Pecans coated with sugar and cinnamon, then toasted in the oven to perfection. Eat your fill, but don’t look at the flowers.
Recipes for Day One:
- Cinnamon Pecans from Cravings of a Lunatic
- Baked Ribs from Try Anything Once
- Cream of Celery Soup with Paprika Butter from All Roads Lead to the Kitchen
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If you follow my blog you know I’m completely obsessed with The Walking Dead. Like COMPLETELY OBSESSED! I’ve watched the series 20 times now. I know, it’s not something I should be proud of. Yet somehow I am.
I didn’t start watching when it first came out. You could say I’m late bloomer when it comes to my Walking Dead obsession. I think it was about 2 years ago when my daughter convinced me to try watching it.
I’m going to be honest here. It’s sort of what I do, quite frankly. Honesty is my jam. Anyhow, I’m going to admit here that I didn’t dig it initially. Are you curious why I didn’t like it at first glimpse?
Okay, okay, don’t beg. I’ll tell you. I’m also known to over-share so spilling my secrets is par for the course on the blog. Okay, so the reason I didn’t dig it was the horse scene. You know the one.
I was watching it with my daughter and I was thinking to myself “okay, this is interesting”. I got through the little girl scene, you know the one. The little girl in bunny slippers and bathrobe who picks up the stuffed animal.
That scene threw me, it was brutal and in your face. I powered through and kept watching. I watched Rick go through all the emotions upon discovering the fate of the world. I loved it, it drew me in and hooked me.
Then Ricks meets a horse. I have horses so I was thinking to myself “oh, cool, horses will be useful if there was ever a zombie apocalypse”. Then the scene that blew my mind happened. I was horrified.
I refused to watch it any more. This went on for a short time. My daughter kept telling me to give it another chance. I asked if any more horses showed up in the apocalypse. She said not yet, but there’s a pig scene.
Against my better judgement I dove back into the show. Then bam, enter Daryl Dixon. Life over. I am now obsessed with The Walking Dead. It’s always on the TV. I work from home so it’s on a loop at our house while I work.
I’d love to say I watch it for all these deep reasons, but that would be a lie. Sure I love the “what if” aspect of the show. I’m always questioning whether I could do the things they have do. But I’m a wimp. So probably not.
So if it’s not the deep stuff that brings me back again and again, then what does? Again, Daryl Dixon! Plain and simple. I adore that dirty, bow shooting redneck. I can’t help myself. He’s the biggest reason I watch.
I also watch for Carol. I adore her journey on the show. She’s gone from being a mouse whose scared of everything to this super human badass. She makes the tough choices no one else can make.
For me I identify with Carol the most of all the characters. While I’m not as much of a badass as Carol, I’d like to think I could survive tough situations. I’ve certainly survived worse things than walkers.
My favourite episode of all time is The Grove. It ripped me apart. That episode is gut wrenching and horrifying to watch. You go through the full spectrum of emotions while you watch. It pulls at your heart strings.
During the episode I was on pins and needles, squirming in my seat. I could not believe my eyes. I think I even cried. That’s saying something because I’m not the crying type. This episode would make a rock cry.
Now I can see the humour in all the memes that episode has inspired. Hell, I’ll even partake in it now. However, at the time I watched it I could never have imagined any humour coming from it. It was just too gut wrenching.
Little did I know, or did any of us know, that “look at the flowers” would become part of pop culture. It’s inspired so many memes, so many jokes and any reason to utter those famous words. Just look at the flowers, it gives me shivers!
These cinnamon pecans are seriously addictive. Honestly, I barely had any left to take photos of. I kept grabbing a handful every time I walked through the kitchen. Then I started inventing reasons to walk through the kitchen.
They are SO good, that perfect mix of sweet with salty. Even Daryl would approve of these. Mr. Reedus, if you’re reading this, call me! I’ll make you a batch. Or ten.
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- 1/2 cup 1 stick butter, melted
- 2 large egg whites
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 4 cups pecan halves
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
Line a rimmed cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Melt butter and pour on pan. Spread out with a pastry brush or offset spatula.
In a mixing bowl beat eggs (a mixer works beautifully) with a whisk until they become foamy. Add sugar, cinnamon, and salt, mix until well combined.
Toss pecans in the mixture and mix until well coated. Pour onto cookie sheet and spread out evenly.
Place in the preheated 300 degree F oven and bake for 25 minutes, making sure to mix them periodically. My recommendation for making sure they cook perfectly is to use this schedule:
Place in oven and bake for 10 minutes!
Remove briefly from the oven, stir them really well, place back in oven and bake for 8 minutes!
Remove from the oven, stir them really well, place back in oven and bake for 7 minutes!
Remove from oven, stir and allow to cool!
I've made them several times at different temperatures and cooking times and the 300 degree F oven and baking for 10, then 8, then 7 minutes worked perfectly.
Cool for 15 minutes.
Serve with a big old cinnamon pecan loving smile and some yellow flowers!
I can’t even tell you how addicted to these cinnamon pecans I am. I need help! Send Daryl.
Too far? I’m not even sorry. Daryl shares all my Walking Dead recipes with me.
No one can resist these cinnamon pecans, or my walking dead inspired recipes.
Okay, okay, enough tomfoolery. Here’s the giveaway deets:
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