Homemade Chipotle Seasoning

I love fresh salsa, especially when it’s made with ingredients that came straight from the garden.

Almost weekly, you can find me whipping up homemade salsa in my kitchen, or in other people's kitchens at Tupperware parties (paired with margaritas of course)... 

I don't mean to toot my own horn, but the salsa I make is DELICIOUS.

The secret ingredient to this most delicious fresh tasting salsa is... Tupperware magic. 

Ok, so there are 2 secret ingredients... Tupperware magic, and my homemade chipotle spice! 

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It is so easy to whip up, I suggest storing in the dry counterscaping container for optimal freshness!  

Homemade chipotle seasoning

adapted from Tupperware’s chipotle seasoning recipe  

4 tsp paprika

16 tsp cumin

4 tsp garlic powder

4 tsp chili powder

4 tsp dried cilantro

8 tsp onion powder  

8 tsp salt (Or less, you decide)  

Mix all together and use in fresh salsa, as a rub, or in place of taco seasoning!

Enjoy!  

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7 money saving tips for your kitchen

If you’re like me, you’re always looking for ways to cut your budget and save a buck or two. Feeding your family can really be expensive if you’re not mindful.

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The following are 7 ways I’ve saved some money in my kitchen.

1. Buy 3-4 sets of cloth napkins. I haven’t bought napkins for 7 years, and we don’t miss them. You may be saying—“but wait!! It’s more laundry, count me out!!” My thoughts, I’m already doing mounds of laundry anyway, a few more small napkins are not going to break me. I also stopped buying paper towels. If I don’t buy them, we can’t use them, and we have to figure out other ways to clean up our messes. I was going to figure out how much money I have saved in 7 years not buying napkins and paper towels.. but then I found this blog post and it sums it up pretty well.

2. Reusable water bottles. It makes me so sad to see people still buying cases of plastic water bottles, when it’s so easy to buy a reusable water bottle and refill it. I particularly like eco bottles, but any will do. 

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3. Make your own chicken stock. This seems silly, but lots of recipes call for chicken stock. I’m not even sure how much it is in the store, because I don’t buy it, but you too can cross it off your grocery list and make your own. When I make a whole chicken (buy local!) I throw the bones in the crock pot, fill with water, sometimes add onions or herbs, sometimes not, and cook on low for 12-24 hours. Then I strain, refrigerate for 12 hours and skim off the fat from the top. Then I portion and freeze.

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4. Use all of your food. Stop overbuying, and when you are cooking, make sure you use the whole vegetable.  For example, chop up broccoli stems and use in salads, soups, spaghetti sauces, meatloaf or meat balls.

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5. Grow your own. Connection with the earth and cheap food. Of course gardening is an investment to begin with—you have to buy the seeds and starters, but once they take off and start producing, you will save so much money on groceries. Doesn’t get much better than fresh home picked vegetables and fruits! 

6. Can your own. Canning is awesome, and again there’s an upfront investment for the jars and supplies, but once you’re set up, you’re good to go. While canning is time intensive, I really have some great memories with friends putting up food, and my home canned food tastes so much better than anything I can buy in the store!

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7. Store food properly so it lasts longer. Cue the Tupperware. There are so many food storage solutions that Tupperware offers. My favorite, Fridgesmarts, prolong the life of your fruits and veggies. An air venting system creates the perfect air flow for the fruit or veggie that you’re storing. I also store all of my pantry items in modular mates with air tight, liquid tight seals. My dried goods never go bad.

These are just a few ideas on saving some money in your kitchen... how do you cut back when you need to? 

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Whole 30: second 10 days

Well, here we are, 20 days into the Whole 30 and I'm still going strong!

HOORAY!

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In fact, I feel amazing. I'm eating whole, delicious meals, I don't feel bloated, and I have more energy. I survived a road trip and a weekend away and was only tempted once by some homemade chocolate chip brownies. I wasn't really even sad that I couldn't have any wine or drinks.

A few things that I've taken notice to that are helping me along with this food reset:

1. Planning ahead and mapping out a menu. I usually do this anyways.. but I've been more diligent about it on the whole 30. I don't stick to it exactly, but it at least gives me a guideline. 

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2. Meal prep the next meal while I’m making the current meal. While I'm making breakfast for us, I'm usually, chopping, browning meat, or getting the crock pot going for our lunch or supper. Having some of the prep done ahead for each meal saves so much time, and doesn't make it feel so overwhelming. 

3. I mentioned that I survived a road trip and a weekend away.  Fortunately, I haven't had too many social things planned during the 30 days that I chose, so I haven't had too many temptations. I do think sticking to the plan while traveling for a length of time could get tricky, but I made sure to plan ahead and have things with me that I could eat.  

4.  Having lots of options in the fridge also helps. I pretty much buy the grocery store out of fruits and vegetables each week. I do think I am spending a bit more on groceries (trying to track so I can maybe do a blog post about it) but I am not spending money on eating out or convenience foods, so I'm thinking it will even itself out. I buy most of my meat from my friend Laura, so I have some in my freezer, but my grocery bills have been between $100-$150/week depending on whether I buy nuts and meat. 

5. I am feeling a little less inspired in the kitchen, but am still finding delicious things to eat. I'm a terrible recipe follower, and most times, I just find some veggies to throw in a pan and add some meat, sometimes put an egg on top, and that's my meal. I am also finding that I'm eating the same thing for several meals in a row. I don't mind this, and it actually makes the preparation and clean up more manageable. 

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I'm excited for myself and everyone else who is doing this alongside me. It's a great eye opener and I've learned a lot of things so far. It has been SO helpful that Dave is doing it with me and has been supportive. 

Cheers to the last 10 days! I got this! 

 

Decide you want it.

Decide you want it.

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Convince yourself of it.

Believe it.

Live it.

I decided to be a director, make money from my Tupperware business and drive a car. I have told myself it was going to happen, made a timeline to follow and have been laser focused on getting there. Throughout that process, I learned (and am learning) so much about myself. I am really focusing on being myself, and not apologizing for that. I know I'm not going to please everybody, and not everybody is going to pick up what I'm putting down. And that's ok. The people that do appreciate my genuineness and rawness will connect with me and these are the people I want to be surrounded by, because these are the people that will lift me up and support me no matter what. Find your people. 

What if we all stopped second-guessing what we do and just did what felt right? Is there something you've wanted for yourself, but you haven't yet convinced yourself that it's possible, or that you deserve it? You can do it, decide you want it, and go for it. I believe in you.