Anyway, I spent the afternoon (between getting work done of course) browsing some recipes on the internet and planning out my trip to Sam's Club to get some walnuts which resulted in 3 tries in two evenings to get the recipe just right.
2. Add walnuts and cook until walnuts are golden brown and toasty.
Sommer's Secret: Be sure to rinse the walnuts BEFORE cooking them. I didn't do this the first time and all the little walnut crumbs burnt and the ending result was more bitter but still turned out okay.
3. After walnuts are golden add sugars and cinnamon. Stir constantly until the sugar melts, all nuts are coated and the mixture begins to thicken.
Sommer's Secret: Remove pan from the stove before adding the vanilla. Be CAREFUL! The vanilla has alcohol in it so it bubbles and sizzles on contact.
5. Pour onto wax paper lined baking sheet.
6. Spread out and allow to cool.
Sommer's note: Recipe #1 ends up more like the candied nuts you buy at the mall kiosks, the theatre or around Christmas Time. (Fun fact: did you know sugar plums are actually candied nuts? )The resulting mixture has little nuggets of sugar clumpy things which are actually pretty good. I wanted more of a glaze on my walnuts so I tried a few variations. If you are looking more for a "glazed" or honey coated nut. Try Recipe #2
Sommer's Candied Walnuts (Recipe #2)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
Sommer's side story: I usually don't like walnuts as they can be slightly bitter and seem to leave a "drying" sensation in my mouth. But I have come to adore them candied in Chinese Honey Walnut Shrimp....so GOOD!
The same night I made my walnuts I put together a "Sommer Salad". I found that I can trick myself into thinking I bought a gourmet lunch if I try and make it look like I bought it. I use a container I saved from when I got a salad at Costco. I was so proud of myself for making it look so pretty.
Thin sliced Onion (love onions!)
Skinless Chicken pieces (left over from Sam's club rotisserie chicken)
Won ton strips
Drained canned Mandarin Oranges and
HOMEMADE candied Walnuts.
I made 2 and packaged them so they would stay nice and crispy until lunch.
When lunchtime came I had fun assembling my masterpiece. It was so fun when people kept asking me where I bought my lunch!
In case you're wondering I used store bought salad dressing although I got a good recipe for a homemade oriental salad dressing from the Stake Relief Society that would go great, I just need to remember where I put it!
I enjoyed watching an episode of "Biggest Looser" at my desk.
I washed it all down with some water out of my BIG cup.....yeah, I'm getting pretty good at drinking water these days.....looking forward to lunch tomorrow!