RawSpiceBar

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I’m all about convenience. I do most of my purchases online these days. I even shop my groceries online and get them to delivered to my door. I absolutely love the fact that I don’t have to spend my time in traffic. So how about getting a fresh kit of spices to you door every month? Yes please! I was contacted by a RawSpiceBar team and they asked if I would like to sample their spice kit. Absolutely!

 

So what is RawSpiceBar? Their mission is to give the best of the best in the spice world delivered to your door and keep your spices fresh by pre-measured portions. The reason that got my interest is that I’m definitely guilty of having spices in my drawers that are in bigger bags than needed and use maybe once or twice a year. Another thing that got my attention is that I don’t necessarily know what spices would go well together. Or that I would discover new flavour combos on my own. I think this a convenient, fun and exciting idea to learn and try new things in the kitchen.

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Our house smelled so good after pulling these goodies fresh from the oven. I had a serious fight with myself so that I don’t eat the whole batch at once. I’m not joking.

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My sample kit that I received had 3 different spice blends – Unpumpkin pie spice, Indo-french vandouvan and Peppercorn chai. And a bunch of unique recipes to go with them. Spices are all measured out precisely to the recipe portions so that you won’t end up with leftovers. This gives your drawers more room and keeps your spices fresh. Also each month they have a regional theme to take you around the world with different flavours and to me that sounds a lot of fun!

This time of the year, and now that we have fresh snow on the ground I decided to try the baked pumpkin donuts. I did have to modify the donuts with a muffin pan since I don’t own a donut pan. But the recipe actually says to use a muffin pan if needed or wanted.

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RawSpiceBar does the whole process from sourcing to toasting, grinding and blending. And after all that it’s delivered to your door. For $7 a month (which is their best deal) you get a 3 freshly ground, recipe-ready flavour kits with unique recipes to go with it. You can go and check out more of their recipes online as well. Also after you sign up you can personalize your recipes suitable for you diet and make your own flavour profile.

If you are a foodie/baker and want to spice things up a little every month I highly recommend this. Or if you have a friend that likes to cook and you are still looking to get that perfect Christmas present for your friend – this is definitely a wonderful gift idea! And you are in luck since I have a $5 coupon for all of my readers for 6 or 12 month gift purchases or for your own subscription. Coupon code is: FLAVOR6 

Thank you RawSpiceBar sponsoring this post. All comments and opinions are my own.

 

Cinnamon Buns

posted in: Baking, Summer | 0

Good morning and happy Monday! How was your weekend? 🙂 First a couple quick notes about those new duvet covers from the last post. Now that I’ve had a chance to test drive them during the weekend, I’m happy to say that they feel so nice and fresh to sleep in and are not too hot but keeps the sleeper nice and cool. Even though it’s summer and the nights are warmer I still don’t want to give up my fluffy duvet to a plain sheet or even a lighter duvet. But other than sleeping and testing the new duvet covers our weekend was pretty simple. Nothing crazy. Running errands as usual, a couple of doctor appointments (including visit to the vet) and after lots of requests from my hubby I finally gave in and made some cinnamon buns. Normally I don’t like to bake in the summer that much because the oven heats up the whole house. Especially when the heat rises to the upstairs and heats our bedrooms to sauna temperatures :D. Oh well. If nothing else, hubby was very happy and it was nice to have a house smelling like cinnamon buns.

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I use raw coconut sugar which makes the bun dough a little darker

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Home Cafe – Definitely my favourite spot in our Kitchen!

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I have a terrible hoarding problem for things like cupcake cups, straws and candles, yes candles and I’ve talked about it before 😀 And I keep getting them for these “occasions” that don’t seem to come and my drawers and kitchen cabinets are full of them. Like these lovebird cupcake cups I got for Valentine’s Day 2 years ago 😀 And the last two previous Valentines we have been in Seattle.  And I still had a little wrestle in my mind if I should I keep saving them. 😀 Well I didn’t! 🙂

Enjoy your week!

Strawberry Cheesecake Pops

posted in: Baking, Summer | 0

My long weekend project was to try to make popsicles from a new cookbook that I got – Rawsome Vegan baking.  And let me tell ya these pops rocked my world! Hands down they are to die for and such a good no guilt dessert or snack for the summer!

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These are creamy, delicious and yet SO HEALTHY!!! They don’t taste “healthy” at all which is the best part 😀  but are just so good and ridiculously easy to make!

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Using a blender – Blend all the ingredients until smooth. Pour into your pop molds and put in the freezer. That’s it, So easy!

Optional part – After the pops are frozen and solid you can dip them in dark chocolate and sprinkle shredded coconut on top (that’s what I did here). Enjoy!

 

Recipe says that it makes 10 pops, it depends the size of your pop molds. Mine are pretty big so I got 6 out of this recipe. 

I feel like I’ve discovered a fire the first time – that’s how good these are 😀 These pops are going to be our favourite summer snack! I can’t wait to make more!

Let me know if you tried these out!

Christmas Cookies

posted in: Baking, Christmas | 7

Yup, this happened on Monday! Monday was such a good and productive day so why not to bake some cookies in the middle of it all 😉 I almost decided not to bake Christmas cookies this year but then, I remembered these CUTE cookie cutters that I got from my Mom last year! So I had to make these no matter what!!!! x) But it meant that I had to get into it right away, since I might not get another chance later this month because of being busy and away from home and all…

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I made the cookie dough late at night on the weekend. Right after when I realized I have those cookie cutters 😀 I let the dough to sit in the fridge until I found time to bake it.

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I’m so glad I got these done without too much of hassle x) The whole house smelled so good afterwards! I wish I could put the smell into a jar and open it time to time 🙂

When do you usually start baking for Christmas?

XOXO

 

 

 

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