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As kids, my mom did a great job of putting healthy meals on the table every single night and we ate as a family at the table just about every single night as well.  It’s something that I highly value now and will continue to do when Kyle and I have kids of our own. For a period of time during my childhood, however, my dad was an over-the-road truck driver. There were lots of quiet weekends in our house during the times he was driving and to boost all of our spirits, once or twice a year, my mom declared a “pig out night.” We’d stock the house with food we’d never usually eat – chips and dip, mozzarella sticks, pizza fondue (homemade), pigs in blankets, and ingredients for ice cream sundaes.  It was the pigs in blankets that were the highlight for me so you could imagine my excitement when I came across this grown-up version of pigs in blankets.

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There really isn’t much to making these guys and although they’re not as simple as whipping out a can of refrigerated crescent roll dough, they are infinitely more satisfying – both in taste and in the fact that you’re making homemade pretzels!  Don’t shy away from this recipe if you fear yeast – pretzel dough is SO much easier to make than bread or bagel dough!  You’ll toss all of the ingredients in a mixing bowl, let the mixer do the kneading for a few minutes, let the dough rise for about an hour, and then cut the dough and wrap the pieces around the hot dogs.  As far as dough goes, it’s that simple!  Next you’ll quickly boil the dough wrapped dogs, sprinkle with some salt, and bake.  These pretzels dogs are such a treat!  The pretzels are soft and chewy and are just perfect wrapped around your favorite hot dogs.  I made them for our annual anti-Superbowl evening of movies and snacks (and ate probably more than we should have) but I could see them being perfect for kids’ birthday parties, game nights, game days, nights when you’ve got a sitter coming, or even a great snow day food.