Pretzel Bites

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This week I decided to tackle one of my first recipe pins: Pretzel bites!

Years ago I made soft pretzels a couple of times a year (delicious!) but haven’t made them in a couple of years. They’re a favourite mall snack of mine, so trying the bites was a great way of trying something new with a familiar treat 🙂

Here’s the Pinspiration

First step was to mix the water, sugar, yeast, and butter together.IMG_3068

The pictures end here for awhile because the recipe suggests mixing the dough with a dough hook. Since I don’t own a dough hook, I mixed the dough with my hands 🙂 and neglected the camera.

I won’t post the full recipe here, as the website does a great job of that.

Skipping ahead to after the dough has risen…

Divide the dough into 8 pieces:

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Roll out each piece and cut into 1 inch “bites”:

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Boil the bites for 30 seconds in a water and baking soda mixture:

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Brush with an egg & water mixture, and sprinkle with salt (or cinnamon & sugar)

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Bake & enjoy!

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These were delicious! My taste testers devoured the first plate in minutes.

It suggests a cheese sauce, and although I didn’t make it this time, I would try it next time. I’m also interested in making cinnamon & sugar bites.

I did find the process to make these time consuming, even in comparison to making regular soft pretzels. I’ll have to make those again in the near future, to really compare the experiences. But from memory, I would say I would make pretzels again before making these.

Glass Jar Turned Soap Dispenser

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This week I crafted a project that was inspired by one of the first pins I ever pinned… it’s been sitting on my Projects & Crafts I Love board for over 2 years! It’s a simple one, so here it goes…

I used a glass jar that I originally bought as a jar of coconut curry sauce, purchased from World Market. …The sauce sounded delicious (& it was), but I was also excited about the pretty & uniquely shaped glass jar that it came in. After enjoying the contents, and washing the jar and lid, I hammered a hole in the center of the lid and used pliers to make the opening fit my soap pump. By working on the opening slowly, I lucked out by not making it too large, thus the soap dispenser squeezed into place and held together tightly – eliminating any need for glue.

I started to paint the lid silver, but after the first coat shown here, I didn’t feel the two very different looking silvers looked good together, so I moved to plan B.

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I searched my craft cabinet hoard downstairs, and picked a blue/teal paint that was left from a prior project.
I painted four coats (until I was satisfied that I couldn’t see paint lines any longer), and then finished with a couple coats of sealer. Here’s an image of the materials I used.

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And it was done!

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I placed my finished project on the sink in our main bath prior to filling it with soap… just to feel it out to see if that’s the bathroom where it should live (the similar colored Glassybaby candle holder in the photo already resides there). Then a funny thing happened… J observed our new addition and our conversation went like this:

J: So I’m guessing you have that new soap pump there ’cause you like it?
Me: Why, you don’t like it?
J: Meh.
Me: I made it.
J: You made it? Oh. …Then a little bit of back tracking happened.

Bahaha… but that’s okay – truth is I’m not crazy about it either, but hey, I love to be creative and to be creative I need to be taking action, it doesn’t mean I’ll love everything I create.

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How about you? Have you recently completed a project that is just “meh”?