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Holidays bring out the baker in me and this is such an easy treat that the wee ones can help through all of the steps (maybe not the oven though).  While these little treats don’t require ANY fuss (other than unwrapping a bazillion chocolates), they still require a bit of ovenly heat and assembly.  I would say that they are cheap to make, but pecans are pricy.  It’s not necessary to use the exact brands I did – well, except for the Rollos, of course I think there is a knock-off brand out there.  I had one bag, but thought to purcahse another (I’ve loads of goodie recipients).  I asked my dear husband to pick up an extra bag of Rollos and of course, it has become the ‘hot’ thing to buy so he picked up a few rolls from the checkout area as a substitute.  I don’t know how cost effective it is, but there are 6 to a roll and that’s 6 I didn’t have to unwrap.



Bag of small pretzels (I like to use the square ones)

Bag of Pecans

Bag of Rollos



Cookie Sheet

Oven (350 degrees)


1) Take your ingredients and prepare.  You could, unwrap all those lovely chocolately carmel candies at one sitting and put them

all in a bowl until you are ready to assembly OR you can just unwrap as you go.










2)  Place pretzels onto an ungreased cookie sheet-leave a wee space between them.










3) Place unwrapped Rollo candy onto the pretzel.










4) Heat on 350 degrees in oven for 3-5 minutes.  You may want to keep an eye on them-three minutes goes by faster than you think.


5) Once warmed enough, take a pecan a press (gently) it into the softened Rollo.  I like mine to keep the carmel inside the chocolate.  In this picture, I actually left them in too long so the one with the pecan was already flattened.  The others somehow managed to stay in form (so I pressed the pecan in them after the picture was taken).










6) Let them cool and you have a great little treat!


7) There are a few variations however that you can use in this recipe–only you probably shouldn’t call it Turtles if you use them.

  • Instead of pecans, you could use M&M’s, walnuts, or any other type of small goody.
  • You could choose a different shaped pretzel.
  • You could use a white chocolate disk instead of the Rollos.


However you make them, have fun and then share them with everyone!

Glena’s Potion Mix-up! Puzzle

Oh dear!  Cobwebs are threatening to overtake the lab of poor little witch in-training, Glena.  Blu looks over her shoulder and helps her frantic search for the spell that will clear them away.  To make matters worse, the spell has turned them into a jigsaw puzzle!  Can you help them out by piecing them back together?

So excited to bring this puzzle to you in two versions.  One, is digital! Yup, I found a cool website that you can upload pics and have them turned into puzzles that you can solve via your computer.  So thank you so much to http://allstarpuzzles.com  for exisiting!!  Now, the second choice is a ‘do-it-yourself’ one (print page, color, and cut into pieces).

Since you can’t color on the digital site, here’s what it should look like once you have finished putting it together!

http://www.allstarpuzzles.com/usr/44a/p.html?f=44a8e6de1bb5b5c2daea <–use this link to go to the digital puzzle site.

Now, here’s the ‘do-it-yourself’ one.  Just print (remember to click on the picture and then right click-select print) on regular paper, color, and then cut into pieces. If you want to make the puzzle pieces more sturdy…once you’ve printed and colored the picture, you can paste the picture onto either heavy cardstock or cardboard.

Lucky black cat origami!

While I have never had a black cat as a pet, I by NO means find them unlucky.  They are amazing.  That may be the reason I put one in my chapter book, “Pell Shade and the Mysterious Paper”.  His name is Nibs and he is an origami…but a most special origami that comes to life.  Below are the instructions for an origami cat head…I suggest a square piece of paper (equal on all sides).  If you don’t have one, then it is easy to make.  Just take a regular sheet of paper and use a ruler to measure and mark.  Once you have equal sides, you can cut the page. Now, you can color him with colored pencils, crayons, etc. or start out using colored paper.  You can find origmai paper at Michaels and a few other stores.

Let it begin!! Black Widow’s Webby Maze!

Help the poor lady bug outsmart the spider in her own web and find her way to freedom!!

(Instructions for print: click on picture-it will bring it up on another window by itself, right click on the picture to select ‘print picture’ – you may need to change the setting so it will fill the page: inside the print box-select ‘preferences’, select ‘page setup’ and then select ‘fit to page’, click print.)