I heart Valentine’s Day

As part of a ladies weekend retreat, I spent some time making two homemade seasonings: Taco and Ranch Dressing. They are based on ideas I found on Pintrest. (side note: What did we do before pintest?) I found the majority of the ingredients at the dollar store and Aldis so be sure to check those places out first if you are interested in making these goodies. I tried to do the math and figure out how much I was saving, but because I used the majority of the taco mixture as gift ideas, it was too hard to aggregate that information.

As for the ranch savings: I never buy the powered stuff, but there are several new recipes that call for the stuff, so stand by for more information.

After making the taco seasoning, I took old spice jars and made valentines for different people we love.

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There was a card attached with the recipe.
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Each jar was then placed in lunch bag and sealed with a little note:
“You spice up my life.”

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Homemade Ranch Dressing Seasoning Mix

Ingredients

2 Tbsp dried parsley
1 tsp dried dill
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp pepper
Directions

Add each of the dried spices to a bowl and gently stir.
Store in a resealable plastic baggie or small ball canning jar with tight fitting lid in your spice cabinet.
To make the ranch dressing, whisk together 1/3 cup mayonaisse with 1/4 cup milk (more or less depending on the consistency you want) with 1 Tbsp of the homemade ranch dressing seasoning mix. Season with salt, to taste. Use immediately and can refrigerate for up to 3 days.
Makes about 4 Tbsp worth of mix. Or use the ratios above and mix up however much you’ll need!

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