Monday, March 21, 2011

Twistin' the Night Away!!!

The last time we got together with our cooking buddies we did some crafting and some pretzeling!

Pretzels are so fun to make, but don't quadruple the recipe like we did cause it just makes things kinda crazy!

The recipe we used was from... The Tasty Kitchen.

Tasty Kitchen is Pioneer Woman's recipe site and there are always good recipes to be found there.

So if you go here you can just print the recipe out!

The recipe says that it makes only 8 in my infinite wisdom I decided that we of course would need more than that!!!  Well I am sure you can see the writing on the wall...
after mixing...

and rising...
and shaping...we had pretzels coming out of our ears!
Everyone had lots of fun practicing - and yet we just couldn't figure out how they do it in those pretzel shops...they just fling the dough around and Voila! make a pretzel.
We got the hang of it...and made some pretty nice pretzels.
One of the fun things about making pretzels is that they have to be put in hot water with baking soda before you bake them...
I think it makes the outside a bit chewy...
Of course we had to have a snack and Madison spread banana bread with cream cheese frosting for us.  These baking days are not for the meek!
We coated the pretzels with butter and some got salt while others got cinnamon sugar!
Look how pretty and they were very yummy!

While the pretzels were baking the girlies made purses from old pairs of jeans.

Here is the link if you would like to make one yourself...Thread Banger
They are fairly easy to make...
and good for practicing a little bit of machine sewing.
They have a cute braided handle...and I think next time we get together there will be some decorating!
The girlies pulled the pattern up on Lane's new Ipad and just followed the tutorial.
They may have gotten a little side-tracked at times!
So off to ballet the girlies went...tummies full of pretzels and new bags on their arms!

Try making some pretzels...just do it one recipe at a time!

xoxo     Elizabeth

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