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Homemade Italian Salad Dressing Mix

Homemade Italian Salad Dressing Mix


My mother in law came up with a great italian salad dressing mix that we are loving!  Our herb garden didn’t do to well last summer, but I am hoping to grow most of these herbs this summer and dehydrate them to use in this, and lots of other things, all year long!  Until then, Winco has a great selection of dried herbs!

Italian Salad Dressing Mix

  • 1 TBSP garlic powder
  • 1 TBSP onion powder
  • 1 TBSP sugar
  • 2 TBSP dried oregano
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 TBSP dried parsely
  • 1/4 tsp dried celery flakes
  • 1 1/2 TBSP salt



  • 2 TBSP dressing mix
  • 1/4 c. vinegar (white wine or red wine)
  • 2 TBSP water
  • 2/3 c. oil  (I used olive)


It is fresh and full of flavor…perfect for the lettuce that will soon appear in our garden!  Yay for summer coming soon, and lots of garden fresh salad, and dressing!!

Here’s a great deal on seeds to start your herb garden this year!!



Bubbles…kids love them!

My kids got some bubble blowing toys for Easter…and they were very eager to play with them yesterday afternoon!  SO…instead of running to Target, I made my own!

Here are two different recipies…I used the first, because I had those ingredients on hand, and it worked great.  However, I think that the other recipie might make for bigger bubbles!

  1. 1/2 cup of dishwashing liquid (Dawn or Joy) 2 cups of water 2 teaspoons of sugar
  2. 2/3 cup Joy dishwashing soap 1 gallon water 2 to 3 tablespoons of glycerin or corn syrup

Happy bubble blowing!

Homemade Cream of Mushroom Soup!!

Homemade Cream of Mushroom Soup!!

Homemade Cream of Mushroom Soup!!

Make a BIG batch, freeze, and use in all the great dishes that call for it…and it has less preservatives and is so much more flavorful!!

You’ll need…(this makes 10 {3} cup servings which is equal to 2 cans…for a total equivalent of 20 cans)

12 c. beef stock (I make my own whenever I cook large roasts)

12 c milk

9 cups flour

seasonings (salt, pepper, parsley, oregeno…anything that you and yours enjoy)

chopped mushrooms


Add seasonings and mushrooms to stock and bring to boil.

Mix flour and milk together is mixer with whip attachment and mix til smooth

Whisk flour/milk mixture into boiling stock

Whisking constantly… cook until thick.

Remove from heat and allow to cool.

Pour into small plastic containers or into freezer safe bags.

I store in 3 cup increments, which is equal to 2 cans.

Put them in the freezer, and you have delicious, homemade soup ready to go!  PERFECT for so many recipes!!

My experience has been that it has a freezer life of 6 months in a regular freezer or up to a year in a deep freeze.

You can also do this with chicken stock and omit the mushrooms for cream of chicken soup!


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DIY Household Cleaners

DIY Household Cleaners

Over the past year I have switched to {almost} all DIY cleaners.  I mentioned a few weeks ago that I make my own laundry soap and softener, but I have also started making all of my other household cleaners, with the exception of dishwasher soap.  They are saving me tons of money, trips to the store, and they are natural and safe for our home and family!


White Distilled Vinegar (I buy it at Costco, two gallon jugs are under four dollars!)

{Vinegar is a natural disinfectant and odor elimination!}

Dawn dish soap (which I frequently get for pennies using coupons!)

Olive Oil

Rubbing Alcohol

A few quality spray bottles

All Purpose Cleaner/ Disinfectant (countertops, appliances, windows, mirrors, almost anything!)

Mix equal parts vinegar and water (whatever fills your bottle)

One {tiny} squirt of dawn

One tablespoon (give or take) of rubbing alcohol

There are A MILLION versions of this recipie…so if you aren’t in love with mine, check around.  Some use ammonia as well.  I have found that the tiny bit of dawn gives it a little grease fighting power and the rubbing alcohol prevents streaks when using on mirrors and windows.

Shower/Bathroom Cleaner

2 cups HOT vinegar

6 tablespoons ( I measure by doing 6 squirts) of Dawn

Mix and spray away!

When cleaning my bathroom I use this spray everywhere…in the tub and toilet I sprinkle some baking soda after I use this spray to make an abrasive cleaner.

Furniture Polish

2 cups vinegar

1 cup olive oil

You will need to mix this up a little each time you use it, it will separate. 

If you want to get {fancy}, my mom came up with a natural way to get her cleaners to smell pretty!

Put vinegar in quart jars and added the rinds of citrus fruits (oranges and lemons)!!

Let them sit for a few weeks, strain, and use that vinegar for your cleaners!

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