Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Yvette's Spiced Nuts

Your crockpot has a purpose.
A divine calling.
You may think it's your famous taco soup or keeping the rotel dip warm during the football game. Nope.
It's not about the pot roast that emerges fork-tender every.single.time. Nuh-uh.
This calling is far above those things.
Behold. Nuts.

Your crockpot was made for this.

They come out deliciously crispy and the spice blend {a little spicy, a little sweet} is perfect holiday material.
I tripled the recipe to give to teachers. You should too...they might overlook that next time your kid acts a fool in class.

You {in parent/teacher conferences}: Yeah, but Mrs. Jones, remember those Christmas Spiced Nuts? Reeemember?...
{and she'll get all starry-eyed remembering and you'll be home-free.}
The End.

My friend with the prettiest name, Yvette, brought these to our morning bible study a couple of years ago. I've been making and them generously ever since.
My Christmas gift to you:

Yvette's Spiced Nuts

1 cup raw, unsalted pecans
1 cup raw, unsalted almonds
1 cup raw, unsalted pistachios (just the nutmeats)
1/2 cup raw, unsalted pumpkin seeds
1 1/2 Tablespoons real maple syrup
1 teaspoon curry powder
1 teaspoon rosemary
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
cooking spray

Use a crockpot over 4 quarts in size.
Spray the inside of your crockpot with cooking spray.
I used coconut oil spray.
Put in your nuts and seeds along with all of the spices and syrup.
Toss well to coat.
Cover and cook on high for 2 hours; stirring every 20 minutes or so to keep from burning.
Spread the nuts out on a layer of foil or parchment paper to completely cool, and store in an air tight container.

{Remember: I tripled this recipe to give to 4 teachers - 16 oz jars - and have a little left over for our family.}

Oh my gosh, your house is about to smell like Christmas blew up inside of it.

Ho ho ho.

In other naughty, disobedient, overwhelming, stupid and terribly adorable news, my husband brought home this puppy on trial adoption in direct opposition to my command NOT to bring home any living beings.

He has until Saturday to either (A) poop in the house so epically that I have grounds to throw him out, (B) bite one of the kids or (C) make me hate him in some other unforeseen way.
He has yet to do any of those things and is at this moment giving me some of the most affective "keep me" puppy-dog eyes I have ever seen. Which is really saying something because just a year ago we brought home this girl:

The jury is still out on puppy #2. Waaaaay out. But he's an awfully cute pre-Christmas guest.
In case you're one of those dog-people {I am} little blondie in the bottom photo is a Goldendoodle from my adorable friend Beka at Foxhole Goldendoodles. They are the best dogs on earth I do believe.
And puppy #2 is a Boxer. Oy vey.

Now. Go make nuts.


  1. Such a great idea for teacher gifts!

    ps- I'm so glad you're back to blogging. I may have gotten a little giddy when I saw this pop up in my feed! Merry Christmas friend!

  2. I'm pulling out my crock pot and heading to the store to buy nuts right now.

    And since we just had a dog pass away a couple of weeks ago, my vote is to keep the puppy. I mean c'mon...he's ADORABLE!


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