Will’s Art & Super Bowl Recipe

IMG_7286William was a wonderfully creative boy, but it isn’t anything he would have ever admitted to nor would he approve of me writing about it. Being “artistic” was definitely a word he associated more with his sister than himself and unless forced he would have never signed up for an art class.


A rare photo of William doing something artsy with best buddy Brian at cub scout camp

Luckily, (for me) he was required to take at least 2 art classes in high school. As a freshman football player he chose “dance for athletes” and ceramics.


a boy dancing around a camp fire

His ceramic pieces are so precious and give great insight into who he was. I am grateful to his teacher who allowed such expression in these beautiful tiles. Hunting, camp fires, the woods….he lived these scenes.


On the hunt

Morning, noon and night. Winter, spring, summer and fall. The boy was creative and artistic and I suppose always longing to be in the woods rather than in school.


In his sights

Wish I had understood that better back then and I wish I wasn’t telling this story now.


Another successful day in the woods

Is this football season? I don’t follow sports, but it seems to me that after New Year’s Eve and the Rose Bowl parade that most folks set their sights on the Super Bowl or at least recipes for the big game day party. So, here is an easy, yet, creative ( if you Will) recipe for a salty-sweet treat that any boy or sports enthusiast will love. A one bite treat that won’t break the calorie bank either. IMG_7334

Chocolate Covered Salted Caramel & Peanut Butter Pretzel Balls

  • Servings: 2 to 3 dozen
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½ cup crushed salted pretzels

¼ cup powdered sugar

¼ cup salted caramel peanut butter spread

1-tablespoon soft butter

½ cup chocolate melts (Ghirardelli brand recommended)

½ tablespoon coconut oil

fleur de sel

Mix pretzels, powdered sugar, peanut butter spread and butter; chill . Shape into 1-inch round balls or footballs. In small bowl, in microwave, melt chocolate and coconut oil, stirring every 30 seconds until smooth. Dip balls to coat and place on wax paper to set. Sprinkle immediately with salt. Decorate with fondant laces, if making footballs.



31 thoughts on “Will’s Art & Super Bowl Recipe

  1. Those tiles are beautiful….thank you for sharing a glimpse of his talents. Can’t way yo make the PB & Pretzel balls

  2. Love the tiles. You definitely weren’t getting any drawings of flowers, lol.

  3. He was definitely artistically talented, but his connection to nature, flora and fauna, that is life, probably enabled him to do well in and have insight in all that he applied himself to do, for it came from a very deep well of heart and love…

    • I could have used your teaching expertise when he was in high school, Min. When he loved a subject he went full throttle and did it to the best of his ability, but if he didn’t like the subject—oh boy did we butt heads.

    • I just unpacked them last week and really marveled at the beauty of them…all over again. I treasure them more than ever

  4. I absolutely love the tiles. I want to see them next time we are together. It took my breath away to see the picture of him with Brian. Thank you God for filling their lives with so many smiles.

  5. I’ve been reading, but lacked the energy to comment for a while. As I sit here making wings and dip for the game, I looked at these tiles and just cried. It has been a long and difficult holiday season this year…Much more emotionally draining than our first Christmas without Aidan.
    I think of my Aidan and Will and how such creative, talented and vital boys left pieces of themselves without ever knowing how much they would be treasured later.

    • I know there is nothing I can say or do to ease your pain. I am glad this holiday is behind you now. It will never ever make sense, but to say I am better off to have had him for 23 years along with this pain than to have never had him at all

  6. Lovely tiles, Lisa. Your Will was a remarkable young man and I know you treasure these. The recipe looks and sounds delish!

    • Thanks Ronna. Yes, they are real treasures and I am glad I unpacked another box of his things. It has taken me awhile.

  7. Of course those tiles were of camping and hunting and outdoors. So “William”. Loved seeing them, a treasure for sure. (Especially the “boy dancing around the campfire”, that one’s my favorite 🙂

  8. Priceless is a precious tangible object that you can see what he created and hold what was in his heart…filled with Peace and Hope…

  9. Love the treats and the tiles! I understand the not admitting to be artistic thing….same with my son as art is something his sister does…lol. Such treasures and I am glad you have them as well as so many beautiful photos.

  10. I don’t know if school still requires classes like art and music…hope it hasn’t gone the way of home economics. We all benefit when we explore different sides of ourselves

  11. Such beautiful art..
    Just recently I found this..perhaps you’ve seen it:
    “Grief never ends…but it changes.
    It’s a passage, not a place to stay.
    Grief is not a sign of weakness, nor a lack of faith…
    It is the price of love.”

    Wishing you a new year filled with hope, peace & strength.

  12. Will’s tiles are beautiful! …I love that they represent what he loved about life. What a gift!
    We don’t follow football either….but I would eat those treats anytime!!!

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