Orange Spiced Pecans


This recipe came from a place of necessity. A baby shower was held to celebrate our return to the U.S., and I needed six thank you gifts for the wonderful women who threw it. What is great about this recipe is its simplicity and its shelf stability. They won’t keep fresh forever, but definitely long enough to get them in the mail! Recipe makes six even bags which should be about four serving each.

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Deviled Eggs


Deviled eggs are the perfect snack or appetizer for a dinner party. They are quick, easy, and GORGEOUS, depending on the time and care you take in handling your eggs. Eggs are one of those ingredients that seem simple to prepare, but sooooo many things can go wrong. Your whites can break apart or split while peeling, the eggs can be undercooked, or more commonly, OVERcooked. I learned how to boil an egg from my mom and it took me so long to figure out why the outside of the yolks were always a little grey. It was because I was overcooking them. Don’t overcook your eggs. Ever. If you want a good deviled egg or simply a good boiled egg- follow these directions exactly.

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Super Sour Fridge Pickles


So this recipe is super simple compared with how you’re “supposed to” make pickles. Sterilizing mason jars, monitering fermentation, packing jars tightly with pickles, and boiling things for certain amounts of time…. I just don’t have the patience. For fridge pickles, just pour brine over cucumbers in a tupperware and BOOM. PICKLES.

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Spicey Paprika Popcorn


So have I mentioned me and Chris have 6 pounds of unpopped popcorn kernels? Get ready for a ton of popcorn recipes next month… Popcorn kernels that you pop yourself are SO MUCH FUN, and 1000 times cheaper than the bagged kind. I just wish me and Chris had more time to eat all of this freakin popcorn! If you have any popcorn recipes of your own, please share!! I like adding spice mixes because it makes the popcorn so much more exciting. This recipe in particular satisfies my hot cheeto cravings. Give it a try!

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German Sugar Popcorn


One of the first weird differences between the U.S. and Germany I noticed is that Germans serve both sweet and salty popcorn at their movie theaters. At first I thought it was “kettle corn,” meaning salty popcorn that has sugar too in a salty sweet affront to God. Seriously, I hate that stuff. Luckily Germans put sugar on their popcorn by itself and it is delicious. And super easy to make at home once you get the hang of it.

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Yummy Gummies


This recipe is a perfect snack because it has A TON of protein, and tastes way better than a boiled egg. The only downside it that you’ll need a silicon gummy tray, but it’s not totally needed. You can also just put some plastic wrap over the bottom of any pan or tray and slice the gummies into bite sized pieces. It takes 15 minutes to throw together and one hour to wait until the gummies are set. Chris doesn’t like the texture too much, but who listens to him?

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