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I feel very lucky to have had the childhood I did. I come from a very loving extended family and my brother and I... Memories, old and new

I feel very lucky to have had the childhood I did. I come from a very loving extended family and my brother and I were always very close with each other and with my parents.  We have so many happy memories of school, weekends at home and away, long summer days and lots of play time.

Some of my most cherished memories of childhood were spent with my grandma and grandpa (Oma and Opa).  They lived a few blocks away from our elementary school and my Oma would often pick my brother and I up at the end of the day for a visit at their house.  We would watch Full House, play cards and eat homemade cookies.  My Oma was the best baker! She made traditional German cookies and we ate them alongside a tall glass of ice cold milk.

Milk and cookies.  There’s a reason that’s ‘a thing‘.  I can’t think of a better pairing of food and drink.  Nothing as nostalgic, that’s for sure.

I love reliving old memories and creating new ones with my own kids.  I love the milk & cookies memory, but I am not a baker (and neither is my mom!), so we need something new to start up.

I’ve partnered with Dairyland in celebration of their 100th anniversary to create some lasting memories with my girls. There may not be any baked treats around here, but there can be some other delicious goodies!

Dairyland’s delivery service has changed over the years (hint: no more horse and wagon). What hasn’t changed is our commitment to delivering products of the highest quality.

Enter the Milk ‘n’ Cookies Milkshake.  This super easy recipe combines Vanilla Ice Cream, Dairyland Milk, a splash of vanilla and Oreo cookies.  It is dangerously delicious and your kids will love everything from making these to drinking them.  Trust me!

Milk ‘n’ Cookies Milkshake


  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream
  • 1 cup Dairyland milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup crushed oreo cookies


Blend all ingredients in a blender.  Sip + enjoy!

Dairyland 100th anniversary north shore mama

Dairyland is bringing back classic vintage styles with our launch of a limited edition logo and design on our core milk cartons to celebrate our 100th anniversary. The update is a reminder to continue celebrating the simple things that have brought us closer over the last 100 years.

CELEBRATE + WIN with Dairyland!

In partnership with Dairyland, one lucky North Shore Mama reader will WIN a year supply of Dairyland milk! Entering the contest is super easy! In the comments below, share your favourite milk memory.  That’s it! I will choose one of the memories 1 week after the contest closes and the winner will be sent 52 vouchers for Dairyland milk!

*Please note: This contest will run for 2 weeks from today.  Once the winner has been selected and contacted, they will have 1 week to claim their prize, otherwise a new winner will be chosen!

Check out the Dairyland Facebook page to find out how you can get involved in the celebration, including fun contests and exciting news throughout the year!


Jessica Blumel

Nice to meet you! I'm Jessica a.k.a North Shore Mama. This site was born out of my love for my daughters and the desire to share my motherhood journey with fellow moms. I believe we're all in this craziness called 'parenthood' together and North Shore Mama is my way of reaching out to anyone who needs a laugh, a cry or dinner inspiration. Thank you so much for reading!

  • jan

    February 20, 2017 #1 Author

    I got to be one of the kids at our small elementary school that got to deliver the milk to each classroom just before lunch to those that had ordered it. Loved getting to leave the classroom for the 1/2 hours or so it took me to complete the task!


  • Amy

    February 21, 2017 #2 Author

    My best milk memory is when I was about 5 or so. I remember my mom giving my brother and I a glass of milk each while we were sat at the table. We would blow bubbles in the milk and it would make my mom SO mad. My brother and I use to laugh so much doing it. It is a great memory I have of my brother also. 😉


  • Kelly Krol

    February 21, 2017 #3 Author

    My favourite treat as a kid was pepperoni and chocolate milk! Sounds kinda gross now ????


  • ivy

    February 21, 2017 #4 Author

    One of my greatest milk memories is coming home from school with my younger sister and having our after school snack which was usually milk and cookies! I just loved dipping my chocolate chip cookies into the milk! I still do that to this day! I was so excited to get off that school bus at the end of the day!


  • Dean

    February 21, 2017 #5 Author

    My family drank milk by the gallons with every kid (5 of us) just loving the stuff. My mom could not keep up with having enough in the house. We finally ended up with a ‘milk fridge’ in the basement!


  • Sarah Brazeau

    February 21, 2017 #6 Author

    With 4 kids there are a lot of milk memories at my house (and a lot of milk drinking) From cookies and milk after school with my big kids, milk shakes in the summer, a big glass of milk with chocolate birthday cake or cuddling the littlest one in with a warm bottle of milk. Milk is something that is a part of our everyday lives and a part of so many special memories.


  • Jonnie

    February 21, 2017 #7 Author

    My favorite milk memory is having a milk break in school each day in elementary school. The little cartons of milk would be delivered to each classroom and the whole school would stop what they were doing and drink milk.


    • Natasha strafford

      March 1, 2017 #8 Author

      My favorite milk memory is when milk got delivered to your door in bags! We always waited so patiently for that weekly delivery. I fondly remember carrying these bags upstairs and at the time I remember thinking they were the heaviest things in the world but I couldn’t wait to have a glass so I carried each and everyone of those milk bags up the stairs and waited patiently for a fresh glass a that satisfying delicious family staple we all know as milk!



    February 21, 2017 #9 Author

    comming home from school to moms chocolate chip cookies and a big glass of milk


  • Sarah De Diego

    February 21, 2017 #10 Author

    I asked my kids and they said the time that we went to a friends farm and got to help milk their cow! They still want one of their own :p

    Thanks for giving.

    Besos Sarah
    Journeys of The Zoo


  • Maryanne

    February 21, 2017 #11 Author

    I remember getting to choose between regular or chocolate milk on hotdog days. Always picking chocolate of course!!!


  • Lisa

    February 21, 2017 #12 Author

    My favourite memory was being a lunch monitor and being rewarded an individual sized carton of chocolate milk. In the spring time, my friends and I would have our teacher put it in the staff room freezer so we could have a cool treat to enjoy after.


  • Lori L.

    February 21, 2017 #13 Author

    My favourite milk memory involved my Mom baking peanut butter cookies for my sister and me on the weekend and then we would dunk the still warm & crumbly cookie right into our cold glass of milk! It was delicious! Thanks for the chance to win, this would be great at the rate my 5 daughters go through milk!


  • Josh S

    February 21, 2017 #14 Author

    My favourite milk memory was trying chocolate milk for the very first time. It was and still is amazing! It was nice to be able to watch my children also create their own memories when they tried chocolate milk for the first time themselves.


  • Ali

    February 21, 2017 #15 Author

    I remember when the Dairyland home delivery truck would deliver milk to our house. I was so excited to see what my parents had ordered. I especially liked the small yogurts, with the green foil lids. Even now from time to time I see a Dairyland truck driving around our neighbourhood making deliveries.


  • Koryn

    February 21, 2017 #16 Author

    The moment I found out you could blow bubbles in milk! My daughter did this just the other day and it brought back fun memories!


  • Ashley

    February 21, 2017 #17 Author

    My favourite memory is changing the old school ordering form to add chocolate milk after my mom put it outside. I thought it was amazing that they would drop milk at your door and it was even more amazing when chocolate milk arrived at the door – it took my mom a few weeks to get why chocolate milk kept appearing!


  • Angie

    February 21, 2017 #18 Author

    My favourite memory was milk and hot dog lunches at school as a kid. I remember it being a highlight of the school year that I got to have a Vico at school!! Now that I have kids in school it is great to see they have milk programs at school to ensure kids are drinking it!


  • Sunshine H

    February 21, 2017 #19 Author

    My favourite milk memory was as a teenager, and learning you could spray aerosol whipped cream right into your mouth. I don’t know why, but I’m a lot older now, and it’s still fun.


  • Heather

    February 21, 2017 #20 Author

    My favourite memory was getting milk crates delivered every week to my door!


  • Barb W

    February 21, 2017 #21 Author

    I always remember begging for chocolate milk!


  • Kam

    February 21, 2017 #22 Author

    My favourite milk memory is coming home from school, getting some chocolate chip cookies, a tall glass of yummy milk, and watching Transformers (the original animated one)!


  • Juliee

    February 22, 2017 #23 Author

    My favourite milk memory is have milk and cookies after school for our snack.


  • kristen visser

    February 22, 2017 #24 Author

    My favorite milk memory is when I was a kid and would enjoy a glass of milk and Nesquik with my dad and those awesome Friday and Saturday nights spent with my family dunking oreos into our milk :) I miss those days


  • Joni W

    February 22, 2017 #25 Author

    I remember milk shakes. Oh what a treat that was. And chocolate milk. now mix milk shakes and chocolate milk, you’re week was made! oh the little joys.


  • Christina Black

    February 22, 2017 #26 Author

    I’m not a huge milk drinker. The only memory I have that contained milk is when I ate cereal at night with my dad when I was a kid. It’s a memory I will always remember down to the alphabits cereal. My son who is 3 now loves milk. We have to watch him as in the course of 2 days he drank 4L! I also thought it was super cute the other day he had a pig “drink” milk from the cow when playing.


  • Jenny Major

    February 22, 2017 #27 Author

    My favorite milk memory is dunking my oreo’s in milk!


  • travelbuds

    February 22, 2017 #28 Author

    My favourite memory is my mom making us kids milkshakes in the summer time. So good.


  • Mike Gismondi

    February 22, 2017 #29 Author

    My favourite milk memory is one time when my brother drinking his milk at lunchtime. I made him laugh and it came out his nose!


  • Christy E

    February 22, 2017 #30 Author

    My favorite milk memory is having milkshakes at my Gram’s. She has a long counter like an old fashioned icecream shop and she would even have little menus and milkshake glasses. We felt so special!


  • Alison G

    February 22, 2017 #31 Author

    One of my fond milk memories was getting the teeny tiny cartons of milk on hot dog day at school :)


  • Andrea Amy

    February 22, 2017 #32 Author

    I remember having the milk man deliver our milk each week and the 1 litre glass bottles that the milk came in with foil tops. The next week I would put the empty bottles in a milk crate and he would take them and leave me fresh ones. Believe it or not, this was as recently as 1995 when my oldest son was a baby and we were living in Victoria BC. I’m born/raised Calgarian, and currently we go through about 6 of the 4 litre Dairyland milk jugs each and every week. We love our milk! Thanks for the chance.


  • Mai

    February 22, 2017 #33 Author

    My best memory is getting those Pillsbury chocolate cookie dough mix since my mama didn’t know how to bake Canadian treats (we grew up very much in the vietnamese culture) but we’d all get into the kitchen with me, my younger brother and sister and my mama and bake the cookies. Once ready we couldn’t wait to dunk the cookies into the milk.bwcauae really there is no better way to eat chocolate chip cookies. What an amazing giveaway.


  • sarah alexis

    February 23, 2017 #34 Author

    One of my favourite memories is from when I was really young and visiting my Nana. It’s one of the only memories I have of her. She would let me have Honeycomb cereal with milk (my mom NEVER bought that kind for me so it was special) AND…. I also got to drink chocolate milk from a COW mug. How cool is that???? xoxo



    February 23, 2017 #35 Author

    When I was a child we made cream out of milk. We were studying pioneers and we made as if we were living in that time. It was really fun!!


  • tracy k

    February 23, 2017 #36 Author

    my mom used to bake us chocolate chip cookies for after school, and we’d always have it with milk!


  • charityk

    February 24, 2017 #37 Author

    making my kids home made smoothies for the first time. they loved them!!


  • Suzi

    February 24, 2017 #38 Author

    My favourite is having milk with my nana’s homemade date cookies (which we later learned weren’t quite so homemade as she used Dad’s Oatmeal cookies!*lol*). Just remembering being there with her and my papa still brings a smile to my face!


  • BobbiJo pentney

    February 24, 2017 #39 Author

    My mom made homemade chocolate cookies every winter Sunday. I loved dipping my cookie in an ice cold mug of milk. I want to do that with my children and keep her memory.


  • Jenn

    February 24, 2017 #40 Author

    I attended an elementary school that served a carton of Dairyland Milk with lunch almost everyday. I’m a picky eater so I didn’t even touch the lunch most of the time, but I became friends with one of the new kids in my class and we bonded over being picky eaters. We had mini competitions to see who can finish our lunch first – even if we didn’t like it. We soon learned to appreciate the goodness of milk and we looked forward to it at lunch.


  • Linda

    February 24, 2017 #41 Author

    My favourite milk memory is my little brother drinking milk then finding out that it was past the best before date and then thinking he was poisoned. It sounds bad, but it was actually pretty funny.


  • wendy hutton

    February 25, 2017 #42 Author

    my favorite milk memory is growing up mo used to milk cows every morning and we used to love when she brought it in as we all loved the fresh warm milk


  • Jeannie Lam

    February 25, 2017 #43 Author

    My favourite milk memory was watching my mom take a BAG of milk out of the milk bag and preparing to make her incredible ice cream cake for us. I miss having the bagged milk and how my mom would put a clip on the cut hole so the milk doesn’t absorb any other smell from the fridge.


  • Maritess Schrauwen

    February 25, 2017 #44 Author

    My favourite milk memory is when my mom would make treats out of milk because according to her it will make our bones stronger (I agree!) My favourite is when she freezes a package of milk then makes us Oreo shakes out of it.


  • Sunshine G

    February 25, 2017 #45 Author

    My favourite is when we used to make milkshakes every Friday night and watch a movie when I was little.


  • linda h

    February 25, 2017 #46 Author

    My favourite memory is going to my grandma’s house making ice cream float or milkshakes. My grandma had milkshake machine. It was so fun to make all different flavours with the thick straws.


  • Claire

    February 26, 2017 #47 Author

    My favourite milk memory is pouring a BAG of milk into my morning cereal and then putting it back in the fridge to stay cold. While I was doing this, my beloved cat would sneak up into my chair drink the milk out of my bowl EVERY.SINGLE.MORNING. This was our daily game .


  • Jenny

    February 26, 2017 #48 Author

    My favourite memory is making our first milkshake with Dairyland Milk. My then boyfriend (now husband) had never tried milkshakes before so making it for him and watching him drink it was quite memorable.


  • Sophia

    February 26, 2017 #49 Author

    Nothing better than fresh home made chocolate chip cookies ???? dunked in a fresh glass of cold milk. A tradition we continue at home.


  • Angie S.

    February 27, 2017 #50 Author

    Blowing bubbles in my milk with my brother, to see can get their bubbles to come out of the glass.


  • Jennifer

    February 27, 2017 #51 Author

    It was my birthday I think I was turning 6 or 7. We were all at the table and someone said something funny. My brother had just taken a big sip of milk (he was about 2/3 at the time) and as he went to laugh milk cane pouring out of his nose. Such a funny thing! Never forget that


  • dave

    February 28, 2017 #52 Author

    My snack was usually milk and cookies


  • Robyn Bellefleur

    February 28, 2017 #53 Author

    My favorite was when my mom finished baking cookies and we would all have a nice glass of milk and the homemade cookies for dunking just before bed time.


  • Dayle B.

    February 28, 2017 #54 Author

    My cherished memory is going to our local general store to purchase a quart of Dairyland milk.
    I thought I was such a BIG girl because my mom trusted me with a whole two dollars (this is dating me).
    Also, I returned in a timely manner. My mom was so pleased with the speed with which I returned and
    the change from the milk purchase. Also, we made oatmeal raisin cookies together. She used the stove and I made my little cookies on my shiny and new amazing miniature COOKING STOVE. After they where baked with shared our cookies with my big brother (who is passed away now) with a tall cold glass of Dairyland milk. Thanks, for letting me remember this memory the I cherished to this day.


  • nicky

    February 28, 2017 #55 Author

    I loved making milkshakes with my granny when I went to visit her in the summertime! They were special as we didn’t get them often.


  • Jacqueline

    February 28, 2017 #56 Author

    My favourite memory is being pregnant with my daughter craving chocolate milk and pineapple. I was certain she was going to come out and only want chocolate milk haha it sure is our favourite treat!


  • Saranna G

    February 28, 2017 #57 Author

    My favourite milk memory is actually milking our goats myself as a kid. It is very satisfying to hear the stinging plop of the milk hitting the pail.

    My favourite drinking milk memory would probably be having Dairyland cow’s milk on commercial cereal (at a friends house since we didn’t get that at home).


  • Laura

    February 28, 2017 #58 Author

    I craved milk when I was pregnant with my son so when I think of milk I think of him!


  • Hanneke

    February 28, 2017 #59 Author

    One of my favorite memories are when I was in elementary school, I would order milk everyday. When the milk was delivered to our class the small cartons were lined up on the chalkboard ledge. It was always a sign that luch time was near :)


  • Sandra

    February 28, 2017 #60 Author

    My favourite memory is from the mid-70’s. We would have the Dairyland milk bags delivered every week (yes, milk used to come in plastic bags!) and choosing which plastic jug to put it in…the canary yellow holder or the avocado green one.


  • Karyn

    February 28, 2017 #61 Author

    My favourite memory is watching my toddler’s face light up the first time he had milk. It was like the angels sang. Now, five years later, we go through a jug a milk a day because they all love their milk.


  • Vivian T

    February 28, 2017 #62 Author

    My favourite memory is when I experimented with mixing different fruits with my milk as a kid….now it’s called a fruit smoothie!!!


  • Leana

    February 28, 2017 #63 Author

    My favorite milk memories are of my siblings and I having milk mustache competitions. So much laughter, it was amazing!


  • Anne L

    February 28, 2017 #64 Author

    My childhood memory of milk is buying it in bags. I wonder why they stopped selling those.


  • Tracy

    March 1, 2017 #65 Author

    My childhood milk memory is of my sister and I playing “school” one of us was the student and one was the teacher. Of course the teacher always had a big cup of “coffee” which was actually milk and Coca Cola.????


  • Michelle B

    March 1, 2017 #66 Author

    My favorite milk memory is from when I was a young child and my uncle was our milk delivery man. I would sit in the livingroom window and wait for him to make his weekly drop off.


  • Erin W

    March 1, 2017 #67 Author

    My best milk memory is my grandma making my brother and I milkshakes every year on the first day of summer vacation, they were such a treat and so delicious!


  • Lorena Grande

    March 1, 2017 #68 Author

    My best milk memory, is when my parents finally did the permanent switch from powdered milk to “real milk!” What a delight! :)


  • Maria

    March 1, 2017 #69 Author

    When I was child we didn’t have much to eat, but each morning before school my mom served me cup of milk before she sent me off to school. I looked forward to it each morning! Cup was sitting on table and my mom on a chair sitting with me watching me drink until I was done. She served it in my favourite cup that had small teddy bear on it .


  • Janette shearer

    March 1, 2017 #70 Author

    my favourite memories was sitting around the table with my brothers in the morning eating bowls of cereal with two much milk and telling jokes. We’d end the meal having a contest to see who could finish the left over milk first!!


  • Cassandra

    March 1, 2017 #71 Author

    It has to be dunking my cookies in my milk just before bedtime.


  • Michelle L

    March 1, 2017 #72 Author

    My mom heating warm milk for me on the stove on a cold winter day so I’d be warm.


  • Kim

    March 1, 2017 #73 Author

    My favourite childhood memory of milk is bagged milk. We would go to the store and I would get to pick the bag and when we got home put it in the milk jug and I always got to cut off the corner to open the bag. I used to love poking the air bubble inside the bag to play around with it before it was opened. I miss bagged milk and it was such a novelty to see it on the shelves when I went to Ontario a few years ago.


  • Louise Weiss

    March 1, 2017 #74 Author

    My favourite milk memory is throughout my childhood as we used to get dairyland delivery. I remember the milk came in a plastic bag and we had a blue jug to hold the bag in. You then cut the corner for pouring it out.


  • Marisa. P

    March 2, 2017 #75 Author

    I grew up in Burnaby just 2 blocks from the Dairyland on Sperling and Lougheed Hwy., so a lot of our neighbours worked there. My favourite memory is always of Halloween night when we would get chocolate milks and those little apple juice cartons from Dairyland! That was a loooong time ago but I still remember being tired and thirsty from walking all those blocks and getting chocolate milk to drink at every 2nd or 3rd house. Super fun!


  • Christine C

    March 2, 2017 #76 Author

    So many memories… most importantly my Dad the milkman! Or so I was told by my much older siblings :-)
    We had decades of home delivery both at my parents house then my own house. Delivery of much more than just milk! Even big buckets of laundry detergent too. Dairyland was so convenient and way before the times with their delivery service. As a kid I looked forward to the milkman… and Jimmy the Ice Cream man in his blue VW Beetle! The good old days…


  • Val Bond

    March 2, 2017 #77 Author

    We are big milk drinkers in my family, we always have been since growing up! But, Since becoming an aunt for the first time, my favorite Christmas memory is of my of my niece on Christmas Eve and explaining to her the tradition passed down through generations of leaving a BIG glass of milk out for Santa Claus – no other drink will do!


  • Deya

    March 2, 2017 #78 Author

    My favourite memory of using Dairyland milk is when my mother would break down and buy me Chocolate Count Choc-ula Cereal, and I would pour the milk to the top edge of the bowl to make it super chocolately. I’d be bouncing all the way to school, good times!!!!


  • Tara Jensen

    March 3, 2017 #79 Author

    My favourite milk memory was when I went back to Ontario when I was about 11 to discover milk in BAGS! It literally blew my mind, now as a mom, my favourite memory is my little one discovering that you can blow bubbles in milk and the laughs that ensued! :)


  • Tava

    March 3, 2017 #80 Author

    I live near an elementary school and see the Dairyland delivery truck every week – although I have no memory of milk delivery (before my time) it makes me think of my grandma and how she would tell the story of moving from a farm to the big city (a small city compared to Vancouver) and getting milk and cereal cream delivered – her brothers and sisters would race home to get to it first!


  • Carol M

    March 3, 2017 #81 Author

    My favourite milk memory was when my Mom deemed me responsible enough to go to the store to get a 4 quart glass jug of milk. It was the one with the red plastic handle. I always enjoyed taking off the tin foil and the cardboard thing a ma jig and having a glass of refreshing milk.

    Also buttermilk was just the best in the summer!


  • Christine N

    March 5, 2017 #82 Author

    Going to my cousins house when I was like 5-6 and for a snack we had Oreos and milk. I never had Oreos before and saw my cousin dunking the Oreos in milk which I thought was strange but I tried it… AMAZING! Now milk and cookies are one of my go to midnight snacks when I have a craving


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