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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Fun Halloween Treats!

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Halloween-time is full of sugary sweets and not-so-healthy snacks! I have SUCH a sweet tooth, but, I am trying to limit my daughter’s sugar intake, even on holidays! Moderation is key, but, that rule is typically ignored during Halloween! Did you know that 4% of all candy eaten in the U.S. occurs on Halloween night, making the average trick-or-treater’s bag of candy equivalent to 4,800 calories and 3 cups of sugar!? Yikes. 

Thankfully, there are ways to still indulge with some healthier snacks AND minimal candy without going overboard. No one wants to deal with upset bellies, right!?

Check out these super cute and healthier Halloween treats from Chef Anthony Stewart!

Candy Corn Fruit Cup
Serves 4

Ingredients:
2 cups mango cubes

2 cups clementine segments

2 cups fat-free, plain Greek yogurt

Assemble ingredients in a dessert or drink glass with mango on the bottom, clementines next, and Greek yogurt on top

Top with zest of clementine

Pritikin Candy Corn Fruit Cup

 

Chocolate Jack O’Lantern
*I swapped out the Splenda sweetener for Stevia since I can’t tolerate Splenda- you can use whatever sweetener you choose!*

Ingredients:

1/4 cup water cold

1/2 cup cocoa powder unsweetened

1/4 cup *Stevia granulated

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

12 ounces tofu silken, extra-firm

Instructions:

In a medium saucepan, add water and warm over low heat, bringing to a low simmer.

Add cocoa powder to saucepan, stirring constantly until the mixture becomes a fudge-like consistency.

Remove from heat.

Add Stevia to fudge, mixing well. Add vanilla extract, mixing well.

In a food processor fitted with a metal blade, add tofu and chocolate fudge mixture. Process until mixture is smooth and creamy.

Pritikin Pumpkin Chocolate Mouse

Halloween Kabobs

Simply skewer cantaloupe cubes and blackberries. These are SO easy for the kiddos to pick up and snack on!

(We’re not guaranteeing they’ll forget the sugary treats in their bags, but these colorful kabobs just may do the trick.)

Pritikin Halloween Kabobs

How do you limit your kiddos sugar intake on Halloween? Tell me your best tip! :)

 

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Simple Breakfast Recipes

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Weekends seem to always be chaotic at our house. Even with just one kiddo, we’re constantly running around, and sometimes, meal planning falls to the bottom of our list…or completely off it.

I’d be a total liar if I said I plan out all my meals ahead of time. Even when I do, I don’t even follow it half the time (ok…more like 3/4 of the time) and we end up making breakfast for dinner instead. We LOVE breakfast in our house. It’s delicious, quick, and filling because we always do a protein- so important! 

I also wish I could say I was one of those super creative Pinterest moms…I am a far cry from it, people. Seriously. I’m lucky if I can get my kid’s ham sliced fast enough for her to shovel it into her mouth at warp speed. I wish I could say I make her cute little animal face pancakes each week. But who am I kidding? Ain’t nobody got time for that. 

So, for all of you other non-Pinterest mamas out there, here are our favorite simple breakfast “recipes” for your own chaotic household! :)

What are some of your favorite breakfasts for the weekend? Tell us below or on Facebook!

"Dippy" Eggs & "Soldiers"
Serves 1
When my husband was growing up, whenever he had toast with his sunny side up eggs, his mom would cut the toast into strips and my husband always knew them as "soldiers".
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Ingredients
  1. 2-3 eggs (depending on your preference- we like organic, free-range eggs)
  2. 2 slices of toast (we prefer whole wheat)
  3. Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Spray a little cooking spray into a skillet
  2. Crack eggs into skillet, being sure to keep them intact and separated from each other
  3. While eggs are cooking, place toast in toaster
  4. Once eggs are cooked on one side, carefully flip them over, being sure to not break the yolks
  5. Cook the eggs enough so that you still have runny yolks
  6. Butter your toast and slice into strips
  7. Serve with OJ or milk and enjoy!
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Hearty Hash
Serves 1
Protein packed, hearty breakfast hash perfect for the whole family! This recipe serves 1 so adjust ingredients appropriately.
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Ingredients
  1. 2-3 eggs (depending on your preference)
  2. Handful of spinach (washed and dried)
  3. 1/2 cup cooked, diced sweet potato
  4. 1 large sausage (I LOVE Niman Ranch Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Sausage)
  5. 1 oz. feta cheese
  6. Avocado oil (or olive oil, coconut oil, etc.- any healthy oil)
Instructions
  1. Dice cooked sweet potato
  2. Dice sausage into chunks
  3. Pour a little oil in skillet and warm on medium heat
  4. Sautee spinach until wilted
  5. Add in sausage
  6. Add in sweet potato
  7. Crack eggs into skillet and scramble with other ingredients
  8. Once eggs and other ingredients are blended and cooked well, crumble feta cheese into skillet
  9. Let feta melt a little and take skillet off heat
  10. Serve with OJ or milk and enjoy!
Adapted from Kelley Burke- Fit Wife Navy Life
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Quick Breakfast Burritos
Serves 2
Quick and easy breakfast burrito that you can wrap up and take on the go for those busy weekend mornings!
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Ingredients
  1. 2 large tortillas (your choice- we like regular flour tortillas)
  2. 4 eggs (we prefer organic, free-range)
  3. Shredded Mexican cheese (or cheddar, etc)
  4. Salt and pepper to taste
  5. Any add-ins you want (tomatoes, spinach, diced cooked potatoes, etc.)
Instructions
  1. Spray skillet with a little cooking spray
  2. Crack eggs into skillet and scramble, add salt and pepper to your liking
  3. Scramble add-ins into eggs if desired
  4. While eggs are cooking, warm tortillas in the microwave (about 15 seconds)
  5. Sprinkle cheese on warmed tortillas
  6. Place half of the eggs into each tortilla, wrap it, and enjoy!
  7. To take on the go, just wrap the burritos in foil so they stay warm and eat on the go!
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Homemade Egg "McMuffin"
Serves 1
A quick, delicious, better version of a McD's McMuffin. My husband and I typically eat 2 each.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 sliced English Muffins
  2. 2 eggs (we prefer organic, free-range)
  3. 2 slices of colby jack cheese (or whichever kind you prefer)
  4. Bacon or Turkey bacon, optional
  5. Salt & pepper to taste
  6. Butter
  7. Cooking spray
Instructions
  1. Spray your skillet with a little cooking spray
  2. Prep your muffins by slicing them in half and getting them ready to go in the toaster
  3. Crack your eggs into the skillet (keep them whole- don't scramble, and keep them separated)
  4. In a separate skillet, cook your bacon- if using it
  5. While your eggs are cooking, pop your muffins in the toaster
  6. Fry your eggs in the skillet until the yolks do not run, season with salt and pepper to your liking
  7. Place a slice of cheese over each egg and let melt
  8. Once muffins are toasted, spread some butter on them
  9. Once cheese is melted on eggs, scoop them out of the skillet and place each egg on a muffin
  10. If using bacon, place bacon on top of eggs and cheese
  11. Slap the other side of the muffin on top and you're good to go!
Notes
  1. Serve with some fresh fruit and some OJ or milk!
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End of the Summer Canning & Cooking

We have had a wonderful summer here in Colorado. A little hot throughout, but, we’ve lucked out with decent weather and tons of sunshine! Sunshine is always a good thing, right!?

Since our homestead plans changed drastically (just a little home renovation, no biggie right?), our planned garden was a no-show this year and we’re okay with that.

We’ve got next year to plant and harvest goodies (in a new home hopefully!).

Canning and storing food is not only a great way to use up excess veggies and fruits before they go bad, it’s also a good way to have a good stock of healthy, preservative-free canned goods for quick meals and snacks!

Those canned veggies, fruits, sauces, and other goodies are perfect for quick and easy meal prep! A mom's lifesaver! ;)
Those canned veggies, fruits, sauces, and other goodies are perfect for quick and easy meal prep! A mom’s lifesaver! ;)

Another way to use up excess garden harvests is freezing! It’s great to have veggies and fruits on hand that still taste fresh when you thaw and cook them! Plus, frozen fruits are amazing in smoothies :)

If you’re feeling neighborly, you could even bake some goodies for your neighbors.

Donating to a local food bank or shelter may be an option as well, and, you’d be helping to feed others who may not have much to eat that week. Talk about a good feeling- I love helping others.


For now, I want to share some awesome recipes for those end of the season veggies that you may have an excess of!

*(Keep in mind that most of these recipes are for large amounts for canning- adjust appropriately if needed)*

Canning & Other Recipes

An entire index of delicious & creative recipes from Food in Jars

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

Mild Tomato Salsa

Apple Pie Jam

Cinnamon Blueberry Jam

Grandma’s Dill Pickles

Photos by Taste of Home
Photos by Taste of Home

Most of these recipes are super simple and you can make and store a lot (even gift some if you’re feeling generous!)

This is also a great time to can and store some goodies since the holidays are right around the corner!


What is your favorite recipe (canning or otherwise)?

Tell us below! :)

 

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