Recipes Galore

March 2, 2011 at 12:44 PM | Posted in Food, God, Health, Lunch, Nutrition, Recipes, Snax | 44 Comments

Hola mis bloggers! –>  translation:  Hello my bloggers! 🙂

I’ve been wanting to share some recipes with you and I hope you enjoy them if you TRY them!

Can you see them?  The little pecans?

This time for reals, I’ll talk less and move on to the recipes, so without further ado~

Sweet & Savory Candied Pecans


1 C raw pecans

1/4 tsp paprika

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp sea salt

1 tsp raw cane sugar

1 TBSP maple syrup

1 TBSP Earth balance (or natural butter)

1 tsp vanilla


First, preheat the oven to 300 deg F. Grab a small bowl and melt the Earth balance in the microwave.  Then add all the ingredients (minus the pecans, sugar, and salt) and mix until well incorporated.

Simply add the raw pecans and toss them about in the mixture and evenly coat them.

Spray your baking sheet and spread all the pecans, but try to separate them as much as possible so that they don’t clump up together. 🙂

Then, sprinkle on the salt and the sugar.  Bake it for approximately 16 minutes, but check up on it every 6 minutes or so.  The cooking time may differ for everyone, so be careful not to burn them!

After it’s done, let it cool down and pretty it up with a jar and a bow! 😀

Then pinch and smother your cute lil’ nephew who’s working away hard in the kitchen!  Then go back to work.

And there you have it!  I ended up with just-rightly-sweetened pecans with the right crunch and saltiness.  They’re great for oats and salads!

Therefore, I made an Asian inspired salad with Miso dressing, along with Mama Pea’s BBQ kale chips! 😛

Disclaimer:  Kale chips have a huge amount of fiber, if you know what I mean.

Asian Miso Ginger Dressing


1/2 TBSP sesame oil (you can get this anywhere nowadays, or Asian stores)

1 tsp soy sauce

1/4 tsp ground ginger

pinch of black pepper

1 tsp Miso paste

1 tsp rice vinegar

1 tsp water

1/2 tsp honey powder (or just regular sugar/honey)


Mix all the ingredients together and ta-daaa!  If you want it more mild and more liquid-y, then just add more water.

So, some of you may be wondering what exactly Miso paste is.  It is the main ingredient in the soup that you get at sushi places.

Miso is basically a mixture of soybeans and salt; it is fermented for long periods of time, and this fermentation allows it to form nutrients that are good for the body–particularly digestion.  But beware!  If you get the Korean kind, which is all I have, then it kind of stanks!  But you’ll get used to it I’m sure. 😀

Now, I know this 1 tsp of miso doesn’t make much of a difference nutrient wise, but it sure adds flavor to everything!

And as for Mama Pea’s kale chips, I tweaked a few ingredients.

I added herbs, garlic powder, and nutritional yeast.

Oh boy~this long post full of food is what happens when I don’t update here! hahaha, I hope you can bear with me.


I just wanted to fill you in on a purchase that I’ve been reflecting on for a long time now.  I tend to balance out my reasoning when it comes to buying big things.  In this case, it would be a Canon DSLR.

Yes, you heard me read right!  However, I don’t want to purchase a new one because I’m still a newbie and I definitely want to save money for better lenses in the future.

I found this dude who’s selling a Canon Rebel XT for only $280, and it’s been barely used.  I know that’s a lofty price, but for this kind of deal I think it’s quite a bargain. I believe the retail price can go up to the $600s…if I’m correct?

He was so kind because someone else wanted to buy it from him, but he’s willing to wait for me to check it out and ‘hopefully’ purchase it.  We’ll see though!

You see, I’ve always liked the idea of taking beautiful photographs of scenery and events.  Now, more and more, I weigh the costs and realize that there are great benefits to great photos.  I would like to capture nature, memories, etc. with the DSLR from now, until our wedding, and hopefully for our kiddos! And maybe when I’m walking with a cane at .05 miles/hr.  😛 Not to mention, it is such a fun hobby in my opinion.

My Question:  Do you think that photographing is now a hobby to you b/c of blogging?  Is there a time when you saw a photo that was life changing?  (Ex: when I went to India, the photos portrayed the people’s pain in an extremely powerful way!)

Grace & Peace,

Ellie <33

Quote from one of my favorite writers and thinkers:

“God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.”        -C.S. Lewis


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  1. I love candied pecans. Yum!

    • I think everyone does, if not, everyone should 😛

  2. totally! I got interested in photography because of the blog. now I can appreciate a nice picture even it’s not about food! 🙂

    • It’s weird huh? The more you look at photos (whatever it may be) the more your eyes are ‘sensitive’ to them 🙂

  3. This looks so great, chica!

    I was definitely into photography before my blogging days, but mostly it was for Facebook to let our family know what was going on with us. Good stuff! 🙂

    • So cool that your family is central in all that you do chica!

  4. I love pecans, they have such a distinct powerful taste and I love anything Asian! I went through a period where I stuck soy sauce on anything lol Photography is definitely a hobby to me now that I’m blogging and I’ve gotten better at taking pictures, I just hate when my family is looking haha They must think I’m crazy.

    • Haha worrrrd~but ironically enough, my sis wants me to someday write a cookbook 😛 I think that’s cwazy.

  5. wonderful recipes! pecans are rarely found in our groceries (I think or I just don’t notice them. hehe)

    mmm… i’ve been wanting to buy a nicer camera too but I just thought it’s not yet time haha.. i don’t think i’d be able to maximize it ‘coz I’m not really into photography… then….. a great blessing came our way.. my brother gave us his old camera phone and it’s pretty nice =D

    • Niice! Those little surprises are so sweet ❤

  6. The pecans sound so yummy!! What a great snack or topper! I need to start taking more pictures haha! The blog still hasn’t worked its magic on me yet. If you do take pics all the time, I think it’s worth it to spend money on a good camera 🙂

    • haha yayyyy more motivation 😛 I guess I’ve always liked taking photos, especially scenery

  7. I love candied pecans!!! My fave way to eat them is on salad with bleu cheese, pear and dried cherries-super yummy, I promise!! That dressing recipe sounds fab too!

    • oh, I have tried something of that nature before! And I agreee it IS GREAT

  8. mmmmm! I made candied pecans for my bestie for xmas (her gift from me was a foodie basket in which I made everything in it!). Not only did she adore them, but I had a hard time NOT eating them before I gave them to her!! Oh my lanta they were so so delicious. I think I am going to make some sugared almonds as well. They are so expensive at the store, but homemade can be much cheaper!

    • Please share the recipe too ^.~

  9. Wow! Congratulations on the camera! Such a big purchase is so far out of my budget, so I’ll live vicariously through you. And the pecans look AMAZING!

    • Haha well~most likely, but we’ll see what happens 🙂

  10. It’s been forever since I’ve had pecans. Probably because they’re not my nut of choice 😛 But your presentation of them make them look pretty appealing…

    • 😀 Hi squiggle!

  11. Oh wow!! I am loving the ingredient list on those pecans, I am SO making those soon!! They look amaaaaaaazing!! Candied pecans are one of my favorite salad toppings of all time!

    SO exciting about the new camera!!

    • yeahhh they’re good! IMO 🙂 crunchy and crisp

  12. Okay that Canon is a freaking good buy…but NO!!!! GET NIKON!!! I swear it’s the best for DSLR. I consulted with several professionals before buying mine. Nikon, Nikon, Nikon~

    • doh! hahaha now I’m getting influenced~and…don’t know what to do….must…know….! lol

  13. Yum! What type of miso do you use for your dressing? 🙂

    • I normally use the Korean types of miso (dwen jang) lol. Not sure if you’d find it in Australia, but they’re brands like “Hae Tae”? I believe?

  14. oh, pecans on a salad. they make it sooo much better! 🙂

    • Yes they do 😀

  15. Pecans are my favorite nut, I also like the wrapping you used for them!

    • hehe thank you! I was thinking “mann! I should have made more so that they reach the top of the jar!” b/c it felt so empty 😛

  16. I am such a sucker for candied pecans! I didn’t even try them until last year, and now I’m obsessed 🙂

    • Ohhhh then you should definitely give a try the salads with pecan at Urth Caffe 🙂

  17. I’m loving the pecan recipe. They look delicious-spiced nuts are the best!

    • I agree Jemma! 😀

  18. Ellie! When did you go to India and where did you go?! I think blogging has definitely brought more of a “photographer” out of me although I’ve always loved taking pictures!

    • Hiiii Parita! 😀 I went to India this past summer actually!!! And I went to New Delhi only to stay for a bit to go up north. I got the opportunity to be at Punjab, Amritsar city! I misss it soooooooooo much………I do wish to go back 🙂

  19. Candied nuts is one of my favorite things to put on salads! This salda sounds delicious and refreshing… yum!

    • Believe it or not it wasn’t only refreshing, but for some reason I was too full for 4 hrs. That never happens! haha. Probably body chemistry that day? 🙂

  20. I’m going to make those pecans! Thanks 🙂


    • Yay! hehe no problemaaaaaa 🙂

  21. Blogging has definitely encouraged me to put more thought into my photos! 🙂

    Those recipes look so yummy!! I really want to make those pecans! 😀

    • Very nice! I encourage you to make them! I always try to be careful and eat 2 at a time–SEVERAL times a day…haha! i love crunchy stuff

  22. what a fabulous recipe!! I Actually wanna take this recipe and use it on my pumpkin seeds because they’re so bland i can’t eat them!! i konw, i know, it’s healthier, but this recipe is kinda too good to pass up! Thank you!!

    • OoOo let me know how that goes! I bet it’d taste great, so curious now 🙂

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