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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Sara’s Kitchen: Lemon Lace Cookies

Saras Kitchen Lemon Lace Cookies

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

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Birthday Party Dilemma? Try a Milk Jug Jam Party!

The Birthday Dilemma

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

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

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Sara’s Kitchen: Irish Soda Bread

Sara's Kitchen: Irish Soda Bread

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.

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