How many hostess gifts have you received or given? How many of those were really enjoyed? At some point, people realized there were only so many Mikasa platters and bowls one could appreciate or store in the basement. We started doing ‘consumable’ gifts like chocolates and candles (remember Illuminations?). Even those became old fast. Now fess up! How many of those items did you regift???
Set out a few bowls of these addictive Chili Lime Cashews during your holiday parties, or give as a simple, yet thoughtful hostess gift. They are so easy to make and can be varied to suit many tastes. If you search online, you will find hundreds of different ways to make spiced nuts at home. This recipe is from something I read on Huffington Post a while ago. Enjoy!
Chili Lime Cashews
(Makes 3 cups)
- 3 cups cashews (use whole if gifting – it makes for a prettier presentation)
- 3 Tbsp lime juice
- 1 tsp salt
- 1-2 tsp chili powder
1) Preheat oven to 250*
2) Mix lime juice, salt, and chili powder in a bowl. Then add cashews and mix till well coated.
3) Pour into a large cookie tray and bake for 45-50 minutes. Stir every 15 minutes and watch carefully during the last 10-15 minutes, making sure the nuts don’t brown.
4) Cool completely before storing in an airtight container.
Decent gift-wrap or containers are often pricey, and have very limited use after a while. Below, I have shown how you can upcycle a used salsa jar into something that can be reused (Pinterest idea). It took me less than 5 minutes plus drying time it.
You need a clean glass jar, spray paint in desired color, a drill (I used a star screw driver and a hammer ), few inches of ribbon, and something decorative to top your jar with (I used a $1.50 drawer pull from World Market).
1) Make a hole in the cap of the glass jar if you are using a topper that will be screwed on. If not, just super-glue your object directly without making a hole. You may also just paint the lid and tie a color co-ordinated ribbon around the neck of the jar.
2) Spray paint it in whatever color you like. You can spray paint the topper too. Allow to dry according to paint instructions.
3) Assemble lid, fill bottle with nuts / candy / etc, and close.