Cornbread Mix

Trying to do 2014 from Scratch so far has been fairly successful. I’ve purchased a few “non ingredient” items this month but about 80% less then normal.

I’ve tried a couple of the base Mixes I intended to make so far, and this one will definitely be staple in my kitchen.

I love cornbread, and have an excellent recipe I’ve been using for years… but this one takes 80% less time to make, and tastes just as good. It produces moist cornbread that isn’t too crumbly and you can bake it into muffins or in a pan cut in to squares.

Cornmeal Mix:

4 Cups All Purpose Flour

1 Tablespoon Salt

3/4 Cups Sugar

1/4 Cup baking powder

4 1/2 Cups cornmeal (make sure you get finely ground stuff rather then stone milled med ground our your cornbread will be very crunchy… I’ve made that mistake before)

1 Cup Shortening

Mix all dry ingredients together and stir. Mix shortening in with pastry cutter till it’s evenly distributed and resembles little crumbs.

Makes about 10 1/2 Cups of mix, that will last 10-12 weeks in an airtight container in your cupboard.

 

To use the mix add 2 1/2 Cups cornmeal mix with 1 egg and 1 1/4 Cup Milk. Mix together till smooth. Bake at 425 for 15-20 min

Alternatively to regular muffins or cornbread, you could use this cornmeal mixture poured over tomatoes, hamburger and peppers for a casserole

or add in scrambled eggs (cooked), Cooked bacon pieces, and peppers and make breakfast cornbread muffins… or sausage… or cheese…

Again this is a base mix, so you can be creative and add most anything to the mix to fancy it up.

Enjoy!

-A-

2014… The year made from scratch

New year, New adventures, New fun, New Recipes!

Our family is growing by 1 this year! Super exciting, and terrifying all at the same time. So I need to plan.

I used to pride myself of the amount of things we ate that I made from scratch. Everything from Jam to bread, to pizza and spaghetti sauce. Then I had a baby and started a thriving business all in the same year. Slowly my freezer and pantry full of home made goodness turned into Prepackaged and easy to use everything.

My husband changed jobs, and most days his scheduled “end” time fluctuates, sometimes by hours. I usually only have about 30 min notice that he’s on his way home, so unless meals are in the crock pot It’s incredibly hard to pre-plan much for dinner.

So I succumbed to jarred pasta sauces, easy made dinners, easy to feed toddler lunch food and fast food. Neither healthy, very tasty or budget friendly!

Now we have another baby on the way, I’m entering my “quieter” time of  my business year, and I have a huge urge to see just how far I can Slash my grocery budget by doing some back to basic, made from scratch recipes.

Over the Christmas Holidays We have gotten to spend 2 amazing weeks with my family while my husband did some work in their area! (have I said how much I LOVE his new job and boss?!) While at my parents, my mom showed me a few (VERY well loved) cook books she used when we were kids. These cook books saved them hoards of money and time with recipes for making base mixes and such from scratch. (for example, a cornmeal base mix that can be turned into everything from muffins to breakfast muffins, to topping for a casserole by adding 1 egg and a cup of milk to the pre-made base)

If my mom could make 90% of our food from scratch wen we were kids (there were 3 of us) and participate full time in ministry with my dad, I figure I should give it a solid shot.

So here starts 2014, 4 months till baby Wheels #2 is due, and loads of time to try stuff out, perfect some favorite recipes and do some food stockpiling if you will for when our precious little girl arrives!

My goal is to see what % of our food budget I can cut out by switching to made from scratch items, and keep you all updated on what recipes worked great, and which ones didn’t.

I love pintrest, but in the past few months I’ve had quite a few pintrest recipes fail hardcore, and has shook my faith in the recipes being posted, so Most of my recipes are being pulled from tried and true, very old school cookbooks my mom has.

So no, this isn’t my New Years Resolution, (because I hate them) but rather my Lets slash my budget resolution AKA the year from scratch… that just happens to start at the beginning of 2014…

Most of the gems I’m starting with are coming from the “Make a Mix Cookery” cook book by Karine Eliason, Nevada Harward and Madeline Westover. Here is a link to Amazon.com to take a look or purchase it

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I’m spending this week compiling recipes and mix ideas, and next week I’ll kick it all off.

I am going to compile a board on pintrest of recipes I will try out. You can follow my pintrest board here.

-A-