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Ready Made Mixes

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Make-a-Mix Cookery is a new section to Blissful and Domestic. Here you will find all the ready made mixes I use in my own kitchen. Using ready made mixes are a great way to save money. Using ready made mixes allows you to have more control over what your family is eating. By saying no to boxed mixes, you are enabling your family to be rid of the preservatives that are needed to maintain freshness in boxed mixes. So let's go homemade and start mixing!

I have included the recipe for each mix and then 2-3 recipes using that mix.
This page will continue to be updated as I add more recipe mixes.


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20 cups (5lbs) all purpose flour
1 1/4 cups sugar
4 tsp salt
1 cup instant nonfat dry milk

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Stir together to distribute evenly. Put in a large air tight cvontainer. Label. Store in a cool, dry place. Use within 6 to 8 months. Makes about 22 cups of hot roll mix.


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Good-For-You-Bread

2 tbl active dry yeast
1 cup lukewarm water
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup water
4 tbl vegetable oil
4 tbl brown sugar
2/3 cup wheat germ
6 1/2 to 7 cups HOT ROLL MIX
butter or margarine

In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in lukewarm water. When yeast starts to bubble, add eggs, water, and oil. Blend well. Add brown sugar and wheat germ. Blend well. Add HOT ROLL MIX 1 cup at a time, until dough is stiff. On a lightly floured surface, knead dough 5-7 minutes, until smooth and satiny. Lightly butter bowl or spray with cooking spray. Put dough in the bowl and turn to butter the top. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place, until double in size. Punch down dough and let rest for 10 minutes. Shape into 2 loaves. Grease two 9 x 5 loaf pans. Place 1 loaf of dough into each pan. Cover and let rise again until slightly rounded above the pan, about 30-40 minutes. Preheat oven to 375' and bake for 45-55 minutes, until deep golden brown. Remove from oven and brush tops with butter or margarine  Remove from pans and cool on a wire rack ro plate. Makes 2 loaves.

Crescent Rolls
buttery, rich, and golden

1 tbl active dry yeast
1 1/2 cup lukewarm water
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup vegetable oil or melted margarine
5 to 6 cups of HOT ROLL MIX
2 tbl butter or margarine

In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in lukewarm water. Blend in eggs and oil or margarine. Add 5 cups of HOT ROLL MIX. Blend well. Add additional HOT ROLL MIX to make a soft, but not too sticky dough. Knead about 5 minutes until dough is smooth. Lightly butter a bowl. Put dough down into bowl and turn to butter the top. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise. Takes about 1 hour. It will double in size. Generously grease baking sheets. Punch down dough. Divide dough in half. Let stand about 10 minutes. On a lightly floured surface, roll out each half to a 12 inch circle. Cut each circle into 16 pie shape wedges. Roll up each wedge from the wide end. Place point side down in a crescent shape on prepared baking sheets. Cover and let rise again, until doubled in bulk, about 45 minutes. Preheat oven to 400'. Bake 15-20 minutes, until golden brown. Makes about 32 rolls.


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10 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/2 cups instant nonfat dry milk
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup baking powder
2 tbl salt

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Stir together to blend well. Put in a large airtight container. Label. Store in a cool, dry place. Use within 6 to 8 months. Makes about 13 cups of pancake mix.

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Perfect Pancakes
for a variety add your favorite fruit to the batter
or chocolate chips

1 1/2 cups PANCAKE MIX
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 cup water
3 tbl vegetable oil

Put pancake mix in a medium bowl. Combine egg, water, and oil in a small bowl. Mix well. Add egg mixture to pancake mix. Add more water for thinner pancakes. Blend well. Let stand for 5 minutes. Cook on a hot griddle about 3 to 4 minutes, until browned on both sides. Makes 10 to 12 4-inch pancakes.

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4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tbl salt
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup baking powder
1 cup vegetable shortening
4 1/2 cups cornmeal

In a large bowl, combine flour, salt, sugar, and baking powder. Stir to blend well. With a pastry blender, cut in shortening until evenly distributed. Add cornmeal and mix well. Put in a large airtight container. Label. Store in a cool, dry place. Use within 10 to 12 weeks

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Cornmeal Muffins

2 1/2 cups of CORNMEAL MIX
1 egg
1 1/4 cups milk

Preheat oven to 425'. Butter muffin pans. Put CORNMEAL MIX in a medium bowl. Combine egg and milk in a small bowl. Add all at once to CORNMEAL MIX. Blend. Fill prepared muffin pans 2/3 full. Bake 15-20 minutes, until golden brown. Makes 12 large muffins.

Variations

Surprise Muffins:
Fill prepared muffin cups 1/3 full of cornbread batter. 
Put 1 tsp of jam or jelly on top of batter. 
Spoon additional batter on top of jelly/jam to fill it 2/3 full.

Pineapple Corn Muffins:
Substitute 3/4 pineapple juice and 1/2 water for milk in recipe. 
Stir 1/2 drained crushed pineapple into batter.

Brunch Muffins: 
Gently fold 6 slices of cooked, crumbled bacon into batter.

Cornbread:
 Butter an 8 inch pan. Spread batter into greased pan.
 Bake about 25 minutes, until golden brown.


Homemade Spaghetti Sauce
1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
2 garlic cloves
1 tbl dried basil
1 tbl oregano
1 tbl dried rosemary
1 tbl extra-virgin olive oil
salt and pepper
In a medium saucepan add crushed tomatoes, garlic, basil, oregano, rosemary, olive oil, salt and pepper to taste. Simmer sauce for 15 minutes, to allow herbs and flavors to get "happy". This sauce can be stored for a week in the fridge, 6 months in the freezer, and indefinitely if canned.

All recipes can be found in the Make-a-Mix Cookery book.
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38 comments:

  1. Great post! When I saw the title it brought me back to my childhood - my mom had that cookbook. She rarely used it though, so I love that you shared these recipes!

    Bobi
    http://onedailymoneytip.blogspot.com

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  2. Thank you so much! Can we follow you on pinterest?

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  3. Really like your blog! I have a little boy with Autism, It's really hard for me to buy bread, rolls and pre-made things for him because he can't have dairy, and I don't want to put extra chemicals in his little body. My question is, is there a substitute for the Dry milk in your mixes? What could I use instead or will it work if I leave it out? Also, can I freeze these items after they are baked?
    Thank you,
    jamieshortes@yahoo.com

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  4. Didn't know if you had discovered the Betty Crocker Brownie Mix on Pinterest yet?! It is truly just as moist, gooey and better than the mix from the store. So here it is!
    In a ziplock bag combine the following:
    1 C Sugar
    1/2 C Flour
    1/3 C Cocoa
    1/4 t salt
    1/4 t baking soda
    Onto bag write the following:
    Add 2 eggs, 1/2 C Vegetable Oil, 1 t vanilla. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 - 15 minutes.
    (I have typed mine onto little labels because I am OCD like that.)
    You can customize the brownies with dark or milk chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, walnuts, etc. Lasts up to 6 months in pantry!

    I also have a homemade Bisquick mix that my family loves! Again, it tastes so much better than the store junk, I mean stuff.
    5 C flour (can use half whole wheat and half regular)
    1/4 C baking powder
    2 T sugar
    1 t salt
    1 C shortening or butter (We prefer butter!)

    Mix dry ingredients together then cut in shortening or butter until pea size crumbles. Store in refrigerator and use as you would Bisquick. Makes 6 C of mix.

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  5. I have checked different websites and talked to a friend from PA. They all said if you freeze your dry mix recipes for 1 to 2 weeks they will last up to 2 years. You do have to store them in an air tight container.

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  6. Wonderful recipes!
    Steph
    swtboutique.com

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  8. What bread recipe do you use for sandwiches? I am finding your blog very helpful, Thanks!

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    1. I am so glad. I love the good for you bread above, but my favorite is my buttermilk recipe. It is in the recipe section of the bread.

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  9. Hi Danielle! Can you make the recipes for loaves in a bread maker? I've had a bread maker for almost a year and never used it...it didn't come with any recipes because I bought it used and I'm completely intimidated by it!

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    1. Google the manufacturer and type of bread maker to see if you can find an online pdf of the manual. I did that because my bread maker was also bought used. This will tell you the "correct" way to add ingredients and times of your bread maker, etc. Usually, the manual comes with a few recipes. I think Danielle has some recipes on her side bar. Also, I usually read Money Saving Mom and she has some bread maker recipes too.

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    2. Look for a book at Amazon "The Bread Machine gourmet" Shea Mackenzie. It has ALL kinds of Bread recipes/dough recipes using the break machine. Most of them are pretty basic and work the same. Don't be afraid, USE that puppy!

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  10. Hi Danielle! Although I'm not military, my husband is a dairy farmer, so we LOVE the idea of self-sustainability and SAVING MONEY!!! (I just found your blog 2 days ago, and I've already got fresh produce in the freezer and I'm moving on to mixes next! If only I could find a co-op in my area to belong to...I'm actually considering the possibility of starting one up- I know many families who would benefit!) Just a quick question- can whole wheat flour be easily substituted into your mixes and breads, ie: hamburger/hot dog rolls, breads, etc? Thanks for all of your ideas and suggestions! You ROCK! =) Kelly (kmwood3@gmail.com)

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    1. Absolutely I use white flour and whole wheat flour interchangeably. Whole Wheat flour can always, in my opinion, replace white flour in a recipe.

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    2. I've not had good results when using wheat flour as a thickener in recipes. You can use Whole Wheat pastry flour and get better results when baking. You can't get a good dough when using 100% whole wheat, the most I have ever had any success with is 1/2 whole wheat and 1/2 all purpose flour. Whole wheat on it's on doesn't make a good elastic dough. ...I'm around wheat all the time. My honey is a farmer!
      I sure enjoy your site Danielle. :) Thanks for the tips!

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    3. We have a local grain market here (Bob's Red Mill) and they have a nice recipe for oat flour and rolled oat pancakes also-looks a lot like yours above. If you haven't tried oat pancakes, my little boy loves them (and good variety for "whole" grains).

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  11. This is great. I really need to get better about doing this.

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  12. These are great tips and recipes! I dont use homemade mixes as much as I should..thanks so much for sharing!

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  13. I just sprinkled this post at all my favorite places!! Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter

    Thank you for sharing at Freedom Fridays and thank you for being one of my five faves!

    Have an awesome day:)

    PS Have you entered our giveaway yet? ($150 to the Container Store)

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  14. I've just discovered your blog via Pinterest and I gotta' say, I'm really impressed and inspired by it. Thank you so much for sharing your tips. =) Like another person asked, is there a substitute for the dry milk in your mixes? What could I use instead or will it work if I leave it out? And also, could you substitute the white flour for wheat flour instead? How would I have to change the recipe if so?
    My email address is stagnantpathos@hotmail.com

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  15. Your granola looks really yummy- could you share your recipe?

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  16. Could you share your granola recipe? It looks awesome!

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  17. I just found your blog thru Pinterest and there are so many wonderful ideas here I can use to help my family save money. Thanks so much for sharing how to save! I am wondering what type of containers you use to store your Mixes in?

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  18. I found your site on an article from my local news station. Love it! Great ideas and recipes!

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  19. I'm curious to know if you use your pancake mix to make waffles from. Also, how do you modify your pancake recipe to achieve this?

    Thanks for all your tips, I love your suggestions as I am a beginner on the journey to saving money and being more domestic!

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    1. I have the same question so I'm really curious to find out too!

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    2. I was wondering the same thing and would really like to know the answer too!

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    3. I was wondering the same thing and would really like to know the answer too!

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  20. I recently found your blog on the yahoo finance article and since then have been hooked. Thanks for all your inspiring ideas about saving money. I would love to try baking my own bread if I can get the same nutritional value out of it and make it cheaper than purchasing at the store. I tend to buy the 100% whole wheat bread at the store.

    I have a question regarding your "Good-For-You" bread. I see that you added wheat germ instead of wheat flour. Is wheat germ healthier than wheat flour or is it just less costly than wheat flour? I have found that wheat flour is very pricey in our grocery stores (almost double the price of all purpose flour).

    Also, the non-fat dry milk seems to be a bit pricey as well. I saw it selling for $7 for 1 lb 9 oz box. Is it still cost effective to make your own bread with the pricey dry milk?

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  21. I recently found your blog on the yahoo finance article and since then have been hooked. Thanks for all your inspiring ideas about saving money. I would love to try baking my own bread if I can get the same nutritional value out of it and make it cheaper than purchasing at the store. I tend to buy the 100% whole wheat bread at the store.

    I have a question regarding your "Good-For-You" bread. I see that you added wheat germ instead of wheat flour. Is wheat germ healthier than wheat flour or is it just less
    costly than wheat flour? I have found that wheat flour is very pricey in our grocery
    stores.

    Also, the non-fat dry milk seems to be a bit pricey as well. I saw it selling for $7 for 1 lb 9 oz box. Is it still cost effective to make your own bread with the pricey dry milk?

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    1. I buy mine at the lds cannery. You can always use real milk in the recipes.

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  22. Do you have more recipes for your Hot Roll Mix?

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  23. Can you buy flours other than all-purpose flour in bulk from Costco? Ie. whole wheat flour and bread flour. My bread machine requires bread flour...tried all-purpose flour and it didn't work!! Thanks Danielle!

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    1. Yes you can purchase bread flour there.

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  24. I am loving your blog!!! I was wondering if the Good For You Bread is light and soft or a dense bread? Have you ever made buns from this recipe? I tried the $5 Mom buns and they are to crispy for me. Maybe just maybe that is operator error. LOL I have never made bread before but am intrigued by it.

    timeek2@windstream.net

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  25. I love your blog! It's helping me mentally prep and game plan for being a first time stay at home mom. I plan on using all of your tips. Thank you! I was wondering where do you find the best place to buy dried milk is? I can honestly say I have never purchased it.

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    1. I have found that Aldi has the best price it beat walmart by like .03 a box where I live. Where ever you buy it dried milk is comparable to the cost of fresh milk so it will not save you money but will help for making mixes.

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