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Spicy air fryer nuts are a tasty snack and super easy to make

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Spicy air fryer nuts are a tasty snack and super easy to make

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I love anything spicy. If it were feasible — barring health issues, practicality, and social norms — I would eat hot wings for every meal.

So when I bumbled into this air fryer recipe for air-fried, spicy peanuts on(Opens in a new tab), I thought it'd be perfect to test out. Why? Well, half my working life involves an air fryer and I love spicy things. Match made in heaven.

Now, a quick caveat before we dive into this thing. My local grocery stores, for on reason or another, had only raw cashews, not raw peanuts — so I had to make those instead. Frankly, I like cashews more than peanuts anyway, and cashews are large enough that they wouldn't slip through the holes in the grate of my air fryer. Win-win.

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The TL;DR on the recipe? It's a fantastic idea but you better watch the cooking process carefully. Maybe it was substituting cashews for peanuts, but my snack got a little too charred. But more on that later, for now, here's what you need to know.


  • 2 tablespoons of oil

  • 3 tablespoons (or as much as your heart desires) or Old Bay seasoning or similar seafood seasoning

  • 1/2 teaspoon (or way more, if you're like me) of cayenne pepper

  • 8 ounces of raw peanuts (or cashews, or whatever raw nut)

  • Salt


  1. Whisk together the oil, Old Bay, and cayenne

  2. Toss nuts in the oil and season mixture

  3. Air fry at 320 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes, tossing halfway through

  4. Salt, then air fry for five minutes more

  5. Salt again, if needed, and enjoy

The details

OK, so here was my final product. Let's just get this out of the way.

OK, a bit well done. But we can fix that. Credit: Mashable

To be clear, while the cashews were overcooked, they look worse than they tasted. They were still pretty spicy and tasty, but definitely cooked for too long.

I'm uncertain if the cooking issue was a result of swapping peanuts for cashews, or if it was just an issue with the recipe in general. To be honest, air frying any nut for 25 minutes total feels like... a lot. For instance, here were my cashews as they went into the air fryer and after about 10 minutes of cook time, respectively.

Doesn't that look promising? Credit: Mashable
I should have stopped cooking here. Credit: Mashable

They much better, right? To be honest, I should have just pulled them at 10 minutes, but I wanted to see how the recipe turned out, if followed exactly. I wanted to heed the recipe as best I could, but next time I'll probably cook the nuts for 15 minutes or so. If you're cooking cashews like me, 15 minutes might be the max.

But there's the catch: I'll most likely make this recipe again. The promise was there, if my execution was a little off. The spicy, salty combo was tasty in the less-charred cashews. It had that addictive quality you look for in a great snack. I also think you could mix things up if you so desired. A little honey for sweetness? Sure. Cumin for complexity? Why not. Go buck wild.

So, spicy air fryer nuts? They're good. Just watch them carefully.

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    So, that leaves us with this Catch-22 where people who really do need to practise self-care are anxious about doing so because they don’t want to be seen as a "villain," while those who arguably need to practise less ‘self-care’ and more care toward others feel emboldened to continue toxic patterns of behaviour.

    Perhaps at the root of all of this is a need for better emotional education so that we are all able to communicate our boundaries and needs in a healthy way, but the question is, at what point does self-care become selfishness? When do we know where to draw the line? 

    Of course, after a tough couple of years, looking after ourselves is going to be more important than ever. The key is making sure that we don’t fall into the scam of narcissism packaged up in a pretty Instagram infographic. Maybe we can all agree on one principle: Don’t be a dick. 

  • A wooden Melania Trump statue overlooks her Slovenian hometown like a creepy scarecrow

    A wooden Melania Trump statue overlooks her Slovenian hometown like a creepy scarecrow


    Melania Trump may have left her Slovenian hometown of Sevnica, but thanks to conceptual artist Ales "Maxi" Zupevc, her presence is still, um... looming.

    On Friday, a life-size wooden sculpture of the U.S. first lady was inaugurated in Sevnica. It was commissioned by artist Brad Downey, who went to Zupevc with a vision. Zupevc carved that vision into a tree using a chainsaw, and now the world has this.


    Conceptual artist Ales 'Maxi' Zupevc's monument of Melania Trump. Credit: read JURE MAKOVEC/AFP/Getty Images

    The wooden statue depicts Melania Trump wearing a blue dress(Opens in a new tab) and raising her left hand like she did at her husband’s inauguration in 2017. To honor the first lady, the sculpture now overlooks a field in Sevnica, but it's receiving a slew of mixed reviews.

    SEE ALSO: Trump praises 1775 revolutionary army, claims they 'took over airports.' Uh.

    "If the monument wants to be a parody, then the artist did succeed," Nika, a 24-year-old local architecture student, told Agence France-Presse(Opens in a new tab) (AFP). "We in Sevnica can only laugh and, at the same time, hold our heads in our hands over their [the Trumps'] catastrophic reputation."

    The Daily Beast noted(Opens in a new tab) another local told news outlet ITV(Opens in a new tab) that the sculpture doesn't resemble Melania at all. "It’s a Smurfette. It's a disgrace," they said.

    As for Downey, he gets people's confusion, but wholeheartedly embraces the carving. "I can understand that people think they do not come very close to their physical appearance," Downey told AFP. But he said he personally finds the work of art "absolutely beautiful."


    Here are some dramatically lit shots of the statue for you to observe. Reflect on them. Form your own opinion!

    Conceptual artist Ales 'Maxi' Zupevc's monument of Melania Trump. Credit: JURE MAKOVEC/AFP/Getty Images
    Conceptual artist Ales 'Maxi' Zupevc's monument of Melania Trump. Credit: JURE MAKOVEC/AFP/Getty Images
    Conceptual artist Ales 'Maxi' Zupevc's monument of Melania Trump. Credit: JURE MAKOVEC/AFP/Getty Images
    Conceptual artist Ales 'Maxi' Zupevc's monument of Melania Trump. Credit: JURE MAKOVEC/AFP/Getty Images
    Conceptual artist Ales 'Maxi' Zupevc's monument of Melania Trump. Credit: JURE MAKOVEC/AFP/Getty Images

    Zupevc believes his wooden Melania carving is the first ever monument of the U.S. first lady, but it comes in a long line of Sevnica Trump tributes(Opens in a new tab), including Melania-themed cake, tea, slippers, salami, and more.

    Looks like the people of Sevnica plan to carry on Melania Mania for as long as they can.

  • Kylie Jenner celebrates 21st birthday by flipping the bird to her Instagram followers


    Kylie Jenner celebrates 21st birthday by flipping the bird to her Instagram followers

    When a member of the Kardashian-Jenner family has a birthday, low-key isn't exactly the word we'd use to describe their celebration.

    True to form, Kylie Jenner's 21st birthday was anything but low-key.

    SEE ALSO: didn't throw shade at Kylie Jenner. It actually made an important point.

    Kylie posted a shot of herself with Kendall, Kim, Kourtney, Kris, and Khloe, in which they all put their middle finger up at the camera.

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    How rude. Happy birthday Kylie!

  • Jenna Fischer donates her DePauw University event profits to support student protesters


    Jenna Fischer donates her DePauw University event profits to support student protesters

    Actress Jenna Fischer visited Indiana's DePauw University on Tuesday to discuss her career and her new book, The Actor's Life: A Survival Guide, with students. But not long after the event began, students began to protest, voicing serious concerns over their safety at the university.

    About 15 minutes into Fischer's lecture, an audience member stood up and blew a whistle, according(opens in a new tab) to the IndyStar. Around 100 students, some of whom held protest signs, filled the aisles of the auditorium and began shouting concerns in reference to several recent incidents on campus.

    SEE ALSO: Starbucks to close all U.S. stores for an afternoon of racial-bias training

    According to the paper, on April 11, a racist and threatening message in a men's bathroom stall sparked an on-campus investigation, which led to a response from DePauw University President Mark McCoy.

    In his letter to members of the university community(opens in a new tab), McCoy listed three other incidents under investigation, including "a homophobic and an anti-Semitic message" found in a bathroom on campus, "an incident of a student engaging in offensive behavior" (reportedly wearing blackface) at the bar, grill, and event center The Fluttering Duck, and "the n-word formed by rocks in the nature park."

    "Oftentimes justice requires disruption and interruption of our scheduled lives."

    In video footage shared(opens in a new tab) by event attendee Shannon Samson, students display their signs and yell, "It's not a joke," "Stop excusing this problematic behavior," and "Don't give them protection when they're attacking us."

    After DePauw University spokesperson Ken Owen asked to continue the event, promising they would take questions, Fischer told the audience, "It's not okay."

    "In my personal opinion, oftentimes justice requires disruption and interruption of our scheduled lives," Fischer can be heard saying in the video. "I don't know what to say except that I'm so sorry."

    The actress, who was reportedly made aware of recent events before she took the stage, tweeted a letter on Wednesday to offer the student protesters her additional support.

    "The student protesters spoke about their experiences and the hate they have been encountering. I could feel the pain, sadness, and fear coming from these students," Fischer shared on Twitter. "...These students need to be heard and they need change."

    Fischer went on to say that the students had inspired her to donate her speaking fee from DePauw University to the NAACP, The Anti-Defamation League, and the Trevor Project in their names.

    "My hope is for all people to be respected, accepted, and loved for their individuality and uniqueness," she wrote. "And above all, to be safe."

    In the letter to students, President McCoy vowed, "Make no mistake, we will take every action available to us to address these incidents," noting that the investigations will continue.

  • Brie Larson and Oprah bonding over Queer Eye is absolutely perfect

    Brie Larson and Oprah bonding over Queer Eye is absolutely perfect


    This is One Good Thing, a weekly column where we tell you about one of the few nice things that happened this week.

    Who knew a simple style hack could inspire such a sweet moment between two of Hollywood's favorite women?

    While Brie Larson was attending the 10th annual Women in the World Summit(Opens in a new tab) in New York City this week, she made a new friend: Oprah Winfrey. Both were speakers at the summit, which aims to celebrate all types of women through talks and discussions.

    SEE ALSO: Brie Larson has a strong stance on the gender pay gap

    Thankfully, someone managed to record part of their interaction.

    In the clip, Larson is just saying goodbye to Oprah after meeting her. But Winfrey, accompanied by her BFF Gayle King, continues to gush over the Captain Marvel actress's outfit.


    "Oh I love this half-in half-out tuck thing, too," Winfrey says. Larson does a spin to show off the full effect, saying, "You gotta do the French tuck!"

    After Larson admits that she learned how to do the European style trick from Tan France on Queer Eye, Winfrey says, "I've never seen it look this good."

    The video was posted to both of Larson's Instagram(Opens in a new tab) and Twitter(Opens in a new tab), because when Oprah Winfrey gives you a compliment, you don't not post it everywhere.

    Her caption reads, "I said 'French tuck' 500 times and my rosacea flared because OPRAH !!!"

    To the cameraman that caught this magical moment: on the behalf of the whole internet, thank you, kind sir.

  • Man reunites with stolen dog after an email to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos


    Man reunites with stolen dog after an email to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos

    Businessman Richard Guttfield came home from work recently to every pet owner's ultimate nightmare. An Amazon delivery driver had stolen Wilma, Guttfield's black miniature schnauzer, after dropping off a bag of dog food at Guttfield's home.

    Per CNBC(opens in a new tab), Guttfield had a difficult time getting Amazon to respond about Wilma's plight -- that is, until he emailed CEO Jeff Bezos, a man whose sizable muscles are matched only by his love for lost miniature schnauzers. Apparently.

    After Guttfield emailed Bezos, Amazon assigned someone to track the offending driver. Eventually, their search was successful, and they were able to return Wilma to Guttfield.

    SEE ALSO: Playful Shiba is a little too excited about new toy

    Amazon told CNBC that Wilma's dognapper will not be given an opportunity to strike again -- at least not during an Amazon delivery.

    "This is inexcusable and does not reflect the high standards we have for our delivery partners," a spokesperson said. "We take these matters seriously and this individual is no longer delivering Amazon packages for the independent delivery service provider."

    We assume Jeff Bezos now has a photo of Wilma framed on his desk.

  • This Twitter contest to crown the best Christmas song ended exactly as it should have

    This Twitter contest to crown the best Christmas song ended exactly as it should have


    'Tis the season for arguing about Christmas songs.

    Some people like them, some people hate them, but pretty much everyone has an opinion about them.

    And if there's one place that's absolutely perfect for thrashing out never-ending arguments, it's Twitter.

    SEE ALSO: The 'World Cup of Christmas Films' has begun on Twitter and you need to get involved

    On Thursday, British TV presenter Richard Osman kicked off the latest in his ongoing series of poll-based Twitter competitions: The "World Cup of Christmas Songs 2017". Basically it's a knockout game in which a bunch of songs are arranged into groups, people vote for their favourite, and then the lowest-voted tracks are gradually whittled down until a winner is crowned.

    Here's how the first round panned out:

    After some definitive victories from "Last Christmas" and "Fairytale of New York", it was on to Round 2.

    Entering the quarter-finals, the tension was mounting.


    By this point, the competition had massively heated up. It was Mariah Carey vs. Wham!, and The Pogues vs. Wizzard. The semi-finals were set to be super tense...

    80,000 votes later, though, and the two finalists had emerged: "Last Christmas" vs. "Fairytale of New York". A battle for the ages.

    And there could only be one winner...

    To be fair it's clearly the best Christmas song, isn't it? Was there ever any doubt?

  • It snowed in LA and everyone is freaking out

    It snowed in LA and everyone is freaking out


    Hold on to your oat milk. It SNOWED in Los Angeles.

    Southern California — known for its year-long sunshine, mild temperatures, desert mountains, and gorgeous beaches — saw snow on Thursday afternoon, and everyone in the Los Angeles area justifiably freaked the fuck out.

    SEE ALSO: Seattle's gone to the dogs, literally, following record snowfall

    An "unusually chilly storm" from Alberta, Canada brought snow over Las Vegas on Thursday morning, according to the Los Angeles Times(Opens in a new tab). By the afternoon, snow dusted more northern parts of L.A. and Ventura County, stopping traffic as Angelenos reveled in it.

    Although snow is common in the mountains surrounding Los Angeles, it rarely snows in the city itself. It hasn't snowed in the L.A. Basin — where a majority of the population lives — since January 1962, according to the Los Angeles Public Library archives(Opens in a new tab). On Thursday it fell in places at 1000 feet above sea level — which means neighborhoods that haven't experienced a decent winter wonderland in decades even got some flecks.

    And people understandably took to social media to express their surprise.

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    Others saw it as a sign of the apocalypse.

    Others found Angelenos' fascination downright adorable.

    The National Weather Service even had to explain what snow was to confused Angelenos.

    Unfortunately, the snow didn't last and L.A. went back to its usual sunny self.

  • Facebook wants to help you get vaxxed

    Facebook wants to help you get vaxxed

    Facebook has unveiled a new plan to help people get vaccinated against COVID-19.


    The company is leveraging Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp to inform users how and where they can get vaccinated, it announced on Monday(Opens in a new tab), and will soon label all posts discussing the vaccination with a link to official COVID-19 information. It appears to be a step towards fighting COVID-19 misinformation, albeit an entire year after the pandemic hit.

    "The data shows the vaccines are safe and they work," Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a statement(Opens in a new tab). "They're our best hope for getting past this virus and getting back to normal life. I'm looking forward to getting mine, and I hope you are too."

    The company is starting by ramping up its Covid Information Center — the tool it introduced at the beginning of the pandemic, which sits at the top of the News Feed and has information on the disease from the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Now, it will also show you when and where you can get vaccinated, and it will give you a link to make an appointment.

    "We've already seen people use Facebook to find vaccination appointments, so this should enable millions more people to do the same," Zuckerberg said in his statement.

    Facebook is partnering with Boston Children’s Hospital and VaccineFinder to help people find nearby places to get the vaccine in the U.S. In other countries, you'll still have access to the Covid Information Center, but won't be able to find vaccine centers in the same way until the shots are more widely available.

    The tech giant will also bring the Covid Information Center to Instagram, and will be releasing new stickers on Instagram Stories that are supposed to "inspire others to get vaccinated when it becomes available to them."

    Facebook says it will work with governments to expand WhatsApp chatbots to help people register for vaccines. These chatbots are already at work in Argentina, Brazil, and Indonesia.

    "More than 3 billion messages related to Covid have already been sent by governments, nonprofits and international organizations to citizens through official WhatsApp chatbots, so this update will help with the vaccination effort as well," Zuckerberg said in his statement.

    As part of this move, the platform says it will be labeling all posts about COVID-19 with a banner that points users to its Covid Information Center, which appears to be a sign that Facebook might be taking the spread of anti-vax misinformation more seriously. This comes a day after The Washington Post(Opens in a new tab) reported that Facebook was conducting an internal study of vaccine hesitancy. The report found that "in the population segment with the most vaccine hesitancy, just 111 users contributed half of all vaccine hesitant content."

    About three weeks ago, the platform decided to clarify its community standards with regards to COVID-19 information in response to a recommendation from the Facebook Oversight Board, an independent entity that rules on content cases across Facebook’s platforms. The move included launching a transparency center to help users better understand the platform’s community standards.

  • Better laundry habits can lessen your textile footprint

    Better laundry habits can lessen your textile footprint

    We’ve all accidentally thrown a sweater into the wash and pulled it out of the dryer shrunken down to a size that’s more suitable for our pup, right? What many of us haven’t done is think about what happens to that shrunken sweater, or our holey jeans and tees, after we throw them away. The fact is, the more often we wash our clothes, and how we wash our clothes, all contribute to the growing problem of textile waste.(Opens in a new tab) 


    The Chilean desert is home to the second largest garment graveyard in the world, the Atacama landfill. Approximately 39,000 tons of textile waste are discarded at Atacama each year and a whopping 21 billion tons end up in landfills across the globe annually. Add in the challenges of the fast-fashion industry, which endlessly pumps out clothes that are meant to be worn 10 times before they’re tossed, and the darker side of our fashion habits becomes clear.

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    This is exactly why Electrolux is innovating new tech so that we can all take better care of our clothes and help keep them out of the landfill. In addition to Electrolux’s advanced Swedish-designed home appliances(Opens in a new tab), the brand is also helping to raise awareness about the importance of upgrading our routine laundry patterns. According to Vanessa Butani, VP of Group Sustainability at Electrolux, the most sustainable clothes are the ones we already own. 

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    “We know from research that extending the life of our clothes by just nine months can reduce the carbon impact, the water impact, and the waste produced by 20 to 30 percent,” Butani said.

    In addition to keeping fashion waste out of landfills, Butani is quick to point out that small changes to our laundry habits, like lowering wash temperatures and switching from powder to liquid detergent, could mean the equivalent of saving 110 pounds of carbon dioxide per appliance per year. Just imagine if these habits were adopted worldwide. Now stop imagining and learn how you can improve your outdated laundry routine the next time you throw in a load.

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    Turn down the heat

    If you love your new hoodie, do it a favor and wash it in cool water instead of hot. It’ll get plenty clean and the cooler water will extend the life of all your clothes and keep them looking spankin’ new(Opens in a new tab). No shrinkage here, baby!

    Take a load off

    Over-washing is a top contributor to our clothes wearing out faster than they should(Opens in a new tab) — and it’s also a big energy and water suck. If your shirt smells funky, try airing it out in the bathroom overnight before washing it. The steam from your shower will help freshen it up.

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    Go with the flow

    Many powder detergents are abrasive(Opens in a new tab) and some contain bleach, which makes your black tees fade way too fast. Use a gentle liquid detergent instead and show your clothes some love. Bonus points for using a phosphate-free liquid detergent that won’t pollute our rivers.

    Upgrade your machines

    If your washer and dryer are old, clunky beasts, chances are they’re not giving your clothes the gentle touch. Electrolux is committed to making clothes last twice as long with half the environmental impact by 2030(Opens in a new tab) and their innovative laundry technologies prove it. Tech like SteamCare that uses 96 percent less water and ColourCare that optimizes cold-water washes can make a big difference in the life span of your duds. 

    Show off your vintage style

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    One way to not contribute to fashion waste is to wear vintage clothes — or upcycled clothes. Electrolux has teamed up with Swedish upcycle designers Rave Review to create a fashion collection with a mission — giving new life to discarded clothes retrieved from the Atacama landfill. The result is the new Break the Pattern collection and it proves just how cool upcycled clothing can be, check it out here(Opens in a new tab).

    Come clean

    Now that you know what a big difference a few simple changes in the laundry room can make, check out the other things Electrolux(Opens in a new tab) is doing to help us all be a little kinder to our clothes and the planet. After all, your favorite hoodie looks so much better on you than it does sitting in a landfill somewhere.

    Visit in a new tab) to learn more about helpful laundry habits.