simple 6 ingredient butter toffee recipe


This is absolutely the best, buttery, crunchy toffee ever. I dare say it is even better than that famous toffee that comes in the pink tin. It is a really simple recipe with few ingredients. The one key is to have a candy thermometer.

So let me tell you about this toffee. 
I have been making this toffee for years. It is a staple at Christmas. I even have a special dish that I always serve it in.

The first few times I made it, it took forever. I was so afraid to heat it up above a low medium because I thought it would not set. It would literally take me an hour to cook it. I started bringing a chair in my kitchen to do it.

Then last year I finally got brave, turned up the heat to a medium, and cooked it in about 15-20 minutes. It still turned out great. And then, actually the last time I cooked it in about 10 minutes and it still turned out great. Although you don't want the heat too high, don't be afraid to turn it up a bit if it seems that it is taking forever to get up to that hard crack stage.

Simple Homemade Butter Toffee

Ingredients

1/2 cup almonds - slivered, sliced or crushed
1 cup unsalted butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup chocolate chips (dark, milk, white - all flavors work well)


Directions

Grease a baking sheet with butter or cooking spray.
Spread a thin layer of almonds on the pan.
In a medium saucepan, combine the butter and brown sugar over medium heat.
Continue stirring THE ENTIRE TIME until the candy thermometer reaches hard crack. It is important to continue stirring so that it does not burn.
Once the mixture reaches the hard crack stage, quickly and carefully pour it over the almond pieces on the baking sheet. You can make it as thick or thin as you like, but I usually make it about a 1/4 inch thick.
Immediately after you are done pouring, spread the chocolate chips over the hot toffee and let them set for about a minute. After a minute they will have gotten shiny and should be very easy to spread. Take a spatula and spread the melted chocolate over the toffee in a thin layer.
You can also sprinkle more almonds over the top.
Let it cool completely and then crack it into pieces.
gingerbread granola recipe



This homemade gingerbread granola is a really simple recipe that takes about 20 minutes and has all the yummy gingerbread flavor of the season.

Homemade granola is one of the easiest things to make. And it is so much healthier than sotre-bought granola. You can control the ingredients used and the amounts. I always like granola with a bit less sugar, so I tend to put less in my recipes.

Although this one happens to be gingerbread flavor, you can use whatever flavors you like.

Gingerbread Granola


Ingredients

~3 cups rolled oats - I like this brand
1/4 cup chopped almonds*
~4 Tbsp coconut oil
1 Tbsp honey
1 Tbsp molasses
2 drops ginger vitality*
1 drop cinnamon vitality*
1 Tbsp flax seed meal (optional)


Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Spread oats on a cookie sheet and bake for approximately 20 minutes. You will want to periodically stir them so that they do not burn. If you want to speed up this toasting time, you can broil them, but you have to watch them very carefully because they will burn easily. (and if perhaps you do burn it, diffuse some purification. I promise it gets rid of that burn smell :) )

When you have about 1 minute left you can throw the almonds in and toast them as well. They will cook very fast also so watch carefully.

As your oats are cooking, combine the coconut oil, honey, and molasses in a small saucepan over low heat. You just want these ingredients to melt and meld together. Remove from heat and add essential oils.
Once the oats and almonds are done, take them out of the oven and add the flax seed meal.
Then pour the sauce over the oats and mix it all well.

Granola goes great with plain yogurt. Here is how you can easily make it at home.

*I only trust Young Living Oils for digestion. Read more about the quality of Young Living here
Simple homemade taco seasoning



Homemade taco seasoning is so easy and very customizable. I have been making my own for years. I also love that I know exactly what ingredients go in it. If you double the recipe and make a big jar it will last you a while as well.

I originally got this recipe from another blog, but that blog no longer exists. I have modified it over the years. Here is my version. 

Homemade Taco Seasoning

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1/4 cup minced onions
1/4 cup sea salt
1/4 cup arrowroot powder
3 Tb ground cumin seed
2 Tb granulated garlic (not garlic salt, just the garlic)
1 Tb chipotle chili powder
1 Tb smoked paprika (this is one of my most favorite spices ever!)
1 Tb dried oregano
1 Tb cocoa powder
1 tsp ground black pepper

Mix all ingredients in a glass jar. When making taco meat add one heaping tablespoon of taco seasoning mix with 3/4 cup of water. Add to cooked meat and simmer until most of the water has steamed off. 

You can also make this into a fantastic dressing. 



This December Smoothie Challenge was actually posted 2 years ago! I have been doing monthly challenges ever since. For this December I decided to redo this challenge. I will posting smoothies on my instagram account and in my wellness group
Why wait til the new year to start making healthy habits. Now is a great time to start the smoothie challenge. It is a quick, simple way to get more fruits and veggies in your day and will help you on those busy mornings when you don't have a lot of time for breakfast. | realfoodsimple.com
The realfoodsimple December Smoothie Challenge: 20 days of a healthy breakfast. 


This smoothie challenge literally entered my brain today! I don't know why I didn't think of it before. Maybe because healthy challenges usually start in January. But think about how great you will feel if you started this month. Then the new year rolls around and you are already doing something healthy for your body.

I am going to be sharing my smoothies on Instagram.



I have to admit I have not always been a huge smoothie fan. In the past I never liked "drinking my food". But lately I haven't minded. In fact, I feel like I have more energy throughout the entire day. For the past 5 days, I have been on a streak. I have had a smoothie every morning, including Thanksgiving. So I thought why not continue it through December and see if anyone wants to join me.

I am being very practical with this challenge. Doing it every single day may be difficult this time of the year: especially this month. So instead of a 31 day challenge I am doing a 20 day challenge. That gives 11 "free" days.

Here is the challenge:

It's simple.

Have a smoothie for 20 days out of the month of December.

That is it! I will be doing them for breakfast, but you can do it anytime of the day. They don't have to be green, but I would try to make them healthy. Add some veggies in, add some greens in, use coconut water.

Now the hard part...SHARE! I would love, love, love for you to share it on Instagram or Facebook. Use the hashtag #realfoodsimplesmoothiechallenge now I just put #20in30challenge. 

So who's in?

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