Hot Chocolate Mix

I found this recipe online.  It originally called for a pinch of cayenne pepper, but we left that out.  This will make enough mix to fill a quart jar most of the way up.  I like this recipe as it does not have the non-dairy creamer in it.  {print recipe}

1/2 cup cocoa

1 1/2 cup powdered sugar

1 1/4 cup powdered milk

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 Tablespoon cornstarch

Mix all the ingredients together.  I used a sifter to make sure I got out all the chunks.  Store in a quart jar or container.  To use, put 1/4 cup mix in a mug.  Add 3/4 – 1 cup of water.  Stir and enjoy.



Homemade Steak Rub

I got this recipe from Tasty Kitchen.  I did make a few changes.  {print recipe}

Steak Rub

4 Tablespoons Kosher salt

1 teaspoon black pepper

1 Tablespoon onion powder

1 Tablespoon paprika

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 Tablespoon dried rosemary, lightly crushed

1/2 Tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes

1/2 Tablespoon dried sage

Mix everything together.  Lightly sprinkle on both sides of the steaks and let set while you get your grill ready.  Grill steaks until they reach how you like them.


Vinegar and Oil Dressing

I got this recipe from The Family Homestead.  The first time I made it, Harold said that it lacked some flavor.  The next time I doubled the spices and he said it was better.  The recipe below is how I do it. {print recipe}

6 Tablespoons olive oil

3 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1/2 – 3/4 teaspoon Italian Seasoning (I used pizza seasoning last night as I didn’t have Italian seasoning)

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon pepper

1 teaspoon sugar

Combine all ingredients in a jar.  Shake and refrigerate before using.  Shake well before using.


Ranch Dressing

I got this recipe for Ranch dressing from The Family Homestead.  We have made a few changes to the recipe. {print recipe}

Ranch Dressing

1 cup mayonnaise

1/2 cup sour cream

1/2 cup milk or buttermilk

1 Tablespoon lemon juice

1 teaspoon onion powder

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

2 teaspoons parsley

1/2 teaspoon season salt

dash of pepper

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.  Put in your salad dressing container and let it sit in the fridge to thicken and the flavors to blend.  We try to make this at least 30 minutes before we eat.


Cream Soup Mix

I got this recipe from Taste of Home years ago.  I like having this on hand for use in casseroles.

2 cups dry milk powder

3/4 cup cornstarch

1/4 cup chicken bouillon granules

1 teaspoon onion powder

1/2 teaspoon thyme

1/2 teaspoon basil

Combine the above ingredients and mix well.  Store in an air tight container.

1 can of condensed soup = 1/3 cup mix with 1 cup water (the original recipe called for more water but I thought it was to thin so I use 1 cup).  Mix the water and mix together and heat up over medium heat, stirring constantly.


Fajita Seasoning Mix

I got this recipe from my mom.  She got it from the Internet. {print recipe}

Fajita seasoning

3 Tablespoons cornstarch

2 Tablespoons chili powder

1 Tablespoon salt

1 Tablespoon paprika

1 Tablespoon sugar

2 1/2 teaspoons chicken bouillon

1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

1/2 teaspoon cumin

Combine all of the ingredients in a small bowl.  Pour into a small glass or plastic container, seal tightly and store in a cool, dry place.  Makes the equivalent of 3 packages of store bought fajita seasoning mixes.

3 Tablespoons = 1 package.