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Farewell Summer…Until We Meet Again

by Deb Osza on 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 is the last appropriate time to wear white or seersucker.  I like seersucker.  Does anyone even wear seersucker anymore?  If so, you better put on those seersucker shorts, shirts and dresses today.  If you wear them tomorrow, you’ll be committing an egregious fashion faux pas.

Having addressed your fashion concerns, I’ll move on to celebrating the day.  Cookouts, backyard barbeques and family gatherings are a must this holiday weekend.  Take advantage of the lovely end of summer weather to enjoy outdoor activities with your family and friends.

Our group loves to play badminton.  It’s easy enough that most ages can enjoy the game and it keeps you active.  We have family members aged four to nearly ninety and pretty much everyone gets a badmturn.  At a recent backyard get together the twenty-somethings and their older relatives (including me) spent the afternoon in heated competition.  Yes there were some sore muscles the next day, but fun was had by all.

Croquet anyone?  We used to play this game at all family cookouts.  It’s easy to play and keeps everyone involved.  Other fun games include volley ball, tag and whiffle ball.

Following an afternoon of active games, treat yourself to some home-made ice cream.  Think of the fun family tradition you could start if you made your own ice cream.  Talk about making memories.  I’ll never forget sitting under the huge oak tree with great-great-grandma as she added ice and rock salt to the ice cream freezer and waiting eagerly to help turn the crank.

I recently judged the Ice Cream Crank-Off at the Indiana State Fair and tasted many wonderful recipes.  Here’s one to try.  Have a wonderful Labor Day. Don’t have an ice cream freezer?  Make rock-n-roll ice cream instead.

French Vanilla Ice Cream


  • 2 large pasteurized eggs
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Whisk the pasteurized eggs until light and fluffy.
  2. Whisk in the sugar, a little at a time, until completely blended.
  3. Pour in cream, milk and vanilla.
  4. Freeze.
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Ideas for a Labor Day Weekend of Fun!

by Danielle Sovinski on 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 stick that was floating in the water, but towards the end, she contently laid in the canoe and enjoyed the ride. We rented a canoe for just $25 for two hours. It was a great way to get some exercise while enjoying the great outdoors.

DMI Cheese pics 050Have a cookout. What better way to enjoy the holiday weekend then by hosting a cookout with your family and friends?! From appetizers to desserts, you can find all of the dairy-filled recipes you need for an outstanding cookout here.

Take a walk. There are so many great walking trails all over the state. TrailLink by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has a list of all of the walking paths across the state. Find a trail near you and take the entire family on a relaxing, afternoon walk. End the day with a visit to your favorite ice cream shop!

Enjoy the pool. Most pools close on Labor Day, so soak up the sun and take one last final dip before the fall weather sets in. Don’t forget to wear some sunscreen!

Indiana woodsGo camping. A 3-day weekend is the perfect time to go camping. This year’s mild summer weather makes for some excellent camping conditions. Since the weather is so nice, camp somewhere close to a lake. At the Paynetown State Recreation Area near Bloomington, you can camp right next Lake Monroe so you can enjoying hiking and boating all in one weekend!

Explore Indiana. Check out Indiana’s Official Travel Planning Source to find things to do over the weekend. Whether it be close to home or a weekend trip, Indiana has so much to offer!


Peach Blueberry Crisp a la Mode

by Liz Kelsay on August 28, 2014

Hi there! It’s Liz from Two Maids a Milking again!

I have another great recipe to share with you today!

Who doesn’t love a warm crisp a la mode?

Peach Blueberry Crisp a la Mode

It’s one of my favorite desserts!

Apple normally is king of the crisp department but don’t miss out on this beautiful and super tasty combination.

I love that this recipe gives you just enough and uses an 8×8 pan. That way I don’t feel too guilty if I eat half of it!

You can use fresh or frozen berries in this recipe just be sure to thaw the berries if frozen.

This is a pretty basic crisp recipe that you could use on many different fruit combinations.

I also love how easy this recipe is. You just toss the fruit in sugar and place in a greased pan, mix the toppings and pour over the fruit, bake and serve warm with ice cream!


Peach Blueberry Crisp a la Mode

Peach Blueberry Crisp a la Mode


  • 3 cups peaches, pitted, peeled and sliced (thawed if frozen)
  • ½ cup blueberries
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • ¾ cup oats
  • Vanilla Ice Cream


  1. Arrange fruit in the bottom of an 8” by 8” buttered baking pan.
  2. Sprinkle with sugar.
  3. Combine flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and oats.
  4. Mix in melted butter.
  5. Sprinkle mixture evenly over fruit.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until golden brown.
  7. Serve immediately with vanilla ice cream.
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Disney Citizen Kid: Jenna Kelsay

by Cris Goode on August 27, 2014

Have you heard about America’s Milk Processors’ most recent partnership with Disney? It is called Citizen Kid and focuses on fueling active, successful days by encouraging families to start every day with milk – one 8 ounce glass of which contains 8 grams of protein to help power through the day!

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Here at American Dairy Association Indiana Inc. we are super excited about this web series as it celebrates the potential in all kids and the extraordinary things they can accomplish when they embrace their interests and talents. The latest episode stars 10 year-old dairy farmer Jenna Kelsay.  Jenna comes from a long line of dairy farmers – more than six generations – and is committed to making a difference in her community by sharing that tradition.

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For the last two years, Jenna has been working to educate other kids about the source of their food and the importance of dairy for powering their potential. As a dairy farmer, she is well aware that an 8 oz. glass of milk contains nine essential nutrients, including 8 grams of high-quality protein.

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Jenna’s story, and the stories of other Citizen Kids, is part of a larger partnership with Milk Life. Just as Disney’s Citizen Kid is focused on inspiring kids to reach their fullest potential, “Milk Life” is dedicated to wringing every last drop out of every single moment and represents a way of living where milk helps power your potential to do your best.

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See Jenna’s story here


Twelve Months of Memories

by Brooke on August 26, 2014

I can tell how much it meant to you, you’re still getting tears in your eyes,” General Manager Deb Osza remarked as I shared my experience.

One year ago, I began my role as the Public Relations and Child Nutrition Coordinator for the American Dairy Association Indiana Inc. That muggy August morning, as I walked toward my desk, I never could have imagined what would soon follow.

My first week on the job, I shadowed my boss, Jenni, and as we drove up I-69 toward a Rotary Club meeting in Munice, I asked, “Are these the kind of events you get to do on a regular basis?” Looking back, I clearly had no idea how involved my role within the company would be.


Over the course of 365 days, I have traveled down dirt roads I never knew existed, spoke in school classrooms filled with curious minds, attended NFL-sponsored events & sat in the stands at the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”


I’ve handed out pints of chocolate milk to those looking to Refuel after a run, watched tortoises race while children cheered, toured a food pantry large enough to fit 4 football fields, and walked toward better wellness with a great group of women.


I’ve been given a rare opportunity to work for 1200 dairy farming families across the state– spreading the word of nutrition in schools so often overlooked. Through Fuel Up to Play 60, I’ve listened to countless stories from concerned community supporters looking to make a corporation-wide shift toward a healthier lifestyle. With the Indianapolis Colts by our side, I’m grateful for the enthusiasm and gift of great athletes (& mascots) who support our initiative through leadership both on and off the field.


Whether it’s on a dairy farm, in a gymnasium, on a news set or standing on turf, no day is ever the same– it’s one of my favorite things about this industry.


We are constantly communicating, constantly brainstorming, and constantly activating plans to make this state, and those residing in it, aware of the benefits of dairy in diets.


I never realized the impact of this opportunity as the PR & Child Nutrition Coordinator until I was standing on the turf at Lucas Oil Stadium before a game. As I watched 10 of our Fuel Up to Play 60 students get introduced on the jumbotron, our beloved Colts mascot Blue came up to me for a hug, “Hi Brooke!” was all it took for it to sink in. “How did I get here?” was the question that kept resonating that Sunday, and I’m still not sure I have the right answer.

All I know is I am immensely grateful that, each and every day, I get to enter into a building splashed with milk, I get to work alongside 8 gifted individuals, and I get to spread the word of health & wellness.

Has it been a great professional year? Most definitely the best of my life.


Go Bananas!

by Mary on August 25, 2014


Banana Split


Knock, knock!

Who’s there?


Banana who?

Banana split, so ice creamed!

That, folks, is brought to you today in honor of National Banana Split Day.  You can thank me later.

Ranking up there with baseball, hot dogs, and apple pie, the banana split has been on the American scene since 1904, when it was created at a drugstore in Latrobe, PA.  There are those who would argue the year was 1907 and the place was Wilmington, OH.

No matter which version is true, it is agreed the banana split was created at a drugstore soda fountain.  At the turn of the century, soda fountains were always trying to top their competitors in town. Soda FountainAs legend has it, a young druggist apprentice at Tassell Pharmacy in Latrobe, David Strickler, was the creator of the famed banana split.  The original concoction started with a peeled banana, split from stem to stem.  Three scoops of ice cream – strawberry, chocolate, and vanilla – were piled between the halves of fruit.  The ice cream was topped with pineapple slices, crushed nuts, marshmallow, cherries and sweet syrups.  Thus was born the banana split.  Even though the cost was double a regular sundae (10 cents versus a nickel), this new creation was popular with students from nearby Saint Vincent’s College.

Stickler was also instrumental in the creation of a proper dish in which to serve his new concept.  He designed a long, narrow dish called a “banana boat” that was manufactured by Westmoreland Glass Company in nearby Grapevine, PA.

So if you’re celebrating National Banana Split Day in true fashion, here’s a short primer on how to make your very own. You might want to share with a friend or two.  After all, it is three sundaes in one!

Here are some other yummy recipes -  including one for the grill -  based on today’s honoree, the Banana Split.


National Eat A Peach Day

August 22, 2014

Garden Gold, Floridaprince, Donut, Pix Zee…and the list goes on to more than 2000 additional names.  And what names are these?  Peach varieties!  August 22 is – besides my great niece Laine’s birthday – National Eat A Peach Day.  Whereas fresh, local strawberries herald the beginning of summer, peaches remind us that summer will be […]

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FUTP 60 Student Ambassador: State Fair Recap

August 20, 2014

Hello, I’m Rylie Seaver, the Indiana Fuel Up to Play 60 State Ambassador. I get to do many different events as State Ambassador. The past two weekends I have had the pleasure of attending the state fair and presenting cooking demonstrations in the DuPont Pavillion. I helped create two different recipes, an apple cinnamon pancake and […]

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Peanut Butter Brownies

August 18, 2014

Hello there! It is me again– Cris from GOODEnessGracious and RecipesThatCrock! I don’t know about you, but I have a massive sweet tooth… and one of my favorite flavors is Peanut Butter. Now, I love me some peanut butter outright, but there is just something about peanut butter flavored dishes that make them even better […]

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Meet the Dairy Bar Volunteers: Firecrafter Scouts

August 16, 2014

What is the name of your group? We are all members of the Boy Scouting fraternal service organization named Firecrafter. Members of our organization value friendship, leadership, and service. We use these values to help better our community, our fellow Firecrafters, and ourselves. How long have you been volunteering at the dairy bar? Since 2011 […]

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