Cream Soup Mix

I found a great recipe for a homemade cream soup or sauce mix while browsing The Dollar Stretcher, one of my favorite frugal sites on Facebook.

Since I use cream soups a lot for crock pot cooking—and I’m always looking for ways to save $$$—I love this recipe! And in case you’re interested, you can find even more $$$ saving homemade mix recipes from their readers here.

Soup or Sauce Mix

Yield: Equal to 9 cans of cream soup

2 cups powdered non-fat dry milk
3/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup instant chicken bouillon
2 Tbs. dried onion flakes
2 tsp. Italian Seasoning

Combine all ingredients in a re-closeable plastic bag, mixing well. Store in the closed plastic bag or an air-tight container until ready to use. It does not have to be refrigerated.

To substitute for 1 can of cream soup:

Combine 1/3 cup of dry mix with 1-1/4 cups of cold water. Cook and stir on stove top or in microwave until thickened.

[You can add whatever veggies or meat desired. If making chicken or beef flavored, add the particular bouillon flavor after the microwaving.]

Add thickened mixture to casseroles as you would a can of soup.

Tree crochet art



Isn’t this the craziest tree you ever saw? Apparently the trunk and branches are completely covered by different yarns in various crochet stitches. When I think of the amount of time, energy and people who must have been involved in this venture, I guess I have to ask… why?

It is very colorful and whimsical… I guess just a different art form.

You know, the more I look at this photo, the more I appreciate all the work that went into it!

Another Born Day celebration

Today is my Honey’s birthday. Yep, the day after mine!  We met online 14 years ago because our back-to-back birthdays were a super coincidence that I couldn’t ignore. Plus it was a great way to start a conversation with Rick.

And here we are, all these years later, still celebrating that God-incidence that placed us together.

So, Rick, if you’re reading this…


Love always from your…