Dec
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Naughty or Nice Spiced Nuts

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With all of the parties and gatherings that come with this time of year, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about hors d’oeuvres and things that would compliment pre-dinner cocktails.

When I was younger, and always around the Holidays when we’d visit, I remember finding the dish of mixed nuts on my Grandparent’s bar—sometimes salty and sometimes sweet, but always delicious. Oh, nostalgia!

This recipe for spiced mixed nuts is so easy and comes together in a snap, which is the best part, if you are playing host/hostess for the evening or looking for a host/hostess gift for your next party!

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Naughty or Nice Spiced Nuts

Adapted from Nigella Lawson

 

Ingredients:

2 C raw mixed nuts

2 Tbsp. fresh rosemary, chopped

1 tsp. blackened seasoning (1/4 each of cayenne, paprika, garlic, pepper)*

½ tsp. nutmeg

¼ tsp. kosher salt

1 Tbsp. butter, melted

1 Tbsp. pure maple syrup

1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce*

 

*Side note: I use homemade blackened seasoning and Lea & Perrins brand Reduced Sodium Worcestershire sauce to be sure the nut mixture is Gluten Free.

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350F

Roast the nuts on a cookie sheet for 6-8 minutes, tossing them every couple of minutes, to ensure they don’t burn. In a small bowl, microwave the butter until melted. Once melted, add the rosemary, blackened, salt, nutmeg, maple syrup and Worchester sauce and give it a stir to combine. Once roasted, add the nuts to a mixing bowl and pour on the spiced mixture, tossing to coat. The nuts will sizzle and smell amazing.

 

Sweet, salty & spicy—Naughy or Nice…you decide! These spiced nuts are totally addicting and super easy. Enjoy!

Dec
14

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A Few Things

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Moikka–TGIF, friends!!

 

I have been out and about all day, and a long walk in the fresh air was a great substitute for the gym…I just wasn’t up for it today.

It has been pretty quiet around our apartment, aside from the Christmas music I’ve been playing constantly! Chris has been out of town since Wednesday, as his team is playing in the European Trophy Tournament, located in both Vienna, Austria and Bratislava, Slovakia. Tappara played their first game last night in Bratislava, and won! Ironically, Chris’ brothers team (Färjestad, from Sweden) is also competing in the same tourney, in the same bracket, so to speak. If that’s not ironic enough, Jack’s team won their first game as well, so the two teams will play each other tomorrow night in the semi-finals. Unfortunately, Jack is out with an injury and wasn’t able to make the trip. I know C really wishes it would have worked out for them to both be healthy and playing one another. Maybe next year!

This weekend I will be getting things organized before Chris’ team break next week. We have planned a trip to Germany and I could not be more excited!!! So besides brushing up on my common Deutsch words and phrases and dreaming of all of the Glühwein and Sauerkraut to be had, here are a few things of interest I’ve seen this week…

 

I’m trying to learn to like Butternut Squash. These Veggie Chips may be just the ticket.

A holiday spin on Puppy Chow. Perfect for a get-together, no?

Bedtime Yoga routine. Definitely trying this!

Maalian, Tappara! (Score, Tappara!) All about the Euro Trophy Tournament. 

 

 

Any great travel advice for Germany? I’d love to hear! Have a great weekend, all. xo

 

 

 

(Image via SpicySaltySweet)

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13

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Baked Bananas

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I am definitely a fan of dessert! Sometimes you just need that sweet treat, but you don’t want to over-indulge.

Enter…Baked Bananas. They are SO good, and a cinch to make!

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Baked Bananas

 

Ingredients:

1 banana

1 Tbsp. nut butter

1 Tbsp. dark chocolate chips

1 Tbsp. unsweetened coconut flakes

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 450F

Cut a slit in the side of the banana, but don’t slice all the way through. Spread the nut butter inside the banana, add in chocolate chips and sprinkle on the coconut flakes. Close the peel of the banana and wrap in aluminum foil. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes or until the inside of your banana is warm and the filling is good and melted.

Carefully unwrap (the bananas will be steamy) & Enjoy!

 

 

Have a great Wednesday!!

 

 

 

 

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