No time off for bloggess


Since I became a professional blogger, I try to blog every day taking time off only when I’m on the road to some place exciting.

Today is not one of those days – so Labor Day or not – I’m blogging from my blogger’s blog spot.  Since I have no particular “beef” about anything today,  no soap box to hop on, no words of wisdom to share, I decided to show you how to save yourself some money.


If, like me you have nothing better to do today, why not whip up some seasoning packets for yourself which will save you a trip to the store and untold dollars by making your own “go to” seasoning mixes.

The commercial taco seasoning packets and my fave, Hidden Valley Ranch, are obscenely expensive, so I make my own.  In fact, I think mine are better.  Double up the recipes and pour it into a salt shaker and you can spice up anything bubbling on the stove.

Homemade Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing mix :

1/4 c. powdered buttermilk (I found this at the Mennonite Bakery in West Point)
3 tbsp. dried minced onions
3 tbsp. minced dried parsley
1 tbsp. dried minced chives
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. ground celery seed
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper

In a bowl or jar which you can cover – combine all ingredients. Mix well. Store tightly covered until ready to use. Makes about 3/4 cup mix. Enough to prepare 8 cups of dressing.
For Ranch Dressing: Combine 1 1/2 tablespoons of mix to 1/2 cup milk and 1/2 cup mayonnaise.

An easy homemade taco seasoning spice blend:


  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

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