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November 2015


Recipe Contest Winner!

I hope you all had a fabulous long weekend.  It started with a delicious Thanksgiving dinner and ended with friends for lunch on Sunday.  It was productive and low key at the same time, just what I needed!

So I am sharing all the wonderful nut recipes that I received – they are in no particular order.    If the recipes were submitted by food bloggers, I added their pictures to this post, but that in no way swayed the judging.  Hannah and Jacob reviewed all the recipes and at the end I’ll announce their winner!


1. Open container of nuts.
2. Pour nuts into bowl.
3. Remove nuts from bowl and place in mouth for 15 minutes.

Um pretty sure that’s not a recipe Charlie, so you are automatically disqualified. Open-mouthed smile



Butter Pecan Pound Cake

1 Butter Pecan Cake mix
1 can Coconut Pecan Frosting
1 cup milk
1/2 cup chopped pecans
2/3 cup oil
4 whole eggs

Mix all ingredients together. Spray Bundt pan with PAM and pour mix into pan.
Bake @ 325 for 55 to 65 minutes (I test after 55 minutes).


Jacky:  Holiday Spiced Nuts (link to recipe is here – these look amazeballs!)  Jacky and I both have a love of nuts though. Open-mouthed smile




I LOVE rice krispie treats with peanut butter – add several scoops of smooth or chunky peanut butter in while you melt your marshmallows.

honestly, that’s about it for my favorite recipe. hope it counts, because i would love some nuts to snack on!


Ashley submitted two recipes:

Cocoa Coconut Nut Bites and

Homemade Almond Milk


Randi sumbitted her Mom’s Pound Cake:

My mom’s sour cream coffee cake
1 stick butter
1 c. sugar
1.5 c. flour
1 tsp soda, mixed with 1 cup sour cream
1.5tsp baking powder
2 eggs
1tbls vanilla
cinnamon sugar and mini choc. chips and chopped nuts

oven at 350.

cream butter and sugar. Add in eggs and vanilla. Add in dry ingredients. Dont overmix. Add it sour cream. Pour into 9x 9 square pan or for a thinner cake, a 9 x 13. Sprinkle top with cinn/sugar , nuts and mini chips. Bake for 30 min, or until set in center. Check with a toothpick.


Shauna made a browned butter and walnut tortellini:



Abbe submitted Easy Chocolate, Peanut Layer Bars

Easy Chocolate Peanut Layer Bars


Kim submitted Pecan Pie Bread Pudding:



 Carmell Made Sundae Cone Pot de Crème:

  • 1 1/2 cups mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup semi-soft vanilla ice cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup Whitley’s salted peanuts; chopped
  • 12 ounces whipped topping, semi-frozen*
  • 6 sugar cones


Place the chocolate chips into a blender. Crack in eggs and blend for a few seconds until incorporated.

In a small sauce pan, over medium-high heat, melt ice cream. Add salt and vanilla. While continuously stirring, bring mixture just to a boil. With blender on high, immediately pour the hot mixture in a thin stream through the top of blender lid. Blend until chips are completely melted and smooth, with no flecks remaining.

Divide mixture between six, 4 to 5 ounce cups or jars and refrigerate for at least 3-4 hours, or until chilled and set.

Meanwhile with a serrated knife cut the tip, 3 inches down, off of sugar cones; making mini cones for garnish. Crush remaining cone remnants into coarse crumbs and reserve. 

To serve, generously sprinkle tops with peanuts then place a scoop of frozen whipped topping and a mini sugar cone over each. Combine reserved crushed cone pieces with the remaining peanuts and serve alongside desserts with additional whipped topping. Enjoy!

*If desired replace the frozen whipped topping with lightly sweetened whipped cream; beaten until stiff peaks form.

pot de creme


Danielle submitted Honey hazelnut corn bread:

  • 1 cup of yellow cornmeal
  • ½ cup of finely roasted hazelnuts
  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon baking powder
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 stick butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup honey

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Toast hazelnut for 3-5 minutes while the oven is preheating. Into a large bowl, mix the cornmeal, hazelnuts, flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. In another bowl, whisk together the whole milk, eggs, butter, and honey. Add the wet to the dry ingredients and stir until just mixed. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until golden brown.  Serve with Vanilla Ice Cream or Whipped cream. Garnish with chopped hazelnut and caramel.


Donna-Marie submitted Spicy Asian Peanut Cheddar Dippers ! 

This is a fun way to serve a pub cheese spread! Small dippers made with 4 inch pretzels! What makes these wonderful is the peanut flavor in both the ground peanuts and the Spicy Asian Peanut Sauce that  found both in the cheese spread and is the dipping sauce! Quick and easy to make and eat .

  • 1 – 8 ounce block sharp cheddar cheese, chopped into small hunks
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 1 /2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 /3 cup Spicy Asian Peanut Sauce, divided
  • 1 – 8 ounce package 4 inch pretzel rods (not sticks)
  • 1 cup coarsely ground peanuts

Place the cheddar cheese in the bowl of a food processor. Coarsely chop. Add the butter, Parmesan and 1 /3 cup of the Asian Spicy Peanut Sauce. Mix until well blended. Remove from bowl and place in small dish. (yield 1 1 /4 cups).  Take 1 1 /2- 2 teaspoons  cheese and form around the bottom half of each pretzel rod. Roll in peanuts. Place on wax paper. Continue until all are done. They may be covered and chilled until needed.

To serve place dippers around the 1/3 cup Spicy Asian Dipping sauce on a large platter or serve 2-3 dippers with a small spot of sauce on an individual plate. Serves 10-14 


Carmell submitted Peanut Butter Poke Cake with bananas and candied bacon

  • 1 white cake mix, prepared according to box directions for 9×13 dish
  • 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup +1-3 tablespoons half & half
  • 3 large bananas
  • 8 ounces frozen whipped topping, defrosted
  • 1 cup bacon, cooked & crumbled
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup Whitley’s Salted Peanuts, chopped


With a fork, generously poke holes all over baked, cooled cake. In a small mixing bowl add condensed milk, peanut butter, and 1/4 cup half & half; whisk until combined (if needed, thin mixture with additional tablespoons half & half). Pour mixture over cake, cover and chill 6-8 hours or over night. Slice 2 bananas into rounds and spread over cake. Spread with whipped topping.

In a small dish combine bacon with the maple syrup, place in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. cook and stir continuously until bacon is candied, syrup will sizzle and reduce until little bubbles are no longer visible. Spread bacon on a glass plate, once cooled, pull apart into pieces. Sprinkle peanuts and bacon over cake before serving. If desired, garnish each serving with a slice of the remaining banana.



Carmell also submitted Peanut Butter Praline French Toast with strawberries and bananas

1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup brown sugar

4 tablespoons butter

1/4 cup light corn syrup
2/3 cup half & half
3 bananas, sliced
French Toast
4 eggs
1 teaspoons vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup half & half

7 (1 in. thick) slices french bread

1/2 cup WHITNEY’S Salted Peanuts, chopped

1 pound strawberries sliced

sweetened whipped cream, for serving

1.  Spray 13×9-inch glass baking dish with cooking spray. In 2-quart saucepan, mix topping ingredients. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until smooth, do not boil. Spread topping in baking dish.
2.  In shallow bowl, beat eggs with fork. Beat in half & half, vanilla and salt. Dip bread slices into egg mixture, making sure all egg mixture is absorbed; arrange over topping in dish. Cover; refrigerate at least 8 hours or overnight.
3.  When ready to bake, heat oven to 375°F. Uncover baking dish; bake 20 to 25 minutes or until bubbly and toast is golden brown.
4.  Place large heatproof serving platter upside down over baking dish; turn platter and baking dish over. Remove baking dish, scraping any extra topping onto toast. Garnish with peanuts, Whipped cream and strawberries. Serve immediately.
Variation: Instead of strawberries serve with 1/2 cup chopped crisp bacon, whipped cream and maple syrup.

praline french toast


Shannon submitted:


Ingredients for Backlava Recipe:
1 pkg phyllo dough; thawed according to package instructions
2 sticks melted unsalted Butter
1 lb (about 4 cups or 3 3/4 cups chopped) walnuts, almond, pistachio and pecans finely chopped

1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 cup granulated sugar

2 tablespoon of salt
2 Tbsp lemon juice (juice of 1/2 lemon?)
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup honey or agave
Melted chocolate chips & chopped walnuts for garnish, optional


To make the sugar syrup, bring your honey, water, sugar, salt and lemon juice to boil. Boil it for about 5 minutes until it has slightly thicken but is still runny and set it aside.

Preheat the oven to 350 degree

Plus the nut in a food processor and stir with the cinnamon and vanilla extract

To layer the baklava, add 10 sheets of phyllo dough (buttering each layer), follow by 1/2 cup of nut mixture. Then add 5 sheets of phyllo dough follow by 1/2 cup of mixture. Keep on repeating with 5 phyllo dough and nut mixture. At the last layer, add 10 sheets of phyllo dough on top.  Butter the top of the baklava.  Cut the baklava into vertical strips and then by diagonals so you can cut it easier later.  Bake the baklava in the oven for 1 hour – 1hour and 10 minutes.  Once it is golden brown and done, pour the sugar syrup on top.  Let the sugary goodness sit , top it with powdered sugar if desired and chocolate, nuts and then serve!


Jill submitted:

Inside Out German Chocolate Pound Cake

  • 1 German Chocolate Cake mix
  • 1 can Coconut Pecan Frosting
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 2/3 cup oil
  • 4 whole eggs

Mix all ingredients together.  Spray Bundt pan with PAM and pour mix into pan.

Bake @ 325 for 55 to 65 minutes (I test after 55 minutes).


Lisa submitted three recipes:

Spicy Peanut Chicken

Cherry Almond Tart

Bacon Cashew Salad


Hidemi submitted two recipes:

Peanuts Macaroni Cheese


  • 1 cup Dry Macaroni Elbows
  • 1 tablespoon Unsalted Butter
  • 1 teaspoon All-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup Milk
  • 1 and 1/4 cups Roasted Unsalted Peanuts, divided
  • 2/3 cup Chicken Broth
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Basil
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Oregano
  • 3/4 cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 3/4 cup Shredded Monterey Jack Cheese
  • 1/4 cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cayenne Powder (adjust the spiciness if you prefer spicier or not spicier)
  • Salt and Black Pepper to taste


1. Cook macaroni elbows followed by the directions of the package and drain in a colander.

2. Put 3/4 cup of peanuts and chicken broth into a blender and puree until smooth.

3. Chop 1/2 cup peanuts coarsely.

4. In a saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add all-purpose flour and whisk to combine. Reduce heat to medium-low and whisk in 1/2 cup of milk little by little whisking constantly. Add peanuts mixture, the rest of milk, basil, oregano, cayenne, salt and black pepper to taste. Simmer for about 5 minutes.

5. Stir in macaroni elbows then all 3 kinds of cheese. When the cheese melts, add salt and black pepper to taste again.

6. Turn off the heat, stir in chopped peanuts to the saucepan.

and . . .

Peanuts Chicken Curry


  • 4 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 4 cloves Garlic
  • 2 Medium Onions
  • 2 teaspoons Grated Ginger
  • 4 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 2 tablespoons Tomato Pesto
  • 2 tablespoons Soy Sauce
  • 2 cups Canned Coconut Milk
  • 2 tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 cup Roasted Peanuts
  • 2/3 cup Chicken Broth
  • 2 teaspoons Ground Coriander Seed
  • 2 teaspoons Ground Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cardamom Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • Salt to season

Chopped Cilantro for Garnish


1. Cut chicken breasts into bite size. Peel and mince onions and garlic cloves.

2. In a small bowl, mix together coriander, cumin, turmeric, nutmeg, cardamom, cinnamon and black pepper.

3. Put peanuts and chicken broth into a blender and puree until smooth.

4. In a large pot, put olive oil and bay leaves. Heat over medium heat. When it gets fragrant, remove the bay leaves (discard) and put garlic and ginger. Cook until fragrant. Add onion and cook until onions are lightly browned. Add chickens and cook until chickens are no longer pink.

5. Add spice mixture to the saucepan and stir to combine. Stir in water and tomato paste. Cook stirring to dissolve tomato paste. Then cover with a lid, reduce heat to medium-low heat and cook for about 5 minutes.

6. Open the lid and add peanuts mixture into the saucepan. Stir to combine, cover again and cook for about 10 minutes stirring once or twice halfway through.

7. After 10 minutes, open the lid, add soy sauce and coconut milk to the saucepan and simmer for another 10 minutes stirring once or twice halfway through. Lastly add lemon juice and salt to season.

8. Put the curry into each serving bowl or plate. Top with cilantro.


So I hope I got all the recipes submitted! 

So without further aideu, the winner is  . . . . . . . .

Carmell Made Sundae Cone Pot de Crème!  What put it over the top was Hannah’s love of ice cream and Jacob’s love of chocolate.  Camille – email me at with your mailing address and I’ll give the info to my Aunt for you to receive your $50 Whitley’s Nuts prize pack.

I can’t believe I have to work five days in a row this week – gah!  I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  I am off to get in a few steps in before work – it’s a balmy 37 degrees!  Make it a great day!


Happy Thanksgiving!

I just wanted to write a quick note this morning.   I want to thank all of you who take time out of your day to stop by this little blog of mine.   I never would have imagined 7 1/2 years ago how many wonderful people I would meet through this blog and how your support, especially this past year has kept me going and keeping one foot in front of the other.  I knew I had to get up and get out of bed, because I have many readers who fix their cup of coffee and hit up my blog before they even begin their day.  It’s give me purpose.  It’s given me love.  It’s given me support.  And for that I am forever eternally grateful for all of you.

Last Thanksgiving my Mom brought Boston Market to the hospital for us to eat.  My brother did a guest post about his famous potato soup.  My twin sister filled in and wished you guys a Happy Thanksgiving from me.  And I got to spend another day with my step-son before he left the day after Thanksgiving, which also ended up being the day we brought Tony home for hospice.

And I am thankful for the nurse who decided to shave Tony even though I thought it was pointless at the time.  He was so gentle with him and he looked so good after he was done – I don’t think he’d had a shave for six weeks before that!

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So today my Mom is coming over.  I am so thankful for her because last year she gave up the trip of a lifetime that she’d been planning for over a year in order to stay home and be with me.  That gesture still amazes me to this day, and I am forever grateful for you Momma.

So this is going to be a little eclectic Thanksgiving this year because while I have mentioned that Hannah is somewhat of a picky eater, she LOVES Asian food.  That and Mexican food can keep that girl happy for a very long time.  So she is actually making this soup.


So the crack part of this soup?  Fried chicken skins!  My daughter literally bought a whole package of chicken thighs at Aldi for $3.83 just for the chicken skins.  After she skinned the chicken she looked at me and said “I hope you can do something with this chicken because I am not going to eat it.”   Love her.

Jacob?  His family tradition is ravioli.  So that’s going to be a side dish.  Since it’s just the four of us, I bought a fresh turkey breast and turkey leg.  While it’s a bit rainy our high will be around 55 degrees so I think I can handle that.  Other than that – the traditional stuff , mashed potatoes (which I am going to have my Mom make because hers are awesome), stuffing, green bean casserole, carrots and pumpkin pie for dessert.

So from me to you, thank you for being there for me this past year.  I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and you have a four day weekend like I do.  I don’t really have much planned other than switching out my desktop computer, cleaning the basement – you should see our basement.  As we were settling in getting the upstairs all decorated our mantra for most everything we didn’t know what to do with was “just put it in the basement!”   I am dog watching my SIL’s dog – he’ll be arriving later today, so having three dogs will be interesting.  I do have baby gates, so if they all don’t behave, they will be blocked from the remodeled living room.  And on Sunday our twin friends D&D are coming over for lunch.

I think it will be just the weekend I need as we ease into the one year anniversary of Tony dying.  Next Wednesday will be one year, and while I will never not miss him, I think it’s time to close that chapter of my life and put myself first with my health and exercise.

Oh, I almost forgot to tell you.  I had my diabetes appointment yesterday, and while all my numbers were fine except for my blood sugars (eek, my A1C jumped up to 7.4), he thought I might be a perfect candidate for a clinical trial for a new medication that works in conjunction with insulin.  I have six appointments from December through February, and if after all of those results I qualify for the year long international study, I would get all my medication, text strips, etc. free for a year!  And while I have insurance, it’s not free, so that would be huge.  And of course, he always likes to sneak it into every appointment I have “you could really stand to lose about 30 pounds.”  Yep, I know that.

But here is the miracle of miracles.  Last January 10 I weighed in his office and yesterday when I got on the scale – I lost 1/2 a pound.  And while you are thinking “how the hell is that good news?”  Well, it’s because had I not exercised at all, I could have easily gained 40 pounds in a year as I ate through my grief.  So I’ll take that as a win any day!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!  I’ll be back tomorrow with my recipe for ciabatta bread.  It was so good and didn’t last very long in the house. 

Don’t forget, you still have time to get your nut recipe to me – the contest ends of Sunday.  You can get the details here.



Thank you!

I wanted to thank everyone for your comments, texts, instant messages on Facebook and comments on Instagram yesterday after talking about the beginning of the end of Tony passing away.  I will admit I couldn’t read any of them when I was at work for fear of crying right there on the spot, so I waited until I got home.  I let the tears flow freely and it felt . . . good. 

When I was driving to work yesterday, the sky was so pretty.  The clouds don’t even look real!

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I figure if you put an egg on anything it can be considered breakfast:

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All the snow we got last weekend will probably be gone in a couple days.  It was 43 degrees when I went for my walk:

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One of the Mom’s that Hannah used to babysit for gave Hannah this North Face jacket and she doesn’t like it all that much, so she gave it to me.  OMG – this coat is amazing – it’s so thin but so warm – I haven’t looked at the label but it must be down feathers in there.  I was actually hot by the end of my walk.

I entered another recipe contest (Shauna and Laurenyou can find the link here!)   I can’t write the recipe here yet, but I had to use summer sausage and potatoes in my dish.  I am calling this Summer Sausage Potato Soup with Sauerkraut.  My secret though?  I used mustard potato salad for the potatoes, which gives the broth a nice briney kick.  So good!

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The day before yesterday I bit the side of my tongue.  How I even did that is beyond me, but it turned into a canker sore and it was so painful yesterday afternoon to even talk, let alone eat.  I finally heated up some leftover pasta around 9 with a bit of butter.  It feels better today and hopefully by tomorrow it will be gone.  I can’t not eat on Thanksgiving!

Alright, got to get this show on the road, I slept in a bit this morning.  I have my rescheduled diabetes doctor appointment today at lunch – I was glad they were able to squeeze me in before 2016.  My insurance company will not cover my glucose meter (Accu-Chek) anymore and I had to switch to One Touch.  I got the new meter in the mail and my old meter is the equivalent to a flip phone – my new one has a USB port, and hopefully I won’t be technically challenged to use the damn thing!

Happy Friday to all of us who have a long weekend.  Make it a great day!