A snack, a show and a book

Hello friends and happy fall!

September hit like a whirlwind, as it always does, and I’m finally catching my breath.

I remembered too late how important self-care is in September. The craziness explains why it’s only been the crickets here lately.

So, I thought I’d check in with what I’ve been eating, reading and watching. You know, the important stuff!

Eating

Today I’m sharing a recipe that I want to shout from the rooftops. You guys all know I’m a Trader Joe’s fan but sometimes that store can really break your heart, like when they discontinue your favorite snack. Which they did to me last month! All summer I’ve been munching on their coffee cashews. Then, one day – poof! – they’re discontinued. Realizing I can’t live without them, I set out to figure out how to make them myself. There are lots of recipes and variations on the Internet – so many that I couldn’t find the original recipes that I used. This version is a combination of a few with my own twist on it.

Coffee Cashews and Pecans

3 cups of a mixture of cashews and pecans (or any nut, really)

2 tablespoon hot water

1 ½ teaspoons instant coffee granules

¼ cup sugar

1 tablespoon honey

¼ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

¼ cup regular coffee granules (not instant)

Dump nuts into a large, preferably glass, mixing bowl. Dissolve water and instant coffee in a small pan. Stir in sugar, honey and salt. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Pour sugar mixture over the nuts and stir carefully (it’s hot!). Then sprinkle cinnamon and coffee granules on top and stir again. Spread on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake at 350-degrees for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for about 20 minutes. Then break into pieces and store in an airtight container.

Watching

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We’re binge-watching Victoria, about Queen Victoria of the Victorian Age in England. Even the kids think it’s interesting and stop to watch it when it’s on.

Reading

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I’ve read some good books lately but the only one that feels noteworthy, to discuss here on the blog, is “Behold the Dreamers” by Imbolo Mbue. Set in current times, it’s the story of an immigrant family and their struggles, joys and heartbreaks. It’s an interesting story – I loved the main characters (if that’s important to you as a reader) – and it tells a relevant story. I feel like it’s an updated version of the “American Dream.” There were several parts that left me thinking about life, fairness and justice…and I have continued to think about it many weeks later. Also, as a side note, the book has the cutest author photo that I’ve ever seen. I’d love to hear your thoughts if you decide to read it.

What are you eating, watching or reading right now?

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