Coffee? Yes, Please!

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

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

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

Diva’s Tip:

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

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Cheese Stuffed Hamburgers

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

Ingredients (makes 4 burgers):

Directions:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Diva’s Tip:

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

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Candied Maple Bacon Ice Cream

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Two American Classics That Create a Sweet and Salty Treat

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

Ingredients:

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Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400 F.

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

Place eight strips of bacon onto the baking rack.

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

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

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

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

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

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Scoop the ice cream into a small bowl.

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

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

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Diva’s Tip:

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

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Inside-Out Cherry Turnovers

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Put the Cherry On Top of This American Classic

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

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Diva’s Tip:

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

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S’mores Ice Cream Shake

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A New Twist on an Old Favorite

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

Ingredients:

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Directions:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Diva’s Tip:

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

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Get Ready for Your Day the Right Way

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Gobble Up Protein Packed Pancakes That Will Keep You Going

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

Oatmeal Cottage Cheese Pancakes

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Ingredients:

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

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

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

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

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Diva’s Tip:

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

 

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

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 Enjoy a Cool Treat for Summer

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

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Fudge Sauce Layer

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

Cookie Crumb Layer

Additional Layers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Diva’s Tip:

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

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Make This Father’s Day Delicious

Fathers Day Traditions

It’s the Thought That Counts

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

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Raise a Glass

Raise a Glass. It is World Milk Day.

Celebrate World Milk Day

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

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Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week

Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week

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

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

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

Easy DIY Pot of Gold for St. Patricks Day

A Treasure for Your Lil’ Leprechauns

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

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Calling All Peanut Butter Lovers!

Calling All Peanut Butter Lovers

Delectable Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Pound Cake

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

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Calling All Cheese Lovers

Calling All Cheese Lovers

A Cheesy Treat for National Cheese Lover’s Day

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

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Soup Lovers, Rejoice!

Soup Lovers, Rejoice

This Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup Is Healthy and Delicious

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

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Make Meal Planning Easy With Slow-Cooker Shredded Chicken

Make Meal Planning Easy With Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken

One Recipe, Many Uses

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

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Unique Winter Wreath

Unique Winter Wreath

A Very Merry and Bright … Idea!

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

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Time Management Clock for Kids

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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Autumn Pumpkin Cheese Ball

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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DIY Harvest Pumpkin Button Pumpkin for Fall

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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Celebrate Friendsgiving!

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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Soup-er Scrumptious Lobster Bisque

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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Family Favorites!

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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Veggie Foil Packs

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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Healthy Yogurt Pops

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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Make Saving for Vacation Fun

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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It’s Teacher Appreciation Day!

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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Tater Tot Mexirole

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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Mini Pancake Bites

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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Mini Ham and Broccoli Cups

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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Creamy Cajun Pasta

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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Reachable Resolutions

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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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Got Lemons?

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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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DIY Pumpkin Flower Vases

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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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Macho Nachos, Anyone?

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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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Blue Ribbon Creamy Fudge

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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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Anyway You Slice It, It’s National Pizza Month

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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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Light Up Halloween

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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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Family Movie Night

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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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Fit In Fitness

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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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Think Milk, Drink Milk

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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Celebrate National Dairy Month With Homemade Mozzarella

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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Here’s The Scoop!

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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DIY Kentucky Derby Centerpiece Hat

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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Stack It And Pack It!

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

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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Sharing is Caring on National Spouse’s Day!

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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The Dairy Diva Has Your Resolution Solution

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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Spooktacular Chocolate Peanut Butter Pancakes from The Dairy Diva!

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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