Go Ranch-Crazy With Tessemae

This is a sponsored post. I was compensated by Tessemae and I received delicious product samples as a member of the Mom It Forward Influencer Network. As always, all thoughts and opinions are so very much my own.

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There’s something you should know about me.

I’m ranch dressing crazy. I’m ranch dip crazy. If there’s a party, I’m by the dips. I could eat entire meals out of dressings and dips. If I’m expecting ranch, and I take a mouthful of anything else, I’m disappointed! I buy potato chips and vegetables for parties, in the hopes they’ll have good ranch there. I used to try to buy it for myself, to have a party at home, and I came up short every time. It just wasn’t healthy enough. Or it didn’t taste good enough. Or there were too many ingredients and I couldn’t pronounce any of them. It was off-putting and disappointing. Until I tried Tessemae!


Apparently I’m not alone in my love for ranch, because it’s America’s #1 dressing! What many people don’t realize, and I didn’t for many years either, is that most ranch brands are full of sugar, preservatives and artificial ingredients. Tessemae is different. They use only clean, simple, real ingredients, and there’s nothing behind their ranch. You can enjoy your Creamy Ranch completely guilt free. They make 25 different dressings, marinades and condiments – and they use real, whole sourced food ingredients. They are USDA organic, and are available at Kroger. Tessemae is also available at Walmart.

I love my guilty pleasures, but to have one of them be guilt-free is pretty awesome. There are few things I won’t use ranch dressings and dips with. I’ve even been known to dip my pizza into it! It gets my family to eat more vegetables, and I love Tessemae’s many uses. We tend to favor a more natural view on food – whenever possible – so I appreciate these alternatives.


First, we have a red and green salad, in honor of the holidays. I take 1/2 cup of chopped pecans, 6 cups of mixed greens, 2 cups of fresh sliced strawberries, 2 cups of fresh grapes, dried herbs, and then I dress with Tessemae’s ‑ All Natural Organic Creamy Ranch. If you really want to get fancy, you can heat the pecans in a skillet over medium heat, until lightly browned. You can also add cheese on top! This is gorgonzola, but I usually favor other kinds over this. You can go crazy!

Then for an easy party recipe, you just need puff pastry, cheese, bacon, and ranch!

Bacon Cheddar Ranch Puff Pastry Bites

Bacon Cheddar Ranch Puff Pastry Bites


  • Tessemae Creamy Ranch
  • Puff Pastry Sheets
  • 1 package shredded Cheddar cheese
  • Bacon - cooked, dried, crumbled
  • Seasonings and green onions (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Unroll pastry sheet onto lightly floured surface and cut into squares.
  3. Bake on a baking sheet for eight minutes. You can use egg wash as well for a more golden brown look.
  4. Take out of the oven and use a spoon to make indentations in the puffs.
  5. Fill the holes with a sprinkling (or more) of shredded cheese and bacon.
  6. Bake for another five minutes, or until cheese is melted.
  7. Let cool for 10 minutes and then drizzle with ranch and seasonings of choice.

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Race Track Cupcakes

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Ready for Race Day? Follow this tutorial for a Race Track Cupcake Display! Use for any birthdays or any Race Day party to delight your kids. #RaceDayRelief

As you well know by now, Des is a car guy! Scarlet was a bit of a car girl, and I even remember being four-years-old and being THRILLED that my friend Jeremiah gave me a Dukes of Hazzards gift set. He was bashful, maybe because he was late to the party, or maybe because he gave me the gift from behind his back – amid a sea of dolls and pink toys from other kids – but I LOVED it. Really, I think my parents still have it in their basement. So I love to feed Des’ love. I don’t remember four well.

So it’s extra amazing to watch it unfold.

Cassidy helped build this garden racetrack at the end of last winter. It was a bright beacon after the New England cold. In fact, it has survived three seasons now and is still going strong. We worked tirelessly on it in one day and loved the results:

race track

Over the summer, I picked up some extra pool noodles from Walmart, and set up a little racetrack on our deck. The kids helped me make flags and signs and it’s something they still play with. They love to have races:

race track

I think you know by now that I love to indulge the kids’ dreams. Des’ birthday isn’t until June – which is great because I don’t even want to think about the big FIVE and starting kindergarten next year – but I wanted to do something special now. He’s been flourishing in preschool and he got such a bad cold last month, that he missed a lot of fun events. Not cool, fall!

So I got some supplies together to make this awesomeness:

Race Track Cupcakes:

I LOVE it! First, I baked my favorite white cupcakes recipe:

Then I mixed green food coloring with white frosting and used piping to get a “grassy” look:

Then I used chocolate bars and white icing to make road stripes:

The final touch is toy race cars that the kids get to keep after:

I got all of my supplies at Walmart earlier this week. That’s where I picked up cupcakes ingredients, the toy cars in the party supplies aisle, the frosting, and the chocolate. Then I made a pit stop at the Pharmacy for something crucial: Advil!

And seriously, what makes this all possible? It’s not just the getting inspired, but having the stamina to see the project through. For me, it’s fast acting Advil® Film Coated. I simply can’t imagine life without it. Not today!

Not tomorrow.

Aches and pains don’t slow me down – not on race day, and not on any day. As a parent, I’m glad I can rely on the new fast acting, rapid release formula so that I can comfortably play race cars with Des all day, AND make him awesome cupcakes too.

You can use the new fast acting Advil® Film-coated for headaches, muscle aches, toothaches, menstrual cramps, back pain, and aches and pains associated with the common cold. Nothing’s faster on tough pain.* The rapid release formula goes to work in minutes. AND, I have coupons!! Many awesome ones too. Just follow this link for BIG savings.

Looking forward to Race Day? Ty Dillon is driving the #95 car at the Ecoboost 400 in Miami on November 28th!

What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever made for a birthday party? Does Advil power you through some days?

*Among OTC pain relievers.