Last week my friend Denise and I were texting back and forth in preparation for taking our boys to the pumpkin patch. We somehow got on the topic of parenting mottos and decided mine is “don’t do anything you can’t keep up,” meaning simplicity and consistency are key.
As a Mom, I do my best to treat myself with grace. In life I tend to set high expectations for myself and motherhood has been a reality check. I’ve learned that keeping things simple, sticking to our routines and to leaving space to just be is key. So this weekend we did just that.
On Saturday, we had a great simple day. I took B to the gym with me and took a yoga class. Afterwards we hit up Trader Joe’s for the ingredients to make soft pretzels. I let B use the mini cart to shop and he took putting each ingredient in the cart seriously and looked so proud walking the aisles.
After nap time we made easy soft baked pretzels from a recipe I found in Martha Stewart Living. It was one of those things I tucked away for a rainy day. We had so much fun making them that I had to share. Tuck this away for a winter day- we are going to need all the ideas we can get!
Homemade Soft Pretzel Bites
You Will Need:
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 10 cups water
- 1 pound pre-made pizza dough, whole wheat or regular (we used whole wheat from Trader Joe’s)
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 Tablespoon Kosher Salt
- Preheat oven to 450 °F
- Fill a large pot with baking soda and water and bring to a boil (count to 10 while you fill the pot- what a great opportunity to practice counting!)
- While the water is getting to boiling, roll your pizza dough into 1 inch wide ropes on a floured surface
- Cut dough into 1 inch pieces and roll into small balls
- Once the water is boiling, drop dough balls into water and boil for 1 minute
- Remove dough from water with a slotted spoon, placing directly onto a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray
- Brush pretzel bites with egg wash and sprinkle with salt (I did the egg wash and B did the salt)
- Bake for 12 minutes until golden brown
I used this is a great opportunity to get B involved in the kitchen. Remember to use caution and only do what you’re comfortable with! We cook a lot, so if I tell B something is hot he does a good job of not touching.