Cajun Spice Blend

Save money on spice blends by making your own. This Cajun-inspired mix features onion, garlic, thyme, oregano, and cayenne. The night we got engaged, my husband and I dined at a great Cajun restaurant in Santa Barbara. It was a pretty expensive place, so we only went there for special occasions. While I’d never been to […]

7 Pantry Staples You Can Make Yourself

Run out of a regular ingredient? Try one of these pantry staples you can make yourself.   Now that we’re well into the Pantry Challenge, you may find yourself running out of ingredients that you normally keep on hand. It’s fine to run to the store, but what if you really want to stick to […]

Give Spice Mixes as Gifts

Food gifts don’t need to be complicated, expensive, or commercial. They don’t even have to be baked! Package a variety of homemade spice blends for an easy and economical gift. I’ve always been of the DIY mind when it came to gifts. Not only does it give you the opportunity of adding a special touch, […]

Homemade Herbes de Provence Recipe

Save money and season your dishes well with this homemade Herbes de Provence recipe. While we were in France last month, I did a fair amount of meal prep. Certainly not as much as I do at home, but I did cook and prepare meals during our vacation in order to save money and also […]

Homemade Greek Spice Blend

Save money on fancy spice blends by making your own. Try this Greek-inspired blend for easy meals packed with flavor. Admittedly, I’ve never been to Greece, but it’s on my list! I love the flavors associated with the Mediterranean islands. Once we tackle the whole France experience, we hope to plan an Ancient World trip for […]

Homemade Chipotle Taco Seasoning Mix

Avoid expensive, packaged seasoning mixes. Make your own for less! One of my favorite ways to save money but still eat incredibly tasty food is to make my own spice mixes. I buy spices in bulk from Costco and then make all kinds of blends myself at home. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at the different […]

5 Seasoning Mixes You Can Make Yourself

This is Day 24 of the DIY Convenience Series. I hope that you’re learning to cook lots of things yourself! It’s been years since I bought a packaged seasoning mix. Years. I can’t even remember why I would do such a thing. It’s easier and cheaper to make myself. You see, since we cook a […]

Homemade Onion Soup Mix

Make your own homemade dry onion soup mix to keep on hand to flavor dips and main dish recipes. Sour Cream and Onion Dip is one of my weaknesses. And even though not all my people love sour cream as a topping, they go wild for the dip. I’ve developed a couple different recipes for […]