Oct 19, 2012

Product Review: The Bzz About Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing!

As a BzzAgent, I have received samples or coupons in order to try this product.  The opinions and commentary about the product are totally my own. I promise!  

This week I tried another new recipe on my family:  Original Ranch Broiled Chicken, using Hidden Valley Ranch dressing and seasoning mix.  Our family has always been users of ranch dressing, but only for salads or as a dip. To be honest, I have never used the seasoning mix packets before, but with my Bzz Kit, I received two packets to try, along with a recipe card for this amazing looking chicken dish:

Photo of Original Ranch Broiled Chicken from

Not only was this an easy recipe, but it turned out fabulous!  The chicken was moist with a tasty, flavorable, but not overstated ranch taste.  Even my picky teenager, who swears that he doesn't like ranch dressing, loved the chicken.  It was definitely a "winner-winner-chicken-dinner" for us and a recipe I will use again!  

The Hidden Valley Ranch website ( has many recipes to try, so this will not be my first. One idea I have to try:  use the seasoning packet as flavoring for popcorn!  

P.S. -- I used a piece of leftover chicken to make a chicken sandwich: warm chicken with provolone cheese on a toasted wheat bun with lettuce, tomato and a dollop of Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing! More yum!

Do you use Hidden Valley Ranch salad dressing and seasoning mix?  What do you like to make?  

Oct 6, 2012

Pin Made Creations: Precious and Few

Hi again!  Another card is finished ... this one I scraplifted from Sandy at the Paper Crafts Magazine blog that was posted today.  Click HERE to see Sandy's card that was my inspiration.  Her card is also repinned  to my board, Cards I Must Make on Pinterest.

Pretty yellow pattern paper, like Sandy used, never seem to be something that I have on hand, so I decided to try another color.

I also didn't have any pretty black ribbon, so I found some fun fibers to come up with something similar.  

What cards are you scrapping today?

Pin Made Creations: World Card Making Day!

Happy World Card Making Day!  I am dedicating "me time" this weekend to make cards with the rest of the paper craft world!  I started last night (woohoo!) and to get the mojo going, I thought I would try Pin-making a couple cards I repinned on my "Cards I Must Make" board on Pinterest.

Here is my first card.  Below the card is the original post with the original card:

See original card here: Sarah's Just Visiting

I loved the border on Sarah's card and since I couldn't replicate it exactly, I put my own spin on it and then flipped the sketch.  

The second card got me going on my Cuttlebug, which I need to use more often.  This was a vertical card, which I should do more often too! 

See original card here:  Simple and Sincere

Jen is a Stampin' Up rep and she has many gorgeous stamped cards on her website, in addition to many card sketches!  My card doesn't do justice to hers, but I loved the sketch.  I want to add a ribbon on it, but am refraining because simple is good.  

Finally, the last one I did last night:

See original card here:  Splitcoast Stampers - Wendy

I think this is my favorite of the three. This card took me the longest to finish; I was determined to use paper scraps and it took some time to find scraps and coordinating inks in my stash.

More to come -- I'm on a roll and I desperately need a variety of cards for my stash.  A good reason to celebrate all weekend, right?

There are so many beautiful cards and ideas on Pinterest!  Remember to be courteous: if you Pin-make anything you see on Pinterest, give credit to the original poster/blogger.  Notice I didn't put my watermark on these photos, because even though I put my own spin on them, they aren't necessarily my original work.