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Sep 042012

Well, I have another Make Ahead Mix for you this week.  This money saving mix is great to have when you run out of canned cream soup or when you are trying to save a few dollars on groceries.

Here’s the recipe for the Make Ahead Cream of Chicken Soup Mix

2 cups nonfat dry milk
3/4 cup cornstarch
2 tablespoons dried minced onion
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup chicken bouillon powder or soup base
1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
Mix all the above ingredients together and store in an airtight container.

When you are ready to use the mix in a recipe (in place of 1 can of cream of chicken soup), combine 1/3 cup of mix and 2/3 cup of water in a sauce pan.  Cook (STIRRING CONSTANTLY) until thickened.  It only takes about 2 minutes on a gas stove.

Cream soups can be costly and this is a great alternative.

If you’re looking for some other time and money saving ideas for the kitchen, be sure to check out all my other Make Ahead Mixes HERE and check back for another “Make Ahead” idea next week.


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Feb 192013

Sometimes I think it is “All” in the details.  You know, those few minutes it takes to make something go from ordinary to extraordinary.  Today, I’m going to share with you a few ideas of ways to take simple every day items  and make them a little more special.
Starting with simple brownie mix.  A great way to portion brownies is to make them in muffin papers/pans.

I do this for my family as well.  They seem to last a lot longer this way.  Sometimes, I will make up several batches and freeze them like this too.

Anyway, if you are called on to bring a treat to an event, instead of just making a pan of brownies, bake them in muffin papers and then top with with a dollop of frosting.

Then add a finishing touch like this fondant butterfly I had left over from a butterfly cake, or a mini candy bar, or sprinkle with m&ms.

Cookies are another easy treat to share. So next time you need a quick little thank you gift or thinking of you treat, make a batch of cookies…any kind will do.  When you get ready to give them, instead of just throwing a bunch in a baggie, wrap them neatly in some plastic wrap and tie them with a bow.

It turns four little cookies into a specially wrapped treat.

Brown paper lunch bags are so inexpensive and make beautiful gift wrap.  You can put a Make Ahead Mix in the bag or any other little gift.

By using a hole punch you can neatly place holes in the top of a bag and add a ribbon to make it pretty.  Any scrapbook paper tag will spruce it up nicely as well.

Have you found any nifty, inexpensive ways to turn ordinary into extraordinary?
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