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Family Matters: New Year…New You


As we celebrate the New Year, let us all take a few minutes to reflect on the past year and look ahead at what we want to accomplish this year. 

Whether you focus on marriage, family, friends, work, or life in general, there are things we can do (without much effort) that would make a difference in all of areas of our lives. 

Think about compassion, patience, generosity, respect, kindness, self-control, integrity, gratitude, faithfulness and, most importantly, love. 

When is the last time you showed compassion, had patience, expressed generosity, practiced respect, acted out of kindness, used self-control and upheld integrity?  What about showing gratitude, faithfulness and expressing love to others? 

Everyone likes to receive these types of things, but we ourselves often fall short of extending them to others on a daily basis.  There are no greater attributes we can teach our children or accomplish as a family than having a passion to make the world around us a better place to live.  We are all extended mercy and grace daily, and we receive blessings we never acknowledge.  

My prayer, for you and your family, is that you to find joy, hope and the courage to be different and to make a difference, in the lives of others this year. Count your blessings daily and give thanks for the time you have to share with your family. 



Family Matters: Fireplace Memories and Cookout


Did you ever sit around the family fireplace talking and visiting during the cold winter months?  No television noise, maybe just some soft holiday music in the background. Quality time laughing with family and friends.  A time to share funny stories of things from the past or catch up on new exciting things just now happening.  You can turn off the lights and just sit around in the glimmering light and reflection of the open fire. 

You can drink hot chocolate or apple cider, snack on popcorn, peanuts and finger foods.  Some other fun things to do are roasting hot dogs in the fire place and making fresh s’mores over an open flame!  Memories in the making… 

Take a wire clothes hanger, untie the top and unfold it to a straight wire.  Then hold one end over the open fire for a few minutes to heat up the wire and get ready for cooking.  Take a hot dog and push the wire through the end a few inches and then hold over the open flame until it is cooked the way you like it.  You can go for slightly browned or almost black and crunchy…your preference – you are the cook! 

You can then use the clothes hanger to make delicious s’mores for dessert.  Take a large marshmallow and put on the end of the clothes hanger, hold it over the open flame and cook to perfection. Again, you can go for slightly roasted or black and crunchy…your preference.  Put the marshmallow between two graham crackers with a piece of chocolate bar (like a sandwich) and you have s’mores, warm and ready to enjoy. 

If you have a fireplace this is a wonderful way to spend cold days or evenings and what better way to spend quality time with friends and family. Count your blessings daily and give thanks for the time you share with them. 



Family Matters: Refocus on the Holidays


The holidays are fast approaching and with the weight of the economy, many people are struggling with family, finances and job situations.  Sometimes we get overwhelmed with things that matter only to the outside world and lose focus of what is really important for our family. 

Make this holiday season a time to refocus on your kids and family: 

1. Plan holiday meals and let your children help prepare the food.  Kids love to cook but a lot of times not given the opportunity to learn especially during the holidays when “everything has to be perfect”.  The perfect meal is one prepared by the entire family…when everyone is involved there is love, laughter and memories being made.  Yes, the kitchen will probably be a mess after you all get through, but is that what really matters?  Don’t let these times pass without enjoying your family to the fullest and teaching your kids the importance of working together to make something special.  Teaching your child to cook is a life lesson in more ways than one.

2. Sit and talk to your children about making gifts this holiday season for family and friends instead of purchasing them. Something made, you will find is priceless to the ones receiving it…the thought counts for so much more than the amount of money spent.  There are so many great things you can work together as a family to make that will be treasured for years to come by those receiving them (or enjoyed immediately if eaten).  Part of the fun of working together, as a family, is figuring out just the right item(s) you can make. You will find that making special gifts will require lots of “together time” as a family…a wonderful added benefit! 

3. Find a family who might be struggling this holiday season, purchase food items from Brookshire’s and prepare a meal and deliver to them. One warm meal can make a difference; just ask someone who has had to do without one.  The cost is not much…the return is invaluable.  Teach your children the true joy of giving…it is the small things that make the largest impact in someone life.  Let your family be a blessing to someone else this holiday season.

Count your blessings daily and give thanks for the time you share with your family!  



Family Matters: Hammock Days


Do you remember going out in the backyard and lying in the hammock for hours back in the “good old days?”  Well, with all the hot temperatures this summer, even late at night, lying in the hammock is not the place you want to be.  

I took a week of vacation to spend time with my family prior to school starting back. We had been wanting a hammock, so we decided to just splurge and get one during this time. We put the hammock together in the middle of the living room (it was just too hot outside) and funny thing, once we got it put together we decided to just leave it, since it was cool inside. Who wants to be outside in the heat?  

My week of vacation was spent lying in the hammock in the middle of my living room with my children – watching television and movies, playing Nintendo and computer games, taking naps and most of all, talking about things happening in their lives. I can honestly say it was one of the most relaxing and rewarding weeks I have spent with my children. We laughed and played and everyone fussed over whose turn it was to lie in that hammock.  

It has been weeks now and the hammock still remains in the living room. It is occupied daily after school with the kids reading their books, taking catnaps or talking to each other about how their day went. I am not sure when we will remove the hammock from the inside of the house. Our living room is not large – you have to push the hammock to the side to get to the couch-  but it doesn’t seem to matter. This is a time I know they will never forget. (And neither will their friends who have been over and laughed in disbelief at the sight of it.) It is the small things that can make the largest impact in the life of your family.

Set aside some quality time this week for your own family.  Count your blessings daily and give thanks for the time you share with them. 

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Family Matters: Family Reunion


Summer is a great time to plan a family reunion with grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins, so everyone can share fun, food and fellowship.

Pick a home or place that has enough room for everyone to be comfortable, and plenty of space to enjoy outside activities. If your family has become far-flung, choose a location that’s centrally located, so as many family members as possible can join the fun.

Make your family reunion a “pot luck” meal where everyone brings their favorite foods, desserts or snacks to share.  This lets everyone share the work and the expense, and  takes a lot of the much-dreaded planning out of the process.  Make it even easier on yourself: Stop by your neighborhood Brookshire’s and pick up some prepared foods, such as fried chicken and potato salad from the deli. You are sure to be a hit at the reunion.

Bring dominos, playing cards and inside games, as well as outside games like volleyball, horse shoes and a slip n’ slide. Choose games for all ages, from young to, well, not so young. If yours is a competitive crew, consider adding a challenge, like a horseshoe tournament, a BBQ cookoff or a pie-competition, for fun and bragging rights.

Don’t forget the lawn chairs so you can sit around on the porch or in the yard and visit and catch up on what has been happening in the lives of the ones you love. And, of course, don’t forget the camera!

Family reunions don’t cost much money…just some of your time. Consider it time well-spent and rewarding as to what you and your family will gain from it.   Family is important and taking time to have a reunion will be something your kids will always treasure.  The laughter, tears and photos you share during this special time will be memories never forgotten.

Set aside some quality time this week for your own family.  Count your blessings daily and give thanks for the time you share with them.  

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Family Matters: Cookie Monster Time…


What better way to enjoy the warm weather than with two favorites – cookies and ice cream! 

 If you ever try this at home it will be something that you do from now on with your family.  

 

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 – pkg of Food Club Bake n’ Break Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • 1 – Half Gallon of Goldenbrook Farms Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
  • 1 – Bottle of Food Club Chocolate Syrup
  • Cool Whip (optional)
  • Chopped Nuts (optional) 

Directions:

Bake cookies as directed.  As soon as the cookies come out of the oven place one or two on a plate and add a scoop(s) of ice cream on top.  Once you add the ice cream, drizzle the chocolate syrup on top.  If you like you can also add cool whip and nuts for a little extra fun. 

This is a fun and delicious treat to make and enjoy with your family any time!  Stop by Brookshire’s and pick up the items you need and have a “cookie monster” time.  

Don’t forget to set aside some quality time this week for your family.  Count your blessings daily and give thanks for the time you share with them.  



Family Matters: Plant the Seed


Springtime is here!  I am sure you have heard the saying “plant the seed and watch it grow”.  I believe this pertains to two things – first, the examples we set for our children daily in the way we live our lives in speech and actions and secondly, taking a small seed, planting it in dirt and watching it grow into something that nourishes others.  These two basically work together and both benefit our children (and family) in a positive manner. 

Have your kids save seeds out of items you purchase in the produce department like squash, bell pepper, watermelon, cantaloupe, etc., lay them out to dry on a paper towel and then find some time to work together to plant the seeds.  If you don’t have a little extra room in the yard or flower bed, just take a Food Club Gallon Milk jug, cut the top ¼ part off, poke a few small holes in the bottom (for water to drain), fill with potting soil and you have a homemade planter.  

By taking time to plant a few “seeds” for food you are also planting “seeds” in your child by showing them the importance of family togetherness.  When the seeds break ground and start to grow your child will see the miraculous results…what a life changing experience that they are sure to share with others.  How excited they will be when they pick their first squash from the stem and sit down at a meal to enjoy as a family.  

A little dirt and a few minutes of your time…“plant the seed” and watch your child grow and flourish as an individual and your family as a whole.  Make time to “plant the seeds”, then sit back and be amazed as the blessings grow in more ways than one.  Give thanks daily for the time you share with your family!

 



Family Matters: Busy Times…Easy Meals!


Are things around your house finally settling down from all the hustle and bustle of the holidays?  Well, it might slow down some but in general, lifestyles today keep families constantly on the go. 

When we are so busy it’s nice to find recipes that give us a little extra time with our kids and less time in the kitchen.  Below is a recipe for a quick dinner idea that our family enjoys any time of the year.  

Cornbread Casserole 

Ingredients:

1 lb Ground Beef

1 can Food Club Sweet Corn

1 can Ranch Style Beans

1 can Rotel Diced Tomatoes

1 can Food Club Cream of Chicken Soup

2 pkgs Gladiola Cornbread Mix

Grated Food Club Cheese (if desired) 

Directions:

Brown the ground meat, then drain and add corn (drained), beans, rotel and cream of chicken soup.  Mix all these ingredients together in a bowl and pour in a 9” X 13” glass pan.  Prepare cornbread as instructed on package and then pour it over the top of the mixture in the pan.  Spread the cornbread evenly on top and then bake in oven per directions on the cornbread package.  Casserole is done when cornbread is brown.  Spoon casserole in to bowls and serve with grated cheese on top (if desired).  

Take the extra time you gained this week by using this recipe and sit together at the table as a family and delight in the precious moments you have together.  Count your blessings daily and give thanks for the time you share with your family. 



Family Matters: Reaching Out


Cold weather is here with wind, rain, sleet and snow – how it chills us to the bone some days. We often forgot how blessed we are to have a warm place to call home, three meals a day, and warm clothes to wear.  We get comfortable and busy in our every day life and often overlook things that we should be thankful for daily.   

As the New Year begins, take a moment to sit and talk with your family and decide how you can “raise someone else up” by reaching out to them. It is as simple as preparing a meal for someone sick, giving goods to a food pantry, donating clothes to a clothes closet, visiting a nursing home, making blankets for a shelter or volunteering your families time at church or for a non-profit organization.  

A can of soup, a set of clothes, a simple hug or a few hours of your time will change someone’s life…and yours.  Take a moment to give of yourself (and as a family) and see what a reward you will gain in doing so.  If you don’t think you can make a difference, just “reach out” once and the feeling you receive from helping others will change your life…and theirs. 

What a great lesson to teach our children, a reminder to us individually and a family tradition that will touch and change the lives of so many for years to come.  Count your blessings daily and give thanks for the time you share with your family.  



Family Matters: Puzzle Past Time


Every since I was a child I have received a puzzle for Christmas.  We would sit up a card table in the house, pour out the puzzle and each day you would see someone from the family sit for a few minutes to find a few pieces and then someone else would pass by and sit and before you knew it several of us were sitting, visiting and laughing as we were trying to find just the right piece.  Depending on the size of the puzzle it might take us a week or maybe even a month to finish but it never seemed to matter and no one got in a rush, I think because we all enjoyed the time together.  What an accomplishment we felt when it was finally done and we knew we had worked together as a family.  

Now with children of my own it is a nice tradition to keep going with my family.  There are a lot of unique and fun puzzles today and as simple as it sounds, just the extra few minutes with your kids makes a difference.  It is also a time for your kids to bond and share with each other without parents. Puzzles are inexpensive, mind challenging and are great family entertainment.  Remember as you search for just the right piece…you are making the right choice in spending quality time with your family.  Throw in some snacks from Brookshire’s and make it a fun past time for everyone! 

Don’t forget to set aside time this week for your family.  Count your blessings daily and give thanks for the time you share with them.  



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