Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Thankful gift

I have a friend who is incredibly talented when it comes to gift giving. She LOVES to create small gifts and treats and I am always amazed at the wonderful things she comes up with!
Today she gave me this adorable gift:

A Thanksgiving pot holder filled with hand dipped pretzels and a poem. I love this gift for it's simplicity. Chocolate dipped pretzels are easy to do, yet look so fancy and gourmet when you are done. They also taste delicious -- she dipped hers in caramel, nuts, chocolate and then swirled some white chocolate on top. Yum!
I loved the poem so much that I'm going to post it here on the blog:

"Thank You, God, for Everything"
Thank You, God, for everything
the big things and the small,
For “every good gift comes from God”
the giver of them all
And all too often we accept
without any thanks or praise
The gifts God sends as blessings
each day in many ways,
And so at this Thanksgiving time
we offer up a prayer
To thank You, God, for giving us
a lot more than our share...
First, thank You for the little things
that often come our way,
The things we take for granted
but don’t mention when we pray,
The unexpected courtesy,
the thoughtful, kindly deed,
A hand reached out to help us
in the time of sudden need...
Oh, make us more aware, dear God,
of little daily graces
That come to us with “sweet surprise”
from never-dreamed-of-places
Then, thank You for the “Miracles”
we are much too blind to see,
And give us new awareness
of our many gifts from Thee,
And help us to remember
the Key to Life and Living
Is to make each prayer a Prayer of Thanks
and every day Thanksgiving.
By Helen Steiner Rice

This was such a lovely gift and such a neat way to show someone that you are grateful for them! I also love that this gift could easily be turned into a Christmas gift -- just change the poem and find a festive pot holder.

In case you are like me and absolutely love chocolate dipped pretzels, here is a recipe and instructions to help you on your way :

(instructions courtesy THIS LINK)

10 ounces pretzel sticks (Pretzel RODS)
12 ounces milk chocolate chips (or melting disks)
1/2 cup white chocolate chips (optional)
candy sprinkles (optional)
miniature M&M chocolate candies (optional)
mini Reese's pieces (optional)
chopped peanuts (optional)

1Melt milk chocolate chips in double boiler or in microwave (be careful not to burn in the micro).2If you are using the white chocolate, wait until later before melting unless you can keep it over warm water.3Dip each pretzel rod about 2/3 of the way up in chocolate.4Lay on wax paper lined baking sheets, lining up the rods but leave a bit of space between them.5Allow to set a little, but not completely dry (while waiting, make sure your white chocolate is ready).6Dip a fork into the white chocolate and drizzle over the milk chocolate by gently swishing the fork back and forth over the rods but not touching them.7Place your sprinkles or candies on a paper plate and roll each pretzel rod in desired topping (or just sprinkle on).8Lay back on wax paper to set completely

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