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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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

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Open weekends from September 27 to October 26

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

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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

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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 

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

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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.

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Put Away The Skillet

by Krista Marshall on 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. for our evening meal, I know I’m going to have some happy guys on my hands.

Not only does breakfast for supper taste good, it’s a great way to stretch a buck and save some time.  Plus it has the added benefit of being so comforting after a long day.

I don’t know about you, but if I’m aiming for simple and easy when I’m dog tired, an omelet might not be on that list. Having to babysit the stove top. Fighting with the skillet to make sure it flips properly and comes out just right. Neither of these sound fun when I just want to sit, relax and eat.

But I’m here to show you how you can have a delicious omelet, with no babysitting, with the help of your trusty oven. That’s right. We are going to bake this omelet!  Think about it, a quiche goes into the oven, so why can’t something similar, sans crust, do the same? I’ve actually been making omelets in the oven for a few years now. Ever since my little man asked me to make him one the old fashion way and it was a complete disaster. I’m talking EPIC fail!

I have quite a few varieties we enjoy, and this latest one will put a kick in your step; and make your taste buds stand up and take notice. Don’t worry though. There isn’t so much heat you’re gonna cry while eating it. There is just enough to add flavor and “zip”!

Don’t just limit yourself to dinner with this dish though. It is great for a weekend breakfast or brunch too. Use it when you have guests so the oven does the work, and you can enjoy time with them instead of being condemned to the kitchen! Whatever time of day you choose to serve it, I guarantee your family will love how yummy it is, and you will adore just how simple it can be!

Baked Southwestern Omelet

Baked Southwestern Omelet

Ingredients

  • 8 eggs
  • 1 c. milk
  • 3/4 c. Mexican blend cheese, plus extra for top
  • 1 TBS dried minced onion
  • 1 small can sliced mushrooms, drained well
  • 1/2 green pepper, diced
  • 1 (10 oz.) can diced tomatoes with green chilies, drained well
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Chopped Chives
  • Salsa
  • Sour Cream

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Grease a 8 x 8 baking dish. In a large bowl whisk together eggs and milk.
  3. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Add mushrooms, green pepper, cheese and diced tomatoes.
  5. Stir to combine. Pour into prepared baking dish.
  6. Bake for 45-60 minutes until set and toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Garnish with extra cheese, salsa, sour cream and chives.
  8. Allow to sit 5 minutes before cutting to serve.
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Back to School and Breakfast!

by Mary on 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 just seemed incredibly early to me – and dark.  As I was sitting down to my cereal and milk, it made me wonder – how many of those kids – if any – had eaten breakfast.  I know when I have to be up and out the door before 7 am, breakfast is not always the first thing I’m thinking about, and I’m a huge breakfast fan!  In fact, when it comes to a time crunch, taking the time to eat is probably the first to go.  But that isn’t smart.  I’m sure you’ve heard “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” until you’re blue in the face, but it really is true!  It’s true for you and me, and it’s especially true for growing children!

There is a lot of research to back up this claim, and it continues to affirm that skipping breakfast negatively affects kids’ levels of alertness, attention, memory, problem solving, and math skills.  Think about it.  Have you ever been in a morning meeting after you’ve skipped breakfast?  Around 10:00, you’re feeling hungry, and then that’s about all you can think about!  Now if you’re only 6 or 7, and your tummy hurts (because of hunger), that’s all you’ve been able to think about for a while. So you finally tell the teacher and he/she sends you to the nurse’s office.  I’ve heard from a number of school nurses that starting about mid-morning, their offices get busy with kids complaining about tummy aches. These disruptions could have been avoided by eating breakfast.

Believe it or not, the solution to this issue is not all that difficult – it might already be in place! Many schools offer breakfast.  The unfortunate thing is that it often goes under-utilized.  There are many reasons for that, too – bus schedules, location of cafeteria, etc.  One solution is serving breakfast at other locations in the building – in the classroom or in the entry where students get off the bus. Breakfast is ready for the kids to grab and take to their classroom and eat!  With time for instruction being of utmost importance, these solutions make sure students are off to a good start and are ready to learn.

Want to help your child succeed?  Encourage them to eat breakfast – everyday!  Here are some kid-tested breakfast recipes to make sure your student gets the recommended amount of nutritious fat-free or low-fat yogurt and reduced-fat or lite cheese so they get the needed calcium, vitamin D, potassium, protein, and more!

Whether eaten at school or at home, breakfast really does make a difference!  Why would you want to argue with this guy?

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Healthy Afterschool Snacks

by Danielle Sovinski on September 8, 2014

Dairy SnackWhen 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, but chocolate milk is a very healthy snack, packed with nine essential nutrients especially important to children’s health. In fact, snacks can help children meet nutrition guidelines in order to grow and maintain a healthy weight. Check out these tips from the USDA on preparing healthy snacks!

  1. Allow kids to make their own snacks by designating a snack area in the refrigerator and cupboard.
  2. Slice vegetables ahead of time. Have a variety of dips or toppings available, including hummus, low-fat salad dressing or shredded cheese for melting.
  3. Make your own trail mix. Combine dried fruit, nuts and popcorn in small, snack-size bags.
  4. Grab a cold glass of milk.
  5. For a tasty smoothie, blend together plain low-fat yogurt with 100% fruit juice and frozen fruit of your choice.
  6. Snacks shouldn’t replace a meal, so help your kids understand how much is enough.  Using snack-sized sandwich bags can help pre-portion snacks.
  7. Stock up on single-serving products, such as yogurt, string cheese, or puddings. These make for an easy grab-and-go snack.
  8. Though the occasional treat is okay, try to keep healthier options on hand to be sure that your child is getting enough nutrients throughout the day.
  9. Put together combination snacks that represent at least two of the food groups. Offer a glass of milk and whole grain crackers or melt cheese on a whole grain English muffin.
  10. Add dried fruit like apricots or raisins to homemade goodies to add nutritional value to your favorite baked goods.

Check out ChooseMyPlate.gov for more information and nutrition tips!

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Happy Cheese Pizza Day!

by Brooke on 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!
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Plus, what’s better than supporting a product from our dairy farms?

Domino’s pizza recently released a great commercial that highlights where the cheese on pizza originates (spoiler alert: milk is involved!).

No matter where you pick up a slice, whether it’s thick crust or thin, let’s all appreciate the goodness that is delicious cheese pizza!

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Celebrating Grandparents

September 3, 2014

All of us have memories of a grandparent or grandparents, each of us have a special memory and warm spot when we talk of them.  Forget-Me-Not is the official flower of Grandparents day, this small purplish-blue is so appropriate- the flowers cluster together just like all the wonderful memories each of us have for our […]

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Bacon Triple Cheese Dip

September 2, 2014

Do you have a potluck, pitch-in or game day party coming up? I HIGHLY recommend bringing this amazing Bacon Triple Cheese Dip from Gooseberry Patch’s Slow-Cooker Fall Favorites. It will be the talk of the party! Lou here from Much Ado About Lou. Michael and I go to a small group at church every Sunday that isn’t quite […]

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Farewell Summer…Until We Meet Again

September 1, 2014

Labor Day has rolled around again.  The last official summer holiday, Labor Day is celebrated on the first Monday in September, and is a celebration of the American labor movement.  So here’s to you American workers.  Thank you for your contributions to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. Some say that Labor Day […]

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Ideas for a Labor Day Weekend of Fun!

August 29, 2014

Labor Day weekend is here! Looking for something to do with your long weekend? Check out these great ideas! Go canoeing. We recently went canoeing at Eagle Creek Park and it was so much fun. We even took our dog, Elly, out on the canoe. At first, she wanted to jump out and chase every […]

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