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Diabetic Friendly Fall Cooking Trick.

Updated: Oct 25, 2021

I turn on the news and keep hearing about prices increasing of consumer products. A lack of employees at ports and trucking companies have been causing fewer items to get to the shelves. The busted pipeline in California is adding to the rising cost of goods. There is even more demand going into the holiday season. Holiday goods have increased in price. It’s starting with Halloween decorations and of course has already been happening with food prices. I decided to go with a money saving recipe hack this week.

This recipe hack is very simple. You may already have all the ingredients in your kitchen. It will save you money since you don't have to go and buy it. It is actually a spice mix with health benefits.

Everyone is always talking about pumpkin flavors during the fall. Pumpkin pie spice starts to sell off the shelves as early as September. I went to the spice shelf myself; and I discovered pumpkin pie spice wasn’t a particular type of spice, but a mix. You can see what I mean…

The price, $4.90 per ounce, was a bit of a shock with just a little more than an ounce in the small container pictured above. Instead of tossing the container in my shopping cart, I decided to make it at home. So while Halloween costume and candy prices are going up, here’s a freebie. The recipe is from The Pioneer Woman. The website is Hopefully this will save you money so you can go out and buy that crazy costume that you’re didn’t get to enjoy last year.


  • 3 tbsp. cinnamon

  • 2 tsp. ground ginger

  • 2 tsp. nutmeg

  • 1 1/2 tsp. ground allspice

  • 1 1/2 tsp. ground cloves


1.) Combine all the ingredients in a bowl.

2.) Whisk together until fully blended.

3.) Use a small funnel to store in a small container.

The cinnamon is extremely healthy. It may be able to lower blood sugar up to 24% when you take 1-6 grams (6 grams = 1.35 tsp) for 40 days. Just take a look at the Super Cinnamon article Sept. 5th, 2020 for more about the benefits of cinnamon.

I recommend 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice in your coffee with a cup of water for a strong flavor.

I’m headed back to the garden. The unusually warm weather in this part of the country has resulted in a longer growing season. So now I get to go harvest okra, cherry tomatoes, basil, lemon balm, rosemary, nasturtiums, marigolds, echinacea and cranberry hibiscus for teas, spices, and veggie side dishes. Unfortunately, none of my late harvest will go in next week's recipe, but this week’s spice mix will. If this recipe finds its way into your home, please let me know. Please comment, like, share, and come back next week for more recipes, ideas, and tips. Subscribe to the website, if you would like weekly email reminders to add more recipes to your recipe book.

Disclaimer: This is not medical advice, but a compilation of research from medical sites. Make sure to see your doctor and have up to date lab work.

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