These little veggie cups with a modified semi-homemade Dill-Ranch Dressing are quick and easy to make and never disappoint. Serve these for preschool snacks, at a bridal shower or for a luncheon. They are especially nice when served at a birthday party… instead of the traditional veggie tray (*ie: everyone including your Uncle Fester touching your crudité unmercifully, knicking every single carrot with their less than germ-free hands and then double-dipping into the communal dip pot. Touch, scoop, lick, slurp, repeat. Eww.)
I’m going to leave you with the basic dressing recipe that is semi-homemade and then let you decide how you want to chop your veggies (various heights make it interesting). I used the standard favorites for my cups. (Carrots, celery, mini cucumbers and cherry tomatoes)
The dip is in the bottom of the cup… the veggies are pre-dressed. Amen.
*Full recipe at the end of the post.
Gatorade… I mean Gator Ride:
After plenty of begging for Gatorade (for an hour or so)… I finally discovered that a “Gator RIDE” is what he was trying to get-at. We bundled up… and I mean bundled. Seriously APRIL… get it together!
Serious as always, chubby and completely content riding along.
The water was calm and beautiful (amazingly for the wind we were having on and off all day).
Thank goodness we were not on foot… that is NOT a fun walk with a crabby/wiggly 40# two year old and a recent surgery. The kid is heavier than lead. Even heavier when he doesn’t want to go inside. Yikes. So we drove around forever, and the gas needle hardly moved. Sweet.
Annie is our big black lab who had a great time chasing us around the place. I still haven’t taught her how to sit on the Gator with us but she enjoys running around quite a bit. She’s due for ACL surgery soon but seems to be getting along alright at the moment so we’re putting it off, maybe indefinitely.
I nearly crumbled to tears when my daughter returned home from her tee ball pictures (my husband had to take her because I was in the middle of a baking class!)… she pulled the crumpled purple mass out of her bat-pack, and revealed her jersey to me with a giant smile.
Like someone else in the house… (she was proud and happy to surprise me, it was of her own doing.) Be still my aching heart! My children are growing up too fast.
Jeepers, make me feel short Dad. (For those who don’t know me well, I am 5’10” tall and my Dad outpaces me in the height department quite substantially).
Seriously… what are you here for? THE FOOD! Back to business.
Semi homemade dressing means: a packet plus some additional ingredients. GO!
Semi-Homemade Garlic Dill Ranch Dressing
3/4 C mayonnaise
1/4 C sour cream
1 C buttermilk
1 packet of ranch dressing dry mix
1-2 TBSP fresh dill
3 cloves of smashed garlic. (Garlic Instructions: Smash garlic with 1/4 tsp salt by chopping garlic and then mashing it together with salt, it will break down into a mushy paste.)
1-2 TBSP fresh lemon juice
Combine all ingredients into a large bowl. Whisk well. Refrigerate 30 minutes or more, to thicken a bit. Pour into serving vessels, (a couple TBSP in each cup) and top with spears of vegetables. Serve immediately. (Makes roughly 2 1/2 C or enough for 8-12 dressing cups depending on size.)