Bacon and Ranch Potato Salad

Bacon and Ranch Potato SaladI made this potato salad to take with us to the lake.  I found the original recipe here. I tweak it some. 

Now, My Man is used to the old fashion mustard potato salad, but when he tasted this, he told me not to let anyone else taste it. They wouldn’t like it. In other words, it was really good and he wanted it all to himself. I knew I had a keeper. 

Since we were going to the lake for the weekend, I doubled the recipe so, we could have it with a couple of meals. It made almost a gallon of potato salad! I’m giving you the un-doubled recipe. 

Whatcha Need

  •  1 ½ lbs. potatoes, cut into ¾” chunks (I used russet, but whatever kind you like)
  •  1 oz. Hidden Valley Ranch Dip Mix packet
  •  ¾ c. Low-Fat Sour Cream
  •  ¼. c. Mayonnaise
  •  ½ tsp. Garlic, minced
  •  ½ tsp. Ground Pepper
  •  1 tsp. Dijon Mustard
  •  ¾ c. Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  •  5 slices Bacon, cooked and chopped
  •  Minced chives

Putting It All Together

IMG_1333Peel and cube the potatoes. Drop in boiling water and boil for about 10-15 minutes or until tender. Drain.

Bacon and Ranch Potato SaladPlaced the drained potatoes on a baking sheet lined with foil. Sprinkle the ranch dressing over the potatoes and place them in the fridge to cool, for about 30 minutes. 

While the potatoes are chillin’ in the fridge, mix together, in a large bowl, the sour cream,

IMG_1341the mayonnaise,

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the garlic,

IMG_1345 the pepper,

IMG_1347and the Dijon Mustard. 

IMG_1348Stir it all together, mixing it well.

IMG_1350After that is done and while the potatoes are still chillin’, shred the cheese (which I didn’t get a picture of) and fry the bacon.Bacon and Ranch Potato SaladMix the cheese in with the cream mixture.

Bacon and Ranch Potato SaladNow add the bacon.

Bacon and Ranch Potato SaladStir it all in there real good!

Bacon and Ranch Potato SaladLastly, add those chilled potatoes and sprinkle some chives on top. 

Bacon and Ranch Potato Salad

Let it all chill in the fridge for about 2 hours so all the flavors have a chance to get acquainted with each other. 

There you have it! Bacon and Ranch Potato Salad. Doesn’t it look delish!? 

Go make ya some and enjoy!

Jayne

Bacon and Ranch Potato Salad
Serves 6
A great alternative to the old mustard potato salad
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Prep Time
45 min
Prep Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 ½ lbs. potatoes, cut into ¾” chunks
  2. 1 oz. Hidden Valley Ranch Dip Mix packet
  3. ¾ c. Low-Fat Sour Cream
  4. ¼. c. Mayonnaise
  5. ½ tsp. Garlic, minced
  6. ½ tsp. Ground Pepper
  7. 1 tsp. Dijon Mustard
  8. ¾ c. Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  9. 5 slices Bacon, cooked and chopped
  10. Minced chives
Instructions
  1. Peel and cube the potatoes. Drop in boiling water and boil for about 10-15 minutes or until tender. Drain. Placed the drained potatoes on a baking sheet lined with foil. Sprinkle the ranch dressing over the potatoes and place them in the fridge to cool, for about 30 minutes. While the potatoes are chillin' in the fridge, mix together, in a large bowl, the sour cream, mayonnaise, garlic, pepper, and Dijon Mustard. Stir it all together, mixing it well. Shred the cheese and fry the bacon. Stir into the sour cream mixture. Remove the potatoes from the fridge and fold into sour cream mixture. Sprinkle with chives. Allow to chill for 2 hours before serving.
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Sorry I Was Gone So Long

I didn’t mean to stay away from posting for so long. I think the last thing I posted was about getting ready for our lake trip. That was last month. I do have a couple of reasons for not posting in so long. 

Reason 1) I have no idea what, but something did not like my eye at the lake. It stung and felt tired the whole weekend. Each morning I would wake up with crust keeping my eye closed and swollen. It wasn’t pink eye. I do know that. I walked around the whole weekend with my hands over my face or my sunglasses on so the light wouldn’t hurt. It even hurt to watch the fireworks. :( 

The only times it felt alright was when we were riding in the boat, or I was standing in front to the AC window unit . The wind blowing on it felt good. Oh, and when I was in the shower. 

My eye was still bothering me even after we got back, but got better each day. It was probably, last Wednesday before I didn’t wake up with a swollen eye. 

Reason 2) I have been in a lot of thought and prayer about the blog. I have come to realize that I don’t really have my own style. I haven’t been in keeping with my original plans. I feel God leading me in a different direction with the blog. I know (at least I’m pretty sure) He still wants me to blog. My reason for blogging hasn’t been in line with His reason for me blogging, so I’m trying to get in line with Him. 

Having said all that, I’m back. I might not post as much this month. You see, part of what I think God is leading me to do is change everything about the blog; the look, the feel, even the name. I am researching how to do that without losing any of you who want to keep getting the emails about new posts. If and when I do make the change, you will have plenty of notice. I promise. Plus, I’m trying to design a look that I like and find a new name that isn’t already taken. 

Another reason I may not post so much over the next month is my daughter is moving from her apartment to a duplex and my youngest son is going back to college in a month. We have to go get furniture for the apartment from my sister in Atlanta (Roswell, actually). She gave my daughter her living room suit, since she will be moving to North Dakota in the fall. Then, little bro does his moving two weeks later. If he doesn’t have a car by then, I’ll be driving him back down and helping him move in. They both will be living in the same town. 

Plus, we have a youth trip to the lake in a couple of weeks. I hope whatever was bothering my eye is gone! 

I do have some yummy recipes to share. 

I didn’t even take a single picture at the lake. One, my eye and two, I forgot my camera. My daughter took plenty of pictures I hope to share soon. 

I do want to say thank you for being so patient with me and for taking time out of your busy days to read my little blog! I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for you! 

Love ya!

Jayne

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Getting Ready for the Lake!

It is that time of year for us. Time to head for the lake! We used to do this every weekend during the summer, but…well, let’s not get negative today. We’re once again going to the lake!

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It has been a while since we have gone to the lake for our vacation and I have forgotten all that needs to be done in order to go. I need to make a “To Do” list so, I thought I would just make my list here and share it with you, just in case you may also be heading for the lake. 

We are blessed to have a lake house. Actually, my in-laws are blessed to have a lake house that they allow us to use. Anyway, my point is we won’t be camping, but I still have to pack like we are, minus the tent and sleeping bags.

That reminds me, I do need to go get a tent from my son in-law’s parents. He and my daughter are going to camp. 

I’ll stop rambling now and share my lists with you. How about I also make them printable?!

 

I also have a menu for what we will be eating. I’m going to skip sharing it for now. We are going for three days and you may just be going for one. We are doing the usual hamburgers and chips for the Fourth. 

Did I leave anything off? Probably! Good thing Walmart is only a mile away from where we will be staying! 

What are your plans for the Fourth of July? 

Hope you all have a safe and fun Fourth! 

Love ya!

Jayne

 

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Clean Memories

I grew up using Ivory soap. 

IMG_1332My mother was very sensitive to perfumes, so Ivory was the only thing she could use. 

IMG_1309I have never had a strong sense of smell but, 

IMG_1311the smell of Ivory soap is one I recognize right away. Love that smell. 

IMG_1314Growing up, we had the Childcraft books. Remember those? One was specifically on arts and crafts. 

IMG_1316I remember one craft was carving soap into animal shapes. Mine never did turn out quite like the ones in the book. 

IMG_1317I love the lather that soap makes. I love to roll it in my hands till I have way more bubbles than I need. 

IMG_1319I love the feel of the water going from cold to warm as I rinse my hands off. MM says “wrench” for rinse. That has always made me laugh.

IMG_1321When I was little, I like the way the Ivory soap would float in the water. I like to use it at the lake to wash the mud off my feet because it does float. 

IMG_1324I had some problems with really dry skin in college, so now I bath with a soap that has moisturizer in it. 

IMG_1329I still prefer to use the Ivory to wash my hands. 

IMG_1325It’s amazing how something like soap can bring back so many memories.

IMG_1326I also remember how clean I felt the day I excepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior. I could have used all the Ivory soap in the world and not have felt as clean as I did that day. It was so refreshing. And freeing! 

What is your favorite soap memory? Share it in the comments! 

Here’s to soap!

Jayne

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Summer Favorites

I absolutely love Summer! It is by far my favorite season. I try to enjoy each season for what it brings, but Summer seems to offer so very much. It moves at a much slower pace. The days are longer, the sun is warmer and the nights are full of song. I love the long, lazy days of summer. Let me show you what I love…

blueberry1. Blueberries straight off the bush

2. A tall glass of sweet tea

IMG_1267 4. Flip-flops and painted toe nails

5. Watching the Braves play

6. The smell of chicken grilling

IMG_1262 7. Queen Ann’s Lace growing wild in our field

8. Homemade ice cream

IMG_1263 9. Helping MM fix the boat

lake10. Lazy days at the lake soaking up the warmth of the sun then, cooling off with a dive in the water

11. Listening to the crickets and the whippoorwill

12. The smell of fresh-cut hay

IMG_1264 13. Black-eye Susan’s 

14. Fresh corn on the cob from a local grower

IMG_1259 15. Sitting on the front porch watching the sun set.

IMG_9268 16. Watching an afternoon thunderstorm

17. The smell after the storm

18. Watching the lightning bugs twinkle under the oak trees

19. Drinking water from the hose pipe

Freeze-Green-Beans-341 20. Fresh green beans from the garden

21. Playing in the sprinkler

Amelia Island 292 22. Long walks on the beach of my hometown, Fernandina Beach

23. The slam of the back screen door

24. Seeing flags fly on front porches

25. Sitting in the Adirondack chair in the heat of the day reading a good book

26. Wearing shorts and shirts with no sleeves

27. My children’s freckles and birthmarks that darken with their tan

IMG_1275 28. Family vacations

29. The song of the birds at the crack of daylight.

30. The look on a child’s face as they watch the fireworks explode

I am so blessed to be able to enjoy these things in the Summer. I am so thankful for each and every one of them. There is so much to enjoy about Summer. My list could go on and on. What about you? What are some things you like about Summer? I’d love to hear about it. Just leave me a comment! 

Here’s to Summer! 

Jayne

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