These salty and sweet peanut butter caramel squares are perfect for the whole family – I promise neither you or your kids will be able to get enough of them!
- Prep time: 35 minutes
- Total time: 1 hour
- Portion size: 36 pieces
- 1 cup (250 mL) pretzel crumbs, (about 3-1/2 oz/100 g pretzel sticks)
- 1/2 cup (125 mL) granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup (125 mL) butter, melted
- 1/2 cup (125 mL) roasted salted peanuts
- 1 cup (250 mL) packed brown sugar
- 1 cup (250 mL) butter
- 3/4 cup (175 mL) corn syrup
- 1/4 cup (60 mL) granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup (60 mL) whipping cream, (35%)
- 2 tsp (10 mL) vanilla
- 1 cup (250 mL) roasted salted peanuts
In bowl, combine pretzel crumbs with sugar; mix in butter until combined. Press into parchment paper–lined 8-inch (2 L) square cake pan. Bake in 350ºF (180ºC) oven until just beginning to brown, 10 to 12 minutes. Sprinkle with peanuts. Let cool on rack.
Caramel: Meanwhile, in saucepan, bring brown sugar, butter, corn syrup, sugar and cream to boil over high heat; boil, stirring constantly, until digital thermometer registers firm-ball stage of 245°F (118°C), about 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla.
Pour caramel over crust. Sprinkle with peanuts. Let cool for 20 minutes. Refrigerate until set, about 2 hours. Cut into squares. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate in airtight container for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 2 weeks.)
Recipe via Canadian Living0
It’s that wonderful time of the year when we can’t get enough of hot chocolate, candy canes, family dinners, and the never ending festive feeling. To add on to this holiday spirit, you can attend the Toronto Santa Claus Parade, which will be performing its 111th annual ceremony this week!
On November 15th, Santa Claus and more than 25 animated floats will commence the march from the Christie Pits (Bathurst and Bloor) at 12:30 and make its way down to St. Lawrence Market (Front and Jarvis). The parade will also include 2,000 costumed participants and 200 Celebrity Clowns who will be leading the way and providing added joy to the crowd. Check out the parade route here.
What makes the parade so special?
Other than getting the chance to see Santa, the parade holds historic significance for the city of Toronto. Initially started in 1905, The Santa Claus Parade has become a local tradition that is celebrated and enjoyed by Canadians all across the nation and worldwide. It is broadcasted across North America, and is also enjoyed by viewers as far as New Zealand, Norway and Iceland. The Toronto Santa Claus parade is considered the longest running children’s parade in the world and holds great significance in initiating the festive season.
This year, the parade will be displaying not only a Harry Potter themed float but will also include American League East division champions Toronto Blue Jays, the upcoming Disney-Pixar motion picture The Good Dinosaur, childhood favourite Thomas the Tank Engine, and Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros. Three floats from Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment also return this year with the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Toronto Raptors, and the Toronto FC taking part in the celebration.
Canadian Tire is a proud sponsor of the event. They will be hosting Mrs. Clause on the second last float of parade! Mrs. Clause will help you entertain for Christmas with the complete line of My Canvas products from Canadian Tire.
Check out what products Mrs. Clause will be using on the float:
This Stemless Wine Glass set is perfect for entertaining!
How fab is this 16-piece Dinner Set?
This 3 Tier Serving Stand is perfect for storing sweet treats!
This sleek Flatware Set will match any table setting!
How good will your scrumptious sides look on these Porcelain Serving Pieces?
Love the subtle holiday hues on this 4-Piece Bowl Set!
These Highball Tumblers are perfect for any beverage you’re pouring!
As I jump back into blogging, I wanted to share with you an incredible event coming up on November 7.
It’s the Beauty Gala, hosted at participating Shoppers Drug Mart, and it’s in support of Beauty Gives Back.
Beauty Gives Back’s mandate is to:
…dedicate ourselves to treating the emotional fallout from cancer. Using the sum total of our knowledge, experience, expertise and resources, we do what women trust and rely on us to do – to make them feel human again in the face of the ravages of cancer and its treatment. In doing so, we help restore their confidence, and the confidence of those around them, to continue fighting with conviction and living with dignity.
Tickets for the Beauty Gala are only $10, with $5 going towards Beauty Gives Back, and $5 for guests to redeem on any purchase they make during the evening. It’s sure to be a great event with skincare consultations, makeovers, free samples, and of course, refreshments.
Make sure to visit your local Shoppers Drug Mart (in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI, and Newfoundland) to find out if they’ll be hosting the event, and to get your tickets.
You can also join Beauty Gives Back for a Twitter party Tuesday, November 3, to help raise awareness about the gala (and Beauty Gives Back). The party is on from 8-8:30pm EST, and Sherry Abbott, Director of Beauty Gives Back and an ovarian cancer survivor will also be joining the conversation.
We hope you’ll join us and use #SDMBeautyGala.0
I found a great Blog called Mom vs.The Boys You can see why I was attracted to it!
I am joining her band wagon and starting Wordless Wednesdays! I love it link up so here goes! Each Wednesday I will post a pick that needs no words! To see her’s check out http://momvstheboys.com/category/wordless-wednesday/
You can do the same here just add your pic to the comments! I just love photos and love the immediate reaction your soul has to a snap shot in time. I will share mine and can’t wait to see yours!
My first Wordless Entry… Ok, I realize there are words in this post but there wont be next week!0
I have no time to can these days. With a busy life, new baby, and just a general sense of crazy that surrounds my life I am a little short on time. However when I saw these amazing strawberries on sale I had to grab them up. Of course I had high hopes of turning them into a fabulous batch of jelly for my family to enjoy, then like a brick to the head reality set in and I realized I had no time to do so.
Since I had already purchased the berries (where was that reality reminder in the produce isle) I was simply going to have to find a way to save them for later.
I am only making Jam so they don’t have to hold their shape or anything so I did a basic water freeze to save for a later date. I usually pack my frozen fruit in juice for eating a baking but I am turning these into jam so I didn’t want any extra sugar to start the process of the berry’s letting their natural juices out in defrost. I wanted to save that for later.
So all you have to do is simply wash, chop, add a bit of h2o and freeze flat in a freezer zip lock.
Ok so there are a few pics that are not related above! They include our beautiful son sharing the best thing to do with the left overs! And my favorite apron because it rocks!
If you have any questions please let me know!
1. You Never Get Enough Sleep
Of course we hear all about how little sleep you get and in our glowing pregnancy days some of us even romanticize spending wonderful times up with our babies watching I love Lucy marathons at 2am. I actually remember that warm fantasy all back lit with warm light and snuggly soft. Fast forward three kids two jobs, a side gig , laundry, house work, a husband that didn’t get less needy and well you get reality!
Image credit parenting.com
That warm fuzzy fantasy all but fades into a buzz of chaos filled days and nights where the mere sound of your baby waking is fallowed by a groan from you. You stumble out of bed, down the hall half eyed and half effort try to get them back to sleep. Knowing each minute you are awake is another ounce of caffeine you will have to ingest tomorrow.
Of course there are those naps that you get to “sneak in” aka you accidentally fall asleep at 10am while getting your toddler to sit still long enough to watch a full episode of Elmo. Hey it counts!
2. Things Will Never Be Clean Again
No NEVER get use to it or go CRAZY! In my early parenting days I kept my house immaculate and just couldn’t seem to understand how other mothers couldn’t do it. Imagine my shock and dismay when I realized I only had one child, no out of the home work, and a small house of course I could get it all done. I wasn’t super mom I just didn’t really have all that much to do.
It was a hard lesson to learn that sometimes the snuggles and mess are just more important than the dishes. Of Course this all sounds good on paper but I have to admit every time I invited anyone over and they saw my fingerprinted walls and messy toys I cringed. I felt like I wasn’t a good mom or wife. They must be thinking eww every time they come over.
I won’t pretend that I am OK with all the destruction that boys and dogs can do, but my daily prayer is “please Lord let me be ok with the mess, don’t let it over take me.” You see recently I have started to notice that I get so wrapped up in trying to make things the way I WANT them that I end up a crouchy old hag. I yell out at one of my boys every time I see a big mess they have made and very quickly moved on from. I feel like in our home I have the tendency to take the fun out of just about everything trying to be perfect for other people. But who is more important to be perfect for than your family?
This is Wyatt after he DESTROYED the back yard with mud!
So the #2 biggest thing that I am STILL learning is that it’s ok to be messy and things will never be clean again EVER. That is ok and you just have to live with it, or at least find a happy medium with it. If they are able to run and play and be messy with out a care in the world you are doing a good job mom!
3 They Wont Be Little Forever
These words can bring you feelings of great saddness and great joy. Or in my case a little of both. For me this means that they won’t be gross forever, they wont wine forever, they wont pee on the floor forever. But it also means that they wont need me forever, they wont want to snuggle forever, I wont be their favorite girl forever.
They have all outgrown the outfits they were wearing in this picture taken five months ago. They have all reached new milestones since this photo was taken and they are all at least 1″ taller. Man that happens fast!
So take it all in. Hold on to the great stuff because it is fleeting and it wont last. let go of the hard stuff knowing it wont last.
Mothering is hard, it’s messy, it’s not pretty at times. It is also the greatest reward and most fulfilling job you can ever have. So carry on moms carry on!
One more point ….
It almost never goes how you planned it!0
No one wants the cheesy studio pic anymore. Candid is where it’s at for sure. Those crazy, funny moments that capture the essence of your family are the ones that make this mama’s heart sing. Conveying the special quarks of all your family members onto film however can be a tall order. Here are some great ideas you can share with your photographer for your next family photo session!0
Video Credit : Life Time Moms
Wonderful Video from Angela Chee of Lifetime Moms on how to balance working from home!
Guess what we are not alone, and other mothers get distracted too.I am constantly shushing someone during a conference call or trying to balance the choice of getting up early or staying up late. I am far from figuring it all out, but some how just the knowledge that others are in my crazy boat amply names the SS TRYING TO DO IT ALL makes me feel less stranded on a messy deserted island.
What are some of your tips for working from home?0
Of course I am a fan of moms and now that I am a mom of a girl I realize how important a strong Mom role model is to a young girl. Naturally when I heard of this contest to celebrate mentoring moms I shouted for joy, and nominated all the wonderful moms I know.
Only 9% of Canadian girls (ages 10-17) are comfortable using the word “beautiful” to describe themselves. However, when girls feel they have a role model, they are less likely to let anxiety about looks hold them back.Dove is committed to inspiring all women and girls to reach their full potential. That’s why we want you to nominate amazing women who deserve to be celebrated.
Four inspiring Role Models from across Canada* will win $2,500 for herself and $2,500 will be donated to the charity of her choice.0
My boys and I snuggled in this evening after baths and teeth to read a few books on the couch as is customary in our home around this time. It had been a long day and to be honest I was spent and still had at least two hours worth of work hanging over my head. I got all the wriggly bunch of boy tamed long enough to crack open a library book. I hadn’t even looked at the title now or when I tossed it into the library bag last week. Gone are the days of lingering and here are the days of just get it done so this is normally thank God I belong to a good library and stay in the kid section otherwise I might have read them some horror book due to my absent minded book selections. Give me a break at least I am reading to them right….
Any way back to the couch. We opened the book with a cute family of five pigs on it. Thinking back this is probably the exact reason I chose it.
As I got about 2 pages in I started to snap out of my half engaged fog and realized this book was about my family and could have been written by anyone visiting my house on any given day. The cute little family of pigs has a dad that works away from home and a mom that cares for her three piglets and works from her home office . Of course this is a children’s book so it is full of cuteness and tender words. Francine Bassede must be or know a work from home mom because she hit the nail right on the head with this one.
This book was so cute and really captured just what it is that us mums work from the house have to go through. Even my oldest son stopped and said “wow this sounds like us mom”
Don’t take my word for it. Go get it and read it and tell me what you think! What is it like in your work from home house now I am curious is it just me and Mrs. Bellyflop that share the same story or are there more of us out there!