Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Tuesday...TNT...But No TNT to Show

 Hello and Good Morning!

It's Tiny Needle Tuesday, or TNT, but I've got nothing to show you.  That's right, I did absolutely no stitching in the last week.  And hardly any knitting!  I did start a kitty sock for Mailing, but it's not worth showing.  Instead, I've got this to show:

This is what I made yesterday afternoon - Spiced Pecans.  Oh my!  I need/want to get another bag of pecans and make more.  Pecans are not cheap.  The recipe is so simple:

Bring a pot of water to a boil.  Drop in 12 oz of pecans.  When the water comes to a boil again, take off heat and drain the pecans.  Shake off as much water as you can.  Blanching them this way eliminates some of the tannins found in pecan's skins that can be a tad bitter.

Throw the pecans in a bowl where you have combined:

  • 1/3 C sugar
  • 1.5 TBS cinnamon
  • 1 TBS ground ginger
  • 1.5 tsp dry mustard
  • .5 tsp ground cardamom
  • .5 tsp cayenne pepper
  • .5 tsp cloves

Mix them all around till coated.  Spread on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and bake at 300 for about 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Cool on a rack and then package in an air tight container (I used canning jars).  Delicious!

Next time I would cut back on the cinnamon and maybe increase the cayenne and/or cloves.

I have a recipe for almonds that I got from a steakhouse in FL.  Basically you roast some raw almonds and then toss them in EVOO with fresh rosemary and a bunch of garlic.  Oh my!  These are also really good.  I may need to pick up some raw almonds in addition to the pecans.

Meanwhile, there are some more cookies I'd like to make.  And I found a recipe for an apple nut torte that I made about 30 years ago that is wonderful (especially served with whipped cream flavored with cinnamon).

I guess what I'm trying to say is that I'd better start some kind of exercise program or walking again or something.  If I'm not careful I'll be 500 lbs before the new year!

We are hunkering down for the forecast storm.  They are now saying we should get about a foot of snow Wednesday into Thursday.  We had very wet snow yesterday afternoon that was quite heavy.  I'm hoping the snow tomorrow will be lighter.  It should be because it will be quite a bit colder.  The snowblower is ready and we have plenty of food on hand.  There is knitting, stitching and plenty of reading to keep me occupied (plus, I will be working).

Time to pour another cup of coffee.  I'll try to do a better job and have a TNT update for you next week.


  1. These sound absolutely delicious! I don't have any pecans, but I wonder if I could consider them emergency snow supplies and run out and get some today? Thanks for this wonderful, easy recipe!

  2. Hello,
    The Spiced pecans sound yummy. I would also love the apple nut torte, I love apples and cinnamon. Since I do not like walking in the freezing cold weather, I just order an indoor bicycle to keep up on my exercising. We could get a lot of snow here too,they are saying 6-12 inches. Have a happy day!

  3. All our snow is finally GONE! It took that long--almost three weeks. I hope yours doesn't wear out its welcome in similar fashion.

    I do like spiced nuts. So good with a glass of wine.

  4. We used to make spiced walnuts - I think I might have all the ingredients in the cupboard. So much inspiration this morning

  5. Those pecans sound like a delicious, warming treat -- and I'm sure they made the house smell good, too! I'm pretty sure I have a big bag of almonds in the pantry, so perhaps some spiced nuts would be a good thing to make to share with others in addition to cookies.

  6. Yes, in December, scales don't work right--they add pounds due to the winter solstice! lol
    the spiced pecans look delicious!

  7. When Daughter got married we gave out spiced almonds as wedding favors. I had to box them up as little gifts and they smelled so good I had a hard time not eating them all.
    The snow here has now been officially down graded to rain. To add insult to injury I just got a flood warning on my phone. Boooo.....I needed that snow. The little bit of holiday spirit I had is waning fast. I'm just about ready to box it up until next year.

  8. Yum! I can almost taste them. I think we're all experiencing extra poundage this year just from staying home and not moving as much. It's snowing here big, fat and fluffy flakes. Predicted in the 40's by the weekend though so hopefully it will be gone. Take care and stay warm and safe.

  9. Years ago, I made sugared pecans for neighbor gifts. They were tasty and everyone wanted the recipe. Blue Diamond walnuts has great recipes on their website, too.

  10. I adore pecans so that recipe sounds right up my alley. I hope you have some pretty snow.. we don't have any in our forecast at all. :-( Enjoy your crafting! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  11. Wow, these sound delicious! Thank you :)

  12. I have made spiced pecans before and they are SO good! Enjoy your snow-time! I always love a good snowstorm -- as long as I have what I need to stay safe and warm inside. XO

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