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how to make ranch, best ranch ever

So, I know I’ve built up this recipe with the post title. And the recipe isn’t really Earth-shattering or anything. But seriously, I’ve always felt that bottled grocery store ranch was a little “off.” And this recipe is sooo much better than that bottled stuff. It rivals what’s termed “Restaurant Ranch” in my house. AND, because you’re making it yourself, you can use the ingredients you want (i.e. organic stuff) to make it healthier and less corn-syrup-weird-ingredients-I can’t-pronounce filled. So if you think you can handle having your Ranch world rocked, read on! (And I kid you not. It will rock your world. We actually take this places where we know there will be a need for Ranch. Weird, I know. Apparently we take our food way too seriously.)

{What You Will Need}

Ranch dressing mix (Found in the dressing isle. I’m not sure if you can find this organically in your local organic market but if you can, this recipe can be made 100% organic.)
Mayo
Sour cream (We use Fage yogurt as sour cream in my household. It has less fat/calories, tons more protein, and you can barely tell the difference in taste.)
Milk
Empty container
Funnel
Wisk or silicone spatula (The silicone spatula is ideal for scraping the bowl later. In general, I prefer these spatulas and have quite the collection. I get them at the dollar store. Get one. You’ll love them too.)
Medium size bowl

  1. Gather your supplies
  2. In bowl, add sour cream and mayo according to package directions. I’ve made this so many times now, I just eyeball the amounts I put in. I usually use 8 oz. (1/2 a container) of Fage yogurt and about 1/2 cup of mayo to start. I add more to taste if needed before I add in the milk. Now add in the dressing mix and mix the sour cream, mayo, and dressing mix together.
  3. Now add milk, little by little, until you get a slightly runnier than optimal consistency. The ranch will get thicker when you refrigerate it, which is why I do this.
  4. Use funnel to put ranch into your chosen container. I also use a silicone spatula to scrape the bowl so there is little waste. This stuff is so good, you won’t want to waste ANY.
  5. Refrigerate for 10-20 mins (if you’re impatient like me) and then use. Or you can be proactive and make way before you need to use it, if you’re good like that. Me? Not so much.
  6. Enjoy!!!

So, there yah go. Best Ranch ever. If you’re a Ranch lover, you’ll love this. My husband LOVES ranch and he practically drinks this stuff.

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Andrea

P.S. Thanks to Heather from Simply Sjostedt for turning me on to this great alternative. Ranch dressing will never be the same in my household.

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DIY Wire Photo or Card HoldersWhen I go on trips, instead of bringing back traditional souvenirs, I like to find things I find interesting and incorporate them into my life in unique ways. On a recent trip to Portland, I found some cool keys that I made into a long chain necklace. On our last cruise, I found sea shells that I made into earrings. And on our honeymoon, we found some interesting rocks. (Huh. Yeah. Let’s no psychoanalyze why out of everything, I brought home rocks from my honeymoon.)

Since November, these rocks have just sat in our office. But recently I decided to make them useful in our home by making them into unique photo holders for our wedding and honeymoon pictures. The technique is simple and can be used in many different ways–these don’t just need to hold photos. A few different ideas are place cards, table numbers, business cards, price cards, food labels, birthday/holiday cards, and anything else you can think of. And you’re not limited to using something like a rock either. Anything weighted will work. Even things that are not weighted will work, if you counterbalance the top with the bottom. In short, this has many uses. Enjoy!

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Andreq

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