Jalapeno Ranch Dip

If you’ve ever been to Chuy’s , you have had to try their Jalapeño Ranch Dip. It is absolutely amazing, and my new favorite. It gives you just enough kick (without making your eyes water) and keeps you coming back for more!

This is a great dip for parties, holidays – or just because. It keeps well in the refrigerator for several weeks (but most likely, it won’t last that long!

Ingredients:

1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 Tablespoons salsa verde, to taste
2 jalapenos, diced – deseeded if desired
Small bunch cilantro, washed and chopped (about 1/3 to 1/2 cup)
1 Tablespoon ranch seasoning, to taste
1 teaspoon cumin, to taste
2 teaspoons lime juice, to taste
Salsa/Dip Bowls 
Directions:
In a large bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, sour cream and buttermilk.
Each ingredient in this recipe after those three should be added to personal taste. Continue to taste and adjust as you make this recipe.
Whisk in the salsa verde, diced jalapenos and cilantro.
Season with ranch, cumin and lime juice.
This dip is ready to enjoy right away but you can also place in the fridge overnight for even more amazing flavor.

Jalapeno Ranch Dip

Course Appetizer

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tbsp salsa verde, to taste
  • 2 jalapenos, diced - deseeded if desired
  • 1  cilantro, washed and chopped (about 1/3 to 1/2 cup)
  • 1 tbsp  ranch seasoning, to taste
  • 1 tsp cumin, to taste
  • 2 tso  lime juice, to taste

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, sour cream and buttermilk.
  • Each ingredient in this recipe after those three should be added to personal taste. Continue to taste and adjust as you make this recipe
  • Whisk in the salsa verde, diced jalapenos and cilantro.
  • Season with ranch, cumin and lime juice.
  • This dip is ready to enjoy right away but you can also place in the fridge overnight for even more amazing flavor
Keyword dips

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Before You Buy: A Simple Guide to Sugar Glider Care

Did you know that pets can make us happier and healthier? If you want to adopt a sugar glider, we can help.

In this guide, we’ll go over sugar glider care and how to keep them healthy.

Want to learn more? Keep reading.

Sugar Gliders Are Social Animals

Adult sugar gliders are social animals, and in the natural habitat, live with up to 15 other sugar gliders.

If you want to get a sugar glider, consider adopting a pair. Sugar gliders tend to bond with a group and do well with other animals and children in a family.

A sugar glider will tend to pick a favorite person out of the family. The favorite tends to be the person that handles them the most.

What Do Sugar Gliders Eat?

Provide a diet that’s 75 percent fruits and vegetables and the remaining protein. Sugar gliders prefer sweeter veggies and fruits. Add a few treats to their diet.

You can feed them avocados, bananas, berries, cantaloupe, apples, and cherries. Give them mangoes, oranges, papaya, grapefruit, and grapes.

Make sure you don’t ever give them a peach pit because these are toxic. If you have leftover pineapple slices or pears, give them to your sugar glider.

Feed your sugar glider lean cuts of chicken and turkey. Make sure the meat doesn’t have added sauce or spice. You could also provide them with yogurt, cottage cheese, or even hard-boiled eggs.

For treats, consider giving them earthworms, mealworms, or crickets. Live insects are higher in fat, so don’t give them too many.

Don’t give them the insects you find from outside. These insects could have gotten contaminated with pesticides.

Sugar gliders can be picky eaters. Your pet might not get all the nutrients they need. Add supplements to their diet like a calcium supplement or reptile multivitamin.

Provide constant fresh water to your sugar glider. The sugar gliders get water intake from their food.

Some sugar glider owners will feed their pets once at night and once at night.

You’ll get to know your sugar glider and see their preference. If they are hungry again in the morning or night, give them a small amount of food.

What About Their Habitat?

You’ll want to choose a sugar glider cage that’s tall. Provide them with plenty of space to climb. Get a cage that has metal bars or wire mesh. You don’t want your tiny glider to slip through.

Keep their cage in a spot that’s not too busy or loud during the day. This way, your sugar glider will get a good sleep.

Don’t place them below a spot with direct sunlight. Yet, make sure they are in a room that will lighten and darken. Try to keep the cage between 75-80 degrees Fahrenheit.

Sugar gliders like to eat their food up high. Consider getting a food dish that will stick to the side of your cage.

The sugar glider will need a spot to nest and sleep during the day. You can get a wooden birdhouse or a cloth pouch. Place bedding at the base of the cage to absorb droppings and urine.

Buy commercial bedding from the pet store or use shredded paper or wood shavings. Whatever you pick up needs to be non-toxic.

Pick up an Exercise Wheel

Sugar gliders like toys. Give your pet ladders, chew toys, and bells. Add branches so your pet can climb on them. Replace the branches often if they get soiled.

A popular toy is the exercise wheel. Don’t pick up a hamster wheel from your local pet shop because they are too small.

The center axle is actually dangerous for the sugar glider. Your sugar glider’s tail could get wrapped up in the center axle.

Look for an exercise wheel that has gotten designed for sugar gliders, so the sugar glider can run and leap. Use a cage attachment so you can mount the wheel higher in the cage.

Common Health Issues

You might think a pet like a sugar glider doesn’t need to go to the vet for checkups. Yet, there are tons of medical issues that a sugar glider can face.

Your sugar glider needs a calcium-rich diet. Otherwise, they will show signs of lameness or paralysis. If you worry your sugar glider isn’t getting enough calcium, add calcium supplements.

To avoid constipation or diarrhea, make sure the sugar glider has enough roughage. Otherwise, you’ll see hard dry stools or a distended stomach.

If your sugar glider eats too many citrus fruits or feels stressed, they will have diarrhea. A sugar glider could become dehydrated and die.

Watch out for common injuries like torn claws, broken bones, and open wounds. Look out for parasites. A sugar glider can get parasites like fleas, mites, hookworm, lice, and more.

Ask your vet for treatment options if you think your sugar glider has a parasite.

Stress from a dirty cage, poor diet, boredom, or loneliness can be fatal for your sugar glider. Watch out for excessive eating or sleeping, or a loss of appetite. Learn more about how to get rid of sugar glider odors.

Now You Have a Guide to Sugar Glider Care

We hope this guide on sugar gliders was helpful. Make sure you provide a clean and fun environment for your pet.

Watch out for signs of illness or stress. Use these sugar glider care tips to keep your pet healthy.

Browse our other helpful resources on pets, animals, and more.

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5 Small Animals Worth Considering as Family Pets

Family pets are great additions to the family and can even bring the family together. 

If you have limited space, smaller pets might be your best option. Smaller pets also may require less maintenance than larger pets. To save you time, here are five small animals that could make great family pets!

1. Pygmy Hedgehogs 

Pygmy hedgehogs are a cute companion, and they can make fantastic small pets. They look like a regular hedgehog, but much smaller. 

Pygmy hedgehogs are often compared to hamsters because they also enjoy running on exercise wheels. Their general lifespan is about 3-5 years.

Keep in mind that pygmy hedgehogs are also nocturnal, which is something to consider if you don’t want activity at night. 

2. Turtles 

Turtles are one of the easiest pets to take care of and small in stature. They can’t outrun you and fit well in most homes. They need an aquarium tank or something similar, with a few rocks to perch upon. 

They don’t need much exercise, just to be fed and kept healthy.

However, they do require a commitment. They can live for several decades

3. Chinchillas 

chinchilla can serve as a great family pet. Native to South America, these cute rodents are generally about a foot-long.

If you want an affectionate animal, chinchillas can be a great option. They love to cuddle and be held. Chinchillas are also nocturnal, so this is another factor you may want to consider. 

With proper care, they can live about a decade. 

4. Miniature Pigs 

Miniature pigs are growing in popularity for a reason. Not only are they cute, but they’re also highly intelligent animals. Like a dog, they can be house trained and can learn the sound of their name. 

For the happiest miniature pigs, they’re best in pairs. 

They also have a long lifespan of around 18-20 years. 

5. Leopard Geckos 

If you’re into reptiles, look no further than the leopard gecko. They typically grow to about 10 inches in length and are native to the desert. Because of that, you’ll want to make sure their tank has plenty of light. Leopard geckos usually need 12 hours of visible light in a dry and warm environment.

They’re distinct from other geckos because they’re one of the only geckos to have outer ears and eyelids. They also don’t have sticky hands, so they can’t climb around easily like other geckos. 

Like miniature pigs, leopard geckos can live for about 20 years with proper care, and they’re also nocturnal.  

Ready to Buy One of These Cute Family Pets?

All these small animals would make wonderful family pets. Because the maintenance requirements may differ between the animals, consider an animal that best fits your family lifestyle and preferences. 

Before purchasing anything, it’s always a good idea to do research and talk to other people knowledgeable about the animal. 

So, why not explore some of those options today? 

And if you want to read more about topics related to family life, be sure to check out the rest of our blog!

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7 Parenting Tips for School Success

Between buying new school supplies, picking out that perfect first-day-back outfit, and packing a nutritious lunch, one thing’s for sure: back-to-school is a big deal, for kids and for their parents! Every parent wants to set their child up for success, and success in school is the gateway to success in life. So whether it’s your little one’s first day of kindergarten, or you’re looking to bulk up your toolkit before your child enters their final year of high school, we’re here with our top seven parenting tips for school success.

Tip #1 for School Success: Start the year off strong at Back-to-School Night.

It’s important to be involved in your child’s education, and that starts at Back-to-School Night. This is the opportunity for you to meet your child’s new teachers and get a better understanding of what’s ahead this school year. On the same note, be sure to regularly attend parent-teacher conferences. It’s important to keep open lines of communication with your child’s teacher. They’ll be able to notify you of any challenges in school and help you and your child navigate school.

Tip #2 for School Success: Make sure your child starts every day with a nutritious breakfast.

It’s an age-old saying that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But the wisdom is classic because it’s true! Breakfast restores energy levels, getting your child’s brain ready for the day. Studies show that, without breakfast, mental function, ability to concentrate, and memory all suffer. That’s why our first (and easiest) tip for school success is to start each day with a nutritious breakfast. That doesn’t mean a poptart or a bowl of sugary cereal. Fruit, whole grains, and proteins are all a good choice for your child’s first meal of the day.

Tip #4 for School Success: Be timely.

Timely school attendance is important for so many reasons. Getting to school on time ensures your child doesn’t miss important information. It also keeps your child in the school’s good graces. But most importantly, it teaches your child that commitments are important to uphold. By enrolling in school, your child has made a promise to show up at the correct time each day. Show them that it’s important to uphold this promise, and set the expectation for future promises, but impressing the importance of attendance.

Tip #5 for School Success: Don’t forget to ask about their day.

As a parent, you set the example for your child’s feelings about school. You want your child to feel excited and inspired by school, not bored or uninterested. Show your child that school is exciting by being excited about it! Ask about their day, their classes, their teachers, and what they learned. Keep up to date with what’s going on, and follow up with things they’ve told you about. Praise their wins, whether it’s an A+ on a spelling bee or high marks on a report.

Tip #6 for School Success: Help with homework.

For many parents, this concept might be foreign. Many of us grew up in families where it was the child’s responsibility to help with homework. Perhaps you’re afraid that your ways of thinking may conflict with the ways your child is taught, and that might confuse rather than help. Studies show that helping your child with homework can help them make substantial progress in school, especially in the subjects they need it the most. Remember that helping means just that. Help your child do their homework, don’t do it for them.

Tip #7 for School Success: Keep your cool.

You probably already know that the way you act influences your child greatly. The phenomenon of emotional contagion shows that kids can “catch” emotions from their parents—good or bad. That’s why it’s important to keep your stress levels in check, so that you can parent with a clear mind, no matter what life or school throws at you. Learn what works for you to manage your stress. Whether it’s regular meditation (we love Headspace) or calming supplements (like these potent CBD gummies), your stress management will set a good example for your child, and keep school stresses in check.

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Why You Should Call a Personal Injury Lawyer After a Car Accident

When the unexpected happens, it can be difficult to know how to get your life back on track. Becoming involved in a car accident is a prime example of losing control over a situation. You were driving carefully, yet someone crashed into you and has left you with painful and debilitating injuries. You can’t work or provide for your family and your medical bills are rising. 

While it’s tempting to stick your head in the sand, if you want to gain back control after a car accident and put your life back on track, you should consider calling a personal injury lawyer. You can find a PI lawyer in Columbus, just click the link to find out more. 

Need a little more convincing? Here we’ll look at why you should call a personal injury lawyer after a car accident. 

Your medical bills are rising

You probably have some kind of medical insurance in place. But what if you can’t get the coverage you need? Getting caught up in a car accident could leave you with some painful and life-changing injuries. Injuries that require extensive treatments, surgeries, overnight stays, medication and on-going care. It’s easy for medical bills to spiral out of control and if the injuries weren’t your fault, it’s a bitter pill to swallow. 

Why you should foot the bill for someone else’s negligence? A successful personal injury case will recover the costs of your medical expenses and ensure you’re covered for any future treatments you may need.

You can’t work

Can you really afford not to be at work? Most of us are just one paycheck away from being in financial difficulty. And if you’ve been injured you might not be able to do your job. Which means you can’t pay your rent, your mortgage or your bills. These kinds of financial problems leave people in a downwards spiral of debt that they’ll struggle to get out of. If you’re unable to work for the next few months whilst you recover, then a successful PI case means that any future losses will also be accounted for and claimed on your behalf.  

You don’t want it to happen to anyone else

If the accident occurred due to faulty traffic lights, or something that could have been avoided, then filing a personal injury claim could mean preventing the accident from happening to anyone else. Ethically speaking, it makes perfect sense to ensure that the negligent party is made responsible for their actions. 

You’re not a lawyer!

Personal injury cases can get complicated. And when it’s your word against someone else’s it can be difficult to know how to get your circumstances across. Not to mention all the legalities and regulations involved as well as getting the best possible compensation outcome for your injuries. If you’re not a lawyer, then getting a personal injury lawyer on your side means you can concentrate on recovering instead!  

Final thoughts…

If you’ve been in a car accident that wasn’t your fault, reach out to a personal injury lawyer today to discuss your next steps.

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