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Peanut Butter Cookies



A favorite family tradition that I make every year and I do tend add chocolate kisses or mini peanut butter cups to change it up a bit. All depends on the deals I can get will decide which way I go with changing them up.

Peanut Butter Cookies

1/2 C. granulated (white) sugar
1/2 C. packed brown sugar ( I used light)
1/4 C. butter or margarine, softened
1/4 C. shortening
1/2 C. -1 C. peanut butter
1 egg
1 1/4 C. all purpose flour (not self-rising)
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt

Mix the first 6 ingredients together. Stir in remaining ingredients. Cover and refrigerate at least 3 hours.

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Shape into 1 1/4 in. balls or use the mini cookie scoop. Place about 3 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten in crisscross pattern with fork dipped in flour. Bake until light brown, about 9-10 min. Cool 2 min. Remove from cookie sheet.


Why buy it if you can make it?


Ok mom’s and cooks I know you can answer this how many times have you started gathering everything up for a recipe and realized…Oh smack I need X spice and I don’t have that or that over salt laden POS they call a seasoning packet? Well have I got news for you…why go back out to the store, wasting gas, and buying some salt laden packet that you know darn well that you can make at home…check it out.

Taco Seasoning
6 tsps. chili powder
5 tsps. paprika
4-1/2 tsps. cumin*
3 tsps. onion powder
2-1/2 tsps. garlic powder
1/8 to 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper

In storage container with tight-fitting lid, combine
all ingredients; mix well. Seal tightly. Store in
cool, dry place for up to 6 months.
21 teaspoons (about 1/2 cup)

*Cumin, an herb, is ground from cumin seeds, and
there is no substitute for its flavor.
Seven teaspoons of mix equal a 1.25-oz. package of  purchased taco seasoning mix.

Old Bay Seasoning or close to it!
1 Tbs. Celery Seed
1 Tbs. Whole Black Peppercorns
6 Bay Leaves
1/2 tsp. Whole Cardamom
1/2 tsp. Mustard Seed
4 Whole Cloves
1 tsp. Sweet Hungarian Paprika
1/4 tsp. Mace

Grind dry spices well and seal in ziploc or vacuum seal bag (or jar). Measure all into a ziploc bag, seal & shake to combine. Pour into a spice jar or bottle. Makes a Lovely Gift.

Beef Stew Seasoning- and yes this one is awesome!
1 cup Instant Flour (Wondra)
2 teaspoons Oregano
1 tablespoons basil
2 tablespoons + 1 tsp salt
1 1/2 Teaspoons black pepper
2 tablespoons + 1 tsp Garlic Powder
2 tablespoons + 1 tsp Paprika
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 Tbs Celery Seed
2 tablespoons + 1 tsp Onion Powder
1 tsp. rosemary
Measure all of the ingredients into a medium bowl, mixing very well. Pour into a jar, cover & add a label with directions for use.

To use: add 2-3 Tbs of seasoning per pound of meat used.

Chili Seasoning Mix
2 Tbsp. cumin
1 Tbsp. each cayenne pepper
1 Tbsp. garlic powder
1 Tbsp. onion powder
1 tsp. allspice
1 tsp. cloves
1 tsp. oregano

Makes about 1/3 cup.

Combine spices and seal in a ziploc bag or vacuum seal bag (or jar). Measure all into a ziploc bag, seal & shake to combine. Pour into a spice jar or bottle. Makes a Lovely Gift. For use 1-2 Tbsp. per pound of beef.

I have used the above seasonings for years and have never bought a store brand or brand name seasoning packet. I have all these spices and more in my kitchen so for me the total cost is 0$. I do tend to buy my spices in bulk when I run low and then make more. Most of these have a shelf life of 3-6 months. 
Remember that spices and seasoning mixes hate moist areas and love dark cool places to keep and not stick together. If you are wanting more recipes google herb and seasoning mix recipes and tons of websites come up. The great thing is that you can tailor these recipes to your liking.
If your needing more mix recipes to add to your arsenal of cooking or just want to make a nice gift for that foodie in your life check these sights out!





Who am I, that’s a good question to ask. It’s hard to describe who I am. I am a mother, was a wife, foodie, frugal momma, crafter, and more. So far this one has me stumped as well.

Foodie: a person with a particular interest in food; a gourmet.

Frugal Momma: finding the fun in saving money, and keeping life simple so we have time for what really matters.

Crafter: Skill in doing or making something, as in the arts.

Mother: a woman in relation to a child or children to whom she has given care and affection

These labels/tags don’t define me at all. There is more that makes me. I’m a survivor, friend, daughter, sister, and a heck of alot more. I have good chapters in my life and many bad chapters as well. Things I would never do again and many things I would love to do again.

Don’t define someone based on the chapter of their lives you happen to walk in on. What makes you who you are? We all need to be heard, loved and most of all accepted. This is where I am on this part of journey of my life. Where are you at?

With this post it’s an introduction of sorts. I will have pots that make sense and some that don’t. I will have recipes, craft projects I find and more. Comment if you like it, don’t comment and scroll on. I will share links to others in the blogging world.


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