Monday, December 3, 2012

Sweet Treats and Children :)

It's been awhile since I've done a post and I apologize. Times are crazy with the holidays and we are still in the process of remodeling . That will be a whole post for another day. Tonight I want to post about a new treat I made and a photo shoot I had a few weeks ago.

I find so many things on Pinterest that I want to make that I just can't make up my mind which to do first. I've been working on making Christmas presents and wanted to include a yummy treat. After debating over tons of options I decided to make Cinnamon Almonds. Below is a link to the original post, but I have included the instructions as well.

Crock Pot Cinnamon Almonds

1 1/2 C. Sugar
1 1/2 C. Brown Sugar
3 Tbsp. Cinnamon
1/8 tsp. Salt
1 Egg White
2 tsp. vanilla
3 Cups Almonds
1/4 C. Water

In a medium sized bowl, mix together sugars, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside. In another medium sized bowl, whisk the egg white and vanilla until it’s a little frothy. Add almonds. Make sure the almonds are thoroughly coated in the egg white mixture. Add cinnamon mixture to the almonds and toss until coated.

Thoroughly spray with Pam, or whatever, the stoneware of your large crock pot (mine is a 4 quart). Add the divine mixture of almonds and sugars to the crock pot and turn it to low.

Cook ( with the lid on) 3-4 hours stirring every 20 minutes (I only did 3 hours). In the last hour, add the 1/4 C. of water and stir well. This ensures a crunchy yummy coating. (*make sure after you’ve added the water that you continue to cook the nuts for another 45min to an hour.)

You have to stir really well, especially as it gets later in the cooking process.

Line a baking sheet with parchment and spread the almonds flat to cool. The almonds will be sticky at this point, so make sure you separate them a little and have no large mounds.

I separated every almond so they wouldn't clump together. I had quite a bit of the sugar mixture left over when I was done but I think they turned out perfect! Let them cool completely before you put them in a container.


Store in an airtight container

 And now on to the sweet children portion of my post. A few weeks ago I had a session with the children of a girl I work with. I just couldn't get over the red jacket she had Elizabeth in. The picture below is my most favorite and will probably end up framed on my wall.

Shawn reaching out to his sister

I love how the edit of this picture of Elizabeth turned out.

I hope everyone had a great day and that you are all enjoying this weather we are having!