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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Sweet Spiced Nuts!!

Dogs just don't understand daylight savings to you explain to them that we change the clock back in the fall. My dog is still getting us up at 5:00AM thinking it's time to get up for work. He used to just make sure we got up on the weekends at 6:ooAM he could not get that it was Saturday either. So funny (well not really it pretty anoying actually) he will stand outside the slider door looking into the bedroom and bark, needing nothing other than for us to get up! Today it was again 5:00am and he was standing front of the open door...after he had already been outisde...and bark, pause, bark, pause, bark, bark...are you up yet? Ahhh...dogs...Sheesh!

Yes Autumn is here and even though we don't really get the typical fall weather here in Florida we are able to turn off the AC (at least in my house we do) open the windows and sliders, and sitting outside and really enjoy the room temperature. Now we can do the baking that we have been wanting to do and the house smells like spices, my favorite.

Spiced Nuts are an easy way to get your house smelling good. I first made these for a chopped salad, and since have made them for a Christmas or house-warming gifts. They are perfect to set out for when company comes, but I warn you...they don't last long, the bowls will be empty before you know it! The recipe is adjustable to what you like...add a little chili powder or cayenne if like some heat!

1 cup pecans, walnuts, almonds or mixed nuts what ever you have or want
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon or pinch or nutmeg and/or cloves
2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
3 teaspoons butter, melted

In a bowl mix brown sugar with a seperate bowl melt the butter. Then dip the nuts in small batches in the metled butter then into the sugar and spice mix...

Spread out on a cookie sheet lined with parment paper (for easy clean up) . Walnuts on the left and I used a bag of the pecan pieces on the right ...this is great for salads!

Place in a 375 degree oven for about 8 minutes. Now I learned the hard way that 8 minutes is about right...
...much more than that and the sugar and spice coating will start to melt off, and end up all over the parchment paper...just keep any eye on them.

Walnuts all sweet and spicy just waiting for good, I like it when the sugar gets a little caramelized.

The smaller pieces I just store in a jar until I am ready to use them in a salad. I usually don't like it too sweet, but this is a nice little touch of sweet and spice to the salad.

Are you on my gift list?

Edited to add photo and I really should wake him up