Giveaway: Treats to celebrate Dairy Month!

Note from the mamas: Congratulations to Stephanie Truitt, winner of the Midwest Dairy Council goodies and Cold Stone gift certificates! 

Did you know June was Dairy Month?

Well, the Midwest Dairy Council sure does and they want to celebrate by giving away the following goodies to one winning mama in Northwest Arkansas:

  • One Cuisinart hand blender (valued at $55.00)
  • blender.jpgDairy Makes Sense recipe cards with new tasty recipes to try out with your family
  • Dairy Makes Sense apron
  • Hot pad
  • Cheese knife
  • Grocery pad
  • Refrigerator magnet

And since we think of ice cream when we think of dairy (especially in this heat!) we’re also throwing in gift certificates from Stone Cold Creamery! Thanks to Rachel at Cold Stone in Fayetteville for giving us FOUR FREE “like-it” create-your-own ice creams!


How to enter: To win the bundle from the Midwest Dairy Council – plus four free ice creams from Stone Cold Creamery — just click on the orange comment button at the bottom of this post and tell us your favorite recipe or food that includes milk.

You may also enter via e-mail by sending a note to (Tell your friends via e-mail and copy us and we’ll give you extra chances to win for each friend you tell.)

Mamas know that milk and other dairy products are great sources of vitamins and minerals. For years, we’ve heard milk “does a body good,” but the MDC shared with us some facts about its nutritional value that we didn’t know.

Some interesting info you might not know about dairy:

  1. bessie_sweet_circle_th.gifIt goes beyond just calcium for strong bones – each serving of dairy provides 8 other essential nutrients, including:
  2. Vitamin D: Vitamin D (“The Sunshine Vitamin”) promotes calcium absorption and helps strengthen bones. Milk is one of the few dietary sources of vitamin D and just one 8-ounce glass provides 25% of your recommended daily value.
  3. Protein: Protein builds and repairs muscle tissue while giving you a boost of energy! The protein in milk, cheese and yogurt builds and repairs muscle tissue and can help you feel full.
  4. Potassium: Did you know that milk and yogurt contain as much potassium as a banana? Potassium regulates the body’s fluid balance and helps maintain normal blood pressure.
  5. Vitamin B12: Milk and yogurt are also excellent sources of B12, which helps maintain healthy red blood cells and nerve tissue.
  6. Three daily servings of dairy (including low-fat/fat-free milk, cheese or yogurt) deliver exceptional nutrition (for an awesome value) and can contribute to your family’s plan for a healthy diet and lifestyle.

For information about more of dairy’s nutritional benefits — and some great recipes — visit the newly updated .

Good luck winning these treats!



  1. Choc Milk Shake- In blender put two scoops of Blue Bell homemade vanilla ice cream, a cup of milk, and chocolate syrup, blend together. If it is too thick add more milk!

  2. Extra Special Banana Pudding

    Cut your bananas, dip in lemon juice, line your bowl alternately with Nilla Wafers and banana slices, in sep. bowl, mix 1 large pkg of instant vanilla or french vanilla pudding with 2 cups of milk(follow directions on the box). Add 1 can sweetened condensed milk to the pudding mixture, beat well. Fold in 1/2 tub of cool whip, gently. I place more of the Nilla wafers around the top edge and decorate with fresh berries. Cover and refrigerate, it is best well chilled. Serve with remaining cool whip. YUM! The beauty of this recipe is you can use sugar free/fat free/low fat and it still tastes amazing!

  3. My dads home made chocolate ice cream was the best growing up! Just thinking about it makes me want to call him for his recipe:)

  4. I think a nice homemade milkshake on a hot day would have to be my favorite!! Just mix ice cream and milk in a blender and YUM!!

  5. Well the best milkshakes is when my 2 year old Ruby helps me. I put out oreo cookies, Hershey chocolate, chocolate chips, Neapolitan ice cream and milk. I let her pour it all in and turn on mixer and let it go. Then of course use cool whip on top, but first all 3 kids line up like little birds with their mouths open and I squirt cool whip in their mouths.

  6. Try a Chocolate Pudding Milkshake! Just mix vanilla ice cream, instant chocolate pudding mix and milk (chocolate is the best) and blend!!


  7. We make “Daddy’s shake” all the time with fruit, milk and yogurt in the blender. Add a little protein powder and we have a healthy breakfast!

  8. I love using fresh whipping cream on homemade desserts…way better than the store bought ‘whipped creams’.

  9. We love cantaloupe shakes. Just some ice cream, little milk, and some cantaloupe. My husband’s family introduced this to me and I LOVE it.

  10. Our family’s favorite dairy-inclusive recipe this time of year is simple: fresh berries (blueberries are our choice for June) and heavy cream sprinkled with a teaspoon of sugar! Good for everything from breakfast to dessert!

  11. Orange Julius!
    1 cup milk
    1 cup water
    1/2 cup sugar
    1 tsp vanilla
    8oz frozen OJ
    Blend with ice.

  12. So many summer treats that you can make just hope there is enough summer to enjoy them all. My family loves cold creamy ice cream on a hot hot day.

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