Holidays and sweet treats go hand in hand just as a Crock Pots and easy breezy cooking does. When family and friends gather together for potlucks and parties it should be stress-free and fun. So here’s a quick and easy sweet treat that you can make using Planters Winter Spice Mix and chocolate chips for your next holiday gathering. Crock Pot Chocolate Covered Nuts for #collectivebias #GoNutsForNuts #shop
Head over to your local Walmart and look for the Planters #GoNutsForNuts holiday Sleigh Display, I found mine near the dairy case. Then grab a couple bags of chocolate chips.
With this recipe you’ll only need two ingredients, Planters Winter Spiced Mix Nuts and 2 bags of chocolate chips, I chose to mix dark and white chips, and you can use any seasonal Planters nut item but I like the variety of the Winter Spiced Mix because it includes Honey Roasted Peanuts, Almonds, Honey Roasted Sesame Sticks , Cashews and Pecans.
Pour peanuts into slow cooker
Layer chocolate chips over the peanuts
Pour another layer of peanuts over the chips
Layer white chips over the peanuts
Top with remaining nuts
Cook on low for 2 hours before stirring to mix evenly. Line baking pans or trays with parchment or wax paper. Scoop out spoonfuls of the peanut mixture onto the prepared baking sheets. Place in refrigerator until the candies harden, cover and then store in a cool place.
This is such an easy recipe that it will give you an opportunity to do other things around the house while it’s cooking . So have fun and use your Smartphone to download the Blippar app and scan the can of Planter’s Peanuts.
Once you scan (or blip) any of the Planter’s seasonal nut items a mobile site will populate and provide a menu bar with the following choices:
Take A Selfie with Mr. Peanut
Browse a list of seasonal Planter’s holiday gift tips and recipes
There is also a tab that gives you some interesting facts about Mr. Peanut. Did you know that he was “born” in 1916 and is a Virgo just like me, another reason to love this cool dude!
If you need more inspiration, check out the Cooking Up Good website. They have recipes, sweepstakes, loyalty programs, coupons and more! What’s not to love? If you’re looking for a new dinner idea or a chance to win some awesome prizes, be sure to check it out!
Stay Blessed ~ No Stress in 2014!
After we reach age 50, are there still some things that mom knows best? Well, as you’ll see in this funny video “The Other Talk”, the answer is a resounding YES, especially when it comes to postmenopause.
“The Other Talk” uses the premise of ‘the talk’ recognized as a cultural event in life where mothers talk with their teenage daughters about sex. “The Other Talk” expands this coming of age tradition to the next generation with a hilarious take on how that conversation unfolds some 40 years later!
“Until recently, I was unaware that many women are uncomfortable or embarrassed to discuss symptoms of postmenopause, and therefore, suffer in silence,” says Emmy-nominated actress Brenda Strong, who is known for her role on Desperate Housewives and Dallas. “That’s why I welcomed the opportunity to work with Pfizer on the “Let’s Talk About Change” campaign to help transform the way we think and talk about postmenopause and empower women to take action to find relief.”
She also encourages women to take the following steps to help manage the physical changes that happen after menopause and change their mindset about aging and postmenopause.
CHANGE YOUR AWARENESS
Both menopause and postmenopause are a normal part of aging. Menopause is what happens when a woman’s menstrual period stops for 12 months in a row, typically around the age of 51. While each woman’s experience is different, some women experience symptoms such as hot flashes, trouble sleeping, night sweats, moodiness and urinary problems. However, postmenopause also brings changes to women’s bodies. Postmenopausal vaginal atrophy (or the thinning of vaginal tissues) can occur, and without treatment, symptoms can worsen. Symptoms may include: severe vaginal itching, burning and dryness, painful intercourse, urinary urgency, and painful urination.
CHANGE THE DIALOGUE
If you’re experiencing these postmenopausal symptoms, you’re not alone! Nearly one third of women experience these symptoms after menopause. To help find relief, it’s important to speak openly and honestly with your healthcare professional as well as your partner. Find some tips for starting these conversations here: Change the Dialogue.
CHANGE YOUR OUTLOOK
What else can you do to help manage the stress that can sometimes come with menopause and postmenopause? Laugh! Menopause is a normal, natural event—not a disease—so why not have a little fun with it? Check out “The Other Talk,” which features Strong to help raise awareness about the symptoms of postmenopause and encourage women to speak up and take action to find relief.