DIY Ranch Dip

Here we are already with Thanksgiving behind us and Christmas fast approaching! I had all but one of my kiddlets around my Thanksgiving table this year! We had fun just being together, playing games, eating, and then hiking on Friday. Barbi and her man wanted to go hiking while they were in town for their brief visit. We headed up to Table Rock and tried the Table Rock Trail. It is a 3.6 mile hike up a very steep trail! The hubby and I desperately wanted to make it to the top, but after 2 hours of hiking and still only half-way, we decided that we should head back down. The five 20-somethings all made it to the top along with our sweet little grand! I really can’t complain, though, because if we had tried this hike a year ago, neither the hubby nor I would have gotten very far at all! Actually, the hubby probably would not have even tried it! All of us have tired and achy muscles today!

This was our view from the half-way point:


This is how Mia hiked most of the way:


At this time last year, I was about 1000 views to this blog over the goal I had set for 2014. This year I am about 1000 views behind! Such a bummer! Many thanks to you who have stayed with me and supported me so far in this blogging venture! I do appreciate you!

Our Thanksgiving dinner was definitely more traditional than THM. But that’s ok, because we will get right back on THM next week. I love that this eating plan is so forgiving!

I was trying a few new things to go with some snacks this year and found a ranch mix in the new THM cookbook. I modified it and then realized that I could add some to sour cream and have my own ranch dip for raw veggies. It was really pretty good! Next time, though, I think I will go a little easier on the garlic. It was strong!

1-1/2 tbsp. garlic powder (can use dried sliced garlic)

3 tbsp. dried chives

3 tbsp. dried parsley

1-1/2 tbsp. dried minced onion (can use powdered onion)

1-1/2 tbsp. salt

1/2 tsp. black pepper

3 tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese

Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until mixed and the larger pieces are much smaller. Add about 2-3 tbsp. of this mix to 1 cup sour cream and stir well. Give it a taste test to see if you need to add anything else. Enjoy with raw veggies like carrots and broccoli!

Jalapeno Popper Dip

How is your garden doing this summer?  In spite of the over-abundance of rain that we’ve been getting, my hot peppers are doing amazingly well!  I think my tomatoes are getting water-logged, though, as are my sweet bell peppers.  I think that our hot peppers thrive whether we have a cooler, rainy summer or a hot, dry one because they seem to grow well every year!  And this year they are huge!!

My niece over at My Blessed Life posted this recipe for jalapeno pepper dip.  I haven’t made it yet, but I did show it to the hubs who loves hot peppers.  He can’t wait for me to give it a try.  Of course, he did notice that it has bacon in it, and anything with bacon has to be good, right?