3 Walnut Recipes You Have to Try for the Holidays

Walnuts are one of the healthier treats you can snack on if you’re keeping an eye on your figure. With the holidays coming up, you might want to consider making some healthy recipes using these ingredients as your centerpiece.

If you’re interested in coming up with some amazing walnut-based treats for the holidays, then check out these three easy-to-make recipes.

Homemade Walnut Milk

If you’re a fan of lactose-free milk, then you’ll surely love making your own nut-based milk. There’s nothing like cozying up next to a fire while enjoy a warm mug of walnut milk. The great thing about this recipe is that you can easily make it yourself. What’s more, you can use unsweetened walnut milk for your other recipes as well.

Making milked nuts like these is relatively simple. You basically soak the walnuts in water in a 1:2 ratio—one cup of walnuts to 2 cups of water. You then need to leave the nuts for up to 24 to 48 hours. Drain and rinse the nuts after, then run them through a high-powered blender on high for two minutes with water.

The resulting solution will leave you with nut milk. You’ll then need to strain the milk using a cheese cloth or a nut milk bag. And there you have it! Feel free to enjoy this rich and creamy milk beverage as you would with any regular dairy product.

Cinnamon Walnuts

If you’re looking for something healthy to snack on, then you might want to try a handful of cinnamon walnuts. A handful of fragrant and healthy nuts can be a great way to quell those hunger pangs and help stretch out a long day.

For this recipe, you’ll need 1 egg white, a cup of sugar, 1 1/2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon, a tablespoon of vanilla extract, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and 4 cups of walnut halves. To start off, you’ll need to preheat the oven to 200 degrees F (95 degrees C). Next, you’ll need to apply some cooking spray onto a jelly roll pan.

Once these preparations are done, beat the egg white and the sugar in a bowl. Next, you’ll need to mix the cinnamon, salt, and vanilla extract in a separate bowl, and then stir this into the egg mixture afterwards. You’ll need to coat the walnuts into this new mixture, and then arrange the coated nuts across the jelly roll pan.

Now you’re ready to pop the nuts into the oven for around an hour and 15 minutes. You’ll know when they’re done when the coating on the nuts becomes nice and crusty. Allow the nuts to cool around 5 minute before you serve them.

Walnut Toffee Treats

Candied treats are a definite must for the holidays and these walnut toffee treats are a great way to keep the kids smiling throughout the season. They also make great gifts that are in the spirit of the holiday season.

Making these sweet treats, you’ll need 1 cup of butter, 1 cup of white sugar, 1 tablespoon of corn syrup, 3 tablespoons of water, 1 1/2 cups of chopped walnuts, and a package of chocolate chips.

Start off by taking a 9 inch square baking dish and spread some butter across it. Take your cup of butter and heat it in a large saucepan over a medium heat. Add both the sugar and the corn syrup then stir the mixture until it becomes smooth. After, add the water and continue to stir. Continue to heat the mixture until it reaches 290 degrees F (145 degrees C). Make sure to use a candy thermometer when taking the temperature.

Once it’s reached the ideal temperature, add in the cup of walnuts and cook it for 3 minutes while stirring the mixture. Once this is done, pour everything into the prepared pan and let it cool. Once the resulting toffee has cooled, remove it from the pan and place it on some waxed paper.

Next, melt the chocolate chips in a metal bowl over a simmering pan of water, making sure to stir it frequently until it smoothens. Spread the melted chocolate on one side of the toffee slab, and then sprinkle it with the remaining walnuts. Allow the chocolate to cool, and do it again on the other side of the slab. Finally, divide everything into smaller bite-sized pieces and you’re done.

There you have it: three amazing walnut treats that you can enjoy with your loved ones during the season. If you’re looking to get creative with some nutty recipes, then consider making these during the holidays.

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Grab Your Blanket and Hot Cocoa and Check out These Romantic Christmas Movies on Netflix (2018 Edition)

OK I have to admit – I am a sucker for a good sappy romantic movie. I don’t care if I know exactly how it’s going to end, I am going to watch the cheesy-ness in all its glory! It’s probably one of my most favorite reasons why I love the Christmas holiday soo much.

I started watching the Christmas movies on Netflix on November 1st  (I mean, it’s only appropriate right?) and I’ve made a list a mile long of my favorites and ones that I plan to watch before the end of the year – since it seems like there is a lot of other people that feel the same way, I figured I’d share my list with you guys here, so you can enjoy some of the cheesy romance of Christmas movies with me!

A Christmas Prince: I watched this one last year! Christmas comes early for an aspiring young journalist when she’s sent abroad to get the scoop on a dashing prince who’s poised to be king.

The Holiday Calendar: a Netflix Christmas movie! A talented young photographer stuck in a dead-end job inherits an antique Advent calendar that may be predicting the future – and pointing her towards love.

Christmas with a View: Still reeling from a business failure, the restaurant manager of a ski resort finds her world jolted by a new chef, who has his own hidden past.

Dear Santa: Finding a letter mailed to Santa by a girl asking for a new wife for her daddy, twentysomething Crystal sets out to make the girl’s wishes come true.

Coffee Shop: A small-town coffee shop owner with romantic and financial woes can’t get a grip on her problems – until realizing she can’t go it alone.

You Can’t Fight Christmas: After stepping in to revitalize his family’s hotel, a money-minded businessman clashes with the hotel’s cheery, Christmas-loving decorator.

A Dog Walker’s Christmas Tale: Spoiled 21-year-old Luce Lockhart faces a tough decision when a handsome new friend asks her to help protect a dog park from her wealthy employer.

How Sarah Got Her Wings: When a Good Samaritan dies in a pre-Christmas accident, a celestial hitch sends her back to earth as an angel in training to make something right.

The Spirit of Christmas: As Christmas approaches, attorney Kate Jordan travels to Vermont to oversee the sale of an inn, where she falls for a handsome but cursed ghost.

Merry Kissmas: Kayla’s engaged to a famous choreographer but is having some doubts, and discontent turns to  confusion when she shares a magical kiss with a stranger.

Christmas Crush: Twentysomething Georgia pines for her old boyfriend and is thrilled to have a second chance at love when she attends their high school reunion.

A Holiday Engagement: Hilary’s plan to hire a good-looking guy to act as her boyfriend backfires when she brings him home for the holidays to try and fool her family.

Christmas in the Smokies: In the Smoky Mountains, an ambitious woman works to save her family’s historic berry farm as her ex, a country music star, returns to town.

Christmas Inheritance: To inherit her father’s company, socialite Ellen must first visit his small hometown, where she learns the value of hard work and helping others.

Christmas Ranch: Sent to her grandmother’s ranch for Christmas, a rebellious teen bonds with her grandmother’s horse and resolves to save the ranch from foreclosure.

A Christmas Star: Born under the Christmas star, Noelle says she can perform miracles. When trouble comes to town, it’s up to Noelle to prove herself and save the day.

The Princess Switch: When a down-to-earth Chicago baker and a soon-to-be princess discover they look like twins, they hatch a Christmastime plan to trade places.

Holiday Breakup: A young  couple breaks up and faces the prospect of the holidays  turning into one long pity party. Their solution: pretend they’re still together.

 

 

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Gmail Hacks You Probably Didn’t Know About

Gmail has a lot of great features for its users, and just like anything else they are constantly changing and adding a lot of new ones all the time as well. Some of us have a tendency to just use what is easy and convenient to access, without realizing the full potential of what Gmail has to offer.

 

Unsend 
Ever regretted sending an email when it was too late? If you are quick enough, you can recall an email after its been sent. Got to your email settings by clicking on the upper right corner of the inbox – click on labs – scroll down to undo send and enable it, then save changes at the bottom of the screen.

Then go back to your email settings again – click on general – scroll down to undo send – and toggle the time limit to something that you think works best for you – then be sure to SAVE. Now you have a good 10,20 or even 30 seconds to recall it before it’s sent out in to the land of no return called the world wide web.

QUICK UNSUBSCRIBE
You know how much of a pain it is to unsubscribe to unwanted emails? Usually you have to click through to an external site, explain why you are leaving, and enter your email and name, and yada yada. Well, now you don’t have to worry about it! Gmail lets you cut and run – quickly! As soon as you get the unwanted email, click on the sender’s name and then select ‘unsubscribe’ – and that’s it!

ORGANIZE YOUR LIFE 
Ever use the ‘google star’ feature to put the little gold star on emails that you need to come back to, or reply to, or need to keep because they are important? Ever tried going back through all of those (lots of work!)
Go to your email settings – general tab – and scroll down and click on stars.  You can add several different colors of stars! That way you can organize your important emails based on level of importance, and what needs done. You can mark urgent emails with a red star, mark emails you must respond to with a green, and so on. Definitely will help keep you organized.

BOOMERANG FOR GMAIL
If you haven’t used Gmail with Boomerang you are missing out! Boomerang is an awesome add-on feature that can help save you a ton of time! Boomerang is a chrome extension you install and you can schedule emails to be sent at any time! You can also have emails re-sent to you (so if you are busy, but you read an email you really need to get back to later and not forget – have it re-sent to you later).

MAKE A SECRET EMAIL ADDRESS – USING YOUR CURRENT ONE
G-mail address can be modified with periods and ‘+’ signs. So I can send an email to allinadayswork@gmail.com or allinadays.work@gmail.com, or all+inadaysworkblog@gmail.com and it would still reach the same person, which is pretty awesome. The email goes to the same destination, no matter which way I change it.The reason this is cool? You can filter your emails addressed to specific address. So say I give family one email – and then all my online orders another – I can apply a filter and label it and it’s almost like having several different email addresses!

USE GMAIL OFFLINE
Yes, you can check your email without internet connection! You can respond to them (they just won’t send until you are back online). You do have to change your settings to be able to do this. Access the offline section of your Gmail settings and select ‘enable offline mail’. You will need the latest versions of chrome and gmail to use it!

 

 

 

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The Surprising Careers That Could Pay As Well As Give You Huge Satisfaction

Many of us strive to be happy within our careers. After all, we spend a huge chunk of our lives in the workplace. It has even been noted that you can often spend more time with your work colleagues than your own family. So we can possibly all agree that your chosen career path is an important decision that you have to make. However, many of us can avoid thinking about the decision of a career and before long end up in a job that you dislike, or feeling like you are not passionate about the work you do. The truth is, no matter what stage of life you are at, you can always do something about your choice of employment.

Working in a medical profession

Working in medicine or in a medical profession may seem like a lot of work and study, but actually there are some jobs that you can do that require less time in the books and more time helping people. Working in a medical profession could be extremely rewarding. For example, becoming a radiologist where you screen people with MRI and X-Rays can determine if someone is struggling with a disease like cancer. Furthermore, you could be saving someone’s life in the process by finding this information. Other job opportunities include nursing where you can research and gain a qualification by doing an online fnp program, or working in the hospital in other important roles like administration or ward management of that is more your thing.

Working in the care sector

You could consider working in the care sector, the options are endless for this sort of work. Firstly, you might want to consider the type of care role you would be best suited for. This sort of job is more commonly associated with elderly care. Where you can help someone in their home, or even within a care facility. From doing general chores like shopping and running errands to actually taking care of them. Enabling them to wash and get in and out of bed successfully. While this is the most well-known option, other things to consider would be working with children. There are care homes specific to the youth as well as working with departments like finding foster carers and new adoptive parents.

 

Working with people to better their lives

 

Finally, many of the satisfaction we feel in our day to day lives is down to helping other people out. So this is where you could consider making a job out of it in other aspects. For example, working in the fitness and health sector could help you to make other people’s dreams become a reality. You could be helping people to lose weight, or overcome an injury they have had. Or maybe just to better improve their well-being by increasing their fitness or energy levels. Other options around this sort of subject would be to work in the nutrition or diet industry, helping people to become more knowledgeable about the food they eat. Or even on a psychology aspect where you become a councillor or help people overcome anxiety, stress and depression to feel better about themselves once more.

 

Helping people in any way can really give us the job satisfaction that we crave daily, but we can also ensure that our own lives are not disrupted by having the financial backing to match.

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Health Benefits of Peppermint Oil

Peppermint oil is derived from a peppermint plant – a cross between water mint and spearmint, and it thrives in Europe and North America. Though peppermint oil is commonly used as flavoring in food and beverages, and fragrances in soaps and cosmetics, peppermint oil has a lot of health benefits.

Evidence suggests that peppermint oil likely can help with certain health issues, such as irritable bowel syndrome. It can also help with indigestion and prevent spasms in the GI tract caused by several issues – and even help sooth tension headaches when used topically.

Peppermint oil could cause side effects such as heartburn and it can interact negatively with certain medications – be sure to talk to your health care provider before using peppermint oil.

For dietary supplements peppermint oil has been tried (and successful) for a variety of digestive problems such as:

irritable bowel syndrome
indigestion
heartburn

Dietary supplements containing peppermint oil are also used by some people for the following – and it seems to work.

nausea
vomiting
morning sickness
cramps
diarrhea
gas
colds
coughs
inflammation
sinuses
menstrual problems

Also using it as a topical, on the skin – can also be helpful with:

headaches
muscle pain
nerve pain
toothaches
inflammation 
joint conditions
itchiness
allergic rashes
repelling mosquitoes

Also, peppermint oil vapor when inhaled can be used to treat symptoms of colds and coughs.

 

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