In todays world, the desire to get back to basics is becoming more and more desirable. Our hope is that you will find some of the knowledge we share a benefit to you, to get closer to your dream of a healthier lifestyle, less dependent on assembly lined, processed, manufactured items.

Our goal is to help you find ways to use modern conveniences to allow you to live the life you want to live, and raise your family with the traditions that are important to you.

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Baking Powder
1 part baking soda
2 parts cream of tartar

Mix well and store in an airtight container. Use this mixture in the same amount when Baking Powder is called for in any recipe.

I used this in homemade biscuits and it worked out just as well as if I had used store-bought.

Brisket Rub
2 TBS Brown Sugar
2 TBS Chili Powder
2 TBS Paprika
2 TBS Salt
1 TBS Garlic Powder
1 TBS Onion Powder
1 TBS Black Pepper
1 TBS Cayenne Pepper
2 tsp Dry Mustard
2 tsp Ground Cumin

Mix ingredients and store in an airtight jar. Prepare meat for slow cooking in oven, on grill or in smoker. Rub dry mix over all exposed areas of the meat. Refrigerate overnight. Cook until done.  This mix has a slight kick that is outstanding!

Brown Sugar
1 Cup white sugar
1/2 - 2  TBS Molasses (amount determines the darkness of the brown sugar)

Place sugar in bowl, Add molasses and stir vigorously until thoroughly mixed. A stand mixer is the easiest to use, but it can be done with a spoon, and count as an upper body workout, too!  You may have to break up clumps with a fork during the mixing process.
Makes about 1 cup packed brown sugar

Brownie Mix
8 Cups Sugar
6 Cups Flour
1 1/2 TBS baking powder
1 TBS salt
2 Cups Cocoa Powder

Mix together and store in an airtight container.  Preheat oven to 350.

2 1/4 Cups Brownie Mix
2 Eggs beaten
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 Cup nuts or chocolate chips (optional)
1/3 Cup melted Butter
Combine ingredients and mix until smooth. Pour into a greased 8" square pan. Bake for 30 - 35 minutes until the center is set.  Cool, Cut, Serve.

Chocolate Milk Powder
2/3 cup cocoa powder
1/3 cup sugar
pinch of salt

Mix together and store in an airtight container. Use 1-2 Tablespoons per cup of milk.

Cornbread Mix
7 1/2 Cups Flour
4 1/2 Cups Cornmeal
1/3 Cup Baking Powder
6 tsp salt
2 Cups Sugar

Mix together and store in an air tight container.
Preheat oven to 350.  Combine:
2 1/3 cups mix
2 eggs
1/4 Cup melted butter
2 TBS vegetable oil
1 Cup milk
Pour into a 10" iron skillet. Bake 30 minutes or until golden brown.

1 C. all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 TBS shredded butter                                 
6-7 TBS water                                
melted butter                               
additional salt
Mix together flour and salt. Shred butter into bowl with hand grater. Cut butter into dry ingredients until cornmeal consistency.  Add the water 1 TBS at a time until a soft dough is formed.  Divide dough into two or three sections. Using extra flour to keep dough from sticking to countertop and rolling pin, roll out dough until very thin (1/8th inch works well).  Transfer your rolled dough to a baking sheet covered with parchment paper.  Brush with extra melted butter and sprinkle with extra salt.  Score dough for easy separation.  Prick with fork. 
Bake at 400 for about 15 minutes, rotating the baking sheet once for even cooking.  Watch them closely the last few minutes, they can burn quickly at the last stage of baking.  They will also harden as they cool, so they may be a little soft when first removed from the oven.  Break apart when cool enough to handle.  Store in air tight container.  

Hot Chocolate Mix
11 Cups (8 quarts) powdered milk
3 Cups (6 oz) coffee creamer
8 Cups (2 lbs) Chocolate milk mix
3 3/4 Cups (1 lb) Powdered Sugar

Mix all ingredients and store in an airtight container.  This makes a MASSIVE amount, thus making it a great project for a friend or two to bring the ingredients together and share the end result.  Add 1-2 TBS to a cup of hot water, stir to thoroughly mix. Enjoy!

Pepper Gravy Mix
5 Cups Flour
2 Cups Powdered Milk
1/8 - 1/4 Cup Black Pepper
1/2 Cup Cornstarch
1/8 - 1/4 Cup Salt

Mix together and store in an airtight container.  Use 2 TBS bacon drippings or other fat, heat over medium heat. Add 3 - 4 TBS mix sprinkled over bacon grease using a fork or whisk, consistently blend until well incorporated and no lumps.  Add 1 1/2 Cups water or milk and whisk well.  Cook until thickened, stirring constantly.
Powdered Sugar
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 Tbsp cornstarch

Place ingredients into blender, preferably a powerful blender. (I use a Vitamix)
Blend on high until you have a consistent powdered texture. The time varies depending on the power of your blender.
Do no open blender immediately. Let the powder settle to avoid a mess in the kitchen and breathing in the dust.
Makes about 2 cups
Ranch Dressing Mix
1/4 Cup Black Pepper
1 1/2 Cup Parsley Flakes
1/2 Cup Garlic Salt
2 TBS Salt
1/4 Cup Granulated Garlic
3/4 Cup Granulated Onion
2 TBS Dill Weed

Mix and store in an airtight jar.  Mix 1 TBS mix with 1 Cups Mayo, 1 Cups Buttermilk, 3/4 Cup sour cream and 1/2 tsp lemon juice.  Refrigerate for a couple of hours before serving and refrigerator any remaining dressing.  Makes a little less than 1 quart.

Taco Seasoning
1/2 Cup + 2 TBS Chili Powder
2 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
2 1/2 tsp Onion Powder
2 1/2 tsp Dried Oregano
2 1/2 tsp Paprika
1/4 Cup + 1 TBS Ground Cumin
1/8 Cup Salt
1/4 Cup Black Pepper

Use 2-3 TBS + 3/4 Cup water for each pound of browned ground beef.


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