It's been about 7 years since I first purchased a Vitamix. I did some odd jobs to save up a hefty chunk of cash to invest in this super-powered machine because of it's great reputation. On the day-to-day, I mainly use it for blitzing up smoothies and pureeing sauces and soups. I've also used it to grind whole wheat berries for flower. But I had never used it to grind spices (or even thought of it, or needed to) until recently.
I went on a muffin-making frenzy one day and after I was elbow-deep in dishes from the first round of muffins and started the second (two different varieties), I realized we had NO ground cinnamon in the house. NONE. How does this happen!?! How did I not realize?? I checked my backup spice shelf, but nope. Everything but cinnamon. How can you make cinnamon apple streusel muffins with no cinnamon? *sigh* To go out of the house at this point just felt painful. *double sigh* After all, there was probably muffin batter in my hair! You never know.. ;p
But just then I realized I had some cinnamon sticks and I've had a Vitamix for almost a decade! DUH MOMENT! I just tossed a couple of those sticks into the dry container and in a matter of moments they were blitzed to powder. When I opened the lid it was the most gloriously intense cinnamon smell I have ever inhaled! The muffins were amazing and, while it was never in question, this justreaffirmed my love of my Vitamix. <33
Do you grind spices fresh or buy them already ground? I usually buy them pre-ground, but this has inspired me to do some spice-grinding of my own in the future!
I love love love love LOVE silicone baking cups. I hated always buying cupcake liners and then throwing them away. Unless you're baking for someone else where sometimes its more convenient to have a disposable liner, I think silicone baking cups are fabulous.
I love this set from BellaRona which comes in 6 colors - 2 of each color. It also comes with an adorable little silicone decorator pen which was a great bonus!
You'll notice on the bottom they have the dishwasher symbol. Hooray! Although, I will probably still hand wash them because my dishwasher is crazy.
These are BPA Free also.
Save money on buying cupcake liners.
Make a great gift for a baker, cupcake lover, or yourself! ;-)
I have used silicone baking cups not just for cupcakes and muffins, but also for rice and veggie bites, mac n cheese cups, meatloaf and mashed potatoes "cupcakes", breakfast cupcakes. Basically I love everything in the shape of a cupcake so I can't get enough of these things.
These ones I received for free to review!
You can find them on amazon here: : http://amzn.com/B010ZHPRWI
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