Homemade Ranch Seasoning

September 1, 2014

Confession: I LOVE ranch dressing. Really really love it. What I don’t love is all the chemicals and artificial ingredients in it. I have a solution for an incredibly delicious homemade ranch seasoning mix that can be used to make dressing, dips, in burgers or anything that you might want ranch in. My neighbor loves ranch just as much as I do and I have her hooked on this seasoning mix now! She has proclaimed to never buy store bought ranch dressing again. And that’s saying something… since she had at least 3 bottles in her fridge. Now she has this and makes some every few days.


I came across this Homemade Ranch Seasoning Mix when I was searching Becca’s blog, It’s Yummi for my Secret Recipe Club pick this month. I ended up picking 3 different recipes to make because everything looked so good! But this ranch seasoning needed to be shared. And it just so happens that Becca lives in Wisconsin (Go Pack Go!) and lives not to far from many of my extended relatives.


You can make a quick homemade dressing with this seasoning; use organic mayo and milk and this mix. That’s it. I feel a heck of a lot better eating this with just a few ingredients than the store bought version.


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Homemade Ranch Seasoning


by A Fit and Spicy Life

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients (1/4 cup)

  • 2 Tablespoons dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill weed
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried onion flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


Mix all the seasonings with a spoon and store in a container with a lid.

For homemade ranch dressing combine 1 tbsp of the mix with 1/3 cup mayo and 2 ounces of milk. For a thinner dressing add more milk, for a thicker dressing add less milk.

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Protein powder is a part of my breakfast every day. I have either my standard smoothie (almond milk, protein powder, frozen banana, frozen berries, & chia seeds) or protein powder and almond milk or water post gym. We always have a vanilla and chocolate open at home and I even keep one at work! Game Plan has been my vanilla protein powder of choice the past few months, they sent me a few samples to try and then a big tub of it because I loved it so much.



Game Plan wanted to share their great product with one of you, the winner will receive protein powder and a variety of samples.




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Workouts This Week:

Sunday: Cardio and Weights via Fitness Blender on YouTube

Monday-Wednesday: Off, More Sinus Issues

Thursday: Yoga Sculpt

Friday: Heading to the gym after work

Saturday: Cardio and Weights



A little update on my weight lifting program, I am still working through Girls Gone Strong and LOVING it. I’ve been pushing myself to increase weights and really work hard in the gym. If you are looking for a great program I highly recommend Girls Gone Strong. I am currently making progress on pull-ups. Something I’ve never been able to do and I am so close! I will get an unassisted one down this fall.



The winner of the Food Should Taste Good Giveaway is Tory. I will email you!




Getting two dogs to pose by a bag of dog food is almost impossible. Even getting one dog to sit and “smile” for the camera is difficult. But Clifford and Tanner wanted to tell everyone how much they love their new food. And I mean LOVE.


The day this box got dropped off by the UPS man they were sniffing around it like crazy. They followed me around until I opened it and let them see what was it inside. I did a mix of their old food with this food for about a week (a bit of the Purina Beyond mixed with their old food until it was all of the Purina).


I am VERY picky about what I feed the dogs. It has to have real ingredients, have grain free options (for Tanner’s allergies) and have real meat. I can say the new Purina Beyond fulfills all those categories. It features real meat, poultry or fish is the number one ingredient in all Purina Beyond recipes.

  • Purina Beyond is free of poultry by-products and contains no corn, wheat, soy, artificial flavors or preservatives.
  • The brand offers limited ingredient and superfood recipes containing ingredients like salmon, sweet potato, pumpkin and cranberries, and grain-free, protein-rich recipes to give pet owners a variety of high-quality natural food options for their dogs and cats



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Clifford and Tanner are currently eating Grain Free Tuna and Egg. As soon as I put this in their bowls (on the floor for Tanner, he won’t eat out of a bowl) it is gone in 2.2 seconds. They love it. If your four legged friend would like to try this food, just head over to this page:



Continuing our trip to Lanesboro, we stopped at Four Daughters Winery on the way down. Located in Spring Valley, they are close to the city yet for a day trip. I had heard about how beautiful this winery was and words don’t do it justice. They have combined beautiful, lush vineyards with an inviting modern building and patio.


On a sunny summer day there isn’t a more perfect spot to be. Enjoying a lovely rose and flatbread. They offer at least 10 different wines (both whites and reds) from varietals like Brianna to Marquette to a sparkling Frontenac Gris and are even making cider now. Everything we tried was delicious but the rose was needed for sitting outside.


As August comes to an end I know cooler days are in our future so I want to soak up every single nice day.


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Freekeh Taco Bowl

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Anytime I hear about Freekeh, a dance song begins to play in my mind. I have no clue why but it makes me want to bust a move. Besides wanting to dance freekeh is a pretty delicious grain. It’s hand roasted green wheat and has 6 grams of protein per serving. With similar nutritional stats […]

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Food Should Taste Good Giveaway

August 25, 2014

Let’s start Monday off with something fun, a giveaway! Given my love of salty snacks it’s not a huge surprise that I love Food Should Taste Good chips.  This fall I am partnering with Food Should Taste Good to spread the word about their delicious, all natural chips. All chip varieties are gluten free, cholesterol free, […]

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Fall Fitness Finds

August 22, 2014

Disclosure: I received the Nike shoes, Flip Belt, Manduka Bag, Game Plan Protein Powder and Chia seeds for a sponsored fall fitness post.   The end of August always feels like the start of fall in MN. It is still steamy, humid and hot (it was 90+ yesterday) but it’s the kick off of our […]

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Travel Thursday Lanesboro MN

August 21, 2014

We spent our second anniversary in Lanesboro, MN. A very picturesque town that is known as the bed and breakfast capital of Minnesota. For a town with a population under 900 they have 10+ B&B’s in the area. Pretty crazy! You wander the streets and admire all the old houses. So much fun.   Where […]

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Wine Wednesday Salem Glen Winery

August 20, 2014

Scott and I took a long weekend to Lanesboro MN this past weekend. It is in South Eastern MN about 2 1/2 hours from the Twin Cities. On our way down there on Friday we stopped at 2 wineries that we had yet to visit.   The first on our stop was Salem Glen Winery […]

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Meatless Monday Tuna and Cannellini Bean Salad

August 18, 2014

The retro tuna salad with pasta, peas and mayo is really not my thing. Just thinking about that makes me shudder. But this Italian inspired version is pretty darn delicious. Great flavors, fresh tuna, and tons of veggies. This is my kind of salad.           This is the perfect Summer salad. […]

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