Your Must have Spices for Fall Baking

Now is the time of year to clean out your spice cabinet to get ready for Fall baking season. The photo is my messy Summer baking cabinet which I am organizing and getting ready for Fall.

Set aside all of the rubs and grilling spices for the key spices you will need for all of those amazing Apple and Pumpkin recipes.

The 7 Spices Necessary for your Fall Baking Apothecary

  1. All Spice
  2. Cardamon
  3. Cinnamon
  4. Cloves
  5. Ginger
  6. Nutmeg
  7. Pumpkin Pie Spice

As extras, include vanilla bean and anise.

You should be ready to bake your butt off with these basic spices. The key is to buy the best you can afford and check the freshness of what you currently have on hand to ensure baking success!

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Blow Them Away with Chipotle Mango Chicken

Chipotle Mango Chicken Stands Out Above the Rest

If you love sweet heat, go with Cole & Mason Chipotle Mango seasoning for a burst of flavor that is out this world. It is restaurant quality in your own kitchen!

Sprinkle on the seasoning and rub down chicken breasts the night before; cover and remove 30 minutes prior to grilling. Top with fresh Mango-Pineapple Salsa for an out of this world, low-fat meal.

This salsa takes only 15 minutes to prep; if you buy chopped ingredients, only 5 minutes and you’re done!


1 1/2 cup fresh or frozen chopped mango*

1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen pineapple*

1/4 cup diced red onion

1/2 cup sweet red pepper

3 or 4 sprigs of fresh cilantro chopped

1/2 squeezed lemon

1/2 squeezed lime


Toss mango, pineapple, onion and pepper. Add a dash of salt, juice from half lemon and half lime and toss more. Sprinkle with fresh cilantro and lightly toss. Set aside until chicken is done.

*strain juices after chopping and before tossing if there is to much liquid


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Have Unforgettable Hot Buns

It’s that time of year again; we are grilling, having parties and whether we want to of not, we are going to be faced with Hotdogs!

Everyone makes a big deal about what toppings to use: Cheese, Onion, mustard…the list is endless! But, if you don’t have delicious, hot buns it won’t matter what you put on it; your dog will suck!

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The tried and true, home run of a bun is the Pretzel Roll. You can get them in the bakery at your grocery store or even at Walmart! They are called Pretzel Sticks at Walmart and are ideal because they are thinner than the one’s at the bakery. If you really want to have the best buns on the block, therefore, the best dog make sure you doctor them up a bit.

Doctor Up Your Buns!

Steps for the Best Buns

  1. Slice length wise in half and butter the inside and out.
  2. Sprinkle with a few caraway seeds, Trader Joe’s Everything but the Bagel or flake salt (shown as header photo).
  3. Wrap in foil and warm for about 20 minutes at 325

There you have it! Only 3 simple steps to having the best buns on the block!

Are You Eating Clean?

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The term “clean” eating is everywhere. But, what does it really mean? Certainly it’s more than washing your fruits and vegetables. I DON’T DO DIETS; for me they are counterproductive. But, eating clean doesn’t really sound like a diet so I’m embarking on the journey which involves reducing unhealthy processed foods and focusing on twenty clean foods. Clean foods being avacados, fruits, veggies, eggs and whole wheat pastas.

Unlike other diets, you don’t have to cut out breads and sugars all together. That is enough for me to jump on the band wagon. So with that in mind, I’m ready for a lifestyle change. That is what the Clean 20 is for: Changing Life and Body.

There really should be no shortage of recipes or boredom of food thanks to Instagram. It is so easy to lose your self for at least an hour just looking at stuff – other peoples stuff.

If you are already eating clean please let us know about your victories and challenges.

Below are links to The Clean 20 should you be interested in making a “life change”. I am all for it if it works.

The Clean 20                    Clean 20 Recipes            Summary: The Clean 20