Yesterday I smelled football in the air.
There’s nothing like it.
When I got married….my limited knowledge of football included yelling for touchdowns and planning out super cute outfits to wear to the game.
Isn’t it funny how life changes?
How you fall in love with a football fan and year after year you sit on the couch with a pair of sparkling brown eyes and cheer your team to victory. And before you know it you understand two point conversions and pass interference and off-sides and out kicking your coverage and you cringe and hold hands when the ball is inches away from a first down.
And all of a sudden you’re a football expert.
And wearing a fan shirt with a matching necklace.
The things we do for love.
And normally at our house…..football = snacks.
Really, really, really good snacks. Like queso with rotel and chips and lil’smokies in barbecue sauce and chicken salad sandwiches and brownies and caramel and cheese popcorn…..and are you hungry yet?
But this year I’ve turned the corner and I’m traveling down the healthy journey road and I wanted to try to stick to the plan during football season (which just between us….almost seems like an insurmountable task).
Enter my wonderful friend Robin.
She suggested this amazing mix. You make it ahead of time and store it in a glass jar and then you can add it to whatever base you want in order to make your own homemade ranch dip. I made it with low-fat sour cream, but you could also add yogurt or mayo to the mix.
It’s perfect for dipping cucumbers.
And it’s even more delicious when you are curled up on the couch watching football and cheering your team to victory…..
….in a pair of size 12 jeans.
1 cup dried parsley, crushed
2 T dill weed
1/2 cup onion powder (purchase in bulk from Sam’s)
1/2 cup garlic powder (purchase in bulk from Sam’s)
1/2 cup Real Salt (or sea salt)
1/2 cup dry, minced onions
1. Mix all ingredients in a blender (I didn’t blend mine super fine because I like the texture of a few flakes).
2. To make ranch dip use 1 T. to 16 oz: sour cream, mayo, yogurt (you decide how much of what) and thin with milk, etc.
You can also use buttermilk as the thinner and get a buttermilk/ranch dressing.
(Robin suggested half sour cream/half mayo thinned with milk).
3. Store mix in glass jar with lid.
PS This mix would also make a really cute Christmas gift.
If you live around here and we’re friends and you’re reading this…..just act surprised.