Monday, December 30, 2013

Crab dip, Cinnamon Vanilla Candied Nuts & 2014

New Years Eve is upon us and although we've had several invitations to go out and celebrate, 

 so far we have made no set plans.

I'm thinking that we're may enjoy
 a quiet evening at home with some steamed shrimp, crab dip and a few 


Crab Dip in a Bread Bowl
11 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 small onion, finely chopped 

5 tablespoons mayonnaise 
  (6 ounce) cans crabmeat, drained and flaked 
1/4 tsp garlic powder 
salt and pepper to taste 
1 (1 pound) loaf round, crusty Italian bread


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the cream cheese, onion, mayonnaise, crabmeat, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Spread mixture into a 1 quart baking dish.
  3. Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven. While the dip is baking, cut a circle in the top of the bread, and scoop out the inside to create a bread bowl. Tear the removed bread into pieces for dipping.
  4. Remove baked crab dip from the oven, and stir well. Spoon the mixture into the hollowed out loaf. Place bread bowl and chunks of bread on a medium baking sheet, and bake for an additional 10 minutes. Serve hot.

Sounds good right!

Maybe we'll even play a few rounds of Duck Dynasty Trivia!

I am so excited to wave 2013 goodbye!!
This year has been strenuous and stressful on our whole family and we all can't wait to bring in a new year.
2014 = A Fresh Pallet to dream and hope.

I have 5 personal goals for this upcoming year.
Not resolutions ~ because lord knows, I never keep them!

1. organize the basement and attic ~ this house has so much great space and we need to utilize it.
2. Quit smoking ~ again.
3. Be a better blogger
4. Take time to enjoy the little things in life that truly make me happy.
5. Financial stability ~ cut our cost of living and become more frugal with money 

What about you... 
 do you have any big plans for the new year?

Here is a little treat that I made during one of our snow days..
 They were the perfect snow day treat!
I made so many that there are plenty left to share on New Years Eve.

Vanilla Cinnamon Candied Nuts 

2 cups of nut of your choice
 3/4 cup of sugar 
1/3 cup of water 
2 tsp vanilla 
1/4 tsp cinnamon 

Toast nuts on a cookie sheet at 350 for about 15 minutes, then in a frying pan without any oil, cook nuts over medium heat until browned. Combine sugar, water, vanilla and cinnamon in a saucepan. Heat to a boil, add toasted nuts and stir. continue to cook until water has evaporated and nuts are coated in a sticky syrup. ( about 10 mins ) Remove from heat and spread out on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle with additional cinnamon and sugar.

Have a great day
Happy New Year!!


Vicki @ lifeinmyemptynest said...

Happy New Year and best of luck with your 2014 goals! I need to start to think about mine now that the holiday business is almost over. Here's to a great 2014 :-)

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

We don't go out on New Years eve...but we do have a great big family get together.
We don't see each other at Christmas...our families(grown kids) either stay at home with their children or got to their spouse side for Christmas...
So at new years day, we all get together! :)
We play Pictionary
Fun times...
Happy New Year Pat

It's me said...

Yammie !!!!.....have a nice new year eve from me...Ria...x !

Melanie said...

Mmmmmm....candied nuts. I have a bag of pecans leftover from Thanksgiving that is just dying to used for something yummy.

I just want the new year to be better than 2013. Simple. Heh.

Lynn@Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

The nuts sound great! My biggest goal is to cut back on the eating before I look like Earl:@) Wishing you a wonderful 2014!

Melinda said...

I'm with you. Bring on 2014!!!!!
Sounds like you have a great
evening planned.

No resolutions for me but
working on some goals for

Happy New Year, my friend!

M : )

Pam said...

Love that crab dip and the nuts too! Here's wishing you a Happy New Year, the best in 2014 for you and your family!

Blackberry Lane said...

Praying 2014 will be very good to you and yours. The crab dip looks so good in the bread bowl. Your nuts make me hungry. John is diabetic and I recently found a sugar-free cinnamon-sugar in the spice section at the grocery. That way, he can enjoy a few nuts too.
Best wishes with the stop smoking. I know it's difficult.