Stef’s Cincinnati Chili Seasoning Mix

Stef’s Cincinnati Chili Seasoning Mix

Photo - 's Cincinnati Chili Seasoning Blend
… was first tried this fall after one of our besties and her partner invited us to enjoy a  bowl of homemade Cincinnati Chili.  My girlfriend loves a well-known seasoning blend, named after a restaurant chain, that is a bit hard to find hereabouts.  It’s also rather pricey to purchase online.

Being a woman who likes to mix her own, I decided to look it up.  And came across what seems to be the “first” version of Cincinnati Chili!  Along with a bit of it’s history.  (Check it out yourself.)

Oh the excitement!

So I made a batch, tweaked it to fit and voila!  A very satisfying portion of happiness. Continue reading “Stef’s Cincinnati Chili Seasoning Mix”

Stef’s Chili Powder Blend

Photo - Homemade Chili Powder - NHFIf you’ve read any of my recipes, you know I like to control what goes into our food. Spice mixes are high up on my list of Make-It-Yourself’s

Years (decades) ago, it occurred to me that I’d doctored store-bought chili powder so many times, I finally started mixing it from scratch.

Give it a try.  There’s nothing to it. And, you’ll always have your favorite flavor mix right in the cupboard!  Obviously, you might want to make your own adjustments 🙂

That’s okay!  That’s the point!
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How to Clean Granite Countertops

Before I start talking about how to safely clean granite,  I want to ask …

How was your Thanksgiving??  Any stories to share about your day? 🙂
Photo - How to Clean Granite Countertops Spray Bottle NHF Ours was wonderful!  We had thought only a few of our kids would be able to join us.  But as we sat down to eat, the group grew and grew until almost everyone had joined us!
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Homemade Vanilla Extract

Homemade Vanilla Extract NHFHave you ever used homemade vanilla extract?  If so, you’ll know why I had to figure out how to make my own.  Turns out, it is sooo easy, you’ll wonder why you’ve never made it before.

The first thing was to go online and order Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Beans (much better quality and way lower expense than buying at the grocery store!)  Then I went to work, if you can call it that.  This is just too quick, easy and straight forward for a lot of preamble.

So, let’s get started!

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Rose Petal and Olive Oil Eye Makeup Remover

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part of the I’ve Got a Secret series

To keep my skin healthy and looking younger, I started using non-toxic goodies like face cleanser, shower wash and body lotion.  But they can be expensive and you still might not know what’s really in them.

About a year ago, I began the gradual journey toward making my own skin care products. At first, it was rather intimidating.  There was a LOT of research to be done and then experimentation.  I also dragged my feet a bit.  I was scared.  What if they didn’t work?  How long would it take my skin to recover if it’s awful and I had to go back to the tried and true products?  Would my skin recover?

When it comes to health and aging, I will not go down without a fight!
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Rose Petal and Olive Oil Eye Makeup Remover”