sometimes you feel like a...

posted on: 11.28.2012

Okay, okay I won't say it.  But if you just said "nut", out loud,  in yo mind... well, I can't be held responsible.  Uh-uh tiger.  

Side story:  Sean has this little book about a tiger whose always looking over "his" little girl's shoulder jostling for her attention while she's trying to read a book causing her to chant, chorus like, "uh-uh Tii-ger.  I AM trying to read".  I followed Tyty around for a good week, and then some, chanting "uh-uh Tii-ger", every tsk-tsking chance I got.  It was nothing really, just me doing my little part to drive him nuts. hah.  But I digress.

The boys say these nuts are amazing.  And everyone should have a good recipe for nuts, don't you think?  The world would be a better place?  Just a smidge?  And so, here you go... 

A quick recipe for gift giving worthy nuts.  And a simple version of washi tape, you know, if you're into that sort of thing.

Candied Pecans


1 egg white
2 tablespoons water
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
A dash of vanilla
A big dash of cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 cups of pecans

Preheat oven to 275 degrees.  Line a cookie sheet with waxed paper and spray paper with non stick cooking spray.(Or you could just skip the waxed paper-- clean up from this is pretty easy and so heavily spraying the pan with cooking spray works just fine.)

Whisk egg white until stiff.  (My arm got tired from the whisk-whisking so I stopped short of "stiff" when it came to the egg whites and the pecans were still amaze balls so there you have it, whisk to your heart's content and then feel free to stop.)

Blend in water, brown sugar, white sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and salt.  

Stir in pecans and coat well with mixture.  

Spread out evenly on pan and bake in preheated oven for 12-15 minutes stirring, (read as: move it around a little), once.

Let cool.  Store in an airtight container.

These little cones are my easy version of a fun sort of "street food" take on packaging.  

They're just a half sheet of newspaper cut into quarters and then layered with a sheet of waxed or other food safe paper and rolled into a cone.  I secured it with a little piece of masking tape cut with pinking sheers and wrote a little note of aloha on each, a simple version of washi tape.  (What is washi tape, really?  Glorified masking tape?  Sort of?)

The neighborhood kiddos marched up the street at sunset with their little cones filled with nuts.  It was beautiful and picturesque and, also, incredibly nutty. Really?  Nutty? 

Okay, so that one I completely own.  Clearly I'd held back as long as I possibly could, and well... there you go.

live sweet, 


My Anthropologie inspiration for that 
simple little bit of tape here


  1. mm yummo def going to have to try this .:D

  2. O-M-G! Gotta make these. I love the smell of these bad boys! My whole family is gonna love you for sharing this recipe ;)

    1. The house will fill with the smell and, be forewarned, also, with every little, and big, two legged creature in the near vicinity wondering, "what are you making... that smells soooo good". promise.

  3. YUM! I just ate some locally made candied pecan toffee dipped in dark chocolate! AH-MAZING!

    1. oh yes, please and thank you on "candied pecan toffee dipped in dark chocolate".


  4. Those look wonderful! I am definitely going to have to make some. I can't chew them right now, but going to have to make them for my family and friends. And I love that cone idea. So clever! Do you mind if I share this with my friends on facebook?

    1. can't chew them? yikes. 'hope you're okay. on sharing: this story (recipe) is your story... share away.


    2. Yep, I'm okay for the most part, but going to have to have another tooth out as soon as I can afford it, before it makes me any more ill. Due to a series of things, I don't have any "chew" teeth left on the bottom and beginning to lose the ones on the top. Just one of the many reasons I am adamant about living more naturally.
      I shared this on my facebook page and my family and a few friends are now planning on making it through the holidays. Thanks for sharing it!

  5. such pretty presentation. love it!

  6. I have never been a fan of candied nuts but my family loves them. So I should surprise them right??


  7. BOOM! I'm so making this for this weekend!!! I'll be the cool mom!

  8. These look delish! Thank you for sharing!

    Katie Pea

  9. I'm definitely going to have to try making these - they sound so delicious Nicole!! Thank you for sharing the recipe!

    Lauren x

  10. All I can say to this is yum! Us southern belles love our pecans!

  11. Cheers from your newest follower. This recipe is mouth watering.

  12. nom, nom, yom! smells like nyc in the winter! Cheers :)


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