Faded Bluebird

Any Lifestyle Blog written by a Southerner has to include food….right??!!  Well this is my contribution, but I’m not going to post meal recipes, but Food DIY.  The stuff that makes your meals totally delicious…..homemade sauces, seasoning mixes, jams, and condiments.  The behind the scene ingredients that work to make your meals filled with love and have your health and improved taste factors in mind. I will slowly but surely add some of my favorite recipes.  Let me know if you are looking for something! Click on any picture to enlarge and save or Pin.

bbq seasoning


enchilada sauce


taco seasoning mix

Tweak this to suit your “OMG that’s spicy” needs. I prefer to use 1/2 paprika and 1/2 smoked paprika. Add 2 – 3 T. of the mix & 1/2 c. of water to 1 lb of cooked meat. Simmer until most of the liquid has evaporated.


Italian seasoning mix

I use this mix in my homemade; spaghetti sauce, pizza sauce and in all my Italian dishes. It’s great to sprinkle on homemade breadsticks too!


seasoned salt

Use your favorite salt, I prefer a ground Kosher salt. This is the amount of salt we prefer in our mix, but with all seasoned mixes tweak it to suit your needs.


homemade tarter sauce


powdered milk

Got Powdered Milk??? I prefer the taste and feel of NIDO Powdered Milk


Onion Soup mix

Try this in hamburgers, on chicken and add to potato cubes baked in the oven.  Bouillon Powder makes this awesome!


bbq seasoning

This is awesome sprinkled on fries! And you definitely want the Smoked Paprika


hot chocolate mix

Use NIDO powdered Milk, it’s the best I’ve found!


christmas cookies

Need to find Meringue Powder?


christmas cookies

You can find Meringue Powder in the cake decorating aisles at local craft stores, or Here.


christmas cookies


bread crumbs

I LOVE my Ninja Chopper! It’s my kitchen workhorse.


chicken stock

You can place a stainless steel colander inside of a stock pot as well. Or you can use a Stock Pot with a Steamer.


pickle juice uses



roasted garlic

Lay the cloves out on a cookie sheet to freeze. Then place in a glass jar. You can then just remove one at a time to use.


homemade minced garlic


beef stew seasoning mix


chili seasoning mix


homemade brown sugar

Unsulfured Molasses or Blackstrap….what’s your preference?


Flavored Oatmeal

To make powdered oat, ground the oatmeal in a chopper. I prefer a Ninja!


gingerbread cookies


cranberry sauce


Pumpkin Pie Spice


Garlic Oil (2)

I adore glass bottles!


homemade applesauce


Peach CrumbYum (2)


Peach Sweet Tea (1)

Aren’t those Mason Jar Glasses and Straws cute! Just the thing for Summer.


peach pie filling

Ramekins are a wonderful thing to have. I like to use them to make individual servings of: pot pies, casseroles and tons of desserts. They can go from oven to freezer!


fruit dip


blueberry syrup


rotisserie seasoning


Faded Bluebird's Cole Slaw


Homemade Cranberry Juice