Monday, December 29, 2014

Pretzel Crack – the Addictive Snack!

My dear friend Middle Grade author Sharon Ledwith is here to get us hooked on an awesome treat that works on the appetizer table as well as family night with a good movie. The kitchen is all yours, Sharon!

Looking for a great family snack that’s easy to make and soooo addictively wicked, you’ll need to lock those ranch-dressed, salty bites under lock and key if you want to make them last until your next movie night? Then look no more. Seriously. You’ll be hooked with your first nibble.

And guess what? No baking is required. Even your kids can help with this recipe.

What you need:
32 ounce bag of pretzels
16 ounce bottle of Orville Redenbacher’s Buttery Flavor popcorn oil
1 package of Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix (dry)
1 teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon onion powder
2 tablespoon dill weed
1 deep foil tray (from dollar store)

What you do:

1. Mix all dry ingredients in a medium size bowl.
2. Mix in the popcorn oil.
3. Coat pretzels evenly, then spoon out onto a deep foil tray.
4. Air dry pretzels in foil tray, stirring every 15 minutes until dry (approximately 1-2 hours).

Store your freshly made pretzel crack in freezer bags. Voila. Done. Ready for consumption.

Warning: If you find that you or a family member eats a whole bag in one sitting, it’s time for an intervention. Do what you must. Be firm. Then, since the bag is empty, go ahead and make some more. You know you want it.

While waiting for the pretzel crack to dry, might I suggest you enjoy a trip into the past with The Last Timekeepers and the Arch of Atlantis?

Children are the keys to our future. And now, children are the only hope for our past.

When 13-year-old Amanda Sault and her annoying classmates are caught in a food fight at school, they're given a choice: suspension or yard duty. The decision is a no-brainer. Their two-week crash course in landscaping leads to the discovery of a weathered stone arch in the overgrown back yard. The arch isn't a forgotten lawn ornament but an ancient time portal from the lost continent of Atlantis.

Chosen by an Atlantean Magus to be Timekeepers--legendary time travelers sworn to keep history safe from the evil Belial--Amanda and her classmates are sent on an adventure of a lifetime. Can they find the young Robin Hood and his merry band of teens? If they don't, then history itself may be turned upside down.

To read an excerpt of The Last Timekeepers and the Arch of Atlantis, please click HERE.

Check out The Last Timekeepers series Facebook Page.

Musa Publishing - Amazon Link - Barnes & Noble - Kobo

Sharon Ledwith is the author of the middle-grade/YA time travel series, The Last Timekeepers, available through Musa Publishing. When not writing, researching, or revising, she enjoys reading, yoga, kayaking, time with family and friends, and single malt scotch. Sharon lives in the wilds of Muskoka in Central Ontario, Canada, with her hubby, a water-logged yellow Labrador and moody calico cat.

Learn more about Sharon Ledwith on her website and blog. Stay connected on Facebook and Twitter.

Happy New Year!


  1. I am in awe of your kindness and support, Sloane! Thank you so much for showcasing this fantastic family treat on your blog today! Wishing you and your family a Happy New Year! Cheers!

    1. My pleasure, Sharon. Now excuse me while I lick the yum off my fingers.:)

  2. And I'm trying to be good. For a kiddo author, you sure know how to lead me astray Sharon!!!!

    1. I think we're beyond good, Lizzie! LOL! Love leading people astray...think of the fun we'll have!

  3. No baking!? Lady, I'm in!!
    Btw, loved Timekeepers :)

    1. Yes, and so easy! Thanks for enjoying Timekeepers, Huntress! Cheers!

  4. Sounds absolutely addictive, Sharon. Unfortunately a couple of those ingredients are not obtainable here. And yes, pretzels DO need a bit of dressing up.

    1. You could improvise on the ingredients, Vonnie. Any ranch dressing will do, as well as buttered popcorn oil. Don't give up! Hugs!

  5. Sounds like just the snack for those rainy day movie marathons. And there will be no interventions.... :)

  6. Agreed. Or there will be hell to pay, ladies! Salute and enjoy the snacks!