When I have a couple two, three, seven, eight drinks I enjoy a snack. Often times it's pistachios. One night last winter I had an exceptionally big pile of shells in front of the keyboard after spending a good amount of time with gin and hearth.com. I decided to toss them into the woodstove on my way to bed instead of trashing them. I couldn't believe how they took off. I figured I'd save some and try fire starters someday. Today was the day, had the boy measure them out in each muffin tin (don't tell mama) and poured just enough paraffin in to make them hold together. Gave the tin a shot of cooking spray before the pistachios went in also. Additionally, I tried breaking them shells down a bit in the food pro, but that was a complete failure (again, don't tell mama). Had I been inspired I'm sure a mallet would have taken them down some, but not sure if having them shells in smaller pieces would do any good or not. Below are the pics of what we came up with. I'm not about to enter a competition against Thomas at SuperCedars with them, but it was fun for something to do with the boy for a bit. Anyone else playing around with making their own?