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I am a retired nurse and currently enjoying being a stay-at-home Mom and Wife.  I am the blessed mother of two and the proud grandmother of two. Cooking for me has always been a Love/Hate relationship.  I used to HATE to cook and anything to do with the kitchen yet I LOVED to eat good food.  A few years ago I got hooked on the Food Network channel.  The only thing that was wrong with that was, that I'd see all this amazing food and I can't cook like that.  My repertoire consisted of stuff like Sloppy Joe's and Hamburger Helper.  Well, one day, I had a crazy moment and decided I'd try one of the easy recipes from that Southern Queen of the kitchen, Paula Deen.  Now, to be honest, my first few forays into the unexplored territory of completely homemade recipes didn't always turn out as planned but most of them tasted pretty good.  As time went on, I got a little braver and started tweaking recipes to make them my own.  Sometimes they turned out beautifully and well, sometimes they didn't.  Sometimes I just had to shake my head and laugh...it was either that or cry (as a nurse, I can attest to the fact that laughter is the best medicine.)  Anyway, my Momma didn't raise a quitter so I keep trying and I even amaze myself sometimes when whatever I've cooked comes out amazing (like my Skillet Apple Pie).  Since my kitchen is not like the Food Network where you can have multiple "do overs" (and yours probably isn't either) I decided to share the fun on this blog.  I hope you enjoy sharing the journey with me, in the beauties that turn out, the blunders that don't and the bloopers that are just funny.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Save Money - Make your own mixes!

Who doesn't like to save money out there?  As for me, I'm all about saving money.  Whether you are frugal because you have to be, or just because you want to be, or if you just want to be able to know what's in your food without all the added chemicals and fillers, then this post is for you!  I recently attended a class that focused on making your own convenience foods which is not only economical but it's kind of fun.  The class was provided through the University of Florida's local IFAS extension office.
Their website is http://washington.ifas.ufl.edu and they provide all kinds of educational classes (i.e. canning classes, food preparation, etc.).  I am posting three of my favorites from the class.  The brownie mix is a must have for our house.  I don't know if any of you have children like mine, but inevitably, I get the notice that she needs a dessert for something at school the next day.  This notice is usually given at night AFTER I have already cleaned up the dishes from supper and sat down to relax.  Needless to say, I DO NOT want to get up and go to the store to get the stuff to make cookies or brownies.  With this mix, I can make plenty to have on hand and it costs about .30 cents per batch compared to $1.25-1.50 per box (depending on where you live).  The ranch dressing is a HUGE moneysaver.  The little packets of dry ranch dressing mix that you buy at the store are around $1.13 per individual packet.  Making them yourself, costs .09 cents per pack.  HELLO, that's a HUGE SAVINGS!  I don't know about you, but I would much rather have that money than give it to the grocery store.  So, I hope you love these as much as I do!!!  

Mrs. Lanham presenting the Make-A-Mix Class

Judy Corbus - IFAS Extension Agent talking with one of the class attendees