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Fun Activities for National Pretzel Day

By on April 26, 2017
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Today is National Pretzel Day and all I can say is that they make a day for everything, don’t they.  In the spirit of National Pretzel Day, I have planned out a cute little itinerary for me and my daughter that you can definitely try, too.  I’m a bookworm and love cuddling up with my daughter and reading a book, so today we will read a fun little book that requires some problem-solving and munch on some sweet pretzel snacks.

Sweet Pretzel Snack Recipe

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This is a super easy snack to make and it doesn’t really need a recipe.  Since it’s so easy to make, a toddler can help make it with a little adult supervision.

Ingredients

  • a handful of pretzels
  • 1 cup of chocolate chips
  • Optional: toppings made from crushed Oreos or finely chopped peanuts

Recipe

  1. Place one cup of chocolate chips (milk or white works best for toddlers) in a bowl and microwave for two minutes.  The time will vary based on your microwave power.  Some will fully melt the chocolates in 30 seconds!  Mine takes two minutes.
  2. Dip the pretzels into the chocolate and roll it around in the bowl of toppings, if you have them.  If your toddler is helping, you can have her dip half the pretzel in chocolate. Half chocolate pretzels are pretty cool, too.  If you want to add the drizzled chocolate lines, you can scoop more melted chocolate into a small sandwich bag, cut a very tiny corner off, and squeeze out over the pretzels.
  3. Spread them on a plate and let them harden for 15 minutes in the refrigerator.  If you place the dipped pretzels on top of wax paper before letting them harden, it’ll be a whole lot easier to remove them from the plate.

Read Walter the Baker

Walter the Baker by Eric Carle is a fun little story to read on National Pretzel Day.  It’s a story about a baker who receives a challenge from the duke after he makes a mistake.  The challenge is to bake a roll that uses one piece of dough, but allows the sun to shine through three times.  Walter struggles to meet the challenge until he finally has a breakthrough.  This is a great story about not giving up, although I must say the personality of the duke is less than stellar.

Walter the Baker by Eric Carle

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What are some fun ways you are celebrating National Pretzel Day with your kids?  Leave a comment and share below!

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Eats

Veggie Pizza Bites

By on March 31, 2017
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It’s been awhile since I wrote a recipe that’s toddler-friendly.  If you are interested in the last two toddler-friendly recipes I wrote, check out Carrot Yam Bake and Peanut Chocolate Pear.  Today’s recipe is a quick and easy snack that involves a variety of veggies.  Veggie Pizza Bites uses zucchini, mushrooms, and red pepper…all which my daughter love in soup.  Now, I’ll be honest…while this is toddler-friendly, it’s not a guarantee that your toddler will like it right away.  I mean, it is all vegetables and they aren’t fully cooked so that everything is soft and tender.  If your young child is past the texture-hating phase, this will probably go better for you.

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Veggie Pizza Bites Recipe

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 zucchini
  • red pepper hummus
  • a handful of button mushrooms
  • 1 red pepper
  1. Slice the zucchini in 0.25 inch thick circles.  Dice the red pepper and mushrooms into small pieces.  Smaller the better, since they will be your toppings.
  2. Toss everything into a boiling pot of water and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.  This is to help make the vegetables tender for the toddler.  If this is for older children and adults, you can skip this step.  Drain the vegetables.
  3. Place zucchini circles on a plate.  Spread a small amount of red pepper hummus onto each circle.  Red pepper hummus best imitates tomato sauce in real pizzas, but if color doesn’t matter to you, feel free to use any other flavor of hummus.
  4. Sprinkle the diced veggies on top.  Let cool and enjoy.  You can use any other veggie toppings on your veggie pizza bites, too.  Red pepper and mushrooms just happen to be the ones my daughter loves.

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What vegetable toppings do you love on your veggie pizza bite?  Leave a comment and let me know!

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