You would think with all the homemade dressings on my blog I must eat salads for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I do like salads a lot, but not obsessively. Although those who know me personally do know that when I go to a restaurant, one of the go-to orders is a Caesar salad. That is usually after staring at the menu for about ten minutes. True story.

If you have read some other posts, you will know that I really like marketing. It is so funny how so many companies are jumping on the "fresh," "farm," "natural," "real food" bandwagon. One recently is this new line of farmhouse dressings.

I wonder what "farm" some of those ingredients on the right come from:

shameless self promotion?

These bites are actually the fourth version I have done and they might be my favorite. Probably because I once again used Dyno-moms taco seasoning.

My other versions are:
Sesame ginger
Cheddar chipotle
Sun-dried tomato and parmesan

To get the recipe, visit my new food blog:

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I have to admit I am not a fan of hummus. It never really appealed to me. But #1 likes it, and since I have been making it homemade, it is starting to grow on me. This is a really simple recipe but tastes great.

Once again I used Dyno-moms taco seasoning. I now always have some on hand to add to different dishes. If you haven't yet checked it out, you must!

1 1/2 cups chickpeas - I used dried and soaked them overnight
~1 cup light olive oil
~ 1/2 cup lime juice
1 heaping Tbsp Dyno-moms taco seasoning

Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth and creamy. I started off with less olive oil and lime juice, but as I went along the hummus was too chunky and gritty. So I added more liquid as I needed and tasted as I went along. You may also want to add less seasoning and taste as you go. It can get spicy.

If you like this recipe you might enjoy my creamy taco dressing.

We are lucky enough to have wild strawberries growing in our yard. With my brown thumbs, they might be the only food grown this year. I collected a whole bowl of them. 

Unfortunately that bowl above is just under 1/2 cup. Here is a comparison of our wild strawberries vs. a regular, store-bought strawberry.

Makes me think maybe nature didn't intend for us to eat huge strawberries. 

Speaking of nature, she did a great job creating something so pretty. 

it's not all about the calories - diet cake

It is not only about how many calories a food has. Just because it is low in calories and even if it only has a couple ingredients, that does not guarantee a healthy food. 

Have you seen these recipes lately?

The ones that say:

Just 2 Ingredients!
Under 100 calories per serving!

So maybe we don't need to eat a dessert of 800 calories. And cutting down on dessert excess is not a bad thing. But given the choice...

Diet Cake ingredients list:
Sugar, Enriched Bleached Wheat Flour (Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Vegetable Oil Shortening (Partially Hydrogenated Soybean and Cottonseed Oils, Propylene Glycol Mono- and Diesters Of Fats, Mono- and Diglycerides, Polyglycerol Esters Of Fatty Acids, Soy Lecithin), Leavening (Sodium Bicarbonate, Sodium Aluminum Phosphate, Dicalcium Phosphate, Monocalcium Phosphate). Contains 2% Or Less Of: Wheat Starch, Emulsifier (Propylene Glycol Monoand Diesters Of Fats and Fatty Acids, Mono- and Diglyceriedes, Soy Lecithin, Citric Acid To Protect Flavor), Salt, Dextrose, Cornstarch, Artificial Flavors, Butter Acids and Esters [Milk], Cellulose Gum, Xanthan Gum.
Diet SodaCarbonated Water, Natural Flavors, Citric Acid, Potassium Citrate, Potassium Benzoate (Preservative), Calcium Disodium EDTA (to Protect Flavor),Acesulfame Potassium, Sucralose 

Chocolate Souffle Ingredients:
butter, sugar, eggs, chocolate, salt, cream of tartar

...I'll take the 800 (ok maybe closer to 500) calories once in a while for the 30+ ingredients list.

To learn more about what calories really are, check out 

I have done a series of homemade dressings and have included a tab above, suzyhomemaker sauces, where you can find all of them listed with links.

This was a dressing I threw together at the last minute. it took me literally 2 minutes. If that doesn't convince you to make homemade dressings maybe this will...the ingredients of a store-bought version.

Ingredients: high fructose corn syrup, water, cider vinegar, dijon mustard (black mustard seeds, vinegar, white wine, salt, spices), honey, potato starch, cellulose gel, cellulose gum, mustard flour, salt, mustard (cider vinegar, mustard, water, salt, propylene glycol, alginate, oil of pepper), lemon juice concentrate, brown mustard seed, potassium sorbate as a preservative, xanthan gum, granulated onion, caramel color, granulated garlic.

My version


scant 1/2 cup avocado oil

1/4 cup lemon juice
2 Tbsp rice vinegar
1 tsp dijon
1 tsp  honey

Just whisk all the ingredients together.

* NOTE: I totally forgot I had already done a lemon dijon dressing a few months ago. They are very similar, but again I think it just reiterates how easy it is to make your own and you don't even have to worry if you don't have all the ingredients on hand. Just improvise!


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