Christmas Pinterest Weekend has arrived! If you missed out on the first Pinterest Weekend: Halloween Edition, our goal is to cram a weekend full of activities solely from pins we found on Pinterest, including eateries, crafts, and DIY projects. You can check out our Pinterest Board to see some of the things we have done in the past and plan on doing in the future.
We got a lot more accomplished during this Pinterest Weekend than the first one…probably because we planned a little better and didn’t have the pumpkin carving fiasco like last time. 🙂 I might as well start at the beginning. On Saturday morning we made homemade maple syrup and sugar breakfast rolls.
You can find the original recipe we used here.The rolls were super easy to make. It was really just maple syrup and brown sugar (with a few other ingredients mixed in) on top of buttermilk biscuits.
To the right is a picture of the rolls before we took them out of the pan.
To the bottom is a picture of the finished rolls after we flipped them out of the pan and onto the plate. Since they were biscuits, they were super easy to pull apart and eat. I also love how the bundt pan made them look super pretty in a ring. 🙂
Ok, moving on. Next we started on making some treats for the Indianapolis Modern Quilt Guild Holiday meeting that was to take place that night. We couldn’t decide whether to bring a dessert or “real” food, so we opted for both. 😛
The dessert was super fun and easy to make! I call them Pretzel Kisses, but you can call them whatever you like, they don’t have an official name.
Here is a picture of the finished product.
We found the original recipe here
M&M’s (we used red and green for Christmas colors)
Preheat the oven to 225 degrees. Start with a large cookie sheet and put down a layer of wax or parchment paper. (Side note: the original post with these did not use wax paper, but we did to make the clean up easier.) Then put down a layer of round pretzels. Make sure all of your pretzels lie flat so that the chocolate can fit in the center.
Then unwrap and place one Hershey kiss in each pretzel. We used about 2 family sized bags of kisses for one bag of pretzels. (Side note: I made these again shortly after Pinterest Weekend, and Hubs had the idea to use the Hershey kisses with caramel in the center….they are even more delicious than just the chocolate ones!)
Put in the oven for about 3 minutes, or until the chocolate is just slightly melted. Don’t leave them in too long or you will have a mess of runny chocolate! Push one M&M into each kiss until the chocolate touches the inside edge of the pretzel.
You could let the chocolate cool and set on the counter, but we are impatient so we put them in the refrigerator. If you are making the caramel ones, let the chocolate set and then flip them over (the caramel will be sticky) and put them in the freezer for a minute or two. It will harden up the caramel so the pretzels don’t stick to each other.
Alrighty, on to the next treat we took to the IMQG meeting. We assumed that everyone else would be bringing a dessert, so we decided to make a cheese ball for a break in the sweets. We found a cute idea here
to shape the cheese “ball” into a “present”. In fact, we used more than one recipe from that website so you should definitely check out all those fun Christmas recipes to try for yourself!
Anyway, here is a picture of the cheese present.
I apologize for the less than spectacular picture. I almost forgot to take a picture of the finished product before it was devoured at the meeting. The recipe for this was super easy as well…can you see a second theme added to this weekend? 😉
It was just cream cheese, garlic power, dill, and salt (make sure to click the recipe link for exact quantities). Then green onions and red pepper was used to “wrap” and decorate the present. To get the rectangle shape we packed the cheese back into the cream cheese box (as suggested by the original blogger) and it worked perfectly!
Don’t forget the crackers (like we almost did) to serve with it! 🙂
Before we left for the meeting, we threw some ingredients into the crock pot to make Salsa Chicken for dinner. You can find that recipe here. On top of the ingredients in the original recipe, we also made rice to go with the chicken, and topped it off with cheese and red bell peppers. Don’t add the peppers into the crock pot, just sprinkle them on top at the end for an added cold, crunchy bonus. 🙂
And then after dinner we made those delicious Iced Mocha Frappe
drinks from the Halloween Edition. Needless to say, this drink is probably our favorite. Plus, it’s the only repeat from the previous Pinterest Weekend, so you know it’s got to be a good one.
That’s all for Day 1 of Pinterest Weekend! Stay tuned for Day 2 when we make Reindeer Cookies, Grinch Cookies, Grinch Punch, and a Gingerbread House!