Avocado Dressing and Dip

This  Avocado Dressing recipe is not only delicious, it's super easy to make!  Adjust the liquid to adjust the consistency and make a perfect dip for chips!

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This is one of my favorite homemade dressings!  Not only is it healthy and full of flavor, it just takes a couple of minutes to prepare.   This is the perfect dressing for a taco salad or tossed with crispy romaine, cucumbers and croutons (it’s amazing on top of any sort of Mexican dish too)!

If you reduce the liquid, this makes an amazing Avocado Dip for chips or veggies and I even spread it on sandwiches in place of mayo for a healthy kick!

Avocados are a true super food containing tons of nutrients, fibre and healthy fats!  Here are just a few of the benefits of enjoying Avocados:

    • Lowers cholesterol
    • Packed with vitamins including potassium, vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, and vitamin B6
    • Contain Fiber (keeps you feeling full)
    • Tastes delicious

Avocado Dressing and Dip!


Serves: 1½ cups

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  • 1 ripe Avocado
  • ½ fresh Lime, juiced
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • seasoning salt to taste
For dressing
  • ½ Cup Buttermilk (see note below for substitution)
For dip
  • ¼ Cup Buttermilk or Soured Milk (see note below)
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.
  2. Adjust the amount of buttermilk to get desired consistency.
*NOTE: If you do not have buttermilk you can easily substitute it with soured milk.

Place ½ Tablespoon lemon juice or white vinegar into a ½ cup measuring cup. Top with milk and let sit 5 minutes. Use to replace buttermilk in any recipe!



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Simple Herb Oven Roasted Potatoes… My Standby Side Dish!

Herb Oven Roasted Potatoes!  These are one of my stand by side dishes!  Tastes great, super easy to prep and everyone loves 'em!

Simple Herb Oven Roasted Potatoes…  My Standby Side Dish! 

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 This is a very simple but delicious side dish that goes with pretty much any meat!  You can easily vary the seasonings to fit with your meal!

The soaking of the potatoes makes them very light and fluffy inside… but make sure they are dry before you add the olive oil so they roast instead of steam!!

This recipe calls for dried herbs but if you have fresh on hand, by all means, chop those up and add them in!  Enjoy!

Note:  Photo updated 8/31/14…  same delicious standby recipe..  new photo!  I’m still working on my photography skills and this one definitely needed some updating!  :)  Original photo at the end of the post!


Simple Oven Roasted Potatoes
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  • 2 lbs red or yellow skinned potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 teaspoon each dried parsley, rosemary, black pepper
  • coarse salt to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 400
  2. Scrub potatoes (do not peel them)
  3. Slice into even sized cubes about 1”
  4. If time allows, soak potatoes in cold water for 1 hour. (This removes starch and makes for a fluffier potato)
  5. (Drain and dry potatoes)
  6. Toss potatoes, olive oil, garlic and seasonings
  7. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper
  8. Bake for 30-35 minutes until browned and tender
  9. Serve with sour cream and fresh chopped green onions

This is my *gasp* original photo of this recipe!

simple oven roasted potatoes

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How to make Map Envelopes! (Great summer learning activity!)

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 How to make Map Envelopes!  (Great summer learning activity!)

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Handmade Map Envelopes

You’ll need:

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  • Scissors
  • Tape OR glue
  • Paper for address labels OR pre-made address labels
  • Stamps (optional, these also work great for in-home communications delivery! :))


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Making Letter Sized Map Envelopes!  Great learning activity!


  1. Take your paper and place it in front of you with the long edge on the side and the shorter edge at the top and bottom.
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  3. Fold the bottom edge up about 2/3rds of the way to the top, to create the pocket of the envelope.
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    1. Making Letter Sized Envelopes
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  1. Take your map and fold the bottom right corner up to the opposite side to form a triangle. Line the sides up carefully.
  2. There should be an approximately 3 inch strip at the top of your triangle. Cut this off.
  3. Unfold your triangle and smooth it out. Place it in front of you with the corners facing the top, bottom, and to the sides.
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  5. Fold the bottom corner up and about 1 inch over where the side corners meet in the middle, forming the pocket of the envelope.
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  7. When the envelope is filled and ready to seal, fold the top corner section down over the middle of the envelope. Apply glue at the edges or tape to seal.
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