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Chocolate and Red Wine Covered Almonds

Chocolate and Wine Covered Almonds
Last week, Clyde and I were chatting about what’s coming up in October when I realized that I had totally dropped the ball on coming up with a recipe this month.  When I said this, Clyde mentioned how much he liked the chocolate covered almonds my mom had given us a year or so ago.  We dreamed up how we would change the flavors up a bit, and today I got busy trying to make up a batch.

Chocolate and Wine Covered Almonds
I pulled out all the ingredients we thought of, and messed around with proportions a bit until I ended up with this tasty batch of almonds.  It came together very quickly, and offered layers of flavor that I don’t remember in the commercial version.  Plus, this is one of those great recipes that you can easily change up according to your own taste.  If you don’t like heat, just leave out the cayenne.  Don’t like cinnamon?  Just leave it out.  Wanna use honey instead of maple syrup?  Go for it, and use it in the same proportions.  I did try leaving out the powdered sugar, but the chocolate turned out to be pretty bitter without it so I don’t recommend the sugar-free version.

Chocolate and Wine Covered Almonds
I recommend serving these nuts with brunch, a weeknight dessert, or perhaps alongside a few savory nibbles at the next meeting you attend where you’ve been asked to provide snacks.  They are quick to put together and everyone will rave about the flavors.  The hearty texture of these nuts will pair perfectly with our Yadkin Creek or just about any other red wine.

Enjoy, and as always, let me know if you make this and what you thought of it in the comments below.  Cheers!

 

Chocolate and Red Wine Covered Almonds
 
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A delicious and quick snack to make which pairs wonderfully with red wine.
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Recipe type: Snack
Serves: 1½ cups
Ingredients
  • 2 Tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon
  • Yadkin Creek wine
  • ⅓ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • 1½ cups almonds
Directions
  1. Stir the Yadkin Creek and maple syrup together in a small sauce pan and bring the mixture to a boil. Boil for about 30 seconds, then turn off the heat, and set the saucepan aside while you go on to the next step.
  2. In a large jar or a ziplock bag, add the cocoa, cinnamon, cayenne, and powdered sugar. Seal and shake to mix seasonings together.
  3. Add the almonds to the saucepan with the wine mixture. Stir to coat all the nuts with the liquid.
  4. Spoon the almonds into the jar/ziplock bag, being careful not to pour in much extra liquid if there is any leftover. Then seal shut and shake to coat the nuts with the cocoa mixture.
Notes
Leave out the cayenne if you don't want any heat in these nuts. You may also substitute honey or agave syrup for the maple syrup in the same proportions.

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Just Up The Road: For Old Time’s Sake Vacation Cabin

Our ‘Just Up The Road’ series features nearby businesses and attractions that we love. We’ll try to show a unique side of these places that aren’t necessarily highlighted on websites or in brochures. I hope you enjoy these peeks into our neighborhood, and can plan to visit one of these spots in addition to your visit to the winery!

For Old Time's Sake Cabin
This summer, one of our neighbors on Highway T opened a vacation cabin rental called For Old Time’s Sake Cabin. They have sent several customers our way, and I kept hearing about how charming the old log cabin was, but hadn’t had a chance to go visit it myself all summer. Fortunately, that changed on Tuesday, when another neighbor (those of you that know me, won’t be surprised to find out which neighbor!), Crystal, came by with her new golf cart and a load of cute doggies. It was a beautiful day, and we were both looking to get out and enjoy it, so I hopped on the cart and we headed over to check out the new cabin.

For Old Time's Sake Cabin
Crystal pulled over so I could take a picture of the barn and sign that signal the start of the drive back to the cabin. The driveway is about 1 mile further past our driveway, so you can conveniently stop in to the tasting room before you head down to the cabin. :)

For Old Time's Sake Cabin
Once on the drive down to the cabin, we spied a deer off in the distance! It was happy to let us ooh and aah from a little distance, but headed into the woods once we started up again. The gravel drive is nice here, but in other areas it does get a bit rough. Two wheel drive vehicles will be fine to navigate the road, but just be ready for some bumpy spots. I’m also going to say that the gravel drive is long enough that motorcyclists will not want to take this on.

For Old Time's Sake Cabin
Once we arrived down at the log cabin, Crystal headed off to count cattle out in the field. Her two Hairy Mouth Heeler doggies had to stay on the golf cart so they wouldn’t cause trouble, but the chihuahua was allowed off.

For Old Time's Sake Cabin
Check out the cows, enjoy the sunshine, or hike down to Meramec river – no matter what you do, it’ll be relaxing!

For Old Time's Sake Cabin
A hammock and this hill-billy golf set will definitely keep you entertained outdoors while you enjoy the idyllic farm setting at For Old Time’s Sake cabin. Owners Mike and Elaine Mitchell have thoughtfully provided a charcoal grill for you to use, along with a few outdoor chairs too.

For Old Time's Sake Cabin
Inside the cabin you’ll find charming antiques, Americana decor, a TV, lots of games, and plenty of room for everyone to visit. There is a kitchen, living room, dining porch, and two bedrooms. The cabin will sleep up to 7 people (one person on a couch), and I thought it would be ideal for families. One bedroom has a queen size bed (next to a stone fireplace!) and the other bedroom has a bunk bed set plus two single beds.

For Old Time's Sake Cabin
The picture above features one-half of the dining porch. There is another table behind me which could seat another 6 people. I’m sure once the leaves start to change, the view out these windows will be quite colorful!

For Old Time's Sake Cabin
One last detail I wanted to show off was this shadowbox filled with family photographs. Elaine has included a hand-written history of this 1930’s era log cabin in the box too.  Although the Mitchells haven’t created a website for the cabin yet, if you are interested in learning more or want to reserve the cabin, you can visit their VRBO page listing.

I hope you enjoyed this peek at a neighborhood business.  If you are looking to come down to our area for an overnight visit, this cabin would provide a secluded, charming place to stay.  Plus, it’s conveniently located close to Peaceful Bend, so you can stock up on your wine easily! ;)

Cheers!

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Fall 2014 Events

2014 Fall Events Flyer
This fall should be lots of fun here at Peaceful Bend! I just finished up on the event flyer (above) for the upcoming season, plus I have several creative projects in the works that I’ll be showing off here on the blog soon. Hope you can join us for all the fall fun!

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