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.
Dairy Diva, Desserts, Guest Contribution, Holiday, Recipes, Tips
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!
Breakfast, Dairy Diva, Guest Contribution, Recipes, Tips
Making Memories That Will Last a Lifetime
Dinnertime is one of the most important times of my family’s day. Once a month, I have my kids choose a meal and make it together. They love it! This month, the meal was lasagna and tossed salad. Their super-scrumptious lasagna recipe is kid-made, mom approved.
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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.
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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!
Crafts, Dairy Diva, Guest Contribution, Milk Jug Crafts, Tips, Winter
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.
Back to School, Dairy Diva, Guest Contribution, Recipes, Snacks, Tips
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.
Dairy Diva, Guest Contribution, Holiday, Recipes, Snacks, Tips
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!
Dairy Diva, Dinner, Guest Contribution, Lunch, Recipes, Tips
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.
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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.
Flavored Milk, Holiday, Tips
‘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.
Appetizer, Dairy Diva, Guest Contribution, Holiday, Recipes, Tips
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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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.
Crafts, Dairy Diva, Guest Contribution, Holiday, Kid Activities, Tips
DIY Poinsettia Plant Holder for the Holidays
Poinsettias are the mandatory bloom for the holidays. And, since I always have Hiland Dairy Milk jugs, I thought I’d combine these two to create an eye-pleasing plant holder.
Crafts, Dairy Diva, Guest Contribution, Holiday, Tips
It’s National Eat a Red Apple Day!
My family loves when I make my homemade apple pie, and today I have the perfect excuse to spoil them. Divas, I promise you this recipe will become a holiday favorite for years to come.
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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!
Breakfast, Dairy Diva, Guest Contribution, Holiday, Recipes, Tips
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!
Crafts, Dairy Diva, Fall, Guest Contribution, Tips
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!
Dairy Diva, Dinner, Fall, Guest Contribution, Lunch, Recipes, Tips
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.
Crafts, Dairy Diva, Fall, Guest Contribution, Tips
The Perfect Vessel to Hold Many Thanks
This super-cute Mayflower ship will have your kids thinking of what they’re truly thankful for before turkey day. Let’s get started!
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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!
Appetizer, Dairy Diva, Guest Contribution, Recipes, Tips
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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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!
Crafts, Dairy Diva, Fall, Guest Contribution, Milk Jug Crafts, Tips
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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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.
Crafts, Dairy Diva, Fall, Guest Contribution, Milk Jug Crafts, Tips
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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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!
Dairy Diva, Dips, Family, Guest Contribution, Recipes, Tips
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!
Crafts, Dairy Diva, Fall, Guest Contribution, Milk Jug Crafts, Tips
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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Baking with apples this time of year makes my heart smile. And, since today is Johnny Appleseed Day, I thought I would honor this great pioneer by making delicious baked apples drizzled with apple juice sauce. Yum!
Dairy Diva, Desserts, Fall, Guest Contribution, Juice, Recipes, Tips
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!
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With fall just around the corner, we’re loving this Apple Butter-Pork Burger With Acorn Squash Purée recipe from our friends at Dairy Good. This recipe is sure to warm up you family on a chilly fall evening.
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Running after kids and meeting deadlines at work can be exhausting. Give yourself a boost of energy during the lulls in your day and get the right amount of protein with Hiland Dairy.
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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!
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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.
Back to School, Dairy Diva, Guest Contribution, School Milk, Tips
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…
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What do a cow, Elvis and Tiger Woods have in common? They’ve all made appearances at state fairs. Well, the butter sculpture versions of them anyway. I love state fairs because of the people, fun and food. And being the Dairy Diva that I am, I wanted to find out how regional state fairs incorporate dairy into their lineups. What I found out is amazing.
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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…
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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!
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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…
Dairy Diva, Family, Guest Contribution, Snacks, Tips, Tradition
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…
Back to School, Coupons, Dairy Diva, Guest Contribution, Tips
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!
Dairy Diva, Desserts, Guest Contribution, Ice Cream, Tips
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.
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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!
Dairy Diva, Dinner, Guest Contribution, Lunch, National Mac & Cheese Day, Protein, Recipes, Tips
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…
Dairy Diva, Family, Father's Day, Guest Contribution, Tips
Today, we celebrate International Picnic Day!
Pack up your picnic basket, grab the family and head to your favorite outdoor spot.
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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!
Appetizer, Dairy Diva, Dips, Guest Contribution, Tips
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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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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Just add color and creativity!
Break out your crayons or markers and get ready to color the Coneys! It’s the Coneys Coloring Contest and Hiland Dairy wants your kids’ best work to shine.
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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…
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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…
Crafts, Dairy Diva, Guest Contribution, Tips
It’s National Blueberry Pie Day
Even though this day is set aside to pay homage to blueberry pie, I thought of shaking things up a bit by creating a delicious blueberry protein shake instead.
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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!
Crafts, Dairy Diva, Gifts, Guest Contribution, Holiday, Tips, Tradition
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…
Dairy Diva, Guest Contribution, Lifehacks, Storage, Tips
Tomorrow is National Picnic Day.
With the weather warming up and the birds chirping, there’s no better time to pack your picnic basket and spend the day at the park. Our family loves to go on picnics. Over the course of the years, I’ve turned an ordinary lunch into a creative outing with the family. Here are some of my tricks…
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Plant a seed and watch it grow with this easy DIY seed starter!
Now is the time to create your seed starter garden so you can enjoy fresh veggies and herbs all summer long. This DIY project is the perfect way to reuse my empty Hiland Dairy Yogurt containers and is easy enough for the kids to get involved. I put mine together in a jiffy and so can you!
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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.
Appetizer, Protein, Recipes, Tips
See why Hiland Dairy Iced Coffee is becoming the hands-on favorite for iced coffee lovers!
Iced Coffee, Tips
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.
Cheese, Dairy Diva, Dips, Guest Contribution, Snacks, Tips
Chocolate Milk Is The Perfect Sports Drink
Marathon training season is in full swing. One of my main focuses while training is to make sure I stay healthy with proper nutrition…
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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…
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In between Easter baskets, egg hunting and Sunday celebrations with family and friends; this Easy Breakfast Casserole is a dish everyone will love.
Breakfast, Easter, Recipes, Tips
What are you going to do with the extra sunshine?
I hope you already set your clocks ahead one hour for Daylight Saving Time. Now that you have an extra hour of sunshine today, here are few things you can do with the added daylight…
Dairy Diva, Guest Contribution, Spring, Tips
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…
Dairy Diva, Guest Contribution, Lifehacks, Protein, Tips
It’s going to be a PEEPs®-tastic spring!
Easter is right around the corner, which means the iconic chick-shaped marshmallows are out in stores. Now we’re offering the perfect treat for PEEPS® fanatics…PEEPS®-flavored milk!
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Happy egg hunting!
Why buy an Easter basket when you can repurpose your empty Hiland Dairy milk jugs into baskets your kiddos will love? Grab some crafting supplies and let’s get started!
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Turns out, milk is not just for drinking…
Here are some ingenious lifehacks that anyone can do with milk.
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February 29th Fun!
This day only happens once every four years…so, of course, we have to celebrate. Here are some lifehacks and other fun trivia about Leap Day…
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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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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!
Crafts, Holiday, Lifehacks, Milk Jug Crafts, Tips, Valentine's Day
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!
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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!
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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.
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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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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!
Dairy Diva, Flavored Milk, Guest Contribution, Iced Coffee, Tips
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!
Coupons, Food Allergies, Gluten Free, Tips
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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You know how when you’re feeling stresses or anxious, you “feel it in your gut?” Well, it turns out that this connection between your gut and your brain is real – and it may even be a two-way street.
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Just a few days from now, you will have an entire house full of family for the Holidays and you need to be ready. Now is NOT the time to panic! Put these simple steps to the test to bust Holiday pressures!
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Jazz up your Holiday table with this spectacular DIY centerpiece using…you guessed it, repurposed Hiland Dairy containers. Check it out!
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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…
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When the flakes start to fly and cabin fever sets in, here are a few ideas to keep you and your kids active without breaking the bank.
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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!
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Before you toss your empty Hiland Dairy Cottage Cheese or Sour Cream containers in the trash (or better yet, recycle bin), think of how you can transform them into all things shiny and new.
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On top of Thanksgiving being right around the corner, it’s football season and things tend to get very busy in the kitchen. Keep these tricks up your sleeve when your home fills up with familiar faces, and sometimes those unexpected guests.
Coupons, Dairy Diva, Holiday, Tips
If your family is anything like mine, mashed potatoes are a go-to side dish when planning dinners. But let’s face it, mashed potatoes can be a bit boring. Never fear…the Dairy Diva is here! Spice up your mashed potato game with these Game Day Hail Marys. These are perfect for potluck football parties and could even become a new Thanksgiving tradition.
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You can read all sorts of stuff on the Internet and sometimes it’s hard to tell what is fact and what is fiction. I’ve done a bit of research to put some of that dairy rubbish to rest!
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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.
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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!
Breakfast, Dairy Diva, Fall, Flavored Milk, Guest Contribution, Holiday, Recipes, Tips, Video
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!
Crafts, Fall, Milk Jug Crafts, Recycle, Tips
Halloween will be here before we know it, so start saving your milk jugs now! This kid-friendly milk jug craft is fun and easy to create and is sure to get your family in the Halloween spirit.
Crafts, Fall, Milk Jug Crafts, Recycle, Tips
Today is the official kick off of fall and we are excited to have our fall favorites back in stores!
Beverage, Fall, Flavored Milk, Recipes, Tips
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!
Beverage, Fall, Latte, Recipes, Tips, Whipped Cream
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!’
Back to School, Breakfast, Cheese, Milk, Milk Life, Tips
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!
Breakfast, Cottage Cheese, Dairy Tip Tuesday, Protein, Recipes, Tips
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.
Breakfast, Half & Half, Health, Recipes, Tips
40 is the new 30. 50 is the new 40. 60 is the new…well, you get it. That’s why it’s so important that they get all the protein and other vital nutrients their bodies need to keep them enjoying life into their later years.
Calcium, Milk, Milk Life, Protein, Tips
Sour cream and cottage cheese usually have a relatively short shelf life (generally 7 to 10 days after they have been opened). There’s an easy way to more than double the shelf life of these products. How, you ask?
Cottage Cheese, Lifehacks, Sour Cream, Tips
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.
Cookies, Desserts, Guest Contribution, Recipes, Sara's Kitchen, Tips
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.’
Crafts, Guest Contribution, Kid Activities, Milk Jug Crafts, Recycle, Tips
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!
Crafts, Lifehacks, Milk Jug Crafts, Recycle, Spring, Tips
There are all sorts of reasons why milk – and other dairy products – make for great late-night snacking.
Protein, Snacks, Tips
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!
Flavored Milk, New Products, Summer, Summer Flavored Milk, Tips
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…
Fresh, Recipes, Sara's Kitchen, Tips
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!
Breakfast, Family, Lifehacks, Recipes, Tips
With warmer weather approaching, it’s a good time to talk about keeping your dairy products as fresh as possible for as long as possible.
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!
Breakfast, Health, Recipes, Tips
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.
Family, Health, Recipes, Snacks, Tips
Your mom probably gave you warm milk as a kid when you were having trouble falling asleep. Her mom probably did the same for her. And so on and so on, going back generations. So does a warm mug of fresh, delicious Hiland Dairy Milk really help you go to sleep?
A scone is essentially a quick bread that uses baking powder as its leavening agent rather than yeast. Scones are deliciously sweet and are a wonderful complement to coffee or tea. And, best of all, they’re easy to make!
Breakfast, Desserts, Recipes, Tips
Dairy and Blood Pressure
Sure, dairy is a great source of protein and provides nine essential nutrients, but it can do so much more for our bodies. Today, we’ll examine in more detail how dairy foods can help us maintain a healthy body.
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.
Desserts, Gifts, Recipes, Sara's Kitchen, Tips
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.
Dairy Tip Tuesday, Recipes, Tips, Whipped Cream
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.
Dinner, Family, Lunch, Recipes, Tips
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.
Earth Day, Holiday, Sustainability, Tips, Tradition
“Hold it right there,” you’re thinking. “Bacon jam? Jam, like the sweet spread one puts on morning toast for breakfast?”
Well, not exactly. But pretty darn close.
Recipes, Sara's Kitchen, Tips
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.
Crafts, Easter, Family, Guest Contribution, Tips
You already know that Hiland Dairy milk is a great way to get your body calcium to help build and maintain strong bones and protein to repair muscle after exercise…but did you know that it can actually help you lose weight too?
Calcium, Happy, Health, Lifehacks, Tips, Weight Loss
We love family traditions here at The Hiland Home.
Last year, we started a new one with the introduction of Hiland Dairy seasonal products inspired by Easter.
Easter, Family, Flavored Milk, Tips, Tradition
Here at Hiland Dairy Foods, we’re always looking for new ways to reduce energy consumption, reuse items and materials and recycle everything that can possibly be recycled. But today, we want to ask for your help.
Dairy Tip Tuesday, Sustainability, Tips
New Coupons at HilandDairy.com
Who doesn’t want to save money, right? Head on over to HilandDairy.com/Coupons for valuable coupons for Hiland Dairy orange juice, iced coffee, yogurt and cottage cheese…which is perfect if you have our Creamy Broccoli Lasagna on the menu.
What’s that in the air today? The tight grip of a chilly winter wind?
No, it’s the smell of chili … today is National Chili Day!
Dinner, Family, Lunch, Recipes, Tips
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…
Dairy Tip Tuesday, Lifehacks, Tips
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?
Breakfast, Dairy Tip Tuesday, Dinner, Fresh, Happy, Lifehacks, Lunch, Recipes, Tips
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.
Breakfast, Family, Happy, Milk Life, Recipes, Snacks, Tips, Valentine's Day
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.
Crafts, Holiday, Lifehacks, Milk Jug Crafts, Tips, Valentine's Day
There’s no magic to keeping your Hiland Dairy products fresh, but there may be a few things you could be doing differently. So here are some helpful hints to keep your dairy products fresher and tastier…
Dairy Tip Tuesday, Fresh, Storage, Tips
Well, the Hiland Home is a lot of things.
For one thing, it’s this page – a home on the web where you can find all sorts of useful information to make your life easier. A happy home comes from the people that are in it, the attitudes that we come in the door with and the simple things we can do to make life feel natural and easy. That means you’ll find delicious and nutritious recipes here, as well as clever lifehacks to help you get the most out of your busy day.
Family, Happy, Health, Tips