Monday, June 8, 2015

Candied Spiced Sliced Almonds

 Today is another beautiful day in Texas and I'm having my favorite salad with a sprinkle of candied spiced almond.

 This cheerful teacup is one that my sister found in a thrift shop in Columbus, Ohio.  It's a cup that was made in Bavaria, Germany, but it's signed by Flossie Umberger, in gold paint.   I'm thinking that Flossie possibly painted the design onto the cup and saucer at a later time?

 Here's a salad that I fix everyday for lunch.  I've shown this salad before, but I vary it with the toppings.  I love the crunchiness that the sliced almonds give.  You can find my favorite Balsamic Salad Dressing recipe here.

I like to make a quantity of these almonds and keep them in a quart jar in my fridge.  These will last me several weeks.  If you like a little crunch in your salad,  I hope you try these these soon.

Candied Spiced Sliced Almond

3 cups sliced almonds
2 Tablespoons butter
2 Tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt

In a large nonstick skillet melt the butter and then add the sliced almond.  Sprinkle on the sugar and all seasonings on and stir.  Toast the almonds over medium heat, stirring occasionally to keep the almonds from burning.  When the almonds are a golden color and toasted, turn off the heat and let cool.  Stir the almonds to avoid clumping and store in a container in the fridge.  Serve on your favorite salad.

News on my Son:

Some of you know that my son, Mike, who has been here with me for the past two years, went in to have the "trial" spinal cord transmitter implant,  last Friday.  It was about an hour procedure and then an hour in the recovery room and then home.  He is learning how to tweak the remote to change settings for the pain in both of his legs.  Hopefully on Wednesday, he will have the wires removed and then make an appointment with a surgeon to have the actual wireless transmitter implanted.    Thank you for all your well wishes, concern,  and prayers.  They are much appreciated!

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    Thank you for your visit!  xo


  1. Your spiced almonds sound like a wonderful addition to your favorite salad Kitty! Such a pretty hand painted tea cup too :) I hope your son finds the relief from his pain and his surgery is a success. ♥

  2. Thanks for the report on your son, and will continue to pray the gadget does it's job! That looks like the salad we had for dinner two nights ago with the spinach and strawberries and almonds...but mine were boring old toasted almonds...will try your recipe...looks delicious! Your teacup is so summery and cheerful. Sounds like what is called an "after-market" decoration, but hard to tell without a photo of the markings. Thanks so much for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

  3. Kitty, I'm so happy to hear that it sounds the surgery went well. I'll continue to pray for a successful outcome. I just asked my (retired) nurse friend if she had ever heard of such a device -- she thinks it must be something new, So thankful for advances in medicine that can help our loved ones.
    Your salad looks delicious! I was at a women's retreat this weekend and now need to get back on my healthy eating plan! The teacup is so sweet and cheerful.

  4. Hi Kitty, wow you salad looks amazing and thanks for sharing the recipe for the sliced almonds! I do hope that you son will be alright and heal and have less pain in his legs. Have a wonderful day Kitty.

  5. Your salad looks fantastic. What a pretty teacup too. Glad the news is better for Mike and will keep him in my prayers.

  6. First of all, I am so glad you shared about your son because I was going to send you an email. Continued prayer on his behalf, my sweet friend.
    Your salad looks fabulous and those almonds; yum! A cute teacup too! Now, I'm off to check out your salad dressing. Thank you for sharing and joining me for tea today.


  7. Your update sounds promising about your son. I hope he is experiencing some relief for his pain.
    Delicious summertime salad-I love strawberries in my salads. Thanks for the spiced almond recipe. I crave crunchy salty foods and these almonds will be great snacks for me.
    Have a wonderful week,

  8. I love all the flavors (especially the smokey ones) in the spicy almonds Kitty, they sound great! I hope all goes well and Mike feels much better soon:@)

  9. I almost missed your update on your son. It made my heart flip over. Saying a prayer for all of you.

    Love your almonds, but I am afraid they would never last a week. :)


  10. Thanks Kitty for joining in our Cooking & Crafting with J&J and sharing these recipes!

  11. What a delightful teacup! The bright colours of the flowers made me smile.

  12. I love this recipe dear Kitty! lovely flowers and teacups. I'm pining.

    Have a blessed week my friend.

  13. My prayers are for you and your son! The procedure sounds so promising and hope the next part goes well. Your cup and saucer is truly lovely and I love the flower pattern. Having lunch on the patio is such a pretty setting. Thanks for your kind comments and for visiting my blog. I always read your posting each week and always enjoy you beautiful creations!


  14. I do like crunchy toppings on my salad and almonds are a favourite - another Kitty pin. :-) The cup is pretty and matches your yellow plate.
    Continued prayers for your son and a hug for you!

  15. I totally pinned this! YUMMY!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  16. Oh things sound good in favor of Mike...will continue praying. Everything in this post is it all. Thanks for sharing with us at Weekend Potluck. Take good care of you. XO

  17. Hello, my friend! Thank you so much for the update on your sounds like things are going well so far. He will remain in my prayers, dear Kitty.

    Also, thank you for sharing this yummy recipe with Roses of Inspiration. I would love to have these almonds on hand and will have to make some :) It's always a blessing to visit you and your wonderful blog. Enjoy your week! Love you!

  18. Sending prayers and good luck to your son. That salad looks yummy and that tea cup is precious!

  19. Yummy almonds, and healthy too! Glad Mike has done part I of his treatment plan.

  20. I love nuts on salad, especially if they've been candied yum Kitty! Your salad looks divine, I will be treating myself to that very soon I hope! Many prayers and best wishes for your son~

  21. These spiced almonds are something I'd like to try making for my salads. They sound great!

  22. Kitty: Oh my, I am so sorry for the difficulty your son Mike has experienced. I pray things go well in this procedure that follows and he is able to be relieved of pain. Your salad looks wonderful. That would be a feast. I am glad you are able to help your son and good food like this sure helps!

  23. That sounds like some high-intensity procedure. Praying that it works very well for Mike. Chronic pain is a bear.

    Your salad and toppings look and sound so good that I'm adding items to my grocery list.

  24. To start with I hope things improve for your sin Blessings to him. Salad looks great candied Almonds sound good. And it's a cute Spring cup.. Not sure about the weather but anyways Happy Wednesday with love Janice

  25. Here's hoping your son has a speedy recovery and can be pain free. How nice for him to be with his Mom. Your salad looks divine and i love the spiced mix. It's been raining a bit here. xo

  26. Please keep us updated about Mike. I hope this will help with the pain.

    I must make those nuts! I've been having salads every day since my CSA started. Nothing like fresh picked veggies!

  27. Oh, how delicious your candied spiced almonds sound, dear Kitty! ...Something I will have to try - they look too scrumptious for words! Ideal for a slight crunch in a salad! And your salad looks amazingly tasty...I love the addition of strawberries which add a happy summertime flair to any dish!

    What a cheerful tea cup indeed! Lovely and bright... You have a wonderful collection, and I love visiting to see which one you've decided to use:)

    I continue to pray for your son...I hope he improves!

    Blessings and much love to you, Kitty!
    Have a delightful day further and a restful weekend:)

    Love always,

  28. Dearest Kitty...Thank You for the update on you boy... I'm sending prayers in the hope that everything will be successful.. Your cheerful ' Flossie " cup seems to relate such ' JOY".. It truly brings a smile to my face.... I have company on Friday and if you don't mind ,I'm going to make your salad.. it's resplendid with colour ... and summertime ...Thanks for sharing another wonderful post...HUGS

  29. Hi Kitty! I hope everything is going well with Mike and the implant is helping with his pain. Your salad looks delicious! The perfect summer dish :)

  30. Kitty, your salad looks scrumptious & is perfect for a warm, summer day! I've never made "spiced" almonds, only sugared ones. I shall try your recipe very soon.
    I'm hoping & praying that this procedure that your son, Mike, had will be a huge success & bring him some much needed relief. Tell him he is in my prayers...and YOU, too!

  31. Hi Kitty,
    This looks like a wonderful salad and what a lovely presentation! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday and come back real soon.
    Have a great day,
    Miz Helen


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