Twisted sister……pretzels 😆

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The next recipe I have really enjoyed making for my family are baked soft pretzels.   I make a batch of these, freeze them, then pop one in the microwave when I feel snacky!  They are chewy, tasty,  salty (or sweet) and satisfying.   Yum!😋

Here’s how it’s done…..

1st make your dough.  Again, I use a bread maker to make my dough using this recipe:

1 1/2 c warm water

1T sugar

1 1/2 t  salt

1 egg, beaten

4 1/2 c flour

2 t yeast

After the dough cycle is complete  (2 hrs) place the dough on a lightly floured surface.

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Break a small ball of dough off and roll it out on a clean, dry surface.

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At this point you can create whatever shapes, balls,  rings, braids, twists you like.  My family loves pretzel bites, so from a strip (pictured above) just cut it into 10, 2cm pieces.

After forming all your dough into pretzels, it’s time to boil them in a large pot of water with 1/2 c of baking soda mixed in.

wpid-2015-04-15-14.25.08.jpg.jpgGently drop 3-4 pretzels in the boiling water and boil for 30 sec., flip, then 30 sec. on the other side.

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  • Bake at 400° for 15-20 min. 

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Let cool (if you can wait😆) and enjoy! We sure do!

Your Simply Susan recipe of the day! 😆

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15 minutes…

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Are you worth 15 minutes?  Yes, you are!  So, why not spend that time doing something to make you feel physically better?  Why not fit in a quick, intense, 15 minute workout that will not only leaving you feeling alive, but energized and happy!2016-05-15-15.30.32.jpg.jpeg

Let’s get this crazy idea out of your heads that to become healthy and fit means that you need to spend hours every week at the gym!  It absolutely doesn’t.  It makes me sad to hear people tell me that they just don’t have time to exercise; I hear this a lot!  Here’s the thing, exercise does take effort and you do actually have to put aside a bit of time on your own.  But, do you know what?  It is worth making this change and making it a habit.  We are ALL busy!  We all have 15 things going on at once!  It’s become normal to multitask and feel like you don’t have time to do anything for yourself.  I made a decision years ago that in order to be the person I want to be, I need to take care of my body inside and out.  I made a point to schedule in exercise every day and I am a better person, inside and out because of it!

So, you ask, what can I possibly do in 15 minutes that is worthwhile?  Tons of things; the list is endless actually!  In 15 minutes you could do an at-home skipping/upper body weight lifting sessions.  Or, 15 minutes of alternating between slow, low squats and lunges, and arm exercises.  Or 15 minutes of yoga stretches.  How about 15 minutes on a bike, stationary or road bike?  How about a 15 minute power walk outside.

2016-05-15-15.34.50.jpg.jpegDo you see what I mean about the list being endless?  I just spontaneously thought of 5 exercises without even really putting real time or thought into it.  I have so many more ideas too.  Just comment to me if you are interested in more ideas and I’m always happy to share.

Very importantly though, you need to want to make this change for the good of yourself.

Make a plan to start tomorrow and actually do it!  All you need are 15 minutes!  Let’s do this!

Your Simply Susan fitness tip of the day! 🙂