Hola mis bloggers! --> translation: Hello my bloggers! :) I've been wanting to share some recipes with you and I hope you enjoy them if you TRY them!
Can you see them? The little pecans?
This time for reals, I'll talk less and move on to the recipes, so without further ado~
Sweet & Savory Candied Pecans
1 C raw pecans
1/4 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp raw cane sugar
1 TBSP maple syrup
1 TBSP Earth balance (or natural butter)
1 tsp vanilla
First, preheat the oven to 300 deg F. Grab a small bowl and melt the Earth balance in the microwave. Then add all the ingredients (minus the pecans, sugar, and salt) and mix until well incorporated.
Simply add the raw pecans and toss them about in the mixture and evenly coat them.
Spray your baking sheet and spread all the pecans, but try to separate them as much as possible so that they don't clump up together. :)
Then, sprinkle on the salt and the sugar. Bake it for approximately 16 minutes, but check up on it every 6 minutes or so. The cooking time may differ for everyone, so be careful not to burn them!
After it's done, let it cool down and pretty it up with a jar and a bow! :D
Then pinch and smother your cute lil' nephew who's working away hard in the kitchen! Then go back to work.
And there you have it! I ended up with just-rightly-sweetened pecans with the right crunch and saltiness. They're great for oats and salads!
Therefore, I made an Asian inspired salad with Miso dressing, along with Mama Pea's BBQ kale chips! :P
Disclaimer: Kale chips have a huge amount of fiber, if you know what I mean.
Asian Miso Ginger Dressing
1/2 TBSP sesame oil (you can get this anywhere nowadays, or Asian stores)
1 tsp soy sauce
1/4 tsp ground ginger
pinch of black pepper
1 tsp Miso paste
1 tsp rice vinegar
1 tsp water
1/2 tsp honey powder (or just regular sugar/honey)
Mix all the ingredients together and ta-daaa! If you want it more mild and more liquid-y, then just add more water.
So, some of you may be wondering what exactly Miso paste is. It is the main ingredient in the soup that you get at sushi places.
Miso is basically a mixture of soybeans and salt; it is fermented for long periods of time, and this fermentation allows it to form nutrients that are good for the body--particularly digestion. But beware! If you get the Korean kind, which is all I have, then it kind of stanks! But you'll get used to it I'm sure. :D
Now, I know this 1 tsp of miso doesn't make much of a difference nutrient wise, but it sure adds flavor to everything!
And as for Mama Pea's kale chips, I tweaked a few ingredients.
I added herbs, garlic powder, and nutritional yeast.
Oh boy~this long post full of food is what happens when I don't update here! hahaha, I hope you can bear with me.
I just wanted to fill you in on a purchase that I've been reflecting on for a long time now. I tend to balance out my reasoning when it comes to buying big things. In this case, it would be a Canon DSLR.
heard me read right! However, I don't want to purchase a new one because I'm still a newbie and I definitely want to save money for better lenses in the future.
I found this dude who's selling a Canon Rebel XT for only $280, and it's been barely used. I know that's a lofty price, but for this kind of deal I think it's quite a bargain. I believe the retail price can go up to the $600s...if I'm correct?
He was so kind because someone else wanted to buy it from him, but he's willing to wait for me to check it out and 'hopefully' purchase it. We'll see though!
You see, I've always liked the idea of taking beautiful photographs of scenery and events. Now, more and more, I weigh the costs and realize that there are great benefits to great photos. I would like to capture nature, memories, etc. with the DSLR from now, until our wedding, and hopefully for our kiddos! And maybe when I'm walking with a cane at .05 miles/hr. :P Not to mention, it is such a fun hobby in my opinion.
My Question: Do you think that photographing is now a hobby to you b/c of blogging? Is there a time when you saw a photo that was life changing? (Ex: when I went to India, the photos portrayed the people's pain in an extremely powerful way!)
Grace & Peace,
Quote from one of my favorite writers and thinkers:
"God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing." -C.S. Lewis