Colorful Veggie & Beef Dinner Nachos

Colorful Veggie & Beef Dinner Nachos

Colorful Veggie & Beef Dinner Nachos

When it comes to meal time, I’m lucky enough to have a family that has a wide range of likes, & very few things they dislike.  For this dinner, I wanted to use up some of the rescued produce I had on hand, including some gorgeous red, orange & yellow bell peppers.  Now my husband isn’t crazy about bell peppers, but he’s a good sport.  So I thought, everything is a series of compromises – he’s not big on bell peppers, but (if you’ve been following my blog for awhile, you already know) he’s a big fan of cheese!  Give a little, take a little – and we’re both happy!  Families with kids are usually trying to sneak in some healthy vegetables whenever possible,  & this is a creative way to do just that, while still enjoying a “fun” family dinner!

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Jill’s Cucumber Cups

Jill's Cucumber Cups

Jill’s Cucumber Cups

This photo & idea came from my sister Jill, who made these for her Scrabble group a few months ago.  She said,  “These cucumbers were cut into about 1-1/2” chunks  (peeled pretty) and the centers were scooped out with a melon baller.  I then made a cream cheese mixture with fresh herbs (any kind you like), added spices (dill & garlic, salt & pepper) and beat to the desired consistency and piped into the cukes!  There are a bazillion recipes for this online (Pinterest)  So pretty and delicious!”

What a fun appetizer that I can’t wait to try!  I can come up with several filling ideas, what about you?

Ranch Flavored Oyster Crackers

Ranch Flavored Oyster Crackers

Ranch Flavored Oyster Crackers

Recipe by:  Designs by Jeanne R

Remember these cute little oyster crackers that your Mom used to put in your soup?  Well guess what?  You can use them to make snackin’ crackers that you will absolutely love!  …and lucky for you, if you’ve made up a batch of my Ranch Seasoning Mix, it works perfectly for this recipe! Continue reading

Ranch Seasoning Mix

Ranch Seasoning Mix

Ranch Seasoning Mix

Recipe by:  Designs by Jeanne R

If you’re like most people, bottled dressing doesn’t compare with the ranch dressing made from the Hidden Valley Ranch mix packages.  The problem is that I never seem to have them on hand when I need them, and they’re kind of pricey!  A few years back, I was on a search for a recipe I could make myself.  I found one that I really liked, but it needed some adjusting.  I played with it a bit, and the addition of dill weed was just what it needed!  For years now, I’ve kept a batch of this dried mix made at all times. Continue reading