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3 Ingredient Turtle Pretzels

Finished Turtle Pretzels

Finished Turtle Pretzels

Here’s an easy and quick recipe for Turtle pretzels with only three ingredients:

1- 10 oz bag Mini pretzels

Mini Pretzels

Mini Pretzels

1- 8 ox package Rolos, unwrapped



1 small package pecan halves

Pecan Halves

Pecan Halves

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F
Put parchment paper on a baking sheet.
Lay pretzels down on the parchment paper.
Place a Rolo on each pretzel.

Ready to go into the oven

Ready to go into the oven

Bake for 3 – 5 minutes watching for them to soften but not melt.
Take out of oven and add 1 pecan half per pretzel.
Let cool completely.

Coconut Cake with Pineapple Filling


coconut cake



Original recipe makes 1 -8 or 9 inch layer cake


  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix
  • 1 (3.5 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 -1/3 cups water
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups flaked coconut (for cake)
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 4 tablespoons butter, divided in half
  • 2 cups flaked coconut (for frosting)
  • 2 teaspoons milk
  • 3 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese


1.   Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour three 8 or 9 inch round cake pans.

2. Blend the cake mix, pudding mix, water, eggs and oil in a large mixing bowl. Beat at medium speed for 4 minutes. Stir in 2 cups of the coconut and the chopped walnuts. Pour the batter into the prepared pans.

3. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 35 minutes. Let cakes cool in pans for 15 minutes then remove and finish cooling on rack.

4.To Make Frosting: Melt 2 Tablespoons butter or margarine in a skillet. Add the 2 cups flaked coconut and stir constantly over low heat until golden brown. Spread coconut on absorbent paper to cool.

5.Cream the remaining 2 Tablespoons butter or margarine with the cream cheese. Add the milk and confectioners’ sugar alternately, beating well. Add the vanilla and stir in 1 3/4 cups of the toasted coconut.


 Make Pineapple Filling

Ingredients for Pineapple Filling


Original recipe makes 2 cups filling


  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup diced fresh pineapple
  • 3/4 cup pineapple juice
  • 1 tablespoon butter








Instructions for Pineapple Filling


In the top of a double boiler over simmering water, combine sugar, flour and salt. Stir in egg, pineapple and pineapple juice. Cook, stirring frequently, until mixture has thickened. Stir in butter. Remove from heat and allow to cool.


 6. To Assemble Cake: Spread tops of 2 cooled cake layers with half of the filling. Stack them and then frost the sides and top of the cake. Sprinkle Cake with the remaining toasted coconut.


  •  Tips: You can omit the 2 Tablespoons of margarine or butter to brown the coconut by  toasting the coconut in a 350 degree oven for about 10 mins 
  • Pecans can be substituted for the Walnuts.
  •  Coconut cream pudding can be substituted for vanilla flavored pudding.
  •  1 cup Coconut milk can be substituted for 1 cup water.





Note: I  made this cake for my two grandkids for Easter. They loved it. I decorated some of the coconut green (like grass) for the top layer and added chocolate candy eggs, jelly beans, etc.

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Checkerboard Sweet Potatoes

Checkerboard Sweet Potatoes

Ready in 1 hour

9 Servings

Nutrition Per Serving: 343 calories; 11g fat (4g saturated fat); 5g protein; 59g carbs; 6g fiber; 191mg sodium


Checkerboard Sweet Potatoes
Recipe Type: Potatoes & Sweet Potatoes
Cuisine: Side Dish
Author: Victrocious
  • 3 pounds sweet potato; cut into 2inch chunks
  • 1/2 cup Whole milk
  • 4 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1 Can (8oz) Crushed pineapple; Drained
  • 1/4 Cup Brown sugar; Packed
  • 1 Teaspoon Pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
  • 20 marshmallows
  • 40 Pecan halves
  1. I1. Cover sweet potatoes with cold water and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook 12 to 15 minutes or until knife-tender. Drain and return to pot. Mash potatoes with a potato mashed, then stir in milk, butter, pineapple, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, and salt.
  2. Transfer mixture to a 2 1/2 quart oval casserole dish; smooth out top. Starting at the top left, alternate one marshmallow with two pecan halves until the entire casserole is covered. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes, or until marshmallows are browned and puffed.


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New Year’s Resolutions Statistics

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Are you making any New Year’s resolutions this year? If you do, what will you decide? Read the following and see if you are in the majority of what most people decide.

Rank Top 10 New Years resolutions for 2012
Lose Weight
Getting Organized
Spend Less, Save More
Enjoy Life to the Fullest
Staying Fit and Healthy
Learn Something Exciting
Quit Smoking
Help Others in Their Dreams
Fall in Love
Spend More Time with Family
News Years Resolution Statistics Data
Percent of Americans who usually make New Year’s Resolutions 45%
Percent of Americans who infrequently make New Year’s Resolutions 17%
Percent of Americans who absolutlely never make New Year’s Resolutions 38%
Percent of people who are successful in achieving their resolution 8%
Percent who have infrequent success 49%
Percent who never succeed and fail on their resolution each year 24%
People who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don’t explicitly make resolutions
Type of Resolutions (Percent above 100% because of multiple resolutions) Data
Self Improvement or education related resolutions 47%
Weight related resolutions 38%
Money related resolutions 34%
Relationship related resolutions 31%
Age Success Rates Data
Percent of people in their twenties who achieve their resolution each year 39%
Percent of people over 50 who achieve their resolution each year 14%
Length of Resolutions Data
Resolution maintained through first week 75%
Past two weeks 71%
Past one month 64%
Past six months 46%

Statistics from http://www.statisticbrain.com