{Quick} Mixes For the Pantry

 “Ma had cooked an especially good supper because they had company.
There was stewed jack rabbit with white-flour dumplings and plenty of gravy.
There was a steaming-hot, thick cornbread flavored with bacon fat.
There was molasses to eat on the cornbread…”
-Little House on the Prairie


One thing I love to see lined up in my pantry are pre-made {homemade} mixes. If you frequent this blog, you will know that already as I have shared a few recipes for mixes over the past years.  They just make creating a quick, healthy meal so much simpler.


Here is one that was added to the pantry this week …


Country Soup Mix :

Country Soup Mix in a Jar
1/2 cup barley
1/2 cup dried split peas
1/2 cup uncooked rice
1/2 cup dry lentils
2 tablespoons dried minced onion
2 tablespoons dried parsley
2 teaspoons celery salt
2 tablespoons homemade dried chicken stock
1 cup uncooked macaroni

Layer ingredients in a jar.

To prepare:
1 Jar Country Soup Mix
3 quarts of water
2 sliced carrots
1 cup of shredded cabbage (optional)
2 cups diced tomatoes

Combine all in soup pot, bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover & simmer an hour or so, until veggies are tender.

{Recipe adapted from here.}



To go with your simmering soup … why not some old fashioned cornbread biscuits?

Cornbread Mix:

4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon salt
1 cup sugar
4 tablespoons baking powder
1 cup shortening
4 cups yellow cornmeal
Blend all ingredients together and store in a glass jar.

To use the mix, combine 2 1/2 cups of cornbread mix with 1 lightly beaten egg and 1 1/4 cups milk. Mix until just blended. Pour into greased muffin pan and bake at 425F for about 15 minutes {longer if baked in a square dish}.






The dainty labels, which I think appreciate when looking through the pantry, can be found here.


April 30, 2016 - 9:29 am

JES I will have to try this one out as I love stocking my pantry with pre made mixes too 🙂 Thank you for linking up with the Art of Home-Making Mondays at Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth!

April 27, 2016 - 2:40 pm

Leigh I love homemade mixes, both to use and to give as gifts! It’s so nice to see them in the pantry and of course homemade makes everything better.
Blessings, Leigh

April 26, 2016 - 7:07 pm

Our Home of Many Blessings Wonderful! Thanks for sharing!Wrote down the cornbread recipe and I think we will have this with our homemade chicken n noodles this Sunday!

April 26, 2016 - 12:29 pm

kimberly I love reading your blog and the homemade natural recipes are so wonderful. thank you.

April 26, 2016 - 11:41 am

admin Janet, soooo good to hear from you! How is life and business? Thank you for leaving a comment. So nice to “hear” from you again. 🙂

April 26, 2016 - 10:23 am

Janet Hi Gillian – I recently refound your blog. Am enjoying your posts and seeing how your family has grown. It is hard to believe Lacey and Cole are 12! Glad you are doing well.