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.
Breakfast Is Served!
Once you taste these homemade pop pastries, you’ll never look at your breakfast routine the same. They are delicious and easy to make. Try them with your favorite filling, and remember to always use fresh Hiland Dairy Milk to make these pastries burst with natural flavors.
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.
Let’s Get Our Fiesta On!
Even though there might be some confusion as to why we celebrate Cinco de Mayo (the Mexican army’s victory over the French army at the Battle of Puebla), there is no questioning the deliciousness of these amazing chicken enchiladas with green chili cream sauce.
Happy May Day!
The first day of May reminds us of fresh blooms, warmer weather and cupcakes. You read that correctly … cupcakes! Top these little cakes with scrumptious buttercream frosting and you’ve got a hit on your hands.
Spring Is in the Air
I love spring flowers, so I wanted to make my own flower pots to showcase them. Using repurposed Hiland Dairy Organic Milk cartons and some extra fabric I had on hand from the Milk Carton Storage Boxes I created earlier this month, I was able to create these flower pots in no time!
Load ’Em Up!
What’s better than french fries? Loaded cheese fries! Today just so happens to be National Cheddar Fries Day, so I decided whip some up as a treat to my family. I topped them with fresh Hiland Dairy ingredients and watched them disappear right before my eyes.
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.
Happy Easter, Everybunny!
I’ll admit it, I’m on a milk-carton crafting kick. My latest mission was to create a cute Easter-themed candy box made from a repurposed Hiland Dairy carton. I can’t wait to see my kids’ faces light up on Easter morning!
Straighten Up and Get Organized
What started out as one junk drawer turned into many around my house. So, I decided to repurpose my Hiland Dairy cartons into these adorable storage boxes. My drawers are now organized, and I’m a happier diva!
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.
One of my favorite days of the year is April 1. Why? Because I love pulling off funny shenanigans and pranks on my family. This year, instead of balloons behind a door, or fake spilled nail polish, I’ve decided to whip up something clever in the kitchen … undercover sushi!
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!
It’s National Chip and Dip Day!
Did you know it’s National Chip and Dip Day? On a scale of one to delicious, this special day tops the charts. Nothing completes a get-together quite like a few bags of chips and a good selection of Hiland Dairy Dip.
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.
A Whale of a Tale
Today is National Children’s Craft Day, so let’s celebrate by helping the kiddos make this adorable whale water scoop for bath time or playtime. Simply use a repurposed Hiland Dairy milk jug and let the water fun begin.
This little piggy went to market … and this little piggy laughed all the way to the bank! You can repurpose a gallon-sized Hiland Dairy Milk jug to make this cute piggy bank. Your kids will love saving money by dropping coins into the slot. Let’s get crafting!
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!
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.
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!
It’s a Hoot!
With spring around the corner, birds will be chirping around before we know it, and this owl bird feeder craft will look amazing in your yard. Plus, you’ll get to watch all the birds enjoying a snack. Let’s get crafting!
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!
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.
A Hot Breakfast to Get Your Family Moving
When my family is moving at a snail’s pace in the morning, nothing motivates them more than a delicious breakfast. This scrumptious Morning Egg Boat recipe is one of their favorites. Six simple ingredients, one amazing flavor!
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.
All You Need is Love
Be mine. Hug me. Cutie pie. No matter how you say it, Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to let your family know how much you love them. This year, I decided to create these cute containers to use for my kids’ school lunches for a Valentine’s Day surprise.
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.
Window Winter Wonderland
Want to add some cheerful swag to your windows? Think snowflakes and snowmen this winter, and let the fun begin. These sun catchers are simple to make and will brighten your home when the sun shines in!
Snacks in a Snap!
Afternoon snacks help kids battle the after-school grouch by supplying them with enough energy to carry them through until dinner. Here are a few between-meal munchies your kids can whip up on their own.
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!
Pop to It!
My kids gobble up popcorn by the handful, so I create different flavors to keep smiles on their faces. One of my favorite recipes infuses sweet caramel with peanuts (for a bit of saltiness), topped with a chocolate drizzle.
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.
Comfort Food at Its Best!
There’s nothing better than throwing a few simple ingredients into a slow cooker, going to work, and walking through the door hours later to a house filled with the mouth-watering aromas of comfort food. Let’s get started!
Meat & Bean Chili That Rocks
It’s National Bean Day, so why not spice up your dinner table with delicious chili? It’s the go-to comfort food that everyone loves during these cold winter days and nights. Here’s one chili recipe you’ll want to make again and again.
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.
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…
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.
‘Tis the Season…
Around our house, the holiday season is prime time for guests to stop by without warning. I make sure to always have a few appetizer staples stocked and my fridge well-equipped with must-have ingredients. Here are a few last-minute appetizer ideas you can throw together in a jiffy for those unannounced guests.
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!
And All Through The Town …
Creating a village out of repurposed Hiland Dairy Milk cartons is a great hands-on project for you and your kids this holiday season. Start saving your cartons now so when holiday break starts, your kids can start crafting away! Follow these step-by-step directions and you’ll have a festive village in no time.
It’s simple to make, deliciously jolly and will put smiles on the faces of all your favorite holiday revelers. It’s the Santa Shake, and it has become one of our favorite holiday refreshments. Make this tasty treat for your family and guests — and plan on everyone asking for seconds!
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…
I decided to spice it up on National French Toast Day with this Baked Caramel and Pear French Toast. Divas, if you’re looking for a new make-ahead recipe for the holidays, a baby shower or a family brunch, this is it!
Start a New Holiday Tradition
There’s no doubt that traditional mashed potatoes are a staple of everyone’s holiday dinners. But maybe it’s time to start a new tradition. Our Hiland Creamy Potato Casserole recipe is sure to delight your friends and family, and it’s easy to make.
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!
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!
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.
’Tis the Season
The holidays are a time of goodwill, gratitude and celebrations filled with milk and cookies – but kids and families in need in your community may be missing out on Hiland Dairy Milk and the essential nutrients it provides. Here’s how you can help.
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!
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!
Scare Up Some Fun
This Halloween, make your own monster candy holder using a repurposed Hiland Dairy milk jug. How adorable would this look on your front porch for the trick-or-treaters? What’s more? It’s eerily easy to create!
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!
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.
Oh, Glow On!
Grab your empty Hiland Dairy milk jugs and get your glow on! These adorable leaf luminaries are so easy to make yet so pleasing to the eye. But you’d better hit the nature trail soon before the colorful fall foliage makes way for the first frost.
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!”
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!
Create a Witch Windsock Using Hiland Milk Jugs
I hope you’ve been saving your Hiland Dairy Milk gallon jugs, because fall crafting is about to get exciting! Check out this adorable witch windsock you can make with a few crafting supplies and a repurposed milk jug. It’s super cute and easy!
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…
Get Up and Move
I love to jog. My husband takes long walks. My kids enjoy riding their bikes. It’s important to stay active and eat right, so my family and I are going to participate in Family Health and Fitness Day this Saturday. You should, too!
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!
Morning Cereal Pops
Cereal pops are a great way to start your kids’ busy mornings. They’re not only packed with protein and other essential vitamins and minerals found in Hiland Dairy Milk and Hiland Dairy Yogurt, but the kids feel like they’re getting a sweet treat for breakfast. It’s a win-win!
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. This simple breakfast only takes five minutes to prepare the night before and whips up in seconds to keep you full and focused!
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.
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.
Why wouldn’t you indulge in creamy, delicious milk shakes all month long? I am! And, in commemoration of this glorious month, I’m making my kids’ favorite Chocolate Mint Cookie ice cream shake. Here’s how it’s done…
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.
Keep Dairy on Your Family’s Daily Menu
Calorie for calorie, whole milk is one of the most nutritious foods. That’s why dairy is an important part of your diet – especially for kids. Here are a few reasons to keep dairy on your daily menu…
It’s Relaxing. It’s Fun. It’s Summer Vacation!
We got some unexpected, but really chillin’ guests this year – the Coneys! Scoop, Cookie, Chip and Cherry popped up in some of our vacation fun. Check them out!
How to Watch the Olympics, Family-Style
From the opening ceremonies through the closing ceremonies, my family loves the Olympics. So, we started a tradition this year to help celebrate the big night and build excitement around the 42 Olympic sporting disciplines…
Experts recommend that adults try to consume 30 grams of protein with every meal.
In fact, check out this tasty recipe that packs in 25 grams of protein. This hearty breakfast will delight your taste buds and help power up your energy and focus, so you can get more done throughout your busy day!
Back-to-School We Go!
Running around just before school starts trying to find everything your wee ones need for their classrooms isn’t fun. Trust me, I’ve been there. Gathering school supplies a few weeks prior to the big first day keeps unwanted stress at bay. Check out these simple tricks to be uber-prepared…
It’s Not Magic, It’s Science!
What do you get when you mix Hiland Dairy Milk with vinegar? A mess? No! You get a “plastic”-making science experiment your kids will love (of course, true plastics are made from polymers, not milk and vinegar). So, let the fun begin.
Gather the troops for some ice cream fun!
Nothing defines summer quite like ice cream. That is why I invite my kids’ friends over for an ice cream social every summer. They love it! Scour your cupboards and fridge for sundae toppings, buy your favorite flavors of Hiland Dairy Ice Cream and let the building begin!
Summertime Treats That Are Real Smooth
Let’s talk smoothies, Divas! I find that blending simple ingredients together is a quick way to get the energy boost I need or to ward off my kids’ tummy rumbles between meals. I set up a “smoothie bar” and let the blending begin.
Turn your ordinary mac & cheese into a creamy, dreamy dish!
I have a secret to share: Add Hiland Dairy Cottage Cheese and Hiland Dairy Sour Cream to your macaroni and cheese recipe, and you’ll have an extra creamy dish of total goodness!
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.
Experts recommend that adults try to consume 30 grams of protein with every meal.
In fact, check out this tasty recipe that packs in 25 grams of protein. This morning starter is as simple as it is delicious. If you’ve got 10 minutes, you’ve got time for a breakfast that’ll put you on the right track all day long!
Experts recommend that adults try to get 30 grams of protein with every meal.
In fact, check out this tasty recipe that packs in over 35 grams of protein. Make is for breakfast. Make it for lunch. Heck, make it for dinner. This recipe is simple, delicious and sure to please your hungry family!
Ahhh…the paternal bond of fatherhood!
Today is the day of placing your dear old man on a pedestal to thank him for all things dad! I asked some dads what types of qualities they would want to see in their sons when they become fathers, and here’s what they had to say…
Veg out and dip in!
It’s easy to skip the recommended three to four servings of veggies each day. So, here are some great ways to ensure you and your family get the adequate amount of these nutrient-packed super foods. It’s simple…just add Hiland Dairy Dips!
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!
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.
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.
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?
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!
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 30 grams of protein. It is so quick and easy, you really have no excuse – even if you’re dashing out the door to work!
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.
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?).
Get to it!
With summer right around the corner, there’s no better time to write a list of must-do activities to keep the kiddos busy. Try to think outside the norm. Your kids might think some are hits and others are misses, but at least you’re exposing them to new things. Here are some wacky ideas to toss on your list…
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!
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…
Let the fiesta begin!
Bring Cinco de Mayo into your home tonight with this crowd-pleasing Chicken and Cheese Quesadilla recipe. Be sure to serve up with some guacamole and Hiland Dairy’s All Natural Sour Cream…trust us, it will have your family saying ‘gracías’ in no time!
May Day is right around the corner, so why not round up the kiddos and make this year’s door hopping tradition memorable with these adorable May Day baskets? With a few craft supplies, you can turn repurposed Hiland Dairy Yogurt containers into May Day magic!
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…
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…
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
Celebrate National Chip and Dip Day the right way!
This day speaks my language – National Chip and Dip Day! When I have friends and family over, I always try to add protein to most everything I serve. This is why I make a cheesy bean dip. Not only is there protein in the cheese and sour cream, but in the beans as well. Here is my favorite…
Get on track to healthy eating.
Why pack your lunch? Because it’s a healthier option and you always know what you’re going to get. And by adding the right amount of protein, it makes your afternoons so much better. Here are a few packing tips…
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!
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!
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!
Good news, Divas!
February is National Snack Food Month. That’s right! We get to snack it up all month long. But before you reach for the cupcakes or potato chips, think about healthier alternatives. They will satisfy your hunger without sacrificing your health goals.
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?
How Does Your Garden Grow?
Nothing says “You’re special!” quite like beautiful flowers. So, send your kiddos to school with these cute Flower Garden Valentine’s Day Boxes made from repurposed milk jugs. It will “bee” the hit of the party!
Sweet or Savory?
No matter how you prefer to eat your favorite bagel, we’ve got the perfect spread for you! You may immediately think we’re talking about cream cheese here…but surprisingly, our spread is made with none other than Hiland Dairy Cottage Cheese!
Sunday is going to be about football, funny commercials and the best part of all…snacks! It’s a great time to infuse some of your standard football buffet items with some healthier options. With these successful alternatives, your guests won’t even know they’re eating healthy. Its a win-win!
Let’s talk soup.
Why? Because it’s time to commemorate National Homemade Soup Day, and I want to share my favorite Broccoli Cheese Soup recipe with you. It’s loaded with all-natural Hiland Dairy products including Hiland Dairy Butter, Hiland Dairy Half & Half and Hiland Dairy Shredded Cheddar Cheese. Let’s get started!
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!
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?
What’s better? Blueberry pancakes! And in honor of National Blueberry Pancake Day (yes…these delectable delights have their own special day), I’m posting my family’s favorite Saturday morning breakfast.
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…
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!
Cup of Joe…caffeine fix…java!
Anyway you say it, there are more than 100 million daily coffee drinkers in the United States. So, the next time you’re on your coffee break at the office, throw around some of these fun facts about this caffeinated (or decaffeinated) beverage!
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!
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!
What does a glass bottle have to do with National Milk Day? National Milk Day was created to celebrate the first time milk was delivered in glass bottles on January 11, 1878. So, in honor of this great day, I dug up a few fun facts about milk.
Even though the United States is generally considered a prosperous country, it is still home to many who go hungry, are homeless or don’t have the means to support themselves and their families. For this reason, National War on Poverty Day is observed to inspire American’s to help their neighbors in need. Learn how you can help!
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.
January 5 is National Whipped Cream Day.
Last year, we told you how to make the best whipped cream (hint: use Hiland Dairy Heavy Whipping Cream and chill your bowl and beaters for best results); this year, we’re giving you some suggestions on how to use it.
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!
It doesn’t take long for my kids to become “bored stiff” just a few hours into their winter vacation from school. I’m expecting them to ask me for creative solutions to their boredom woes, so I’ve loaded up on ideas to keep them content. Here a just a few…
Why spend a fortune on Holiday decorations when you already have what you need to brighten up your home? Check out this crafty way to create Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and their reindeer from repurposed milk jugs. This idea is super easy and fun for the kids!
It’s National Leftovers Day!
Remember when I told you to repurpose your sour cream and cottage cheese containers for Thanksgiving leftovers like turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes? Why just heat them up when you can turn those leftovers into bite-sized deliciousness!
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!
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.
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).
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
For the fifth consecutive year, we are proud to announce that we have met our $25,000 donation goal for the Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks (BCFO) through Hiland for Pink!
It’s October! And we all know what that means…sweets, sweets and more sweets around your home. Let’s face it, October is a candy-laden month and our kiddos usually don’t make the healthiest choices. However, I’ve picked up some candy-crushing tips that will help you and your kids keep the treats at bay.
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!
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?
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!
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!
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!’
It’s official, football season is about to go into full swing. And we all know what that means…it’s time to get together with your friends and family to cheer on your favorite team! If you don’t have a go-to dish in mind, why not try this Philly Cheese Steak recipe? You’re sure to be the hit of the party!
Today kicks off September Hunger Action Month™ – Feeding America’s nationwide campaign that unites communities to take action against the issue of hunger and helps raise awareness to support the more than 49 million Americans who struggle with food insecurity.
Help make a difference today!
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!
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!
Most people have enough to worry about in the morning without having to think about what to make for breakfast. We here at The Hiland Home know the importance of getting a healthy, balanced meal in the morning and we think we’ve found just the dish to help you do it: Overnight Oatmeal.
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.
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!
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.
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.
You could say raising awareness for breast cancer has become a bit of a tradition for us. 2015 marks the fifth consecutive year Hiland Dairy will donate up to $25,000 to the Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks (BCFO) through Hiland for Pink.
Here at The Hiland Home, we know the importance of recycling. However, teaching your child the importance of being environmentally friendly is easier said than done. That’s why we’ve come up with these ideas on how you can repurpose your Hiland Dairy milk jugs into something fun and sustainable for the kids to use!
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.’
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!
Hiland Dairy milk jugs are made from recyclable plastic so that they can be reclaimed and reborn as new milk jugs (or whatever plastic thing you can think of). But if you’re feeling a bit creative, a Hiland Dairy milk jug can be repurposed and “upcycled” into a whole new thing. In this case, an attractive (literally) bird feeder to offer up snacks to your neighborhood’s feathered friends!
Looking for a tasty, all-natural way to treat the family? Well look no further, we’ve got a deliciously creamy dip that’s the perfect snack for hungry kids and adults alike! Best of all, it features Hiland Dairy Yogurt – made with NO artificial growth hormones.
Here at the Hiland Home, we believe you don’t need a holiday to celebrate a season.
You know Hiland offers seasonal products to coincide with some of the most festive times of the year: Easter, Christmas and Halloween, but we were feeling one of the most beloved times of the year wasn’t getting the attention it deserved. That’s why Hiland is proud to introduce new summer seasonal products!
Ricotta cheese is an extremely versatile cheese whose manufacture dates back thousands of years. It can be beaten smooth and mixed with sweet and savory ingredients to create a variety of desserts and snacks. It is also commonly used in Italian main dishes such as lasagna, manicotti and ravioli.
But there’s nothing quite like home made…
Here in the Hiland kitchen, June may be our favorite month of the year…kids are on summer vacation, there’s nothing like an ice cream sundae on a 90 degree day, and coincidentally, both National Dairy Month and World Milk Day are in June!
Here’s a recipe that kids just love. It’s weird, squishy and it produces a tasty, nutritious breakfast treat! It also lets kids have (a bit of) control over what they eat, which can be quite empowering for a little one—especially if he or she is a picky eater.
So, on with the show…you’re about to make “baglets” – omelets in a bag!
We’ve got a baked oatmeal recipe that’s chunky, crunchy and packed with sweet-and-tangy fruit! It’s delicious, nutritious and super-easy to make. What’s more, you can make it on Sunday and simply pop it in the microwave in the morning for breakfast all week long!
When your kids get home from school, what’s the first thing they do? If you’re like most families, they head to the kitchen to start snacking. Instead of candy bars and cookies, wouldn’t it be great if they’d eat something a bit healthier? Sure…but how do you get a kid to eat healthy snacks? The answer is, make them fun! And here’s a recipe that’s both fun and easy to make.
I have a friend who loves Rolo candies. Decadent chocolate and creamy caramel? What’s not to love?
So one day, I decided to make her something as close to a Rolo as I could, but with a few changes. I used semi-sweet chocolate instead of milk chocolate. I added sea salt to the caramel and also sprinkled it on top. And, I didn’t go to the trouble of forming the candies into the small cylindrical shape of their store-bought inspiration.
But the result was, if I do say so myself, delicious! And, if you go to the trouble of making a batch, they are perfect for parties, housewarming gifts or setting out when guests drop by.
There’s nothing in this world quite like a dollop of lightly sweetened whipped cream. Whether you’re topping off a slice of pecan pie, finishing off a peach cobbler or adding it to a bowl of freshly picked raspberries…real, honest-to-goodness whipped cream is one of life’s true pleasures.
Simple though it may be, there are a few things you should know if you want to get your topping technique whipped into shape.
If you’re from the Midwest, you probably grew up eating corn on the cob weekly in the summertime. That’s one reason why, here in the Hiland Kitchen, we like to keep it near the top of our menu all summer long.
Sure, you can boil or grill ears of corn and they’ll turn out tasty. But to us, there’s nothing like the recipe below to help bring out the best in fresh sweet corn.
Here at Hiland Dairy, we like to think of every day as Earth Day! That’s because we are always working to find new ways to reduce our use of natural resources while we reuse and recycle as many materials as we can.
But, today is a good day to remember that we are all in this together. Our farmers and employees live in the same communities, use the same water sources and visit the same parks as you…so every act we take, no matter how small, can make a difference.
This recipe tastes delicious and lets you throw together a truly fresh and delicious meal without spending an hour cooking when you get home. As long as you have the ingredients on hand, and about 10 minutes to get it started in the morning, you’ll be home free!
One of the best things about dairy products is that almost everyone can benefit from their delicious, nutritious nature. Even those with specific food sensitivities or needs can find a Hiland Dairy product for their lives with our gluten-free and lactose-free products!
Before we talk about the importance of whey, let’s back up a second and talk about protein. Proteins are organic compounds consisting of chains of amino acids. These amino acids are used by the body to build muscle and repair damaged tissue.
That’s where whey comes in.
There’s nothing quite like chicken. You can throw it on the grill, fry it, bake it, cook it on the stove top…here in the Hiland Home it’s our most versatile meat protein. So we want to share one of our favorite chicken recipes from the Hiland Home cookbook that is fast, easy, delicious and loved by kids and parents alike.
You’ve heard about Easter eggs… but have you heard about Easter Egg Nog?
Well, this creamy, delicious treat isn’t just for Christmas anymore. So the next time you’re at the store, pick up some Hiland Dairy Easter Egg Nog and delight your family with this deliciously spicy recipe that perfect for an Easter breakfast or dessert!
Art They Can Eat
I have two daughters, the youngest of which has sensitivity to wheat. We’ve found that a regular dose of Hiland Dairy yogurt helps keep her system happy, so we’ve come up with an activity that’s great for her tummy and creativity.
The so-called Paleolithic Diet (Paleo Diet, for short) consists of eating only what our Paleolithic ancestors ate. In simple terms, the diet has one rule: if cavemen didn’t eat it, you shouldn’t either.
While some of its principles are praised by nutritionists – an avoidance of sugar and processed foods, for instance – some have expressed concern that the diet lacks certain essential nutrients. Two in particular are calcium and vitamin D, which are both abundantly found in dairy products.
Here at The Hiland Home, we love to hear from our friends, fans and customers…heck, we love to hear from anyone. So we were thrilled to receive the note below, but sad that someone who has such good taste has left our part of the country!
Everyone is Irish in March. With this Irish Soda Bread recipe, now you can eat like it too!
Bread baking can be a frightening, somewhat overwhelming endeavor. What may begin as an image of a perfectly risen loaf of bread, golden brown and fresh from the oven, can quickly turn into hours spent waiting for the perfect rise, a kitchen covered in flour and a loaf that just doesn’t live up to your high expectations.
Creamy Broccoli Lasagna
This time of year at The Hiland Home, we get a lot of requests for meat-free dinner dishes. This is one of our favorites…a meatless lasagna with cottage cheese that is filling, delicious and just right for a family dinner.
Did you know you can freeze milk? Learn more about this surprising lifehack!
Is there such a thing as too much Hiland Dairy milk? Well, if you and your spouse each bought a couple gallons of milk on the way home you might have too much to use before the ‘Sell By’ date. So what to do then? Sure, you can send some to the neighbors, but did you know you could also freeze it? Read on for the secret to freezing milk…
Are you always on the go? No time to stop and smell the roses – let alone sit down for a meal? Well, the Hiland Home can be wherever you are. And we’re here to help you snackify your drink and get some much-needed calcium and protein in a delicious, nutritious, grab-and-go treat.
Does your recipe call for a dairy product you don’t have on hand?
So you’ve got friends coming over for dinner. You’ve found a recipe online that looks amazing, but… it calls for buttermilk. You’ve got pots simmering on the stove and you can’t run out to the store to buy some, so what do you do?
Treat your family this Valentine’s Day!
This recipe is decadent, delicious and equally at home as a family breakfast or dessert. Be sure to stock up on Hiland Dairy Orange Juice to complement this dish on Valentine’s Day morning.
Need a last minute Valentine’s Day Box that is unique and inexpensive?
Look no further! We’ll show you how to make a fun, unique and inexpensive “Love Monster” Valentine’s Day Box using a milk jug and a few simple craft supplies.