8 Spice Blends & Seasonings You Can Make At Home

A couple weeks ago, we tried a new recipe from Erin Chase’s $5 Dollar Dinners. Cajun Chicken Fettuccine….YUM. This was one of the very first times we used a recipe that called for a homemade spice blend. Uh… what? We never thought about making our own spice blends! Totally crazy because it was amazingly easy and delicious. 

Since then, I’ve been searching around for more spice blends. It’s amazing what you can make yourself, and, you can avoid weird ingredients and chemicals that you can’t pronounce. You know, those ones that we definitely shouldn’t be putting in our food. 

Check out these 8 Spice Blends and Seasonings you can make at home!

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Crockpot Butter Ranch Chicken

You only need 3 ingredients for this recipe. Yes, you read that right…THREE ingredients. It’s a mom’s dinner dream come true, ya’ll!
Crockpot Butter Ranch Chicken
Serves 4
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
8 hr
Total Time
8 hr 5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
8 hr
Total Time
8 hr 5 min
Ingredients
  1. 4-6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (thawed if previously frozen)
  2. 1 packet of ranch mix (equivalent to about 2 tbsp)
  3. 1 stick of butter, cut into slices
Instructions
  1. Place chicken in bottom of the slow cooker.
  2. Sprinkle ranch seasoning on top.
  3. Place butter slices on next and cover with lid.
  4. Cook on low 8 hours.
Adapted from Stockpiling Moms
Adapted from Stockpiling Moms
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Crunchy Mama D’s Oatmeal

Now that we have two kiddos under 3 and I’m back to work part-time (back full-time in January), I have been trying really hard to make my mornings easy and as stress-free as possible, while maximizing sleep! One way I have been doing that is making a week’s worth of oatmeal and dividing it up for the work week on Sunday. Having a delicious and pretty healthy breakfast is a must-have for busy mamas (whether you’re working or not!). The great thing about oatmeal is that you can mix in pretty much anything, and, it’s TASTY! I keep mine pretty simple with just some raisins, maple syrup, coconut oil, cinnamon, and vanilla extract. Check out my recipe and add-in ideas below for a filling and simple breakfast all week!

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Making Food Fun for Your Littles

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Kids are weird. Let’s face it. We all know it’s true. Parents know it the best- whether your kid is 2 or 22, they always have some weird quirks. I know that with a toddler, those quirks seem to stand out much more and they usually involve food. My kid will eat 85% of something on her plate, then, make a face and declare “I don’t like this!” Ummm….you just ate almost all of it. I’m pretty sure you liked it that whole time. It’s bizarre.

I’ve found that sometimes you need to mix up the routine as well so they have some fun while eating. The best part- it’s super easy to do! My favorite trick is cookie cutters.

Check out the ideas below thanks to Family Fun!

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Easy Recipes for the School & Work Week!

It’s hard to get creative sometimes! Even worse is falling into a slump when it comes to your daily breakfasts and lunches. That just leads to bad food choices or eating out! Check out the easy recipes below for a little twist in your everyday food routine!

Easy Frittatas
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Ingredients
  1. 6 eggs
  2. ¼ cup milk
  3. ¼ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  4. ¼ cup chopped veggies
  5. Salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. Mix together all ingredients
  3. Pour into muffin cups, filling about ¾ full
  4. Bake 18 to 20 minutes
Notes
  1. Photo courtesy of RachelCooks.com
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Pumpkin Spice Muffins
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups flour
  2. 1 heaping tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  3. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  4. 1 teaspoon baking power
  5. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  6. 1 can pumpkin puree
  7. 1/2 cup honey
  8. 5.3 oz container plain Greek yogurt
  9. 2 large eggs
  10. 6 tablespoons melted coconut oil
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Grease baking molds with coconut oil.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix together pumpkin puree, honey, Greek yogurt, eggs, and melted coconut oil.
  5. Pour wet ingredients into the flour mixture; stir to combine.
  6. Transfer batter to molds.
  7. Bake 15 to 20 minutes, depending on the size; check using a toothpick.
Notes
  1. Photo courtesy of Cooking Light
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No Bake Granola Bites
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Ingredients
  1. 1/4 cup coconut oil
  2. 1/4 cup raw honey
  3. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  4. 1.5 cups rolled oats
  5. 1 cup chopped nuts
  6. 1/4 cup ground flaxseed (grind fresh to avoid spoilage)
Instructions
  1. Melt coconut oil, honey, and salt in a saucepan over medium heat.
  2. When it bubbles and foams, turn heat to low.
  3. Add rolled oats, chopped nuts, ground flaxseed, and cook on low for 2 minutes, stirring to coat. Pour granola into the mold; press in firmly.
  4. Cool at room temperature for an hour; remove and add toppings if desired.
  5. Store in an airtight container.
Notes
  1. Tips for Toppings: Dip in melted dark chocolate or yogurt chips; sprinkle with coconut flakes and freeze-dried fruit pieces
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