Summer Festivities: Recipe Roundup

Ok so I know we just had the June roundup yesterday, but with today being Canada Day and 4th of July on Friday, it seemed necessary to do another one based on recipes that are perfect for summer festivities.  Summer is definitely my favourite time of year, I have always dreamed about living in a place that gets sun and warmth all year round.  Luckily, Vancouver has surprisingly somewhat met this dream of mine this year.  Maybe not so warm, but our weather has been great. Exactly one year ago today I moved into a new apartment in a new city and just over a year ago I started a new job.  With all the changes that happened, I felt like I really didn’t get to enjoy summer 2013 as much as I could have.  So here is to making the most of the summer this year with some great recipes at your fingertips!

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Cinco De Mayo Recipe Roundup

Happy Cinco De Mayo everyone! While this is a holiday that isn’t really celebrated that extensively in Canada, we have a variety of Mexican recipes that we wanted to share for this celebration. I’ve actually been in the States for a few Cinco De Mayo’s and I know that in certain States especially it is a big party. Also, who doesn’t love Margaritas, tacos and nachos right? We definitely do and I’m sure many of you reading this love these recipes just as much. It’s time for a Mexican fiesta people!

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February Favourites: Recipe Roundup

February was characterized by the V’s for us here at ELP – Valentines and Vacations!  All in all it made for a great, but busy month.  However, we still managed to keep up with our daily recipe posts and were very happy to see that they were so well received.  I’m still finding it hard to believe that it is March but am happy that we are moving towards spring and summer.  We’ve had some dreary weather including snow, rain, and hail in the past few days alone and I’m looking forward to it warming up.  Before looking forward at Spring it’s time to look back at some of our most popular recipes from February.

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Hump Day Drinks: Recipe Roundup

Okay, I’ll be completely honest with you. I had planned on coming home and making something very delicious tonight and posting it for you all to see and try! Something fabulous has happened in the last week, we now have light at the time that I get home, which makes photo taking so much better! However, I just got home and have some sort of heartburn and headache going on and was not having it. If I didn’t have these ailments do you know what I would be craving? A Hump Day drink! So I’ve compiled a list of some of our most popular drink recipes in hopes to give inspiration for a hump day (or any day really) drink for you.

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January Favorites: Recipe Roundup

Can you believe it’s February? I can, only because I’ve been counting down the days to my vacation (this Friday) to the Dominican Republic since I booked it near the beginning of January. I am desperately in need of a vacation, as demonstrated today by my lack of patience and annoyance at things such as all the mats being taken at the gym and a guy eating pizza behind me on the skytrain. Needless to say, I believe some R&R will do me good! Enough about February excitement though, time to go back to January to take a look at some of our most popular posts. Not suprisingly, 4/5 of these recipes fit with the healthy/clean eating mindset that most people take on at the beginning of the year.

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Chocolate Covered Pretzels

I was thinking to myself the other day… What’s a cool yet easy treat I can bring to share with the people in my office… Something that won’t take too long to make a large quantity… Hmmmmm ….. OOO OOO I KNOW!!! Chocolate covered pretzels!!!

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How awesome and delicious do those look! And everyone probably thinks you spent hours slaving over them. Well they are wrong!! I was able to decorate over 60 pretzels in less than an hour! Yes you heard that right, less than an hour!

Here’s what you must do:

Ingredients:

1 bag of mini pretzels
1 cup melting chocolate wafers to completely coat pretzels (I used milk chocolate)
1/4 cup melting chocolate wafers to drizzle over pretzels (I used white chocolate)
Crushed candycanes or peppermint candies

First, take a small pot and fill it with water. Then take a bowl that is big enough to sit on the rim of your pot without touching the water. Put your chocolate in the bowl and stick the pot on your stove, heating at medium-high heat so the steam from the water warms the bottom of the bowl enough to melt the chocolate.

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Once your chocolate is melted, remove the bowl from the pot and place it on a hot pad. Take a second bowl and fill it with the 1/4 cup of chocolate. Place the bowl on top of the pot, and turn the heat down to low. While your second bowl of chocolate is melting, dip the pretzels in chocolate, covering everything with chocolate. Allow some chocolate to drip off the pretzel so that you are able to see the pretzel holes. Place the chocolate covered pretzels on a sheet of parchment.

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Once you are done with the first coat of chocolate, your second coat should be melted. Remove the second bowl from the heat and place it on a hot pad. Using a fork, drizzle the chocolate over the pretzels.

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Sprinkle broken candy cane bits over the pretzels.

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If you have any leftover chocolate, drizzle that over top of the candy pieces so that they are secured in place. Don’t worry if it looks like a big spider webish mess – once they are dry they will look beautiful trust me! Allow for the chocolate to completely dry before removing the pretzels from the parchment paper. Voila! How easy was that!

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These pretzels are even good without the candy cane pieces!!!

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I was thinking it would be super cool to add coloured sprinkles, skor pieces, or caramel bits! How creative can you get with these??

xxC