Whether you plan on gathering folks for a party or just hanging out with the family, don your lawn with this festive DIY 4th of July craft that will have people cheering for the red, white and blue!
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!
Feel the Grill of Victory This Memorial Day
Summer is slowly peeking her head through the clouds. Now is the time to prep your grill for some delicious backyard bites. Keep things fresh by pairing sausage kebabs with an amazing dip made with fresh Hiland Dairy Greek Yogurt, and welcome summer the yummy way!
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.
These Tips Will Give You an A+ in Packing School Lunches
Hiland Dairy Milk is a great source of protein, is rich in calcium and provides a fortified source of vitamin D. Put these healthy benefits to work by packing Hiland Dairy Milk in your kids’ school lunches to help fuel them for afternoon activities. Here are some tips for how to pack a powerful (and healthy) school lunch.
Mashed, baked, twice baked – any way you make them, potatoes are a family favorite. The good news is potatoes don’t always have to be a side dish. Turn these golden gems into a fun appetizer that’s easy to assemble and will be a hit at your next party buffet.
Cute Bunny Message Holders
Spread springtime happiness with these adorable milk-carton bunny envelopes that hold sweet Easter messages. Your kids can give them to family, friends and teachers to say “Happy Easter” in their own special way.
You’ll Go Bananas for This Dreamy Banana Cream Pie
No matter what holiday is on the horizon, my kids beg me to make my banana cream pie. I usually give in because I figure they’re getting a serving of fruit, right? Ha! Seriously, this pie is so creamy and delicious, you’ll find yourself making it often.
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.
Not Your Ordinary Pie
If you’re tired of corned beef and cabbage for St. Patrick’s Day, try something new with this Irish potato pie. It’s made with fresh Hiland Dairy Butter, rich Hiland Dairy Heavy Whipping Cream and – wait for it – bacon! Seriously, this will be your new go-to St. Paddy’s Day favorite.
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.
Two Irresistible Flavors, One Delicious Treat
Whoever joined the flavors of chocolate and mint for the first time is a genius. My family loves the combination, so whenever I whip up a batch of these delectable mint chocolate fudge brownies, it doesn’t take long for them to disappear.
My two favorite foods come together in this yummy breakfast recipe: Mexican and breakfast! These breakfast burritos are scrumptious, thanks to the savory sausage, gooey Hiland Dairy Cheese, fluffy scrambled eggs and flavorful veggies all wrapped up nicely in warm tortillas.
I (heart) this banner! It’s simple to make using repurposed Hiland Dairy Organic Milk cartons. The fun conversation heart design will add lovely charm to your mantel or doorway for Valentine’s Day.
It’s not an official party without a Mardi Gras mask! The good news is you don’t have to spend a fortune on one, either. Create your own out of a repurposed Hiland Dairy Milk jug with these easy instructions.
Make Your Football Party Epic
Every year, we host our friends and family to celebrate the biggest football game of the year, and my chile con queso dip recipe is always a hit. Trust me; it will become a permanent appetizer on your party menu.
A Fun Craft for a Snowy Day
You may not have the warmest thoughts when you think of penguins: the South Pole, freezing temps, snow and ice might come to mind. But when my kids and I transformed Hiland Dairy Yogurt containers into these cute little penguins, they stirred up lots of warm, fuzzy thoughts and big smiles.
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.
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.
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!
Ring in a Healthier New Year With This Recipe
If you’ve resolved to making healthier food choices in 2018, then these peanut butter bars are the perfect treat. They’re good for you, and they make for a delicious dessert, snack or breakfast on-the-go.
Get a Handle on Things
Now is the perfect time of year to start organizing your crafting supplies. This handy craft organizer is made from a repurposed Hiland Dairy Milk jug, and you can carry your gear from project to project. The days of fumbling through cluttered drawers are over!
On Dasher, On Dancer, On Prancer …
A holiday just doesn’t seem like a holiday gathering without something dipped in chocolate, right? The next time you head out to celebrate with family or friends, make these holiday reindeer treats. They’re not only cute but they’re also delicious.
Sending Holiday Cheer
It’s the time of year when your mailbox fills with holiday cards that spread good cheer and well wishes from near and far. Instead of buying greeting cards this year, enhance upcoming festivities with homemade cards using repurposed Hiland Dairy paper cartons. Each one will be unique and made with love.
These Cookies Are Melt-in-Your-Mouth Good!
Invited to a holiday cookie exchange this year? Show up with these gingerbread cookies and you’ll be invited to every exchange around town. Forget the crispy gingerbread men of the past. These guys belong in the cookie hall of fame because of their perfect thickness and chewiness. Happy holiday baking!
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.
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!
These Stuffing-Mashed-Potato Cups Are a Leftover Lover’s Dream
In a few days, you’ll have a refrigerator stuffed with Thanksgiving trimmings and fixings. Why settle with run-of-the-mill leftovers when you can create these stuffing-mashed-potato cups? This recipe is a great way to use up those leftovers and give your family something new to try.
A Classic Treat With a Fall-Themed Twist
Want to get your family in the mood for fall? Whip up a batch of these candy corn rice crispy treats — they’ll soon become a family holiday favorite. They’re simple to make and a crowd-pleasing treat!
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!
These Cupcakes Really Take the Cake!
A chill is in the air, colorful leaves are falling, and it’s time to bake these vanilla cupcakes filled and topped with fluffy pumpkin spice frosting. Adorn them with homemade acorns and you’ll have cupcakes that will win over all who take a bite.
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.
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.
National Breadstick Day Is Here
Halloween is the perfect time to bring out the spooktacular baker in you. And, since National Breadstick Day is today, why not turn ordinary breadsticks into cheesy witch’s fingers for a fun side dish?
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!
Gobble Up the Goodies!
It’s time to scare up some fun! Start with this multipurpose milk jug Halloween candy bucket. It holds treats for all your little ghouls and goblins, and it lights the way for every candy-seeking step. All you need are a few crafting supplies and some glow sticks.
The Perfect Taco for a Family on the Go
Now that after-school activities have started, I’ve come up with a way for my kids to take their tacos with them on their way to a practice without the mess. Super simple. Super yummy. It’s a super dinner on the go.
Easy As Pie!
OK, these are crazy good — and made to order. These mini pot pies are perfect when I have a variety of leftovers. My kids get to choose what they want in them; turkey, chicken, pork — doesn’t matter what the preferred combination is because they satisfy their tummies every time!
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…
It’s Labor Day Weekend!
Labor Day weekend is the perfect time to get together with family and friends and toss back some great barbecue. But why stand over a hot grill when your oven can do all the work? These barbecue chicken foil packs are packed with flavor and are super easy from prep to your table.
Losing a tooth as a kid means a visit from the tooth fairy, so my kids thought it would be fun to make tooth fairy pouches out of repurposed Hiland Dairy Milk jugs. They are strong enough to protect itty-bitty teeth while making it easy for their fairy friend to slide them from underneath pillows.
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!
The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever!
Ohhh … that ooey, gooey yummy-licious little treat! I’m talking about a homemade chocolate chip cookie. But not just any chocolate chip cookie. I’m talking about one that holds the perfect balance of sweet and a hint of saltiness.
It’s the Coolest Dessert
Americans have been enjoying ice cream served in a cone for more than a century. Whether you like a single or double scoop of your favorite flavor, it seems to always taste better in a cone. That’s why I dug up some history on one of America’s favorite desserts. Here’s the scoop!
One Small Step, One Giant Celebration!
Today we celebrate the anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s famous first step onto our stellar neighbor, the moon. And celebrate we shall … with homemade Nutty Peanut Butter Moon Balls. Watch these little morsels go from full to half to total lunar eclipse at your next party!
A Healthy Snack Your Kids Won’t Even See Coming
It’s easy to forget about hydration and healthy snacking when you’re constantly on the go. That’s why I make these nutritious snacks that make everyone smile: chocolate “milksicles” using Hiland Dairy Chocolate Milk!
Step up your appetizer game with this french-fry croquettes recipe. These delectable morsels are made even more delicious with one simple ingredient – bacon! Pair the croquettes with your favorite sour cream, dip or salad dressing. Trust me, your guests will be impressed!
At our house, pasta salads are a side-dish staple, especially with our summer meals. Instead of buying premade pasta salads from the store, I like to make my own using fresh ingredients from Hiland Dairy. Here’s the recipe for one of my family’s favorites: Creamy Cheddar Cheese Pasta Salad.
Why should celebrating our country’s stars and stripes be limited to one day during the month of July? You can repurpose Hiland Dairy Organic Milk cartons to create a patriotic centerpiece that you and your guests will enjoy all month long.
Create Your Own Ice Cream Flavor
Who doesn’t love ice cream? I stock my freezer with the yummy treat because my kids love it. And, because today is National Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day, my kiddos jumped at the chance to come up with their own flavors. Here are a few of their favorites…
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!
Shake It Up!
These vanilla milkshakes are anything but ordinary. Why? Because they’re made with Hiland Dairy’s creamy Old Recipe Real Vanilla Ice Cream and farm-fresh Hiland Dairy Milk, making them an extraordinary summertime treat!
Wake Him Up to Loaded Scrambled Eggs
Skip the boring tie for Father’s Day; make him a hearty breakfast that will make his tummy smile instead. This is one of my favorite egg dishes to make because it’s loaded with fresh Hiland Dairy ingredients and packed with protein. The perfect way to start Dad’s day!
Get a Picture-Perfect Pantry
Need a little help with your pantry storage? Here’s an easy solution: Repurpose Hiland Dairy Milk jugs by turning them into these super easy – and versatile – storage containers. Your pantry items will be protected and organized in no time!
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!
A Sweet Treat for National Donut Day
I heard that National Donut Day was coming up (I mean really, can life get any better?). So, I thought I’d make these petite donut muffins with a cinnamon glaze as a sweet treat for my family.
Don’t have a watering can for your plants and flowers? Me neither! Instead of running out and buying one, I thought I’d just make one using a repurposed Hiland Dairy Milk jug. The hardest part about this craft is figuring out how to decorate it!
Breakfast Is Served!
Once you taste these homemade pop pastries, you’ll never look at your breakfast routine the same. They are delicious and easy to make. Try them with your favorite filling, and remember to always use fresh Hiland Dairy Milk to make these pastries burst with natural flavors.
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.
Let’s Get Our Fiesta On!
Even though there might be some confusion as to why we celebrate Cinco de Mayo (the Mexican army’s victory over the French army at the Battle of Puebla), there is no questioning the deliciousness of these amazing chicken enchiladas with green chili cream sauce.
Happy May Day!
The first day of May reminds us of fresh blooms, warmer weather and cupcakes. You read that correctly … cupcakes! Top these little cakes with scrumptious buttercream frosting and you’ve got a hit on your hands.
Spring Is in the Air
I love spring flowers, so I wanted to make my own flower pots to showcase them. Using repurposed Hiland Dairy Organic Milk cartons and some extra fabric I had on hand from the Milk Carton Storage Boxes I created earlier this month, I was able to create these flower pots in no time!
Load ’Em Up!
What’s better than french fries? Loaded cheese fries! Today just so happens to be National Cheddar Fries Day, so I decided whip some up as a treat to my family. I topped them with fresh Hiland Dairy ingredients and watched them disappear right before my eyes.
Happy Easter, Everybunny!
I’ll admit it, I’m on a milk-carton crafting kick. My latest mission was to create a cute Easter-themed candy box made from a repurposed Hiland Dairy carton. I can’t wait to see my kids’ faces light up on Easter morning!
Straighten Up and Get Organized
What started out as one junk drawer turned into many around my house. So, I decided to repurpose my Hiland Dairy cartons into these adorable storage boxes. My drawers are now organized, and I’m a happier diva!
A New Style to an Old Favorite
It’s always a plus when I find a recipe that is simple to make and loaded with fresh Hiland Dairy ingredients. Case in point: this Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole that’s a hit with my family. We never have leftovers! So, in honor of National Chicken Cordon Bleu Day, I’m sharing this scrumptious recipe with you.
One of my favorite days of the year is April 1. Why? Because I love pulling off funny shenanigans and pranks on my family. This year, instead of balloons behind a door, or fake spilled nail polish, I’ve decided to whip up something clever in the kitchen … undercover sushi!
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!
A Whale of a Tale
Today is National Children’s Craft Day, so let’s celebrate by helping the kiddos make this adorable whale water scoop for bath time or playtime. Simply use a repurposed Hiland Dairy milk jug and let the water fun begin.
This little piggy went to market … and this little piggy laughed all the way to the bank! You can repurpose a gallon-sized Hiland Dairy Milk jug to make this cute piggy bank. Your kids will love saving money by dropping coins into the slot. Let’s get crafting!
You’ll Flip for These Pancakes
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so why make it ordinary? Think outside of the frying pan and make pancake breakfast bites using a mini muffin tin. Using fresh Hiland Dairy ingredients and serving them with a glass of pure Hiland Dairy Milk is the perfect way to start your family’s day. Breakfast is served!
Ham It Up!
They might be mini, but they are mighty! These mini ham-and-broccoli cups are perfect when you don’t have a lot of time to make dinner. Eat them with your favorite sides and a tall glass of fresh Hiland Dairy Milk, or grab a few to eat in the car on the way to basketball practice. Either way, they always hit the spot!
It’s a Hoot!
With spring around the corner, birds will be chirping around before we know it, and this owl bird feeder craft will look amazing in your yard. Plus, you’ll get to watch all the birds enjoying a snack. Let’s get crafting!
The Perfect Pasta for Fat Tuesday
When you think about Mardi Gras, you may think about the world-famous New Orleans parade, beads and masks. Personally, I think of scrumptious Cajun cooking! Over the past several years, I’ve enhanced this recipe by adding a little bit of this and that from Hiland Dairy to make one amazing creamy pasta dish. Get ready to dig in, Divas!
Miniature Cherry Pies With Whipped Cream
I remember picking cherries with my mom as a kid. I also distinctly remember her scrumptious cherry pies. So, in honor of National Cherry Pie Day — and my mom — I simplified the pie-making process. I baked miniature versions of this yummy treat using three ingredients, and topped them off with my homemade whipped cream.
A Hot Breakfast to Get Your Family Moving
When my family is moving at a snail’s pace in the morning, nothing motivates them more than a delicious breakfast. This scrumptious Morning Egg Boat recipe is one of their favorites. Six simple ingredients, one amazing flavor!
Making Memories That Will Last a Lifetime
Dinnertime is one of the most important times of my family’s day. Once a month, I have my kids choose a meal and make it together. They love it! This month, the meal was lasagna and tossed salad. Their super-scrumptious lasagna recipe is kid-made, mom approved.
All You Need is Love
Be mine. Hug me. Cutie pie. No matter how you say it, Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to let your family know how much you love them. This year, I decided to create these cute containers to use for my kids’ school lunches for a Valentine’s Day surprise.
Window Winter Wonderland
Want to add some cheerful swag to your windows? Think snowflakes and snowmen this winter, and let the fun begin. These sun catchers are simple to make and will brighten your home when the sun shines in!
Snacks in a Snap!
Afternoon snacks help kids battle the after-school grouch by supplying them with enough energy to carry them through until dinner. Here are a few between-meal munchies your kids can whip up on their own.
Pop to It!
My kids gobble up popcorn by the handful, so I create different flavors to keep smiles on their faces. One of my favorite recipes infuses sweet caramel with peanuts (for a bit of saltiness), topped with a chocolate drizzle.
Comfort Food at Its Best!
There’s nothing better than throwing a few simple ingredients into a slow cooker, going to work, and walking through the door hours later to a house filled with the mouth-watering aromas of comfort food. Let’s get started!
Meat & Bean Chili That Rocks
It’s National Bean Day, so why not spice up your dinner table with delicious chili? It’s the go-to comfort food that everyone loves during these cold winter days and nights. Here’s one chili recipe you’ll want to make again and again.
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.
‘Tis the Season…
Around our house, the holiday season is prime time for guests to stop by without warning. I make sure to always have a few appetizer staples stocked and my fridge well-equipped with must-have ingredients. Here are a few last-minute appetizer ideas you can throw together in a jiffy for those unannounced guests.
It’s National Lemon Cupcake Day
Okay, I admit it. I go crazy for lemon-flavored anything—drinks, sauces, cakes—you name it. If it has that juicy fruit involved, I’m all in. So, when I looked at my calendar and noticed that today is National Lemon Cupcake Day, I headed straight for my kitchen, grabbed my Hiland Dairy ingredients and made my favorite homemade lemon cupcakes. Here are the step-by-step directions so you can give them a try!
And All Through The Town …
Creating a village out of repurposed Hiland Dairy Milk cartons is a great hands-on project for you and your kids this holiday season. Start saving your cartons now so when holiday break starts, your kids can start crafting away! Follow these step-by-step directions and you’ll have a festive village in no time.
I decided to spice it up on National French Toast Day with this Baked Caramel and Pear French Toast. Divas, if you’re looking for a new make-ahead recipe for the holidays, a baby shower or a family brunch, this is it!
Give Your Pumpkins This Magical Makeover
I love the idea of recycling my Halloween pumpkins by transforming them into these wonderful flower vases for my Thanksgiving table. There’s no need limit pumpkins to pies and soups this fall. Grab your carving knives, Divas, it’s time to dig in!
Mac & Cheese You Can Eat With Your Hands
I’ve taken a timeless classic and have given it a delicious twist! Try this recipe using fresh and pure Hiland Dairy ingredients, and let the mouth watering begin. These Mac & Cheese Cups make a great side dish for turkey day, and they’re the perfect “shared” dish to take to your holiday parties. Enjoy!
Leaf It up to Me
Put on your crafting hats, Divas! This DIY leaf bowl is not only fun, but it’s also functional. You’ll have to set aside some time for this one, but it is worth the wait. Once your bowl is crafted, throw in some candy, potpourri or faux acorns to brighten up your coffee table.
Did Someone Say Chili Cheese Nachos … Diva-style?
When I think of nachos, I think of beef-and-bean-laden chili, lots of Hiland Dairy Shredded Cheddar Cheese, and a whole lot of hands digging into the mountain of goodness. These Macho Nachos are the first to disappear from my party buffet. Let’s get cooking!
Hello, Divas! If you could see me right now, I’m doing my happy dance. Why? Because today is National Candy Day! My mom used to make blue ribbon winning fudge, so I’m using today as an excuse to pay homage to her succulent treat. Back in the day, she used only the freshest ingredients. That’s why I’m using products from Hiland Dairy!
Scare Up Some Fun
This Halloween, make your own monster candy holder using a repurposed Hiland Dairy milk jug. How adorable would this look on your front porch for the trick-or-treaters? What’s more? It’s eerily easy to create!
Who Doesn’t Like Pizza?
Even though my family doesn’t see eye-to-eye on pizza toppings, I always use Hiland Dairy Cheese when I make homemade pizza. I know the cheese is made with pure and fresh Hiland Dairy Milk, so I know it’s good. If you’ve never done it before, I recommend you try making a pizza pie from scratch. Bake it. Slice it. Eat it. Your taste buds will thank you!
Oh, Glow On!
Grab your empty Hiland Dairy milk jugs and get your glow on! These adorable leaf luminaries are so easy to make yet so pleasing to the eye. But you’d better hit the nature trail soon before the colorful fall foliage makes way for the first frost.
Add Halloween Milk Jug Lanterns to Your To-Do List
Alrighty, Divas. Start saving your Hiland Dairy Milk jugs (if you haven’t already), because you’re going to want to light up your front porch with these Halloween milk jug lanterns. This craft is simple and inexpensive. Plus, it will have your neighbors saying, “Why didn’t I think of that!”
Our family loves to sit down for a family movie night whenever we get a break from our busy schedules. And, family movie night isn’t complete without some great snacks to go with it! Hiland Dairy Dips with chips and veggies are always the top of our snack list. But, when the chill of fall is in the air, we also like a nice hot dip. That’s when I whip up my savory Buffalo Chicken Dip. It’s easy-peasy and oh-so-delicious!
Create a Witch Windsock Using Hiland Milk Jugs
I hope you’ve been saving your Hiland Dairy Milk gallon jugs, because fall crafting is about to get exciting! Check out this adorable witch windsock you can make with a few crafting supplies and a repurposed milk jug. It’s super cute and easy!
It’s National Women’s Health and Fitness Day
Hey, Divas! It’s all about us today, so grab up your gal pals and head to the yoga studio. And, don’t forget to recharge with Hiland Dairy Chocolate Milk after your workout. Studies show that chocolate milk is a natural source of high-quality protein to build lean muscle, and it contains the right mix of protein and carbs. Oh, and don’t worry if yoga isn’t your thing. Here are a few other ideas for National Women’s Health and Fitness Day…
Get Up and Move
I love to jog. My husband takes long walks. My kids enjoy riding their bikes. It’s important to stay active and eat right, so my family and I are going to participate in Family Health and Fitness Day this Saturday. You should, too!
Morning Cereal Pops
Cereal pops are a great way to start your kids’ busy mornings. They’re not only packed with protein and other essential vitamins and minerals found in Hiland Dairy Milk and Hiland Dairy Yogurt, but the kids feel like they’re getting a sweet treat for breakfast. It’s a win-win!
The Benefits of School Milk
I remember like it was yesterday: Milk was the only beverage of choice at school lunchtime. We even got to choose between white, strawberry or chocolate milk on Fridays. The good news? Schools are still serving delicious, nutritious milk at lunchtime. Nothing beats the protein- and vitamin-packed punch of milk to help them get through the day. Talk to your kids about the importance of grabbing nutritious Hiland Dairy Milk to accompany their school meals.
Why wouldn’t you indulge in creamy, delicious milk shakes all month long? I am! And, in commemoration of this glorious month, I’m making my kids’ favorite Chocolate Mint Cookie ice cream shake. Here’s how it’s done…
What do a cow, Elvis and Tiger Woods have in common? They’ve all made appearances at state fairs. Well, the butter sculpture versions of them anyway. I love state fairs because of the people, fun and food. And being the Dairy Diva that I am, I wanted to find out how regional state fairs incorporate dairy into their lineups. What I found out is amazing.
Keep Dairy on Your Family’s Daily Menu
Calorie for calorie, whole milk is one of the most nutritious foods. That’s why dairy is an important part of your diet – especially for kids. Here are a few reasons to keep dairy on your daily menu…
It’s Relaxing. It’s Fun. It’s Summer Vacation!
We got some unexpected, but really chillin’ guests this year – the Coneys! Scoop, Cookie, Chip and Cherry popped up in some of our vacation fun. Check them out!
How to Watch the Olympics, Family-Style
From the opening ceremonies through the closing ceremonies, my family loves the Olympics. So, we started a tradition this year to help celebrate the big night and build excitement around the 42 Olympic sporting disciplines…
Back-to-School We Go!
Running around just before school starts trying to find everything your wee ones need for their classrooms isn’t fun. Trust me, I’ve been there. Gathering school supplies a few weeks prior to the big first day keeps unwanted stress at bay. Check out these simple tricks to be uber-prepared…
Gather the troops for some ice cream fun!
Nothing defines summer quite like ice cream. That is why I invite my kids’ friends over for an ice cream social every summer. They love it! Scour your cupboards and fridge for sundae toppings, buy your favorite flavors of Hiland Dairy Ice Cream and let the building begin!
Summertime Treats That Are Real Smooth
Let’s talk smoothies, Divas! I find that blending simple ingredients together is a quick way to get the energy boost I need or to ward off my kids’ tummy rumbles between meals. I set up a “smoothie bar” and let the blending begin.
Turn your ordinary mac & cheese into a creamy, dreamy dish!
I have a secret to share: Add Hiland Dairy Cottage Cheese and Hiland Dairy Sour Cream to your macaroni and cheese recipe, and you’ll have an extra creamy dish of total goodness!
Ahhh…the paternal bond of fatherhood!
Today is the day of placing your dear old man on a pedestal to thank him for all things dad! I asked some dads what types of qualities they would want to see in their sons when they become fathers, and here’s what they had to say…
Veg out and dip in!
It’s easy to skip the recommended three to four servings of veggies each day. So, here are some great ways to ensure you and your family get the adequate amount of these nutrient-packed super foods. It’s simple…just add Hiland Dairy Dips!
As The Dairy Diva, I’ll be really honest…one of my favorite cheeses is mozzarella. When I stumbled across a homemade mozzarella recipe years ago, I tweaked it using Hiland Dairy Vitamin D Milk and I’ve been making it ever since. So let’s celebrate my favorite mozzarella recipe with my favorite month – National Dairy Month!
Six new ice cream flavors join the Hiland Dairy family…and we put them to the test!
Peanut butter and jelly, milk and cookies, cell phones and chargers…one thing just doesn’t go without the other. That’s why when I think of summer, I think of ice cream! And Hiland Dairy has six new flavors that my kids wanted to put to the test. I mean really, who wouldn’t?
Get to it!
With summer right around the corner, there’s no better time to write a list of must-do activities to keep the kiddos busy. Try to think outside the norm. Your kids might think some are hits and others are misses, but at least you’re exposing them to new things. Here are some wacky ideas to toss on your list…
And they’re off!
The Kentucky Derby might be notorious for its horses, jockeys and roses, but I have to admit…I LOVE the hats! So much so, they inspired me to create a festive centerpiece hat out of a repurposed Hiland Dairy Cottage Cheese container. Want to give it a try? Check out my simple step-by-step directions…
May Day is right around the corner, so why not round up the kiddos and make this year’s door hopping tradition memorable with these adorable May Day baskets? With a few craft supplies, you can turn repurposed Hiland Dairy Yogurt containers into May Day magic!
How To Properly Organize Your Refrigerator
Who knew? I just found out that I’ve been organizing my refrigerator the wrong way, which may be why my food seems to spoil so quickly after I buy it. There’s even a certain dairy product that should have its own drawer! So, I’d like to share a few tips on how to arrange your fridge to maximize the freshness of your food…
Tomorrow is National Picnic Day.
With the weather warming up and the birds chirping, there’s no better time to pack your picnic basket and spend the day at the park. Our family loves to go on picnics. Over the course of the years, I’ve turned an ordinary lunch into a creative outing with the family. Here are some of my tricks…
Plant a seed and watch it grow with this easy DIY seed starter!
Now is the time to create your seed starter garden so you can enjoy fresh veggies and herbs all summer long. This DIY project is the perfect way to reuse my empty Hiland Dairy Yogurt containers and is easy enough for the kids to get involved. I put mine together in a jiffy and so can you!
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.
A basketball buffet to remember!
Busted bracket? Mine too! But don’t let that stop you from gathering friends and family to watch the last four teams shoot their way to the top spot. Your guests will show up hungry, so create a winning basketball smorgasbord and score some major hostess points.
Celebrate National Chip and Dip Day the right way!
This day speaks my language – National Chip and Dip Day! When I have friends and family over, I always try to add protein to most everything I serve. This is why I make a cheesy bean dip. Not only is there protein in the cheese and sour cream, but in the beans as well. Here is my favorite…
Get on track to healthy eating.
Why pack your lunch? Because it’s a healthier option and you always know what you’re going to get. And by adding the right amount of protein, it makes your afternoons so much better. Here are a few packing tips…
It’s National Tortilla Chip Day.
I can’t think of a better day to serve your favorite Hiland Dairy Dip with chips than on National Tortilla Chip Day. This crispy little snack is perfect for dipping and dunking and is a favorite in my home. And since we’re already on the subject of chips and dip, I’d like to share my Spicy Corn Dip recipe with you. This hot and bubbly dip goes great with tortilla chips!
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!
Sunday is going to be about football, funny commercials and the best part of all…snacks! It’s a great time to infuse some of your standard football buffet items with some healthier options. With these successful alternatives, your guests won’t even know they’re eating healthy. Its a win-win!
Let’s talk soup.
Why? Because it’s time to commemorate National Homemade Soup Day, and I want to share my favorite Broccoli Cheese Soup recipe with you. It’s loaded with all-natural Hiland Dairy products including Hiland Dairy Butter, Hiland Dairy Half & Half and Hiland Dairy Shredded Cheddar Cheese. Let’s get started!
What’s better? Blueberry pancakes! And in honor of National Blueberry Pancake Day (yes…these delectable delights have their own special day), I’m posting my family’s favorite Saturday morning breakfast.
National Spouse’s Day is the perfect day to show the special person in your life just how much you care for him or her. So what better way to celebrate this great day by keeping your loved one healthy. It’s easy! Put your New Year’s resolution to good use and incorporate more protein into his or her diet. Here are a few simple ideas I’d like to share…
Cup of Joe…caffeine fix…java!
Anyway you say it, there are more than 100 million daily coffee drinkers in the United States. So, the next time you’re on your coffee break at the office, throw around some of these fun facts about this caffeinated (or decaffeinated) beverage!
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!
Love them or loathe them, they’re here to stay. New Year’s resolutions are a staple in our culture and just about everyone I know makes them. My resolution is to add more protein to my diet. Why? Because protein is crucial to bone health and as we already know, women are more susceptible to weak and brittle bones as we age. Getting at least 25-30 grams of protein per meal is so simple, yet so important. Here’s how!
It doesn’t take long for my kids to become “bored stiff” just a few hours into their winter vacation from school. I’m expecting them to ask me for creative solutions to their boredom woes, so I’ve loaded up on ideas to keep them content. Here a just a few…
It’s National Leftovers Day!
Remember when I told you to repurpose your sour cream and cottage cheese containers for Thanksgiving leftovers like turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes? Why just heat them up when you can turn those leftovers into bite-sized deliciousness!
If your family is anything like mine, mashed potatoes are a go-to side dish when planning dinners. But let’s face it, mashed potatoes can be a bit boring. Never fear…the Dairy Diva is here! Spice up your mashed potato game with these Game Day Hail Marys. These are perfect for potluck football parties and could even become a new Thanksgiving tradition.
It’s October! And we all know what that means…sweets, sweets and more sweets around your home. Let’s face it, October is a candy-laden month and our kiddos usually don’t make the healthiest choices. However, I’ve picked up some candy-crushing tips that will help you and your kids keep the treats at bay.
Don’t Be Scared of These Spooktacular Pancakes!
Give your zombies and ghouls just what they are craving this October with The Dairy Diva’s Spooktacular Chocolate Peanut Butter Pancakes! They’re easy to make using Hiland’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Milk. So when it’s time to give your little devils a homemade breakfast on Halloween morning, don’t be afraid…just conjure up a little Hiland Halloween Spirit!
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!
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!
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!’
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!
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.
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.
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.’
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!
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!
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…
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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?
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.
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.
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.