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Pumpkin Spice M&M bark

If you’re more than a little obsessed with pumpkin and see autumn as the perfect time to eat all. the. pumpkin. things., this recipe will likely be your bliss.

Dark chocolate Pumpkin Spice M&M bark

I stumbled upon Bree Hester’s Halloween bark late last year, which planted a seed for this year. And when I saw the new Pumpkin Spice M&Ms, I knew I had to create my own take on Bree’s recipe. Stat.

Pumpkin Spice M&M bark

Ingredients:

  • Pretzel sticks
  • 10 ounces dark chocolate morsels
  • 12 ounces white chocolate or white candy melts
  • 1 bag Pumpkin Spice M&Ms
  • Chocolate sprinkles
  • Orange sugar sprinkles

Dark chocolate Pumpkin Spice M&M bark

Directions:

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Have your assistant break up roughly 40 pretzel sticks into bite-sized pieces.Dark chocolate Pumpkin Spice M&M barkDark chocolate Pumpkin Spice M&M bark
  3. Melt dark chocolate on 50% power in 30-minute increments, until melted.
  4. Evenly spread dark chocolate over parchment paper.Dark chocolate Pumpkin Spice M&M bark
  5. While chocolate is still warm, sprinkle with broken pretzels.Dark chocolate Pumpkin Spice M&M bark
  6. Place in refrigerator and allow to cool completely.
  7. Melt white candy melts according to package directions.
  8. Spread melted white candy over pretzel layer.
  9. Top with M&Ms and chocolate and orange sprinkles.Dark chocolate Pumpkin Spice M&M bark
  10. Place in refrigerator and allow to cool thoroughly.
  11. When completely cooled, break into small pieces and store in refrigerator. (If you don’t eat it all in one sitting, that is!)

Dark chocolate Pumpkin Spice M&M bark

Filled with Love

This has been a year permeated with personal growth, tremendous loss, endless joy, and true beauty.

This has been a year filled with love.

I have a list a mile long of things for which I am grateful.  This life that I have been gifted is more wonderful than I could have ever dreamed.

In no particular order, this year I am grateful for…

…Starbucks Peppermint Mochas.

…a baby boy who points at his daddy and squeals “Da Da!”

…a daughter who, when asked what she is thankful for this year, replied, “my brother.”

…my mother, who told me that she loved me every single day while I was growing up.

…my wonderful family.

…our home, a warm and lovely place where we can raise our children and offer them a true sense of stability.

…that Craig and I were able to spend his mother’s final days at her bedside.  Those moments with her were a gift that I will treasure for my entire life.

…each and every person who comes here and reads my words.

…the comments that you all leave for me, each one is a little gift.

…miniature pumpkin cheesecakes.

…a techie husband who recognizes that the best writing occurs on a new MacBook Pro.

…a daughter who finds delight in the smallest of things.

…cheese.

…a handful of amazing friends who have stood by me through the years.

…the lovely friends that I’ve made this year (you and you and you).  I am blessed beyond compare.

…my baby boy who has recently learned how to give slobbery kisses.

…a husband who encourages me, who laughs with me, and who treats me with tenderness and respect.

…this blog, a place that affords me space to think, grow, and change.

…and lastly, the relief that I feel for having finished NaNoWriMo and the knowledge that I never, ever have to do that again!

This post is linked up with the Red Writing Hood’s prompt this week to write about

the things for which we are grateful.

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