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How to Candy Nuts (EASY RECIPE)

Monday, February 26th, 2024
How to Candy Nuts

Learn how to candy nuts with this candied nuts recipe that incorporates sugar and spice. This yummy no bake treat is a perfect gift to give for the holidays.

Are you ready to impress with a holiday gift that’s as easy to make as it is delicious? Look no further than this sugar & spice candied nut mix!

Whether you’re a seasoned baker or a kitchen novice, this recipe will surely become a favorite for gift-giving or holiday snacking.

Making your own flavored nut mixes might not be something you have considered for the holidays, but once you try this delicious nut mix, you will have a difficult time giving these sugared and spiced holiday nut mixes away.

What Are Candied Nuts Made Of?

Candied nuts are made by coating raw nuts in a mixture of sugar, spices, and egg whites and then baking them until golden and crispy. 

This creates a sweet, crunchy treat perfect for snacking or gifting.

How to Candy Nuts

Kitchen Equipment Needed to Candy Nuts

Mixing bowls- For mixing the nuts and spice mixture.

Measuring cups and spoons- For measuring the spices and nuts.

Baking sheet- For baking the nuts in the oven.  I recommend the Nordic Ware Big Baking Sheet for your holiday baking projects.

Parchment paper or silicone baking mat- For lining the baking sheet.

Whisk- For whisking the egg whites and spices.

Wooden spoon- For stirring nuts.

Airtight containers or packaging materials- For storing or gifting candied nuts.

How to Candy Nuts

How to Candy Nuts

You can scroll down to see the complete ingredient list and step-by-step instructions.

Preparation: Preheat your oven and line a baking sheet.

Mix Spices: Whisk together sugar, water, egg white, and spices.

Coat Nuts: Toss raw nuts in the spice mixture until evenly coated.

Bake: Spread nuts on the baking sheet and bake, stirring occasionally.

Season: Sprinkle hot nuts with coarse salt for a perfect finish.

Cool and Package: Let the nuts cool, then package them for gifting or enjoying.

Before I share the recipe, here are some answers to commonly asked questions about how to candy nuts:

Where is The Best Place to Buy Nuts for Gifts?

If you have a membership to Costco or Sam’s Club, you can buy these ingredients in bulk to save on your cost per pound.

I also found this Reddit thread on where to buy the cheapest nuts and thought it had some incredible suggestions that I wouldn’t have thought of to reduce the price on buying nuts in bulk.

How to Candy Nuts

What Are the Best Nuts for a Holiday Nut Mix?

You can choose any combination of mixed nuts that you might love or just keep things simple and roast only your absolute favorite. I’m just using three of my favorites in this recipe- pecans, almonds, and walnuts.

My favorite varieties of nuts include candied pecans, almonds, and walnuts.

How to Candy Nuts

What Other Spice Combinations Can I Try With These Candy Nuts?

These nuts are tossed with some of my favorite holiday spices- cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, and allspice. 

Feel free to try building your own spice combination. 

Add cardamom for a Middle Eastern twist or smoked paprika for a smoky flavor. 

Mix in ginger and cloves for a festive touch, or add a hint of cayenne for some heat. 

You can even experiment with Chinese five-spice or curry powder for more adventurous flavors.

How to Candy Nuts

How Long Do Candied Nuts Last?

Properly stored in an airtight container, these candied nuts can last up to two weeks, making them an ideal make-ahead gift for the holiday season.

How Do You Make Candied Nuts Not Sticky?

To prevent your candied nuts from becoming too sticky, spread them out in a single layer on the baking sheet and stir them every 15 minutes while baking. 

Also, sprinkling them with coarse salt while still hot can help absorb excess moisture and enhance the flavor.

How to Candy Nuts

How Do I Package Nuts for Gift-Giving?

This time of year, the craft stores are loaded with food packaging for your gifts. I love to check the seasonal aisles in my local craft stores.

Nut Tins in Bulk

The important thing is that they are airtight, especially if you are giving a large amount as a gift.

While these paper boxes make a cute display, but buying nut tins in bulk will help your nuts stay fresher longer.

Strawberry Pecan Salad

What Dishes Can I Enhance With These Candied Nuts?

Looking for more recipes to incorporate candy nuts? I’ve got you covered!

Sprinkle these candy nuts over salads like my strawberry pecan salad for added crunch and sweetness.

Honestly, any fruit and candied nut combo works well in a spinach salad.

You can use them as a topping for a thick smoothie bowl or slow cooker apple oatmeal (steel cut recipe).

These can also be incorporated into dark chocolate brownies with sea salt for a fun baking twist, or simply enjoy them alone as a satisfying treat any time. 

Add these over ice cream with caramel, toffee, or chocolates for topping for an indulgent treat. If you feel ambitious, this roasted plum ice cream with cinnamon would be another fantastic option.

What Other No Bake Christmas Treats Can I Make for the Holidays?

For other easy no-bake gifts, I recommend these gluten-free cake mix cookies, this easy microwave peanut brittle, or my peppermint cheesecakes in jars.

How to Candy Nuts
How to Candy Nuts

Candied Nuts

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

This easy nut mixture is created from spices in your pantry and is perfect for your holiday snacking or giving.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar (you can use white or brown sugar)
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 egg white, lightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • Coarse salt for sprinkling
  • 2 cups pecans, halves
  • 2 cups whole almonds
  • 2 cups walnuts

Instructions

      1. Prep oven and baking sheet. Heat oven to 250°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
      2. Add the beaten egg white, water, sugar, granulated sugar, ground cinnamon, ground cloves, allspice, and nutmeg to a large mixing bowl and whisk until evenly combined.
      3. Add the pecans, almonds, and walnuts to the sugar mixture and gently toss until the nuts are evenly coated.
      4. Spread the nuts in a single layer on the baking sheet. Bake for about 45 minutes. Every 15 minutes, remove the nuts and stir them.  When the cooking time is done, the nuts should be fragrant, and the sugar coating cooked. 
      5. Transfer the baking sheet to a wire cooling rack and sprinkle liberally with coarse salt while still hot.
      6. Allow the nuts to come to room temperature. The sugar coating will continue to harden and dry once the nuts cool. 
      7. Once cooled, store the candy nuts in an airtight container for up to two weeks.

Notes

Add a pinch of cayenne pepper to make these into sweet & spicy nuts.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 845Total Fat: 72gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 62gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 337mgCarbohydrates: 45gFiber: 11gSugar: 30gProtein: 19g

TELL ME: What did you think of this candied nut recipe?

Recipe updated: February 26, 2024

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The Best Tools for Cozy Reading With Chronic Pain

Thursday, November 9th, 2023
The Best Tools for Cozy Reading With Chronic Pain

This cozy reading guide offers surprising tips for the best reading chair, book light, and pillows for reading in bed. Get ready for the winter reading season!

In this week’s Book Gang podcast, Osteopath Alexandra Orfanides shared surprising tips for creating a cozy winter reading space despite chronic pain challenges. She does this as a practice, runs the Hypermobility HQ on the TikTok account, and hosts the Help! I’m Hypermobile Podcast.  

We encourage you to listen to hear more details on what we are getting wrong about reading posture, her towel hack for full-body support, and other tips for chronic pain management.

Listen to the full episode (the show notes are located here) below and subscribe to the Book Gang podcast for more episodes like this one.

Get ready for a bonus treat! I’ve made a Cozy Reading Guide with the best tips and essential items from today’s talk with Alex.

If you love this guide, you can support my work through a one-time donation on Buy Me a Coffee or join our Patreon community for book fun all year long. The financial support helps us keep the lights on in our online space.

More than anything, we hope this improves your reading life this year!

The Best Tools for Cozy Reading With Chronic Pain

The Best Tools for Cozy Reading With Chronic Pain

Discover helpful tips to make your reading experience enjoyable, even on challenging days with chronic pain.

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COMFORTABLE READING CHAIR

Sink into the most comfortable reading chair with these unique ideas and ways to build the best cozy reading experience at home.

TOOLS FOR READING

From book lights to ADHD timers, these reading tools can ensure your body is always cozy when reading.

BOOK HOLDERS FOR READING

Find the ideal book holder for reading. Discover a range of ergonomic and adjustable options for a comfortable reading experience.

READING IN BED

Discover tips for cozy essentials for reading in bed. From the soft glow of reading lights to the comfiest pillows- this list has you covered.

JOINT SUPPORT

Explore tips and products designed to alleviate strain, making your reading experience more comfortable with hand pain.

What’s your go-to gadget for reading with chronic pain? Share your favorite tools and devices that make your reading experience more comfortable.

100 Unique Stocking Stuffers for Everyone On Your List

Tuesday, November 7th, 2023

This INCREDIBLE list of 100 stocking stuffers offer the perfect gift ideas for everyone on your list. We have included men, women, teens, tweens, and toddlers!

100 Unique Stuffing Stuffers for Everyone on Your List

Are you looking for the perfect small gift to tuck in your family member’s stocking? Today I’m sharing my Christmas stocking stuffers that everyone will love.

My family never did stockings, when I was growing up, and I was always so enchanted by the tradition at my boyfriend’s (now husband) house.

Each stocking was uniquely made and cut from felt with adorable details on each one. I loved watching them open their stocking and the fun things that their parents came up with to give to them.

In their house, they had scratch-off lottery tickets, car wash gift certificates, toll road gift cards, and their favorite candy.

As with ALL my holiday gift guides I want to give you a list of useful gifts to share with a loved one on Christmas morning.

100 Unique Stocking Stuffers For Everyone On Your List

We want to acknowledge that 2023 is expensive, and we have done our best to include families in ALL budgets for this year’s list.

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If you want to read more about this shopping app, head here for an in-depth review of what Rakuten offers.

If you just want $40 and plan to get shopping, this should automatically deposit $40 in your account for your purchases (sorry- new customers only!).

And while the new stuff is fun, remember that experiences can also be an excellent stocking surprise that will only take up a little room in your home.

We have ideas for saving on theatre tickets and a fun Choose Your Own Adventure travel experience you can gift for the holidays.

However you shop, sharing this resource is a big help to our family!

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100 Unique Stocking Stuffers for Everyone On Your List

The Best Stocking Stuffers

We have 100 ideas for the best stocking stuffers for men, women, kids, teens, and toddlers in this 2023 gift guide!

This year's list is divided into categories for easy shopping.

THE BEST STOCKING STUFFERS FOR MEN

Looking for the best stocking stuffers for the guy in your life? This list has you covered with lots of incredible budget-friendly options.

THE BEST STOCKING STUFFERS FOR WOMEN

The best stocking stuffers I recommend for the women in your life. These are some of my tried-and-true favorites that have been a hit with readers, too.

THE BEST STOCKING STUFFERS FOR TEEN GIRLS

You don't need to be a teen girl to love these stocking stuffer options, but Google likes us to have gender specific category titles for our gift guides. Why? We don't know!

THE BEST STOCKING STUFFERS FOR TEEN BOYS

You don't need to be a teen boy to love these stocking stuffer ideas, but Google likes us to have gender specific category titles for our gift guides. Why? We don't know!

BEST STOCKING STUFFERS FOR KIDS

The best stocking stuffer ideas for kids can be found in this fun gift list for the holidays.

THE BEST STOCKING STUFFERS FOR TODDLERS

Looking for the best stocking stuffer ideas for your favorite toddler? We have you covered in this fun list with age recommendations on these gift ideas.

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Advent Calendar for Teens That They Will Love

Monday, November 6th, 2023

An advent calendar for teens and tweens can make the holidays special. Shop this curated guide for fun ways to countdown to Christmas this year.

Advent Calendar for Teens They Will Love

One of my favorite gifts to give my teen is their advent calendar as a Christmas gift each year. This year, we wanted to offer this year’s best calendar ideas for your kiddos in this age category, as well as those college-age kiddos that deserve a fun way to celebrate the season.

We have you covered with a few of our favorite ways to countdown Christmas in 2023. 

To keep it economical, be sure to read our suggestions for ways to reuse keepsake boxes or diy advent calendars for the season with our smart ideas for saving.

DON’T FORGET TO ACTIVATE YOUR RAKUTEN WHEN SHOPPING. HERE IS $40 back on your first purchase.

If you aren’t familiar with the program, this is my beginner’s tutorial on how to use Rakuten (and some sneaky ways I get cashback on stuff we buy all the time).

Let’s celebrate the 12 days of Christmas with these fun ideas for the season.

Advent Calendar for Teens

Discover the perfect teen advent calendar for a memorable holiday countdown with these fun suggestions curated by the MomAdvice team.

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HOLIDAY ADVENT CALENDAR GAMES AND BUILDS

These advent calendar games and puzzles can be done independently or as a family experience.

ART ADVENT CALENDARS

These arts and crafts advent calendars are perfect for the budding artist in your life.

ADVENT CALENDARS FOR TEEN BOYS

You don't need to be a teen boy to love these ideas, but Google likes us to have gender specific category titles for our gift guides. Why? We don't know!

FOOD ADVENT CALENDARS

Unwrap a tasty surprise every day with this list of food advent calendars. From chocolates to gourmet treats, find the perfect December bite for the season.

ADVENT CALENDARS FOR TEEN GIRLS

You don't need to be a teen girl to love these ideas, but Google likes us to have gender specific category titles for our gift guides. Why? We don't know!

POCKET ADVENT CALENDAR & OTHER DIY ADVENT CALENDAR EXPERIENCES

These personalized calendars allow you to personalize it to your teen's interests.

Fill the pocket calendar with handwritten notes, a crafty calendar with homemade treats. These DIY advent calendars offer a unique way to make the holiday season more meaningful.

PET ADVENT CALENDAR

Have a teen that's crazy about their furry friends? A pet advent experience can be a lot of fun for teens to open!

Love this guide? Don’t miss these other holiday gift guides:

Best Gifts for Minimalists

The Best Gifts for Kids Who Have Everything

Retirement Gifts for Men They Will Love and Use

Unique Gifts for the Man Who Has Everything

Advent Calendars for Teens They Will Love

How a Kindle Page Turner Remote Improved My Reading Life

Wednesday, September 20th, 2023

This remote control Kindle Page Turner is perfect for reading with hand pain. Learn how to use this gadget with your Kindle Paperwhite or the Kindle app.

How a Kindle Page Turner Remote Improved My Reading Life

I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve dedicated a post to a single product, but the Kindle Page Turner is the kind of gadget that deserves its own post. 

How a Kindle Page Turner Improved My Reading Life

Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Hand Pain

This is your reminder that Instagram is an optical illusion- this is my Glamour shot with a chronic illness. This is not for sympathy, but it was important to offer a real user perspective for today’s post.

Longtime readers know I have Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, which affects my joints and causes chronic pain. An ongoing problem that has increasingly become harder to navigate is the joint pain in my fingers. 

I can no longer hold a book comfortably, so I’ve been troubleshooting my reading life with various gadgets to make reading easier.  

reading tools for hand pain

Many readers have asked that I share all of the tried-and-true items that have helped my reading life (scroll down for a full list).

As someone who would refer to herself as a “professional reader,” I have to read for longer periods of time than an average reader.

In addition to today’s post, I am hosting a Book Gang podcast on Literary Wellness with Chronic Pain with Alexandra Orfanide, Creator of The Hypermobility Helpline Podcast & Osteopath on November 10th to discover new ways to manage reading with chronic pain. I will update this list with her suggestions after we record.

For now, the Kindle Page Turner is new to my arsenal of tools but has singlehandedly made even my worst joint days manageable with reading.

This tool allows me to change the placement of my fingers on this remote based on which joint is experiencing the least amount of pain.

I wanted to explain how this gadget works for you today! 

Kindle Page Turner Remote

What is a Kindle Page Turner?

This remote control allows you to turn pages without touching the screen, making it a convenient option for those who require a hands-free approach to reading. 

The demonstration for this Booktok reading sensation is that it is usually paired with a reader cozied under a blanket, clicking the remote while lying in bed.

What I Love About the Kindle Remote:

This ergonomic remote stays charged with a USB charging cord, which lasts for a week on a single charge. 

The remote itself does not require charging, but the sensor that is clipped to your gadget is charged with the cord.

What impresses me the most about this tool is that the remote is unbelievably light, so light, in fact, that I’ve been known to walk around my house all evening with the remote still attached to my wrist.

As someone with wrist issues, this element alone made this gadget a winner. 

Kindle Remote

The biggest win for hand pain sufferers or people with carpal tunnel is using this in either hand and selecting which finger needs to do the page turning for that day. 

I will switch from the thumb to my trigger finger or other digits when I’m having a difficult day.

Page-turning is quick and pushing the large button doesn’t take too much finger strength.

Kindle Page Turner

What I DON’T Love About This Kindle Remote:

This device is imperfect in its design construction, and I want to share my minor grievances with it.

If you have hand pain, getting the wristlet threaded for the first time will require assistance.

The holder must be threaded through with a pin and requires a steady hand to achieve.

As someone who lacks fine motor skills, assembling it took me a long time. It surprises me that this element does not come pre-assembled for users.

The page-turner remote only moves forward, not backward, so you must swipe if you need to manually reverse direction.

The biggest hurdle is that the device placement takes a little getting used to. It can hide a word of text, typically wherever you place it. 

Lori, a reader here, also submitted this tip as a workaround! If you adjust the margins of your Kindle page, you can reduce the words covered by the clip!  

Click the font menu (Aa) then layout and adjust the margin options there. This is her screen that shows what that new layout will look like, but will require more clicking with a remote if you go this route.

Kindle Page Turner

Quick Tips for this Kindle Page Turner Remote:

Keep in mind, if you have a case with a large lip, you may need to pop it off to use this ebook remote.

I use a slim origami Kindle case, so I haven’t encountered that issue with my current setup. 

It would be best to position this lower than where you would tap to access your Kindle menu. If you set this too high, it will go back to your Library, and you must confront how many books you have bought and still need to read.

Once you find the optimal placement, you are off to the races.

Kindle Remote Page Turner

How to Use a Kindle Remote Page Turner

Let’s walk through the process of pairing your Kindle Page Turner Remote for the first time.

Be sure to scroll down for more fun reading gadgets!

Step 1: Check Compatibility Before Purchasing a Kindle Page Turner

Before purchasing a Page Turner Remote, ensure it is compatible with your reading device.

While I use this, specifically for my Kindle Paperwhite, the remote control can also be used on an iPad, Android tablet, or Barnes and Noble Nook. 

If you use the Scribd app, Libby app, or Kindle app for reading with your wireless device, this device should be compatible once you have opened up your book for reading. 

Step 2: Pair the Remote with Your Kindle

Enable Bluetooth: On your Kindle device, go to “Settings” > “Bluetooth & Wireless.” Make sure Bluetooth is turned on.

Pairing the Kindle Page Turner

Put the Remote in Pairing Mode: Follow the instructions provided with your Kindle Page Turner Remote to put it in pairing mode. Typically, this involves holding down a button until a light indicator blinks.

Discover Devices: On your Kindle, tap “Pair a New Device.” Your Kindle will start searching for nearby Bluetooth devices.

Select the Remote: When your Kindle discovers the remote, select it from the list of available devices to pair them.

Confirm Pairing: If prompted, confirm the pairing on both your Kindle and the remote.

Here are some frequently asked questions about Kindle page-turning remotes: 

Does the Kindle Have an Auto Page Turner? 

Kindle devices primarily rely on manual page turning, either by tapping/swiping the touchscreen or using physical buttons if equipped with them.

That is why a remote can be a helpful device for people with hand pain. 

Book Gang Podcast

Do You Have Any Page-Turners for My Page-Turning Remote?

I host the Book Gang podcast that celebrates debuts, under-the-radar books, and backlist selections!  We host an author or literary hero to help co-host our shows. 

Each episode features a page-turner book list. That’s a beautiful place to start! 

The Best Prime Reading Guide 10 Free Kindle Books

Do You Have Resources for Free Kindle Books?

I am the queen of free Kindle books and how to get them. Be sure to check The Best Prime Reading Guide with Ten Free Books you can borrow if you have Prime. 

Don’t forget to take advantage of the Kindle First Reads program that allows Prime members to access and purchase new books a month before they are officially released to the public! 

You can check this landing page for monthly Kindle First Reads recommendations.

If you don’t have Prime, the library or my The Best Daily Kindle Deals list is a wonderful spot for readers on a budget. 

Below I am sharing my favorite reading tools for hand pain. Sending love and comfort to any reader who faces these kinds of challenges!

Reading Tools for Hand Pain

The Best Reading Tools for Chronic Pain

You can read more comfortably beyond the Kindle Page Turner! These are the items that help me the most with reading and chronic pain. As a professional reader with hand pain, I rely upon these items daily.

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TELL ME: What reading tools help you with chronic pain? If you have tried any of the devices mentioned, I’d love to hear your experience with them.

The Best Gifts for Kids Who Have Everything

Tuesday, September 19th, 2023

Are you searching for the best gifts for kids who have everything? This unique gift guide offers ideas for gifts for older kids, toddlers, and preschoolers.

The Best Gifts for the Kids Who Have Everything

Welcome to our updated 2023 gift guide for the kids who seem to have everything.  Cue the confetti! 

You’re in the right place for great gifts that I don’t think you’ll find anywhere else. 

Our comprehensive gift guide has compiled a curated selection of unique and fun gift ideas for kids of all ages that are perfect for birthday gifts, special occasions, or just because. 

Whether you have teens, tweens, toddlers, or preschoolers, we’ve covered you with many exciting gift options.

So dive in and discover some of our favorite gifts for your kiddos that we also believe are fun for the whole family. 

The Best Gifts for the Kids Who Have Everything

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If you want to read more about this shopping app, head here for an in-depth review of what Rakuten offers.

If you want $40 and plan to get shopping, this should automatically deposit $40 in your account for purchases(sorry- new customers only!).

Here are my suggestions for this year!

Gifts For Kids Who Have Everything

GIFTS FOR KIDS WHO HAVE EVERYTHING UNDER $25

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GIFTS FOR KIDS WHO HAVE EVERYTHING UNDER $50

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GIFTS FOR KIDS UNDER $100

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GIFT IDEAS FOR TEENS & TWEENS UNDER $25

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GIFT IDEAS FOR TEENS & TWEENS UNDER $50

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Retirement Gifts for Men They Will Love and Use

Monday, September 11th, 2023

This gift guide features the best retirement gifts for men that they will love and use. These gifts for retired men include ideas for adventure, travel, and fun.

Retirement Gifts for Men

This oddly specific retirement gift list has been one of the most requested by our readers. 

I wanted to have a spot to point to friends and family, and hope you’ll enjoy these thoughtfully curated gifts. 

While many lists I’ve found are filled with clutter and gag gifts, these recommendations lean into style and are gifts that they will love and use over the years. 

So, join me in honoring this milestone and finding the perfect way to say, “Congratulations on your well-deserved retirement!

Retirement Gifts for Men

Whether they're looking forward to more time on the golf course, cozy evenings with a good book, or grand adventures in far-off lands, these thoughtful retirement gifts are designed to make their retirement unforgettable.

OUTDOOR GIFT IDEAS FOR MEN

Explore the ultimate outdoor gift ideas list for backyard adventures at home or out on the golf course.

TRAVEL GIFT IDEAS FOR HIM

Explore travel gift ideas for him to make those future travel days more enjoyable.

COZY GIFT IDEAS FOR HIM

Find the perfect cozy gift ideas for him that will bring warmth and comfort for those lovely days at home.

RETIREMENT GIFTS FOR COWORKERS

Show your appreciation for retiring coworkers with thoughtful retirement gifts that celebrate their years of hard work and wish them well in their new journey.

Whether it's a personalized keepsake or a gift that aligns with their post-retirement plans, discover a range of ideas to bid them a fond farewell.

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Best Gifts for Minimalists They Will Love And Use

Sunday, September 10th, 2023

Looking for gifts for minimalists? Go beyond gift cards with this list of the perfect gifts curated with over 50 great ideas they will love and use.

Gifts for Minimalists

If there is one thing I’m good at, it is finding thoughtful gifts for my minimalist friends.

Today’s updated gift guide offers great gift suggestions any recipient would love especially for those creating simple and meaningful gifts that don’t take up too much space.

Gift Card Ideas for a Minimalist

Online Course: Gift them an online course subscription to expand their knowledge and skills from the comfort of home. I use and love Skillshare for a great blanket subscription.

Meal Kits or Meal Plan Subscriptions: Simplify meal preparation and reduce kitchen clutter with meal kits or meal plan subscriptions.

Gift Certificate for Spa Treatment: Treat them to a relaxing spa experience as a well-deserved break from their daily routine.

Nursery Gift Card: For those with a green thumb, a nursery gift card allows them to nurture their indoor or outdoor garden.

Museum Subscriptions: Provide access to culture and inspiration with museum subscriptions, offering art, history, and creativity without accumulating physical items.

Wherever you shop, be sure to sign up with Rakuten to get cashback on your purchases! If you have not used this app before, you can learn all about it in my post over here

Gifts for Minimalists

Looking for gift ideas for minimalist friends and family? These are our top tried-and-true gift recommendations.

GIFTS FOR THE HOME

Elevate their home with these gifts that embrace simplicity and functionality.

MINIMALIST BEAUTY AND FASHION GIFTS

If you can’t afford a spa treatment, these are great high-quality gift ideas that anyone would love.

MINIMALIST READER GIFTS

Enhance your reading experience while maintaining a clutter-free aesthetic with these gift ideas.

MINIMALIST ENTERTAINMENT GIFTS

These are the perfect gifts that won’t take up too much space, but bring hours of entertainment enjoyment.

MINIMALIST HEALTHY LIVING GIFTS

These gift ideas are perfect for the health enthusiast on your list.

HANDMADE DIY GIFT IDEAS

Elevate your gift-giving game with our collection of handmade DIY gift ideas. Whether you're a crafting enthusiast or looking for a personal touch, these projects are unique.

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How to Make a Burlap Wreath (VIDEO)

Sunday, September 10th, 2023
How to Make a Burlap Wreath

Learn how to make a burlap wreath with a wire wreath frame and burlap ribbon. This beginner craft takes 30 minutes. and can be customized for any holiday.

I am all about beautiful and simple decorations for the holidays. Today’s tutorial will show you how to make a simple burlap wreath that can be customized for any holiday.

This is a no-sew, no-glue, no-cut wreath project that should be easy to create in about 30 minutes.

How to Make a Burlap Wreath

Burlap ribbon does not only come in brown. There are so many different colors and patterns to choose from.

At the end of this post, you can see how I made a beautiful fall wreath in orange burlap.

How to Make a Burlap Wreath (Pictures)

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Gather your supplies. You will need burlap ribbon, a wire wreath form, mini clothespins, floral picks, floral wire, scissors, and wallet-size holiday photos.

Easy Burlap Wreath Tutorial

Get wallet-sized photos printed or print them at home with a mini photo printer.

How to Make a Burlap Wreath

Now let’s begin weaving the burlap through our wire wreath form.

This is going to take a little time and practice with your first one so don’t get discouraged.

Begin by folding your burlap in half, like I have shown above, and keep it folded like this as we go.

Select one section of the wire wreath to start in.

How to Make a Burlap Wreath

Feed the beginning end through the wreath as shown above.

Leave a little loose end to tuck in or you can wire it to the wreath with a little floral wire in the back.

How to Make a Burlap Wreath

Over the outer ring, under the next, over the next, and under to finish.

How to Make a Burlap Wreath

This is the technique we are using throughout.

I am showing it to you tightly so you can see how this will work, when you do this, you will be actually pulling out the burlap a bit to give it to that bubble effect that we are going for. 

Begin right next to the previous row, within the same section of the metal wreath.

However, this time, we’ll weave in the opposite direction.

As you go along, keep pulling out the burlap to create bubbles. Move the working burlap into each section, alternating the weaving direction.

How to Make a Burlap Wreath
How to Make a Burlap Wreath

When you run out of burlap (it should be when you are about halfway through covering the wreath), tuck the end towards the back and pick up where you left off.

Again, you can wire these ends with a little floral wire on the back.

How to Make a Burlap Wreath

Finish the wreath with your holiday accessories.

You can trim any of the pieces down that were wired to help your wreath lay more flush to your front door.

How to Make a Burlap Wreath

Wouldn’t this just make the most fabulous little gift for someone you love for the holidays? I’ve provided some bulk purchasing options if you want to make more than one wreath.

Happy crafting!

How to Make a Burlap Wreath

How to Make a Burlap Wreath

Yield: 1 Wreath
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

This no-sew, no-glue, no-cut wreath is the perfect DIY burlap wreath for decorating your door or gifting to a friend! Follow this step-by-step to make your own.

Tools

Instructions

  1. To begin, select a few of your favorite holiday photos that can be attached to your wreath.
    Tip: Send them to a photo lab and have them printed in wallet size.
    burlap wreath supplies
  2. Choose one section of the wire wreath to start in. Begin by folding your burlap in half, as I have shown below.
    How to Start a Burlap Wreath
  3. Feed the beginning end through the wreath. Over the outer ring, under the next, over the next, and under to finish.
    Leave a little loose end to tuck in or you can wire it to the wreath with a little floral wire (or zip tie) in the back.
    How to Make a Burlap Wreath
  4. Using the end of the burlap you're working with, begin creating burlap bubbles right next to the previous row, in the same section of the metal wreath. However, this time, weave it in the opposite direction.
    Keep pulling and forming bubbles in the burlap as you proceed.
    Move the working burlap into each section, first weaving in one direction and then in the other direction.
    Each fold should be about 4-6 inches wide. The continuous piece of burlap will naturally form a series of loops or bubbles.
    How to Make a Burlap Wreath
  5. When you run out of burlap (it should be when you are about halfway through covering the wreath), tuck the end towards the back and pick up where you left off. Again, you can wire these ends with a little floral wire on the back.
    How to Make a Burlap Wreath
  6. Once the entire wreath is covered, secure the final end with floral wire.
  7. Begin puffing up some of the folded bubbles (if desired) or you can leave them as is, if you prefer a more ruffled, rather than bubbly effect.
  8. Finish the wreath by hot gluing or wiring two floral picks on the wreath. Attach a few of your favorite holiday portraits with those mini-clothespins.
    How to Make a Burlap Wreath

Notes

You can use a small amount of hot glue, not too excessively to attach your floral pick. These floral picks can be switched for the seasons.

Looking for more burlap craft ideas? Here are a few of my most visited projects!

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Easy Microwave Peanut Brittle Recipe (The BEST Gift Idea)

Friday, August 11th, 2023
Easy Microwave Peanut Brittle Recipe (The BEST Gift Idea)

Make this easy microwave peanut brittle recipe for a quick holiday treat. Simply stir in peanuts and microwave with a few common pantry ingredients!

Elevate your gift-giving game with this easy and easy microwave peanut brittle recipe you can make in the microwave. Simply stir in peanuts and microwave with a few common pantry ingredients.

Say goodbye to hours of stirring over a hot stove with a candy thermometer, and say hello to a simple, modern approach to crafting an old-fashioned peanut brittle.

With just a microwave and a few pantry staples, you can create a crunchy and sweet peanut brittle that’s bound to become a festive favorite.

Are you ready for the easiest no-bake treat? 

If you haven’t tried making microwave peanut brittle, you are in for a real treat.

The only trick with making peanut brittle in the microwave is keeping a CLOSE eye on it so you don’t burn your nuts.

In this article, we unveil the secrets to crafting the perfect microwave peanut brittle while providing a unique gifting idea that will impress. 

Whether you’re a seasoned chef or a kitchen newbie, this recipe is designed to simplify your holiday preparations. 

Easy Microwave Peanut Brittle Recipe (The BEST Gift Idea)

Here are some frequently asked questions about this easy microwave recipe:

How Can I Prevent Air Bubbles?

Air bubbles can be a common occurrence when making microwave peanut brittle.

While they may not always be preventable, there are some key things to keep in mind to minimize their presence and ensure a smooth brittle:

Stirring:

When stirring the mixture after adding the butter and vanilla, do so gently but thoroughly. 

Stirring helps distribute the ingredients evenly and reduces the risk of large air pockets forming.

Baking Soda Reaction:

Adding baking soda to the mixture causes it to foam and expand. 

Stir in the baking soda quickly but gently, and avoid over-mixing to prevent excessive air incorporation.

Microwave Wattage:

Microwave wattage can impact the cooking process. Lower-wattage microwaves may require slightly longer cooking times to ensure the mixture reaches the desired consistency without trapping excess air.

If your microwave has different power levels, consider using a lower power setting during certain stages of cooking to minimize rapid boiling and bubbling that can introduce air bubbles.

You should also consider the size of the microwave-safe container you use. Using a wide, shallow bowl may help prevent excessive bubbling and make it easier to mix the ingredients evenly.

Pouring Technique:

Pour your brittle gently and evenly when pouring the hot mixture onto the greased baking sheet. 

Avoid pouring from a great height, which could introduce more air into the mixture.

Tapping or Shaking:

As I describe in the recipe below, after pouring the mixture onto the baking sheet, gently tap or shake the sheet to help release any trapped air bubbles before the brittle sets.

Cooling Process:

Allowing the brittle to cool slowly and evenly can help minimize the formation of large air bubbles as it solidifies.

It’s important to note that some air bubbles are natural and won’t necessarily affect the taste or quality of the peanut brittle. 

In fact, a bit of texture and irregularity can add character to the final product. 

However, if air bubbles are consistently causing issues, you can experiment with different mixing techniques and microwave settings to achieve a smoother result.

Bowl of Raw Peanuts

What Other Microwave Brittles Can I Make With This Recipe?

While our recipe offers a traditional peanut brittle experience, you can get creative by adding your favorite nuts or even a hint of your preferred spices for a unique twist on this classic treat.

Here are some brittle combinations you can try! 

Almond Brittle: Substitute peanuts with chopped almonds for a rich, nutty almond brittle. The microwave method works just as well for almonds, delivering a satisfying crunch and delightful flavor.

Cashew Brittle: Cashews lend their buttery taste to create a delectable cashew brittle. The microwave ensures the cashews caramelize beautifully, resulting in a mouthwatering treat.

Pistachio Brittle: Experiment with colorful and flavorful pistachios for a unique twist on traditional brittle. The microwave preserves the vibrant green pistachios while turning them into a delightful brittle.

Seed Brittle: Opt for a healthier version using a combination of pumpkin, sunflower, and sesame seeds. These nutrient-packed seeds create a brittle with a satisfying texture and earthy flavors.

Hazelnut Brittle: Indulge in the rich and decadent flavor of hazelnuts. The microwave method ensures that the hazelnuts are evenly coated in the sweet caramel, resulting in an irresistible brittle. If you have extra hazelnuts to use up, try this hazelnut soup recipe

MAKE THIS SUGAR AND SPICE CANDIED NUT RECIPE

Sugar and Spice Nuts Recipe

Mixed Nut Brittle: Combine a medley of your favorite nuts, such as almonds, walnuts, pecans, and cashews, for a diverse and flavorful brittle. The microwave technique simplifies the process of making a mixed nut brittle.

Remember, when experimenting with different nut or seed varieties, the microwave cooking times might vary slightly, so keep a close eye to prevent overcooking.