Cleaning out the Cupboards! Tea mixology – sweet tooth satisfaction

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I have been known to buy too much tea.  I love tea, but get bored easily and want to try something new.  I have an entire drawer dedicated to my tea, plus spillover into the pantry – plus the tea I have in my office at work!

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I try to thin it out occasionally by gifting it to friends who might want to try a new tea and don’t mind getting half full boxes and bags (most of my friends are willing to make the sacrifice for me).  But still I could use a little restraint.

This leads to another question.  Do you hoard food?  Do you have more canned goods than the local food shelf?

Every so often I try to cook down our pantry.  I try to make meals using as many items as I can with only supplementing fresh fruit and veg from the store.  Really truly what is it there for if you are not going to use it?

I know we all get excited when there is a great sale on something but stop and think for a second, do we use this item?  How long will it take us to go through these items?  These are cheap but are they nutritious?  Do I want extra “name your favorite junk food here” in my house just because it is a good deal?

Sometimes sales don’t actually save you money, especially on junk foods.  What happens in our house is that we get a really good deal on some treat and we buy more of them (because it is such a good deal, right?!).  So now we have more of that tempting treat and sooooooo……we eat it all.  So how is that saving money.  If it was not on sale we may have bought just one or none, putting ourselves ahead of the game healthwise and moneywise!  Instead we bought more and ate more.

I will admit that we do buy dry goods in bulk, but there his very little chance of A. it spoiling in our cupboard or B. us over indulging on beans and quinoa!

Another place we tend to buy too much is in the spice aisle!  Really how much marjoram are you going to use this year?  I love buying my spices from the bulk spice section at my local grocery store (I know not everyone has this luxury).  I bring a little jar or bags and fill up only the amount I need for a short time.  This way my spices and herbs stay fresher and I don’t pay for all kinds of spices that just lose their flavor sitting in my cupboard.  How many of you still have spices that you bought the very first time you bought spices?

Lately I have been really into mixing up my own tea/herbal infusions/spicy drinks.  I love using what I have in my cupboard.  I can make it to taste and use up some of those old spices too!

Sweet and Spicy Lovely Herbal Infusion – made for your sweet tooth!  By the way most kiddos love this too!

cinnamon – 1 tsp

cardamom – 1 tsp

clove – 1/8 tsp

basil – 1/2 tsp

ginger – 1 tsp

fennel – 1 tsp

optional if you have access to it – licorice root – 1 tsp

mix this all up in a little jar – add 1 tsp of the mix to 1 cup of hot water or simmer in almond milk.

Let it sit for about 5 minutes – strain and drink, add a little honey for sweetness and to soothe a cough or sore throat.

*note all of the amounts are completely variable to your tastes!*

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