Weekend Family Milk Moments

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Simply said, weekends are the best time for family. The kids are out of school, mom and dad are off of work, and the schedule is clear (most of the time). As you probably already know, we spend a lot of our weekends on the soccer field. The whole family does. But that doesn’t mean we don’t spend time together on weekends, doing other things.

No matter how we’re spending time as a family, whether on-the-go or enjoying a meal at home, there’s one thing that each and every weekend includes, and that’s happy milk moments.

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Morning Quencher Milk Moments

On those early weekend mornings when we do have a soccer game to get to, I have to ensure my son has the nutrition he needs to start the day on the right foot. Being the picky eater he is and not one for wanting anything to eat first thing in the morning, anyways, it can be a bit of a struggle. I can’t just let him hit the field with an empty stomach, though.

Luckily, I know I can always give him his favorite chocolate flavored whole dairy milk and along with it, a smile and the confidence to conquer the day. I mean, who wouldn’t want something chocolate for breakfast?

young boy in white soccer uniform and wearing goalie gloves, drinking chocolate whole milk on a soccer field

Because my son is such a picky eater, I worry about his nutritional intake. That’s why I love that he’s a fan of real dairy milk. As an active kid, he needs all the nourishment he can get and he’s certainly not always getting it from other food groups. Milk, however, is always there to save the day with its nine essential nutrients!

Why We Choose Real Dairy Milk

  • Dairy milk keeps it real, as a wholesome, simple, minimally processed beverage.
  • Real milk has just three ingredients – milk, vitamin A, and vitamin D.
  • Real milk is the top food source of 3 nutrients most likely to be missing from kids’ diets – calcium, vitamin D, and potassium.
  • With 9 essential nutrients, including 8 grams of protein in every 8 ounce glass, real milk is a simple way to get nutrients my family needs to feel their best.

adult hand reaching for Promised Land 12 oz. chocolate and strawberry whole milk on a refrigerated shelf in a store

My son may not know it, but his favorite chocolate flavored whole milk isn’t only providing him the morning hydration he needs, but he’s also getting all the essential nutrients.

And not just him, but the rest of the family too. The only difference is the rest of us prefer strawberry flavored whole dairy milk. Just don’t be surprised if you see us rolling up on the soccer field with bottles of milk in-hand.

little boy and little girl in the back seat of a car, drinking chocolate and strawberry whole milk, while on the way to a soccer game

Weekend Brunch Milk Moments

As for those weekends when there’s no early morning soccer game, one of my favorite things to do is cook brunch for my family. We do our best to sleep in and then enjoy a sit-down brunch together. It’s not often we get to eat as a family during the week, with the busy schedules each of us has – school, work, speech therapy, dance, soccer. So I love when I can make my family their favorite brunch, Sausage Gravy Biscuits, and we can actually sit and enjoy the meal together.

table setting with a big bowl of homemade sausage gravy, a bowl of fresh out of the oven biscuits, a glass of milk, and a square white plate featuring an open biscuit smothered with gravy

And you guessed it, I wouldn’t be able to make my Homemade Sausage Gravy without real dairy milk. I told you our weekends are full of milk moments!

Milk is one of the main ingredients of Homemade Sausage Gravy. However, instead of whole milk, I use fat free milk in my gravy. Fat free milk has the same nutrients as whole milk, just with less fat; and this southern girl has to watch her figure, at least some of the time. Fat free milk still has all the same nutrients, but without all the fat.

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. of pork sausage (½ of a sausage roll)
  • 2 Tbsp of bacon grease
  • ¼ cup of flour
  • 2 cups of fat free milk
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

photo collage showing the various steps in making homemade sausage gravy

Directions

  1. In a large pan, thoroughly cook the sausage over medium-high heat. Place the sausage into a bowl and set it aside.
  2. In the same pan, heat the bacon grease. Add the flour, whisking vigorously until it’s well combined. Slowly add the milk, constantly whisking as the gravy thickens. (Note: Depending on the thickness you want, you can add/reduce the amount of milk used.)
  3. Once you’ve obtained your desired consistency/thickness of gravy, return the cooked sausage back to the pan, and add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. For the best family brunch and weekend milk moment, enjoy the gravy over a freshly baked biscuit, hot out of the oven.

Making this milk moment even better, is that my daughter loves to help in the kitchen. So when I make my Homemade Sausage Gravy, she grabs her stool and little whisk, and helps me with the recipe.

a up close focused view of a bite of biscuit and gravy on a fork, with a blurred background of a table setting including a big bowl of homemade sausage gravy, a bowl of fresh out of the oven biscuits, a glass of milk, and a square white plate featuring an open biscuit smothered with gravy

Do you have a favorite milk moment?

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