Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Recipe: Candied Nuts

Today I have one of my favorite recipes to share with you, I'm so excited! My grandmother was a wonderful baker and two things I learned from her is there's always room for treats and that treats have a season. I loved everything she baked and always looked forward to holidays and celebrations to have our special treats. Divinity for weddings, strawberry cake with coconut frosting for Valentines, raisin cake for birthdays, rice balls for Halloween, and sugar cookies for Christmas. It was a fun tradition and made each celebration even more special.

I don't have a lot of treats under my belt yet (I'm going to try her pecan crunch this year!), but I make some amazing candied nuts! I make them every Christmas and they're so easy! I love any recipe that has items I have on hand and is simple to make. Matt asks for these every year earlier and earlier, they're great for camping, snacks, crushed up in salads, and treats for neighbors, friends, and coworkers.

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1 egg white
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon water
1 pound almonds or pecans
3/4 cup of sugar
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
1 ½ teaspoons of fine grain sea salt

1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone mats.
2. In a large bowl, combine egg white, vanilla extract and water. Beat mixture until frothy.
3. Stir in almonds and mix to coat.
4. In a separate bowl,  gently combine sugar, cinnamon, and sea salt and stir into almond mixture, thoroughly coating all nuts.
5. Evenly spread nuts onto prepared baking sheet and place into oven.
6. Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
7. Let cool then enjoy!

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I love them warm, but they are a bit soft while warm. Don't worry, they'll harden as they cool. They will last up to two weeks when stored in an air tight container. I usually make them with almonds for gifts, but this year I made a batch of each to mix and share with friends.

What's your favorite recipe for the holiday season?

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

OOTD: Pin Stripes and Ruffles

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Top (black and white version here) // Skinnies // Booties // Sunnies

Happy Tuesday everyone! I'm still recovering from Thanksgiving weekend, but I'm so excited that the holidays have officially started. We've had our tree, lights, and home decor up for a few weeks now, my shopping is almost done, and on Sunday we started our holiday baking. This year is going to be so much fun with the girls and I have so many things I want us to do as a family!

I saw my girl Laura with this top and I pretty much bought it immediately. I love the sleeves and the Peter Pan collar. When I showed Matt he was a little doubtful about it, but I love it! Men just don't get it sometimes! There's plenty of room so order a size down. Also, I bought these jeans a few weeks ago for $19 and they're my favorites. They're super comfortable and fit perfectly. They run true to size and I'm thinking about ordering a second pair in petite so they'll hit right at the ankle.

Hope you're having a great week, thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Gift Guide for Her: 25 under $25

Christmas shopping is a ton of fun, but sometimes it can be a bit daunting if you have a long list or you're not sure what to get for who. I started early this year, I have the girls done and I'm half done with everyone else. Just waiting for Black Friday deals to finish off my list. In our family we have a $25 limit per person so as I was racking my brain for ideas for the ladies and myself, I thought I'd share some goodies on my list!

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

6 Beauty Products for a Busy Morning!

Good morning!! My mornings can be pretty hectic and I'm working on a post with my morning routine now that I have two kiddos I need to get up and out the door, and I wanted to share my favorite beauty products I use every morning. For hair and makeup, I give myself 20-30 minutes, just depending on what my schedule is going to look like that day. I would love to be able to do a full face every day, but sometimes it's just not doable so here are the six products I rely on for an easy and pulled together look.
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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Recent IG OOTDs

Good morning! Hope your day is off to a good start and your work day goes quickly. I love daylight savings time in the mornings, but man I hate coming home in the dark! Arizona has it good when it comes to the time change, plus, who really gets an extra hour of sleep? Honestly.

Here's a few OOTD pics from Instagram, I'm hoping to do some more outfit pics, but it's so hard on the weekend with all of our activities and now with it being so dark after work, it's gonna be tough! I love these posts so I'm hoping to have more soon!

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