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candied walnuts recipe WTI

Holiday Appetizers: Candied Walnuts Recipe

candied walnuts recipe WTI

There is always one dish at every party that gets talked about, this is it! Not only are candied nuts very addicting but they go very fast at any celebration.

We found this recipe on Brown Eyed Baker blog. They used pecans but we substituted walnuts, we will be trying almonds too. We suggest doubling or tripling this recipe – ours were gone before we went to our get-together.

Ingredients:

1 cup sugar
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp salt
2 egg whites
2 tbls water
½ tsp vanilla extract
1 lb walnut halves
Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Use a non-stick baking sheet with sides. You can also line your baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a gallon size Ziploc bag, add sugar, cinnamon and salt, then set aside.

Candied nuts mixture

In medium bowl, whisk together the 2 egg whites, water and vanilla extract together. Once completely mixed add walnuts to the bowl and stir them into the egg white mixture be sure they are all moistened.

Egg wash

Use a slotted spoon to remove the walnuts from the egg whites and put them into the cinnamon-sugar mixture bag. Seal bag, and shake it coating all of the walnuts.

With a clean slotted spoon, remove your walnuts from bag and place onto the baking sheet in a single layer.

candied nuts

Bake for 1 hour, stirring them every 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool to room temperature. Once cooled put the walnuts in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.

Do you make candied nuts? Tell us your recipe in the comments below…

Candied Walnut Recipe Weve Tried It

Roasted-Chickpeas-Recipe

Roasted Chickpeas Recipe

Roasted Chickpeas Recipe

Roasted Chickpeas Recipe: This may be the first time that I have ever tried garbanzo beans. I read that these little roasted chickpeas were addicting and I think that may be an understatement. WOW!

I purchased 2 cans of garbanzo beans from Trader Joe’s and should have bought a case! This recipe is super easy, the only pain is shelling each and every bean. With that being said… they are worth it. Next time I will get my daughter and husband to help speed up the process.

Ingredients:

Garbanzo beans (as many cans as you want)
Olive oil
Sea Salt

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Cheesy Hash Brown and Ham Soup Recipe

Cheesy Hash brown and ham soup recipe

Cheesy Hash Brown and Ham Soup Recipe: I was told this is the best soup that I have ever made. Shirley has been day dreaming about the cheesy hash brown soup that she use to eat back in the days when she was a waitress at Perkins.

Trying to find a recipe that sounded similar to the one she explained was hard. Everything I found called for cans of soup (cream of celery and cream of chicken). When I make homemade soup I don’t like to add cans of soup in my recipes (other than chicken stock.)

I made up my own recipe and she said it is exactly what she remembered.

Ingredients:

2 cups fully cooked ham cubed
1 medium onion diced
5 stalks of celery diced
5 cups frozen hash browns
48oz chicken stock
1lb Velveeta cheese cubed
1 1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup flour

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Wilderness Resort 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways

Wilderness Resort 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway

Wilderness Resort 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways: The holidays are approaching and we bet you know someone who deserves a fun getaway at our favorite waterpark, the Wilderness Resort in Wisconsin Dells.

From December 13th through December 24th the resort will be giving away great prizes every day.

Think hard about someone you know who makes a big difference in the lives of others in your community and may not get the recognition they deserve. Tell the Wilderness in 350 words or less why this person deserves to win.

The deadline for entries is 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, December 7. Be sure to follow Wilderness Resort on Facebook  to see who the 12 winners are. Starting December 13th, each day they will announce a new winner.

A few of the amazing prizes being given away are:

  • A one hour lesson for four with our PGA golf pro followed by a foursome of golf at the 9 hole Woods Executive Course.
  • A two-night Valentine’s Day weekend getaway for two including a $100 gift card for Field’s at the Wilderness.
  • A two-night stay for four in a double queen guest room May 22 and May 23 so you and your family can be the first people to open our outdoor waterparks for summer 2015.
  • Enjoy a one-night stay with 15 of your closest friends in our 5 bedroom entertainment cabin.

Weve Tried It spent a few days of our 2014 summer vacation at Wilderness Resort and truly had the time of our lives. You can read about our trip here.

Ready to enter? Get the details on the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways HERE.

Good luck!

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Ikea Spice Rack Hack

IKEA Spice Rack Hack WTI

IKEA Spice Rack Hack: We love a good organizing project. So, when my sister called to tell me she was converting an IKEA Spice Rack into a bathroom organizer, I told her to take pictures.

Seems pretty cheap and easy! You can purchase the BEKVAM Spice Rack at IKEA for $3.99. It is solid wood so you can sand it and paint or stain it any color you desire. (Depth: 3 7/8 ” Height: 3 1/2 ” Width: 15 3/4 “.)

Lisa wanted to be rid of the clutter of products on her bathroom sink and this turned out to be a great solution. The spice rack took only a few minutes to assemble.  She applied spray paint and hung the racks when they were dry. Seriously, it was that simple.

IKEA Hack WTI

Thanks to my creative sister for sharing her IKEA hack with us.  We like that idea so much we’re going to take on this quick and easy project too!

Do you have an IKEA hack you think we should try? Leave us a comment below and we will check it out.

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White House Black Market Sale

White House Black Market 1

White House Black Market Sale: Today we had such a great time shopping (playing dress-up) at White House Black Market in Woodbury, MN. The best part was our salesperson Jen, she was so much fun!

WHBM

We were invited over to the ‘Friends & Family’ sale: 25% off your entire purchase (use code 14091) – You can shop in boutiques and online today Tuesday, Nov. 11 – Sunday, Nov. 16. This sale is on top of the other sales they have going on, so it really is quite a big savings.

WHBM Shirley

Shirley is what I would call conservative when it comes to clothes and walking into WHBM was a bit overwhelming to her. Jen immediately started putting outfits together for her and filling a dressing room. What a blast it was to watch Shirley try on things she would never dream of wearing. AND, she even bought a cute outfit!

If you have any holiday parties coming up be sure to stop in or go to their website before the 16th and take advantage of the 25% off.

Thanks again to Jen at WHBM Woodbury Lakes boutique for taking such good care of us, we will be back soon!

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Easy to Crochet Mittens Video

Easy Crochet Mittens Pattern

Easy to Crochet Mittens Video: Easy? Maybe if you have made mittens in the past or have experience in crocheting. However, I stuck with it and now have a new pair of mittens.

This was the easiest how-to video I could find on YouTube. In the video she was uses a heavier yarn, I would for sure do so next time. I only had medium weight yarn and didn’t want to make a 4am run to my local Walmart. I consider these my practice mittens.

Supplies that you will need to complete your mittens: Yarn of your choice, I hook 9-5.50mm, tape measure, scissors and a yarn needle.

No worries if you think you have done something wrong, don’t be afraid to pull it apart and hit rewind. I pulled apart my mittens a few times, so don’t give up! I paused the video through every step.

If you decided to give this mitten pattern a try, we would love to see your finished product. Add a photo to our Facebook page and show off your talents!

What should I make next? I have tried Infinity Scarfs, Boot Cuffs and a Hat. Please leave your ideas in the comment section below.

Beef Jerky

Venison Jerky Recipe

Venison Jerky Weve Tried It

Venison Jerky Recipe: It’s deer hunting season again and if you are like my house, you still have some venison from last season. We decided to make jerky with our roasts in order to make room for fresh venison.

Ingredients:

1 Tbs. Salt
1 Tbs. Onion Powder
1 Tbs. Garlic Powder
1 Tsp. Pepper
1/2 Tsp. Cayenne Pepper
1 Tbs. Worcestershire Sauce
1/4 Cup Teriyaki Sauce
3-4 Lb. Venison Roast

Slice the roast into 1/8″ – 1/4″ thick slices with the grain. Mix all dry ingredients together and then add your wet ingredients; mix thoroughly. Place your slices of venison in the marinade; covering completely. Refrigerate overnight.

Dehydrate the venison for 6-7 hours. I rotated trays every 1 1/2 – 2 hours.

Dehydrate until tenderness is to your liking. Note: Jerky will seem to be more dry over time after dehydration. So what one would think is too tender or underdone could be just right over 1 hour or 2 after.

Do you dehydrate your venison? Share your recipe with us in the comments below.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Pie Recipe

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Pie

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Pie Recipe: Looking for a quick and delicious dessert to whip up for an upcoming party? This is it!

Ingredients:

1 Oreo cookie pie crust
1 box instant chocolate pudding
8oz Cool Whip
2 C milk
6 Peanut Butter Cups

Directions:

Mix 1 box of instant chocolate pudding mix and milk as directed until firm. Add Cool Whip into pudding.

Pour your pudding mixture into the Oreo pie crust. Top with chopped Peanut Butter Cups. Refrigerate until ready to serve. So simple and so good!

Have you tried our recipe for chicken pot pies yet? Check that out here.

Powerbeats-2

Powerbeats2 Wireless Earphones Review

Powerbeats 2

Powerbeats2 Wireless earphones Review: Powerbeats2 Wireless earphones were inspired by basketball legend LeBron James. Their light weight design can handle the most rigorous of workouts while delivering incredible sound through dual driver acoustics.

Powerbeats2 comes with a IPX-4 sweat and water resistance rating, tangle free cable wrap around, track switching and hands free calling. You can use these earphones anywhere.

Now you can be up to 30 feet away from you Apple product (iPhone, iPad, iPod) using the wireless Bluetooth. Battery is generally a concern for many, the Powerbeats2 comes with a rechargeable battery with a 6 hour playback. If you drain the battery to empty – a 15 minute charge will give you an hour of playback.

Thanks to our good friend Jacque for being kind enough to review her new Powerbeats2 for Weve Tried It.

Powerbeats2 Review Weve Tried It

WTI: What stands out the most about your new Powerbeats2?
Jacque: They actually fit snug to my ear! And I love the design. They just look cool and the sound is great.

WTI: We know that you use earphones for working out, how do they fit to your ear?
Jacque: Perfectly, this is by far the best fit I have had.

WTI: In the past you have used other brands of earphones, tell us the difference.
Jacque: I have tried more than I care to admit of wired headsets. They drive me crazy always getting tangled up. I have another wireless set of Jaybird Bluebuds. Great sound, but they just don’t stay in my ear. Not a good fit. The biggest difference is the fit. The sound is really good too! Both for music and being on the phone.

WTI: Is there anything different you would like to see in your Powerbeats2?
Jacque: Louder its never loud enough. But I say that about every pair. I like it really loud! #reallyloud

WTI: Would you recommend Powerbeats2 to your friends?
Jacque: Yes, I plan on giving Powerbeats2 as Christmas gifts to my music lovers.

Thanks Jacque for the review, I sure hope I am on your music lover list for Christmas!