Mala’s Crack Pecans

These are supposed to be called Cinnamon Sugared Pecans, but they are totally addictive. I made a batch because I was supposed to take tossed salads to two events. I put the nuts I needed in two baggies, but there were delicious leftovers. I should have thrown them out or put them in the trunk of my car where they would be too much trouble to get to. There should be step meetings for these pecans.

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My husband got a few.

Then one of the dinner events was cancelled at the last minute. So that baggie came into play.  As I sat in my office I could hear them faintly calling my name. mala mala mala mala mala  You just have to answer after awhile.

The second dinner is tonight. I am exercising self-control. The pecans are safe for the moment. I have blueberries and sliced strawberries to go into this salad and a lovely, light lemon and honey dressing. It’s going to be delicious.

Here’s the recipe for Crack Pecans. These make lovely hostess gifts. Be advised that checking for crunch in the final stages is where the addiction begins. Consider yourself warned.

Mala’s Crack Pecans (from website who stole it from where I made tweaks)


  • 1 lb pecan halves (4 cups)
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • ½ tsp vanilla (up to 1 tbsp)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar (can be half white, half brown)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon (can add ½ tsp allspice, 1/8 tsp cayenne for kick)
  • ½ tsp salt (can be up to 1-1/2 tsp kosher salt)


Preheat oven to 250 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, vigorously whisk egg white with water and vanilla until very frothy. In a separate small mixing bowl, whisk together sugar, cinnamon and salt. Add pecans to egg white mixture and toss until evenly coated. Pour half of the sugar mixture over pecans and toss several times, then add remaining sugar mixture and toss until evenly coated. Pour coated pecans over a parchment paper lined backing sheet and spread into an even layer. Bake in a preheated oven for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Allow to cool, then store in an airtight container.


You can double this recipe you could keep the cinnamon sugar amounts the same. It’s plenty of sweet. If you do this, make it in two batches using two sheet pans. Four cups is just the right amount for one sheet pan.

I use sheet pans with a silpat liner.  You can also use parchment paper.The sheet pan has sides so the nuts don’t fall out.

The final 15 minutes in the oven is crucial to make them crunchy. I checked them after what I thought was the final time and they still weren’t dry in the middle, so I put them in for another 15 minutes. The first two times you stir them they will be sticky. They may need a little additional time in the oven. Just keep checking for crunch. I like adding that little bit of cayenne for a little heat. If you’re planning to use them as an appetizer with cheese and fruit, you could add more salt as well.

Santa Diaries Play – Parts Are Cast

Sunday (10-7-12) afternoon at the Avalon Theatre everyone who tried out for a part showed up to hear what part they got. Lots of kids and lots of excitement. Liza Ledford and Cece Davis did the honors and handed out rehearsal schedules and pages of script. The entire script was given to the leads although it wasn’t the tweaked script Laura and I sent to them Saturday afternoon. I think script tweaks will be an ongoing process.

I’m excited by the people cast for the two major parts. Jenny Madino will play Jessica Darling and Casey Rauch will play Will Hawes. Both look like just like I imagined these characters would look. They will be the first to ever perform these parts!

Some of the kids knew each other, some didn’t yet but they will by the time the show goes live. Tim Weigand asked all the actors to come on stage…

…and then asked for a group hug.These actors are going to be in close quarters on stage and back stage so he got the process started.

On Tuesday night there will be a table read with the main characters. This just gets better and better.

Laura Wears Her Pretty Woman Hooker Boots

Laura writes…

Last night was the fund-raising kick-off for the Rehoboth Independent Film Festival. My artwork was chosen to represent the Festival on its posters and programs, t-shirts, etc.

I’ve had a pair of spike heeled thigh high, ostrich skin (vinyl) boots for years. They sit in my closet taunting me to wear them. But everytime I put them on I feel like Julia Roberts playing the hooker in Pretty Woman. So I take them off and put them back in the closet.

Mala and I went to this gathering of eclectic arty film buffs. It seemed the perfect time for me to indulge my “I am an ARTIST!” persona.

Note: I did NOT pair my boots with a sky high miniskirt. NO one needs to see that.

Nobody even looked at my boots. These were the shoes worn by the Festival’s Board President.

Trailers for several of the movies were previewed at the party Awesome! It will be really hard to pick which ones I want to see.

This is me with the Festival Board: President, Eric Kafka; Executive Director, Sue Early; Festival Program Directory, Joe Bilancio.

I’ve been attending the Film Festival for the last ten years. It’ s four days each year I don’t miss. There are independent films from all over the world. When I leave, I always feel like I’ve had a mini global vacation. (The inspiration for the title of my artwork: “Come to the Fest and Sea the World.”) And like any other vacation, I always come back having gained a few pounds. There are sooooo many absolutely fabulous restaurants in Rehoboth and Lewis. And of course I have to do my best to try them all. Luckily my boots don’t care how fat I get!

If you haven’t been to the Rehoboth Independent Film Festival, go! And bring YOUR wildest boots. I guarantee, you’ll feel right at home!