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Cooking from scratch

To be honest, sometimes the whole concept of cooking everything from scratch is a little overwhelming. … especially when I don’t love spending my day in the kitchen. 

Start small

Baby steps are usually the best way to make a change in life.
Baby steps are the best way to learn something new - just start and put one foot in front of the other.

I was listening to a video today and the speaker pointed out that making one’s own spice mix is, indeed, part of cooking from scratch, as many store-bought blends have ingredients that are not part of the spice list. Huh!

Where to start?

Start with what you know and with what you  use.

Now, I don’t make a lot of pumpkin pie but, when I do, I use the recipe that my dad used.

This is a great place to start, for me, - because there is an emotional attachment to it.

If I had this blend mixed up, I could add it to oatmeal or pancakes or hot chocolate or cookies…. So many possibilities

My Dad’s Pumpkin Spice Blend

  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp mace
  • 1/3 tsp salt

If I quadruple this recipe or make ten times the quantity, I can store it in a jar and have it ready for pies (2.5 tsp per pie) or pancakes, or … 

The bonus?

  • No additives, preservatives 
  • And, it probably costs a lot less than a ready-made blend. 

Tomorrow - I’m mixing up a batch and I’m sprinkling some into my pancakes!
- Debbie

( what is your next “made from scratch” DIY)

a simpler life