In the fall, I made some spicy cashews for my Thanksgiving baskets. During this endeavor, I discovered that my beau loves all kinds of nuts, especially cashew and macadamia nuts. While macadamia nuts are a bit too expensive for my budget, I can afford to make spicy cashews for him and that’s just what I did for Valentine’s Day. However, it is important to note that you don’t have to do sweet things for your sweetie only on Valentine’s Day. You should do little things all year long to keep your man happy. He should be doing the same for you as well. Keep the romance alive. Make him this recipe mid-week and tell him how nuts you are for him. It’s guaranteed to bring a smile to his face after a long day at work.
Sweet and Spicy Mixed Nuts (adapted from Paula Deen)
6 tbsp honey, 2 tbsp butter, 1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar, 2 tsp ground cayenne pepper, 1 tsp smoked paprika, 6 cups unsalted cashews, 2 cups salted peanuts
1. Preheat oven to 350. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or a Silpat.
2. In a large bowl, combine honey and butter. Melt in microwave for one minute. Stir in brown sugar, pepper, and paprika. Add the nuts and stir to coat. Spread nuts on prepared pans.
3. Bake for 15 minutes, turning the tray halfway through the cooking time.
4. Remove from oven and let stand for 5 minutes. Stir the nuts and then allow them to cool completely. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days. They wouldn’t last that long with the way my beau snacks on them!
February is such a great month (despite the questionable weather) because I love Valentine’s day, and I love President’s Day even more! And this year they are both combined into one long weekend! What is better than celebrating TJ with chocolate, hearts, and flowers?
Lately I’ve been in a broadway mood, so of course they best way to celebrate President’s Day in my mind is to listen to the 1776 soundtrack! I saw 1776 on broadway in the 1990’s and it has always been one of my favorites (I wonder why). If you didn’t have the chance to see it on Broadway, there’s always the movie version with Mr. Feeney playing John Adams, it’s a classic!
TJ is always my number one, but John Adams really steals the show in this one. To get in the presidential mood today, I would highly recommend checking out some Youtube clips of the movie or recordings of the stage productions. I would go with this one, this one, and this one. Unfortunately the best productions happened pre-Youtube, so the quality and availability isn’t optimal, but fingers crossed they’ll revive on Broadway again soon!
Speaking of Broadway…Did you hear that Carly Rae Jepsen took over for Laura Osnes as Cinderella in Cinderella? I saw it almost exactly a year ago. I’m curious to hear how she does. She’s obviously a singer, but I wonder if she has Broadway worthy pipes…
I think this pink panther ensemble from the German pairs team sums up all of my fashion and life aspirations. A nice Valentine’s Day outfit!
And kudos to Shaun White, you my not have won a medal, but thank goodness you found the barber.
Do you have any favorite Olympic fashion/style moments?