DIY Onion Soup Mix

I love making my own mixes.  I make them fresh and in just the amount I need.  This saves me time and money.

Just mix these ingredients and you will have the equivalent of one envelope of onion soup mix.

  • 1/4 cup dried onion flakes
  • 2 Tbsp low-sodium beef bouillon granules
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp parsley flakes
  • 1/8 tsp celery seed
  • 1/8 tsp paprika
  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper

Got Lemons? Make Limoncello

I loved reading the Everyday Cheapskate column on Mary’s lemon bounty. I wanted to suggest for anyone who has an excess of lemons—make Limoncello. This is an Italian lemon liqueur that also uses the lemon’s peels, and it is delicious.

I made it last year for Christmas gifts and had the most fun shopping swap meets and yard sales to find really beautiful and unusual bottles. I even researched recipes using limoncello and attached a copy of the recipe I used to each gift. It takes awhile to “brew,” but it’s easy and the end result is beautiful. With all the juicing, peeling, and cooking, there’s not a smidgen of waste. Carol



DIY Deodorant

Due to the heavy toxins in store-bought deodorants, I’ve wanted to stop using it for years, but didn’t know what the alternatives were. Recently, I stumbled on a recipe for homemade deodorant.

It has three ingredients:

  • ¼ cup baking soda
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • 5 tablespoons unrefined, organic coconut oil

Mix the ingredients together well, then heat in the microwave for 20 seconds to melt and mix again. Allow to cool and set.

To use, apply to underarms with fingers.

I’ve been using this homemade deodorant for months now and I’m thrilled. It works as an antiperspirant

and also prevents odor. 

The best part? The recipe makes 6 oz. for roughly $1.30 in supplies. For 6 oz. of the clinical strength deodorant I’d been using, I would’ve paid approximately $28.25. Plus, I use way less of the homemade than I did the store-bought deodorant, which means I’m saving even because I am using less. Carmel