Goody, Goody Gumdrops

I usually volunteer to be the dessert-maker come tailgate time. Desserts and fun, and you can do so much with them. I recently gave in and started using Pinterest. If you’ve been able to resist the urge, there are good and very good reasons to go ahead and resign to the beauty of it all. Using Pinterest, I found some fabulous tailgate ideas! I pinned them all neatly to my boards, and I will know right where they are next time I get ready to choose a dessert! 

Friday, I found a recipe from The Girl Who Ate Everything for Oreo Pudding Cookies. I put those at the top of my to-do list! They were a hit. Everyone raved about them. They baked perfectly; I followed the recipe pretty much exactly, which is rare. I highly recommend these for a variation on plain Jane cookies. (Find the plate here.)

I wanted a quick, finger-food goody, too, so I decided on a sweet and salty treat made with pretzels, Hershey Kisses, and M&Ms. This one’s super easy!

Preheat your oven to 275 degrees; in the meantime, put Hershey’s Kisses on top of mini pretzel twists. Stick them in the oven for 3-5 minutes; the chocolate should be soft but still have its shape.

Pick your topping. I chose Milk Chocolate M&Ms and Peanut Butter M&Ms. I stuck them in a bowl so I wasn’t fighting the bag between each one.

Press the M&M into the soft chocolate. (I won’t use the brown M&Ms next time, they killed the eye appeal.) Pop the candies into the refrigerator to set the chocolate. 

I finished up my tailgate preparations with a pasta salad that I LOVE, courtesy of Honey. It’s quick, easy, and super delicious. 

1 bag Wacky Mac spiral pasta
1 jar pickled veggies
1 small can chopped black olives, drained
Italian dressing, to taste

  • Cook pasta according to package directions
  • In the meantime, chop veggies into small pieces
  • Drain pasta; rinse with cool water
  • Combine pasta, veggies, juice from veggies, black olives, and Italian dressing 
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve
This was such a hit–until it hit the ground! It was so windy Sunday that the whole bowl–minus a few servings–blew off the table! I’ll make it again, soon. 

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