Anyway, I did make my grandma's candied walnuts. I saved enough to give away, although this picture is all I have left. :) I'm posting her original recipe, with my comments in italics.
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
5 Tbsp water
2-3 cups walnuts They taste better if you use local nuts and shell them yourself. :)
Cook sugar, cinnamon and water slowly until dissolved then boil until syrup threads. (I use a candy thermometer and cook until 236-240 degrees.) Remove from fire. (I just take them off the stove.) Add vanilla and nuts and stir until nuts begin to sugar. (They still taste fine if you goof and put the vanilla in at the beginning.) Pour on buttered sheet to cool. (Separate quickly with a fork or they will all stick together.)