Peanut & Tree-Nut Free Candy List!

by at October 23, 2013 in Food, Food Tips




Looking for a Peanut or Tree-Nut Free candy to send to school with your kids this Halloween? Here is a list of several yummy but harmless treats. If you’d like to find a Gluten-Free candy list just head over HERE.


Always check the package even if the product does not contain nuts, it could be made in a peanut factory.


-Altoids Mints, Original & Cinnamon (not Chocolate variety)
-Bottle Caps
-Dubble Bubble gum
-Dum Dum lollipops
-Haribo Gummi Candies
-Hershey (plain) chocolate bars, personal size only (not King size, not Minis)
-Hershey (plain) chocolate Kisses (not King Size, not Holiday/Seasonal Bags)
-Hot Tamales


Tip Tuesday: Where I Buy My Spices!

by at October 8, 2013 in Food, Food Tips




Lets face it, spices are expensive! However, if you have a warehouse membership you will save a ton of money in the long run if you start buying your spices there.


I was at a popular grocery store the other day and couldn’t believe a little jar of garlic powder was almost $5.00! At Costco you can buy these big containers of spices, and most cost less than $3.00 each!


Pictured above are my staple spices that I go through the most: Pepper, Sea Salt, Garlic Powder, Dry Chopped Onions, and Cinnamon. Make sure you’re getting not only a great deal on your groceries each week, but also your spices because the price does add up!


Let me know where you buy your spices Smile

Tip Tuesday: A NEW Way Of Soaking Beans!

by at September 17, 2013 in Food, Food Tips




Do you soak your beans before cooking? I do, I like the texture the bean has when it’s been soaked in water over night. I learned something though that made me think “Duh! Why didn’t I think of that!” If you soak your beans in just water, well you aren’t getting that huge punch of flavor that you could be getting.


Sort and wash your beans first, put them in a bowl with water, then ad a clove of garlic and an onion chopped into wedges (you could also add celery and peppers). Let your beans soak in a flavored water instead of just plain water. It will definitely add more flavor and give you a better tasting bean!


In the morning, after your beans have soaked, pull those veggies out, drain your beans, then add fresh water, veggies, and herbs to your slow cooker. You will have some delicious beans come dinner time!

Homemade Liquid Dishwasher Detergent Recipe – Easy and CHEAP!

by at July 18, 2013 in Do It Yourself, Food, Food Tips, My Tips




It’s 11 o’clock at night and I’m getting ready to go out of town the next day. I have a dishwasher full of dirty dishes. I reach into the box to get out a dishwasher tab, and it’s empty! Yep, this happened to me this week. I got on the internet in search for an easy dishwasher detergent recipe that did not require borax (don’t have any), and I found it!!!


My dishes came out sparkling clean, no film. I’ve used this formula 3 times now and LOVE it! It’s exactly what I was looking for, and it costs pennies to make! Let me know what you think:



1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
1/4 cup liquid dish soap (I used Dawn – it’s concentrated, so I used 1/8 cup)
2 tablespoons pure lemon juice
2 tablespoons salt
1 tablespoon washing soda (I used baking soda – didn’t have washing soda or check out this recipe to make homemade washing soda by baking baking soda!)


Combine all the ingredients in a non-reactive saucepan over medium heat. Mix until everything has dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool. Pour into glass container. Shake before using. Fill dishwasher compartment and pour white vinegar into rinse compartment.

NOTE: If you use baking soda, it will react with the vinegar and create a lot of foam. Use a large pot to heat ingredients. Once you take the mixture off of the stove the foam will go down.


I have to say it’s super easy to make, and it works great! It is a little liquidy compared to what I’m use to, but it really doesn’t matter. I hope you’ll try this recipe. It’s definitely my go to recipe now.



Recipe adapted from LavinasHealthyHome

Add Cinnamon To Coffee Grounds = Health Benefits & Added Flavor!

by at July 11, 2013 in Food, Food Tips, Health, My Tips




If you read the recent Yahoo article titled “12 Foods Nutritionists Eat,” then you might have already tried this. Cinnamon is one of the top 12 foods Nutritionists eat, and with all these health benefits I can see why.


They recommended putting cinnamon in your coffee grounds before brewing. I’ve done this the past few days and LOVE the added flavor to my coffee + the health benefits.


– Cinnamon has an effect on blood sugar that makes it a potential help in the battle against weight, insulin resistance and the metabolic syndrome
– Cinnamon reduces blood sugar and increases insulin levels
– Reduces Bad Cholesterol while keeping the good cholesterol stable
– Boosts the Immune System while removing fatique & increasing longevity
– Treats colds & Influenza
– Helps Brain Function & Memory (this I need!)
– Helps the digestive system- removes flatulence, indigestion, soothes the tummy
– Suppresses the bacteria that causes UTI and fungus associated with yeast infections
– Natural Pain Reliever- I’ve personally used cinnamon for toothaches & cramps and have had instant relief, whereas tylenol or advil take a while to kick in
– Excellent source of manganese, calcium, fiber and iron
– And not to mention that adding cinnamon to coffee enhances the flavor! I was at Starbucks the other day and added a teaspoon of cinnamon to my coffee and it was fabulous!

This is definitely something worth trying, I LOVE it, and the fact that I’m getting some nutrients from it makes me feel even better about drinking my coffee. Instead of adding sugary creamers to your coffee, try adding 1/2 Tbsp. of Demerara Sugar (found in WinCo’s bulk section) and milk. It tastes GREAT!



Information from ezinearticles and yahoo

Tip Tuesday: Slow Cooker Tip For Summer Use!

by at July 9, 2013 in Food, Food Tips




I LOVE my slow cooker, but during the summer it’s probably not the most desirable way to cook since it can heat up your already hot house! Once all your ingredients are in your slow cooker, place it in the laundry room or garage to cook. Close the door and forget about it!
You will notice that you can still enjoy wonderful slow cooked meals without your kitchen getting extremely HOT!

Tip Tuesday: FREE Cookies For Kids at Grocery Stores!

by at July 3, 2012 in Food, Food Tips




When you go to the grocery store do you make a pit stop by the bakery first?!? My daughter LOVES going to the grocery store with me. She loves sitting in the little pink car attached to the shopping cart, and of course she LOVES stopping by the bakery for her cookie!

I know that Vons & Albertsons does this, but if you know of any more grocery stores that give a FREE cookie to children let us know! This is a special treat that I’m so thankful grocery stores offer. It makes my shopping experience much more enjoyable!!! 

Tip Tuesday: Summertime Snack Bar!

by at June 26, 2012 in Food, Food Tips, Kids, My Tips




With kids out of school I’m sure they run through the kitchen looking for snacks. So, make your kids a snack bar that’s filled with fun and nutritional snacks! Also, make one in the refrigerator filled with cheese, veggies, fruit, and more!

The snacks pictured above were all on sale items, and also from the $.99 Store! I hope this tip helps keep your pantry organized and will also help your kids know what snacks they are allowed to eat!

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