Candied Walnuts

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Crunchy, caramelized walnuts make a sweet snack and a great topping for summer berry salads and ice cream, or a quick topping for muffins. Today I’m showing you how to make candied walnuts!

I recommend doubling the recipe if you have snack-happy kids like mine, as you might catch them snacking on them too.

Learn how to make crunchy, caramelized Candied Walnuts at home

How To Make Candied Walnuts

It’s easier than you might think to make candied walnuts at home. With just a pat of butter, a handful of walnuts, and a spoonful of sugar, you can stir up a batch of walnuts that are tastier than anything you can buy from the store.

I like to start with walnut halves and then roughly chop them on a cutting board. For bigger pieces, I will just break halves apart by hand if I only need a cup or so.

You can actually use this technique for other nuts as well to get the sweet, buttery toasted flavor that makes for a sweet topping.

Your candied nuts should not be sticky once they are cooled. If they are they probably did not cook long enough on the stovetop. The key is to hit that sweet spot, literally, between being cooked long enough and burnt.

Candied walnuts can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a month. These containers work perfectly!

How To Make Candied Walnuts

Candied Walnuts Recipe

  1. Melt the butter in a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Place a sheet of parchment paper or a silicone mat next to the stove.
  2. Add the walnuts and sugar. Stir with a rubber spatula to combine.
  3. Continue stirring until the sugar melts and the walnuts are well-coated.
  4. Quickly transfer the walnuts to the parchment and work quickly with a spatula to spread them out to avoid clumping.
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The Best (and Easiest) Chocolate Ice Cream

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Two kinds of chocolate and real cream make this the best and easiest homemade chocolate ice cream you can make.

The deliciously rich chocolate flavor of this recipe comes from the combination of both cocoa powder and melted chocolate chips.

Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream

Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream

Homemade ice cream is one of my family’s guilty pleasures. My boys are forever coming up with combinations and ideas to try.

But nothing beats a classic like chocolate. We use this as a base to add cookies, berries, and all sorts of goodies to when we’re craving something a little different. The options are endless.

When making chocolate ice cream it is important to get a creamy chocolate base with the sugar and cocoa powder fully incorporated into the heavy cream. You will want to stay by the stovetop and continuously whisk your chocolate base so nothing burns.

How To Make Chocolate Ice Cream

To get a rich creamy ice cream not only do I use heavy cream, but whole milk is a must. Making ice cream just isn’t the place to cut calories.

While you’re welcome to make this using 2% or even skim milk, whole milk delivers the creaminess we love.

If you are chocolate ice cream lovers like we are, you’ll want to try this Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream with Chocolate Peanut Butter Chunks too. And for anyone with a dairy allergy, this Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream is a great alternative.

What about Dark Chocolate Almond Ice Cream with almonds and just the tiniest hint of cinnamon? Or a Chocolate Orange Ice Cream combination? Don’t knock that one until you try it!

We’re celebrating three weeks of new ice cream recipes this summer with a very cool ice cream maker giveaway! Enter to win the Cuisinart ICE-100 1.5-Quart Compressor Ice Cream Maker by CLICKING HERE an

The best dairy-free broccoli salad

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Sharing a recipe for the best dairy-free broccoli salad. This is the perfect side dish for dinners, delicious leftovers for lunch, and an awesome healthy summer BBQ or potluck side dish.

Hey friends! How’s the day going so far? We’re back in town after a trip to Phoenix for Nationals, and have a mountain of laundry + have some virtual 1:1 appointments.

For today’s post, I thought I’d share a summer side dish recipe! Whenever we have friends over during the summer, finding recipes for the *fun* stuff like appetizers and desserts is always super easy. I always like to make sure we have some kind of salad or vegetable, and am always looking for new favorites. Mia recently shared her favorite broccoli salad recipe with me and I knew I had to post it here on the blog! It lasted about 15 minutes in our house.

I accidentally found out that the girls love raw broccoli when we were low on groceries and I was running out of options while packing their lunch + snacks for school. I’ll typically roast broccoli with dinner and they tend to be pretty meh about it. I needed one more spot to fill in their lunch bento boxes, so I added some raw chopped broccoli. When I picked them up, they both said how much they loved the broccoli in their lunch, and I’ve been adding it ever since. This broccoli salad was a HUGE hit in our house – we each had a bowl and it was gone.

Broccoli salad is a great source of fiber and vitamins. It’s also dairy-free, and includes blanched broccoli, which still has a crunch, but can be easier to digest than raw. You simply mix all of the ingredients into a bowl and enjoy! It’s also a versatile recipe; feel free to customize it as you like. You can swap out the almonds for another type of nut, or use a different type of dried fruit (like dried cranberries or raisins) instead of the dates. Just make sure that you don’t skip the celery seed, as it gives it a unique flavor and crunch.

The best dairy-free broccoli salad

Ingredients

1 head of broccoli (or a 12 oz bag of pre cut florets)

Avocado oil mayo (Chosen foods, Sir Kensington or homemade. I like to make my own, or order Sir Kensington from Thrive Market)

Maple syrup (or honey) for a little bit of sweetness

Celery seed – don’t omit this ingredient!

Salt & pepper, to taste

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Smoked Peach Crisp

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Smoked Peach Crisp

Peaches, glorious peaches! Why can’t peach season last all year? I guess I wouldn’t crave it and love it as much as I do if they were available all the time. This smoked peach crisp on the Traeger is our new favorite!

As you all know, peach crisp is a huge deal at my house. There’s absolutely not one single summer that goes by that I don’t make a peach crisp to end our glorious summer. I don’t know if it’s the golden nectar of sweet peach juice with that cinnamon crisp and a scoop of cold and creamy ice cream or if it’s the nostalgia I feel for a peach dessert but either way I always feel like it’s officially summer when I eat it. And best of all, my kids do too. 

a photo of a cast iron dutch oven with a serving missing and two scoops of vanilla ice cream melting on top.

Isn’t there something magical about a whole family loving one specific recipe? It’s not just that it’s a tradition, it’s not even that it’s finally something everyone likes, there’s truly something sweet and memorable about eating that one recipe together that everyone swoons over. 

So friends, may your glowing summer nights be a little longer and a little happier this year with smoked peach crisp!

Ingredients for Smoked Peach Crisp

You’ll need some peaches of course, and then a few things for the filling and a whole bunch of goodness for the topping. Here are the ingredients you will need:

For the Filling:

  • Peaches
  • Butter
  • Cinnamon
  • Brown Sugar
  • Cornstarch

For the Topping:

  • Old-Fashioned Oats
  • Brown Sugar
  • Butter
  • All- Purpose Flour
  • Cinnamon
  • Salt

The measurements for each ingredient can be found in the recipe card at the end of the post.

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The Little Things Newsletter #318 – Life, laughter, and lots of great food!

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Welcome to the weekend, my friends! We’re celebrating three weeks of ice cream recipes with a giveaway for the Cuisinart ICE-100 1.5-Quart Compressor Ice Cream Maker

You may recall just how much I adore my compressor ice cream maker, no bowls to freeze, no salt or ice to melt, just turn it on and start churning batch after creamy batch of homemade ice cream. Enter to win by going to the giveaway page and submitting your email. 

ON THE BLOG this week: Fresh Mint Ice Cream is like no other mint ice cream you’ve tried in the past. This Mint Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream is a softer, fresher mint flavor that just might blow your mind.

You need this buttery sweet edible cookie dough in your life. It’s filled with miniature chocolate chips in a bite-size chunk of snackable Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites.

And after you’ve made the edible cookie dough, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream will be next on your list. Sweet chunks of edible cookie dough fill each scoop of this rich and creamy ice cream.

Rum Raisin Ice Cream is full of rum-soaked raisins mixed in custardy vanilla ice cream with a hint of rum. This recipe is a little bit old school and a whole lot of creamy delicious.

The most popular question I’ve ever received on this website is whether you can make ice cream without a machine. The answer is YES. Find out how you can Make Ice Cream Without A Machine.

The Ultimate Ice Cream Maker Review has everything you need to know to choose the perfect ice cream machine! The original post has been updated to reflect current pricing and additional review information for these machines. (I’m thinking this is going to be an annual or even bi-annual update now with the way prices are changing these days.)

My FAVORITE THINGS this week are my wireless earbuds. I don’t know when I’ve ever been so pleased with a $30 purchase. My kids and I all have these earbuds and in over six months of near-constant use, we have yet to have any issues with them. They continue to work flawlessly.

I love these earbuds so much, that I’m giving a few pairs away today just for newsletter readers. Leave a comment below and let me know what you’ll be listening to: Podcasts? Music? Audiobooks? Something else entirely? I’ll choose three winners on Monday evening and send them t

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