Our Family’s Favorite Spice Blend – Chat Masala

Like making your own spice blends? This Chat Masala Indian Seasoning Blend is our favorite spice mix - hands down. It goes great on almost anything from meats to beans and rice to veggies, salads and pastas. And the recipe was a mistake that turned out GREAT!

I just love making homemade seasoning blends like my Taco Seasoning, Best Basic Chili Powder, Cinnamon Sugar, Dorito Seasoning, Herbes de Provence, and Vegetable Broth Mix. But this one, Chat Masala is hands down our family's favorite. In fact, I haven't made it for a long long time, since we had a bunch of spices given to use that I wanted to use up, and my husband has been begging for it for ...Read The Full Post

Sugar Substitute (Homemade Truvia®)

Did you know that Truvia has undisclosed "Natural Flavors" as one of their ingredients? Skip the chemical flavorings and save money by making your own "Truvia®" Recipe for a Sugar Substitute Like "Truvia®" Great for diabetics and those on low carb or candida diets.

I've been using low carb sweeteners for awhile now--ever since I found out that I had candida. I was a complete sugar addict, but really had to break the habit and start using sweeteners like stevia and other low carb sugar substitutes. But sugar substitutes like Truvia® and others can have additives included, and they can be pricey. Today I am going to share with you a way to make Homemade ...Read The Full Post

Easiest Dairy-Free Condensed Milk

Easy Vegan Condensed Milk - Make it in a flash for all your vegan dessert needs!

Due my son's life-threatening food allergies and our need to save money on whole foods, I am always looking ways to recreate some pantry basics. I've perfected recipes for Homemade Chocolate Chips, Homemade White Chocolate Chips, Easiest Coconut Milk, Easiest Almond Milk, Powdered Egg Replacer, and 5 Ingredient Salad Dressing.  Today, I'm thrilled to share with you another similar processed food ...Read The Full Post

Homemade Celery Salt (and how to use it ~ including a yummy surprise)

Have you seen celery salt but wondered how to use it? Here's How to Make Celery Salt - and How to use it. Celery Salt tastes great on so many things, and I'm sharing some of the best options, but I've also included an extra special way to use it - our family favorite!

I love making my own homemade seasoning blends like taco seasoning, curry powder, vegetable broth, chili powder, cinnamon sugar, chat masala, and even DORITO® seasoning.  But why would one want to make celery salt, you ask?  And how do you use it? Well, before you just move on from this post thinking, "What's so great about celery salt?" Don't. I'm sure you'll find something you'll like. ...Read The Full Post

Natural Dishwasher Rinse Aid ~ Important Update

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In an effort to reduce toxins in our home, I try to make as many natural home care products as possible, like my no-streak window cleaner, shower cleaner, fruit fly trap, weed killer, foaming soap, and my not-so-homemade laundry soap. I posted a super simple Homemade Dishwasher Rinse Aid previously, but it's been about a year (I can't believe it's been that long) since and I have a very ...Read The Full Post

No-Streak Homemade Window Cleaner

This Glass Cleaner is amazing! Super easy to make--and leaves no streaks behind! Much more natural than the store bought brands and TONS cheaper!

Our environment is filled with toxins and one of the biggest offenders in the toxin department is household cleaners.  So I've been working for awhile to get and keep as many toxins as possible out of our home. I use homemade foaming soap, a natural dishwasher rinse aid, homemade "soft scrub" and even soap nuts instead of laundry detergent. Today I am going to share with you one of my most ...Read The Full Post

Homemade Chocolate Chips or Carob Chips ~ {Improved} (dairy, soy, and sugar-free)

Looking for Dairy Free Chocolate Chips? This Homemade Chocolate Chips Recipe is sooo good we almost never get to bake with them because we end up eating them all! They're also soy and sugar free so they're great for almost any special diet and you can adjust the recipe to make Homemade Carob Chips too. LOADS cheaper than the store bought allergy-free chocolate chips too.

One of the first recipes that I posted, and also one of my most popular, is my recipe for Homemade Chocolate Chips. We make these fairly frequently in my home, but honestly, they almost never make it into cookies. Once they're made my kids regularly ask for carob chips....and since they are made with wholesome ingredients, I typically say "yes." The reasons that I initially set out to ...Read The Full Post

Easiest Homemade Liquid Stevia Extract

Liquid Stevia Drops convenient, but sooo expensive. See how easy it is to make them yourself! Enjoy this zero-calorie, natural sweetener in your beverages and baking and save money!

I've been using stevia for a long time now--ever since I knew that I had candida. I personally think that stevia is one of the most safe "alternative" sweeteners and I think you can grow to like it even if you didn't when you first tried it. I know it can be hard to know how to use it, but here's a guide to help you use stevia. One of my favorite stevia products is liquid stevia drops. They ...Read The Full Post

Nourishing Homemade Sugar Scrub

This Nourishing Sugar Scrub is great for making your skin silky smooth. It's super simple, and frugal, and you can add your own fragrant essential oils as you like. Makes a great easy-to-make gift!

In order to keep as many toxins out of our home and off of our bodies, I try to make as many homemade personal care items as possible.   My repertoire includes Homemade Eye Makeup Remover, Alcohol-free Hairspray, Nourishing Lip Scrub, Nourishing Hair Rinse, Hand and Body Cream, and Tooth Powder. Today I've got a great new DIY beauty care recipe to share with you--a Homemade Sugar Scrub. If ...Read The Full Post

Gourmet Chocolate Caramel Apple Recipe (sugar and dairy-free)

Caramel Apples - Dairy and Sugar Free! Now you can recreate those yummy gooey-sweet-covered fall delicacies in your own home!!!

{I love finding ways to make healthy treats for my family to enjoy, like my Homemade White Chocolate Chips, "Almond Joy®" Bars, Homemade Protein Bars, and Chocolate Truffles, and now these Gourmet Caramel Apples from Danielle Rouse.  My kids don't feel so left out and I am glad to know that they are eating nourishing foods.   My youngest was begging me to make these Caramel Apples for him when he ...Read The Full Post