holiday nuts {savory & sweet}

If you are looking for a delicious and healthy snack to either put out at your next party or give someone for the holidays, look no further. These holiday nuts are packed with flavor paired with the perfect mix-ins of your choice.

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These holiday nuts are great because you can just have FUN! There is no limits to the combinations you can put together. My recommendation is to make the recipe your own and take all the credit. For reference, I will share with you the combinations I did. SAVORY: Garlic-Herb spices, almonds, cashews & sunflower seeds. SWEET: Cinnamon-Sugar, almonds, cashews, shredded coconut & dried cranberries

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups raw unsalted nuts, such as: macadamias, peanuts, almonds, cashews, pistachios, pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts, etc.
  • 1 1/2 cups of mix-ins, such as: chex cereal, popcorn, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, pretzels, corn nuts, etc.
  • 1 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 large egg white
  • Spice blend of your choice (2 provided below)
  • 1 cup of any other mix-ins you desire, such as: raisins, dried cranberries, coconut flakes, banana chips, dried chiles, dried papaya, etc.

Ingredients for SAVORY spice blend {garlic-herb}:

  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper, 1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt, 1 1/2 tsp. granulated garlic, 1 Tbsp. rosemary, 1 Tbsp. sage, and 1 Tbsp. thyme

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Ingredients for SWEET spice blend {cinnamon-sugar}:

  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg, 1/2 tsp. ground ginger, 1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt, 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, 6 Tbsp. granulated sugar

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Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Brush a rimmed baking sheet with olive oil.
  2. Prepare your spice blend in a small bowl. (Use above recipe or make your own!)
  3. In a large bowl, whisk the egg white until frothy. Add in the nuts, the mix-ins, and prepared spice blend. Toss together until everything is well coated.
  4. Spread the nut mixture on to prepared baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes. Open oven and stir once or twice throughout the baking process.
  5. Let the nut mixture cool on the baking sheet and then transfer to an air-tight container until ready to serve. ENJOY!!!

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Your holiday guests will love these!

xo sarah

this abundant list

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Healthy choice list:

  1. I’ve been pre-slicing all my veggies for easy salad making lately. But who knew cucumbers were so awesome for other things too!? Joy the Baker knew. YUM!
  2. Reading an amazing devotional called Gospel Primer. Give it a go, friends!
  3. Taking walks has been so wonderful lately. The spring weather is gorgeous which makes it that much more worth it! And so does this.
  4. Using an awesome oil hair mask this week. Macadamias for the win.
  5. Definitely going back to the fool proof Oil Cleansing Method again. I got to get rid of my blemishes that have been flaring up. I don’t know why I ever stop!

Guilty pleasure list:

  1. Watching episode after episode of Sabrina the Teenage Witch on Hulu. Did any other girl have as much of an obsession as I did?
  2. Chocolate Chip Cookies: BEST RECIPE EVER.
  3. I can’t stop thinking about this purse and these shoes. I can find the money just “laying around,” right?!? And, oh yeah, this necklace….
  4. Wanting to try this Hot Mess burger is embarrassing. Keeping it real guys….
  5. Been loving this cocktail lately: silver tequila, club soda and lime juice.

What are some of your healthy choices? Guilty pleasures?

xo sarah

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I hope your short month of February was love-filled, sweet and satisfying!

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Here are a couple links I thought were interesting, funny or note-worthy:

  1. I personally love the whole bike riding, beard wearing, instagraming, hipster thing…but this video is hilarious. 
  2. Do you like the cream filling in oreo’s? Well, this guy hates it. Too funny!
  3. I think I might start getting into americanos after reading an article my husband told me about.
  4. Who wants to come over and make buttermilk beignets with me? Americanos included!
  5. Interesting food documentary on Netflix. Definitely made me want to eat lots of aloe and chia seeds.
  6. I want a golden glittering jewelry dish! Seems easy enough.
  7. How does he do this?!?!?! My husband is pretty into illusions, and I can’t help but dork out on it too.
  8. I’m cutting straighties again on Saturday. Love this style.
  9. I like that this fellow blogger posts a “quote of the week” and this one in particular is awesome. Gotta love Amy Poehler and being silly.
  10. If only I could be as passionate and committed reader as Rory Gilmore.
  11. Adorable bottle opener. Now I just need starfish salt shakers.
  12. Perfect for the citrus obsession I have.

That’s all friends! Do you have any lovely links to share!? I’d love to see.

xo sarah

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Happy New Year, friends!

Back to real life, alarm clocks, work, eating healthy, and making schedules. But that does not have to be a negative thing! I’m actually relieved to get back into our routine. Below is a list of some our little family’s 2013 plans:

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  1. Read our Bibles together and separately. Today I am reading through Psalm 1.
  2. Laugh…ALOT! Speaking of which: Instant Messaging days according to Nick Thune. Hilarious.
  3. Get back into the fitness routine together. Maybe some rock climbing will be in our future? And some beach walks, for sure.
  4. Learn to make souffles, master homemade ice cream, and have a crab boil. Probably on different nights.
  5. Work on my handwriting, lettering, and drawing.
  6. Move into an apartment with in-unit laundry. I cannot imagine the day…but I hope it does come. If so, I hope to win a pair of these: Amana Washer and Dryer Giveaway! Our laundry can pile up every so often and these would help a bunch.
  7. Date night once a month. Last year I did the 12 envelopes. This year will be more spontaneous. January: Benihana and Les Mis (SQUEAL!).
  8. Learn to sew something. Maybe a quilt…or maybe THIS for my niece.
  9. Visit the place where we got engaged and share more moments of grace together on Coronado Island. Just take my word for it, it’s the absolute best!
  10. Attend The Gospel Coalition conference. God is good.
  11. Try to become a more “natural remedies and solutions” kind of person. Whether that be essential oils, extracts, homemade tea, homemade disinfectants, etc. I don’t know how it will look yet…but I think I’ll give it a go!

What are some of your 2013 plans? I’d love to hear them.

xo sarah

roast pork sirloin & bacon rosemary potatoes

Dad is coming over for dinner tonight! I’m so excited!

In case you were wondering, I am a daddy’s girl all the way. I am so blessed by his unconditional love and support. God was so good to give him to me.

Here’s the situation: My dad is a health fanatic. No carbs. No sugar. Lots of hot sauce and jalapeño peppers on EVERYTHING (I’m not kidding).

That being said, cooking dinner for my dad can be a little difficult. He has a routine of meals he likes to eat daily and doesn’t really venture outside of that. However, I think treating him to something classic and hearty, like a roast pork, will be good for him.

And, can I just say, YUMMM! This is the perfect dish for fall and winter months. It really hits the spot. It’s also really easy to make it your own style!

Ingredients:

  • 1 2-3 pound pork sirloin tip roast
  • 4-6 slices of bacon, chopped
  • 2-4 russet potatoes, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped or sliced
  • 3-4 sprigs of fresh rosemary, leaves torn off
  • 1-2 Tbsp EVOO
  • Salt and pepper, or other desired seasoning

Directions: 

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

2. Chop bacon into bite size pieces and fry bacon in a heavy bottomed skillet until crispy.

3. Chop potatoes and onions. Set aside.

4. Remove meat from package and lightly coast the roast with oil and season as desired. I just used coarse salt and black pepper. Place in a oven safe roasting dish.

5. Assemble the potatoes, onions, bacon and fresh rosemary around your roast.

6. Cook for approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F.

7. Remove from oven and let rest for 3 minutes.

8. Slice across the small end of the roast in 1/8 inch slices and serve!

Here is the bacon. Beautiful, right!?

Here is my pork roast & bacon rosemary potatoes before it went in the oven. You can toss the bacon into the potatoes and underneath the roast, too. It’s a shame that we gobbled it all up before I could get a picture of the roast and veggies plated all pretty! However, I think you can get an idea from this photo that it was quite mouthwatering!

Suggestion: I like to serve this delicious roast with a side of sautéed garlic green beans and peas. I would also suggest homemade apple pie for dessert! 

Here’s hoping my dad is a fan of this “out of his regular routine” dish! Let me know if you have any questions!

xo sarah