Gift Giving …

by Cate on November 17, 2006

OK folks, this is going to be a quick post because I am beat. Beyond beat. We’re 0 for 3 this week … The Husband has a sprained knee, I went to the doctor today and have tonsillitis and Nicholas is still suffering through bronchitis. Never a dull moment in the Sweetnicks household, but ’tis the season. ;) Now onto food for a minute…

Although I am fully taking the time to enjoy Thanksgiving (no blithely skipping past holidays here!), this is the time of year where I start looking for gift giving ideas, particularly the small homemade food sort that I can give to neighbors, mailman, teachers, UPS guy, etc. I came across a recipe yesterday for Maple-Glazed Walnuts from Ellie Krieger of FoodTV Network. It took just seconds to whip up a batch last night and would look very cute in a small glass jar with a mini spoon attached, bedecked with festive ribbons. I’m looking for a nut recipe that’s more to the crunchy side, and this isn’t, but this one is perfect for serving over ice cream. For a simple gift idea, buy a set of four pretty ice cream dishes, a container of jimmies and make a batch of these and package it up nicely in a basket with a big festive napking. Easy, right?

Until tomorrow…

A year ago todaysigh … still vacation, and given the torrential downpours we’re having tonight, Bermuda is looking mighty fine.

Ellie’s Maple-Glazed Walnuts
Makes 2 cups

2 cups halved walnuts
1/3 cup real maple syrup
1/8 teaspoon salt

Preheat dry skillet over medium-high heat. Add ingredients and stir frequently until syrup is caramelized and nuts are toasted, about 3 minutes. Let cool and pack in a pretty jar or gift box.

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Anonymous November 17, 2006 at 3:38 am

These look good…if you find a good spiced nuts recipe, let us know! Hope y’all get to feeling better soon. Lots of water and rest does a body good! :-) I know, easier said than done.


Robyn1007 November 17, 2006 at 3:41 am

Yikes! I know stuff is going around, I had a co-worker out sick last week, a cousin sick this week and went to get my haircut yesterday and my stylist had almost no voice. I’m starting to snifle which is making me very nervous. I hope you all feel better soon.


Elle November 17, 2006 at 6:30 am

Walnuts and maple…simple but a great combination. And the recipe! As some food celeb says “How easy is that?” Thanks!


Digital Art Photography for Dummies November 17, 2006 at 8:12 am

Those look so good, nice food photo!


Cate November 17, 2006 at 2:13 pm

Thank you! Coming from you, that’s quite the compliment. ;)


Anonymous November 17, 2006 at 2:56 pm


Nurse the family back as the weekend is here :)

the husband (neighbor)


Cate November 17, 2006 at 2:59 pm

Claire – absolutely, share the recipe! Hoping to work on the resting thing this weekend… ;)

Robyn – it’s definitely the season for stuff floating around. Hopefully we’re just taking the bat early and it will be smooth sailing until Spring. :)

Elle – right?! Could NOT be simpler.


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