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August 18, 2014

Homemade Italian Seasoning



In an effort to help my oldest son I have instituted a no electronics rule until 7 pm in our house. Basically my kids are only allowed 1/2 of electronics and then by 8 they have to be ready for bed and we read a science or history book for an hour. My oldest claims that I am a horribly mean mommy, however, he has come home with A's on all his tests and papers for the last week and a half. Personally I view the fact that my kids sometimes think my rules are mean as evidence that I'm doing a good job. I have never claimed to want to be my kids best friends. What I do want is for my kids to be successful adults and part of that means not reacting when the rules that I institute result in one of my kids telling me that I'm ruining their lives. In reality I'm doing just the opposite. It would be easier for me if tonight I just let my kids play Minecraft for hours while I caught up on my favorite television shows. Their future wouldn't be as bright though and that's more important to me than taking the easy route.

I attempt to make everything I can from scratch. Having an herb garden helps tremendously since I can dry the fresh herbs and use them in spice mixes etc. Seasoning mixes are one of the easiest things to make at home and cost a fraction of the money of store bought. The following is a recipe for Homemade Italian Seasoning.

Adapted from Taste of Home.

Homemade Italian Seasoning



Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons dried basil
  • 3 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 3 tablespoons dried parsley
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried crushed rosemary
Cooking Directions
  1. Place all ingredients in a bowl, pestle, or spice grinder. Grind spices (with a back of a spoon if doing by hand) until the spice blend becomes coarse.
Making simple pantry items at home can save a lot of money over the course of the year and taste so much better than store bought. Plus they make great gifts as part of a food gift basket! 

12 comments:

  1. I wish I could say it gets better but the struggle as they get older with electronic distractions rages on :-) No worries, they do survive and we do too (barely).

    Your Italian seasoning looks really good. Homemade seasonings are excellent.

    Hope you had a good summer.
    Velva

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    1. The electronic distractions definitely can be irritating :) I think it has only gotten worse as they have gotten older!

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  2. LOL, how awful of you ;)

    He will thank you some day.

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    1. He will.....when he's 30 and has kids of his own :)

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  3. I am trying to make as many things as possible from the scratch too. Your Italian seasoning looks wonderful, Ann.

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    1. Making things from scratch is so much cheaper and the taste is always better!

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  4. You're not mean at all. I think you're doing the right thing. Thanks for the recipe. I love making my own spice blends, such as taco or fajita seasoning.

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    1. I love making my own spice mixes, they are great!

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  5. Consistently sticking to the rules is good for the kids whether they like it or not. One day they'll be doing the same for their kiddos. :)

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    1. Mine definitely don't like it, but they will learn once they have kids :)

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  6. I love your italian seasoning!
    Aw I would like tell the twins to this time in bed:)
    But now they have 20 always go to bed any time.
    Always Im the firrst in bed!
    xo

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    1. My kids are hit or miss on going to bed. They will do the reading for an hour and then sometimes try to convince me to stay up later :) Kids are funny!

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