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The easiest Ranch Dressing recipe and words about words

If you’re like me bottled ranch dressing leaves a lot to be desired. I like it thinner, with a more oniony flavor. Think Jason’s Deli or Wing Stop. Hell, if you got a Double Dave’s or Gumby’s you know what I’m talking about. It’s what they give you with pizza rolls (don’t get me started on them boy howdy).

Check it…


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp Hidden Valley Ranch mix (get the Buttermilk packet, works the best here)
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp paprika

Whisk it up and put in the fridge to set for at least an hour. If you want it thinner, add more buttermilk. Erik made his special chicken wings last night for his parents and nephew, and I made the above recipe as a dip. Very tasty combination.

So, about those words…

Grad school starts again for me this week. Sometimes it’s hard to get right back into the thick of things after three months off, but it should prove fruitful. I think I’ve finally started to figure out what could be the beginnings of my Master’s project. I don’t want to say until I get final approval from my advisor, but it’s shaping up. Hopefully he gives me the go-ahead.

A couple of weeks ago I took the second part of the EnCase Computer Forensics course at the Woodlands. Erik went along as a little vacation. He proved to be a great flying companion, even giving me the window seat. What a guy, right? We had some issues with his navigation skills early on, but otherwise it was successful. As for the training, I learned more about the stuff I’m starting to tackle now like recovering files, finding files that may be intentionally renamed, and setting up custom hash sets. Things are much clearer now than ever before.

As for Erik, I took him to some great eateries, we strolled around Market Square, very Melrose Avenue. A highlight was finding Borders bookstore having a huge going out of business sale. Bad for Borders, great for my bookshelf. Another was partaking in a pomegranate berry smoothie from the heavens above (sorry, I meant to say Jamba Juice). The taste buds were doing cartwheels and were sad when I was done. “More, Jen, more!” Sorry kids, no Jamba Juice around here. If there was I’d be there every other day.

I like the Woodlands. It’s not as fast paced as Metro Houston. Actually reminds me a lot of College Station, albeit with more traffic jams. However, it’s very conservative. As liberal as this gal is, it’s hard to walk into sandwich shops blaring Fox News 24/7. But hey, whatever floats your boat.

I predict that the weekdays will get busier with school, work, and martial arts classes. I find that the more I have to do, the more accomplished I feel. That’s not to say that I don’t still enjoy a few hours of reading a book or watching Arrested Development with my beloved husband. That’s cool too 🙂

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