Well I’m baaaack! It’s been 6 months since my last post! Did you wonder what in the heck happened to me? I can only imagine what you were thinking. Maybe just like the lyrics of the Train song “50 Ways to Say Goodbye”
She went down in an airplane
Fried getting suntan
Fell in a cement mixer full of quicksand
She met a shark under water
Fell and no one caught her
She was caught in a mudslide
Eaten by a lion
Got run over by a crappy purple Scion
She dried up in the desert
Drown in a hot tub
Danced to death at an east side night club
Ha ha ha! Nope! None of the above! I wish I had an exciting story to tell you but I dont! Here’s what really happened. Life. Real life! That’s what happened.
The fact is I have had boatloads of cakes to do, you can check my fb page for my most recent creations. It has also been summer, and you know I am a summertime girl. We spend all of our time from April to November outside if possible. But the most important reason is my precious 4 year old grandsons, Ryder and Marshall (not twins, they are cousins, 4 months apart😊) have been spending a lot of time at “Grammie’s” house! We swim in the pool, we play on the tire swing, we play in the fort, we play monster trucks in the sand box, we visit the goats next door, we play Star Wars with light sabers, we play hot wheels and we watch Blaze and Paw Patrol. Whew! What we don’t do is take nap anymore or take time out for Grammie to write a blog post! My brain can’t put 2 thoughts together after a day with them, but now that the school year has begun they are in pre k so we are settling in to a routine. Thank goodness!
Having said all that, don’t think I haven’t been cooking! Oh heck no! These people at my house would never let that happen! Ryder and Marshall are the first to ask “hey Grammie, is dinner ready yet?” Or, “hey Grammie, what’s for dessert?” And they don’t mean a store bought cookie either! They want pie, or homemade ice cream or strawberry shortcake! So yes, I have been cooking a lot and one of the things I rely on weekly is Ranch seasoning mix.
I use it for all kinds of dips, like my Jalapeño Cilantro Lime Ranch Dip, fish, chicken, pork and beef seasoning. It’s awesome in pasta salads, on roasted potatoes and in mashed potatoes! Sometimes I even make salad dressing with it! Ha ha! There really are endless uses for ranch seasoning mix, which is why I make my own.
Using a packet of pre made ranch dressing mix, or any pre made packet of seasoning mix for that matter, is a no brainer right? It’s easy, pre measured, and you don’t have to think about it. You also don’t have to think about what is in it either, but you might want to. Pre packaged seasoning mixes contain a lot of ingredients you might not want and if you make your own they don’t! It’s also cheaper! I call that a no brainer!
Try this diy Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Seasoning Mix. It’s so easy to throw together and keeps in the fridge for weeks. You will find yourself wondering why you spent all that money on the packets!
You might also want to try my DIY Taco Seasoning Mix or even my DIY Powdered Coffee Creamer
- 2/3 cup Buttermilk powder
- 3 teaspoons dried chives
- 3 teaspoons dried dill
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons garlic powder
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons onion powder
- 1/4 cup dried parsley
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 teaspoons pepper
- Whisk all together until well combined
- Makes 1 1/4 cups of mix
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks
- 1/4 cup mix = 1 ounce packet of pre made mix
- For traditional ranch dip – whisk 1/4 cup mix with 2 cups sour cream. I like to use 1 cup of sour cream and 1 cup mayonnaise. Add milk to achieve the desired consistency.
- For traditional ranch dressing – whisk 1/4 cup mix with 1 cup sour cream, 1/2 cup mayonnaise and 1/2 cup milk. I add 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce and 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar.
- You can substitute low fat sour cream or Greek yogurt for the full fat sour cream and you can substitute low fat mayonnaise.