In all of our efforts to spend less and save more we find ourselves making a whole lotta stuff from scratch and not just food! Over the course of four or five years I learned how to make almost all of my spice and seasoning blends, soup mixes, salad dressings, herbal remedies, tea blends, cleaning formulas, insect repellents, carpet deodorizers, beauty products… oh the list can go on and on and on. If you would have told me 15 years ago that I’d be doing this now, I would have laughed soooo hard!
I was a spendthrift to some extent. I always used coupons and stuff but never, never did I make my own anything nor did I know better that there were chemicals in my household products. Seriously I did still do all of the cooking and we did have a garden that John tended to mostly, but I was spoiled – I shopped at the mall, worked at a salon, bought expensive make up. I don’t miss it one bit!!! Give me the dirt to put in some plants, let me go forage through the woods for some berries or mushrooms and let me get started on a new batch of salves! 🙂
So today Day 13 of our Frugal Living Challenge, I would like for you to make something new for you or your family or your homestead and please share with us what you have done. Also what ONE thing would you put in the blank to complete the title “Make _____ instead of Buying” ? Here are a couple of my favorite homemade things –
Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix
1 cup of buttermilk 1 cup of mayonnaise
1/4 teaspoons each of garlic powder, onion powder, paprika,salt, black pepper,
1/8 tsp. cayenne
1 tsp. parsley
1 tsp. nettle leaf or more parsley
Mix together in pint jar. Keeps for 2 weeks in the refrigerator
Taco Seasoning(from Dee)
1/4 cup flour(gluten free folks, I am sure you can leave this out or add a grain free flour)
2 Tbl. chili powder
1/4 cup onion powder
2 tsp. garlic powder
4 tsp. salt
4 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. cayenne
2 tsp. sugar
2 tsp. cumin
2 tsp. oregano
Mix in jar and 3 Tablespoons = 1 packet of store bought mix
2 ounce sprayer
bottle witch hazel,
water and favorite essential oil
Fill bottle a little more than half with witch hazel and the rest with water leaving headroom for essential oils and sprayer top.
Add 25-30 drops of essential oil, shake well before each use. My favorites are lavender or grapefruit – orange. Make a couple of these, leave one in the bathroom and one in the living room to freshen up the rooms as needed.
My Pizza Dough, General Tso’s Chicken and more recipes here
Lip Butter – Honey Coco Coco
Here is a GIANT resource of homemade everything – Budget 101 and I do mean GIGANTIC – there are hundreds of recipes in each catagory. This link takes you to 400+ convenience mixes alone. Have fun 🙂 Hope you enjoy these!!!
Now it is your turn!
So today for your daily goal, I would like for you to make something new for you or your family or your homestead and please share with us what you have done. Also what ONE thing if you could only choose one thing, would you put in the blank to complete the title “Make _____ instead of Buying” ?
Comment here please AND head on over to the facebook group to comment.