homemade spices collection - 15 recipes | suzyhomemaker.net

An easy way to incorporate healthier ingredients in your everyday cooking is to use homemade spices. I have put together a collection of 15 recipes from fellow bloggers on a variety of different spice mixes. Hopefully, you will find one or more that you would want to try.


real food tip 16 - homemade spices |suzyhomemaker.net

The nice thing about making homemade spice mix is that it will last a really long time. You could probably make a bunch every six months and then not have to worry about it again. Even though you might think spice mixes are just spices, sometimes they will add MSG (which is something a lot of people are sensitive too) or there might be more salt than to your liking.

If you want to take it a step further, I would suggest using organic spices for the ones that you use a lot. I like Simply Organic brand.

Need some ideas for homemade spices? Stay tuned. I will have a post with spice mix recipes. 

The theme this week has been all about trying to save money while eating less processed foods. Although investing in real, nutritious food is also investing is your health, it can still get costly. Here are 5 ways to help save money so you can incorporate more real food into your diet.

On Monday I posted a tip on couponing and real food - real food tip 15 | real food coupons. It is hard to find coupons for food that is less processed.

I actually wrote a post last year on how we save money on real food. There on things I tend to splurge on and things I tend to save on.

If you missed it check out real food cents - what we splurge/save on.

I also wrote a humorous post (at least I think it is funny) on why it is so hard to eat real food on a budget. Watch this slideshare and see if you agree.

Last year I attempted to coupon. I had a whole file dedicated to coupons I clipped. I kept track of the dates on the circular and would use one of those websites that tells you when something is a great deal. Then they tell you which date the coupon came out and from which circular. It was hugely time consuming, not fun, and did not really save me much money. The problem is that real food that doesn't come in a package does not have coupons, and smaller companies that are making less processed foods don't offer as many.
So don't get discouraged if you are trying to coupon but not finding a lot of success. A better way to save money on food is to buy local - direct from a farmer when possible - and buy in season to save money.

Newsletter meets email = eletter.

I am jumping on the newsletter bandwagon. I am starting an eletter for suzyhomemaker.

How does this differ from my blog posts? 
The eletter will include previews of upcoming posts, failed recipes that I may or may not share on my blog, upcoming giveaways, and other real food snippets I find. I am planning on only doing 1-2 a month. So you will not be bombarded with emails.

If you already receive suzyhomemaker posts in your inbox, you don't have to do anything. For those who are not subscribed and who do not want to miss anything (and you really DON'T want to miss anything!) subscribe now.


I hope you enjoy it. Any and all feedback is appreciated.

real food tip 14 - frozen fruits & veggies | suzyhomemaker.net

I use my freezer a lot. In the post real food abcs - f for freezer I highlight all the ways I use the freezer to help me save money while eating real food.

Do you know all the "other names for sugar" on an ingredients list? 

Reading ingredients lists can be tricky. Although buying foods with no list, or a very very short list is best, that is not always going to happen. So I put together a slideshare to help you find those hidden sugars listed in an ingredients list.

For more real food tips, follow my Real Food Tips board on Pinterest.


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