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Homemade Pretzels

I haven't made homemade pretzels since we were in Alabama and I had forgotten how easy they are if not a little time consuming. I made these last week for Oscar night. They keep a long time in an airtight container. 1   (.25 ounce) package   active dry yeast 1 tablespoons   brown sugar 1  teaspoons   salt 1 ½   cups   warm water (110 degrees) 3   cups   all-purpose flour 1   cup   bread flour 2   cups   warm water (110 degrees) 2   tablespoons   baking soda 1-2   tablespoons   butter, melted 2   tablespoons  kosher salt Line two or three baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside. Place the yeast, brown sugar and salt in the 1.5 cups of warm water. Stir to dissolve. Stir in the flour. Knead for about 7-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl and cover. Let it rise for an hour (I place mine in the oven with the light on). Combine the two cups of warm water with the baking soda in a square shallow pan. After the dough has risen, cut it into 12 equal pieces.  Roll each section into a

Seasons Greetings

Wishing everyone a beautiful holiday season and a great 2023!

Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy


  1. That's a beautiful display. Happy holidays, Phillip!

  2. Gorgeous and exuberant Christmas tree!
    And the 'Dirt Therapy' pillow... a nice touch!
    Merry Christmes

  3. Merry Christmas, Phillip and Michael. Your inside tree is as beautiful as your outside trees.

  4. Merry Christmas, Phillip! I hope you and your husband have a healthy and verdant year to come. Many thanks for the steady supply of eye candy and solid advice. So glad I stumbled onto Dirt Therapy!

  5. Merry Christmas to you both! I love that we have a white Christmas, even though snow might be easier to deal with than ice. Still, it does wonders for my holiday spirit! Cheers!

  6. Merry Christmas Phillip and Michael!!


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