Farm-to-Table Creamy Roasted Garlic Salad Dressing

Good for keeping the vampires away and boosting your immune system took this creamy roasted garlic salad dressing is a delicious farm-to-table recipe. What better way to use up your bumper crop of garlic than with this fabulous homemade salad dressing!Creamy Roasted Garlic Salad Dressing

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Welcome back to another Tuesday in the Garden! I tell you what, these Tuesdays keep coming faster and faster. I can’t believe it’s the second Tuesday of August already and summer is almost over. My kids go back to school in a week and a half!!! {And don’t tell anyone, but I am soooo ready.} 😉

ingredients for roasted garlic salad dressing

This week in Tuesdays in the Garden, we’re sharing delicious ways to use up your summer garden bounty. By now, you’ve probably harvested your garlic, you might be swimming in fresh corn and herbs, and your tomatoes are probably starting to ripen. If you’re wondering how to use up all of that garden fresh goodness, make sure you check out the links at the end of this post.

Creamy Roasted Garlic Salad Dressing

bottle of roasted garlic salad dressing

The timing for this dressing recipe is perfect! I have a ton of fresh garlic in my garden and my herbs are going wild. My garden may not be producing much in the way of food right now, but the herbs, garlic, potatoes are flowers are doing great! To make this dressing, I headed out to my garden for fresh herbs, and into my garage for garlic that’s been curing for the last few weeks.

roasted garlic

The most “difficult” part of making this dressing is roasting the garlic, so I recommend roasting a bunch of garlic ahead of time and freezing the extras for use on another day. Here’s how to easily roast garlic and then freeze it – no fancy equipment required – simply cut off the tops, drizzle with olive oil, wrap in aluminum foil and roast for about an hour at 400 degrees. With your garlic roasted, all you have to do is combine all the ingredients in a food processor and combine until smooth and creamy, about 2-3 minutes. Seriously, salad dressings are so easy to make from scratch! There’s really no reason to buy them at the store.

The Nutri Ninja – a favorite kitchen appliance!

I love to use my Nutri Ninja. If you have a Ninja, just combine the ingredients in the Nutri bowl or the Ninja Cup and using the Start/Stop button, turn the machine on for 2-3 minutes. When it’s down, scrape down the side and run it one more time. Then, remove the blade (if you used the bowl) and store the dressing in the fridge!

combine all ingredients for the roasted garlic salad dressing in the Ninja and pulse until smooth and creamy.

Without further ado, here’s your printable recipe!

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Farm-to-Table Creamy Roasted Garlic Salad Dressing
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A delicious and creamy roasted garlic salad dressing. Make a batch and store in your fridge for a wonderful homemade dressing for a week's worth of salads!
Recipe type: Salad Dressing
Serves: 1¼ cups
  • 6 bulbs of roasted garlic
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 3 TBS balsamic vinegar
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 1 TBS fresh oregano leaves
  • 1 TBS fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • ½ TBS fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¾ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor. I love my NutriBullet! Mix until creamy, about 2-3 minutes.
  2. Use dressing right away or store in the fridge for up to 1 week.

This dressing is great on any green salad you may make, but I really love it on this tossed salad with chopped broccoli, feta, and sunflower seeds. YUMMY!

 Farm-to-Table Creamy Roasted Garlic Salad Dressing

Tuesdays in the Garden

And now, as promised, ideas from the blogosphere for how to use up other bounty you may right now! Be sure you check out all of these great ideas by clicking on the links or pictures. Enjoy!

an oregon cottage

Roasted Tomato Sauce for the Freezer from Jami @An Oregon Cottage

frugal family home

How to Make Apple Chips by Shelly @Frugal Family Home

homemade food junkie

How to Freeze Corn on the Cob from Diane @Homemade Food Junkie

hearth & vine

Pickled Vegetables and Easy & Tasty Snack from Patti @ Hearth & Vine

angie freckled rose

Lemon Balm & Lavender Iced Tea from Angie The Freckled RoseTue

Grab This Week’s Free Kindle eBooks on Amazon

Here’s my weekly round-up of free Amazon Kindle ebooks on Amazon! I found many more books: for cooks,  kids, and then miscellaneous books I’m interested in {and since I am a crunchy mama…I’m calling them books for crunchy people!}

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If you don’t have a kindle, but have a computer, iPad, or smart phone, head on over to download a Free Kindle App. Or you could go here and buy a Kindle ! Make sure you check the prices as they change quickly on Amazon. While everything was free when I posted, it’s highly likely that they will change!

Grab This Week’s Free Amazon Kindle eBooks

Cookbooks, fiction, nonfiction and children's books are included in this weekly free Amazon Kindle eBooks round-up. Check back every Friday for a new list.

Free Fiction eBooks on Amazon

The Red Door Inn

Murder, Mayhem, and Bliss

The Chocolate Garden

Counted With the Stars

Out of the Frying Pan

Cookbooks, fiction, nonfiction and children's books are included in this weekly free Amazon Kindle eBooks round-up. Check back every Friday for a new list.

Educational Free Non-Fiction eBooks

Paper Crafts

The Homemade Housewife

How to Improve the Quality of Your Life

A to Z Gardening for Beginners

A DIY Easy Beginner’s Cleaning Manuals to Clean and Organize Your Home

Cookbooks, fiction, nonfiction and children's books are included in this weekly free Amazon Kindle eBooks round-up. Check back every Friday for a new list.


Dump Dinner: Top 50 Dump Dinners on a Budget

Meal Prep Cookbook

Easy Cheese Burger Cookbook

Cast Iron Cookbook

The Family Table

Cookbooks, fiction, nonfiction and children's books are included in this weekly free Amazon Kindle eBooks round-up. Check back every Friday for a new list.

Kids Books

How to Draw Cool Stuff

Much to Do Before a Dog

Diary of a Wimpy Ninja Frog

Diary of a 6th Grade Spy

Angus Adams: The Adventures of a Free Range Kid




Many thanks to Shelly from Frugal Family Home for her help compiling this list of free amazon Kindle eBooks. 

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Shop Your Own Garden to Find Beautiful and Easy Garden Gifts

Are you thinking about Christmas yet? It’s possible to grow beautiful garden gifts you can “shop” for right now!  I know it seems really early, but head on out to your garden and start checking items off that Christmas Gift List. Here are amazing gifts you might already be growing without even realizing it!Shop Your Own Garden to Find Beautiful Garden Gifts

Shop Your Own Garden to Find Beautiful & Easy Garden Gifts

Today’s installment of Tuesdays in the Garden is all about Christmas gift giving. We realize it’s only July, but give yourself a head start this year by thinking about things you can grow or make now! I’d be really happy to add a few completed gifts to my gift box this early in the season. How about you? So today, the Tuesdays in the Garden gang has ideas for gifts you can make {or buy} now to simplify the busy holiday season! It’ll be here sooner than I want to admit.

You can also use this list to get the creative juices flowing for next year’s garden! While it’s entirely likely that you’re already growing beautiful garden gifts right now, you might need to buy seeds for some of the items on this list and grow them next year. With a little bit of thought, you can turn your garden into a great resource for your Christmas gift giving basket. Here are plants I love to grow that also make great gifts!

Grow Beautiful Garden Gifts with these Ideas!

Luffa Sponges

Did you know you can grow your own natural sponges? I had to search through my blog archives to remember when I grew my luffas – and it was 2013! It’s super easy as long as you have a long enough growing season as these gourds take a long time to grow. You’ll also need a trellis or a lot of room because the vines get BIG! But beyond that, all you have to do is wait until the gourds are grown, harvest, dry, clean, and cut. It’s really not hard. I buy luffa seeds from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds and I’d love to grow these again next year.

grow ornamental corn to give as gifts

Ornamental Corn

I love ornamental corn. I don’t have any growing in my garden this year, but I did grow Heirloom Glass Gem Corn last year. I have had plans for turning the gorgeous corn into a wreath or some sort of swag but haven’t done it yet. I also love the kernels just by themselves! It would be easy to take them off the cob and put them in a jar for a lovely addition to a fall table centerpiece!


In addition to luffas, all kinds of gourds make great gifts. My grandpa in particular used to love turning gourds I grew into bird houses for his yard. I sure wish I had taken some pictures of his birdhouses. 🙁 You can also grow gourds  and turn them into lanterns, bird feeders, and bird houses, maracas,  and bowls. Again, you need space (or a trellis) and a long growing season to grow most gourds. Do you have a favorite gourd to grow?

Dried Beans

As I write this post, I realize what an abysmal failure my garden is this year. I’m really growing very few of the items on this list right now and that makes me sad. But another thing I enjoy growing in my garden are beans to dry. I really like things that are easy, and what’s easier than planting beans and then leaving them alone until they are dead and dry? I learned about 3 Sisters Gardens (the agricultural method Native Americans used in my area long ago to grown corn, beans, and squash) several years ago and enjoy watching beans trellis up corn. It is a little tricky harvesting the beans at the end, but with a little bit of effort it works. The dried beans make great soup and a jar of dried beans makes a practical and pretty gift with little effort on your part.


One thing that is growing in abundance this year in my garden are the herbs. I have way more than I can personally use, but I can cut and dry them and give home dried herbs as another practical gift! Do you have too many herbs in your garden too? Think about preserving extra to give to family and friends this year!

Dried Peppers

Again, not a current problem in my garden, but in years past I have had pepper bushes that looked like that! Way too many peppers for me to enjoy. Beyond canning or freezing them, you can also dry them out and make fabulous pepper strings or wreaths to give! Isn’t it amazing to think about all of the ways we can shop our own gardens and make fun and practical gifts to give at Christmas? I hope you’re getting inspired.

dry your own flowers to give as gifts


Do you know anyone who likes dried flower arrangements? If you think about the flowers you have in your garden right now, you can probably come up with ideas for lovely dried flower arrangements you can make yourself. To dry them – simply hang them upside down in a dark area for several weeks. I grow a lot of sunflowers and zinnias that aren’t hard to dry. I know a lot of people also like dried hydrangeas. Do you like dried flowers?


Of course, you can also give home canned goodness from your garden bounty too! Some of my favorite canned goods are homemade dill pickles, strawberry sauce, and crushed tomatoes!

Need more ideas for homemade Christmas gifts? Here are many more ideas for gifts you can make out of photographs and more homemade garden gifts! Here’s also a really nice list of garden related gifts you can buy if you’re not inclined to make gifts!

Tuesdays in the Garden

And now check out what my friends have in store for you! We’ve got a lot more ways to use up the bounty you have growing in your garden. Pop on over and take a look at all the fabulous ideas!

hearth & vine

Test Tube Dried Flowers & Herbs from Patti at Hearth & Vine

tuesdays in the garden

DIY Garden Gift Ideas from Jami at An Oregon Cottage

frugal family home

10 Gift Ideas from the Garden from Shelly at Frugal Family Home

diane homemade food junkie

Tomato Salsa to Can from Diane at Homemade Food Junkie

angie freckled rose

5 Fantastic Garden Gifts from Angie @The Freckled Rose

Shop your own garden for beautiful and easy garden gifts this summer! You can to grow beautiful garden gifts to give this Christmas with this handy list.

7 Tips for Taking an Enjoyable Road Trip with Kids! #Kidpinions Matter

 Road trip with kids. Sounds like a good idea. I mean, what could possibly go wrong being cooped up for hours on end driving across the country with your children anyway?! After driving 5,367 miles on an epic family road trip this summer, I’ve found it is possible to have an enjoyable road trip with kids, but it does take some planning. Here are a few things to consider as you plan your epic family road trip!

7 Tips for Taking an Enjoyable Road Trip with Kids! #Kidpinions Matter

*This post is sponsored by HomeAway. All opinions are mine.*

7 Tips for Taking an Enjoyable Road Trip with Kids! #Kidpinions Matter

1. Involve  your kids in choosing the location and activities

The According to the 2017 Kidpinion Travel Survey conducted by HomeAway® and FamilyFun magazine, 87% of parents surveyed in the US said their kids play a role in vacation planning. After all of the driving we did with our kids this summer, I know first-hand how important it is to involve kids. While my children did not have the ultimate say on where we went, they did choose many of the activities we participated in on our road trip. We asked our kids their opinions on stops we made on the road trip route by giving them choices. They chose to add a few hours to our day by visiting Devils Tower in the Black Hills of Wyoming, for instance. We would have skipped it, had they wanted, but I’m glad they didn’t. My kids also asked to go back into Badlands National Park on our way home and since we drove right by it anyway, I accommodated. The stop was totally worth it.

2. Take lots of snacks and water bottles

When you’re stuck for hours on end in the car, it’s important to have lots of water and snacks. We pack a huge bag of snacks and try to remember to fill up water bottles each morning when we’re on the road. I don’t know about you, but my kids (even the older ones) get irritable when they’re hungry. We run to the local bent and dent Amish store to grab convenience snack items we wouldn’t normally eat before we head out on a long road trip with kids.

Valuing kidpinions when traveling with kids

3. Activities for the car

Just like you need snacks and water, it’s also important to have fun activities ready to go. We like to play car games when we road trip with kids and even take along prizes sometimes. Electronics, movies, books, and coloring books are must haves when we road trip. If you’re looking for specific road trip games, check out my post here!

4. Play with your kids on breaks

Incorporating active breaks during long road trips with kids is very important. Pack hacky sacks and frisbees for quick breaks at rest areas. My kids really enjoyed playing ultimate frisbee on our trip this summer. If you’re looking for ways to keep active on road trips, read this post!

Tips for Having an Enjoyable Road Trip with Kids! #Kidpinions Matter

5. Plan comfortable places to stay on your road trip with kids

Of all the places we stayed on our epic family road trip, the Pine House at Mt. Rainier that we rented from HomeAway was the favorite. A pool or hot tub can make all the difference, at least where my kids are concerned. Also, dedicated beds for each child help make the trip much more comfortable. Plan comfortable places to stay on your road trip with kids

The Pine House that we rented included an awesome loft with six beds, a foosball table, and a hot tub. All of these extras were a big hit with our large group of 12 people! Plus, the cabin was conveniently located near fun outdoor hiking trails. Our family really values comfortable sleeping arrangements when we’re on the road and 2017 Kidpinion Travel Survey shows that we’re not alone. Many families prefer to stay in vacation rental homes because of better sleeping arrangements – beds for all, private rooms for many. 🙂

6. Pack strategically

One thing we did this summer that really helped make our road trip easier and more organized was pack strategically using quart sized storage bags. I had my kids pack one complete outfit per bag and then separated them based on phase of trip. The first phase of our road trip lasted four nights. So, I combined four outfits for each child into one bag and packed the rest elsewhere in a less accessible location. Having the clothes packed like this helped up keep everything organized and streamlined. I will definitely pack this way on future trips. It really helped a ton!

7. When all else fails, eat all the ice cream.

Ice cream must be the magic panacea for our family. Is it the same in yours? When all other options for enjoying smooth travel fail, just top for ice cream. Ice cream improves everyone’s mood is seconds. 🙂

7 Tips for Having an Enjoyable Road Trip with Kids! #Kidpinions Matter

The biggest take away from our 5,000 + mile road trip with kids, was to consider their opinions and be prepared. If you do that when you’re planning your own trip, I bet your family will have a great time even if you spend a lot of time cooped up in the car!

Do you have a planning tip for long family road trips? I’d love to hear!