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

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

it-is-national-milk-day

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

make-dairy-a-part-of-your-new-year

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

reachable-resolutions

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

celebrate-the-season-with-limited-edition-holiday-milk-flavors-now-in-fudge-brownie

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

homemade-lemon-cupcake-recipe-for-national-lemon-cupcake-day

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

make-it-a-hiland-holiday

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

diy-pumpkin-flower-vases

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

a-twist-on-your-thanksgiving-side-dish-mac-cheese-cups

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

delightful-diy-leaf-bowl

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

macho-nachos

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

blue-ribbon-creamy-fudge

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

anyway-you-slice-it-it-is-national-pizza-month

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

world-osteoporosis-day-make-dairy-your-friend

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

light-up-halloween

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

family-movie-night

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

fit-in-fitness

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

morning-protein-pumpkin-oatmeal-mug-bake

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 Chippy...it 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

Get Ready For Fall With A Pumpkin Spice Latte

Friday, September 18, 2015

Get Ready For Fall With A Pumpkin Spice Latte

Fall is just around the corner…

It’s truly one of our favorite holidays here at The Hiland Home. The changing leaves. The crisp, cool air. The football parties…and the pumpkin spice EVERYTHING! We can’t think of a better way to celebrate than by enjoying a Pumpkin Spice Latte. And why not save a little money this fall by making your own latte at home instead of spending your hard-earned cash at a coffee shop!

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Beverage, Fall, Latte, Recipes, Tips, Whipped Cream

Fun, Easy Breakfast Your Kids Will Love To Make!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Fun Easy Breakfast Your Kids Will Love To Make

We’ve all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. The problem is, breakfast isn’t always on a kid’s priority list during the morning hustle and bustle of getting ready for school. Well this Microwave Coffee Cup Scramble recipe is quick, easy and actually fun! It only takes a couple of minutes to make and the kid’s tell us that watching the scramble ‘puff up’ in the microwave is ‘so cool!’

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Back to School, Breakfast, Cheese, Milk, Milk Life, Tips

Dairy Tip Tuesday: Pancakes Powered by Protein

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Dairy Tip Tuesday Pancakes Powered by Protein

Pancakes are a breakfast favorite here at The Hiland Home. The problem is, pancakes generally don’t give us that protein boost we need to get our day going. Sure, we can have a tall glass of Hiland Dairy Milk to get the morning protein we need…but what if we get a craving for a cup of Hiland Orange Juice instead?

That’s why we have this recipe for our delicious Cottage Cheese Pancakes!

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Breakfast, Cottage Cheese, Dairy Tip Tuesday, Protein, Recipes, Tips

Easy Beef Crockpot Casserole

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Easy Beef Crockpot Casserole

When the weather is nice, the last thing you want to do is spend hours cooped up in kitchen cooking over the weekend. Our Easy Beef Crockpot Casserole recipe lets you throw your ingredients in with minimal prep, set the timer and head to the ball game—maybe even a concert—and come back to a nice hearty meal!

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Dinner, Lunch, Milk, Recipes

Get Your Greens: Kale Slaw with Citrus Dressing

Friday, July 31, 2015

Kale Slaw with Citrus Dressing

For the past few years, we’ve been hearing about the benefits of kale. Doctors praise how nutrient-rich it is with its high levels of antioxidants and vitamins A and K, but the slightly bitter taste can be hard to swallow.

At Hiland, we’ve created a recipe to make getting all those nutrients a little bit tastier.

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Health, Orange Juice, Recipes

Cucumber Soup…Perfect for Summer!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Cucumber Soup Perfect For Summer

Soups generally aren’t thought of as your typical summer food. They’re usually too hot, too filling or too hearty…which isn’t exactly what you want when you’re trying to eat a light summer meal.

Enter Hiland’s invigorating Cucumber Soup recipe. Not only is it cool and refreshing, but the prep work couldn’t be any easier!

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Dinner, Greek Yogurt, Lunch, Milk, Recipes, Summer

How Do You Top Your Hiland Ice Cream?

Monday, July 20, 2015

Enter Our #TopThisIceCream Contest!

Enter Hiland’s #TopThisIceCream Contest by posting a photo of Hiland Ice Cream topped your way on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #TopThisIceCream from July 20th through August 31st and you could win an ice cream social to share with your friends and family! Learn more.

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Contests, Ice Cream

Summer Grillin': Beef Kabobs

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Beef Kabobs

Now that we’re well into the summer season, it’s time to break out the grill if you haven’t already. And, to christen your newly brandished grill, it’s essential that you make the king of all the grill-friendly dishes, beef kabobs.

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Dinner, Lunch, Protein, Recipes

Are You a Dairy Know-it-All?

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

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There’s more to dairy than meets the eye, you know. It’s not just a delicious treat that comes in a glass or on top of your favorite pizza. Here are a few more facts to help you brush up on dairy and what it offers to you and your family.

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Calcium, Dairy Facts, Health, Protein

Sara’s Kitchen: Lemon Lace Cookies

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Saras Kitchen Lemon Lace Cookies

As the mercury rises this summer, I’ve got a great recipe for some delicious cookies that are light, lemony and a perfect companion for just about any outdoor lunch or dinner. I saw this recipe for Buttery Lemon Lace Cookies and absolutely had to give them a go – I was looking for a simple, elegant and light cookie to pair with some Hiland Dairy Real Vanilla Ice Cream, and these beauties seemed perfect.

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Cookies, Desserts, Guest Contribution, Recipes, Sara's Kitchen, Tips

Birthday Party Dilemma? Try a Milk Jug Jam Party!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

The Birthday Dilemma

My daughter’s birthday was coming up and I needed to find an activity that would be interesting to a group of six to twelve year old girls. Here’s the challenge: I wanted to do something out of the ordinary and inexpensive … or ‘cheap’ if you prefer!

On the plus side, my daughter loves to be crafty and I encourage her to use her imagination. So, together we came up with the idea of a ‘Milk Jug Jam Party.’

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Crafts, Guest Contribution, Kid Activities, Milk Jug Crafts, Recycle, Tips

Fun Ideas for Kids to Prevent Summer Boredom

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

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School is out…now what? Once kids get over the initial excitement of not having to head to class on weekday mornings, there’s a very real danger of boredom setting in – especially when it comes to teenagers. The temptation will be to sleep until noon and then spend the rest of the day playing video games or chatting with friends on their mobile devices.

This summer, instead of letting your kids lie around the house doing virtually nothing, why not use summer as an opportunity to engage in family activities that not only bring everyone closer together, but also let them learn a thing or two!

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Kid Activities, Spring, Summer