Making homemade spice mixes is easy and saves money! This Cajun seasoning recipe is perfect for adding a little Mardi Gras to your food.

Make your own Cajun seasoning with just a few spices that are already in your spice cabinet!   A few weeks ago I made Shrimp Etouffee for the first time and it has quickly become a favorite dinner.   One of the ingredients in the etouffee recipe is Cajun[…]

Did you know you can make homemade extracts with just a few simple ingredients for much cheaper than the store bought extracts? Learn how to make homemade mint extract with just 2 ingredients!

Did you know you can make homemade extracts with just a few simple ingredients for much cheaper than the store bought extracts? Learn how to make homemade mint extract with just 2 ingredients!   I have been making homemade vanilla extract for years.  It’s crazy easy! I just[…]

Run out of chocolate syrup? Check out this easy recipe to make homemade chocolate sauce with cocoa powder! Your homemade chocolate syrup will be ready in just 5 minutes.

Learn how easy it is to make chocolate sauce with cocoa powder, sugar and water! When we first got married, my husband and I did everything you aren’t supposed to do as newlyweds. We moved 2,000 miles away from everyone we knew for one of us to take[…]

Make the best homemade buffalo sauce with just 3 ingredients! This quick and easy recipe can be adjust to make mild, medium or hot sauce.

Buffalo Sauce is one of the easiest condiments to make at home.  Butter, hot sauce and garlic are all you need for a quick, delicious homemade buffalo sauce. I have a serious love of anything and everything “buffalo” flavored.  Last winter my mom and I decided to break[…]

5 Ketchup Recipes with A Twist

From sweet to spicy, these five ketchup recipes will add a fun twist to your hamburgers and hot dogs! It’s a new year and that means that the end of football season is drawing near and that, frankly, makes me sad. We love football and I’m never quite sure what[…]

Make your own pumpkin pie spice with a few spices already in your spice collection.  Homemade pumpkin pie spice is made with just a few common spices so you can add a homemade touch to all your fall cooking and baking. Pumpkin pie spice is a staple in[…]

roasted garlic

Making roasted garlic and keeping it on hand is a great short cut to making regular dishes special.  All you need to make roasted garlic is garlic, oil and aluminum foil. We love garlic in our food.  I actually started buying garlic in bulk at Costco because I[…]

Homemade barbecue sauce

I made homemade barbecue sauce one day out of necessity because I needed barbecue sauce and didn’t have any.  A quick mix of basic pantry ingredients that simmer for a few minutes and I had homemade barbecue sauce. We are huge fans of Sweet Baby Ray’s barbecue sauce.[…]

Marshmallow Fluff from growingupgabel.com @thegabels #recipe

Marshmallow fluff is quick and fun to make in your own kitchen! In 15 minutes you’ll have enough fluff for fruit dip, whoopie pies, or fluffernutters.   I needed a dish to bring to Bunco. I’d brought my Mexican Corn Dip last month, which is my go to[…]

Irish Cream Coffee Creamer from growingupgabel.com @thegabels #recipe

With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, I have Irish cream on the brain.   My homemade Irish cream is a favorite adult beverage, but I wanted something the kids could enjoy, too. One of my favorite flavors is Irish cream and every March, I find myself trying[…]