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Looking Forward to Fall– A Few Favorite Recipes

by Brooke on September 22, 2014

By Brooke  Sacksteder, Dietetic Intern from Purdue University

My name is Brooke Sacksteder, and I am a Dietetic Intern from Purdue University. I am lucky enough to spend 3 wonderful weeks at the American Dairy Association Indiana, Inc. for part of my internship. I chose to pursue dietetics as my career after watching my father’s nutrition change while he battled cancer. Along with this experience, I also lost 40 pounds after my freshman year of college through choosing a healthy lifestyle.

I want to be able to share my experiences with lifestyle changes with my future clients and help oncology patients still receive adequate nutrition while battling the disease. I hail from Muncie, IN originally and love country music, bowfishing, hunting, and living life to the fullest.

With September halfway over, the fall season is quickly approaching; which means lots of great flavors and food coming our way to help us survive the cold winters in Indiana. I don’t know about you but fall is my favorite season because of all the flavors, colors, football and, of course, holidays.

So I thought what better way to share my love for the season by sharing with you some of my favorite fall recipes that are very delectable but healthy at the same time.

-Healthier Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread-**



**I just folded the chocolate chips in once the wet and dry ingredients were mixed together.

Hopefully, you enjoy this Healthier Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread as much as I did!


Here are a few more favorite fall recipes to try:

-Chili Recipe-

-Apple Oatmeal Cookie Recipe-

-Skinny Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe-




It’s National Talk Like a Pirate Day

by Brooke on September 19, 2014

Ahoy friends! Do you know what today is? It’s National Talk like a Pirate Day! Since I’m a pirate, I get to talk like this every day, but with Halloween right around the corner, I’ll give you the chance to walk the plank with me. First, let me teach you some basics of talking like a pirate:

  • Ahoy!: Hello
  • Aye aye!: Will do/yes sir
  • Aye!: I agree
  • Avast!: Say this to get a pirate’s attention
  • Arrr!: It can mean anything you want! (Use it for emphasis.)

Avast, you better start practicing your pirate lingo today if you ever want to be as piratey as me by Halloween! Now matey, you need to scarrrf down the right food be able to find burrried treasure. Me favorite snack is a pirate banana. It’s simple and good for the belly.


 To find out how to make your own, click HERE.

Every pirate needs something to wash down his or her banana pirate with so what better choice of beverage than a cold glass of chocolate milk? Say aye aye if you agree! Chocolate milk is one way you can reach your three servings of dairy for the day. Did you know chocolate milk is the official beverage of Halloween? This may come as a shock to you, but it’s nutritious and still tastes great!

Check out this video from a couple of my shipmates:

Here’s some ideas on how you can have your own adventure and dress like my friends and me on Halloween:

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(via fiesta magic)






Cherry-Chocolate Chip Cobbler

by Cris Goode on September 18, 2014

Cris here from Recipes that Crock and GOODEness Gracious.

I have a confession to make.

My family is obsessed… obsessed I tell you.


Cherry Cobblers

Cherry Mini Cobblers.

Peach Cobbler

Easy Peach Cobblers.

Pumpkin Skillet Cobbler

Pumpkin Skillet Cobblers.

See… I told you we were obsessed! We keep thinking up yummy combinations and trying them out.


Which brings us to today’s recipe! I present to you Cherry-Chocolate Chip Cobbler. Such a treat!

The secret to all of these deliciousness?


Every single one of these recipes starts with butter. Butter that magically creates the most ah-mazing crust. It is a must try.


Cherry-Chocolate Chip Cobbler

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 6

Cherry-Chocolate Chip Cobbler

Delicious Cherry Chocolate Chip Cobbler


  • 1 Stick of Butter (1/2 Cup) Melted
  • 1 Cup Flour
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Cup Milk
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 28 oz Can Cherry Pie Filling
  • 1/2 Cup Chocolate Chips


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Pour melted butter into a 9 inch pie pan or 8 x8 pan.
  3. Mix flour, sugar, milk and baking powder together in a a bowl and pour into pan.
  4. Spoon cherry pie filling into pan evenly- do not mix.
  5. Sprinkle with chocolate chips.
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes until cobbler is set and golden.
  7. Serve warm with ice cream.
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Oats & Dairy Series: Oatmeal Crème Brulee

by Danielle Sovinski on September 16, 2014

Today’s blog post is the second of the Oats & Dairy Series. Powerful partners, oats and dairy help fill food and nutrient gaps, may provide important health benefits, and are a simple and delicious option – for breakfast and beyond.

The National Dairy Council and Quaker partnered to develop unique Oats and Dairy recipes which I have been trying out myself—today’s recipe is Oatmeal Crème Brulee. This delicious, nutrient packed dish has 11 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber. A great way to start your day or top off a delicious dinner!

Oatmeal Crème Brulee has 5 simple ingredients: milk, oats, sugar, dried blueberries and fresh blueberries.


First, I added the oats (the recipe calls for quick oats, but I just had old fashioned, so I let it simmer longer), milk, and dried blueberries to a saucepan and let the mixture simmer for 10 minutes or until the oats were soft.






Next, I poured the mixture into ramekins. It called for five 8oz dishes but I only had larger ones and they worked just fine. I let the ramekins sit for 5 minutes and then sprinkled the sugar on top.

Now, I do not own a brulee torch, so after some extensive online research and a consult with our very own on-staff chef (thanks Michelle!) I found that a cool broil is the way to go. I turned the broiler on high, put the ramekins in, and then left the oven door open so that it didn’t get too hot in the oven.


Presto. Now I have the classic brulee flavor without the torch. The recipe suggested garnishing with fresh blueberries, but since I was already buying dried blueberries, I just sprinkled some of those on top instead.

Oatmeal Creme Brulee

We had the crème brulee for a dessert and for breakfast. It kept very well in the refrigerator so I was able to just heat it up in the microwave the next day. I must say, my favorite way to enjoy this dish was for breakfast!

Check out the nutrition facts for a serving of Oatmeal Crème Brulee: 270 calories, 2g total fat, 0g sat. fat, 115mg sodium, 49g total carb., 5g fiber, 27g sugar, 11g protein, 25% DV calcium, 25% DV vitamin D, 25% DV riboflavin, 25% DV phosphorus, 15% DV vitamin B12, 10% DV vitamin A, 6% DV iron, 6% DV thiamin

Oatmeal Crème Brulee


  • 4 1/2 cups fat-free milk (traditional or lactose-free)
  • 1 1/2 cups quick-cooking rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup blueberries, dried
  • 1/2 cup sugar, granulated
  • 1/4 cup blueberries, fresh


  1. In a sauce pan over medium heat, combine milk, oats, and dried blueberries; bring to a simmer, stirring consistently for approximately 8 minutes until oats are tender and fruit is slightly reconstituted.
  2. Spoon 1 cup of oat mixture into 5, 8 oz. bowls; tap each bowl gently to level the top. Let set for 5 minutes until top is slightly firm and oats have absorbed all remaining liquid.
  3. Spread about 1 tablespoon of sugar evenly on top of each bowl (covering as much of the surface as possible) and use a blow torch or brûlée torch to “brûlée” the top of each bowl.
  4. Garnish each with 1 tablespoon of fresh blueberries; serve warm.
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Sideline Success Series

by Brooke on September 15, 2014

The following article originally appeared in the Crawfordsville Journal Review on September 6, 2014.

Nicholson Elementary School students pregamed Friday for the Indianapolis Colts’ season opener with a Fuel Up to Play 60 tailgate party.


Students ate a picnic lunch consisting of cold cuts, cucumbers, watermelon, baked chips and milk, on school grounds. Teachers provided trucks to add to the tailgate festivities.

“It’s exciting, fun and educational,” Nicholson PE teacher Laura Newman said. “It shows the kids that we can have a fun time at Nicholson and still learn.”

The students exercised after their meals. Wabash College football players threw a pick-up touch football game, and there were bean bag contests.

“The kids look up to the Wabash College players and love the Indianapolis Colts,” Principal Matt Ridenour said. “Sometimes we assume kids are going home and playing outside, but there are so many ways to entertain yourself indoors nowadays. This encourages them to exercise and lead a healthy lifestyle.”


The Wabash football program also valued the opportunity to interact with children in the community.

“We talk to our players about small things like giving back to the community, especially the kids,” defensive line coach David Denham said. “We were all this age at one point, and we need to give back. It’s absolutely incredible to be able to come here and give back.”

Mayor Todd Barton also made an appearance. He ditched his tie and donned an Andrew Luck jersey.

I always believed in the Fuel Up to Play 60 programs,” Barton said. “It’s important that the kids see the leaders in the community care about them. It’s fun to come out here and get to know them.

Colts media personnel was at Nicholson to film the event, which will air at a home game during the Chuck Pagano pregame show.


It’s Corn Maze Season!

by Jackie on September 12, 2014

Fall is my favorite time of year, with changing leaves, cool weather, and–of course–harvest time activities.

There is no better fall family activity than visiting a farm to go through a corn maze, buy a pumpkin, enjoy some tasty food, and get fresh air as a family. I have great memories from my childhood of going to apple orchards–but visiting a real, working dairy farm will make an even bigger impression on your kids (and it’s very informative for adults, too!).

Here in Indiana, we are lucky to have several dairy farms that open their farms for fall activities.

In the Indianapolis area, Kelsay Farms is definitely worth a visit. In Fort Wayne, you can check out Kuehnert Dairy Farm, and in Goshen, you can take a trip to Knollbrook Farm. Here’s more info on all those farms:

Kelsay Farms
6848 N. County Road 250 E
Whiteland, IN


Open weekends from September 27 to October 26

Friday 6-10 p.m.
Saturday noon-10 p.m.
Sunday noon-6 p.m.


Conveniently located just south of Greenwood (take the Greenwood exit on Interstate 65 if you’re coming from the north), Kelsay Farms is a sixth generation dairy farm. The Kelsays and their 500 milking cows live on land granted to the family in 1837 (by then-President Martin Van Buren). Make sure to check them out on the web, on Facebook and on Twitter for more information.The farm is open from noon to 6 p.m. the weeks of October 13-24 during area schools’ fall break. Admission on all days is $8 per person , with infants (one year old and younger) admitted free of charge. Credit cards are NOT accepted.

Knollbrook Farm
15463 CR 46
Goshen, Indiana

adam family

Open Sept. 13 to Nov. 1
Fridays 4-8 p.m.
Saturdays 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Sundays 1-6 p.m.

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This farm is run by husband-and-wife team, John and Cynthia Adam. The Adam family milks 75 cows near Goshen, Indiana. Knollbrook Farm installed robotic milking machines last fall, so this will be the second fall visitors can see a cow milk herself (with a little help from the robot!). While all farmers use milking machines, robotic milkers allow the cows to choose when she wants to be milked and don’t require the farmer to be present for the milking. Robotic milkers are pretty nifty, and you won’t want to miss seeing in action! Admission is $6 per person.

Kuehnert Dairy Farm
6532 W Cook Road
Fort Wayne, Indiana 


Open Sept. 27 to Oct. 26
Fridays 6-10 p.m.
Saturdays 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Sundays Noon-5 p.m.


Kuehnert Dairy Farm is currently being run by the fifth and sixth generation of farmers. The Kuehnerts milk 300 cows just outside of urban Fort Wayne. The farm is one of Indiana’s newest robotic dairy farms, with robots going online just before the farm tour season.  In addition to the dairy farm and corn maze, visitors can take a hay ride, enjoy a grilled cheese sandwich, play in the corn crib playground, and enjoy straw bale mountain. Admission is $8 per person.


Put Away The Skillet

September 11, 2014

Are you a breakfast for dinner lover? If you are, come sit down next to me because we have loads to talk about! Our family eats breakfast foods more at supper time than we do in the morning. That’s a true story! Any time I decide to serve eggs, pancakes, waffles, biscuits n gravy, etc. […]

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Back to School and Breakfast!

September 10, 2014

We just moved about a month ago, so I’m still learning the routines of the new neighborhood.  One of those findings is that one of the school bus stops is just two doors down.  I looked at the clock this morning when I heard the first bus pull up, and it was 6:50 AM.  That […]

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Healthy Afterschool Snacks

September 8, 2014

When I was younger, I remember coming home from school needing an afterschool snack. My go-to snack was always chocolate milk—I loved mixing up the chocolate powder with milk and then gulping it down while watching my favorite afternoon TV shows.  I didn’t know it at the time, after all I was only about 8, […]

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Happy Cheese Pizza Day!

September 5, 2014

If you have ever needed an excuse to eat cheese pizza, here it is– it’s Cheese Pizza Day! Sure you can choose to pile vegetable, meat and fruit toppings any other day of the year, but today, let’s take advantage of the simplicity that exists in the greatest base of all times, cheese! Plus, what’s better than […]

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