Yellow Cake Mix Recipe
Homemade Yellow Cake Mix
By Erin Huffstetler | 01/13/2016 | 19 Comments
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This year, I’m on a quest to make my own baking mixes. It’s been ages since I’ve used store-bought mixes, (probably at least 12 years), but I’m at a point in life where it would be really handy to have mixes sitting in my pantry ready to go. I developed a buttermilk pancake mix over Christmas break that we’re crazy about. This week I decided to work on a yellow cake mix.

After baking (and tasting) eight different cakes (tough job, I know), I’ve arrived at the winner. This mix makes a yellow cake that’s light, fluffy and flavorful. It smells amazing; and bakes up to the same size as a store-bought cake mix, which means when a recipe calls for a store-bought mix, you can grab this one instead. And major bonus: it doesn’t include any of the aluminum, food coloring or other questionable ingredients that you’ll find listed on the side of that store-bought cake mix.

I also happen to think this mix makes a tastier cake, but try it yourself, and see what you think. Here’s the recipe.

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Homemade Pizza Dough Recipe
Homemade Pizza Dough
By Erin Huffstetler | 01/11/2016 | 2 Comments
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While enjoying a couple homemade pizzas with our friends Friday night, I realized I’d never shared our pizza dough recipe with you guys. Talk about a major oversight. I mean we’ve only been making pizza every Friday night for the past 14 years. It’s kind of a tradition in our house.

So, let’s set things right shall we? Without further ado, I give you my husband’s pizza dough recipe.

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Buttermilk Pancake Mix Recipe
Homemade Buttermilk Pancake Mix
By Erin Huffstetler | 01/08/2016 | 16 Comments
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Buttermilk pancakes are pretty much the gold standard in pancakes, but if you want to make a batch, you either have to buy a box of buttermilk pancake mix or have fresh buttermilk in the fridge, right? Nope.

There’s actually a third option: homemade buttermilk pancake mix. It has all of the convenience of a store-bought mix, and none of those mystery ingredients that you can’t pronounce. Here’s my recipe.

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Crocheted and Crossstitched Blanket
Christmas Break at the Huffstetler House
By Erin Huffstetler | 01/06/2016 | 3 Comments
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We’re back to work after a 17 day break. So what did we do while we were off? We enjoyed some downtime and caught up on things around the house. Here’s a look at what we did.

Frozen Beans

We were almost out of canned beans, so I cooked two big stockpots of dried beans – one of black beans and one of kidney beans – and added 20 jars of beans to the freezer. By doing big batches, I only have to soak and cook beans a few times a year, and it saves us a ton. The last time I ran the numbers, we were paying $.48 a can for our beans, vs. $1 for a store-bought can, and we get to skip all the sodium that comes with those store-bought cans. A big bonus.

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Printable Bill Pay Checklist
Printable Bill Pay Checklist
By Erin Huffstetler | 01/01/2016 | 93 Comments
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Use this printable bill pay checklist to check off your bills as you pay them each month. It’s an easy way to catch oversights before they result in late fees and added interest.

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