The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Jordan Lorraine

‘Tis the season for giving and receiving, friends and family, toy soldiers and nutcrackers, ice skating and snow angels, snowmen and snowwomen. Not to mention all the holiday specials on the television.

The nostalgic monster deep inside of me awakens after the first snowfall, feeds on my goose bumps as I remember the presents I received years ago. Remember the feeling of warmth that spread from the tips of your toes to the end of your hair after taking the first sip of hot chocolate (with copious amounts of marshmallows) after a long day of snow fort building, and the smell of wood burning in a chimney that accents a dark and crisp winter night.
But don’t call me a romantic just yet. Maybe after I rant and rave about grandma’s succulent, perfectly cooked, brown sugar-encrusted ham, the scalloped potatoes with a block of cheese added on top or maybe the holiday treats, cherry pie, double chocolate cake, sugar cookies vested in frosting, homemade peanut butter cups, and the list goes on. Yeah, maybe I’m a romantic.
In the spirit of giving, I’d like to share with you one of my favorite recipes that my mom shared with me. It’s a very simple recipe for chocolate-covered pretzels that I’ve had ever since I can remember.