently shake to coat. Shake every few minutes until pretzels are coated and no butter and sugar settles to the bottom of container. Spread coated pretzels on a baking sheet and sprinkle with sugar. Make sure the pretzels aren’t lumped on top of each other so that they don’t fuze together while baking — you may need to use two baking sheets. Bake at 250 degrees for 30 minutes, shaking pan every 10 minutes, to seal in flavors.

I think they’re best warm, but you can cool and store in an air-tight container for up to a week. If you want to be really bad, dip finish pretzels in cream cheese fluff. I like to add a splash of vanilla extract to the dip recipe, but I like to add a splash of vanilla to just about everything.

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Book of the Week

I’m not even a little bit ashamed to tell you how much I’ve learned from Come as You Are: The Surprising New Science that Will Transform Your Sex Life by Emily Nagoski because the book is just that amazing. It’s not just about sex. It’s about life and acceptance and overall well-being.

I also picked up Unabrow: Misadventures of a Late Bloomer by Una LaMarche which circulated around work because that cover is everything. Unfortunately, the cover really is everything and the storytelling doesn’t measure up.

ON TREND Plus-Size Swimwear

GOD BLESS GabiFresh and the fatkini revolution because there are so many great plus-size swimwear options out there this year. Many more than since the last time I blogged about plus-size swimsuits, just two summers ago. And so many more than any other time in my life when I absolutely dreaded shopping for bathing suits because I knew the fit options would be scarce and the color and print options would be limited to black or paisley. Just having curves or a sizable bust used to relegate so many women to the back corner of a department store to choose from a half dozen or fewer terrible swimsuit options, but no more!

Now, I’m almost addicted to swimsuit shopping because I know that I have choices! Choices that look like what every other hot tamale on the beach is wearing! Here are some of my favorites this season that are sexy, colorful, on trend, and just waiting for sunshine.

on trend plus size swimwear plus size swimsuits1. *Swim Sexy Junglebook Underwire One Piece on sale $54.60
2. GabiFresh Paradise Underwire Bikini on sale $68.60
3. *Torrid Peakaboo Striped Bikini Top $44.50 and bottom $38.50
4. *Torrid Geometric One-Piece $78.50
5. Old Navy Halter Bikini Top $29.94 and bottom $29.94
6. *Forever 21 Tropical Print Bandeau $15.90 and bottom $14.90
7. Forever21 Tropical Print Cutout One Piece $29.90
8. Lilly Pulitzer for Target Upstream One Piece $40
9. Lilly Pulitzer for Target Fan Dance Bikini Top $24 and bottom $24

* I’ve personally purchased or tried on the ones noted with an asterisk and can attest to their quality and ability to keep things high and tight.

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Worthy of the Week

Book of the Week

To say my leisure time has been reduced drastically from last week to this week is an understatement. Here’s what I squeezed in:

  • Get In Trouble by Kelly Link — I browsed each of the short stories in this book and didn’t find one that really grabbed me, so unfortunately this was a DNF.
  • My Sunshine Away by M.O. Walsh — Immediately grabbed me and I spent all Sunday afternoon reading.

What are you reading this week?

Wendy’s Fresh-Made Salads #BeyondTheBowl

As soon as the weather breaks, I start to crave fresh fruits and vegetables. Cold and crunchy lettuce, juicy apples, the snap of biting into a fresh tomato.

When I need a fast and fresh salad on a busy day, I head to Wendy’s. I can be through the drive-thru and back at my desk in less time than it would take me to chop my own salad with a lunch that’s just as fresh.

Wendys Fresh-Made Salads

Wendy’s salads are made fresh daily. We’re not talking freshly shaken from a bag of pre-packaged lettuce. We’re talking lettuce, cucumbers, and tomatoes that are freshly chopped and diced every single day and topped with warm chicken that is grilled and added to each salad as they’re ordered. And whatever your mood, there’s a salad option to match.

Wendy's BBQ Ranch Chicken Salad

Wendy’s BBQ Ranch Chicken Salad is topped with fire-roasted sweet corn and Applewood Smoked bacon, drizzled with BBQ sauce, and dressed with Marzetti® Simply Dressed® BBQ Ranch Dressing

Wendy's Apple Pecan Chicken Salad

Wendy’s Apple Pecan Chicken Salad is topped with red and green apples, roasted pecans, cranberries and blue cheese crumbles, and dressed with Marzetti® Simply Dressed® Pomegranate Vinaigrette.

Wendy's Asian Cashew Chicken Salad

Wendy’s Asian Cashew Chicken Salad is topped with edamame and roasted cashews, and dressed with Marzetti® Simply Dressed® Light Spicy Asian Chili Vinaigrette

Wendy's Spicy Chicken Caesar Salad

And my go-to salad, Wendy’s Spicy Chicken Caesar Salad is topped with Asiago cheese, French bread croutons, and dressed with Marzetti® Simply Dressed® Lemon Garlic Caesar Dressing. That lemon garlic Caesar dressing is everything.

Are you a fan of Wendy’s fresh-made salads? Which is your favorite?

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