Serve this festive fruit platter at your St. Patty’s Day shindig this year, and your guests will definitely feel lucky!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
‘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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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…
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!
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!
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?
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…
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…
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…
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!
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.
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…
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!
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.
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!
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…
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!