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Shop the Sale: Back to School specials


Summer seems to slip by faster every year. I don’t know about you, but it feels like we were just attending graduation and field day, and now the calendar says it’s almost time for school to start again.

If you’re like me, and you’re shocked to see the start of a new school year staring you in the face,  I have good news: We’ve got your back, with all kinds of Back to School items on sale starting today at your neighborhood Brookshire’s.

Stock up for lunches: Scrambling to put together lunches every morning? Not if you plan ahead and stock up on grab-and-go items that kids love. On sale this week are lots of lunchbox staples, including Food Club individual-size applesauce, Oscar Mayer Lunchables, Bumblebee tuna, KoolAid Bursts, Jell-o pudding snacks, Nabisco snack packs, and Kraft string cheese.

School supplies:  You can never have too many spiral notebooks, so we’ve got them for a real steal. While you’re in the school aisle, check out our great prices on other classroom essentials like pens, pencils, crayons, and glue.

One-stop shop:  To make it easier on you, many of our stores have brought in lots of other school must-haves at special prices, including lunchboxes and backpacks. That way, you can get your back-to-school shopping done in one fell swoop _ and get back to enjoying what’s left of your summer.

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Product Talk: New, improved, Food Club Sodas!


On a hot day like today, a cool, refreshing soft drink sounds like just the ticket. Especially one of our new, improved Food Club sodas, with better taste, new packaging and some exciting new flavors, all at the great prices you’ve come to expect from Food Club.

Have you tried one yet? Our Food Club soda lineup now includes 17 flavors, including five diet varieties. 

We’re especially proud to introduce three new flavors:

  •   Vanilla Cream: The old-fashioned, American favorite.
  •   Cherry Cola: Our great cola taste, perked up with sweet cherry flavor.
  •   Cola Zero: All the taste, zero calories!

We’ve updated and improved all our flavors, creating brighter, fresher tastes. But all your old favorites are still in the soda lineup, including grape, lemon-lime, root beer, strawberry, orange, diet lemon-lime, diet root beer and regular diet cola.

By the way, we’ve updated the packaging too. Food Club sodas are still available in  two-liter bottles, great for a crowd, and 12-ounce cans. But now, if you prefer the convenience of a reclosable bottle, try our new 6-packs of 16.9 ounce plastic bottles – great when you’re on the go!

Each week during August, we are randomly giving away $50 to be loaded to your Brookshire’s Thank You Card.  Just send your Thank You Card number to facebook@brookshires.com for a chance to win.  View the Food Club Soda bracket!  Contest starts on Wednesday, August 3, 2011.

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Shop the Sale: Off to College Shopping Spree!


It still feels like summer just got started, but I got a wakeup call the other day while walking through the seasonal aisles at my local Brookshire’s store. The back-to-college goodies are already in stock! 

Having already gone through the process of sending my own daughters off to school, I know what an overwhelming time this is for parents and college students, especially new freshmen or those leaving home for the very first time. 

Aside from the emotion of starting a brand new life, and taking a very big step toward adulthood, there are the actual logistics involved in setting up a new home. Some things – computer, new bedding, photos of family and friends – are a given.  But the rest is a big tossup. What’s going to fit in that little dorm room or new campus apartment? What can I scavenge from the parents or grandparents, and what will I need to buy new? What can I absolutely not live without? 

Again, as a mom who’s been through this, I can tell you it’s important to make sure your child takes a few things that both make them feel at home and make their lives easier. (They’re going to be stressed enough already!) We selected some special items for our seasonal aisles with the comfort and happiness of new students in mind: 

Big Boss Grills: Even if your student never mastered much beyond pushing the buttons on the microwave, you can be assured they can feed themselves if they have one of these counter cookers. It’s a grill, a griddle, a waffle iron and a sandwich maker, all in one. 

Big Boss Blenders: Just right for a student, this powerful blender makes single-serving smoothies, shakes or salsas. It even chops ingredients for salsas or grinds coffee beans. 

Big Boss Rapid Wave ovens: A microwave alternative, this is a tabletop cooker that uses three kinds of power (halogen, convection and infrared technology) to cook foods without added oil. Again, this As Seen on TV item is a good solution for young adults who may not know much about cooking, but who don’t want to end up subsisting on fast food or cafeteria fare. 

While you’re shopping, check out the seasonal aisles for things like Rubbermaid totes (great for packing up for the big move) and a couple of throw rugs from Garland Rugs, to add some homey warmth to that cold dorm room floor. And one more thing: I’d suggest laying in a supply of your student’s favorite study-time snacks, especially healthier, storable items like granola bars or roasted almonds. If you can’t be there when your student is stressing out during a 2 am study session, at least you know they’ll be well-nourished.

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Dine In: Great food and fun!


Dining at home on Friday nights is such an excellent opportunity to create family memories that will last a lifetime. Why not have two standing orders this Friday, one to gather around the T.V. with your family and friends for a great night of fun and pair it with some great food from Brookshire’s? When you combine food with fun the possibilities are endless. Conveniently located right inside our stores we have a Blockbuster DVD rental kiosk machine with all the new releases or some old time favorites and classic hits for just a $1.00 a day.

While picking up your movie do not forget to pick up dinner. We have a multitude of dinner options to choose from such as rotisserie or fried chicken in the deli, ready to heat frozen entrees in our frozen food department or some delicious ready to cook steaks cut fresh every day right in our market. Sit back, relax and enjoy and of course, don’t forget the popcorn.



Dine In: Dinner at home


Eating dinner together at home on Friday evenings is such a great way to reconnect with your family after a hectic week. With some planning and input from your family you can get everyone involved and prepare a nutritious homemade dinner together at home. When you regularly sit down for a meal with your children you can learn so much about what is happening in their lives and discuss other things that are going on in the world around us. I was lucky enough to grow up in a family that had dinner together almost every night.

We talked about our day, made lots of jokes, picked on each other and sometimes laughed so hard that one or more of us almost got choked. Oh, the memories! These and other memories like this from my childhood and the times we spent around the dinner table made a lasting impression on me as I am sure they will in your family as well as you share meals and share life together.

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Dine In: Time With Our Family


Dining in on Fridays does not necessarily require a tremendous amount of time in the kitchen or time away from your family. What most of us want these days is some help in pulling together meals.

We all value our time with our family and especially at mealtime. Most of us will agree that dining-in is healthier than eating out and the best way to connect with family on a regular basis.

We have many meal solutions throughout our stores with ready-to-eat, ready-to-heat and ready-to-cook options. These items are not only easy but affordable so stop by your local Brookshire’s store, grab some dinner and enjoy a Friday night at home with the most important people in the world…your family.

 



Dine In: Creating Memorable Moments


One of my favorite memories from childhood is remembering my Mother’s weekly shopping trip to our Brookshire’s store in Greenville.  As part of our weekly ritual my three brothers along with my sister and I would all help in putting away the items that she purchased.  After we put away the weeks supply then we would all start to prepare the evening meal together as a family. Mother would make the patties and fry them in a cast iron skillet while my sister and I would cut up the lettuce and tomatoes and put out all the other fixings for our old fashioned burgers. She would always brown the buns in the skillet after all the burgers were cooked. I am not quite sure what my three brothers were doing but I am certain that they were helping somehow.

In today’s world we are all trying to live more healthy lifestyles, so a new twist on this same type of family dining tradition would be to gather your family around the kitchen on a Friday evening to assemble homemade shish k-bobs and grill them as a family.  We are all looking for ways to eat healthier, have more family time, cook together more and eat out less.  So whether you are pressed for time or just looking for a fun way to kick off a memorable weekend, preparing and assembling meals together is a great activity.  While school is out for the summer it may be more important than ever for kids to learn to eat a nutritious diet while having fun. It is also a perfect time of year to visit the produce department where all sorts of bountiful fruits and vegetables are at their freshest right now.  Assemble K-bobs with a variety of fruits, veggies and proteins allowing each child t o create their own individual skewer. They will be more eager to taste the foods they helped make. Family meals are the perfect opportunity for parents to expose children to different foods and expand their tastes. A red pepper cut in small portions and pushed onto a stick may not as intimating as it would be served in larger portions.

I sincerely hope that you and your family can create some treasured memories that mean as much to them as mine do to me. Have a great summer.

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