Good Morning,

The weekend has been very quaint and quiet. Very peaceful. I made sugar and cinnamon roasted mixed nuts, twice (EEk!) oOOOoh but the house smelled so divine! Celebrated a good friends 30th (surprise) birthday. I sipped hot tea, enjoyed the morning sunlight peering into the windows with Bean, and took Velma out for a spin among the marshmallow-clouded sky. Perfect in my book!

Hope you all had quaint and quiet ones too.


Sugar & Cinnamon Roasted Mixed Nuts


1 Tsp Cinnamon

3 Tbsp Sugar -or- Splenda

1 Cup Mixed nuts

1 1/2 Tbsp Melted coconut oil (Or, if you are not a fan of coconut oil try grape-seed)

Lets get cooking!

Preheat your oven to 325F or 160/170C. In a mixing bowl, mix all of your ingredients except for your mixed nuts. Once all mixed, toss in your mixed nuts, combine. Spread nuts in a single layer on foil or parchment paper on a cookie sheet. Roast 15-20 minutes or until lightly toasted and you see your desired level of brownness. (Be careful! The sugar can have a tendency to burn if you let it go to long). You may lightly dust the final product once you take out of the oven if you desire.

For fun you can try adding in a pinch of brown sugar, or a pinch of nutmeg, even shredded coconut flakes are fun too! (Say’s the girl who despised coconut growing up)

Don’t say I didn’t warn you when your house is smelling incredibly sumptuous after about 5 minutes of these little gems roasting in your oven.



  1. I read about your trip to Beijing, China in October 2011 and wondered if you were overcharged for tea at the Qing Shan Ju Tea House (you were missing one type of tea in your bag! Does this count?). When I returned to Canada, I discovered that the Qing Shan Ju Tea house overcharged me on my tea purchase. I paid $960.00 RMB with Mastercard, but on my credit card statement, they charged me $1500.00 RMB! Did this happen to you? Did this happen to anyone else? Since my return, I have learned that there are many many tea scams, Mostly younger people going up to tourists saying that they want to practice their English and then they are brought to tea houses where they have a tea ceremony and are charged very high prices. But I was brought there by my tour guide, so I might be scammed just by the tea house which is a government run tea house! I guess they are not aware of the negative exposure on the internet!!

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