The holidays can bring out good nuttiness. Holiday revelers don’t seem to complain about that.
And the holidays can bring out some pretty annoying and troublesome nuttiness too.
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Sometimes, do you feel like you’re celebrating with a bowl of mixed nut relatives? (Yes, mixed, because they’re not all nutty in the same way–if they were, they’d be easier to figure out.)
Oh but wait? Maybe we’re the nutty ones? Tell us it isn’t so!
Here are two suggestion for coping with holiday nuttiness, no matter who the culprits are:
One is to model your attitude on my friend Rudie the Reindeer above. He comes out of the attic every year and graces us with his laid back yet pleasant demeaner. Rudie doesn’t react. He doesn’t judge. He doesn’t argue. He doesn’t even roll his eyes. And yet he still seems to have a jolly old time.
The other solution is to mix up a whole bowl of these delicious Holiday Nuts.
When someone starts acting a little off, announce, “You look like you need a Holiday Nut to go along with your nutty behavior.”
And if you feel your own nuttiness peaking, have a few yourself!
Toast a pound or so of pecans in the oven for twenty minutes at 350. Watch them. They can go nuts on you and burn quickly.
Meanwhile, beat two egg whites until stiff with one cup of sugar and 1/2 teaspoon salt.
Let the toasted nuts cool for a few minutes, and then toss them in the egg white mixture. Spread as a single layer onto a baking pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for about thirty minutes until they are golden brown.
What would the holidays be without holiday nuts? People and confections!
Rudie the Reindeer: About twenty-five years ago, my sister-in-law Mary Ellen made Rudie for us out of a baby’s old sleeper, gray socks, brown corduroy, felt, and stuffing. He adds dignity to our celebration every year. Thanks, Rudie, for putting up with our nutty family.