Combine nuts, oats and vanilla extract in a bowl and set aside.
Combine brown sugar, butter, and milk in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Boil
for 1 minute (start timing once the boil starts).
Pour over nuts, oats and vanilla extract.
Drop by teaspoonsful onto wax paper. Cool.
For chocolate drops use 2 cups granulated sugar and 1/2 cup cocoa. You
can also add peanut butter and/or chocolate chips, carob chips, coconut, etc. to
the oatmeal/nut mixture before pouring the hot sugar mixture over.