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brunchy goodness + giveaway

I love brunch. I also love French toast. So when French toast is part of brunch, I'm pretty much in my happiest place possible. 

Wait. I forgot the chocolate milk. Yep. Now we're set.

This week, I made a new recipe after church on Sunday: Fresh Berry-Stuffed French Toast with Vanilla Yogurt Sauce. 

It was a keeper, the kind of recipe that makes you turn the corner of the page over so you don't forget it. (Unless you're opposed to that sort of thing because you're a book snob. Then just shove a bookmark in it.)

Best news of all: I found it in the Dairy Good cookbook, which could be yours, thanks to a giveaway hosted by Midwest Dairy!

I'm a firm believer in eating healthy, tasty meals together: breakfast, lunch, supper, brunch . . . second breakfast, mid-afternoon snack, pre-bedtime munchies, you name it. And the Dairy Good cookbook has a recipe to fill every meal-time interest or craving you might have, from brunchy goodness to crunchy salads to gooey comfort foods to hearty dinners (or suppers, if you're into calling them that). 

Thanks to Midwest Dairy (follow them on Facebook!), Dairy Good is cookbook was created solely by dairy farmers and the people who help bring you the wholesome, delicious dairy products in your refrigerator and on your table. You'll learn a variety to ways to incorporate dairy into your daily meals, AAAAAND you'll get a whole slew of awesome pictures of farm life . . . along with profiles of farm families and the animals they care for . . . AAAAAND (ok, I'll stop now), you can also find my mother-in-law's recipe for dog biscuits. 

I know your mind is blown. It's ok. Mine was too.

It's pretty simple to enter the giveaway: 
  • Follow more dairy/farming/random goodness on Instagram @thelittlehouseonthedairy (or if you already are, tag a friend!) OR 
  • Leave a question for my farmer in the comment section. 

Yep. It really is that simple.

Dang. Where's an easy button when you need one?

We'll pick a random winner and announce the name here and on Instagram on Thursday, August 27!

But make sure you enter by Wednesday, August 26, or you're out of luck. 

And by that, I mean, I'm eating all your French toast. 

And drinking all your chocolate milk. 

So, go ahead. Like us on Instagram so you can see my farmer's straw hat. Or the cows who make your milk. Or leave Chris a question like, "Why is your wife's garden growing more weeds than tomatoes?" Errr . . . "Is it true cows drink an entire bathtub of water every day?!" or "What do I need to know about raw milk?"

You don't want to miss out. I mean, c'mon, guys. 

French toast. 

Enter the contest by liking me on Instagram or . . . what's your question for my farmer?

Fresh Berry-Stuffed French Toast with Vanilla Yogurt Sauce
from the Dairy Good cookbook 
2 cups mixed fresh berries
2 T powdered sugar
1/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 6-oz container vanilla yogurt
1 10-ounce loaf French bread
1 large egg
1 large egg white
1/3 cup milk
1 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
2 T unsalted butter
Mixed fresh berries for serving

1. Combine 2 cups berries and powdered sugar. Stir gently. 
2. To make vanilla yogurt sauce, combine 1/2 cup sweetened berries, sweetened condensed milk and yogurt. Blend in a blender until smooth.
3. Preheat oven to 225. Cut the bread into eight 1 1/2 inch slices. Cut into each piece to create a small pocket. Stuff eat pocket with remaining sweetened berries; press lightly to close.
4. Whisk egg, egg white, milk, sugar, vanilla and cinnamon. Melt 1 T butter in large skillet over medium heat. Dip stuffed bread slices in mixture to coat, and cook in skillet until lightly browned on each side. Keep cooked pieces warm on a platter in the oven while cooking the remaining slices.
5. To serve, top with mixed berries and drizzle with yogurt-berry sauce.


  1. I don't do instagram, so here's my question:
    Are there any butter sculptures at your State Fair? (Here in MN, the candidates for Princess Kay of the Milky Way have their heads carved in butter.)

  2. How old are cows when you start tho milk them and how long can you continue to milk a cow? Also, I heard that, albeit the meat of an old milking cow could be tough, if properly prepared can be very tasty. Has this been your experience.

  3. Leslie:
    Thank you for doing this giveaway. I follow via email, but I don't do instagram. Here's my question: How did you get started in the farming biz?

  4. When can you come visit your mother-in-law?

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  5. I follow you on Instagram as cezovski9
    Do you still ever milk cows by hand or is all by machine now?
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

  6. New follower on Instagram under the name @luvmyminime (choosing that entry option). Thank you!

  7. What is your farmer's favorite dairy product??


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