Sunday, April 10, 2011

Puppy breath and ranch dressing

I'm not a fan of morning breath, garlic breath, or peanut butter breath. But puppy breath? Now there's something I can get on board with. Where there's puppy breath, a sweet, brand-new little pup can't be far away.

Meet Zoey, my new little puppy-niece. She's a six week old miniature dachshund and is easily the cutest puppy on the planet. She belongs to Olivia, my brother's girlfriend, and she completely stole the show at our family eating yesterday. She showed off her hot pink rhinestone collar. She growled and barked (for the first time ever, according to her mama). She chased feet under the table. She wagged her tiny tail off. And then, she crashed.

She crashed hard.

I have a feeling this sweet girl is going to have these two completely wrapped around her fingers (er...paws). Oh, wait...she already does.

Bless her heart...this little girl has such a hard life!

Although Zoey was the main attraction, I made some from-scratch ranch dressing that wasn't too shabby, either. The measurements weren't exact, so mine actually didn't taste super ranch-y and was much more green than white. It had more of a green goddess dressing taste to it, which was fine by me! It had a really nice, light flavor and was perfect for dressing up our salad.

Ranch-ish Dressing (recipe source: adapted from Annie's Eats)
3/4 c mayo
3/4 c sour cream (I used light)
1 c buttermilk (I made my own by measuring out almost 1 c regular milk and mixing in 1 tbsp vingegar...let sit 10 minutes)
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 small bunch chives
1 small handful parsley
1 clove garlic, chopped (left this out since I had none, and we honestly didn't miss it)
1/2 tsp kosher salt
freshly ground black pepper

*Combine all ingredients in a food processor/blender.
*Store in an airtight container in the fridge. Try to make it ahead of time so the flavors have time to get to know each other and fall in love before you serve it.
*Pour all over your salad, making sure you pour enough that some will puddle on your plate. Then, you'll be forced to scoop it up and eat it even after your salad's gone. Waste not, friends! :)


  1. Aww I love mini weenies. So adorable!

  2. She sure is a cutie! I'm pretty proud of my new puppy-niece :)


  3. Suz, there's just nothing like a puppy, is there??? I still love them when they're big ol' dogs, but a puppy is such a special thing :)



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