kitchen tip: buy spices in bulk

kitchen tip: buy spices in bulk

This week I am sharing another kitchen tip with you that is super simple but I wish I had discovered it sooner.  My hope is that I am keeping you from throwing your hard earned dollars down the drain like I did for soooo long.  My tip for you is to buy your spices in bulk.  That's it?  Yep, I told you it was super simple.  I am still amazed each time I buy my spices in bulk at how much I get for so much less.  Sometimes if I am in a pinch I will buy spices in the jar and I always end up kicking myself for it.  If you are buying your spices already packaged then you are paying extra for that packaging my friend.  So that glass jar or tin you end up throwing out is money that is wasted.  

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autumn harvest muffins {paleo}

autumn harvest muffins {paleo}

Ahh man, these are good!  Most importantly though they are healthy!  When I started to dabble in switching over from baking with all purpose flour and whole wheat flour to flours made from natures finest, like almond and coconut flours, I quickly learned that coconut flour was where it was at.  While almond flour is a fantastic alternative I have found that I have to watch my almond consumption because it really does mess with my digestive system and how I feel.  Coconut flour has not given me any issues though.  I also love that it is more cost effective and a little goes a long way.  It is very easy on the wallet, which I know can be a major concern when making the switch over to a more whole food/paleo diet.  

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kitchen tip: the easiest way to cook bacon

kitchen tip: the easiest way to cook bacon

Over the last decade I have started to really come into my own in the kitchen and now feel pretty confident in my skills, but it has been a journey getting there.  Although I definitely spent quite a bit of time in the kitchen growing up {I really loved baking!} I still had so much to learn.  I also needed to find what worked best for me and what made life easier and more efficient for myself.  While my mom is amazing in the kitchen there are certain things she does differently purely because of where they live {in the country, on a ranch, 50 miles from town}, so I have had to find what works best for my "city" life.

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chocolate chunk almond butter

chocolate chunk almond butter

I'm a little embarrassed to say that when I made this the other day it lasted an entire two days and I am the only one who ate it.  It is super addicting.  I tried to make myself feel better by justifying that almonds are good for you and dark chocolate has health benefits too, but I still felt pretty guilty eating this much almond butter over a span of 48 hours.  Oh well.  So you should make this eat in 2 days or less then tell me about it so I feel better.  Please, pretty please!  Apples with almond butter is one of my all time favorite snacks and chocolate {especially dark!} is a weakness of mine, so combine almond butter with chocolate and I am weak in the knees. 

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