Garlic Rosemary Scented Almonds

Did you brave the crowds for any returns or shopping yesterday?  I went to Hallmark at 9:00 right when they opened, and it was a mad house.  I walked through quickly, grabbed a few ornaments, and headed straight for the checkout.  I didn’t second guess anything, just in and out.  I was back in my car by 9:10.  The rest of the day was spent at home, minus the girls night out for Mexican and Margaritas :) After Christmas shoppers are crazy!

I love having spiced nuts around the house to snack on.  I often send in a container for my husband to have at his desk at work.  They make for a quick healthy snack.  I made these almonds as part of the gifts I gave my son’s teachers.  They turned out way better than I had hoped for, so I will be making another batch after the New Year when my husband goes back to work.  I am pretty sure these will be frequently around here.

These nuts came together very quickly.  In less than 15 minutes they were done.  I had a few of them warm, and they were delicious.  These are a great savory snack to have out with drinks, or an appetizer for your New Years party.  Put them out right away warm, and then people can enjoy them all through the night.

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Spicy Honey Roasted Almonds

Almonds are a great snack.  They are full of protein, and healthy fats.  But sometimes snacking on just plain nuts can be boring.  And buying those pre-made mixes of mixed nuts or spiced nuts are so expensive.  They are so easy to do at home, and I am sure they are much better for you.

Jean made these awhile ago, and I have had them in the back of my mind since.  I have been playing with different nuts, and slightly different combinations of my Indian Spiced Nuts lately, but wanted to try something new.  My husband likes it spicy, so I thought it was the perfect time to try these.  They are great mix of sweet and spicy.

These really are super easy to throw together.  There is about 5 minutes of hands on work, then bake them for 10, let them cool and you are done.  I only managed to have a small handful of these before the disappeared to my husbands work.  He likes to take them, so he has healthy snacks at his desk throughout the day.  These would be great to have on hand for snacks, or to put on on your holiday appetizer table.

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Chili Lime Spiced Almonds

chili lime spiced almonds

My husband always surprises me with what he brings home from the store.  I do probably 99% of the shopping in our house, but every once in awhile I have him stop for something, or he decides to stop on his own.  Back in January, he went out to run some mysterious errands.  He came home with a bag full of nuts.  And by bag full, I mean Target sized bag full.  Apparently somewhere had a sale on Pistachios, so he went to stock up.  He LOVES pistachios.  He also loves a good deal.  So why not pick up mass quantities, they are sale?! Along with pistachios he picked up one lone bag of Chili Lime Almonds.  He and my 7 year old went to town on those almonds.  I was very surprised how much my son liked them.

About a week later Black Peppercorn posted a recipe for Chili Lime Peanuts.  I immediately pinned the recipe and knew I was going to make it with Almonds.  Well, I finally got around to it.  These were so easy!!  Like 5 minutes of work, easy.  I am not a huge nut lover, but I know they are really good for you.  So these are great to have around for a quick afternoon snack.

You can adjust the heat level with these by adding more cayenne.  The amount called for just gives it a tiny background heat.  Not too much for my 7 year old who does not like hot things.  So if you are sharing with just adults, I would double it.

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