Happy 2017! I hope you all had a fun and safe welcome into the New Year and that this year is one of your best years yet.
The turn of each new year is a great time to reflect on your past and focus on future goals. I know there are loads of you out there making fitness/health goals, educational goals, family planning goals, and life journey goals. I too set aside some time to really get a good grasp on what I want to get out of 2017.
This year will be a year to remember - but so has the past several years.
In 2011, I married the love of my life and moved from Michigan to California so that we could live a happily married life. And in 2012, we moved from Northern California to Indiana for A's job. Then in 2013 we purchased our first home in Indiana.
2015 took us from Indiana to Maryland, where we purchased our second home. And last year, we moved once more. This time from Maryland to Missouri and purchased our third home.
2016 was also the year that we found out we were expecting our first baby - a baby girl! Baby Girl is expected to make her grand appearance in February, and this will be one of the many great events that will take place this year.
So to start the year out, I am planning and prepping for Baby Girl's arrival. The house is being cleaned and organized, and the freezer is being packed with ready-made items. One of these freezer items include delicious candied almonds.
gebrannte mandeln, translating to candied almonds from German. They are so tasty as a snack that I eat them by the handful, but they are also really great on salads. Plus they fare extremely well in the freezer so you can make a big batch and just throw them in the freezer for future use. And let's not forget that almonds contain healthy fats, fiber, protein, magnesium, and vitamin E. They can reduce hunger and promote weight loss - we can just forget they are coated in sugary goodness!
Recipe by a traveling Wife
- 1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons Water
- 1/2 cup + 1/3 cup Granulated Sugar, separated
- 1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
- 12 ounces Raw Almonds
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- Using a dutch oven, bring water and 1 cup sugar to a boil over medium heat
- Add almonds and stir, stir, stir
- Once the water has dissolved and the sugar starts to stick to the almond (roughly 5-8 minutes, or longer), add vanilla extract and remaining sugar
- Stir for another 1-3 minutes until sugar is to your desired clumpiness or smoothness
- Pour onto silpat and allow to cool completely
Did you make any New Year's resolutions?
What are some of your favorite ready-made freezer items?
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