Saturday, December 19, 2009

Chocolate Covered Pretzels

Thank goodness it’s the weekend! Hope you are having a fabulous one. My weekend started out great! I taught Body Attack and then Josh and I had a date night. We went to Mosaic for dinner and I got the black bean chocolate chili again. I also got a side of fruit and pita (sorry for the dark pictures!).



Josh got the sesame encrusted tuna with a side of mango rice and zucchini and squash.


Afterwards, we hit up Starbucks for a couple of mistos and came home to watch the Ugly Truth.
We watched the movie with this guy:

The movie was cute! It was a nice night even though we were both exhausted (as you can see in our eyes in the picture below haha):


This morning, I taught Body Step and Pump. I taught at a different gym than I usually do on Saturday mornings and LOVED the energy in the room. I burned up a storm! Afterwards, I went food shopping for the week and came home for lunch and baking.

Do you guys have certain blogs you ALWAYS turn to when you need a certain type of recipe or idea? For me, when I know I need a baked good…I look to Maria or Jessica. For party ideas, Sabrina is my go to girl! She really knows how to put together a party menu and has some fabulous ideas. Tonight, we’re attending another Christmas party and I wanted to bring something special the party. I followed Sabrina’s recipe for chocolate covered pretzel rods and made up this amazing plate:


Almond & Chocolate Chip:


Graham Cracker Crumb:


More almond and walnut:


Thank you Sabrina!!! If you love chocolate covered pretzels and want to send some as a gift/buy some for yourself- check out these awesome pretzels at Nuts online!!

I also made up another batch of Mint Chocolate Chip cookies for Josh and his friend who spent the afternoon playing video games ;).


Tonight, its party time! Tomorrow should be filled with lots of relaxing. What are you up to?

91 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

Fun date night; cute Frank; DELICIOUS pretzels!!


What I'm up to = studying and avoiding the snowstorm.

Enjoy the party!! :)

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

pretzels look awesome! As do the mint choc cookies! Between these pretzels and the one's Janetha's made with melting like a hershey's kiss in the middle on a cookie sheet (which i cant remember who/where she got the recipe from..) anyway, I have some pretzel and choc action to look forward to when i get home!

tam said...

My mouth is watering reading your post! Yum and Yum! x x

Jessica said...

Aw, thanks darlin'! You are too sweet. I saw Sabrina made these pretzels and I LOVE the idea. I am going to make them tomorrow!! :)

Britt said...

Yum! Those pretzels look awesome! Hope you have fun tonight!

We just did some Christmas shopping and will probably head out for dinner and to meet friends a little later.

Jessie (Vegan-minded) said...

Those pretzels look so good! I think I am going to have to make them to give to people as little gifts. Chocolate covered pretzels are my favorite!

Pam said...

Yummy pretzels! XOXO to Frankster....so handsome! Glad you had a very nice evening!

Enjoy!

Veggies 'n' Cake said...

Yum! Those pretzels look so good.

I have the Ugly Truth sitting on top of my TV. Just might have to watch it tonight.

Nicole said...

Those pretzels look professional! That is such a good idea! I actually just posted an awesome pumpkin chocolate chip cookie recipe if you aren't sick of pumpkin yet with this season!

Lauren said...

What a super fun date night! Glad you had a great night with your boy. ;)

Wow, those pretzel rods look stunning and totally a baked good I could handle.

I am glad you are enjoying your weekend. We are snowed in here at PA!

Have fun tonight sweetums!

just me said...

pretzels and chocolate are the best! i love your toppings to the chocolate too!

Angelalovesfood said...

Those rods look so good and festive. Wow, I might actually HAVE to make those as Christmas gifts this year. Thanks to both of you ladies!

Dawn said...

I can't drink coffee at night, it keeps me up. I'd like too trust me.
I didn't want to see "The Ugly Truth" I'm kinda sick of K. Heigl. We have a huge snowstorm tonight so there better be some good movies on ppv.
I love choco & pretzels, you know me, salty & sweet baby!

Anna said...

Those pretzels are so cute :D Salty+sweet=AWESOME

I totally hunkered down this weekend because of the snow...a lot of studying/prepping for my trip

Yum Yucky said...

....and suddenly I'm in mood for rice.

...and GEESH! you got some piercing blue eyes.

RhodeyGirl said...

Wow they look gorgeous! Thanks for the shout out!!!!

lk (Healthy Delicious) said...

that is a gigantic portion of tuna! wow!
the pretzels look so good! I love chocolate and salt together

Abby said...

Even tired you look super cute, hun!! :)

LOVE LOVE LOVE choc covered pretzels.. honestly one of my favorite snacks. Your platter looks so festive! Enjoy your party and the rest of your weekend!

Stephanie @ cookinfanatic said...

Okay you are seriously making me want to take a trip to Mosaic in the very near future... it's been too long! Love the chocolate pretzels, they are so pretty too :) Have fun at your party tonight - as you know we are very snowed in at this point and it is STILL snowing out there ahhhh!!!!

Brittany said...

Those rods looks awesome- I hope the folks at the party enjoy them!


I have to say that your eyes are stunning. So pretty!!

thedallasceliac said...

You two are look great :) Great pic!

Love the pretzel rods - they look artistic. Hope you have fun at the party!

Diana @ frontyardfoodie said...

Wowsers! I must make those Pretzel sticks! They look so friggin' good!

Julie said...

awww i love your date night :) the ugly truth was seriously hilarious and doesnt hurt that whats his face is good eye candy. i can't remember his name at the moment..AH gerard butler haha.

i totally have my go-to blogs for good recipes :) yours being one of them and janethas to is a good source. not to mention i just like creeping on other people's lives hahaha <---creep.

have a good weekend girl :) you're lucky to be NOT in the snow right now! super jealous

Dairy Free Betty said...

I NEED to make those!! so fun!!
I made chocolate dipped marshmallows, but those look so fun!! :)

lizzy said...

those chocolate covered pretzels look awesome! :) i love making them because there so easy to put together!

lizzy said...

those chocolate covered pretzels look awesome! :) i love making them because there so easy to put together!

Shannon (The Daily Balance) said...

those pretzels are fantastic! look so professional!!! ;)

lizzy said...

those chocolate covered pretzels look awesome! :) i love making them because there so easy to put together!

Paige@ RunningaroundNormal said...

Aw sounds like you had a great night, and some kick butt classes this morning!
Those pretzel rods look deliiicious! Have fun tonight!

Mom on the Run said...

I am so mad right now because I had a ton of extra chocolate left and totally could have done pretzles. They look fantastic. I am sure that they were a hit at the party.

ktbwood said...

ive totally been there before!! have you guys ever been to The Mustard Seed? its DELICIOUS!!

Molly said...

It all looks delicious! NOthing like Starbucks during the holidays! The pretzels are genius! Have a fun party!

Kerstin said...

I love chocolate covered pretzels and should totally make these!

Jocelyn said...

mmm those pretzels look wonderful!

Dawn Dishes It Out said...

Oh my girls would love those pretzels ... me too!! We have tons of snow in NY so we are enjoying some snuggling!!

Katie said...

That's my favorite kind of date night... even if I fall asleep during the movie (which is often!).

Chocolate covered pretzels are my favorite! I love all of the fancy toppings... will have to try those.

I caught up with a friend over dinner tonight, and am about to hit the sack!

Jenna said...

those look great!

Paula said...

Oh my goodness! Are you kidding me right now. Those pretzels look amazing!

homecookedem said...

OMG, chocolate covered pretzels are a girl's best friend. Just can't go wrong with the sweet and salty combo! They look so adorable too!! :)

Natalie... said...

Mmm wow these look so good! I love the look of the choc chip covered pretzel yum!!

CaSaundraLeigh said...

I bet you love going out with Josh and then coming home to yet another cute man waiting on the couch ha! :-)

Chocolate-covered pretzels are extremely good! I like using PB chips and coating them with Oreo crumbs--it's an amazing combo!

fittingbackin said...

oh wow! those pretzels look so good - and fancy! :)

I'm trying to get the energy to pack up and leave Alabama!

*Naomi* said...

YUMM those pretzels look phenom! what fun toppings!

I made the pretzels with candy cane hershey kisses melted on top! (pics on my blog!) they were SO good!

enjoy your sunday, girl!

Shannon said...

sounds like a great night! love the goodies, and those pancakse from your last post :) i'm watching the snow fall!

Holly said...

Those pretzel rods look amazing! I love how you have so many varieties.

Today I have to battle the mall (ughhh) but it's for a present for me (from my mom), so that's not so bad. ;-) And cleaning and cooking of course!

glidingcalm said...

hi lovely Erica!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

sorry i've been so behind on commenting!!! i miss Itzy's Kitch!

your restaurant meal sounds awesome!! chili is such great winter food! and beaaaaaaaaaaautiful pretzels......although mint choc. chip cookies?! really?! i just might have to go for one of those instead!!

HUGS TO YOUUUUUUUUUU

GC

Violet said...

mint chocolate is like my favorite thing on Earth....just sayin' :)

Krista said...

Mango rice? Oh, YUM!

The Ugly Truth was pretty funny. My hubby even enjoyed it.

LOVE, love all your pretzel sticks. Easy to do, yet beautiful...

Maria said...

Sounds like a great weekend! Love the pretzels:)
We went to a party, had some friends over for dinner and a movie, worked out, and cleaned/ran errands, etc.

Michelle said...

oh lordy those pretzels look incredible!!! So many different varieties too. :) Your date night sounds like a lot of fun!! Erica your eyes are so blue and beautiful!!!!

Meredith (Pursuing Balance) said...

Oh yum!!! I lovelovelove a sweet & salty combo!

MizFit said...

hope you had a GREAT WEEKEND.
we love to do the choc covered pretzel rods around here as it's something the child can pretty much do herself.
(which is her chant lately: I WANNA DOOOOO IT!!!)

we saw INVICTUS (I thought it was "fine" everyone else I know loved it. Im more a fluff comedy these days :))

brandi said...

sounds like a fun date night :)

those chocolate pretzels look so good! I love doing the little twisted pretzels in chocolate with sprinkles!

Anne Marie said...

I love date nights-they are the best!! Your chocolate covered pretzels look fantastic! I'll definitely have to make some :)

Stephanie said...

Those pretzel rods look amazing! What an ideal holiday treat.
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Holly said...

ahhh...those pretzels look AWESOME! and they are so cute!

so glad you had a fabulous date night, and thank you SO MUCH again for your sweet gift. love you girl!

and frank too :)

and josh too :)

haha!

Michelle @ Find Your Balance said...

Love the idea of those pretzels. Simple! Hope you're having a happy week so far :-)

The Blonde Duck said...

Merry Christmas!

Lori said...

That chili sounds so good! I love chocolate covered pretzels too. Those are some great topping choices. There is something about the salty, sweet, crunchy of them that makes it such a great treat nad gift.

Anonymous said...

Your class on Saturday was excellent! Feeling the pain on Sunday and today!!

Love, Aunt Lori:)

Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather said...

Those pretzels are so cute! I may just have to make a batch for my treat baskets for family.

I'm just trying to get through this week and finish everything up for Christmas. I really feel so rushed this year.

How's Christmas prep going for you?

Biochemista said...

Wow, the pretzels look great!!!

I just came across your site and love it! I'm really looking forward to visiting more often!

Feel free to stop by mine sometime and say hi :-)

-Lauren
www.Biochemista.com

Yum Yucky said...

Was I here already??

Those pretzels look like magic wands.

I think I was here already....

Tricia said...

The pretzels look great, I was wanting to make something like that this week. Thanks for sharing!

inmytummy said...

Wow, those pretzels are so pretty.

Esi said...

Love the pretzels. Perfect for the holidays. Hope you had a great weekend and good start to your week!

Yum Yucky said...

What the hell is my problem? I keep coming back to gaze at those pretzels.

I promise not to stalk this pretzel post again. (I think)

Dawn (HealthySDLiving) said...

Awww fun night!
Those pretzels look amazing--I can't wait to bake some holiday goodies!

Chef Jeena said...

What gorgeous food! Merry Christmas Erica. :-)

Diana said...

I love the pretzel idea! And all the different coverings--it's like a candy store. :)

PS Not sure why I don't know this, but I'm just not sure what a misto is exactly--is that when you get a flavored latte without any coffee in it?

megan said...

Those pretzels look amazing. they look professional! :) I always search for recipes on blogs now. I almost never turn to my cookbooks for a new recipe. i love being able to read the reviews of other people

chrystad72 said...

sounds awesome! Great looking party pics too.

peanutbutterbliss said...

mm chocolate covered pretzels are so the best snacks/dessert ever! sweet & salty = best of both worlds.

Angelalovesfood said...

I made this last night :) thanks for the idea. It was really good!

Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) said...

The chocolate covered pretzels look so pretty! And love how you had a variety of toppings for them too!

Jenn (eating bender) said...

WOW do those pretzels ever look good! I am super impressed, Erica! (Kudos to Sabrina, too) :o) Bet they were a hit, as were the mint chocolate cookies!

Hope you had a nice weekend and are having a VERY good holiday week! Wishing you all the best -- so thankful to know you and can't wait to continue reading your blog in 2010!

Feeling sentimental this morning...can you tell?

Janna (Just Flourishing) said...

Those pretzels look amazinf!

And black bean chocolate chili sounds so good. I feel like I might need to look at a recipe for that!

Casey (@ Spicy&Sweet) said...

What gorgeous pretzels! Yummy. :)

Fresh Local and Best said...

Those chocolate covered rods look wonderful! What a great idea for a party, I bet it was a real crowd pleaser!

Bridget said...

Hi Frank!! Yum those pretzels look awesome! I've been wanting to make them since I saw them on Sabrina's blog too!!

shannonmarie said...

Wow. I'm going to be lost in these comments. Raw blogs don't get this much action.

I saw that movie and was disappointed until the end. Due to breastfeeding, I still have some pregnancy hormones that caused me to cry like a baby when they were in the balloon.

Love the pretzels. I meant to make a raw version this year, but I ran out of time. Maybe I'll make them for new years, or save them to blog about next Christmas.

Pam said...

Erica, I gave you a "Happy 101" blog award....girl! Congrats!

Merry Christmas to Josh and you!

Enjoy!

lesley lifting life said...

Just wanted to stop by and say Merry Christmas Eve!! : ) Hope you guys have a fabulous Christmas!

Elina said...

I saw those pretzels Sabrina made and saved the recipe, but now I REALLY want to make them! Your variety platter looks absolutely amazing. I'm now rethinking my dessert plan for the New Year's Eve party I'm hosting :)

Crystal said...

These pretzels are things of beauty - I almost wouldn't want to eat them! Looks like you have loads of fun too - keep up the good work!

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