Dec 18

Quick & Easy Candied Pecans

Posted by Katie on Dec 18 2014

We are exactly one week from Christmas.

Can you believe that?

As I type this our house smells like sweet and spicy holiday goodness.

You see, we have 3 family gatherings from now until Christmas and for at least 2 of them I will be contributing the vegetables.

For our gathering on Sunday I will be bringing a leafy green salad topped with dried fruit, seeds, blue cheese, THESE homemade candied pecans and a delicious homemade dressing.

This particular recipe comes from Maria and Josh over at Two Peas and their Pod and it’s my go to recipe for candied nuts!  I’ve tweaked the recipe only a tad, substituting coconut sweetener for brown sugar, almond extract for vanilla extract and by adding a pinch of cayenne pepper for that glorious heat that balances the sweet!

I love this particular recipe because there are few ingredients involved and it’s quick and easy to throw together!

If you know me personally you know that I am a cinnamon FANATIC so I can tell you that another reason I love making these nuts is because our house smells of cinnamon for DAYS after!

Enjoy these candied pecans as a snack, add them to salads or put them in a mason jar and give them away as gifts!

I can’t wait until Sunday ;)

Quick & Easy Candied Pecans
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Recipe type: Snack
Author: Katie
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 40 mins
Total time: 50 mins
Recipe adapted from Two Peas and their Pod.
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup organic white sugar
  • 1/2 cup coconut sweetener
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups unsalted pecans halves
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon water
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl combine white sugar, coconut sweetener, cinnamon, cayenne pepper and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk the egg white, almond extract, and water together until frothy.
  4. Add the pecans and gently toss until the pecans are well coated.
  5. Add the sugar and cinnamon mixture and toss until pecans are covered.
  6. Spread the pecans out on your baking sheet. Bake for 40 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.
  7. Remove from the oven and let the pecans cool on the baking sheet. Once cool, store in an airtight container

Instructions:

1) Preheat oven to 300 degrees F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
2) In a medium mixing bowl combine white sugar, coconut sweetener, cinnamon, cayenne pepper and salt.
3) In a large bowl, whisk the egg white, almond extract, and water together until frothy.
4) Add the pecans and gently toss until the pecans are well coated.
5) Add the sugar and cinnamon mixture and toss until pecans are covered.
6) Spread the pecans out on your baking sheet. Bake for 40 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.
7)Remove from the oven and let the pecans cool on the baking sheet. Once cool, store in an airtight container
ENJOY!!!

Dec 17

It’s Good to be Home!

Posted by Katie on Dec 17 2014

Hi there!

There really is no place like home.  We arrived safe and sound on Monday afternoon and since then we have unpacked, done laundry, made soup, made lotion and sent out our Christmas cards!!!

The moment we walked into the house I saw this.  How sweet is my bestie?  I LOVE her so!

Since being back I’ve been eating so much more normal than I have the past 2 weeks!  I will be happy when the holidays are over and the indulging becomes less frequent!

My aunt gave me some butternut acorn squash soup that she made.  DELICIOUS!

Black bean soup (SO good, though it may not look it).

GREEN SMOOTHIES!!  I kissed my nutribullet this morning I kid you not.

My bosses took us ladies out to lunch today too!  I had an amazing veggie burger and lentil soup!

And for supper I ate some southwestern vegetable soup that I whipped up yesterday.  I will DEFINITELY be sharing this recipe!

OH!  And I tried my hand at making my own lotion yesterday.  It is FABULOUS for my trial round but I have a lot to learn!

It doesn’t look like much and I almost burned myself several times but my skin feels amazing!

I’d say I missed home a bit ;)

It was AWESOME to be back at work too!  I have a lot of catch up to do but it was genuinely a great day.

So that’s all for now!

Dec 14

Day 14- THAT’S ALL FOLKS!

Posted by Katie on Dec 14 2014

Hi guys!

It’s 9:00 pm and we are gearing up to get ready for our trip home tomorrow (we leave here at 5:00 am).

SO I won’t have anything for you until tomorrow or Tuesday!

Thank you ever so much for following our shenanigans these past few weeks…It’s been a memorable trip!

See you when we get home :)

K.

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