Homemade Soft Pretzels

Soft Pretzels

I don’t know about you, but I can’t go to any sports game, festival or theme park without forking over the 5+ bucks for a delicious soft pretzel. Sad thing is, I’m not at those places very often. 

Solution!

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I give you NO YEAST Homemade Soft Pretzels. 

I absolutely adore these. They don’t come with the grease you get with the commercial ones, they’re super simple, AND they don’t require any yeast. Bonus, right!?

dough

First you gotta throw the first six ingredients in a bowl and mix them all up! After you have your dough all ready, plop it on the counter. divide it in two and give it a good knead.

Then comes the frustrating part. Letting it sit under your bowl for fifteen minutes. UGGGGH, I hate recipes that make you leave your dough to rest. But! It’s for the best. So we let it sit. This is when I’ll get my pans ready, decide what toppings I want, maybe catch a couple minutes of Friends (my latest obsession). 

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Yay! Time’s up and we can start making stuff! Time to divide each ball into four pieces. (I doubled my recipe here, so your balls may be smaller than these ones appear to be). 

Then you gotta roolllll your balls out into long snake like ropes. I recommend not putting too much flour on your dough, as I find that if the dough sticks to the counter a little bit, it’s easier to roll. Anywho, roll that bad boy out until it’s around a foot, maybe just over a foot long. 

Then comes the tricky part! The ol’ pretzel shape. Basically you grab both ends, twist them around each other, then fold them back down over the loop! Easy explanation right!? Hah. Just google a picture of a pretzel and you’ll figure it out. 

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Next, you plop those wonky pretzel shapes on your pan, give them a good egg wash bath, sprinkle on your favourite toppings (mine is salt, maybe cinnamon sugar sometimes), and pop them in the oven for about ten minutes!

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And bam! There ya have it. Yummy homemade pretzels that don’t break the bank, or leave you feeling greasy and gross.

 

Homemade Soft Pretzels
Yields 8
The perfect soft pretzel recipe.
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Prep Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 cups flour
  2. 2/3 cups milk
  3. 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  4. 2 tsp baking powder
  5. 1 tsp sugar
  6. 1/2 tsp salt
  7. 1 egg
  8. topping (salt, cinnamon, oats)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425ยฐF
  2. Stir together the first six ingredients to make a soft dough.
  3. Sprinkle 2 tbsp of flour on the counter. Divide dough into two balls. Knead it. Put bowl upside down over balls for 15 minutes.
  4. Divide each ball into four balls, resulting in eight total balls. Roll each ball into a long rope, about a foot in length and form into pretzel shape.
  5. Spray cookie sheet and place pretzels on pan.
  6. Beat egg and brush over pretzels. Sprinkle on your desired topping.
  7. Place in the oven for 9-11 minutes, or until slightly golden brown.
  8. Let cool, then dig in!
Notes
  1. You can also create pretzel bites for dipping if you'd prefer. Instead of forming the rope into the pretzel shape, leave the rope straight and cut into eight pieces. Place on the pan, egg wash and sprinkle with salt, and cook for about 8 minutes. Yum!
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5 Things You Need For Camping

Camping Essentials

With this abnormally beautiful weather we’re having, looks like camping season may begin earlier than we expected. And I am not complaining!

Basically every weekend in the summer we’re out camping. Whether it’s just a small campground fifteen minutes from home, a lake hours away, we find a place to pitch the tent and pull out the beer. There’s something so relaxing about camping – I mean, after the hour and half it takes to unload the truck, set up the tent & everything inside.

But still, sitting in a lawn chair, cold drink in hand, absorbing what the outdoors has to offer (preferably sunshine for me please), there’s just something about it.

Though it’d be great just to get out and go, there’s a few necessities you need to pack along with you.

Here are a few of my essential items:

Extension Cords

Without fail, we forget this every time and have to borrow. Our air mattress is pretty big, and has to be blown up after being put in the tent. We’ve had to back the car up so close to the tent it’s basically inside, in order to reach the car plug-in. Never again.

Tent

Motion Sensor Light

This is the greatest thing we have ever thought of. There’s nothing like walking back to your tent to grab a new drink, and tripping over a tree root, falling into your tent. Yeah no. Ours is just a battery powered little square light that we place on the ground about five feet in front of our tent, and as we come into range, it lights a path to our door. We ordered our motion sensor light off of Amazon.

Footed Pajamas

This may seem silly, but hey, if you’re tenting it, it get’s damn cold at night. These are a lifesaver.

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Oversized Flannel

I don’t know about you, but I loooove me a flannel. Grab a larger flannel, and you can wear it as is for a light jacket, over top of a hoodie for an extra layer, or tie around your waist when it gets a little too warm. Practical & cute!

Cup With Lid & Straw

Hey, these aren’t just for kids ya know! Spill free, insulated, and I’m just a big fan of drinking out of a straw! I use a mason jar cup with a handle, and it has become known as my camping cup. I even started a trend among our friends! I have seen them at Target & Home Hardware. Or you find these mason jar tumblers on Amazon!

beer

Or you just stick to a regular old beer can like this guy over here. If we’re talking beer though, I prefer my corona. With lime, of course.

Love camping like I do? Stick around for more Countdown To Camping posts with plenty more tips and tricks regarding all things camping! 

Want an ultimate camping checklist to guide you through your packing? Check out this post!

 

 

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Five Ways To Feel Fresh For Spring

Five Ways To Feel Fresh For Spring

I don’t know about you, but with spring right around the corner, I feel the need for everything to just be brighter and fresh.  Here are some things I like to do to get into that spring spirit!

Vibrant Nails!

Pull out the bright nail colours! For the winter months, I tend to stick to muted blues, french tips and darker colors. With the temperature warming up, I love that pop of colour on my nails! Time to bring out the bright blues and pinks, corals, and even a lime green occasionally!

Essie Nail Polish - Five Ways To Feel Fresh For Spring
Essie Polishes in “Peach Side Babe” & “Vibrant Vibes”

Boxes & Boxes!

One of my biggest pet peeves is everything being sprawled out in a drawer or cupboard. I can’t tell you how many little boxes I’ve bought to tame disastrous drawers. The dollar store has awesome boxes of various sizes, and they can actually be pretty cute as well.

I arrange them however works to fit as many as possible, and I can split things into categories, depending on what type of cupboard it is. My makeup drawer has lots of little boxes now, dividing face products, lotions & washes, and hair products. Makes life a hell of a lot easier!

Pretty Petals!

I love vibrant flowers for that splash of colour in my home. The smell is fantastic and they just make you feel good when you see them, amiright!? I like to place mine in containers other than a vase, my favourite being mason jars of course.

Flowers - Five Ways To Feel Fresh For Spring

Buhbye Junk!

I’m one of those weirdos who enjoys cleaning, so I clean lots throughout the year. But spring is the best time for de-cluttering! I like to go through old boxes we have, junk drawers, and get rid of all the things that are super unnecessary. Time to donate clothes that are too small or I no longer like (also frees up space for new pieces, bonus!).

Prioritize!

Though this isn’t just for springtime, prioritizing your time is key to not going absolutely crazy. I always start my day making a to-do list, and that way I feel like I know what I need to accomplish and won’t forget by the end of the day and stress about it.  Some days are much busier than others, but I do my best to stay focused and not stress over the little things.

Calendar - Five Ways To Feel Fresh For Spring

Springtime brings us longer days and warmer temps, so naturally we start feeling happier and less sluggish. Rock those bright colours, stop and smell the flowers, and go out and accomplish life. You got this!

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any of the brands mentioned in this post

 

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Three Weeks

Three weeks. I sat at home for three weeks, unable to go out and do anything. A little television here and there, some baking to pass time, podcasts when it got really bad. Three weeks stuck at home and I was going crazy.

So why the hell was I at home for three weeks!? A concussion. Again.

Long story short I slipped on some wet grass, fell and smacked my head on the ground. Hard. There were bruises along my left arm and hip. Yeah, I fell hard.

Anywho, that left me stuck at home unable to accomplish really anything. Now, concussions and head injuries aren’t new to me. Let’s say we have an ongoing relationship that I reeeeeally wish I could run away from. It all started when I was about thirteen years old.

concussed

I played soccer, and twice in one year I ended up like this. Ball booted to the head, backboard, neck brace, the works. The beginning of my concussion career.

So fast forward seven years and here we are again, same boat. Only I wasn’t playing a sport, I’m just dumb and fell.

I’d now been sitting at home for three weeks, bored out of my mind, scrolling through social media, trying to pass the time. And hey! I figured it out. Why not start a blog, I mean, I’ve got the time, right? So here we are. Welcome!

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