Candied Pecans As Christmas Gifts

Candied pecans gifted for Christmas

Some people are really hard to buy Christmas gifts for. There is one such person on my list this year and I’ve scoured the internet looking for a good idea. Nothing.

Later, while sulking on Pinterest I found this really great recipe for candied pecans on Paint Chips and Frosting (it’s a neat blog so take some time to check it out if you head over there). If you know me, you know that I’ll only cook if I have to so, naturally, I was a little apprehensive about trying to make these. If you’re in the same boat, don’t be worried, it’s cake.

Outside of the pecans, you probably already have everything in your kitchen.

After my first test batch earlier this week, I modified a few things. It tasted very good, but I made modifications because instead of actually following the directions and sprinkling the sugar mixture on top of the pecans, I dropped the pecans in the sugar mixture and covered them so I actually pulled in more of the sugar mixture than I had anticipated. Who can argue with more sugar and cinnamon?

Things You Will Need
1 egg white
1 Tbsp water
1/2 cup sugar
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
8 oz pecan halves
Coconut oil

Preheat oven to 250.

Line your baking sheet with foil and spread a thin layer of coconut oil over it.

Mix sugar, cinnamon, and salt in one bowl and whisk egg white, water, and vanilla extract in a separate bowl.

Add a small amount of pecan halves to the wet mixture and stir.

Transfer those pecans to the sugar bowl and coat evenly.

Repeat until you’ve covered all of the pecans.

Spread pecans evenly across the baking sheet and bake for 1 hour.

Stir them every 15 minutes or they will stick together.

Let them sit out for 10 minutes after baking.

When they’re finished, you can fill up a mason jar and decorate with scrapbook paper, ribbons, etc. They make a sweet gift!

4th of July Party Ideas

Happy early 4th of July everyone! I know there are a few of you who planned parties this year but didn’t really plan them. That’s okay, I do it too.

I’ve found a bunch of 4th-of-July-inspired decorations and patriotic food ideas and wanted to share them with. I know I would want this if I were planning a party!

If you have more ideas, leave them in the comments!


4th of July printable

A printable that you can download at Today’s Creative Blog

This is a really cute decoration for any last minute party. It is relevant, adorable and, best of all, printable. Quick and easy. Just the way we like it. This blog actually has a lot of this kind of stuff on it. You should dig around if you have some time.

4th of July inspired tablescape

Place setting Via Uncommon Designs Online

This is a unique place setting idea. Using blue and red handkerchiefs for napkins and some burlap for the napkin ring. Adorable!

You all know how I LOVE mason jars. They’re pretty much the only object that you can use for anything. Seriously, I think us crafters have found a way to work them into anything and everything, and the 4th of July is no exception. This one will take a little bit of time but is SOOOO cute!



flag fruit pizza

find this one via Red Tricycle

I don’t know how much easier it gets than sugar cookie dough/ready-made pie crust, cream cheese, powdered sugar, frozen whipped topping, and patriotic colored fruits. I bet this one will go quickly!

Who can argue with cupcakes? I don’t think there are too many people who don’t like them. I don’t even like cake but I’ll eat cupcakes. Add a little flare and you’ve provided patriotic decorations and snacks.

This is honestly one of the easiest recipes on the planet. I make this stuff and take it to parties every time I go and it get’s devoured. It’s light, not to sweet, and feeds a lot of people. Oh, and it’s festive! What more can you ask for?

Pinterest Cookbook

pinterest recipes

What a great idea right? A Pinterest cookbook, oh my. Well, it exists and it is on etsy. A few months ago, specifically in May, I wrote a post called Mother’s Day Gift Ideas that contained this cookbook I am referring to. I happen to have this cookbook and I enjoy it very much. I typically do not enjoy cooking, but I do enjoy Pinterest, and those of you who enjoy it as much as I do know how much time it can waste. I know, I know… time you enjoy wasting isn’t time wasted. But seriously, when you get on Pinterest, you can’t be on it for a few minutes. We are talking like 30 mins. At least.

cookbook images

I digress. This cookbook is awesome! It has many favorite Pinterest dessert recipes like Oatmeal Scotchies.

oatmeal scotchies recipe

and best-ever hot cocoa. This stuff is really good, you should try it if you haven’t yet.

hot chocolate recipe

This cookbook features several different kinds of pizza. I haven’t tried this one yet, but it is on my list.

chicken caesar salad pizza-recipe

And may other awesome recipes…

best pork chop recipe baked potato soup artichoke bread


Which came first

via Ben Pentreath Ltd.

I LOOOOVE this concept!

This idea is by artist Kyle Bean who graduated from Brighton Uni in 2009. All of the work is pretty amazing but I wanted to feature this one. Please check out Kyle’s site.

Which came first? The chicken or the egg?

Creative Birthdays

Yesterday was my birthday. It really made me think about things.

I’ve never really done anything extravagant for my birthday. It is just another day to me. I’m just one year older. When I was little my parents threw parties and bought cakes and all that good stuff, but as I got older I cared less about it. (Don’t get me wrong here, I appreciate all of the “Happy Birthdays”, gifts, drinks, dinners, etc. very much.) “What do you want to do for your birthday”? I replied with “a movie and ice cream”, or something of that sort. People tell me that this is a pessimistic outlook but I disagree. Hear me out…

Think about the things we celebrate. We have parties for (this is strictly United States based) Independence Day, Christmas, New Years and Thanksgiving. We go out to to eat or make a romantic dinner for Valentine’s Day and we dress up for Halloween. Makes sense, right? Why birthdays? There are roughly six billion people in the world and everyone has a birthday. Think about that.

Enough with my “pessimism”, let’s be positive. Something good always comes out of birthdays. You, or the people around you, get to be creative. Decorations and cake!!!!

*Click images for links.

AND to add the icing on the cake (pun intended)… Your pets get to celebrate too.

No, the puppy is not mine. It is pretty cute though!

Banana Bites

I hate cooking… and baking. I am probably the least domesticated female you will ever meet. BUT I am creative.

Today, someone was talking about peanut butter and banana sandwiches and it made me want bananas. Sooo when I got home I made banana bites. I’m sure there is something else like this out there somewhere but this one is my version. These are SO yummy and actually pretty good for you (if you don’t eat a million of them). Moderation is key guys!



What You Will Need:
Peanut Butter
Special K Protein Plus cereal



Step 1:
Pour some cereal in a small bowl and crush it until the flakes are more like crumbs.

Step 2:
Chop up your banana in to bite sized pieces.


Step 3:
Using a knife, smear the sides of the banana with peanut butter.


Step 4:
Dip your smeared banana into the crumbs. Make sure its covered :-)


Step 5:
Refrigerate (optional)