The Tuesday Re”mix”! DIY mixes and lemon cupcake recipe

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I don’t know about you, but I love making things! It feels so good to look at something and say “I made that!”. So, I’m super excited about this week’s challenge: make it!

One thing I really love is cooking and baking. Blame it on my mom, a fantastic baker and cook. I remember growing up that we would have a homemade meal pretty much every night, including dessert. This probably also contributes to my hatred for leftovers, but I’m getting a little better…

Homemade food is always so much better. I think it must be in part to the love that goes into it. I also love that it is usually healthier. I’ve been trying to make more things myself (although my presence in the kitchen has really been lacking the past few weeks, thankful I’m finally feeling back to normal!) to cut down on the amount of preservatives we are eating. What better way to do that and still keep things quick and easy than by making my own mixes and seasonings?!?

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My friend Carey (she’s getting to be quite popular in my blog posts:)) came over to help me out with this project. It was great having extra hands in the kitchen, especially when it came to the huge bowl of cake mix she measured out!

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Huge bowl of homemade cake mix. Notice the lemon for size comparison.

Here is a breakdown of what we made:

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Finished mixes!

 

Taco seasoning

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Recipe from: http://www.designeatrepeat.com/2013/03/homemade-taco-seasoning.html

1 tablespoon chili powder
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
¼ teaspoon onion powder
¼ teaspoon dried oregano
½ teaspoon paprika
1 and ½ teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper

To make tacos:
2 T mix
4 T water
1 lb meat (I like to use ground turkey!)

Ranch dressing mix

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Recipe adapted from http://www.5dollardinners.com/homemade-ranch-dressing-mix

2 Tbsp dried parsley
1 tsp dried dill
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tsp chives

To make Greek yogurt ranch dressing:
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
1 t vinegar
1 T seasoning mix
Water or milk to desired consistency

Mix in jar until even consistency. Store in fridge until use by date on milk/yogurt.

Yellow cake mix

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Recipe from: http://www.melskitchencafe.com/2010/06/homemade-yellow-cake-mix.html

2 cups granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups cake flour
1/2 cup nonfat dry milk powder
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt

To use mix:
5 1/2 cups mix
2 sticks butter
1 T vanilla
1 1/4 cups water
2 eggs
Mix and bake in a greased pan at 350 degrees for 25-27 minutes for two 9 inch layer cakes.

Cream of {_____} soup mix

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Recipe adapted from: http://www.theessentialhomemaker.com/diy-food-cream-of-anything-soup-mix

2 cups non-fat dried milk powder
1 1/2 cups cornstarch
1/2 cup dried minced onions
2 teaspoons dried basil
2 teaspoons dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons black pepper

To make the equivalent of one can of condensed cream soup:
Mix 1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons chicken, beef, or vegetable bouillon (Add to desired taste), 1/3 cup of mix and 1 1/4 cup cold water.
Cook until thickened. If you use granules you can mix 1/2 cup into the soup mix ahead of time, but that limits you to one option…i like to just add it when I’m making it.

All of the recipes have the same basic steps.

  1. Gather all your ingredients
  2. Decide how many batches to make and convert your recipe accordingly
  3. Measure out all ingredients and put into a bowl or your preferred storage container.
  4. Mix or shake up the ingredients.
  5. Store in airtight container and enjoy!

We made a batch of lemon cupcakes from the cake mix and they turned out so fantastic!

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Simple ingredients for lemon cupcakes (missing butter, vanilla, and water)

 

Carey and Emily’s Lemon Cupcakes

Makes 24 cupcakes

5 1/2 cups cake mix
1 stick butter
1 t vanilla
6 oz container Greek yogurt (we used plain but you could try lemon)
Juice of 1 lemon (about 1/2 cup)
Lemon zest
3/4 cup water (or enough to make 1 1/4 cups with lemon juice)

Mix butter, yogurt, vanilla, juice, zest, and water. Gradually add in mix.
Bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes (or until done).
Frost with desired frosting. We used whipped cream, but I think an icing would be excellent!

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Ready for the oven!

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Final product!

We tried to “health” up this recipe by adding Greek yogurt and decreasing the amount of butter in half. These have such a great lemon flavor!

I decided to make some labels for some of the storage containers so that they would match the rest of my pantry. I’m still looking for some smaller containers that match my larger containers and will make labels for those items at that time.

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It feels great to be eating a little but healthier by controlling the ingredients that are in my mixes and seasonings. And, they even taste better than the store bought ones!
Everyone needs a little homemade in their life. What’s your homemade project this week?

What mixes or seasonings do you like to make yourself? What is your favorite recipe using your own mix?

Until next time, happy crafting!

Emily

My heart goes out to everyone affected by the events at the Boston marathon yesterday. As a once avid runner, I can’t imagine how those runners felt when something that is normally such a fun, rewarding, mind easing activity is turned into a horrific event. My thoughts and prayers are with all of the people involved. It is great to see the outpouring of help from so many people. I hope that everyone keeps on running and doesn’t let a horrible person take that away from them.

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Comments

The Tuesday Re”mix”! DIY mixes and lemon cupcake recipe — 9 Comments

  1. Thanks for visiting me at The Essential Homemaker and trying my recipe!! I am a die-hard fan of DIY stuff, since it makes life a little easier, and I can feel good about what I’m feeding my family! I hope you’ll visit again, and I’ve loved looking over your site :)

    • Thanks Jennifer! I am excited to try out some other ideas from your blog! I was thinking about making some more DIY cleaning products later this week and seen you have a few listed. I love the soup mix!

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  4. I’m trying to make cupcakes for Andromeda to take to school with our recipe but there’s no yield listed. Might want to add that!

  5. I will be 1) pinning these so I always know where to find these 2) sharing with friends and family. Oh and I LOVE LOVE LOVE that you are using last years Tupperware October Girlfriend Thatsa Bowl Set to make your recipes. I have last years and this current years (only available till 10/11/13). Seeing people use their PINK makes my heart sing. Thank you!

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