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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Dairy Diva, Dinner, Guest Contribution, Lunch, Recipes, Tips

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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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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Dairy Diva, Desserts, Guest Contribution, Holiday, Recipes, Tips

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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Crafts, Dairy Diva, Fall, Guest Contribution, Tips

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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Coupons, Dairy Diva, Desserts, Guest Contribution, Holiday, Recipes, Tips

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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Back to School, Dairy Diva, Guest Contribution, School Milk, Tips

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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Crafts, Dairy Diva, Guest Contribution, Tips

Stack It And Pack It!

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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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Cheese, Cottage Cheese, Dairy Diva, Dips, Family, Guest Contribution, Health, Holiday, Milk, National Spouse's Day, Nutrition, Protein, Recipes, Tips

Gluten-Free Dairy?

Gluten-Free Dairy

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!

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Coupons, Food Allergies, Gluten Free, Tips

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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Breakfast, Dairy Diva, Fall, Flavored Milk, Guest Contribution, Holiday, Recipes, Tips, Video

Milk Jug Fabric Pumpkins

Milk Jug Fabric Pumpkins

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!

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Get Ready For Fall With A Pumpkin Spice Latte

Get Ready For Fall With A Pumpkin Spice Latte

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!

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Beverage, Fall, Latte, Recipes, Tips, Whipped Cream

Fun, Easy Breakfast Your Kids Will Love To Make!

Fun Easy Breakfast Your Kids Will Love To Make

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!’

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Back to School, Breakfast, Cheese, Milk, Milk Life, Tips

Dairy Tip Tuesday: Pancakes Powered by Protein

Dairy Tip Tuesday Pancakes Powered by Protein

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!

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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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Lifehack: Milk Jug Bird Feeder

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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!

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Crafts, Lifehacks, Milk Jug Crafts, Recycle, Spring, Tips

Treat Your Family to Hiland Summer Flavored Milks!

Treat Your Family to Hiland Summer Flavored Milks

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!

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Sara’s Kitchen: Homemade Ricotta Cheese

Saras Kitchen Homemade Ricotta Cheese

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…

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Fresh, Recipes, Sara's Kitchen, Tips

Fun Kids Recipe: Baglets!

Kid Friendly Recipe Baglets

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!

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Breakfast, Family, Lifehacks, Recipes, Tips

Fruity Baked Oatmeal

Fruity Baked Oatmeal

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!

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Breakfast, Health, Recipes, Tips

Fun Kids Recipe: Frozen Yogurt Medley!

Kid Friendly Recipe Frozen Yogurt Medley

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.

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Family, Health, Recipes, Snacks, Tips

Fact or Fiction: Warm Milk Helps You Fall Asleep

Fact or Fiction Warm Milk Helps You Fall Asleep

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?

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The Deal on Dairy and Your Health

The Deal on Dairy and Your Health

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.

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Health, Tips

Sara’s Kitchen: Homemade Chocolate-Covered Salted Caramels…Great for Gifts!

Saras Kitchen Homemade Chocolate-Covered Salted Caramels

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.

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Desserts, Gifts, Recipes, Sara's Kitchen, Tips

Dairy Tip Tuesday: 9 Tips for Perfectly Whipped Cream

Dairy Tip Tuesday 9 Tips for Perfectly Whipped Cream

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.

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A Down Home Favorite: Milk Boiled Corn On The Cob

A Down Home Favorite Milk Boiled Corn on the Cob

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.

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Dinner, Family, Lunch, Recipes, Tips

Happy Earth Day!

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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.

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Earth Day, Holiday, Sustainability, Tips, Tradition

March On To Savings!

March On To Savings!

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.

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Extra Milk? Freeze It! A Hiland Home Lifehack

Extra Milk? Freeze It! A Hiland Home Lifehack

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…

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Dairy Tip Tuesday, Lifehacks, Tips

So What is a “Hiland Home,” Anyway?

So What is a “Hiland Home,” Anyway?

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.

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Family, Happy, Health, Tips