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This recipe brings me back to the glorious days of my first job (which I only left this year, and still adore all the people I worked with). Each year one of our founders would play Santa Claus at the company Christmas party and pass out bags of whole pecans to all the employees on the nice list. Then I’d roast the pecans in the oven with a stick of melted butter and a bunch of sea salt and have a delicious, buttery nut snack.

Today, Erin, from Erin’s Inside Job, brings us something similar, but with maple and spice. I believe these may be the super buttery nut version of the Master Cleanse. I’m all in favor of a nut cleanse.

Maple Spiced Pecans

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Here we are, ten days into December, and I’m still blogging. Yes, even I am shocked, but it’s been so fun! I’ve been having the best time featuring some of Chicago’s best bloggers on Dining at my Desk!

Today we have Hilary of Embellishmints, with an amazing white chocolate crunch Christmas popcorn. With very few ingredients required, this should be an easy and pretty snack to have for your holiday guests. 

Christmas Popcorn

Christmas Crunch White Chocolate Popcorn

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup popping popcorn kernels, or 2 bags tender white popcorn
  • 1 {10 oz} vanilla bark
  • 1-1/3 cups broken pretzel pieces
  • 1 {12 oz} bag green and red Mint M&M’s
  • Red, green and white sprinkles {Nonpareils add a fun crunch}

Thanks to Hilary for this awesome recipe. Visit her awesome blog, Embellishints, for the full recipe, and enjoy! 

Christmas Crunch White Chocolate Popcorn

Christmas Crunch White Chocolate Popcorn

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There is a famous saying floating around my house that “if you do something two or more years in a row, then it’s a tradition.” Well, kiddos, this is the FIFTH year I’m bringing you a recipe a day all month of December, making it a clear-cut tradition…until I predictably fizzle out around December 11, because, let’s face it, blogging is a lot of work (and I’d rather be eating cheese popcorn and watching Lifetime Christmas movies. Did I ever tell you my hopes and dreams of writing the next great American…Lifetime Christmas movie?! It all starts with the main character breaking up with her loser boyfriend, and throwing a handful of glitter in the air, and promptly falling down the stairs. I haven’t gotten much further than that, but please, please, future producers, it MUST be shot in the blazing summer where the trees are beautiful and green, the grass is unabashedly alive, the birds are chirping, and my actors are sweating their a$$es off in down coats, hats and mittens without the slightest hint of a chill in the air – thx.)

Ok, so I’m back this year, blogging at you every day until I inevitably grow tired of the whole affair. This year has seen it’s fair share of ups and downs for me, but one of the things I’m excited to tell you is that I can cook….kind of…without a microwave sometimes, even. My blog wife (it’s serious, guys) is this amazing human who travels around the world, and then cooks it, too, and in her spare time, patiently teaches me how to dice onions, de-bone chickens for stock, and pours me a LOT of wine.

Chrissy, aka, The Hungary Buddha is bringing you the first of the holidaze recipes today. I asked her to share her favorite Christmas goodie with me, and this is what turned up in my email – Caramel Nut Crunch.

Caramel Nut Crunch

You know, as much as I love her boozy cooking sessions, I think even I could pull this one off in the comfort of my own home (with my own booze, naturally). It looks pretty easy, and if you read her blog post, you’ll find out that this recipe reminds her of her Grandpa.

With no further ado, let’s get this show on the road:

Caramel Nut Crunch

Ingredients:
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • ½ cup Beehive Golden Corn Syrup or honey
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 6 cups Cheerios
  • 1 cup pecan halves
  • ½ cup sliced or slivered almonds

Instructions:

You’ll have to visit The Hungary Buddha’s website to read how to make this, but trust me, you’ll love it over there.

Caramel Nut Crunch

Caramel Nut Crunch

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