Cinnamon Walnuts Recipe : Holiday Entertaining

Cinnamon Walnuts Recipe. Perfect for holiday entertaining and Christmas parties. But of course, delicious any time of the year! I’m so excited the holidays are here!  I just love to share my family recipes and traditions with you. As you know, my style is not complicated and the recipes are tasty but simple. This Cinnamon Walnuts Recipe couldn’t be easier. But, gosh dang it, these are GOOD. Anyone who has ever had them has raved about the flavor. And then when they are given the recipe they are blown away by how easy they are.

Cinnamon Walnuts Recipe. Perfect for holiday entertaining and Christmas parties. But of course, delicious any time of the year! Aside from the walnuts, you probably have all of the ingredients at your house already. Sugar, cinnamon and vanilla. That’s it. And a little bit of water.

Cinnamon Walnuts Recipe. Perfect for holiday entertaining and Christmas parties. But of course, delicious any time of the year! Mix it all together on the stove and let it melt together. Stir often so the sugar doesn’t burn. I think most things take on more flavor when they are a little overdone. Not sugar though, man. That just gets nasty.

Cinnamon Walnuts Recipe. Perfect for holiday entertaining and Christmas parties. But of course, delicious any time of the year! Once the mixture has cooked for a few minutes, you add in your walnuts and mix to stir. Then spread them out on a cookie sheet so they can dry. I’m going to be honest, because I’m no expert and I own my mistakes (all of them… you guys, that perm was NOT a good idea), I didn’t cook the sugar mixture quite long enough when I made them for this post. One thing you should know about me is I’m a skimmer. I read recipes through beforehand and then when it counts, when I’m actually making a recipe, I skim and miss valuable information. Like when it said cook until the water dissolves which would have made this mixture a little more caramel-y and harden up nicer. It didn’t ruin them. They still tasted amazing. It just meant that they didn’t harden up as nicely as usual and because the mixture didn’t cook down enough, there was some extra sauce on my nuts…yeah, I know how that sounds and I hope you got a good chuckle out of it. When I say harden, I don’t mean these will be break your teeth hard. I just mean that the sugar mixture won’t be tacky, and kind of candied but the walnut won’t be any more crunchy than it is on it’s own.

Cinnamon Walnuts Recipe. Perfect for holiday entertaining and Christmas parties. But of course, delicious any time of the year! These Cinnamon Walnuts totally remind me of my grandmother. I’m not sure where she got the recipe from but these were always waiting for us at her house when we came to visit around the holidays.  And my mom also made them every year. You could always find these out on her sweets table on Christmas day alongside her fudge, the cinnamon candy, the best caramel corn ever and my fave candied orange peels. And now, my mother in law makes them around the holidays. It’s so fun to see my families share what they love with each other.

Cinnamon Walnuts Recipe. Perfect for holiday entertaining and Christmas parties. But of course, delicious any time of the year! These would make a great gift for the neighbors, teachers or even a hostess gift when you are making the rounds this holiday season. They are also great to keep on hand in case friends and family drop by unannounced (you know how they do) at this time of year. Store them in an air-tight container, out of sight, or else you will eat them all. I guarantee. I finally had to throw the rest of them away (I gave away a bunch too!) because I think my pants are starting to not fit anymore…Tis the season!

Cinnamon Walnuts Recipe
 
This recipe is a family holiday tradition. And super tasty.
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Recipe type: Desserts/ Snacks
Ingredients
  • 3 cups whole walnuts or walnut halves
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 5 TBSP water
  • 1 tsp vanilla
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients except vanilla and walnuts.
  2. Cook on low heat until mixture dissolves and it cooks down a bit (about 7 minutes total).
  3. Remove from heat.
  4. Add vanilla and mix well.
  5. Add walnuts and stir to coat.
  6. Spread out on a greased cookie sheet to dry.
  7. Eat up.

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Cheetos and Rosemary Goat Cheese Appetizer Recipe

Cheeto and Rosemary crusted goat cheese appetizer. Perfect for the holidays. Yes. This is pretty weird. It’s a Cheetos and Rosemary Crusted Goat Cheese Appetizer. I’ve been wanting to make this for a long time. So instead of just thinking about doing it. I did it. You’re welcome. Like with fashion, I love the mix of high and low. This is a similar concept. Goat cheese is sometimes put on foofy salads or a high-end pizza. And Cheetos, well, those are what you shovel in to your face by the handful while you may or may not be sitting on the couch watching TV in your underwear. And really, you just can’t go wrong putting anything on a crostini so this appetizer really can’t fail.

Cheeto and Rosemary crusted goat cheese appetizer. Perfect for the holidays. I will say that I was surprised at how subtle the Cheeto flavor was when you grind them up. You would think that with a snack food that leaves your fingers orange for days, it would have a stronger flavor. And while I wanted the final photo to look cleaner and more pretty, I decided to keep it the way I eat it. I hate the ratio of crust to a goat cheese in most log appetizers. I always want more crust. So instead of doing this for the photos, like I guess a good blogger should, I kept it real. Because you know I did eat this for lunch that day.

Cheeto and Rosemary crusted goat cheese appetizer. Perfect for the holidays. All you need is a party size bag of Cheetos. Sure, you only use a cup for this recipe but you know you want to dive face first in to that bag when no one is looking. Pick up some fresh rosemary (you need a strong flavor to balance the chemcheese) and a log of the goat cheese (Trader Joe’s has these small ones for a great price but Costco has a two pack of the larger logs that would be perfect for your holiday entertaining). I feel like I need to stop saying log.

Cheeto and Rosemary crusted goat cheese appetizer. Perfect for the holidays. It just takes a cup. You could probably even use less because it made a lot. Like, so much extra that you could eat it with a spoon if you wanted to. Not that I did. Or maybe I did. MYSTERY! (said with dramatic hand flourishes). This cheese dust would probably be enough for two of the small logs. Is anyone else as excited about this appetizer as I am? Gosh, I love Cheetos. By the way, this is not sponsored. I bought my own bag of Cheetos. This appetizer is straight from my heart and muffin top to yours.

Cheeto and Rosemary crusted goat cheese appetizer. Perfect for the holidays. Then you grind the Cheetos up in the food processor.

Cheeto and Rosemary crusted goat cheese appetizer. Perfect for the holidays. Chop up your rosemary and add in your salt and pepper. Mix well. I think I am going to start wearing fresh rosemary as a perfume. It’s so fall-like.

Crostini is the perfect, easy holiday cheese vessel.Toast up your baguette from the bakery section of your store.

Cheeto and Rosemary crusted goat cheese appetizer. Perfect for the holidays. Roll your pretty white goat cheese log in the Cheetos dust mixture. Plate it and go to town.

Cheeto and Rosemary crusted goat cheese appetizer. Perfect for the holidays. Feel free to fiddle with the spices until you come up with what is perfect for you. I think this tasted yummy with extra salt, it brought out the cheese flavor of the Cheetos a little bit. The amount of sodium in this recipe is probably off the charts…just saying. This may even benefit from some garlic powder. I’m going to give that a try next time. And there will be a next time. This will surely get your guests talking.

Cheeto and Rosemary crusted goat cheese appetizer. Perfect for the holidays.I like to do things out of the ordinary to delight my guests. And again, its cheese on some toast. It’s always going to be good. This is also super simple to make and can be made ahead of time for your party. So you’ll have extra time to take the rest of the bag of Cheetos to the couch and chow down.

Cheeto and Rosemary crusted goat cheese appetizer. Perfect for the holidays.I hope you try this out! Let me know if you do! If you decide to share it on instagram, tag me @cupcakescutlery! I’d love to see it!  And if you haven’t tried this gorgeous rose goat cheese appetizer yet, you need to. It’s what made me like goat cheese. And eating roses. And sumac (it’s a spice).

Cheeto and Rosemary Goat Cheese Appetizer Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup crushed Cheetos
  • 2 TBSP fresh rosemary, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp (or more) salt
  • 1 large log Goat Cheese or 2 small logs
  • 1 French baguette
  • A few TBSP olive oil for brushing on baguette slices

Instructions

  1. Add 1 cup Cheetos to a food processor.
  2. Pulse until finely ground
  3. Add chopped rosemary, salt and pepper.
  4. Mix until well combined.
  5. Roll goat cheese log in Cheeto mixture until fully covered.
  6. I like a lot of Cheetos dust so I placed a bed on the plate and then set the crusted goat cheese log on top.
  7. Serve with oven-toasted crostini
  8. To make crostini:
  9. Slice baguttte and lay out on a sheet pan.
  10. Drizzle or brush with olive oil.
  11. Bake at 325 for about 12 minutes watching to make sure they turn golden brown and do not burn.
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Lavender Sugar Recipe

Yum! Lavender sugar for your coffee.Lavender sugar. Make this. But only if you like lavender. If you don’t, you will hate this. And I don’t want you to make things you hate. I’m obsessed with lavender. I love the smell but I also love that you can use edible lavender to scent and flavor just about anything. When the weather starts to turn colder, I love to use enhanced sugars in my coffee.  So I decided to make lavender sugar instead of buying it at the spice shop. This lavender sugar recipe is super easy and your house will smell amazing.

Easy lavender sugarYou just need sugar and edible lavender. I found this lavender at Mother’s Market but kind of had to look around town for a minute before I finally found it there. Whole Foods didn’t have any (What the heck, Whole Foods?! I thought you carried all the hippie things.). But you can buy lavender sugar here.  This little box of lavender has about 2 TBSP in it. And you only need 1 TBSP for this so maybe use the rest to make this lavender lemonade…But if you are going to buy it, and you like lavender, I suggested buying more so you have it on hand.

Edible lavender for lavender sugar.I usually hate my tiny food processor but it worked perfectly for this recipe. First you add the lavender and give it a whir to break it down. Oh the smells that will waft through your kitchen!

Easy lavender sugar recipe.Next add 1 cup of sugar to the lavender and chop it up again.

Easy lavender sugar recipe.Finally, mix the remaining sugar and the lavender sugar from the food processor together with a whisk. Have I mentioned this smells really great? Because it does.  It will take all your strength but you should probably refrain from burying your face in the bowl of lavender sugar.

Lavender sugar makes a great gift idea.Lavender sugar can be used in your coffee, tea, baking, or just about any other way that you would use sugar.

Lavender sugar for .your fall coffee and bakingIt also would make a great holiday gift idea. Just add a little tag with some suggestions for uses and you’ve got yourself the easiest homemade gift ever. Mmmmmmmmmmmm. I’m going to go smell it right now. And maybe have a spoonful. But just one or two.

Lavender Sugar Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 TBSP edible lavender, dried
  • 2 cups sugar

Instructions

  1. Add lavender to a small food processor, grind for 10 - 15 seconds.
  2. Add 1 cup of sugar to the food processor, grind with lavender for 10 - 15 seconds.
  3. Pour contents from food processor to a bowl.
  4. Add remaining cup of sugar and whisk with lavender sugar.
  5. Store in an air tight container.
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Babies Have Great Parties : BabyShower.com

Use plastic animal cocktail charms as decor for food at a baby shower. I feel bad for babies. They get great parties and they aren’t even really there. I mean, they are there, in belly, but they don’t get to eat the yummy food or see how great the decor is. Baby showers are awesome. I contribute to Babyshower.com and while I won’t be having any more baby showers thrown for me (I have two wonderful boys but this bakery is closed) there is nothing more fun to plan than a baby shower. Next time you have to plan one you should definitely check out the site. You’ll find awesome content on there, and yeah, some of it is mine. ;) Some of the stuff pertains to non-baby entertaining as well. Like the cabbage salad recipe I shared. How stinking cute are those cocktail charms? While the mermaid might not be appropriate, these cute little animals could certainly enhance a baby shower theme.

DIY twist ties for party favors.And these DIY fabric twist ties are super simple and really great looking. I’m a big fan of candy or food as favors and simple packaging. You can find fabric to match any color scheme. And people love candy. Babyshower.com just released some great printable sheets to help you in your planning, so be sure to check them out! They include everything from budget worksheets to one to organizing invitation information. It’s a great resource!

And since it is that time of year, check out my inspiration for a Halloween themed baby shower.

Quick and Easy Dinners

I haven't had much time to cook lately so I rounded up some of the quick meals I've been making for dinner. I’m pretty much ridiculously stressed out right now. And this totally affects how I feed myself and my family. So I’ve decided to share the recipes for the quick and easy dinners that I have been making that are still tasty but really easy to make. On the nights where we have extra activities like Cub Scouts, I stick to something super simple like pasta, which incidentally, is my kid’s favorite meal that I make. It’s store-bought sauce and meatballs, but they love it so why reinvent the wheel. But on the other days, I try to mix it up between crock and things that don’t take a ton of effort or prep work. There are go-to meals that we make but I try to add in some new things too. My kids are very picky so I try all different flavors to see if I can find something they are in to. And if they don’t like something, I take a break from it, but try it again a few months later.

Our regular favorites:

Salami and Peperoncini Pizza – This pizza was based on my favorite sandwiches and is super easy to make and SO tasty

Quick Teriyaki Stir fry – We are actually having this tonight. It is super simple to make and the boys LOVE it! Which is crazy because there are vegetables in it and it is pretty healthy. It is also great cold for lunch the next day!

Super Easy Chicken and Pasta – My husband requests this one and I am happy to oblige considering it uses store-bought chicken and has a ton of flavor. Did I mention it’s easy?

Tacos or Taco salad: Homemade tortilla chips with seasoned ground beef, lettuce, cheese and hot sauce.

New things I’m trying:

Bacon Cheeseburger Sandwiches – Made these two nights ago and they were INSANE! I skipped her seasoning, but added about 3/4 of a packet of onion soup mix (you know, the powder with dried onions? That.) to the meat. Super yummy. The cheese is a must to sort of bind the meet together, but even if it turns in to a big old mess, it is still super tasty. LOVED it!

Slow Cooker Creamy Bacon Ranch Chicken  –  This is on the agenda for tomorrow. My fingers are crossed that the boys will like it. My oldest has been in to ranch dressing lately and they love spaghetti so fingers crossed! I thought it would be a good way to much up our standard pasta.

Sweet Slow Cooker Sesame Chicken – I am pretty sure my kids will like this one. They seem to like teriyaki (although their tastes literally change by the minute). This will be on our menu next week.

Crockpot Rustic Italian Beef Ragu – I love a good ragu. So much flavor! And this one is done in the crock pot so that means I can busy myself with life and not be stuck over a stove except for cooking noodles. Yeah!

Bacon and Brie Grilled Cheese – By Friday night I’m over cooking from the week, but we are trying to save money and not go out much. I’ve decided Friday nights are sandwich night. Not cold cuts (probably not cold cuts) but sandwiches that are a bit fancier then we send to school in lunches. My kids love bacon so I am going to do a bacon grilled cheese this week. Except I am going to sub the brie out for some extra aged gouda which is closer to parmesan in flavor which I know my boys really like, but will melt a little better. I’m REALLY looking forward to this…

Need more recipe ideas? Follow my “recipes” board on Pinterest. And remember that fluke when I was eating all clean? I still have that board too…

Now, would you be so kind as to share with me what you are eating?  What are your go-to meals?