9 Reasons to use a Gourmet Cooking Oil Sprayer

9 great reasons to use a gourmet cooking oil sprayer instead of a store-bought cooking spray

I’m not the kind of person that has to have every fancy little kitchen gadget that comes on the market. But I do recognize when there’s something that stands to add a bit of value to my life, whether that’s in the way of saving time, money, or making it a little easier to be healthy.

That’s why I got myself a Misto Gourmet Oil Pump Sprayer, and I use it ALL the time!

The Misto is a pump sprayer with a very fine misting spray nozzle. You fill it halfway with the cooking oil of your choice*, screw the top on tightly and then use the pump lid to pressurize the chamber. Pump about 10 times or until you feel resistance, and you’re ready to spritz!

misto gourmet oil sprayer in brushed aluminum

Misto Gourmet Oil Spayer in brushed aluminum

Why use a Misto Gourmet Oil Sprayer?

1.) You can use the oil in your Misto like you would any aerosol cooking spray – to coat casserole dishes, frying pans, or cake pans before baking, sautéing, or grilling to prevent food from sticking.

2.) Spraying your cooking oil means that you can control the amount of oil you are getting to be exactly what you need, whether you’re spraying it in a pan or right on your salad.

3.) This pump spray works without chemical propellants, unlike store-bought cooking sprays, which makes using the Misto sprayer a much healthier choice as well. You know exactly what’s in your cooking oil spray, because you poured it in there yourself!

4.) The Misto is a more environmentally friendly choice – since it doesn’t use any aerosol to propel the oil, you’re not responsible for adding to the destruction of the ozone layer. Also, since it’s refillable, you’re not adding empty spray cans to the landfill every time you need more cooking spray.

5.) It helps you save money because it makes your cooking oil last so much longer. Pouring oil out of the bottle tends to give you way more than you need almost every single time, which means you’ll go through the cooking oil that much faster. Since I started using the Misto sprayer, my cooking oil lasts about ten times longer!!

6.) Using the Misto helps you be healthier too. Using less oil not only means saving pennies, it also means saving calories!

7.) Making your own cooking oil spray means you have more options than you do if you buy a can of cooking oil spray. You can use olive oil, grapeseed oil, avocado oil, walnut oil, truffle oil, etc.

8.) You can use the Misto to spray flavorful oil, lemon juice, lime juice, or vinegar on top of salads, pasta, or vegetables.

9.) Mix oil & vinegar in the Misto to spray a light homemade vinaigrette dressing!**

The Misto is available in a variety of fun colors and patterns:

Misto gourmet oil sprayer in raspberrymisto gourmet oil sprayer with damask patternmisto gourmet oil sprayer in eggplantmisto gourmet oil sprayer in orange

Tips for using the Misto Gourmet Oil Sprayer:

* I don’t recommend using coconut oil in the Misto sprayer, because coconut oil will solidify below 76˚ and it will clog up the sprayer. Similarly, DON’T keep the misto in the fridge with other oils either because you will have the same problem. Just store the Misto at room temperature in the pantry just like you would your other cooking oils or sprays.

Try mixing a flavored oil or more expensive oil (like truffle oil) with a less expensive oil like olive oil to extend it that much more.

**Don’t use any oil mixtures with food particles in them – like pepper or herbs – since they can clog up the Misto nozzle.

Clean your Misto regularly as recommended below to keep it working well and your oil tasting good.

How to clean your Misto Oil Sprayer:

Clean your Misto every 6-8 weeks. Do NOT run it through the dishwasher. Instead, discard any remaining oil and fill the bottle halfway with warm water. Add one drop of liquid diswashing soap. Replace the lid and pump 15 times, then spray for 15 seconds. Remove the lid and dump out the soapy water and rinse the inside of the bottle. Then fill it again with warm water only this time and repeat the 15 pumps and 15 second spray to clean the soap out of the nozzle. Rinse well and it’s ready to fill again!


What about you? Do you have any favorite money-saving kitchen gadgets?

Delicious Vegan Coffee Cake

Vegan coffee cake recipe - with delicious crumbled topping. Even non-vegans will enjoy this one!

A friend of mine used to bake for a small coffee shop, and she shared this coffee cake recipe with me. She said it’s the kind of vegan recipe that even non-vegans will enjoy, which usually means it tastes pretty darn good!

Sometimes it’s not easy to find vegan desserts that will satisfy a non-vegan palate, so I had to give it a try. And it’s a hit at my house, so I’m passing along the recipe. Hopefully you’ll enjoy it too!

3 cups unbleached flour
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp allspice
3/4 tsp nutmeg
3/4 cup organic coconut oil*, melted
1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)

3 tsp baking powder
1 1/4 cups soy milk
1/2 cup raisins (optional)

* Extra virgin coconut oil tends to have more of a coconutty flavor than regular coconut oil, so keep that in mind if you don’t want such a strong coconut flavor. If you don’t like coconut at all, 3/4 cup of margarine will work fine too. If you’d rather stay away from the hydrogenated fats then a great alternative to margarine is Earth Balance Buttery Spread.

Either option can be melted on the stovetop over low heat or in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time until liquid.


Preheat oven to 375˚.

Mix flour, sugar, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, coconut oil (and nuts, if desired) until all flour is incorporated. It should be crumbly, but break up any lumps larger than a dime. Set aside 1 cup of this mixture to be used for the topping.

Vegan coffee cake recipe crumbled topping

Mix the remainder of the crumbly stuff with the baking powder, soy milk, and raisins (if desired) to make the batter.

Grease a 8″ nonstick spring form cake pan, pour in the batter, and sprinkle the topping evenly over it. The mixture won’t take up much of the pan, but it will rise a little during baking.

Vegan coffee cake recipe - with delicious crumbled topping

Bake the coffee cake at 375˚ for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Allow the cake to cool in the pan for 20 to 30 minutes and then remove the spring form part and let it cool further until it is a temperature that is comfortable enough to eat!

Vegan coffee cake recipe - with delicious crumbled topping

Have you tried this recipe? I’d love to hear what you thought! And do you have a favorite vegan dessert that you like to bake?


More vegan recipes: 

Vegetable Lasagna

DIY Christmas Tutorial Round-Up

Christmas Tutorial round up

Growing up with a crafty mom that loved to sew meant every year we could count on something made by her for Christmas. This was a tradition that I have carried over into my children’s life. When they were little we would joke and say that Mrs. Clause had made it.
With that in mind I thought I would share a few of my favorite DIY gift tutorials. Yes, I know Christmas is getting close but lets be honest you’ll probably be working on gifts up until Christmas Eve if you’re like me.

Most of these are quick and use supplies you probably already have and are sure to be cherished throughout the year.

Bath & Beauty Products

Be sure to make enough for yourself.

DIY Lemon Butter Lip & Skin Balm in Altoids Tins

DIY Lemon Butter Lip & Skin Balm in Altoids Tins

Bath Fizzes

Body Scrubs

For The Kids

super hero cape

super hero cape

Double Sided Headband Perfect for girls or all ages

Super Hero Cape 

Stick Horse I made these for my nieces birthday party

Hanging Cradle - What child wouldn’t want to nap n one of these

Just For Him

car wash kit

Honey Do Belt

Paracord Lanyard Project - Great for the boys that are driving

Car wash Kit - I am making one of these for my husbands motorcycle.

The Crafty Friend




DIY 2-Sided Washer Pendants {Video}

Not a DIY but who wouldn’t like a Craftsy Class? 

Fur Baby

dog coat tutorial

Pet Coat Pattern

Puppy Toys

Doggie Snuggle Sack

Healthy Dog Biscuits

Homemade Cat Treats

I know there are a lot of other great tutorials out there that I haven’t included. Please use the link up below to share them with us.


Artisan Bread Making at Home

Homemade artisan bread. Learn to make your own bread with an online course from bread making expert Peter Reinhart!

One of the things I would really like to dedicate more time to is baking fresh bread for my family. I’ve got my eye on this Craftsy class: Artisan Bread Making, which is taught by award winning author Peter Reinhart.

He teaches all the basics – what he calls ‘the baking triangle’ and details the importance of time, temperature, and ingredients and how they must balance for the perfect loaf of bread. This bread making course covers 12 bread making stages, including mixing, the instructor’s ‘stretch and fold’ method, fermenting, shaping, and baking.

The bread baking guru himself teaches 6 unique dough types and how to make the perfect baguette, focaccia, ciabatta, marbled rye, sandwich rolls, as well as a few sweet dessert breads. AND we get all the recipes to download with the course materials. I have made a few basic homemade breads before, but it would be so great to be able to have all these fantastic options!

Homemade artisan bread. Learn to make your own bread with an online course from breadmaking expert Peter Reinhart!

I am putting this Bread Making class on my Christmas list, along with a couple of the instructor’s books that appear to be his most popular ones: Artisan Breads Every Day and The Bread Baker’s Apprentice.

Maybe I’ll get all three and be able to really master the art of making homemade bread! I doubt there’s a single tummy in this household that wouldn’t support me on that :)

Homemade artisan bread loaf, artisan boule. Learn to make your own bread with an online course from breadmaking expert Peter Reinhart!

If you close your eyes right now, I bet you can imagine the wonderful aroma of fresh bread baking in the oven. That mouthwatering scent filling the air – bringing children, husbands, and pets from the farthest corners of the house to linger in the kitchen until they’re allowed to indulge on the warm and crusty deliciousness of the oldest comfort food in the world.

To me, fresh baked bread is home. It’s about taking care of family, and spending time with those you love. It’s wholesome and comforting, nourishing, and delicious.

There’s just nothing quite like fresh baked bread, wouldn’t you agree?


You might also enjoy: 

Basic White Bread Recipe

Macaroni Grill Rosemary Bread

Stuffing the Stockings


My favorite holiday without a doubt is Christmas and one of my favorite things to do is plan out the stockings. My kids always know there will be a piece of fruit, a new toothbrush, and something made by me, everything else is a surprise. One year we exchanged names for stockings and that was a lot of fun but this year I am back in charge of making sure the stockings are unforgettable.

I like to keep the gift small, relatively inexpensive, fun and a mix of useful and impractical things. My youngest is 18 so hot wheels are out of the questions but gas cards are welcome though, I am sure. So, what do you put in a stocking when candy is not on their list?

Here are a few of my favorite things. These are not items I have bought yet, in case my kids are reading, just things I thought would make good gifts. I also created a Pinterest board with items not listed here. Next week I’ll share some tutorials I have found that would make great stocking stuffers!

Hand painted keychain ice cream sundae on silver keyring with beads with word sweet

 Hand painted keychain

Vintage Lace Bauble Pin in Purple and Black or Purple and White

 Vintage Lace Bauble Pin


Pink, Purple, Red, 4 oz of Hand-dyed 21 Micron Merino Roving or Combed Top, 'Lovebird', Spinning Upgrade Available

 Hand-dyed 21 Micron Merino Roving


Silver Octopus Cufflinks Popular Men's Cufflinks Vintage Inspired Silver Cufflinks By Cosmic Firefly Best Men's Accessories & GIfts For Him

Silver Octopus Cuff-links



Fresh Apple and Berries Wax Melts


Bacon Bacon Bacon Badge

Bacon Bacon Bacon Badge


Lip Balm Butter Choose Your Fragrance Vegetarian Gluten Free

Lip Balm Butter Choose Your Fragrance Vegetarian Gluten Free

Snowflake Necklace - 25mm Swarovski Crystal Snowflake (Clear Crystal) with Sterling Silver Chain

 Snowflake Necklace

These 4.25 x 6 inch folded cards feature an image of Fort Worth's "Homeless Christmas Tree" on front and the story of the noted landmark on back. They make great (and very unique) Christmas cards!

 Homeless Christmas Tree Cards

Tardis Doctor Who Inspired Book-Inz Magnetic Bookmark

 Tardis Doctor Who Inspired Book-Inz Magnetic Bookmark


Preppy Dog Collar/ Plaid Dog Collar / Christmas dog gift

Preppy Dog Collar

Do you put out stockings? If so what do you like to fill them with? Be sure to come back next Monday for a DIY Christmas special. It will include links to my favorite tutorials for gifts that will be cherished throughout the year. I will also be holding a link-up where you can share your tutorials and crafty post.

DIY Realistic Holiday Coffee Filter Poinsettias


Last year we didn’t decorate for the holidays, not a single one, not even Christmas. We didn’t even put up our tree. Our schedules were hectic and no one wanted to.  By Christmas Eve I was regretting it but not enough to climb in the attic to pull out the decorations.

This year has been different. My husband has been buying me flowers for the table, we added photos to the hallway and we will be decorating for Christmas.

We have two cats and a pup that love to eat flowers and since poinsettias are poisonous I knew live ones were out of the questions. I don’t remember where I found this link but it looks simple enough and the end result looks better than traditional fake flowers.

I had a hard time finding the template on Made by Marzipan site but I did find it on Sakura of America. They also have a tutorial there but I prefer the video below.

Monday Meal Plan


Monday: Vegetable stew I used my French stew recipe and left out the meat and replaced the beef broth with vegetable stock.

Tuesday: Bean soup and tortillas

Wednesday: Mixed greens salad and baked potatoes

Thursday:  Waffles, biscuits with gravy, and hash browns

Friday: Spinach raviolis and French bread

Saturday: Going out

Sunday Tomato-Basil Soup, salad, and bread

Looking for more recipes? Be sure to visit: Menu-Plan-Monday.

Etsy Fort Worth Sets up Fund for Hood County Tornado Victims

This year’s theme for the annual Etsy craft party is “Crafting for Community!” So our local team, Etsy Fort Worth, has decided to do something for our neighbors to the south in Hood County, who are recuperating from devastating tornado damage, and the lives that were lost.


Those affected in Hood County don’t qualify for monetary help from our government, so we’d like to do our part to help their community rebuild and heal. Join us on June 20th to fold 1,000 origami cranes to raise $1,000 to donate to United Way of Hood County. You can visit Etsy Fort Worth  for more information, including how to donate if you’re unable to come to the craft party. Please pass this along!



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