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Spice It Up!

If your spice cabinet looks anything like mine, it is a black hole of little jars with little organization. Despite my organizing efforts, my spice cabinet never seems to stay tidy– and of course the chaos eventually got the best of me. Because rather than using what I had already, I was in the habit of purchasing whatever spice I needed for a particular recipe. The outcome, unneeded purchases at the grocery store and more clutter to the spice cabinet.

So, as I realized there was no need to have 4 jars of “ground cumin” on hand, I began to get organized. My tip for today is to spice up your spice cabinet!

What I did: I set aside a few minutes and took inventory of everything actually in the spice cabinet. Write down each spice (making sure to note the amount of each you have on hand). Then, simply type up your list and tape to the inside of the spice cabinet door.

Next time you are making out your shopping list you will simply have to open up the cabinet and check to see if you already have “dried mustard,” preventing any unnecessary strolls down the spice aisle.

Also try purchasing spice racks and shelves to keep everything visible! These are from The Container Store and are under $10.00

What are your spice-organizing-ideas?

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Halloween Spirits

Sure Halloween is about kiddos in cute costumes and loads of sugary sweets….. but adults can have fun too! This Halloween serve a spooky themed wine and let your guests get a kick out of the fun and ghostly labels. If you are going to be a guest this Halloween, a bottle of Halloween-themed wine would make for a fabulous hostess gift to bring along.

Buy online at Vampire Vineyards or at your local Cost Plus World Market (along with a variety of other Halloween wines).

Vampire Merlot

*Instead of your typical wine glass charms, try placing one of those toy spider rings your kids get around each glass stem. So fun!

*Serve simple appetizers and use these “toxic” food picks to label them. Find online at Martha Stewart Crafts.

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Green Cleaning Made SIMPLE!

Household Cleaners

Who knew your Granny was a “green” cleaner all along? If we take a step back in time, I bet we don’t remember our grandparents storing 8 bottles of random household cleaners under their kitchen sinks, now do we? In fact, past generations knew a thing or two about using green and affordable cleaners around the house (and they actually did get the job done).

Make cleaning in an environmentally safe way simple by breaking out the old household supplies. My favorite cleaner, baking soda!

Next time you need to get one of these jobs done, put down the green can and pick up the baking soda:

-Scrub out your sink- just sprinkle, scrub, rejoice!

- Greasy dinner dishes? Sprinkle a bit of baking soda on the bottom of your dishwasher and the greasy grime will be cut in the first wash cycle, before your detergent even starts it’s thing. For cast iron pans that don’t go in the dishwasher, sprinkle with baking soda and give them a quick scrub.

-Smelly sponge?? Sprinkle a tsp of baking soda after a heavy use and simply rinse it out.

-White sneakers not so white anymore? Simply make a paste of baking soda and water and scrub, now that’s simple!

What are your secret uses for Baking Soda? How are you trying to live a bit greener?

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