DIY Gift Giving from the Kitchen 2015 Recap

A recap of the 2015 Series with ADDED Recipes!  As we gear up for another season of preparing our Do-It-Yourself holiday gift suggestions, we thought we would give you a recap of last year’s most popular series on 21st Century Simple Living. Here are all the recipes, tips, and tricks we… Read more“DIY Gift Giving from the Kitchen 2015 Recap”

8 Flavored International Café Instant Coffee Blends

Part 8 of the Series on DIY Holiday Gift Giving from the Kitchen Maxwell House International House of Coffee Blends ares very popular but are expensive. Folgers and Nescafé flavored coffees are not much cheaper. But I like these Instant Coffee Blends because I can keep them in the pantry for a quick… Read more“8 Flavored International Café Instant Coffee Blends”

FREE Printable Labels for DIY Holiday Gift Giving from the Kitchen

Part 7 of the Series on DIY Holiday Gift Giving from the Kitchen A reader asks, “How do you make your labels?” Good question! I design my labels in Photoshop, import them into Microsoft Word, and make a PDF file which I can then print when I start my gift-giving… Read more“FREE Printable Labels for DIY Holiday Gift Giving from the Kitchen”

Taste the Seduction of Homemade Liqueurs

Part 6 of the Series on DIY Holiday Gift Giving from the Kitchen The word “liqueur” derives from the Latin word “liquifacere” which means to melt or dissolve—the flavorings used to make liqueurs are dissolved in an alcohol and simple sugar syrup. Liqueurs are distinct from eaux-de-vie, fruit brandy, and flavor… Read more“Taste the Seduction of Homemade Liqueurs”

The Awesome Flavor of Homemade Dry Seasoning Mixes

Part 5 of the Series on DIY Holiday Gift Giving from the Kitchen Almost any pre-packaged seasoning mix can be made at home for a 10th of the price you are paying for those McCormick-style packets in your grocery store. It will taste better too. WHAT IF you could have the convenience of… Read more“The Awesome Flavor of Homemade Dry Seasoning Mixes”

Dry Rub Seasonings, the Ultimate “Man Food”

Part 4 of the Series on DIY Holiday Gift Giving from the Kitchen You are probably thinking, “Herb Lady, I have men on my gift giving list too. What can I make from the kitchen for them?” Well, meat rubs of course! Meat rubs are gaining in popularity with chefs and Joe… Read more“Dry Rub Seasonings, the Ultimate “Man Food””

Gifts from the Sea—Flavored Salt Blends

Part 3 of the Series on DIY Holiday Gift Giving from the Kitchen Making salt blends at home could not be easier. For those who are not on a salt-restricted diet, salt blends add a depth of flavor with very few ingredients needed to accomplish the goal. Seasoned salt is often the… Read more“Gifts from the Sea—Flavored Salt Blends”

The REAL Stars of Movie Night—Popcorn Seasoning Blends

Part 2 of the Series on DIY Holiday Gift Giving from the Kitchen The Herb Lady here. Today we will explore one of my favorite subjects, SNACKS! Healthy snacks can improve mood, boost energy, and satisfy cravings. And popcorn has a lot of bulk for its calories (about 31 calories per cup of… Read more“The REAL Stars of Movie Night—Popcorn Seasoning Blends”

Popular Herb/Spice Blend Recipes

Part 1 of the Series: DIY Holiday Gift Giving from the Kitchen The Herb Lady writes: Today I am sharing some of my favorite herb/spice blends that I use in my own kitchen as well as for gift-giving. They are great for the holidays, house warming gifts, or that special birthday surprise… Read more“Popular Herb/Spice Blend Recipes”