Peppermint Chocolate Pretzels

Christmas is just two days away and it’s time to finish wrapping up the presents and getting ready for the actual day with family, friends, and whoever else you spend the holiday with. My husband and I make the rounds on both Christmas Eve and Day, with four different events packed into two days.

This year, I wanted to bring along a festive dessert, but one that was easy to make since I’m not exactly an experienced baker. These Peppermint Chocolate Pretzels are perfect because you can make as many or as few as you’d like. I quadrupled the recipe and made lots to hand out at work and bring to upcoming holiday gatherings. You can use inexpensive mason jars (make them festive with these snowflake lids!), clear cellophane bags or holiday cello bags with ribbons tied around them. They’re nice and simple and all of the ingredients are found right at the grocery store!

Peppermint Chocolate Pretzels {Recipe}

Peppermint Chocolate Pretzels {Recipe}

Peppermint Chocolate Pretzels {Recipe}

Peppermint Chocolate Pretzels {Recipe}

Peppermint Chocolate Pretzels {Recipe}


Peppermint Chocolate Pretzels


  • 25 Hershey's Kisses Candy Cane
  • 50 square pretzel snaps
  • 1 bag white chocolate chips
  • Red and green sprinkles for decorating


  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
  2. Place 25 pretzel snaps on a baking sheet. Add one Hershey's Kiss on each pretzel. Set aside the remaining 25 pretzel snaps.
  3. Bake for 3-4 minutes (test one out first, as oven times may vary), until the Hershey's Kiss is soft but not completely melted.
  4. Place one pretzel snap on top of each Hershey's Kiss and press down lightly to form sandwiches. Set aside and cool completely. Optional: speed up the process in the freezer or refrigerator.
  5. Melt white chocolate chips in a double boiler (or pot with glass bowl the side of the pot opening), stirring occasionally until smooth.
  6. Dip corner of each sandwich in white chocolate, allowing the excess to drip off. Coat with sprinkles and set back on baking tray. Cool completely.
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This Year’s Thanksgiving Recipes

It’s been a while since I shared a recipe post, and that’s mainly because I’ve been traveling a bunch and haven’t been good about cooking on a daily basis. Now Thanksgiving is coming up this week and I’ve been busy planning out the menu for our gathering at my mom’s house. Since I’ve never hosted a big holiday with family (our condo is too small!), I’m focused on making the food prep and serving run smoothly while also being delicious – and that means not getting crazy with creating my own recipes.

This year, I’m sticking with a few of my favorite go-to recipes and then adding some others that I found on Pinterest, all of which are either simple, can be cooked in a slow cooker, or can be made ahead of time and then popped in the oven on Thursday. To make things even easier, my father-in-law is deep frying the turkey, so the oven will be free to finish off the apps and sides all day. Read on for my Thanksgiving menu and use the links to get the full recipes! And I also threw in a few tips and shortcuts for making things like stuffing and mashed potatoes even easier.

Thanksgiving Recipe Ideas - this is what I'll be cooking!

1. Cheese Platter

You can’t go wrong here. Grab your biggest platter and pick out an assortment of cheeses with different textures, shapes and sizes. Then add delicious deli meats, olives, grapes, nuts, spreads, crackers, sliced baguettes, or whatever you like to pair your cheese with.

Thanksgiving Menu Ideas: DIY Cheese Platter

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2. Hot Spinach-Artichoke Dip

This dip has been my go-to for years. It’s a crowd pleaser and has a few tricks within the recipe that make it healthier than most spinach artichoke dips. I always make this one ahead of time and put it ion the fridge until I’m ready to serve it. Then you just pop it in the oven for 20 minutes or so and you’re good to go. I’m also planning on trying out a slow cooker version of this soon – stay tuned!

Thanksgiving Recipes: Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip

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3. Veggies & Greek Tzatziki Sauce with Garlic and Dill

Whip up an easy, Greek yogurt-based dip to fancy up your veggie tray. It’s healthier than the dip that comes with the pre-made trays and it’s also delicious. You can make it with or without the chopped cucumbers – I’m going to leave them out since I’ll be serving lots of different veggies to dip in it. Make this one ahead of time too, give it a stir and pour into a bowl for serving when you’re ready.

Thanksgiving Recipes: Greek Yogurt Veggie Dip

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4. Baked Brie Bites

I love baked brie with the crescent roll exterior and some delicious jam inside. But the reality is, it can get messy and it will probably leave your guests with sticky fingers. This is an easy alternative that gives you the same taste but in bite-sized portions.

Thanksgiving Recipes: Baked Brie Bites

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5. Salad with Goat Cheese, Pears, Candied Pecans and Maple-Balsamic Dressing

My sister-in-law is the best at making salads. She’s actually in charge of salad for this year’s Thanksgiving feast, but based on what she’s made in the past, I would imagine this is something along the lines of what she’ll be making. Plus I love goat cheese and walnuts in salads, so I might have to make this one soon.

Salad with Goat Cheese, Pears, Candied Pecans and Maple-Balsamic Dressing

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6. Deep Fried Turkey

As a Thanksgiving amateur, the turkey was stressing me out, so I was a bit relieved when my husband mentioned how much he loves deep friend turkey – and that his dad knew how to do it. Honestly, I don’t know much about making turkeys, but I do know that deep frying it makes it so moist and delicious. Just make sure you do it outdoors and away from the house to avoid fire hazards!

Thanksgiving Recipes: Deep Fried Turkey

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7. Slow Cooker Buttery Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes

The same says it all… an easy way to make mashed potatoes that are loaded with buttery, garlic goodness. For this recipe, you can even leave the skins on, so all you have to do is chop some red potatoes, add a few ingredients and let it be for either 2-3 hours on high or 5-6 hours on low. Mash them up when they’re done and you’re good to go! If you want to make things even easier, try my go-to shortcut: Ore Ida’s frozen mashed potatoes. You steam them, add milk and butter, mash up and serve, and no one will know they weren’t the real deal.

Thanksgiving Recipe Ideas: Slow Cooker Buttery Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes

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8. Slow Cooker Cranberry Pecan Stuffing

Stuffing is another easy thing to make in the slow cooker – just need to borrow a second one from a friend of family member! I love the idea of sausage in stuffing, and this recipe adds a few other flavors with the additions of cranberry and pecans. Or if you want to take the super easy route, go for the tried and true Stovetop and add in whatever you like (my husband is pushing for this instead of homemade… we’ll see!).

Thanksgiving Recipes: Slow Cooker Cranberry Pecan Stuffing

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9. Green Beans with Cremini Mushroom Sauce

You can’t go wrong with green beans, and this recipe also has lots of flavors with the addition of cremini mushrooms and a delicious sauce. If you can’t find cremini mushrooms,  you can use a variety of different mushrooms instead, such as white button or chantarelle. This recipe made the list because it was a step up from regular cooked green beans but could also be made ahead of time – just let it return to room temperature and put in the refrigerator until you’re ready to bake it. And while I’m sure it’s delicious to make the crispy shallots yourself, I’m going to make this dish a little easier and cut out that step. Instead, I’ll top the dish with store-bought french fried onions.

Thanksgiving Recipes: Green Beans with Cremini Mushrooms

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10. Brussels Sprouts Gratin

My husband tried to tell me that Brussels sprouts aren’t Thanksgiving-y, but I disagreed, and then discovered that the whole internet also disagrees. So here they are on the menu, along with bacon. Because it’s a holiday and why not make them even more delicious?

Thanksgiving Recipes: Brussels Sprouts Gratin

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11. Citrus-Infused Cranberry Sauce

Fancy up the cranberry sauce this year by taking frozen cranberries, adding orange juice and zest, grapefruit juice and zest, brown sugar and cinnamon. You can also use fresh cranberries if you prefer. Or just stick with the canned version. Nothing wrong with that!

Thanksgiving Recipes: Citrus-Infused Cranberry Sauce

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12. Crock Pot Cranberry-Orange Mulled Wine

Festive drinks are fun for the holidays, so I went on the hunt for an easy one to pull together for Thanksgiving. I was originally looking for a spiked apple cider but then came across this one. I love any excuse to use my slow cooker and this drink sounds so good and perfect for fall!

Holiday Cocktail Recipe: Crock Pot Cranberry-Orange Mulled Wine

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13. Pumpkin Streusel Cheesecake Bars

I don’t consider myself a baker, so I like to keep it safe on the desserts. These pumpkin cheesecake desserts are easy and delicious. And everyone seems to love cheesecake, so you can’t really go wrong there. If you have leftovers, enjoy them all week.

Thanksgiving Recipes: Pumpkin Streusel Cheesecake Bars

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14. Caramel Apple Trifles

Since I’m not an experienced baker, I love either simple desserts or no-bake desserts, and this recipe caught my eye because it looks easy and delicious! It’s pretty much cinnamon apple goodness in a dish.

Caramel Apple Trifle Dessert

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Sunday Sale Finds {Vol. 2}

Football Sunday is here, also known as kinda-sorta watch football while I browse for the best online deals in my pjs on the couch. I’m almost all packed up and ready to head to Hawaii (yay!) and while I have warm weather on the mind, there are some great sales going on right now with items perfect for fall and even winter. Shop my sale picks using the links below – everything is at least 40% off!


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Brown Boots / Tan Vest / White Vest

Black Jeans / Black Boots / Bucket Bag

Friday Faves {September 25, 2015}

Fall is officially here and while I’m not one bit mad about the 75 degree forecast for Sunday, today I’m embracing the change of seasons. I have a busy weekend ahead with a girls day tomorrow and then the Patriots game on Sunday, so for now I’m sharing my Friday Faves and wishing you all a great weekend!



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  • Shoes that won’t sink in the grass: If you’ve been to an outdoor wedding, then you know how annoying this is. I usually go with wedges to avoid this, but this post has lots of other great options! {via}
  • Lots of ways to wear jeans to work: I work in a casual, creative environment, so most of us wear jeans nearly every day. I love this article that gives you plenty of wears to incorporate denim into your outfits. {via}
  • Learning to tidy up: I just started reading  The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing but then I found this article that breaks it down. I’m going to give it a shot… but still think I need to read the book! {via}
  • Slow cooker season is here: And I am so happy about it. I can’t even wait to start scouring Pinterest for delicious fall recipes that also save me tons of time in the kitchen. This roundup has lots of ideas! {via}

Healthy, Easy Mexican Salad Recipe

I love a good salad, but unless it’s really good, I oftentimes prefer to enjoy my veggies sans lettuce. That might sound weird to some, but it was exactly what inspired me to come up with my latest go-to dinner recipe. That and the fact that I love Mexican food but my standard Taco Tuesday meal was getting old (I think it was one of the very first meals I started making when my husband and I moved in together five years ago).

So the other night, I threw together tomatoes, red onions, avocados, black beans, corn and cilantro, then topped with with a super simple lime vinaigrette to make this Healthy Mexican Salad recipe. I’ve already made it twice, and each time I topped it with taco seasoned ground beef. Next time I plan on adding either shrimp or chicken – you can easily mix it up! Also, feel free to play around withe the proportions. I like to throw in a bit of extra avocado and tomatoes because I just love them so much.

Read on for the recipe and enjoy!

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  • 10.5 ounces cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1 cup cooked corn, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 Tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 lime, juiced (approx. 2 Tbsp)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, as needed
  • 1 pound ground beef or chicken breast with taco seasoning (optional)


  • Combine tomatoes, red onion, corn, black beans and cilantro together.
  • Combine lime juice and olive oil together; stir well and pour over salad mixture. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Add avocado before serving (note: the lime juice should keep it from browning if you choose to enjoy as leftovers, but adding last will definitely prevent this).
  • Enjoy on its own or top with your favorite seasoned protein, such as ground beef, shrimp or pulled chicken.

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Bruschetta Grilled Chicken {Recipe}

I love fresh tomatoes in pretty much anything, especially when they’re combined with balsamic vinegar in a good bruschetta. With vacations, weddings and general busy schedules that come with summer, we’ve fallen off the healthy eating bandwagon in our house and are making our way back. Grilled chicken can be so boring, so while I was thinking of side dishes to make it more exciting, I remembered I had seen bruschetta-topped chicken while scrolling through Pinterest and decided to make my own version. If you already have a bruschetta recipe, you can use that too!

Bruschetta Grilled Chicken Recipe


  • 3 large chicken breasts, sliced lengthwise to make thin cutlets (or 6 thin chicken breasts)
  • 5 medium vine ripe tomatoes (or 2 pints cherry tomatoes), diced
  • 1/2 medium red onion, diced
  • 2 tbsp basil, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 oz part-skim mozzarella, sliced
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • Balsamic glaze, as desired
  • Salt and pepper


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Heat up grill and spray with non-stick spray.
  • Combine tomatoes, red onion, garlic, garlic, basil, balsamic vinegar and olive oil together, along with some salt and pepper. Set aside in the refrigerator (this can be done up to one day in advance).
  • Season chicken with salt and pepper. Grill until cooked through, approximately 2 minutes on each side, but make sure to not overcook.
  • Place cooked chicken on a baking sheet lined with foil and place slice of mozzarella on top of each. Bake until melted, approximately 6 to 8 minutes.
  • Cover chicken with bruschetta mixture, drizzle with balsamic glaze and enjoy the remaining bruschetta with crispy slices of bread.

Friday Faves {July 10, 2015}

This week was a long one after a holiday weekend, but Friday is finally here! Lots of sunshine is in the forecast here, so I’m looking forward to a few good beach days. Here are my Friday Faves to kick it off…

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  •  Stylish sandals that don’t hurt. I need to get my hands on these. I’ve had my eyes on gold Birkenstocks for a while now and I’m pretty impressed that comfort-first brand Dr. Scholl’s has equally as on-trend options too (here and here). {via}
  • Cold brew coffee. This black coffee addict loves everything about this. And now it’s at Starbucks. As in one block from my office, which is either a really good or bad problem… you decide. {via}
  • Nordstrom sale + my favorite lip stain. I’m sure you’ve heard that the Nordstrom sale is on for cardholders and it will soon open up to everyone 7/17. I couldn’t resist buying this set of my favorite lip stain. I wore it on my wedding day and have pretty much every day since in about a million different colors. Grab this – it’s such a deal, you are basically getting one free (they’re not cheap on the reg). I also love everything Kendra Scott and this bracelet goes perfectly with my everyday bangles (I’m an Aquarius, so amethyst everything). More sale finds coming soon… {}
  • Make your house look guest-ready. Without spending hours cleaning, that’s the key. I’m certainly not a neat freak. In fact, my husband calls me a slob. I’m organized in my own ways, like at work, and I do like a clean kitchen, but when it comes to putting away laundry… not so much. This post has a quick list of ways to make your house look put together if you happen to have a last-minute guest coming over. {via}

4th of July Style & Easy, Festive Dessert

Happy July 4th! Hope you’re all having a good long weekend so far. We went to a family barbecue at my husband’s cousins beach house yesterday and it was such a beautiful day. I was excited to get festive and found some great deals on patriotic style finds earlier this week. Shop the post using the links below – the sunglasses are my new faves from Woodzee, the shorts are only $15 and so comfy and the tank is nice and lightweight for summer. And the white nail color is from the Ciate London South Beach Socialite Collection and makes you look super tan.

For more red, white and blue finds, follow me on Insta (@dailykatyblog) and “like” any of the posts with this outfit. You’ll get a shoppable email to your inbox with lots of items on sale (just sign up for ShopStyle first). I’m also Insta-documenting my weekend with recipes, outfits and more.

Also, if you’re looking for an easy, festive dessert to bring to a party, just buy some pretzels or Oreos, white chocolate and sprinkles. Melt the white chocolate using the microwave or a double boiler (I made a makeshift double boiler with a pot and glass bowl over it), dip the pretzels and Oreos in it and top with sprinkles! It took me a couple batches to get the hang of it, but I’ll definitely be making these again soon.

Have a great day with friends and family!

xo, Katy

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Layered Greek Dip {Recipe}

Happy July 4th weekend! We just arrived at our first beach spot of the weekend to spend the day with family in the sunshine. I went on a dip making mission last night and made this one for today. It’s a layered Greek dip that starts with hummus, then has a Greek yogurt mixture in the middle and is topped off with lots of veggies and feta. Full disclosure, it tastes better than it looks – layered dips are hard to photograph. This dip is also super easy, so if you need a last-minute appetizer, this is a good option. Full recipe below – hope everyone has a great long weekend!

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  • 8 oz hummus
  • 1  1/2 cup non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 6 oz whipped cream cheese
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 tsp fresh dill
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • Pinch ground black pepper
  • 3 tbsp minced red onion
  • 1 cup diced cucumber
  • 1 cup diced tomato
  • 1 cup diced roasted red peppers
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup sliced Kalamata olives


  • Mix together the Greek yogurt, cream cheese, garlic, dill, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Set aside.
  • Spread the hummus across the bottom of  a 8″ x 8″ or 11″ x 7″ glass dish.
  • Add the Greek yogurt mixture on top of the hummus.
  • Top with the veggies – red onion, cucumber, tomatoes, roasted red peppers – and end with olives and feta.
  • Serve with pita chips, tortilla chips or whatever you’d like!

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Pesto Pasta, Chicken Sausage & Brussels Sprouts {Recipe}

I’ve been loving brussels sprouts lately and today I’m sharing a new favorite recipe that combines them with pesto, pasta and chicken sausage, which I found on Gimme Some Oven and made a few tiny tweaks to. This is definitely something I’ll be making again this summer – I love that it’s a pasta dish but also incorporates a veggie and has chicken sausage to keep it on the healthier side. Next time I’m going to try it with homemade pesto – just didn’t have the time or ingredients this time. Enjoy!



  • 1 lb brussels sprouts, ends trimmed, outer leaves removed, sliced in half
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 lb whole wheat orecchiette (or pasta of your choice)
  • 4 Italian chicken sausage links, sliced into 1/8″ thick coins
  • 5 cloves garlic, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2/3 cup pesto
  • Red pepper flakes, as desired
  • Parmesan cheese, for serving


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Combine brussels sprouts, 2 Tbsp. olive oil, salt and pepper in a large bowl.
  • Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil and arrange brussels sprouts on it. Cook for about 20-30 minutes, stirring a few times, until they are crispy on the outside and cooked on the inside. Start boiling water for pasta. Take the brussels sprouts out of the oven when done and set aside.
  • Heat the remaining olive oil in a pan over medium-high heat. Add the sausage and cook, stirring and turning occasionally, until they start to brown. Add the garlic and cook for another 1-2 minutes.
  • Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Once the pasta is cooked, drain the water (reserve a bit of pasta water), and then combine the pasta, pesto, cooked sausage and garlic, and brussels sprouts. If you need extra moisture, add some reserved pasta water.
  • Serve with freshly-grated Parmesan cheese.

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What are your favorite brussels sprouts recipes? Let us know in the comments below!