Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Recipes for This & That

Today I want to pass on a few recipes for some odd ball things.  I like making as much as possible myself, but it also nice to know HOW to make things just in case!
You never know when you might run out of something, and can't get out.  You never know when funds might be short.  You never know when everything might go amuck!

Here is a small variety of simple things you can do at home.

1 pack unsweetened Kool-Aid
1/2 C sugar or sweetener
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 C orange juice
2 quarts water
Mix and chill.  You can try whatever flavor of Kool-aid you like and you can use lemon or lime juice in place of OJ.  I really like this and it truly does help.  Easy to make and I always have the ingredients on hand.

This dressing is what I use on my bean salad, broccoli salad, cauliflower/pea salad, and regular side salad.  It is so good and can be used as a salad dressing or as a marinade for any kind of veggies thrown together.  Great sweet/tart taste!

1 C sugar
1 C vinegar
1/2 C veg. oil (or what you have)
1/2 tsp. salt
Combine and shake well if stored in a bottle.  If pouring over a fresh bowl of salad to marinate - let it set for a couple hours in frig. before serving.

We love this stuff.  It is hard to find around our area.  The last time I found it I bought many at the Christmas Tree Shoppes.  Then I learned how to make it!  It is so good on a salad (I often use just that on salad) or on veggies of any sort.

3 Tbsp. onion flakes
2 Tbsp. garlic flakes
1 tsp. oregano
1 Tbsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. basil
1 Tbsp. onion powder
1 tsp. marjoram
Mix together and store.  I often double and triple the recipe, as we use it a lot.

(kind of like suet cakes)
3/4 C flour
1/2 C water
1 envelope of unflavored gelatin
3 Tbsp. corn syrup  (light or dark)
4 C bird seed (or combo of bird seed, sunflower seeds, nuts, dried fruit, oats, - whatever you have)

Mix this all together and press into a pan - let it dry overnight.  Cut to fit your feeder.
You can also keep suet packs and form into those for perfect size.
I also make this and form little balls  (about walnut size) - dry and leave on railing for the squirrels (the love them)
Both birds and squirrels love this - great variety for them.  Nature needs extra calories during these cold days, just like we do.
There are 4 envelopes per box - so you can make more than one recipe with this.

**Also gelatin is good for humans as well.  Add to smoothies and fruit drinks.  My brother does this ever day and it has helped his arthritic joints in his hands and feet.
I keep this on hand at all times.  So many uses.

See - all easy peasy!  Most of us have at least 90%+ of these ingredients in our pantries. 
It is always nice to have alternatives to things we use a lot.



  1. Thanks I was going to ask for your suet ball recipe. We have the funniest squirrels in our yard.

    1. Your welcome.
      I so enjoy watching those crazy little buggers!

  2. Love reading about making your own groceries. So much better when you can control what goes in it.

  3. I must mix up the recipe for the Krazy salt! Nancy

  4. I can't wait to try your bird recipe. They could use it right now.

    1. It is so easy - I have done 2X this week. It's a hit! Poor babies.

  5. Thanks! I'm writing all of those down.