Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Christmas Pecans


For years now, it's been a Christmas tradition to make these yummy pecans.  I've modified the recipe over the years to this version.  I always make them in 4 lb batches - but you can modify the recipe if you don't want to make that many.  They make great gifts.  No matter how many you make, you'll wish you had made more.  This year I made 20 lbs!

Ingredients:
  • 4 lbs Pecan halves
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 4 egg whites
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
Preheat your oven to 250 degrees.


It is important to start with quality pecan halves


I always use a natural sugar.  The less processed the better.  The larger grains of sugar do not work as well as the finer ones.


I use a large bowl to prepare the pecans for roasting


I use large aluminum disposable pans - makes cleanup a cinch 


Start by putting 4 lbs of pecan halves in your bowl.  Make sure to cull out an bad pecans or shell fragments


Put 4 cups of sugar, 2 tablespoons each of salt and cinnamon in a small bowl.  I always use either kosher salt or sea salt for added flavor


Mix the sugar, salt and cinnamon together


Beat 4 egg whites and 4 tablespoons of water until frothy


Pour the egg white mixture over the pecans and toss them well to coat all the pecans so that they are all wet


Pour the sugar mixture over the pecans and toss well to evenly coat all the nuts


Pour the pecan/sugar mixture into the baking pan.  You can continue to toss the nuts to better coat them.


Place the pan in your preheated oven and bake


Set your timer for 30 minutes and turn the pecans every 30 minutes


After the first 1/2 hour, the pecans will appear very wet


As you continue to turn them, over time, they will not appear as wet


Be prepared to have a sugar coated spatula before you are done.  The nuts are usually done win 2 1/2 to 3 hours, depending on the humidity and variations in ovens.


Let the nuts cool in the pan.  When cool place in storage containers or gift bags/containers for gifts.

Warning these nuts are HIGHLY addictive!  Enjoy!

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Antonia Pendant


Deborah Roberti designs beading patterns.  Her website offers some free and some bead patterns available for purchase.  I highly recommend her bead patterns, not only are they extremely affordable and easy to follow, but they are very versatile as well.  This category highlights some of the possible variations of her Antonia Pendant pattern.  This pattern is available for purchase on her website for $4.00.

Materials for Pendant examples shown below:

  • 5 Feet of 6 lb. FireLine
  • 22 size 11/0 seed beads
  • 7 size 3mm FirePolished beads
  • 5 size 4mm Glass Pearls
  • 8 size 4mm FirePolished beads
  • 1 size 9mm Fluted FirePolished bead
  • a size 4mm closed jump ring
  • a 16 or 18 inch chain, or satin, silk or leather cord, with clasp


To see the beads used in each of the designs below, click on the desired image.







Thursday, June 27, 2013

Claret Stackers

Free Stackers Bracelet Pattern

by Deb Roberti


Deborah Roberti's Stackers Bracelets pattern is available for FREE on her website. This pattern was created to use the new Czech Neon beads and Swarovski Neon Pearls, but can be made with any colored beads. The Stackers below were created to highlight the Czech Pearl Lights color Claret.  Czech Pearl Lights are semi-transparent - allowing light to pass through them, giving them a warm glow.  Click on any image to see the beads used in each version.







Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Picasso Umber Stackers

Free Stackers Bracelet Pattern

by Deb Roberti


Deborah Roberti's Stackers Bracelets pattern is available for FREE on her website. This pattern was created to use the new Czech Neon beads and Swarovski Neon Pearls, but can be made with any colored beads. These were created to highlight the Czech color Umber.  Click on any image to see the beads used in each version








Sunday, June 23, 2013

Sea Foam Stackers

Free Stackers Bracelet Pattern
by Deb Roberti

Deborah Roberti's Stackers Bracelets pattern is available for FREE on her website.  This pattern was created to use the new Czech Neon beads and Swarovski Neon Pearls, but can be made with any colored beads. These were created to compliment Miyuki's 11RR4217 Duracoat Galvanized Sea Foam color seed bead.  Click on any image to see the beads used in each version










Saturday, June 22, 2013

Stackers by Deb Roberti


Free Stackers Bracelet Pattern
by Deb Roberti

Deborah Roberti's Stackers Bracelets pattern is available for FREE on her website.  This pattern uses the new Czech Neon beads and Swarovski Neon Pearls, but can be made with any colored beads. Click on any image to see the beads used in each version







Friday, November 23, 2012

Colorful Friday


Traditionally the Friday after Thanksgiving is called "Black Friday".  However, to me and Red Panda Beads, the term "Black" is too limiting - beads come in a huge array of colors.  So today is Colorful Friday!

In the spirit of color, I've done four versions of Deb Roberti's  SuperDuo Tila Band.  I've substituted CzechMate Tile beads for the Tilas and used the tapered SuperDuo beads in each version.  I used the same exact pattern for the bead placements, but altered the colors.



For the first version I wanted to use one of the newest tapered SuperDuo beads, TSD-L9008 Luster Ruby.  Staying with the red theme, I added TSD-T9320 Opaque Red Picasso SuperDuos and Opaque Oxblood Tile beads, CZTWN06-91260.  Since this pattern calls for Miyuki Tila beads, and I've substituted CzechMates, which are slightly larger, I also had to adapt the seed beads.  The pattern calls for 11/0 seed beads, but the larger Tile beads work better with Miyuki's 10/0 Triangle beads.  To finish this version off, I used 10TR1809 Transparent Silver Lined Dark Red triangles. 




The second version is also based on a new tapered SuperDuo color, TSD-B15726 Metallic Amethyst.  I added TSD-15726 Luster - Transparent Amethyst and CZTWN06-P15726 Luster Opaque Amethyst complete the Amethyst color scheme.  Miyuki's 10TR1839 ICL Gold/Amethyst triangle beads finish off the design nicely.  


The third version is based on one of the newest Tile bead colors, CZTWN06-MD6515 Persian Turquoise - Moon Dust.  In my prior bead-free life blue was my favorite color, and while I have a new found love of all bead colors, I still have a special place in my heart for blue and I love the blue shades in this version. I paired TSD-PT6313 Pink/Topaz Luster - Turquoise and TSD-ST6303 Star Dust Opaque Baby Blue to compliment the shades in the Tile beads.  I've finished this design off with one of my favorite 10/0 Miyuki triangle beads, 10TR1825 ICL* Blue Bronze.

The last design uses a new CzechMate color, CZTWN06-270 24kt Gold Plated and a new tapered SuperDuo TSD-21455 Iris - Green.  The Iris Green color varies so much with each bead, that I used only the one color SuperDuo in this style.  In keeping with the green theme, I used Miyuki's 10TR1802 TSL Kelly Green triangle beads.



While White is the absence of all color and Black is all colors combined, the spirit of "Black" Friday is summed up in "Colorful Friday".  And for this weekend, ending Monday the 26th of November, 2012, the entire Red Panda Beads website is discounted by 20%

Apply Coupon Code:

Color2012

in your cart to receive the discount before checking out.

Discount applies to all items, even black beads!



Happy Beading!

Betsy