Eggnog Vanilla Candied Nuts

It’s an awesome day today! MOPS this morning was fantastic, making up Dutch Apple Pies with my girls. Tonight I’m going to see Harry Potter at midnight. Well, actually – I’m getting in line at 7pm. Obviously I will need some snacks while waiting. I was in the mood to try something new that I could put a bag of in my purse. Wait, doesn’t everyone smuggle snacks into the movie theater? No? Just me? Hmmmm.

You may have noticed, I don’t put nuts in my baked goods. Not sure what it is, but I just don’t like eating something deliciously soft and then finding a hard nut in there. However, I adore nuts on their own merits.  The grocery store nearest my home has a nut bar and I absolutely LOVE their vanilla cinnamon coated macadamia nuts. But, they are $16 a pound. Seriously? I found a recipe for candied nuts and thought I’d put my own spin on it. Voila. Eggnog Vanilla Candied Nuts. Oh goodness they are so delicious. And way less expensive than purchasing them. I got a pound of walnuts on sale at WinCo (have I mentioned how happy I am to have one nearby now?) for $3.50 and threw together this recipe. Gonna try them next with macadamia nuts. I’m sure this would be amazing with whatever nut you particularly love. [Read more…]

WinCo Heaven

Are you kidding me right now?

I have been hearing about WinCo from my couponing websites for a while now, but there isn’t one near my house. One opened about 15 minutes away last weekend. I waited for the opening week craziness to die down before heading out this morning. Holy cow.

I love this place. For starters, their prices are amazing. Second, they sent me coupons in the mail that made the deals even more amazing. Third, they will stack a manufactures coupon on their store coupon. Finally, they do not accept credit cards – which makes me feel proud of them for encouraging people to use the money in their checking account…instead of borrowing for groceries.

A couple of the deals I snagged:

10 lb bag of russet potatoes – $ .68
Bananas – $ .19 per pound
Swanson Chicken & Beef Broth – $ .43 can
Cheese Nips – $ .38 per box (on sale there for $ .88 and had a coupon for $1/2)
Canned Green Beans (hello green bean casserole!) – $ .38 can
2 lb block cheddar cheese – $3.98

I also got crazy cheap cereal, apple juice, toilet paper, gorgeous pork chops, and some potato chips for the hubsters lunch. It was awesome. I want to go back right now.

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