Being an aunt is the best. ever. This little guy turns 1 today – and what a fun, exciting, and adorable year it has been. And it flew. Sad I can’t see him today but we’ll be celebrating soon!! Happy Birthday Ben!!
I’m not a huge fan of raw nuts, but on the Whole30 that is a good quick snack when needed. I bought a giant bag of almonds at Sam’s Club and wanted to season & roast them somehow. Most of the roasted almond recipes out there are for amazing cinnamon sugar almonds – which I obviously would have loved to do, but alas could not. But I did find this one with rosemary and a kick of pepper. They are delicious and easy to make!
Rosemary Roasted Almonds
- 2 C whole raw almonds
- 1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh rosemary (I cheated and used dried)
- 1 tsp. paprika
- 3/4 tsp. salt
- dash of cayenne pepper
Preheat oven to 325 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Place almonds in a large Ziploc bag, drizzle in the olive oil, and toss to coat.
Sprinkle rosemary, paprika, salt and cayenne into bag and toss to coat.
Spread almonds into a single layer and bake for 20-25 minutes or until lightly toasted.
Let cool and store in an airtight container. Or I divvied mine up between snack size Ziploc bags.
[adapted from Go Dairy Free]
#20 from my 30 before 30 list is done: see 2 new plays/musicals! I try to find fun things for my mom and I to do together around town – painting, pottery, wine tasting, shows, etc. And her birthday needed to be extra special. We both LOVE the movie Les Misérables but I had never seen the stage production. And luckily the local professional theater, Aurora, was doing it on her birthday!
The story is such a huge production – so many settings, locations, time spanned – I was curious as to how it would come across on a stage, especially a smaller one. And let me tell you – I was completely blown away. Since it’s a professional theater, the talent was amazing. But it’s a small theater so it’s an intimate show. If you’re in Atlanta or east of the city, I highly recommend any show at the Aurora Theater – the couple of times I’ve been there have both been great. Les Mis is still one of my favorite shows, movies, and soundtracks and I’m so glad I got to see it with my mom!