February 16, 2012

National Almond Day

“I said to the almond tree, 'Friend, speak to me of God,' and the almond tree blossomed.” - Nikos Kazantzakis

It's National Almond Day!

Most people don't know that I went to college to study developmental psychology. I've always been fascinated with people - how do they become the people they are? Is it all based on life experiences (nature) or is the influence from family (nurture) strong enough to alter one's personality, reaction and coping mechanisms, morals, beliefs , etc.?

Like: why do I love almonds? (Besides the fact that they're jacked full of awesome nutrients like Vitamin E, magnesium, calcium, and protein that is!)

My grandfather didn't. He was a peanut man.

My mom didn't. She was a pecan kinda lady.

And me? Somewhere along the line I fell a little head-over-heels with almonds. Not sure when or how, but my family has always known that I've loved them (I got two packages of them for Christmas in my stocking and was totally over-the-moon about it!).

So, I was delighted to celebrate today. But, I wanted to do more than just stuff my face with the lovely tear-shaped nuts (because that's what I usually do . . . have you ever had trail mix where it's almonds, cranberries, and dark chocolate chunks? MEGA SWOON.) so I attempted to make my first ever "glaze."

And it came out terrible.

Oh well: you win some and you lose some, I guess.

Happy National Almond Day!