Mixes in a Jar – Making baking a little easier

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I love to bake.  I try to make muffins for my kids at least once a week.  Cookies are always a favorite around here also, although we are trying to eat healthy.

Many of you have seen people selling mixes in a jar.  I’ve seen them, too.  Lately I’ve decided to use them to make my baking at home a little easier.   Why not save some time when I have all the ingredients out to make a batch of muffins?  It’s just as easy to mix several batches of the dry ingredients and put them in quart jars for later.  I always have extra quart jars around the house.  I started a small spiral-bound notebook with the directions for adding the liquid ingredients & baking instructions.  All I have to do is label the jar with whatever kind of mix it is.  When I want to bake a batch of muffins or cookies, I simply turn to that page & follow the directions!  Simple.  It also saves me a little time and mess.  You could do this with brownies, quick breads, whatever!  Next time you make a batch of cookies or muffins,  measure out the dry ingredients for several more batches & put them in  quart jars.  The kids have fun helping, too.  I try to keep several different mixes in the pantry so the kids have some input on what I bake.  It is a win/win for everyone!

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