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By Sarah Noel and Jana Hileman, Ball State University Dietetic Interns

Providing nutritional meals for children during the summer months can sometimes be a challenge.  Fortunately, there is a program called Summer Servings in Marion County that helps provide at least one healthy meal or snack each day to school-age children.

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Mayor Greg Ballard and Buttercup


Local sponsors, who have applied to participate in the USDA program through the Indiana Department of Education, organize the Summer Servings meal sites. The local sponsors are taught to serve meals that meet the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) nutrition requirements. The Summer Servings program is offered to children ages 18 and younger and provides free, nutritional meals while school is not in session.

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Summer Servings, the branded name for Marion County’s participation in the Summer Food Service Program, teams up with local sponsors that are approved, monitored, and trained by the Indiana Department of Education. Summer meals are nationally authorized by the Food and Nutrition Service sector of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Summer Servings is a program offered in Marion County to help provide free, nutritious meals to children. It is part of the USDA Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).


Children can receive up to two meals each day, typically breakfast and lunch, but it varies from site to site.  Serving times also vary from site to site.  Here is a list of the serving times at each location within Marion County. Not all locations serve both breakfast and lunch, and some only serve a snack so be sure to check out what is offered near you!


There are over 100 participating Summer Servings locations throughout Marion County. Summer Servings is offered at many school,s as well as churches, community buildings, parks, and camps just to name a few. Here is a list of addresses of each location throughout Marion County.  To find a participating organization near you, click here to enter your zip code and search your surrounding area.  You can also look for the “Summer Servings” logo on banners and signs in yards to locate participating locations near you!

summer servings logo A majority of the locations listed in the above link are “open” locations.  This means that any child can come to the facility to receive a free lunch. There may be fun activities offered at some locations that the children may participate in if they choose to do so, as well!  Some locations though are considered a “closed” location so that means the Summer Servings program at that facility is only available to the children enrolled at that site (such as the Boys and Girls Club, or the YMCA).


Summer servings helps fill the nutrition gaps during the months that children are not in school.  The program ensures children receive nutritious meals and/or snacks on a daily basis.  Over the past 40 years, Summer Servings has helped over one million children have healthy meals throughout the summer months.   For more information, you can visit SummerServings.org.


Jackie Barber (the farm gal in the office) and I had a conversation a while back about how long it takes me to make dinner nightly, and as I replied proudly about 2 hours, Jackie gasped!  I am a die-hard culinarian and relish being in the kitchen!  When asked how about you?  Jackie replied, about 5 minutes, I eat cereal or warm something up. While we both chuckled, I realized I might be in a minority!

Today is National Culinarian’s Day, a day to thank a chef if you eat out, thank your significant other for making dinner or do something crazy for yourself if you are the head chef in your kitchen!  Cooking for me is a passion and respite.  There is a rush from seeing people smile and giggle and under their breath sigh and moan over good food!  Here are some of my favorite picnic packs for every culinarian whether you are like Jackie and spend 5 minutes making dinner or me…

Dips Are The Easiest Way to Begin

Already prepared hummus with flavor- like cumin or roasted red pepper – with fun dippers like yellow peppers and pretzels are great!

Use olive oil, balsamic vinegars and Za’atar along with rounds of pita bread- these earthy flavors are a sure conversation starter.

Roast Asparagus that has be marinated in orange juice, soy sauce and ginger is also great.  Roast for 20 minutes at 400 degrees.  Chill.   Make a dip of mandarin oranges, orange juice, ginger and yogurt.  Fabulous!

Meat on a stick- is there anything better than food on a stick?  This picnic treat is great for using leftovers and having a variety of options.  Grill or roast an extra chicken breast, or make an extra serving of steak or pork chop.  Skewer the thinly sliced meat onto a skewer.  Wrap and place in  the refrigerator until ready to pack the picnic basket.  Make some quick and easy sauces to go with them.  Tzakiki is great for chicken. Use balsamic vinegar reduced by half with a bit of steak seasoning added to make a great dipper for steak sticks. For pork, a peanut sauce is a big hit!

Picnics Must Have Desserts

This is a great crowd pleaser!  Use purchased or homemade pound cake and the Oranges, OJ, ginger and yogurt sauce from above and drizzle fudge sauce over it.  I use waffle cones as the ‘plate’ fill with cake and fudge sauce and top with the orange yogurt.  And, of course, you can choose any flavor yogurt, toppings your groups enjoys!  The sky’s the limit!

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The Fudge Sauce recipe below is a summer time necessity for making any dessert look like a chef prepared it!  Thank a chef today!

Chocolate Fudge Sauce

Rating: 51

Yield: 4 servings


  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 cup dark Corn Syrup
  • ½ cup cold strong coffee
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 cup cocoa
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup Half & Half


  1. In large sauce pan melt butter.
  2. Add dark corn syrup, coffee, sugar, cocoa and salt.
  3. Stir until combined and sugar is melted.
  4. Bring to a boil and boil for 3 minutes
  5. Remove from heat and add vanilla and Half&Half.
  6. Stir and pour into canning jars. (I use 4 ounce size.)
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Road Trip!

by Deb Osza on July 23, 2014

state park June 2014Summer is here, and if you are like me, you want to spend as much time outside as possible enjoying what I like to call the solar vortex.  That’s the opposite of last winter’s polar vortex, right?

If you are asking yourself what to do outside during the summer, try some of my favorite activities.  My husband, dog and I like to walk; when you walk or hike on a regular basis, you need to find fun and interesting trails to keep things fresh.  We purchased a state park pass this year.  If you plan to use your annual park pass frequently, it can be a great value.  Many parks charge a $5 entrance fee per car.  An annual pass is $40.  If you know you’ll use it at least eight times, it pays for itself!  There are several state parks right here in Central Indiana:  Mounds, Summit Lake, Fort Benjamin Harrison, Shades, Turkey Run, Prophetstown and Brown County all with inviting trails.

Courtesy Indiana Department of Natural Resources

(Photo Courtesy Indiana Department of Natural Resources)

Another summertime priority:  visit Lake Michigan!  A nice day trip to the BIG LAKE is a must this summer.  In about 2 ½ hours (from the Castleton area) you could be frolicking in the lake at Indiana Dunes State Park.  It’s perfect to visit the lake in late July and August when the water temperature can be a bit more inviting.  Pack a picnic and enjoy a day at the beach!  I grew up in Northern Indiana and spent many fun-filled days on the shores of Lake Michigan.  If you haven’t seen it lately, get going! Lake Michigan inspires awe with its cobalt blue waters and many moods in every season.  It can be as placid as a mirror, as rough as the high seas and anywhere in between.  Get there as quickly as you can.  Obey all traffic laws.

cow face with green grass 2014There are so many entertaining places to go and things to do and see in Indiana.  Visit Indiana’s official travel site for more fun ideas.  If you haven’t visited a dairy farm yet, take your family to see the Fair Oaks Dairy Adventure.  Open year round, you can experience calves being born, taste cheese, eat some wonderful ice cream and practice your milking skills.  Or check out Traders Point Creamery, a working dairy farm in Zionsville, Indiana.  For more fun farm visits, check out Kelsay Farms in Whiteland, Kuehnert Dairy Farm in Fort Wayne and Knollbrook Farm in Goshen.  Each of these dairy farm families open their farm to the public in October for corn mazes, hay rides and much more.



Easy Lemonade Pie

by Liz Kelsay on July 22, 2014

Every now and then you need a fail proof recipe that you can whip together in a flash! This recipe is perfect for that! Oh and did I mention that the kids will love it!

Easy Lemonade Pie
This recipe for Easy Lemonade Pie can have multiple variations including the pink lemonade version that I am featuring today! I almost forgot to mention, it is National Ice Cream Month! What better way to celebrate than to slice up this pie for dessert! This pink pie would also make a fun addition to a girls birthday party or you could switch up the flavor or color for other parties.

If you are in a hurry or just don’t want to deal with the mess of making your own graham cracker crust, you can purchase the pre-made version from the store.

This recipe is as simple as grabbing your favorite brand of vanilla ice cream and your favorite flavor of frozen concentrate and letting them soften for a couple minutes, mix together and place in the graham cracker crust and place back in the freezer until firm.

Simple, simple, simple and tasty, tasty, tasty! Depending on what concentrate you use, you might want to add a couple drops of food coloring to make the pie a more desirable color.

We brought it to a cookout, and while it wasn’t exactly still frozen by the time we ate it, everyone still enjoyed it!

Easy Lemonade Pie

Easy Lemonade Pie


  • Graham Cracker Crust:
  • 1 1/2 cups finely crushed graham crackers (about 24 squares)
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar
  • Filling:
  • 1 quart (4 cups) vanilla ice cream, softened
  • 1 can (6 oz) frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
  • Few drops food color, if desired
  • Lemon slices or twists, if desired


  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In medium bowl, mix crust ingredients.
  3. Press mixture firmly in bottom and side of an ungreased 9-inch pie plate.
  4. Bake 10 minutes or until light brown.
  5. Let cool.
  6. In large bowl, mix ice cream, lemonade concentrate and food color.
  7. Mound mixture in crust.
  8. Freeze 4 hours or until firm.
  9. Let pie stand at room temperature a few minutes before cutting.
  10. Garnish with fresh whipped cream and lemon slices or twists.
  11. Store covered in freezer.
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Summertime Fuel Up to Play 60

by Mary on July 21, 2014

Summertime, Summertime, Sum, Sum, Summertime

My favorite time of the year!  There’s just something so great to me about being able to go outside without having to put on a jacket or think twice about how cold it might be out there.  No coats to try to stuff into a locker; no class to be in by 7:45 AM. Life just seems easier in the summer.  Even though I’ve been out of school for many years, summer still evokes that mental picture of  carefree, unstructured time.    What to do, what to do?

If you’ve been involved in Fuel Up to Play 60 during the school year, what are some ways to keep the momentum going while school is out?  The main thing to remember is:  Fuel Up with healthy foods so that you can Play for 60 minutes!

Salad on a StickWith so many great foods in season, now would be a perfect time to hit a local farmer’s market. There are always great “fueling up” foods available there.  Maybe you have your own garden – now that’s local!  If veggies are bountiful, here’s a real fun and kid-friendly way to eat them:  Salad on a Stick. If you’re lucky enough to have some blueberries on hand, here’s a great little recipe. 

Blueberry Delight

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 60 minutes

Yield: 9 servings

Calories per serving: 280


  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 2-1/2 cups quick cooking oats
  • 1 quart Greek yogurt, vanilla, fat free, divided
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 4 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen, divided
  • Flour, as needed


  1. Heat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Coat 9 x 9 x 2-in. pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. In a bowl, mix oats, 3/4 cup yogurt, and brown sugar.
  4. Press out oat mixture evenly in bottom of pan.
  5. In a large bowl, whisk egg and cornstarch.
  6. Add rest of yogurt and white sugar; stir until blended.
  7. If using frozen blueberries, toss 1 3/4 cup in flour until lightly coated; discard excess flour.
  8. Gently fold 1 3/4 cup berries into batter; pour evenly over crust.
  9. Bake for 1 hour or until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  10. Cool at room temperature for 30 minutes; refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.
  11. Cut into 9 pieces.
  12. Garnish each piece with 1/4 cup blueberries.


Calcium: 15% Daily Value Protein: 12 g Carbohydrates: 50 g Dietary Fiber: 3 g

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How about the “Play 60” part of the equation? Now’s the time to take advantage of all the great outdoor activities.  How about jumping rope? Swimming would be my first choice any day of the summer, except if there’s lightning close by.  Bike riding and roller blading are great ways to get around.  Remember playing hopscotch or 4-square?  Those are games that can easily be drawn on a driveway with sidewalk chalk.  Making your own bubble solution is really simple and can last for several days.  Just combine 1 cup of distilled water, 2 tablespoons of Dawn (not Ultra) dish soap, and 1 tablespoon of glycerin.  Let this solution sit for a while or even overnight.  If you really want to impress the neighbors, try this really fun-looking resource for making giant bubbles.    Jumping Rope

It seems like the possibilities are endless for being active during the summer.  But if you’re stuck for ideas, here are some ideas to get you started.  Now go outside and have some fun, but don’t forget the sunscreen!


All in the Family

by Danielle Sovinski on July 18, 2014

For the past 35 years, my mom’s entire extended family has had a family reunion in Brown County every other year in October. In observance of Family Reunion Month, I thought I’d share about my family’s ongoing tradition. We rent huge family cabins in Brown County State Park, which allows us to enjoy the great outdoors. Hiking, horseback riding, and visiting the nearby quaint town of Nashville are always on the agenda. At night, we play hours and hours of card games, my personal favorite being ‘Pay Me,’ a spin-off of Gin Rummy.


The group started out with just my grandparents and their six children: Brenda (my mom!), Sharon, Steve, Jan, Jeff, and Mark.


As the years went on, the group has grown immensely. There are currently 22 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, with more marriages and kids on the way!


And then of course, there is the delicious food. My grandma makes the best chili perfect for fall evenings. Almost everyone brings something for each meal and it is a great opportunity to try out new creations and dishes. My mom always makes homemade banana ice cream—and of course, I love mixing in chocolate syrup.


Our next family reunion is scheduled for this October and I could not be more excited. I love catching up with all of my cousins and aunts and uncles and I hope we keep this tradition going for future generations!


Happy Cow Appreciation Day!

July 15, 2014

Did you know today is Cow Appreciation Day? I think cows are pretty amazing animals–and having an official Cow Appreciation Day just confirms that thought! Here are my top reasons why cows are awesome: 1. Cows give milk! Cows have been called the “foster mothers of the human race” because they give us nutrient-rich milk. […]

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Dairy Lover for Life – DeDe Hausmann

July 14, 2014

Even after I retire next month from the American Dairy Association Indiana Inc. I am going to be a  Dairy Lover for life!  This past almost 19 1/2 years has been a real joy because I’ve always loved all forms of dairy products, especially milk, yogurt and cheese, so this job has been a great fit […]

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Brownie Earthquake Copycat Recipe

July 11, 2014

July is National Ice Cream Month…how perfect is that? Here in Indiana, the temperatures are HOT and nothing cools you off and says summer like ice cream! One of my favorite ice cream treats is a Brownie Earthquake from Dairy Queen. Lou from Much Ado About Lou here. I love a good ol’ Brownie Earthquake […]

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Shake It Up This Summer

July 10, 2014

by Sarah Noel and Jana Hileman, Ball State University Dietetic Interns We all scream for ice cream in July! July is National Ice Cream Month (thank you, Ronald Reagan!) so what better way to celebrate than to make your own ice cream! Did you know Indiana is the 2nd largest producer of ice cream in […]

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