Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice

homemade pumpkin pie spic2

  As promised, my homemade pumpkin pie spice. You'll notice that it's very similar to the apple pie spice...just adds ginger and a bit more cinnamon. And just like I said the other day, "why buy a jar of spice that you only need 1-2 teaspoons of when you can mix up your own with what you’ve got already?!" Over time, you accumulate all the spices you … [Read more...]

Homemade Apple Pie Spice


  As we head into pie season, you might take a peek in your spice rack and see if you have the spices needed to make homemade apple pie spice recipe. (I'll be sharing my homemade pumpkin pie spice recipe next week as part of "PUMPKIN WEEK"...the "theme week" for October!) There is no need to spend $2-$3 on a apple pie spice jar from the spice aisle, when you … [Read more...]

Speeding Up Grilling Time – Outdoor Kitchen Shortcut


Now that the grilling season is upon us, it's time to get outdoors and get our grill on.  Usually, I think of summertime cooking as relaxed and leisurely. I rarely look at the time and having dinner on the table for the hungry little people at 5:45 on the dot isn't such an issue. (Because they are swinging, in the sandbox, or kicking a ball around the yard, and have completely … [Read more...]

Cleaning Your Stained Cutting Boards – Kitchen Shortcut

cutting boards2

Several weeks ago, I mentioned stained cutting boards.  And a number of you threw out some ways to clean them.  After doing some research and experimenting in the kitchen, I figured out what works best for my strawberry stained wood cutting boards! Step 1- Sprinkle a little kosher salt on the cutting board and then gently squeeze some lemon juice over the salt.  Use the flat … [Read more...]