Thursday, July 1, 2021

Make it - A Few Ideas

 Good morning.  As promised - today I will give a few easy recipes for odds and ends that we spend a lot of money on that can be made so cheaply at home.  Hope it gives you some ideas and helps save a bit.

2 tsp. chili powder
1 1/2 tsp. paprika
1 tsp, onion powder
3/4 tsp. garlic salt
1/2 tsp. salt
dash of cayenne

3/4 C dry minced onion
4 tsp. onion powder
1/3 C beef flavored bouillon
1/4 tsp. crushed celery seed
14 tsp. sugar
Mix together and store in airtight container.  2 Tablespoons equal one packet of store bought onion soup mix

1 pkg. unsweetened Kool-Aid (any flavor)
1/2 C sugar or sweetener
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 C orange juice
2 quarts water
Mix and chill.  You can sub lemon or lime juice as well.
                          You can make your own zero Gatorade - using sweetener.  

1 C cocoa powder
2 C sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1 C water
1Tsp. vanilla
Combine cocoa and sugar and blend well.  Add water and salt and mix well.  Heat over medium heat, bringing it to a boil.  Remove from heat once it boils.  When cool - stir in vanilla.  Refrigerate.

                                    Make your own and stay out of the coffee shop!!!

1/2 C peroxide
1/2 C baking soda
1 C hot water
Can use to spot clean or add to regular wash as well.

1 C powdered milk
1/3 C water
2/3 C sugar
3 Tbsp. soft butter
Pulse all in a blender until sugar is dissolved.  
Never run out again!!!!!!

  • Sour cream - Mix 1 C plain yogurt with 3 Tbsp. of melted butter
  • Cream cheese - 1 c cottage cheese with 1/4 C butter.  Blend until smooth.  Ready to spread!
  • Catsup - 1 C tomato sauce, 1/4 C brown sugar, 2 Tbsp.  cider vinegar
  • Nuts in baking - substitute granola or rolled oats
  • Catsup in meatloaf - use spaghetti or pizza sauce
  • Honey - use equal measures of sugar and water mixed together
  • Low on eggs for baking - sub 3 tsp. cooking oil for 1 egg

1 C grated Fels Naptha - can use Ivory
1/2 C washing soda
1/2 C Borax
Mix and keep in closed container.  Use 1 Tbsp. per load (2 Tbsp. if heavily soiled)

2/3 C catsup
1/4 C oil
1/4 C vinegar
1/2  tsp. salt
1 tsp. wet mustard
1 tsp. onion powder
Mix and refrigerate.  

2 C dry milk
2 1/2 C flour
1/4 C chicken bouillon
2 Tbsp. dried onion
1/2 tsp, thyme (optional)
1 tsp. basil (optional)
Mix together and keep in airtight container.  Similar to cream of chicken.
For casserole consistency - 1/2 C - 1 1/4 C cups of water to 1/2 C mix
For soup - double the water
Equivalent to 10 cans of soup!!!!!!!!!

There you be!  Just a few ideas - some edible and some not.
Hope this may save you some money or maybe just make a product that you know the ingredients of!  So many chemicals in things today - it is just nice to know what we eat.

Never run out - you can make your own!!!!~!~!~!~!~!


  1. Just a tip...if anyone is making spice blends, such as taco seasoning, look for bulk sources of spices. They literally cost pennies on the dollar. You can buy as much or AS LITTLE as you wish. (Bulk does not necessarily mean large quantities). In the western US, you will find bulk spices at Winco and Fred Meyer (Kroger) stores. I have also seen spices at Smith's (also Kroger) but I don't know if all Smith's stores sell them. Fred Meyer and Smith's are in the natural foods section and all Wincos have large bulk foods departments. Do not be put off by the posted prices, which are shown in pounds. You will only be buying a tiny fraction of an ounce, and you'll be spending pennies.

    Another place to look is in the ethnic foods aisle in many supermarkets. Mexican and Asian spices are usually packaged in cellophane envelopes and found hanging above the canned goods. You will be surprised how many spices (things you use every day) are categorized as ethnic.

    At Winco, you will find spice jars for sale underneath the spices themselves. When my mother-in-law died, I poured out all of her stale spices, washed the jars and now refill them in bulk.

    1. My Kroger's don't sell bulk stuff - I wish they did. Ethnic stores are most often where I get a good deal on spices. So much cheaper.
      I used to have a health food store close by that sold spices in bulk - you are right - small amounts don't cost a lot.

      Thanks for the tips!!!

  2. Wow some of these I had not tried, Thankyou!

  3. I especially like the cream of anything soup. So many bad ingredients in most canned products. We have purchased bulk spices at a Indian grocery that used to be on 38th Street. There is one just down the road from us now. Spices make all the difference in cooking.

    1. The cream of soup - is great! You can make any kind you want - chicken, broccoli, asparagus, cheese, anything.
      I go to a a Hispanic store here on the south side (actually a couple good ones).
      I agree - seasoning can change everything.

  4. I have made my own condensed milk for years now and will never buy another can.

    I also make my own condensed tomato soup. Hmmm, so good with home grown tomatoes.

    I need to try the onion soup one. I was worried that there would be too much salt but your recipe doesn't have any.

    God bless.

    1. Good for you. Homemade is so good. The onion soup mix is good and super handy to have on hand. So many ways to use it.

  5. Some lovely ideas, thanks for sharing.

    1. Well thank you. Hope you find something to use.

  6. Thank you for these!!!! Will be watching for some of these spices in bulk when I go to some of the larger farm / produce markets over the summer.

  7. I have a lot of reading here to catch up on! Have a safe, Happy 4th of July weekend, you and the kitties =^.^=

    1. Oh, I hope you do. Please feel free to go back to the beginning - we have been having fun for a long time.
      You have a great weekend as well and stay safe.

      I love my country, but despise this fireworks weekend. It scares so many animals and people. I wish we could silently celebrate!

  8. Thank you for the these recipes, Cheryl. I need the Gatorade one. Bailey gets hot when we are yard sailing and needs to get her electrolytes back up, so thank you.

    1. You are welcome. I make it a lot in the summer - yard work gets me every time!

  9. I need to try that French dressing. My boss made some dressing that had catchup and onion and oil...I tried it just to be polite but was hooked. I did not ask her for the recipe then. Just always meant to but by the time I remembered she could not remember what I was talking about. I just absolutely loved it.