Have you ever heard the soundtrack for “Hamilton: an American Musical?”
I finally started listening to it this past week (better late than never) and I. CAN’T. STOP.
It is so dang good. The tunes are catchy, the writing is phenomenal, and the singers are so talented as they rap AND sing. I used to not like rap very much, but after this listening experience I like it a lot. I maybe don’t like trap rap… but I’m in love with the “Hamilton” rap. If you haven’t listened to Hamilton, this is your friendly suggestion to listen to it as it will improve your life.
The “Hamilton” music is getting me through my final exams, which are this week and next. Any time I don’t think I can make it through exams, I listen to Hamilton and think about how I’m going to study hard so I’m not not “Helpless” and that “I’m not throwing away my shot.” I think that I’ll “Stay Alive” through exams if I study “Non-Stop” but also “Take A Break” or two. I’ll be “Satisfied” if I get good grades. Ok I’ll stop with the Hamilton references now.
You know what’s also keeping me sane through the midst of final exams? DEEZ NUTS (sorry, I had to).
These nuts, though. They’re sweet and salty and utterly delicious. What’s not to love about pecans glazed with maple syrup and roasted in the oven until they’re caramelized? Pecans are full of protein and magnesium, which reduces blood pressure. It’s good to reduce blood pressure now as it will probably spike during exams due to stress.
The sweetness in these nuts makes them addictive. They taste like fall. They make a great snack by the handful, and they are wonderful added to salads.
My call to action for you today is to 1) listen to the Hamilton soundtrack, and 2) make these maple-roasted nuts. Both are addictive and will change your life for the better.
Maple Glazed Pecans
Makes 2 cups
- 2 cups pecans
- 2/3 cup maple syrup
- ½ tsp salt
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, then spread out the pecans on it.
- Drizzle all the maple syrup over the pecans, making sure to really coat each pecan.
- Sprinkle salt over the pecans.
- Bake the pecans for 35 minutes, taking out every 10 minutes to stir, until maple syrup hardens.
- Let cool, then enjoy! These keep for a few weeks when stored in an airtight container.