Pretty and Portable

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Carrier Hero 3

Transport Deliciousness in Style with a DIY Food Carrier

It’s the season of perpetual partying so make sure you don’t ring that doorbell without irresistible munchies in hand. Show up to your next shindig with this portable pail that functions as a carrier but also as festive food tray that will add flair to any buffet. The host won’t be left scrambling for an extra tray, and you quickly become the best guest ever!




Clean the pail with warm, soapy water. Towel dry completely.

Gently remove the handle from the ice cream pail and set aside. In a well-ventilated area, spray paint the outside of the pail and the top of the lid.


Using the glue gun and glue sticks, adhere the twine around the bottom half of the pail.


Glue twine to the sides and slightly over the rim of the lid.


Next, glue twine to the handle by wrapping it around from one end to the other.


Adhere leaves to the sides of the pail in varying positions.


Add a few leaves to the lid and glue in place.


Diva’s Tip:

This carrier is perfect for hot or cold appetizers and desserts. Be sure to separate each level of your goodies with round parchment paper. Before placing your food on the lid for display, place a sheet of parchment on the lid’s top.

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~ The Dairy Diva

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Keto Caramel Pudding with Toasted Coconut

Sunday, November 11, 2018


Just because you’re on a low-carb diet, doesn’t mean you have to say “no” to dessert. My Keto Caramel Pudding with Toasted Coconut is rich, creamy and indulgent —without the sugar.

It’s a luxurious, low-carb treat and keto dessert you can gift to yourself (you deserve it) or prepare for company during this upcoming holiday season.

Hiland Dairy products, including whole milk, butter and whipping cream, make Keto Caramel Pudding with Toasted Coconut a recipe I feel good about serving family and friends. Sourced from local dairy farms and free of artificial growth hormones, Hiland Dairy milk is creamy, smooth and brimming with essential nutrients. Their heavy cream is just as fantastic and whips up into fluffy, delicious sugar-free whipped cream — a homemade touch that always gets high-fives!  And, the butter . . . what’s NOT to love?! Butter makes everything better and is my go-to way to add richness to a low-carb dessert.


To keep the recipe high in fat and super low in carbohydrates (only 3.5g carbs per serving), I used a natural and relatively new sugar substitute called Allulose. It’s NOT an artificial sweetener, but a “rare” sugar that is extracted from only a few foods like wheat, figs, and raisins. It looks, tastes and acts like white granulated sugar (just a “bit” less sweet), making it the perfect swap in so many recipes – even making the sugar-free caramel starter for my keto dessert recipe. If you don’t have Allulose, a cup-for-cup measure granulated Stevia will also work.

The key to getting a nice caramel color and the taste is letting the butter and sugar substitute melt and simmer together in a saucepan long enough to get a golden amber color but not so long that it burns – keep an eye on this step and stir frequently. Next, you add the cream, then the milk!

Many puddings call for flour to thicken, but this adds a noticeable amount of carbohydrate (and gluten, if that is a concern). I simply use a small amount of unflavored gelatin dissolved in an equal part water and mix it after taking it off the heat.

No dessert, in my opinion, is complete without homemade whipped cream. Whipped cream turns the ordinary into the extraordinary and Hiland Dairy heavy whipping cream always comes through. Simply pour into a mixer bowl, using the whisk attachment, and beat until fluffy. If you like sweet whipping cream, add a few drops of liquid stevia before turning the mixer on.


After the keto pudding sets in the fridge, it’s topped with this yummy whip and a sprinkling of toasted coconut chips, if desired. This is a low-carb dessert that will soothe even the most savage sweet tooth.

When it comes to holiday treats, are you a DIY (do it yourself) or DIFM (do it for me)? For special occasions, I’m DEFINITELY a DIY kind of person, it just puts me in the holiday spirit to be in the kitchen making yummy things. Sometimes though, life gets in the way of my holiday planning, and I’d rather have someone DIFM – haha! When that happens, like if I have to pick up a store-bought pie or carton or tub of gelato, I know I can always make it special by mixing up some sugar-free whipped cream like I just described. This holiday hack makes everything look homemade, takes only 5 minutes and makes dessert taste 500 times better!

Take the fun quiz at Hiland Dairy to find out if your holiday style is more DIY or DIFM – and while you’re at it, enter to win a $300 gift card!



  • 1 stick salted butter
  • 2/3 cup granulated low-carb sweetener like Stevia or Allulose
  • 1 cup heavy cream divided
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin (1 packet)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 10 drops liquid stevia
  • 1o 0unce toasted coconut chips optional


Melt butter over medium heat in a medium sauce pot. Once melted, add sugar substitute and lower heat slightly. Let lightly simmer for approximately 3 to 5 minutes, stirring constantly, until turning golden amber. Watch carefully to ensure it doesn’t burn.

Whisk in one cup of heavy cream and continue to simmer on medium-low heat for 4 minutes.  Next, add one cup of milk, simmer for 6 more minutes. Turn off heat.

Mix gelatin with water and let sit for 1 minute, then turn the burner back on and whisk into pudding mixture. The gelled chunks should dissolve into pudding mixture.

Let pudding mixture cool for 5 minutes and then pour evenly into six 6 to 8-ounce ramekins or small jars. Place in fridge to set up for 30 minutes.

While pudding is setting, pour 1/2 cup whipped cream into a mixer (up to 10 drops of liquid stevia, more or less depending on preference for sweetness). Whip using whisk attachment for approximately 3 minutes or until stiff, but not overworked.

Add approximately 2 tablespoons on whipped cream to each pudding, top with a sprinkle of toasted coconut chips.


~Jennifer Fisher, The Fit Fork


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The Easiest Pumpkin Pie Cake Ever

Wednesday, November 7, 2018


The Easiest Pumpkin Pie Cake Ever is the perfect dessert for Thanksgiving. It is easy (as the name implies) and is sure to become a family favorite.

It is called pie cake because it is kind of like pie on the bottom and cake on the top. We really like pie and cake at our house, so why not combine the two?


Are you the DIY or the DIFM (Do-It-For-Me) type? I am both and I frequently combine the two. Take this recipe for example. I combine ready-made canned pumpkin pie mix with boxed yellow cake mix to make this sort of cross between cake and pie. This is a combination of DIY and DIFM.

Take this quiz to find out your style! Doing so will enter you into a drawing for a chance to have Hiland take care of your Thanksgiving spread. (With a $300 gift card)

When deciding what to put on this pie/cake creation I decided to take the DIFM approach and top it with Hiland® Ice Cream. It just seemed like a great idea because cake and pie are always better topped with ice cream. Not only that but we can choose our favorite flavor of Hiland Ice Cream, giving this dessert our own personal flair.


My husband especially liked this idea because he could top The Easiest Pumpkin Pie Cake Ever with his all-time favorite ice cream, Hiland Butter Brickle. I chose to go with classic vanilla. While I do love other flavor combos, vanilla is a favorite of mine, and I think it goes with pumpkin very well. Although I have to agree that pumpkin and toffee are a match made in heaven.

With just four ingredients, this dessert is so easy to make. Another thing I really like about it is that I just need a large bowl and a spoon to mix the batter together. You could use your hand mixer or even your stand mixer, but sometimes I’m all about less dirty dishes. It also makes it easy for new cooks or even the kids to make.

This recipe for Red Velvet Milkshake is another post where I combine my DIY and DIFM entertaining style. Check it out.



  • 1 can pumpkin pie mix – 30 ounces, not pumpkin puree
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 boxed yellow cake mix – 15.25 ounces
  • 1 cup – 2 sticks Hiland unsalted butter


Preheat oven to 350°. Spray the bottom of a 9″ X 13″ pan with cooking spray.

Melt Hiland unsalted butter.

In a large bowl, mix pumpkin pie mix and eggs until combined. Add cake mix and melted butter and stir until combined.

Pour into prepared pan and bake for 35-45 minutes or until the cake is no longer jiggly and the edges begin to brown and pull away from the sides of the pan.

Let cool and top with your favorite flavor of Hiland Ice Cream.


I melt my butter on the stove in a small saucepan. The cake will begin to have small cracks in the top when it is ready.

Recipe adapted from The Country Cook.


~Mindy, Mindy’s Cooking Obsession


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Glazed Pumpkin Spice Cream Puffs

Monday, November 5, 2018

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Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. Mainly because I love food so much, but also because it’s a time to gather with friends and family. There aren’t the distractions of other holidays, like costumes, decorating and gifts. Now don’t get me wrong I enjoy all those things too, but what I love to do is cook — and even more so — bake! This week I am trying out a new recipe that I think will be a fit at any Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving celebration, Pumpkin Spice Cream Puffs.


In the age of Pinterest, there is so much pressure to be the DIY guru on every holiday, birthday party and home project. That’s great. I for sure have areas that I go all crazy full-on DIY with. Sometimes, I like to be a DIFM (Do It For Me). I like to find ways to make life easier but still have that touch of handmade. Which are you: a DIY or a DIFM?

If you’re a DIY kind of gal, you are going to want to bake these delicious cream puff shells from scratch. You’ll find tons of amazing recipes for those online. If you’re like me, and more of a DIFM, you are going to want to pick up those shells ready to be filled. I have just the filling you want for the perfect Thanksgiving celebration. So I’m jumping on the pumpkin spice bandwagon! Trust me, you are going to thank me when you taste these delicious pumpkin spice cream puffs.


  • Pumpkin Spice Filling
  • 1 cream cheese, room temp
  • 8 Tbsp butter (1 stick), room temp
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 oz cool whip, thawed
  • Pumpkin Spice Glaze
  • 2 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • Crushed Pecans for topping


Prepare your pumpkin spice filling. On medium speed, beat cream cheese until creamy. Add in butter, powdered sugar, pumpkin puree, pumpkin spice, and mix. Add in cool whip, on low speed until cream is smooth.

Add filling to prepared cream puffs.

Prepare the glaze. Place powdered sugar and pumpkin pie spice in mixer on low and pour small amounts of milk in slowly until you reach your preferred consistency of the glaze.

Spoon glaze on top of each assembled cream puffs and top with crushed pecans.

Print this recipe.


~Content courtsey of Lani Derrick, Life Anchored


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DIY Freakishly Fun Frankenstein Pail

Monday, October 29, 2018

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There are many things that make Halloween a happy holiday but one stands out the most — candy! Toss aside the boring pillowcases and paper bags. Create this festive Franky pail that is the perfect holder for your kiddos’ candy. Simply cut a large opening on top of Franky’s head and you have a caddy for your little ghouls and goblins as they ding-dong their way to mountains of candy.



  • 1 Hiland Dairy gallon ice cream pail
  • Green spray paint
  • Black and white acrylic paint Googly eyes
  • Thin-tipped paint brushes
  • Thick black yarn
  • Crafting bond adhesive
  • Tacky glue
  • Scissors


Clean the pail with warm, soapy water. Towel dry completely.

Gently remove the handle from the ice cream pail and set aside. In a well-ventilated area, spray paint the outside of the pail and the top of the lid.


Cut varying lengths of the black yarn for the hair and eyebrows.
Tip: Separate into same-size sections for easier application.


Spray the lid with bond adhesive. Immediately place four or five pieces of yarn at a time side by side until no plastic is showing. Slightly press the overhanging yarn downward over the lip to form bangs. Let dry completely.


Glue the eyes and eyebrows onto the center of the pail with tacky glue. Paint a mouth and stitches. Let dry completely.


Place the lid on top of the pail. If you are using this as a trick-or-treat caddy, be sure to cut a large opening on top of the lid.

Print instructions.

Diva’s Tip:

You can make a wrapped mummy, too. Paint it white, add some googly eyes, and wrap the whole pail in gauze.

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~The Dairy Diva

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Coffee? Yes, Please!

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Coffee Creamer #1

Nothing Says Fall Like a Hot Cup of Coffee. Just Add Creamer!

Fall is finally here! The one must-have to start my day as the air begins to chill and the festivities begin is a hot cup of joe. It’s time to put aside the cold coffee drinks — for now — and sip on body-warming java. Before you take your first sip, elevate your coffee game with one of Hiland Dairy’s fresh and tasty coffee creamers. A splash of Hiland Dairy Coffee Creamer will transform an ordinary cup of coffee into a decadent sweet treat. Talk about starting your day off on a delicious note!

Try one of Hiland Dairy’s coffee creamers: French Vanilla, Hazelnut, Sweet Cream, and Fat-Free French Vanilla. In my opinion, these are all winners.  You can’t go wrong with a little pick-me-up in the morning!

Diva’s Tip:

No Hiland Dairy coffee creamer in the fridge? Relax! You can make your own. Simply use my Hiland Dairy Creamer recipe.

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~The Dairy Diva

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Cheese Stuffed Hamburgers

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Juicy Lucy Hero 1

Everyone puts cheese on top of their hamburgers, but have you ever tried to put it in the middle? Stuff Hiland Dairy Mild Cheddar Cheese in between two hamburger patties, throw your hamburger in a skillet with melted Hiland Dairy Butter, and you will never make a hamburger any other way. These stuffed burgers ooze cheesy goodness with every bite!

Ingredients (makes 4 burgers):


Cut the mild cheese into 12, 1½ x 1½ squares. Julienne the onion into 1-inch strips. Set both aside.


In a small skillet, melt 2 tablespoons of Hiland Dairy Butter. Sauté the onion until browned for approximately 5 minutes.


In a large bowl, combine the ground chuck, salt, garlic salt, Worcestershire sauce, and pepper. Softly toss to combine the ingredients with your hands.


Roll the mixture into balls that are approximately 3-inch in diameter.

Flatten each ball into ½ inch thick patties and indent the center.


Place 3 Hiland Dairy Cheese squares into the indented center of 4 patties. Place another meat patty on top and pinch the sides to create a hamburger.


Melt 3 tablespoons of Hiland Dairy Butter in a large skillet. Fry the patties for 5 minutes on each side.


Top each hamburger with pickles and sautéed onions. Serve immediately.


Print this recipe.

Diva’s Tip:

Hiland Dairy Pepperjack Cheese is also a delicious substitute for the cheese filling.

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~The Dairy Diva

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Candied Maple Bacon Ice Cream

Friday, September 7, 2018

Bacon Ice Cream Hero 3

Two American Classics That Create a Sweet and Salty Treat

I bake by this unwritten rule: Everything tastes better with bacon. When I saw Hiland Dairy Old Fashioned Vanilla Ice Cream in my freezer, I thought, why not sweeten up some bacon and mix the two together? That’s how my Candied Maple Bacon Ice Cream was born. It’s become a big hit around my house. Hopefully, it will be as big of a hit in your household too! Here’s how you make it.




Preheat the oven to 400 F.

Line a jellyroll pan with aluminum foil. Fit a baking rack on top of the pan, and coat it generously with cooking spray.

Place eight strips of bacon onto the baking rack.

In a small bowl, mix the brown sugar, maple syrup and spreadable butter together.


Brush each bacon strip with the maple mixture, reserving half for each side. Bake for 12 minutes.


Turn over and brush the remaining maple mixture on top of each strip.


Return to the oven and bake an additional 12 minutes or until desired crispiness. Remove and let cool completely.

Once cooled, transfer the bacon onto a plate or cutting board and chop into smaller bits, leaving a few larger pieces for garnish.


Scoop the ice cream into a small bowl.

Add the bits of bacon to the ice cream and gently fold together.


Serve immediately in small bowls, and garnish with a large piece of bacon.

Print this recipe.

Diva’s Tip:

You can add these maple candied bacon bits to just about any Hiland Dairy Ice Cream. Visit Hiland Dairy’s website to see all of the available Hiland Dairy Ice Cream flavors. You can also sign up for money-saving coupons.

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~The Dairy Diva


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Inside-Out Cherry Turnovers

Monday, August 27, 2018

Cherry Pie White 2

Put the Cherry On Top of This American Classic

Treat yourself to these delicious Inside Out Cherry Turnovers. These puffed-up cups are loaded with fruit filling, drizzled with decadent cream cheese frosting, and made with wholesome Hiland Dairy Milk and Butter.



  • 1 package puff pastry sheets, thawed
  • 21 ounces cherry filling
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup Hiland Dairy Butter
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 – 3 tablespoons Hiland Dairy Milk


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Unfold two pastry sheets and cut four circular shapes using a biscuit or round cutter from one of the sheets. Place the pastry rounds on the baking sheet. Cut four identically sized circles from the second pastry sheet. Next, using a smaller biscuit or round cutter, cut out the center of the large pastry round, creating a circular rim.


Brush milk on the edge of each large pastry circle and place the pastry rims on top of each round, pushing down softly to adhere the two layers together.


Bake the pastry cups for 10 minutes. Remove them from the oven and push the centers down slightly.


Fill each cup with approximately 1/2 cup cherry filling. Bake for an additional 8 minutes or until the pastry rim is golden brown.


Meanwhile, mix the remaining ingredients and add milk until the frosting is thin enough to drizzle off a spoon.


Drizzle the frosting over the top of each cherry turnover. Enjoy with a fresh glass of Hiland Dairy Milk.


Print this recipe.

Diva’s Tip:

If you don’t want to create cups using pastry sheets, you may use premade puff pastry cups.

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~The Dairy Diva



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S’mores Ice Cream Shake

Friday, August 10, 2018

Smore Shake Hero 2

A New Twist on an Old Favorite

Standing over a fire pit roasting marshmallows for s’mores sounds wonderful. I can’t wait to do it. However, even though my kids are begging me for those tasty roasted treats, I can’t seem to muster up the energy to stand by any open fire with temperatures reaching nearly 110 degrees here in Texas. Staying inside with the air conditioner on high to make S’mores Ice Cream Shakes sounds like a much better option. Trust me; you have to make these.




Put marshmallows on a baking sheet and turn the oven on to “hi broil.” Place the baking sheet underneath the broilers to crisp the marshmallows. Keep the door propped open so you can watch, and move the baking sheet so the marshmallows crisp evenly. Once the marshmallows are crisped to your liking, turn them over and crisp the other side. Remove from the oven and let cool.


Combine the marshmallows, ice cream, graham crackers and milk in a blender. Blend until creamy and smooth. Let rest for a few minutes to allow the graham crackers to soften.


Crush two to three graham crackers in a bag and pour onto a plate. Set aside.

Meanwhile, drizzle chocolate sauce down the side and on the rim of each serving glass.


Dip the rim of the glass onto the crushed graham crackers to coat the rim.


Fill each glass with the ice cream mixture. Garnish with a crisped marshmallow, extra cracker crumbs, and a straw!

Print this recipe.

Diva’s Tip:

You also may use any variety of Hiland Dairy Vanilla Ice Creams as a substitute. Simply add 1/3 cup of chocolate syrup to the blender.

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~The Dairy Diva



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Get Ready for Your Day the Right Way

Friday, July 27, 2018


Gobble Up Protein Packed Pancakes That Will Keep You Going

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It revs you up for work, school or whatever your day may bring you. These Oatmeal Cottage Cheese Pancakes are a delicious start to your day and will not only provide you with the protein your body needs but also will keep you feeling full longer. They’ll help reduce cholesterol levels, maintain lean muscle and provide many other important dietary needs. Get your protein in a scrumptious way!

Oatmeal Cottage Cheese Pancakes




Place all ingredients except the butter into a blender and blend until smooth, about 30 seconds.


Melt butter in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Using a 1/4 measuring cup, drop batter onto skillet.


Cook until bubbles appear on top, and flip over until golden brown.

Serve warm with your favorite fruit, a drizzle of maple syrup and a glass of farm-fresh Hiland Dairy Milk!

Print this recipe.

Diva’s Tip:

Visit Hiland Dairy’s website for additional protein-packed products you can substitute in this recipe.


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~The Dairy Diva



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Six-Layer ‘I-Scream-for-Ice-Cream’ Bars

Thursday, July 26, 2018


 Enjoy a Cool Treat for Summer

Ice cream and summertime go hand-in-hand, especially when you’re headed to a friend’s barbecue and you’ve been asked to bring dessert. This refreshing ice cream treat is created with layer after layer of scrumptious deliciousness that will leave your friends asking for seconds — and your recipe.

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Fudge Sauce Layer

  • 1½ cups evaporated milk
  • 2/3 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup Hiland Dairy Butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cookie Crumb Layer

Additional Layers

In a medium saucepan over low heat, combine evaporated milk, 1/2 cup butter, chocolate chips and powdered sugar. Bring to a rolling boiling, and cook for approximately 7 to 8 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla extract and cool completely.step 1 800x800

In a large bowl, thoroughly mix together the crushed chocolate sandwich cookies with 1/2 cup melted butter. Press mixture into the bottom of a 9 x 13-inch baking dish; freeze for 20 minutes.


Remove from freezer and place ice cream sandwiches in a single layer over the cookie mixture.


Tip: You may have to break apart a few sandwiches and press them to cover the entire cookie layer.

Immediately spread the softened ice cream over sandwich layer and freeze for 20 minutes.


Remove from freezer and spread the cooled fudge sauce over top and sprinkle with peanuts. Freeze for 20 minutes.


Spread the thawed whipped topping and place back in the freezer overnight or until firm.

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Print this recipe.

Diva’s Tip:

Be sure to buy the 1/2-gallon carton of Hiland Dairy Vanilla Ice Cream, open the package completely and slice the ice cream into 1/2-inch-thick pieces to lay them over the ice cream sandwich layer.


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~The Dairy Diva

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Make This Father’s Day Delicious

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Fathers Day Traditions

It’s the Thought That Counts

In my family, our gift to Dad is breakfast in bed. My husband loves when the kids file into our bedroom with his baked ham-and-cheese baked omelet, bacon and a cold glass of farm-fresh Hiland Dairy Milk. He looks forward to it every year because of the omelet’s light, fluffy texture and the gooey goodness of the melted cheeses. Happy Father’s Day!

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Raise a Glass

Friday, June 1, 2018

Raise a Glass. It is World Milk Day.

Celebrate World Milk Day

Now in its 18th year, World Milk Day is celebrated on June 1 in more than 80 countries with hundreds of events honoring this wholesome, nutritious beverage. From 5K races to festivals, World Milk Day festivities celebrate the dairy industry’s important contributions to sustainability, economic development and nutrition. And, personally, our celebration starts right at home.

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Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week

Give Your V.I.T. (Very Important Teacher) Something From the Heart

Teacher Appreciation Week is the perfect opportunity to offer much-needed gratitude for all that our teachers do. While there are many ways to honor teachers’ contributions, I always try to come up with something extra special — and this year is no different. I decided to repurpose a Hiland Dairy Sour Cream container into a teacher’s pet apple gift card holder.

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Make Lunch Count With Hiland Dairy Milk

Friday, April 13, 2018

Make Lunch Count With Hiland Dairy Milk

These Tips Will Give You an A+ in Packing School Lunches

Hiland Dairy Milk is a great source of protein, is rich in calcium and provides a fortified source of vitamin D. Put these healthy benefits to work by packing Hiland Dairy Milk in your kids’ school lunches to help fuel them for afternoon activities. Here are some tips for how to pack a powerful (and healthy) school lunch.

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Celebrate Pi Day the Tasty Way

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Celebrate Pi Day the Tasty Way

You’ll Go Bananas for This Dreamy Banana Cream Pie

No matter what holiday is on the horizon, my kids beg me to make my banana cream pie. I usually give in because I figure they’re getting a serving of fruit, right? Ha! Seriously, this pie is so creamy and delicious, you’ll find yourself making it often.

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Easy DIY Pot of Gold for St. Patrick’s Day

Monday, March 12, 2018

Easy DIY Pot of Gold for St. Patricks Day

A Treasure for Your Lil’ Leprechauns

There’s nothing quite like finding hidden treasure, especially on St. Patrick’s Day. Craft this cauldron using a repurposed Hiland Dairy Milk jug, fill it with golden candy and hide it before your kiddos wake up on St. Patrick’s Day morning. When they get to the kitchen for breakfast, surprise them with a treasure hunt in search of a pot of gold.

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Calling All Peanut Butter Lovers!

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Calling All Peanut Butter Lovers

Delectable Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Pound Cake

Once you take a bite from this dense, delicious cake, you won’t look at peanut butter the same again. The richness of the peanut butter cake is enhanced by chocolate chips and a delectable peanut butter glaze. It’s the perfect cake for any occasion. Be sure to have a glass of Hiland Dairy Milk nearby. Nothing helps wash down every last crumb better.

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Calling All Cheese Lovers

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Calling All Cheese Lovers

A Cheesy Treat for National Cheese Lover’s Day

What do you get when you stuff taco meat and delicious Hiland Dairy Colby Jack Cheese into pizza dough? A satisfied tummy! These cheesy taco sticks are redefining taco night at my house. Served with your favorite salsa and Hiland Dairy Sour Cream, these scrumptious morsels are a great appetizer or snack, and you can even serve them for a main meal.

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Soup Lovers, Rejoice!

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Soup Lovers, Rejoice

This Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup Is Healthy and Delicious

Typically, you wouldn’t think a creamy soup is a healthy choice. But this chicken and wild rice soup’s creamy base is made from wholesome Hiland Dairy Milk. It’s delicious, and you can make it easily in your slow cooker. You’ll enjoy the savory aromas of this soup the second you walk through the door.

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Make Meal Planning Easy With Slow-Cooker Shredded Chicken

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Make Meal Planning Easy With Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken

One Recipe, Many Uses

I’m a busy mom and don’t have a lot of time to plan and prepare well-balanced meals every night. That’s why I rely heavily on my favorite go-to kitchen appliance — my slow cooker. My trick is to make several pounds of shredded chicken; then I portion and freeze it for up to two months. Shredded chicken is a versatile ingredient in many of my family’s favorite dishes, plus it’s easy AND nutritious. Today, I’d like to share my delicious shredded chicken recipe with you, plus a bonus recipe for grilled chicken and cheese sandwiches!

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Unique Winter Wreath

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Unique Winter Wreath

A Very Merry and Bright … Idea!

Wreaths are holiday staples. Hang them on the front door around the house. No matter where you display them, they are delightful decorative pieces that come in all shapes and sizes. What’s better? You can make them with a few crafting supplies and some imagination. I used repurposed Hiland Dairy Milk jugs, and the end result was adorably festive.

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Time Management Clock for Kids

Monday, November 27, 2017

Time Management Clock for Kids

The holidays always seem to throw off my kiddos’ after-school routines. This clock craft is an easy way for them to keep track of their after-school activities like watching TV, doing homework and reading. If you have the same struggle in your household, grab an empty Hiland Dairy Milk jug and start crafting. After all, there’s no time like the present!

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Back to School, Crafts, Dairy Diva, Guest Contribution, Kid Activities, Milk Jug Crafts, Teachers, Tips

Autumn Pumpkin Cheese Ball

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Autumn Pumpkin Cheese Ball

Clever Edible for Fall Parties!

This creamy ranch spread won’t even last until midnight, so go ahead and turn an ordinary cheese ball into a pumpkin! It will be the hit of any fall soirée with its festive look on the outside and savory flavor on the inside. Serve with your favorite crackers or veggies, and watch your pumpkin cheese ball disappear, one bite at a time!

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Appetizer, Dairy Diva, Fall, Guest Contribution, Recipes, Tips

DIY Harvest Pumpkin Button Pumpkin for Fall

Monday, November 6, 2017

DIY Harvest Pumpkin Button Pumpkin for Fall

This Pumpkin Is Cute as a Button!

Autumn kicks off many annual traditions for my family. We pick apples, make pies and visit at least one local pumpkin patch to hunt for the ideal pumpkin. My kids can’t wait to carve their own jack-o’-lanterns for Halloween, but why stop there? Get in on the fun by creating a fall-themed pumpkin using a repurposed Hiland Dairy milk jug and a few crafting supplies.

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Crafts, Dairy Diva, Fall, Guest Contribution, Milk Jug Crafts, Tips

Celebrate Friendsgiving!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Celebrate Friendsgiving

It’s a Fun Way to See Friends and Eat Great Food!

Can’t make it home for Thanksgiving? No worries! Gather your pals and celebrate the holiday with your own Friendsgiving potluck party. It’s a casual get-together where you and your buddies can enjoy turkey and all the fixings in a relaxed atmosphere. Here’s my Friendsgiving Party Planning Guide to get you started.

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Dairy Diva, Fall, Guest Contribution, Holiday, Tips

Soup-er Scrumptious Lobster Bisque

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Soup-er Scrumptious Lobster Bisque

Celebrate National Seafood Bisque Day

Fall is here, and that means the official start to soup season in our house. If you love soup as much as we do, here’s a delicious recipe loaded with fresh Hiland Dairy ingredients. You can make mini bisque pies or serve it up in a bowl. So go ahead and add this one to your fall menu. After all, it’s National Seafood Bisque Day!

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Dairy Diva, Dinner, Guest Contribution, Lunch, Recipes, Tips

Walking Ta-Cones

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Walking Ta-Cones

The Perfect Taco for a Family on the Go

Now that after-school activities have started, I’ve come up with a way for my kids to take their tacos with them on their way to a practice without the mess. Super simple. Super yummy. It’s a super dinner on the go.

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Dairy Diva, Dinner, Guest Contribution, Lunch, Recipes, Tips

Family Favorites!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Family Favorites

Create Memories for Generations With Family Traditions

Family traditions are important. They strengthen family bonds, offer comfort and security, and even teach values. No matter how or when they start, traditions should be part of your family culture. Here are six tips for creating your own family traditions…

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Dairy Diva, Family, Guest Contribution, Tips

Easy BBQ Chicken Foil Packs

Friday, September 1, 2017

Easy BBQ Chicken Foil Packs

It’s Labor Day Weekend!

Labor Day weekend is the perfect time to get together with family and friends and toss back some great barbecue. But why stand over a hot grill when your oven can do all the work? These barbecue chicken foil packs are packed with flavor and are super easy from prep to your table.

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Dairy Diva, Dinner, Guest Contribution, Lunch, Recipes, Tips

Veggie Foil Packs

Monday, August 7, 2017

Veggie Foil Packs

It’s National Farmers Market Week? Off to the Market We Go!

This week kicks off National Farmers Market Week, and I love heading to our local market to pick up fresh veggies. I also enjoy this foil pack recipe because you don’t need a grill. I bundle up various vegetables and pop them in the oven. Simple and yummy!

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Dairy Diva, Dinner, Guest Contribution, Lunch, Recipes, Tips

French-Fry Croquettes

Thursday, July 13, 2017

French-Fry Croquettes

Spud Overload

Step up your appetizer game with this french-fry croquettes recipe. These delectable morsels are made even more delicious with one simple ingredient – bacon! Pair the croquettes with your favorite sour cream, dip or salad dressing. Trust me, your guests will be impressed!

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Appetizer, Dairy Diva, Guest Contribution, Recipes, Tips

Healthy Yogurt Pops

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Healthy Yogurt Bomb Pops

Celebrate National Bomb Pop Day

I remember two distinct things about summertime when I was a kid: hot Iowa temperatures and gobbling up Bomb Pops®. They were so delicious and the perfect remedy to cool down on those hot summer days. So, in honor of my childhood memory, I’ve created my own version of this summertime staple by using Hiland Dairy Yogurt to wrap up National Dairy Month!

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Dairy Diva, Desserts, Guest Contribution, Recipes, Tips, Yogurt

Mint Chocolate Floats

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Mint Chocolate Floats

Share a Mint Chocolate Float on a Wonderful Summer Evening

This past year, my family decided to plan out some family time each day, typically in the evenings to just rest and relax. It’s usually after dinnertime and almost always includes some type of treat at least a few times a week. This past week we enjoyed some family time with these Mint Chocolate Floats while planning out our next trip to Silver Dollar City.

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Contests, Desserts, Guest Contribution, Ice Cream, Mommy Hates Cooking, Recipes

Make Saving for Vacation Fun

Monday, June 5, 2017

Family Vacation Fund Bank

Got Spare Change? Time to Save Up for Vacation!

Going on vacation is exciting for the whole family. Saving up to pay for vacation can be challenging, so this Family Vacation Fund Bank crafted with a repurposed Hiland Dairy Milk jug is the perfect vessel for extra change as your entire family helps save up money for the big trip. It also is a good lesson for kids to learn that vacations aren’t free, so they have to learn to save and spend their money wisely. Now, let’s get crafting!

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Crafts, Dairy Diva, Guest Contribution, Milk Jug Crafts, Tips

May Is National Barbecue Month

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

May Is National Barbecue Month

While regional barbecue styles are the source of many an argument, if there’s one thing any backyard pitmaster can agree on, it’s that the perfect complement to any barbecue is coleslaw. Check out our simple, tasty recipe for this all-American summertime treat.

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Buttermilk, Dinner, Lunch, Recipes, Summer

It’s Teacher Appreciation Day!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Homemade Candles for Teacher Appreciation Day

Show Your Gratitude With a Homemade Candle

I had some amazing teachers growing up, and now my kiddos do, too. Say thanks by giving them one of these homemade crayon wax candles to show your appreciation. These candles are creative, fun and made with … wait for it … ice! You read that right, pour melted wax over crushed ice in empty Hiland Dairy cartons and the results are amazing.

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Crafts, Dairy Diva, Guest Contribution, Milk Jug Crafts, Teachers, Tips

Meal Planning Can Help Reduce Stress

Friday, April 14, 2017

Reduce Stress Through Meal Planning

April Is Stress Awareness Month

So, we here at Hiland Dairy figured we’d take the opportunity to help reduce everyone’s stress levels a bit. After all, that’s the whole purpose of this blog: to highlight recipes, tips, tricks and other so-called “life-hacks” to help you save money and time — the two things that most often lead to stress.

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Coupons, Meal Planning, Recipes

Unstuffed Chicken Cordon Bleu

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Unstuffed Chicken Cordon Bleu

A New Style to an Old Favorite

It’s always a plus when I find a recipe that is simple to make and loaded with fresh Hiland Dairy ingredients. Case in point: this Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole that’s a hit with my family. We never have leftovers! So, in honor of National Chicken Cordon Bleu Day, I’m sharing this scrumptious recipe with you.

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Dairy Diva, Dinner, Guest Contribution, Holiday, Lunch, Recipes, Tips

Tater Tot Mexirole

Friday, March 31, 2017

Tater Tot Mexirole

A Classic Casserole With a Twist

For National Tater Day, I decided to treat my family to a hearty tater tot casserole. I added a little kick to this basic casserole by baking in Mexican flavors that my family loves. The fresh Hiland Dairy ingredients made this Mexican casserole so delicious, there were no leftovers to be had!

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Dairy Diva, Dinner, Guest Contribution, Lunch, Recipes, Tips

Plan Your Meals Ahead to Save Time and Money

Monday, March 20, 2017

Plan Your Meals Ahead to Save Time and Money

What’s For Dinner?

How many times has this happened to you: You look up at the clock at work, see that it’s nearing 5 p.m. and suddenly realize you haven’t figured out what’s for dinner yet. Luckily, Hiland Dairy is here to help. We’ve put together a free, four-week email series on this very subject.

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Coupons, Meal Planning, Recipes

Mini Pancake Bites

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Mini Pancake Bites

You’ll Flip for These Pancakes

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so why make it ordinary? Think outside of the frying pan and make pancake breakfast bites using a mini muffin tin. Using fresh Hiland Dairy ingredients and serving them with a glass of pure Hiland Dairy Milk is the perfect way to start your family’s day. Breakfast is served!

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Breakfast, Dairy Diva, Guest Contribution, Recipes, Tips

March 7 Is National Cereal Day

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

March 7 Is National Cereal Day

When was the last time you ate a bowl of cereal? If you’re like a lot of adults, it was probably longer ago than you’d care to remember. That’s because we tend to think of breakfast cereal as kids’ food. But, on March 7, maybe we should dare to be young again and enjoy a crunchy bowl of cereal floating in farm-fresh Hiland Dairy Milk for National Cereal Day.

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Breakfast, Holiday

Mini Ham and Broccoli Cups

Friday, March 3, 2017

Mini Ham and Broccoli Cups

Ham It Up!

They might be mini, but they are mighty! These mini ham-and-broccoli cups are perfect when you don’t have a lot of time to make dinner. Eat them with your favorite sides and a tall glass of fresh Hiland Dairy Milk, or grab a few to eat in the car on the way to basketball practice. Either way, they always hit the spot!

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Dairy Diva, Dinner, Guest Contribution, Lunch, Recipes, Tips

Creamy Cajun Pasta

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Creamy Cajun Pasta Recipe for Fat Tuesday

The Perfect Pasta for Fat Tuesday

When you think about Mardi Gras, you may think about the world-famous New Orleans parade, beads and masks. Personally, I think of scrumptious Cajun cooking! Over the past several years, I’ve enhanced this recipe by adding a little bit of this and that from Hiland Dairy to make one amazing creamy pasta dish. Get ready to dig in, Divas!

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Dairy Diva, Dinner, Guest Contribution, Lunch, Recipes, Tips

Miniature Cherry Pie Recipe for National Cherry Pie Day

Monday, February 20, 2017

Miniature Cherry Pie Recipe for National Cherry Pie Day

Miniature Cherry Pies With Whipped Cream

I remember picking cherries with my mom as a kid. I also distinctly remember her scrumptious cherry pies. So, in honor of National Cherry Pie Day — and my mom — I simplified the pie-making process. I baked miniature versions of this yummy treat using three ingredients, and topped them off with my homemade whipped cream.

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Dairy Diva, Desserts, Guest Contribution, Holiday, Recipes, Tips

Baking for Family Fun

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Baking for Family Fun

Making Memories That Will Last a Lifetime

Dinnertime is one of the most important times of my family’s day. Once a month, I have my kids choose a meal and make it together. They love it! This month, the meal was lasagna and tossed salad. Their super-scrumptious lasagna recipe is kid-made, mom approved.

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Dairy Diva, Dinner, Family, Guest Contribution, Recipes, Tips

Raise a Glass to Celebrate American Heart Month

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Raise a Glass to Celebrate American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month

It’s a good time to focus on heart health and the things we can do to combat heart disease — the leading cause of death in the United States. If you enjoy a tall, cool glass of milk every day or maybe indulge in a few splashes on your breakfast cereal, then you’re already engaging in a heart-healthy diet.

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Dairy Facts, Health, Heart Month, Nutrition

Blonde Brownies Are More Fun

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Blonde Brownies Are More Fun

Just wait until you pull a pan of these tasty treats out of the oven. Your brownie-loving family will have their minds — and taste buds — blown. You see, these brownies aren’t brown; they’re blonde. Did we mention that they’re simple to make and ready in less than an hour? Well, let’s get started!

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Desserts, Recipes

It’s National Milk Day!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017


Forget New Year’s Eve and Valentine’s Day…

This is the most important day of the year. No, really! After all, milk is a true superfood that contains a whole variety of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that your body needs. Milk is a great source of protein, too. What do those other days give you? A headache and sugar shock, that’s what. Nope, Jan. 11 is the day to really celebrate.

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Holiday, Milk, National Milk Day

Make Dairy a Part of Your New Year

Thursday, January 5, 2017


OK, we’ll take it for granted that you’ve resolved to be healthier in the New Year — everyone does. The question is, how are you going to do it? After all, it’s one thing to say you’re going to do something; it’s quite another to put it into action. Don’t fret. Hiland Dairy is here to help.

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Fitness, Health, New Year's Resolution

Reachable Resolutions

Friday, December 30, 2016


Make 2017 the Best Year Yet

Making New Year’s resolutions is one thing. Making them come true is another. If you want your self-promises to stick, don’t make them unattainable. Keep them realistic and within reach, and make them a personal priority. My resolution in 2017 is to make sure my family maintains a healthy diet. At the top of my healthy-eating list is protein. This superpower nutrient does so much good for the mind and body that it’s a must in my house. Here’s what I’m doing this year to add more protein to our diets…

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Dairy Diva, Guest Contribution, Health, New Year's Resolution, Protein

Celebrate the Season With Limited-Edition Holiday Milk Flavors — Now in Fudge Brownie!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016


They’re Here — but Not for Long

Hiland Dairy seasonal milk flavors are a fun, delicious way for kids (and adults) to get the protein and other essential vitamins and minerals their bodies need. With all the benefits of Hiland Dairy Milk plus the flavors they crave, Hiland’s seasonal flavored milk will be a hit with every member of the family.

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Flavored Milk, Holiday, Tips

Got Lemons?

Thursday, December 15, 2016


It’s National Lemon Cupcake Day

Okay, I admit it. I go crazy for lemon-flavored anything—drinks, sauces, cakes—you name it. If it has that juicy fruit involved, I’m all in. So, when I looked at my calendar and noticed that today is National Lemon Cupcake Day, I headed straight for my kitchen, grabbed my Hiland Dairy ingredients and made my favorite homemade lemon cupcakes. Here are the step-by-step directions so you can give them a try!

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Dairy Diva, Desserts, Guest Contribution, Holiday, Recipes, Tips

Make It a Hiland Holiday

Monday, December 5, 2016


Spend the Holidays With Hiland

With the holiday season in full swing, most of us will be busy preparing side dishes and desserts to bring to parties, as well as full holiday meals for friends and family. Freshness counts when choosing ingredients for your favorite recipes, and you can count on Hiland Dairy to provide only the freshest dairy products for all of your cooking and baking needs. So, don’t forget to add these staples to your holiday grocery list…

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Contests, Coupons, Holiday, Recipes

DIY Pumpkin Flower Vases

Monday, November 21, 2016


Give Your Pumpkins This Magical Makeover

I love the idea of recycling my Halloween pumpkins by transforming them into these wonderful flower vases for my Thanksgiving table. There’s no need limit pumpkins to pies and soups this fall. Grab your carving knives, Divas, it’s time to dig in!

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Crafts, Dairy Diva, Fall, Guest Contribution, Tips

A Twist on Your Thanksgiving Side Dish: Mac & Cheese Cups

Friday, November 18, 2016


Mac & Cheese You Can Eat With Your Hands

I’ve taken a timeless classic and have given it a delicious twist! Try this recipe using fresh and pure Hiland Dairy ingredients, and let the mouth watering begin. These Mac & Cheese Cups make a great side dish for turkey day, and they’re the perfect “shared” dish to take to your holiday parties. Enjoy!

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Dairy Diva, Dinner, Fall, Guest Contribution, Lunch, Recipes, Tips

This DIY Leaf Bowl is Delightful

Thursday, November 17, 2016


Leaf It up to Me

Put on your crafting hats, Divas! This DIY leaf bowl is not only fun, but it’s also functional. You’ll have to set aside some time for this one, but it is worth the wait. Once your bowl is crafted, throw in some candy, potpourri or faux acorns to brighten up your coffee table.

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Crafts, Dairy Diva, Fall, Guest Contribution, Tips

Macho Nachos, Anyone?

Sunday, November 6, 2016


Did Someone Say Chili Cheese Nachos … Diva-style?

When I think of nachos, I think of beef-and-bean-laden chili, lots of Hiland Dairy Shredded Cheddar Cheese, and a whole lot of hands digging into the mountain of goodness. These Macho Nachos are the first to disappear from my party buffet. Let’s get cooking!

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Appetizer, Dairy Diva, Guest Contribution, Recipes, Tips

Blue Ribbon Creamy Fudge

Friday, November 4, 2016


It’s Diva-licious!

Hello, Divas! If you could see me right now, I’m doing my happy dance. Why? Because today is National Candy Day! My mom used to make blue ribbon winning fudge, so I’m using today as an excuse to pay homage to her succulent treat. Back in the day, she used only the freshest ingredients. That’s why I’m using products from Hiland Dairy!

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Coupons, Dairy Diva, Desserts, Guest Contribution, Holiday, Recipes, Tips

Anyway You Slice It, It’s National Pizza Month

Monday, October 24, 2016


Who Doesn’t Like Pizza?

Even though my family doesn’t see eye-to-eye on pizza toppings, I always use Hiland Dairy Cheese when I make homemade pizza. I know the cheese is made with pure and fresh Hiland Dairy Milk, so I know it’s good. If you’ve never done it before, I recommend you try making a pizza pie from scratch. Bake it. Slice it. Eat it. Your taste buds will thank you!

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Dairy Diva, Dinner, Guest Contribution, Lunch, National Pizza Month, Recipes, Tips

World Osteoporosis Day: Make Dairy Your Friend

Thursday, October 20, 2016


Although osteoporosis occurs in older age, it is at least partially a result of your diet and physical activity during those peak bone-building years before the age of 30. The good news is you are never too old (or too young) to improve your bone health. You can do many things to help keep your bones strong and healthy at all ages, and making dairy a regular part of your diet is a great start.

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Calcium, Health, Osteoporosis

Light Up Halloween

Monday, October 10, 2016


Add Halloween Milk Jug Lanterns to Your To-Do List

Alrighty, Divas. Start saving your Hiland Dairy Milk jugs (if you haven’t already), because you’re going to want to light up your front porch with these Halloween milk jug lanterns. This craft is simple and inexpensive. Plus, it will have your neighbors saying, “Why didn’t I think of that!”

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Crafts, Dairy Diva, Guest Contribution, Milk Jug Crafts, Tips

Family Movie Night

Thursday, October 6, 2016


Dip In!

Our family loves to sit down for a family movie night whenever we get a break from our busy schedules. And, family movie night isn’t complete without some great snacks to go with it! Hiland Dairy Dips with chips and veggies are always the top of our snack list. But, when the chill of fall is in the air, we also like a nice hot dip. That’s when I whip up my savory Buffalo Chicken Dip. It’s easy-peasy and oh-so-delicious!

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Dairy Diva, Dips, Family, Guest Contribution, Recipes, Tips

Fit In Fitness

Wednesday, September 28, 2016


It’s National Women’s Health and Fitness Day

Hey, Divas! It’s all about us today, so grab up your gal pals and head to the yoga studio. And, don’t forget to recharge with Hiland Dairy Chocolate Milk after your workout. Studies show that chocolate milk is a natural source of high-quality protein to build lean muscle, and it contains the right mix of protein and carbs. Oh, and don’t worry if yoga isn’t your thing. Here are a few other ideas for National Women’s Health and Fitness Day…

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Dairy Diva, Fitness, Guest Contribution, Health, Recovery Drink, Tips

Morning Protein: Pumpkin Oatmeal Mug Bake

Monday, September 19, 2016


Experts recommend that adults try to consume 30 grams of protein with every meal.

In fact, check out this tasty recipe that packs in 30 grams of protein. All you need is a coffee mug to cook this simple breakfast. It’s sure to warm you up on a crisp, fall morning. Plus, it will help keep you full and focused!

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Breakfast, Protein, Recipes

Smart Snacks for Kids

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Smart Snacks for Kids

Once school’s back in session, it can feel like a whirlwind to keep track of homework, team schedules, extracurricular activities and more. But here’s one thing you shouldn’t have to worry about: making sure your kids can grab nutritious, delicious snacks. Here are some of our favorite ideas from our friends at the National Dairy Council and Dairy Good. Odds are you already have many of these items on hand.

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Back to School, Family, Health, Nutrition, Recipes, Snacks

Think Milk, Drink Milk

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Think Milk. Drink Milk.

The Benefits of School Milk

I remember like it was yesterday: Milk was the only beverage of choice at school lunchtime. We even got to choose between white, strawberry or chocolate milk on Fridays. The good news? Schools are still serving delicious, nutritious milk at lunchtime. Nothing beats the protein- and vitamin-packed punch of milk to help them get through the day. Talk to your kids about the importance of grabbing nutritious Hiland Dairy Milk to accompany their school meals.

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Back to School, Dairy Diva, Guest Contribution, School Milk, Tips

State Fairs are Making Dairy a Main Attraction

Friday, August 19, 2016

State Fairs are Making Dairy a Main Attraction

What do a cow, Elvis and Tiger Woods have in common? They’ve all made appearances at state fairs. Well, the butter sculpture versions of them anyway. I love state fairs because of the people, fun and food. And being the Dairy Diva that I am, I wanted to find out how regional state fairs incorporate dairy into their lineups. What I found out is amazing.

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Dairy Diva, Guest Contribution, Kid Activities, Summer Activities, Tips

We Love Our Cows

Friday, July 8, 2016

We Love Our Cows

It’s Cow Appreciation Day!

Cows come first on our dairy farms, and for good reason. When our farmers give the best care to their cows, the animals stay healthy and provide delicious, wholesome Hiland Dairy Milk that is pure and fresh.

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Dairy Cows, Dairy Facts, Dairy Good

Is Butter Better? We Think So!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

9 reasons why we think butter is better.

Here are nine reasons why we think butter is better.

Today, more and more Americans want to know what’s in their food – but that’s not all. People want real ingredients they can recognize. That’s led to some companies rethinking ingredients and swapping them with more natural, familiar ones. You can feel good about these changes too – especially when real butter is involved.

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Dairy Facts, Dairy Good, Health, Nutrition

Celebrate National Dairy Month With Homemade Mozzarella

Monday, June 13, 2016

Celebrate National Dairy Month With Homemade Mozzarella

Lotsa Mozza!

As The Dairy Diva, I’ll be really honest…one of my favorite cheeses is mozzarella. When I stumbled across a homemade mozzarella recipe years ago, I tweaked it using Hiland Dairy Vitamin D Milk and I’ve been making it ever since. So let’s celebrate my favorite mozzarella recipe with my favorite month – National Dairy Month!

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Cheese, Dairy Diva, Fresh, Guest Contribution, Milk, National Dairy Month, Organic, Recipes, Tips

The Power of Milk: Natural Sugar Versus Added Sugar

Thursday, June 9, 2016

The Power of Milk - Natural Sugar Versus Added Sugar.

The problem with added sugar.

You’ve probably heard that obesity is reaching epidemic levels in the United States and is responsible for a host of serious medical conditions, including cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer, asthma and sleep apnea. One major contributor to the rise in obesity is the consumption of added sugar — sugar that’s not naturally occurring in a food but is added during processing.

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Dairy Facts, Health, Milk, Nutrition, Sugar

Help Feed A Childhood

Monday, June 6, 2016

Help feed a childhood.

The Great American Milk Drive Makes it easy!

Here at The Hiland Home, we believe childhood should be filled with playing, learning and growing. But for many children who face hunger, even basic staples like milk are missing. More than 46 million Americans – including 12 million children – rely on Feeding America food banks each year. Milk is one of the most requested, but least donated items at food banks…meaning children in need are missing out on the essential nutrients, including high-quality protein, it supplies.

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Great American Milk Drive, Milk Life

Here’s The Scoop!

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Get the scoop on the six new ice cream flavors from Hiland Dairy

Six new ice cream flavors join the Hiland Dairy family…and we put them to the test!

Peanut butter and jelly, milk and cookies, cell phones and chargers…one thing just doesn’t go without the other. That’s why when I think of summer, I think of ice cream! And Hiland Dairy has six new flavors that my kids wanted to put to the test. I mean really, who wouldn’t?

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Dairy Diva, Desserts, Family, Guest Contribution, Happy, Ice Cream, Kid Activities, New Products, Summer, Taste Test, Tips

Protein Made Delicious: Country Breakfast Pie

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Protein Made Delicious. Country Breakfast Pie

Experts recommend that adults try to get 30 grams of protein with every meal.

In fact, why not check out this tasty recipe that packs in over 33 grams of protein when you serve it with an 8 ounce glass of Hiland Dairy Milk. This mouth-watering breakfast pie is perfect for weekend mornings to get the gang out of bed and into the kitchen!

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Breakfast, Protein, Recipes

Don’t Let Your Kids’ Nutrition Slack This Summer

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Don’t Let Your Kids Nutrition Slack This Summer

The days are getting longer. The nights are getting warmer.

It can mean only one thing – summer is almost upon us. And that means that kids will soon be freed from the shackles of their daily school routines. For them, it’s heaven: Sleeping late. Playing with friends. Hanging out at the pool. But it can also mean that they’re no longer receiving the same level of nutrition they were when they were getting their lunches at school.

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Family, Health, Nutrition, Summer

Happy Pack Rat Day!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Happy Pack Rat Day

So what the heck is Pack Rat Day anyway?

Well, it’s celebrated on May 17, first of all. And while the day is meant to encourage us to embrace the fact that we want to keep stuff, and suggests that you shouldn’t throw your old belongings, clothes or even rubbish away as it might be useful or valuable in days or years to come, we see it as a chance to rethink all those useless things you’ve been hoarding in your basement, your attic or wherever your stuff eventually gravitates to (I mean, do you really need two fondue sets?).

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Recycle, Repurposing, Sustainability

Protein-Packed Herbed Cream Cheese And Egg Sandwich

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Protein-Packed Herbed Cream Cheese And Egg Sandwich

Experts recommend that adults try to get 30 grams of protein with every meal.

But getting to that magic number 30 can seem daunting…until you realize that in many cases, all you need to do is ‘Just Add Hiland.’ Meaning a glass of Hiland Dairy Milk here or a scoop of Hiland Dairy Cottage Cheese there can pump up the protein in a way that’s not only nutritious, but delicious too!

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Breakfast, Meat Free, Milk Life, Protein, Recipes

DIY Kentucky Derby Centerpiece Hat

Friday, May 6, 2016

DIY Kentucky Derby Centerpiece

And they’re off!

The Kentucky Derby might be notorious for its horses, jockeys and roses, but I have to admit…I LOVE the hats! So much so, they inspired me to create a festive centerpiece hat out of a repurposed Hiland Dairy Cottage Cheese container. Want to give it a try? Check out my simple step-by-step directions…

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Crafts, Dairy Diva, Guest Contribution, Tips

Stack It And Pack It!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Stack It and Pack It - How  to Properly Organize Your Refrigerator

How To Properly Organize Your Refrigerator

Who knew? I just found out that I’ve been organizing my refrigerator the wrong way, which may be why my food seems to spoil so quickly after I buy it. There’s even a certain dairy product that should have its own drawer! So, I’d like to share a few tips on how to arrange your fridge to maximize the freshness of your food…

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Dairy Diva, Guest Contribution, Lifehacks, Storage, Tips

Get Packing For National Picnic Day!

Friday, April 22, 2016

Get Packing for National Picnic Day

Tomorrow is National Picnic Day.

With the weather warming up and the birds chirping, there’s no better time to pack your picnic basket and spend the day at the park. Our family loves to go on picnics. Over the course of the years, I’ve turned an ordinary lunch into a creative outing with the family. Here are some of my tricks…

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Dairy Diva, Family, Guest Contribution, Holiday, Kid Activities, National Picnic Day, Protein, Spring, Tips

Looks Good. Tastes Good. Good For You.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Looks Good. Tastes Good. Good For You.

If it tastes great for either breakfast or lunch, can you call it brunch?

One thing we do know – you can call this Falafel Avocado Toast delicious. In fact, we’ve heard from people who have served this good-for-you dish for both because it’s ingredients taste so fresh and light. It serves four, so it’s ideal for family or house guests, plus it has only 430 calories per serving, but is packed with 25 grams of protein – so it’s perfect to keep you productive through to your next meal.

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Breakfast, Lunch, Meat Free, Milk Life, Protein, Recipes

It’s Grow Time!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

It is Grow Time...

Plant a seed and watch it grow with this easy DIY seed starter!

Now is the time to create your seed starter garden so you can enjoy fresh veggies and herbs all summer long. This DIY project is the perfect way to reuse my empty Hiland Dairy Yogurt containers and is easy enough for the kids to get involved. I put mine together in a jiffy and so can you!

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Crafts, Dairy Diva, Fresh, Guest Contribution, Kid Activities, Recycle, Repurposing, Spring, Tips

Potato Skins – The Great Taste Everyone Loves

Friday, April 15, 2016

Potato Skins – The Great Taste Everyone Loves

These Bacon and Cheese Potato Skins are so deliciously good that it’s easy to forget that they also deliver more than 30 grams of protein per serving. Fun to prepare with kids or to serve when you’re hungry for hot food that’s easy to put together with ingredients you typically have on hand.

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Appetizer, Protein, Recipes, Tips

Fresh, Local And Now Organic!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Introducing Hiland Dairy Organic Milk

We’re welcoming a new addition to our fresh, locally produced milks – Hiland Organic Milk!

Wholesome and healthy Hiland Organic Milks are USDA certified organic. Our dairy cows graze in clover-rich pastures that are protected from pesticides and fertilizers. And, like all Hiland Milk, Hiland Organic Milk is produced with no artificial growth hormones and is tested for antibiotics. So, it not only tastes as good as you expect, it’s also good for you – with 8 grams of protein and 9 essential nutrients in every serving.

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Hiland Dairy, Milk, New Products, No Artificial Growth Hormones, Organic

Who Wants Coffee Cake!

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Who Wants Coffee Cake

Today is National Coffee Cake Day.

How can you turn down the chance to enjoy your daily cup of java with this sweet treat? We’ve got the BEST coffee cake recipe to share with you on this special day…Coffee Pound Cake. This rich, decadent and oh-so-buttery recipe combines the classic coffee cake with the classic pound cake. It’s truly the best of both worlds!

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National Coffee Cake Day, Recipes

Journey To The Tourney

Friday, April 1, 2016

Journey To The Tourney

A basketball buffet to remember!

Busted bracket? Mine too! But don’t let that stop you from gathering friends and family to watch the last four teams shoot their way to the top spot. Your guests will show up hungry, so create a winning basketball smorgasbord and score some major hostess points.

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Cheese, Dairy Diva, Dips, Guest Contribution, Snacks, Tips

You Want Ice Cream? ‘Cause We’ve Got Ice Cream!

Friday, March 25, 2016

Six New Flavors of Hiland Ice Cream

Six brand-new flavors, in fact.

While we at Hiland Dairy firmly believe that our ice cream is a treat that can be fully enjoyed year ‘round, we do understand that it’s during the warmer months that it’s most popular. So this summer we’re introducing not one, not two… but SIX brand-new flavors to the Hiland Ice Cream family!

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Ice Cream, New Products

Think 30g of Protein per Meal…Just Add Hiland!

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Think 30g of Protein per Meal...Just Add Hiland

More energy. Greater focus.

Getting all the protein you need is as easy as adding your Hiland Dairy favorites to the meals and snacks you already enjoy. Learn more about the benefits of dairy’s high-quality protein and how you can register to win a Hiland Protein Prize Pack!

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Contests, Protein

Get Chippy with this Spicy Corn Dip from The Dairy Diva!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Get is National Tortilla Chip Day.

It’s National Tortilla Chip Day.

I can’t think of a better day to serve your favorite Hiland Dairy Dip with chips than on National Tortilla Chip Day. This crispy little snack is perfect for dipping and dunking and is a favorite in my home. And since we’re already on the subject of chips and dip, I’d like to share my Spicy Corn Dip recipe with you. This hot and bubbly dip goes great with tortilla chips!

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Cheese, Dairy Diva, Dips, Guest Contribution, National Tortilla Chip Day, Recipes, Tips

What Will Your Random Act of Kindness Be Today?

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Donate milk for Random Acts of Kindness Day

There is no limit on ways to perform random acts of kindness…

Today marks National Random Acts of Kindness Day. This day grows in popularity each year and is celebrated by individuals, groups and organizations alike to encourage acts of kindness. Here at The Hiland Home, we take this holiday pretty seriously. After all, it’s not only special for the receiver, it also feels good as the doer—making it a real win-win for everybody!

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Great American Milk Drive, Milk Life, Random Acts of Kindness Day

February 11 is National Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk Day!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

February 11 is National Dont Cry Over Spilled Milk Day

Okay, so this is really a thing, apparently.

At first it seems, well, silly. National Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk Day? Really? But when you delve into the proverb we all know so well, it starts to make a little more sense. After all, a modern version of it would be something akin to “don’t sweat the small stuff.” And whose life wouldn’t be made just a little bit better with that little attitude adjustment, right?

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Dairy History, Milk, National Don't Cry Over Spilled Milk Day

Chocolate Milk: Helping Female Athletes Recover Effectively

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Chocolate Milk - Helping Female Athletes Recover Effectively

Today is National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD). NGWSD was chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1986 to honor female athletic achievement and recognize the importance of sports and fitness participation for all girls and women. For 30 years, NGWSD has empowered women and girls to get moving, embrace physical activity and push past their limits both in sports and in life.

How does chocolate milk fit in? It’s science!

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Built With Chocolate Milk, Milk, Recovery Drink

Have a Heart, Drink Some Milk!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Heart Month

You’re probably aware that milk is good for your bones and may reduce the risk of osteoporosis. You may even be aware that the protein present in milk is good for your muscles. But did you know that milk—along with other dairy products—may be good for your heart too?

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Dairy Facts, Health, Heart Month, Nutrition

Sharing is Caring on National Spouse’s Day!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Sharing is Caring on National Spouses Day

National Spouse’s Day is the perfect day to show the special person in your life just how much you care for him or her. So what better way to celebrate this great day by keeping your loved one healthy. It’s easy! Put your New Year’s resolution to good use and incorporate more protein into his or her diet. Here are a few simple ideas I’d like to share…

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Cheese, Cottage Cheese, Dairy Diva, Dips, Family, Guest Contribution, Health, Holiday, Milk, National Spouse's Day, Nutrition, Protein, Recipes, Tips

Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Friday, January 22, 2016

Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Today is National Southern Food Day!

Fried chicken is a Southern food staple, so what better way to celebrate this tasty holiday than to share our Buttermilk Fried Chicken recipe with y’all! This mouth-wateringly delicious recipe goes great with other southern favorites like creamy coleslaw, red beans and rice, mac and cheese, collard greens and don’t forget the sweet potato pie!

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Dinner, Lunch, National Southern Food Day, Recipes

A+ for Elementary Teachers and School Milk

Monday, January 18, 2016

A+ for Elementary Teachers and School Milk

It’s Elementary School Teacher Day!

They teach you the importance of ‘lips and hips,” inspire you to create masterpieces with just a number two pencil and a box of crayons – and understand that while you love being in their classroom, recess is still your favorite part of the school day. That’s why we celebrate Elementary School Teacher Day on the third Monday of January!

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School Milk, Teachers

Gluten-Free Dairy?

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Gluten-Free Dairy

With National Gluten Free Day taking place this week, we here at The Hiland Home would like to take a moment to talk about our gluten-free products. These products are safe, healthy alternatives for those that suffer from celiac disease or other disorders for whom the consumption of gluten is a serious problem. See which products made the gluten-free list!

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Coupons, Food Allergies, Gluten Free, Tips

New Year, New You?

Thursday, January 7, 2016

New Year...New You

Want to start the New Year off right with healthier eating? Good for you. Here at The Hiland Home, we also love to cook and eat foods that are good and good for us.

But just because you want to make a change, that doesn’t mean you have to throw out your old cookbook and start fresh, or change your diet completely. There are a few things to remember about dairy and fitness that might be key to helping you keep your New Year’s resolution.

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Built With Chocolate Milk, Calcium, Cheese, Cottage Cheese, Fitness, Greek Yogurt, Health, Milk, New Year's Resolution, Nutrition, Protein, Recovery, Recovery Drink, Weight Loss, Yogurt

The Dairy Diva Has Your Resolution Solution

Thursday, December 31, 2015

The Dairy Diva Has Your Resolution Solution

Love them or loathe them, they’re here to stay. New Year’s resolutions are a staple in our culture and just about everyone I know makes them. My resolution is to add more protein to my diet. Why? Because protein is crucial to bone health and as we already know, women are more susceptible to weak and brittle bones as we age. Getting at least 25-30 grams of protein per meal is so simple, yet so important. Here’s how!

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Coupons, Dairy Diva, Guest Contribution, New Year's Resolution, Nutrition, Protein, Tips

The Holiday Give Together

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

The Holiday Give Together

Be an Angel: Donate Milk for Kids

For many of us, the holidays aren’t complete without milk and cookies or a cozy cup of hot cocoa – but families in need in our communities may be missing out on milk and its nine essential nutrients this holiday season.

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Great American Milk Drive, Holiday

Warm Up With Homemade Apple Cider

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Warm Up With Homemade Apple Cider

It’s National Apple Cider Day!

The leaves are falling and chilly weather is here. It’s time to warm up with a yummy drink in celebration of National Apple Cider Day. And the best part is your home will smell AMAZING while you make this homemade apple cider recipe!

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Beverage, Fall, Holiday, Juice, Recipes

The Dairy Diva’s Game Day Hail Marys

Thursday, November 12, 2015

The Dairy Divas Game Day Hail Marys

If your family is anything like mine, mashed potatoes are a go-to side dish when planning dinners. But let’s face it, mashed potatoes can be a bit boring. Never fear…the Dairy Diva is here! Spice up your mashed potato game with these Game Day Hail Marys. These are perfect for potluck football parties and could even become a new Thanksgiving tradition.

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Cheese, Dairy Diva, Dinner, Dips, Guest Contribution, Milk, Recipes, Sour Cream, Tips

Pumpkin, It’s Not Just For Pie

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Pumpkin Its Not Just For Pie

When most people think about baking desserts with pumpkin, they go straight to the classic pumpkin pie. Now, don’t get us wrong…we love the traditional favorite as much as the next person, but sometimes you’ve got to think outside of the box (or the pie pan in this case).

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Contests, Cookies, Fall, Holiday, Recipes

Spooktacular Chocolate Peanut Butter Pancakes from The Dairy Diva!

Monday, October 19, 2015

Spooktacular Chocolate Peanut Butter Pancakes from The Dairy Diva

Don’t Be Scared of These Spooktacular Pancakes!

Give your zombies and ghouls just what they are craving this October with The Dairy Diva’s Spooktacular Chocolate Peanut Butter Pancakes! They’re easy to make using Hiland’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Milk. So when it’s time to give your little devils a homemade breakfast on Halloween morning, don’t be afraid…just conjure up a little Hiland Halloween Spirit!

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Breakfast, Dairy Diva, Fall, Flavored Milk, Guest Contribution, Holiday, Recipes, Tips, Video

Introducing the Dairy Diva!

Friday, October 16, 2015

Introducing the Dairy Diva

Hey, all! I’m the Dairy Diva and I’m glad to be part of The Hiland Home. If you’re looking for easy, healthy recipes and simple lifehacks that you can incorporate into your lifestyle, then you’ve come to the right place.

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Dairy Diva, Guest Contribution

A Sweet Treat for National Dessert Day

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

A Sweet Treat for National Dessert Day

You know the ol’ saying…there’s always room for dessert!

Well, today is the day you can actually take the saying to heart because it’s National Dessert Day. In honor of this sweetest of holidays, why not try out this rich, nutty Pecan Pie recipe that’s packed full of ooey-gooey deliciousness?

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Desserts, Fall, Holiday, Recipes

Milk Jug Fabric Pumpkins

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Milk Jug Fabric Pumpkins

Fall is in the air…

One of the things we love most about this season is bringing the warm colors of fall into our Hiland Home. If you haven’t already used all of your empty Hiland Dairy milk jugs to make Milk Jug Ghost Lanterns, we’ve got another great way to upcycle them with these Milk Jug Fabric Pumpkins!

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Crafts, Fall, Milk Jug Crafts, Recycle, Tips