A Book, Photo’s, and Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars

I’m dreaming of spring.  I want sunshine, warm temperatures, budding flowers, and green grass.  I want campfires, picnics, and days on the water just rowing our canoe to nowhere in particular.  I want to be able to open the windows and let loads of fresh air in, without letting all of the heat out.  I want to work on the Pink Paradise, and once she’s road ready I want to camp, or should I say glamp.

I’m not asking for much considering I live in upstate New York and we’re not even through the month of February yet. 

To help the cold winter months pass more quickly I’ve been reading and walking more.

I just started to read a book that I won during a giveaway hosted by the blog Pixi Wishes & Forehead Kisses.  It’s too early to give a  review, but I have to say that I was so glad to have found out that the author, Sandy Ward Bell, grew up a little less than an hour away from where I did.  

And as for the walking, it’s being done in an effort to help burn off some of the calorie laden treats that I can’t seem to stop making.  To make my walks more interesting I’ve been taking photo’s.  I thought I’d share a few.  If you’re looking for anything that resembles spring you won’t find it in these pictures.

And as long as I’m sharing – here is one of those calorie laden treats I was talking about.

Chocolate, Peanut Butter & Pretzel Bars

1 c. chopped pretzel pieces

1/2 c. creamy peanut butter

2 tbsp. margarine

2 tbsp. sugar

1 c. mini- marshmallows

1/4 c. powdered sugar

1 12 oz. bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided into two

1 tbsp. vegetable shortening

Lightly coat an 8”x8” pan with non-stick cooking spray; set aside.

In a large a saucepan on low heat, melt peanut butter, margarine, and brown sugar.  Add marshmallows, half of the chocolate chips,  powdered sugar,  and stir until completely melted and mixed. Remove from heat and press mixture flat into prepared pan.

In a double boiler, melt other half of chocolate chips and shortening.  Spread melted chocolate over top of peanut butter mixture.  Refrigerate until ready to serve.

What are you most looking forward to this spring?

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9 thoughts on “A Book, Photo’s, and Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars

  1. Hello friend! Love this post and the pictures are incredible. The landscape photo of the big blue/gray and low green field is simply amazing! Hey I didn’t see a link or mention that these photos are available. They are right? 🙂 People should know they can own an original TJOC! Love everything you do!

    1. Thanks Denise,

      I’ve been a little slow in adding my pics to Esty lately. But yes, there will be some more made available soon, along with handcrafted, cedar rustic cutting & serving boards I’ve been working on!

  2. I can’t wait for Spring to arrive too! 🙂 Be patient, it’ll be here. I’m sure this Chocolate, Peanut Butter & Pretzel Bars can brighten up your days a little before Spring arrives. They look and sound so decadent. I would love to have a couple of these bars too! 😉

  3. Eileen….I love everything about this post. I am dying for spring to get here. I hope to do more walking with my camera. The pictures you took on your walk are so lovely. And those chocolate peanut butter pretzel bars look fantastic! I like those pictures, too! Going to toss you an email this weekend! : )

  4. A perfect post. And yes, I’m ready for spring. I love the pictures you shared (and the bar!) How beautiful! Thank you for sharing…and brightening up a cold Wednesday morning. I hope you are having a great week!

  5. Another blast of winter is hitting the Midwest…ugh. I think a couple of your chocolate, pb and pretzel bars could cheer me up, though. Warm or even HOT weather is what I’m looking most forward to.

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