Setting out a Simple Toasted Asian Almonds Appetizer

Toasted Asian Almonds

Sometimes I have to reevaluate my commitments. My husband is good at helping me sort through what’s unnecessary, and what I need to get rid of. Sometimes it’s easy, sometimes not so easy. It takes discipline to constantly reassess your life and where you are putting your energy.

One thing I’ve learned is to keep things simple. When dinner guests come for a meal, I’ve been changing the way I do appetizers.

Toasted Asian Almonds

With the heat of summer, lately I’ve been setting out a bowl of delicious homemade Toasted Asian Almonds, made with Harry & David’s Raspberry Flavored Honey Mustard Dip.

Toasted Asian Almonds

It’s a really easy recipe to make, which I usually double, and then I keep them on hand for company.

Or to wrap up and take a small bag as a hostess gift.

Or for friends who stop by for a glass of wine.

Toasted Asian Almonds

Sometimes I have to hide them from the kids.

Because they are really that good.

Toasted Asian Almonds

Life is always changing and sifting. Sometimes we have time to make elaborate foods, but sometimes we don’t.

A little nibble for an appetizer works for me, and in fact, I really like to be hungry when it comes time for the main course of the meal.

Toasted Asian Almonds

I know I can’t do it all, especially with the amount of entertaining that we do in our home. I love to delegate, keep it simple, and remind myself that the guests are more important than the food, although we do love a good meal.

What’s your simplest appetizer that you serve, when you’re trying to keep it simple?

Harry & David provided me with the product, but they did not pay me to write this post today.

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8 Responses to “Setting out a Simple Toasted Asian Almonds Appetizer”

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    Carmen — September 13, 2013 @ 5:31 am

    These sound amazing, Sandy! Since we don’t get H&D’s amazing-looking products in Africa, what would you recommend as a substitue for the dip? I have H&M dressing, but this may be too thin? Thanks!

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    Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective — September 13, 2013 @ 6:43 am

    I love simple and easy foods! These toasted almonds sound wonderful – thanks for sharing, Sandy! :)

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    Tara @ Unsophisticook — September 13, 2013 @ 1:04 pm

    Pretty sure I have all the ingredients on hand — totally making these tonight!

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    marly — September 13, 2013 @ 2:19 pm

    Those jars! Those sunflowers! Those toasted almonds! I’m in heaven!!!

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    Myrna — September 13, 2013 @ 9:15 pm

    lately, it’s sliced ripe tomatoes with basil on crackers

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    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — September 16, 2013 @ 6:15 am

    Toasted almonds are my favorite! Love the Asian twist.

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    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — September 19, 2013 @ 7:47 pm

    I can’t tell you how delicious these almonds look to me! They sound amazing!

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    Shaina — September 21, 2013 @ 8:53 pm

    What a gorgeous tray of goodies, and those almonds sound wonderful.

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