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Mixes from Scratch – Kris’ cookbook

kitchenfullofmixesMany years ago, I had discovered that my little girl, Elwyn (now almost a teenager), was deathly allergic to “Red Dye.” As a mom, I did everything that I could to eliminate the potential for harm on my baby. (She was about 16 months old when the discovery was made and was just starting to eat “big people food” .)

As we researched what  El could and couldn’t eat, we began noticing that Dye was in EVERYTHING! And those dyes could kill my little girl.

I got in my kitchen with turn of the century cookbooks and began creating my own recipes of everyday items that we had in our pantry that contained red dye. 

Our family eats dye free… And I know that it has benefited all of us to watch what we eat and not eat all of those processed box foods. 


Have you see our cookbook? Solar oven cooking.



Learn Solar Oven Cooking with this book by Kris Mazy.

An Outdoor Kitchen Full of Sunshine – Cooking Outside in a Solar Oven. Saving money is the key to a large family. No one know better than author, Kris Mazy, mom of 7 amazing children. In this book, Kris shares cooking using a solar oven. You can make incredible meals, save money on power and propane and spend more time with your family. You Can Cook using the Sun’s Energy! Over 100 Recipes that you can make and create user your solar oven. Kris has spent the last 3 years creating solar oven recipes to allow more play-time with her ever-growing family. And that was exactly what this mom of 7 was shooting for! From Breads to Desserts, Mains to Sides, Cooking Outside Using a Solar Oven is fast, easy and saves money! Kris has also shared all of her solar oven gluten-free recipes. Over 50 recipes are labled as gluten-free in this book. Enjoy delicious recipes while saving time and money.

Recipes – Homemade Croutons

This recipe is one of many in my mixes cookbook out on Amazon right now. This book is available for both Kindle and in Print – I am just a print girl when it comes to cookbooks.


This morning we made another batch of croutons from day old bread that was given to us.  Today we had more than 10 slices so we adjusted the recipe to fit. You can also substitute herbs of your choice.



  • 10 slices of bread (sour dough is a favorite in our house)
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon oregano,
  • 1/2 teaspoon of garlic salt


Directions for mix:

Preheat oven to 350° degrees. Cube bread into desired size and toss into a bowl. Sprinkle the seasonings on top of the bread pieces.  Drizzle olive oil over the cubes and then toss gently.  After the bread is coated, layer on a cookie sheet. Do not allow the bread to overlap. Bake at 350 degrees for twenty minutes. Allow to cool. Place in an airtight container.