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Gluten Free Baking Master Mix

Gluten Free Baking Mix
Gluten Free Baking Mix

Gluten Free Baking Mix for all my family and friends.  Plus the mix can be stored at room temperature up to three months.  This mix will make 8 cups.  I usually double the recipe.  Included at the end is a wonderful gluten-free Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe for you to get started with.

Use this mix for cookies, bars, brownies, quick breads, biscuits and thickening soups and sauces.

Gluten Free Flour Mix

2 Cups white rice flour
3 Cups potato starch
2 Cups sorghum flour
4 teaspoons xanthan gum

In a large airtight container whisk together all of the ingredients.

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies
Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

3/4 cups shortening
1/4 cup butter softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 teaspoon gluten-free vanilla
2 3/4 cups Gluten free flour mix
2 cups semisweet chocolate pieces (12 ounce package)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a large bowl combine shortening and butter.  Add brown sugar, granulated sugar, baking soda, and salt to shortening and butter.  Mix well.

Beat in eggs and vanilla until combined.  Beat in the gluten-free flour mix.

Add chocolate pieces.

Drop by rounded teaspoon 2 inches apart on a engrossed cookie sheet.

Bake for 7 to 9 minutes.

Makes around 48 cookies.  ENJOY!  Master Mix Quick Mix Bisquick replacement  Master Mix for Crescent, Pan and Squash Rolls



Master Mix for Crescent, Pan and Squash Rolls

Master Mix Hot Rolls
Master Mix Hot Rolls

Love hot, fresh homemade rolls?  Think you don’t have time to make fresh rolls.  Make this master mix and you will always have time.  This make a big batch so you will always have plenty to pop in the microwave to re-heat and serve.

9 cups whole wheat flour
8 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
4 teaspoons salt
1 cup instant dry milk

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.  Store in an airtight container.  Use within 6 to 8 months.

Pan Rolls

1 Tablespoon yeast or 1 package
1 1/2 cups lukewarm water
2 eggs beaten
1/2 cup vegetable oil or melted butter
5 to 6 cups hot roll mix

In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in lukewarm water.  Blend in eggs and oil.  Add 5 cups master mix or more if sticky.  Knead for around 4 minutes until dough is smooth.  Lightly spray a bowl.  Place dough in bowl and turn to butter top.  Cover dough with a damp cloth and let rise until doubled in build, about 1 hour.

Grease a 13×9 baking pan.  Punch down dough.  Divide into 24 balls.  Spray pan.  Cover and let rise until doubled in bulk.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees.   Bake 20 minutes until browned.

TIP:  For clover leaf rolls roll dough into 1 inch balls.  Grease muffin cups and place 3 balls in each cup.  Sprinkle with sesame or poppy seeds before baking if desired.

Squash Rolls

1 Tablespoon dry yeast or 1 package yeast
3/4 cup lukewarm water
2 eggs beaten
2 Tablespoons sugar
3 Tablespoons oil
1 cup cooked squash or 1 cup cooked pumpkin
5 cups hot roll mix

Dissolve yeast in a large bowl with lukewarm water.  Add eggs, sugar, oil and squash.  Add 5 cups hot roll mix.  Add more hot roll mix if still sticky.  Knead 4 minutes or until dough is smooth.  Spray bowl.  Place dough in bowl and turn to butter top.  Cover dough with a damp cloth and let rise until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.

Grease a 13×9 pan.  Divide dough into 24 balls.  Place balls in pan.  Cover and let rise until doubled in bulk.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown.

Crescent Rolls

1 Tablespoon yeast or 1 package
1 1/2 cups lukewarm water
2 eggs beaten
1/4 cup vegetable oil or melted butter
5 cups hot roll mix
2 Tablespoons butter softened

Dissolve yeast in lukewarm water in a large bowl.  Add eggs and oil.  Add 5 cups hot roll mix.  Add more hot roll mix if still sticky.  Knead 4 minutes.  Dough should be smooth.  Spray bowl and place dough in bowl.  Turn to butter top.  Cover dough with a damp towel and let rise for 1 hour or until doubled in bulk.  About 1 hour.  Grease baking sheet.  Divide dough in half.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out each half to a 12 inch circle.  Brush each circle with 1 Tablespoon softened butter.  Cut each circle into pie shaped wedges.  Roll up each wedge from the wide point.  Place point side down in a crescent shape on baking sheet.

Cover and let rise until doubled in bulk, around 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Bake 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Old Fashion Waffles/Master Mix

Old Fashion Waffles
Old Fashion Waffles

Surprise the family with super crisp on the outside, warm and fluffy on the inside, delicious waffle this weekend.  I enjoy making a master mix for the dry ingredients.  On a busy morning all I have to do is add 3 wet ingredients and we have waffle mix ready and waiting for my waffle iron to heat up.

Here is all you need to do.  8 cups flour, 16 teaspoons of baking powder, 2 teaspoons salt and 1 cup of sugar.  Mix everything and store in airtight container.

When you are ready to make a batch of waffles here is what you do.  2 cups of waffle mix, 2 eggs, 1/2 cup oil and 2 cups milk.

Mix everything together.  Heat your waffle iron and pour 1/4 cup into each waffle area.  My waffle iron is 4 square.  I pour 1/4 cup into each square space. Cook until nice and golden brown.

Now the fun part begins.  Set up a topping bar and let everyone fix their own special waffle.
Begin with fresh fruit, warm maple syrup, powder sugar, jams, jellies, peanut butter, butter, sprinkles, whipped topping.

A simple breakfast becomes a special occasion!  ENJOY!  Meatball Master Mix  Master Mix Chicken  Master Mix Breads, rolls and buns


Homemade Stroganoff Hamburger Helper

Hamburger Helper
Hamburger Helper

Stop purchasing those expensive boxes of Hamburger Helper.  So quick and easy to make your own.  Plus it is much healthier to make your own homemade.  No ingredients you can’t pronounce.  I bet you have everything sitting in your pantry to make your own Stroganoff Hamburger Helper.

Take a quart canning jar and a zip lock bag to make everything up ahead of time (just like in the box).  All you have to do is remove everything from the jar and your set.  Plus I add the ingredients to the front of the jar to remake ahead of time.  The recipe is on the side, so even the rest of the family can make Stroganoff Hamburger Helper if mom isn’t around.

Make several, decorate, include the ingredients and recipe, add a loaf of homemade bread or biscuits with some homemade jam or jelly and you have a gift anyone would enjoy.

1 pound ground beef
8 ounces of noodles
2 cups milk
2/3 cup sour cream
1 1/2 cups beef stock or use the cubes
1 Tablespoon cornstarch or flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon paprika

Brown and drain the meat.  Sprinkle the cornstarch in and mix.  Add the noodles, milk, beef stock, salt, pepper, paprika.  Simmer for 12 minutes with the lid on.  Add sour cream, simmer for 2 more minutes.

Use dehydrated potatoes in place of noodles.  Add mushrooms for added taste. ENJOY!


Italian Dressing Homemade


Pouring freshly made Italian Dressing over garden salad or pasta is an explosion to your taste buds.  Place a plate of fresh vegetables on a plate and watch the dipping begin.

Store your homemade Italian Dressing for up to 2 weeks covered in your refrigerator.  This recipe will make around 1 1/2 cups of dressing.  If you need more please double the recipe.

1/4 cup of lemon juice, white wine vinegar and olive oil
3 cloves of garlic minced
4 teaspoons of dried parsley (if you have fresh parsley use 4 Tablespoons)
2 teaspoons of dried basil ( 2 Tablespoons of fresh basil)
1 teaspoon of salt, dried oregano and red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

In a quart jar add all the ingredients.  Place lid on and shake away.  Hand the jar to one of the kids and let them shake the jar.

See how simple Italian Dressing is to make.  ENJOY!


Stove Top Stuffing Master Mix


Stove Top stuffing has become one item most people purchase.  Your thinking, but it is quick, easy and makes a great side dish.  I won’t disagree with you and here comes the but have you seriously read what goes into that box?

Honestly it doesn’t take very long to make homemade stove top stuffing.  Make the master mix ahead of time and it will be just like buying the box.  Only healthier and oh yes, one more item you don’t have to put in your grocery cart.

Here we go, homemade stove top stuffing master mix, coming right up.

6 cups cubed bread
1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning
3 Tablespoons chicken bouillon powder
1/2 cup dried minced onions
1/4 cup dried minced celery
1 teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon sage

Save enough bread scraps from your left over bread to equal 6 cups cubed bread.  Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.  Spread cubed bread on baking sheet.  Bake 15 minutes.  Cool.

In a bowl mix rest of your ingredients together. In a larger bowl add bread and seasoning mixture.  Stir to combine.  Store in airtight container.  Will keep unto 4 months.  Can freeze in freezer bags up to a year.

Cooking Directions

In a pan add 1/2 cup water and 2 Tablespoons butter.  Bring to a boil.  Turn off heat and add 2 cups stuffing mix.  Stir to combine. Let sit 5 minutes.

TIP:  On your storage container place the cooking directions so they will always be handy.

See how easy and simple making your own Stove Top Master Mix is.  ENJOY!


Nesquik Homemade


How many of you remember making chocolate milk out of Nesquik?  So good, so yummy tasting.  Well you can enjoy the flavor once again.  The next time the grandkids are over have them help mix up the wonderful drink.  Trust me, I can already hear GRANDMA YOUR THE BEST!

Open up your pantry doors and pull out the following.

1/3 cup cocoa powder
2/3 cup sugar
pinch of salt

Combine everything and store in a pint jar.  I make a double batch and use a quart jar.  If I don’t, well I’ll be making this all the time.  Easy to have on hand.

To Use:  Add 1 to 2 Tablespoons of Homemade Nesquik to your glass.  Here is the tip to getting all the chocolate to dissolve.  Add 3 Tablespoons of hot water to your glass and stir the Homemade Nesquik until everything is dissolved.  This won’t hurt the taste of your chocolate milk.  Now pour your milk in and stir to mix.

TIP:  If you ever need chocolate whipped cream, add 3 Tablespoons for every cup of whipped cream you are using.


Homemade Chili Cheese Hamburger Helper

Chili Cheese Hamburger Helper
Chili Cheese Hamburger Helper


This week is make your own Hamburger Helper.  Get rid of the box, preservatives and I won’t mention MSG and added food coloring.  If you check your pantry, I am very sure everything is there for you to make any Hamburger Helper you want.  Today is Homemade Chili Cheese day.

Ingredients:  1 pound of ground beef, 1 cup hot water, 2 cups of milk, 1 1/2 cups elbow macaroni, 1 Tablespoon cornstarch, 1 Tablespoon chili powder, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon salt (optional), 1 teaspoon sugar (optional), 1/2 teaspoon paprika, 1 cup cheddar cheese shredded.

Brown ground beef and drain.  Add water, milk, pasta, cornstarch, chili powder, garlic powder, salt, sugar, and paprika.  Bring to a boil.  Cover and simmer for 12 minutes.  The last few minutes add cheese, stir and cover for couple more minutes.  Turn off heat, uncover and let sit for 5 minutes.  Add more shredded cheese if you like when you serve.

Tip:  Add stewed tomatoes.  Reduce hot water to 1/4 cup.

TIP:  Add 1 cup red beans cooked or pinto beans cooked.  You can reduce the amount of meat if you want.  Great way to add protein and cut down on meat.


Homemade Hamburger Helper

Hamburger Helper
Hamburger Helper


Homemade Hamburger Helper from scratch with everything you need hiding in your pantry cupboard.  Simple, easy to make.  If you want to make your own pre-made hamburger helper all you need to do is measure out 1 1/2 cups pasta and make your own seasoning packet.  Place everything in a sealed container or jar and you have your own boxed version of store bought hamburger helper.

Ingredients:  1 pound ground beef, 1 cup hot water, 2 cups milk, 1 1/2 cups elbow macaroni , 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (optional)

Seasoning packet:  1 Tablespoon cornstarch, 2 teaspoons paprika, 1 teaspoon onion powder, 1 teaspoon garlic, 1 teaspoon salt or less and 1 teaspoon sugar.

Brown ground beef and drain.  Add hot water, milk, pasta and seasoning.  Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat.  Simmer 13 minutes or until pasta is tender.  Add cheese the last couple minutes.  ENJOY!

Remove from heat, remove lid and let sit for 5 minutes before serving.

Tip:  Substitute dehydrated potatoes or rice in place of the noodles

Tip:  Add mushrooms or broccoli.

Make this your own.  Add or subtract what your family likes.

Please let me know your version of home made hamburger helper.

White Sauce Master Mix


Everyone uses a basic white sauce mix.  Make this White Sauce Mix, keep it in your refrigerator.  Whenever you need a basic white sauce mix it will take 2 minutes to whip it up.  I will include several recipes on how to use this mix.  Here we go!

2 cups instant nonfat dry milk, or 1/1/2 cups regular nonfat dry milk
1 cup flour
2 teaspoons salt
1 cup butter or margarine

Mix together dry milk, flour and salt.  With a pastry blender, cut in butter (margarine) until you have fine crumbs.  Store in refrigerator for 2 months.  Makes 1 quart of White Sauce Mix.

Basic White Sauce

1/2 cup white sauce mix
1 cup water

In saucepan combine white sauce mix and water.  Cook over low heat until smooth, stirring constantly.  Season with pepper, fresh herbs or spices. For a thicker sauce use 3/4 cup white sauce mix.

TIP:  Substitute milk, chicken or beef stock, tomato juice for water.

Mushroom sauce:  add 1/2 cup finely chopped mushrooms and 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce.

Cheese sauce:   add 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese or mozzarella  cheese after sauce has thickened.  Stir until cheese melts.

Celery sauce:  saute 1/4 cup diced onion and 3/4 cup diced celery.  Add to sauce.

I use this white sauce as a base for so many dishes.  Some of our favorites are Tuna Casserole, Au Gratin Potatoes, Cream of Chicken Soup, Broccoli Cheese Soup, Chowder, well the list goes on and on.

This really is a pantry staple you will use time and time again.  Save yourself some time.  Keep this White Sauce Mix in your refrigerator at all times.  In minutes you will have a white sauce.