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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.

 

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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

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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.

Notes

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!

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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.

Immediate

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

Family

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!

Food

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.

Dog

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!

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Happy Cow Appreciation Day!

by Jackie on 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!

Milking parlor

Cows have been called the “foster mothers of the human race” because they give us nutrient-rich milk. All the protein, calcium, vitamins, and minerals found in milk have helped humans grow and stay strong for centuries. Milk has been an important part of human diets for a very long time (anthropologists estimate milk consumption began around 9000 BC!). Milk has long been a staple in the school cafeteria to help young kids grow up with strong bones and teeth, and now we know chocolate milk is the ideal drink to have after a workout.

2. Cows aren’t picky.

cow face with green grass 2014

One thing that is super amazing to me about cows is they can eat a lot of food humans can’t, but they make food that we can eat. Here in Indiana, we are really good at growing seed corn and soybeans, which cows can eat much more easily than people can. In fact, 70 percent of a cow’s diet is inedible to humans (we’d get quite a bellyache if we tried to eat grass or hay, for example). Cows can also recycle things like citrus pulp (from orange juice), distiller’s grains (the grains left from beer, alcohol, or biofuel production), and even “bakery waste” (stale or imperfect bread) or jelly that doesn’t quite grade high enough for a grocery store (just like factory outlet candy that is in the “reject” pile).

3. Cows know how to take it easy.

blessing swiss freestalls

Cows spend an average of 14 hours each day laying down. A lot of us humans, with our busy on-the-go lives, could take a life lesson about sitting down and smelling the roses from cows. If you see cows on a dairy farm, they don’t generally move faster than a gentle amble anywhere they go. Every once in a while, cows can kick up their heels and get a bit frisky, but in general these lackadaisical ladies tend to settle down to their normal lives of eating, napping, and chewing their cud pretty quickly.

4. Cows appreciate the small things.

Haney  (3 of 6)

Cows are very curious animals, and like little kids, are able to find the joy and interest in very small things. A new person in the barn will receive a lot of attention from the alert and curious cows. Any new equipment, decoration, or even shadow will be duly noted and observed by the cows. Cows are creatures of habit and to cater to their attention to detail, farmers spend a lot of time making sure the cows can keep to their routine. The cows normally come in to the parlor in pretty much the same order at the same time every day, so even a small variation (like daylight savings time) makes a big difference to the cows.

So raise a glass of milk today to show your appreciation for these wonderful ladies!

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Dairy Lover for Life – DeDe Hausmann

by dedehausmann on 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 for me.   (OK, I also love ice cream, but I make sure to enjoy it in sensible amounts!)

When a job opening occurred working for the Indiana Dairy industry, I was a part-time Family & Consumer Science (FACS) teacher.  I  was frustrated because many of my high school students weren’t getting on board with sound nutrition messages.  So I was thrilled when I got the job (OK–I was a pest about it)!  And note that I didn’t leave my students “high & dry” for I did make sure that the school district found a great teacher to take over my position!

Bet you are asking what neat things I’ve done via working for Indiana Dairy farmers and our industry?  We make sure that all consumers know that to be healthy they need to be consuming at least three servings of dairy everyday!  We need strong & healthy bones, teeth and other body organs. With dairy being composed of nine essential nutrients (calcium, protein, Vitamins A, B12, & D, potassium, phosphorus, riboflavin, and niacin), dairy provides a super nutrient package.  Dairy products go hand in hand with the other four food groups in providing nutrients that we all need to grow & maintain healthy bodies.

I’m so proud of all the partnerships that National Dairy Council (and states/regional units) has engaged in: the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Medical Association, Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, School Nutrition Association, Action for Healthy Kids,  and too many others to list.   US health-related organizations know we have to work together to get out reliable, scientifically-based nutrition info if we want our nation to become a much healthier one than it is now.  We have too many over-weight and obese adults. It’s sad to see many of our youth are following in those same footsteps.  That’s why I’m especially proud of National Dairy Council’s and the NFL’s partnership in creating a free school wellness program, Fuel Up To Play 60.  We work with all schools to help them create healthier environments for students.  If kids learn healthy habits as youth, they hopefully will carry them into adulthood, creating a healthier USA.

So, I leave my full-time job of working in & for the dairy industry, but the dairy industry will always hold a special place in my heart. I’ll continue being a Dairy Lover for life (along with enjoying foods from the other four food groups), and I will continue living an active lifestyle–just two things that I have learned via my work in the dairy industry.

My best always, DeDe Carrothers Hausmann

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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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National Strawberry Sundae Day!

July 7, 2014

OK, the 4th of July is behind us.  What’s next?  Labor Day, you say?  Not so fast!  Let’s not overlook July 7th, National Strawberry Sundae Day!  Who wouldn’t want to celebrate that?  I spent many summers when I was a kid picking strawberries with Mom.  It was quite a production. She would have our containers […]

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