Friday, January 14, 2011

Homemade Ranch Dressing: Good News for the Tastebuds, Not so Good for the Waistline

Do you love Ranch dressing, but would like to know what's IN your Ranch? You can make your own just about as quickly as you can whip up a batch out of a pre-prepared packet!

Some time back, I posted about my deliverance from my Ranch dressing addiction brought about by an equally yummy homemade olive oil and garlic salad dressing. That was all well and good until recently.

We had baked chicken the other day, which made me really crave some Ranch because I LOVE it for dipping baked chicken in. I decided to look on line and see if there was a recipe for homemade Ranch. I was doubtful, but my husband told me that there was. He follows Hallee Homemaker's blog and had seen it there.

I went and found it and within 10 or 15 minutes, had a cup of the most delicious Ranch Dressing I'd ever tasted! That's how quick and easy it is, and yes that means you don't need fancy ingredients because obviously we already had everything needed!

I couldn't believe it was that simple. Now I'm really happy because if God ever calls us to another country, I can make Ranch Dressing! I've already shared it with one friend living overseas and plan to share it with more. That is so exciting to me. Yay!

 Here's the recipe:

⅓ cup mayonnaise
⅓ cup plain yogurt (or sour cream)
⅓ cup buttermilk (I just use whole milk because that is what we keep around)
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp fresh ground black pepper
¼ tsp garlic powder
¼ tsp onion powder
½ tsp dried parsley flakes
½ tsp dried dill

Stir it together and store in whatever you please. Chill and serve on whatever you fancy. :)


Monday, January 10, 2011

Making Homemade Babyfood Easy: The FoodMill by Kidco. at CSN Stores

As you may already know, CSN Stores features more than 200 stores where you can find anything you can imagine from a new kitchen appliance, to a new bedroom set, to an ERGO Baby carrier, or a laptop messenger bag if that is your fancy!

I would like to highlight a product available at CSN Stores that I highly recommend. Has your baby been introduced to enough foods to be able to join you in eating what you're having for dinner, if only it were mashed or pureed?

The Food Mill by Kidco. made life much easier for us at that stage. Instead of preparing Lydia something totally different at dinner time, most of the time we could grind up a portion of what we were eating with this handy tool. When I first saw the aparatus, I have to admit I was skeptical of how much it could handle. However, it went above and beyond my expectations and efficiently ground up rice, meat, pasta, you name it!

It was great to not have to haul out the mini food processor, plug it in, make lots of noise to upset the baby, and then disassemble it's parts and hand wash the parts that cannot be washed in the dishwasher.
This food mill is a small, simple machine. We always washed it in the dishwasher, putting the smaller pieces in with the silverware.

I also noticed that CSN Stores also carries the Deluxe Food Mill, which I may want to try as it also comes at a great low price.

They also carry a small electric food mill! I highly recommend trying these products if you are embarking on the adventure of solid foods with your little one!

*This is not a paid post. The opinions expressed are mine and mine alone. It is one of two posts including a link to the CSN Stores website that will enable me to offer an exciting giveaway to my readers during the month of March. :) You can see my full disclosure on my PR/Disclosure page above.