Healthy Homemade Candied Nuts

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healthy candied nuts

Christmas may be over, but the festive season is still going, and now we all have New Year’s Eve to look forward to! I love ringing in the new year with lots of family and friends around, and that usually means entertaining.

For any New Year’s Eve get-together, I like to serve a lot of small snacks and appetizers so people can nibble throughout the evening (and soak up all that champagne!). This year while I was planning my menu, I decided it would be great to have these homemade candied nuts around for people to snack on. Traditionally, candied nuts are full of processed sugar, so I took a healthier spin on them and made them with coconut sugar instead — And they turned out great!

What I also really like about this recipe is that it is made on the stovetop, and can be done in about 15 minutes. These nuts are a fantastic thing to make ahead of time and they store really well, so it takes some of that day-off prep pressure off. In fact, I found that they were even better the next day because it gave the nuts time to harden.

You can also feel free to customize what nuts you use. I chose to use almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts and pecans — But you can add or omit any nuts you want.

Let me know if you guys try making these for your New Year’s Eve party, I would love to know how they turn out!  

Xx
Tamera

sugar free candied nuts

Healthy Homemade Candied Nuts | Total time 15 mins

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups raw nuts of choice — I used almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts and pecans
  • 1 teaspoon of sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1 cup of coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup water

Instructions:

  • In a large skillet over medium heat on the stovetop, combine the sea salt, cinnamon, vanilla, coconut sugar and water.
  • Mix all ingredients, stirring constantly until the sugar is dissolved.
  • Add in your nuts, and stir constantly until the nuts are well coated and start to crystalize.
  • Remove the skillet from the heat, and let it sit for 2 minutes.
  • Place all the nuts on plates, and let the remaining liquid pour on to the plate. Using a wooden spoon, separate the nuts so that none of them are in clusters.
  • Let the nuts sit on the plates for an hour, and then remove them and place into an airtight container. Store until you are ready to serve.

Five Last-Minute Gifts Under $50

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We are just days away from Christmas, and if you guys are anything like me, you keep thinking of gifts you still have to buy … For me, it is the little gifts for friends that I always tend to leave until the last minute. With all the holiday craziness, these gifts tend to get pushed to the back burner (we can’t do it all). I know that I can always go the traditional route of a card and a nice bottle of wine, but during the holidays, I like to take the opportunity to come with something a little extra special.

This year, I have found five great friend gifts that are either easy to go pickup, or can still be ordered online in time for Christmas! I hope these gift ideas help some of you guys out with your last-minute holiday shopping!

What are some of your go-to gifts this time of year? I’m always looking for new ideas!

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Tamera   

Echo Dot1. Amazon Echo Dot … Thank goodness for Amazon Prime! With fast delivery and endless options, Amazon is always a good place to start shopping for your last-minute gifts. The Echo dot is a great little devise that is a hands-free, and voice-controlled with a small built-in speaker, perfect for listing to music — It can also connect to your speakers or headphones over Bluetooth. At $29.99 it’s a great gift idea!

Cards Against Humanity2. Cards Against Humanity … The title of this game says it all! It’s wildly inappropriate, and a fun gift for the adults. It makes for a playful holiday party gift, and often gets opened up right then and there. This game is sold at many places, including Target for $25.00

Pineapple Candle3. Sunny Life Pineapple Candle … You can’t ever really go wrong with giving someone a beautiful candle. What I love about this one is that instead of a pretty jar, the actual candle is what is so pretty! It’s a nice gift, that also makes for lovely décor. Also, did you know that pineapples were the colonial symbol of hospitality to welcome someone in your home? Available at Nordstrom for $30.00.

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4. Bubbles & Godiva Gift Set … Sometimes you don’t get to see everyone that you want to over the holidays. When that happens, I like to send a special little something anyways! Wine.com has some wonderful gift options like this bottle of Brut and Godiva chocolates. $49.99

Nordstrom Throw5. Nordstrom Chevron Plush Faux Fur Throw … Everyone loves a cozy throw, you can never have enough of them! This one from Nordstrom is beautiful, ships in time for Christmas and is even on sale for $39.00!

 

My DIY Holiday Table Setting

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Rosemary Table Setting

We are officially into the holiday season, and this year I decided that I wanted to step up my table setting game, and get a little bit more creative. I generally like to keep my holiday décor classic, because I love the look of classic and clean table — I also don’t have a ton of time to devote to creating that perfect Pinterest-worthy table, so I find that simple is often the best way to go!

I wanted to share with you guys exactly what I put together for place settings because they were so easy to do, and they turned out really well! I started out by getting these amazing wood chargers from World Market — They look absolutely stunning on the table, and are an easy and inexpensive way to build your tablescape. Next, I simply rolled my silverware in white buffet napkins, and tied them shut with some twine.

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Rosemary Table Setting Idea

Finally, I headed out to my garden and cut a bunch of fresh rosemary and placed it under the twine on each napkin (store bought is fine too). To finish of each setting, I attached a gift tag to write the name of my guest on.

Not only is this table setting simple and beautiful, it smells amazing! Seriously, my whole house was flooded with the amazing aroma or rosemary. Some other fun ideas would be to get creative with the tags and write something on the back of each one that you are thankful for, or write something that you really appreciate about each guest — Both make for good table conversation starters!

Hopefully this helps some of you other busy hostesses out there with setting your table this year! Let me know if you guys have other chic table ideas. I would love to know!

Xx
Tamera  

 

My Backyard Makeover

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Living in Southern California means that we are fortunate enough to be able to enjoy our backyard almost all year around. Recently, I decided to update my yard a little bit, and I am so excited to share the photos with you guys!

My family and I love spending as much time as we can outside, and so I really wanted to make some décor updates to the space for us to make it as cozy and inviting as possible. These small changes have made a huge difference! Proof that you don’t need to spend a ton of money, or do a major renovation to update a space.

With help from my amazing designer Shalena Smith (who I can always count on to bring my vision to life), I wanted to make sure that the yard was beautiful, and was also functional for casual hangouts and entertaining. The largest portion of my patio is taken up with a large outdoor sectional, and I so added new pillows and throw blankets to it so that it is truly someplace you can put your feet up and relax.

We also installed a beautiful little fountain (which my children love), to enhance the landscape of the yard, and blend in seamlessly with the foliage already growing along the fence. To maximize our space, on the smallest portion of the patio we added a high-top bar table for four which gives us the option of eating at the table, or around the sofa. To make entertaining a breeze, I created a little bar / serving table that is perfect for setting up food and drinks, and so that we can keep the coffee table clear.

Finally, I made sure to add little touches like lanterns, candles, succulents, and serving trays to really tie the space together, and give it a relaxed So-Cal vibe.

How have you guys used small décor changes to change a space? Comment below, I would love to know your ideas! 

Xx
Tamera

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Thoughtful Hostess Gifts For Every Budget

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I never like to go to show up to anyone’s home empty handed! Whether I am staying with a friend for the weekend, going to a dinner party, or just popping by someone’s house for coffee, I always try and come with at least little something as a thank you to my host for having me. Sometimes though, bringing the typical flowers or wine can feel a little impersonal.

Over the years, friends have brought me lovely hostess gifts (one of my recent favorites is a wine glass that says MOM FUEL), and I really cherish them because they always remind me of the person who gifted it.

When I am selecting host / hostess gifts, I usually try and come up with something that is meaningful, and well thought-out. This doesn’t mean you have to spend a lot of money! To me, I think what makes the gift a special sentiment is that it is something that you clearly put time and effort into selecting.

On that note, I know we all get busy, and finding time to shop for these types of gifts seems to be the kind of thing that gets pushed to the bottom of the to-do list. What I try and do is look ahead in my calendar, and purchase several gifts at once, so I have things ready to go.

Recently I was doing one of my host / hostess gift online shopping missions, and wanted to share with you guys my favorite finds for every budget! These are items that I would love to give, or receive!

What are your favorite gifts for a host? Comment below and let me know if you have any other great suggestions!

Xx
Tamera

 

GIFTS UNDER $30

first batch of gifts

Slant Collections Chance This Is Wine Mug, $18

Bag-all Wine Goodie Bag Set of 2, $18

Gift Boutique Heart Trinket Tray, $15

Umbra Pulse Wine Rack, $30

Marble Collage Large Square Tray, $45

GIFTS UNDER $55

second batch of gifts

Gift Boutique Pineapple Serving Bowl, $36

Beaches By Gray Malin Hardcover Book, $40

Books with Style How To Eataly, $35

Voluspa ‘Vermeil – Prosecco Rose’ Home Ambience Diffuser, $34

Freeform Decanter, $51.99

GIFTS UNDER $80

third batch of gifts

Rosanna Flamingo Appetizer Plates, $60

Sugarfina Faves 8pc Bento Box, $65

DIPTYQUE Baies Scented Candle, $64

kate spade new york Pearl Place Rose Bowl Vase, $75

RABLABS Ita Cheese Plate & Forma Spreader, $85

Summer Entertaining: Avocado Crudités Platter

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Summer is officially in full-swing, and that means lots of warm nights, alfresco meals and of course, good food! With 4th of July tomorrow, I had to share with you guys one of my new favorite appetizer recipes. This Avocado Crudité Platter has been a big hit at my house, and I have to admit, I feel a little bit like I’m pulling one over on my family each time I serve it. The entire dish (with the exception of a little sea salt) is made of vegetables! Okay, well I guess technically avocado is a fruit, but you get my point — It’s healthy!

This recipe is a really nice alternative to traditional chips and guacamole, or veggies and dip. I also love it because my family can polish the whole thing off and they still haven’t filled up too much before dinner is even served. It’s very simple and quick to make, and is perfect to serve at a summer barbecue. The best part is, everyone always comments on how beautiful the platter looks!

What are your go-to summer appetizers?

Xx
Tamera  

Avocado Crudité Platter | Serves: 6 | Prep Time: 15 minutes

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Avocado Dip Ingredients:

  • 3 medium avocados (ripe)
  • 1 tsp of coarse sea salt
  • Juice from half a lime

Vegetables: These are the veggies I served, but feel free to select your own variety of vegetables!

  • 6 Heirloom carrots, halved
  • One medium orange bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • I small bunch of broccolini
  • I large handful of snap peas
  • 3 large leaves of kale

Directions:

  • In a medium bowl, mash up avocados with a fork, and combine with sea salt and lime juice. Keep the consistency of the dip chunky so that it can easily be dipped with veggies.
  • Layer a few pieces of kale in your serving bowl, and then place avocado dip on top.
  • Place all your sliced veggies on a platter, and arrange a few veggies right in the bowl with the avocado dip.