Sandy’s Spiced Pecans

by Heather on December 17, 2014

Sandy's Spiced Pecans are a new family favorite for snacks and celebrations. Perfectly sweet, spiced and salted!

For the longest time my family has always enjoyed my mom’s smoked pecans recipe as a nice savory change-up from all of the cookies of the Christmas season. They’re truly truly truly delicious, and certainly something I recommend making.


This year, though, after I was flipping through my reader and seeing Sandy’s recipe for sweet + spicy pecans? I couldn’t say no. Besides, I see no reason why one shouldn’t double up on toasted pecans in the holidays. Just means fewer cookies, right? Maybe?


I made the whole huge batch and we’ve enjoyed them by the handful, on top of salads, and in lieu of desserts for over a week now. Plus we’ve gifted them to friends and family – they work really well with cookies and candy!


Enjoy y’all!

Sandy's Spiced Pecans are a new family favorite for snacks and celebrations. Perfectly sweet, spiced and salted!

I followed Sandy’s recipe with a few changes that I’ve listed below:

  • I used 1/3 cup of brown sugar instead of the 3/4 cup of granulated sugar;
  • I used 1 tablespoon of kosher salt instead of 2 in the recipe.

Bottom line: this is a KILLER recipe that you’ll love to use for a billion different things. Enjoy!



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Homemade Pineapple Chips + Giveaway

by Heather on December 15, 2014

Homemade Pineapple Chips are an easy, healthy, delicious snack that can be made in your own oven. No dehydrator needed!

A few weekends ago I had the great privilege of being a guest of Riceland Foods at the World Duck Calling Championship in Stuttgart, Arkansas. I’m not kidding, I was super nervous about this little trip because I’ve never in my life been hunting or really close to anyone who does it often. Duck calling in and of itself is a new thing (did you know there are tons of different calls for specific actions you’re looking for a duck to do?). And then Georgia Pellegrini was going to be there and doing some really fun cooking demos.


Nervous wreck. All of the social awkwardness came rushing to the surface.


But you guys? I had a blast. Georgia is the sweetest thing and SUCH a great chef. Stuttgart is a really fun place and I honestly can’t say enough good things about Riceland. I had a blast with a great group of bloggers, learned a lot and left super inspired. It was such a great little day trip and one that I hope we can make a family tradition from now on!


I’ve been digging into Georgia’s books lately and was lucky enough to get a copy of Modern Pioneering to share with you guys! Y’all, this is SUCH a gem and has so many great tips and tricks that I love. I’m hardly a pioneer, but the book is chock full of really fun things to do and try. I particularly love the section on the art of dried foods, but every recipe in there sounds delicious and exciting. I am really excited to try a lot of the gardening tips this spring, and a few other projects as well. And guess what? One of YOU gets to win a copy too! Details below!

Homemade Pineapple Chips are an easy, healthy, delicious snack that can be made in your own oven. No dehydrator needed!


Recipe by Georgia Pellegrini, Modern Pioneering


  • 1 fresh ripe pineapple


  1. Preheat oven to 200ºF. As a quick note, if you have an oven with a convection option that will work better to crisp up the chips, but should you use that option make sure you follow the oven manufacturer’s directions on temperature. For example, most will instruct to lower the temperature by 25ºF, so you would preheat oven to 175ºF.
  2. VERY thinly slice the fresh pineapple using a mandolin. I got mine at Walmart for $9 – it doesn’t have to be pricey!
  3. Spread two large baking sheets with parchment paper. Georgia recommends lightly brushing them with oil; I did not and ended up with more of a chewy texture, but I like them better that way.
  4. Lay the thinly sliced pineapple in a single layer on the prepared baking sheets.
  5. Bake at 200ºF for 2-3 hours, rotating the baking sheets halfway through.
  6. Let cool completely overnight to let them dry out more.
  7. Enjoy!

GIVEAWAY DETAILS! I am giving away one copy of Modern Pioneering by Georgia Pellegrini to one lucky reader! Must have a US mailing address to enter. Giveaway goes until 9pm CST Thursday night (December 18, 2014) and the winner will be notified via email. To enter just tell me this: what’s your favorite dried fruit? I must admit these pineapple chips have been a BIG win for me, but I usually stick with apricots or cherries – so sweet!





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