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Family Matters: Food, Family and Fun!


It is almost time to celebrate the Fourth of July!  With the holiday falling on Sunday this year, most Americans will enjoy a relaxing 3-day weekend away from work.  And that’s only more time to bring family and friends together for food and fun.

My wife, Karen, takes the responsibility of making our Fourth of July meal extra special.  I like her idea:  She always checks with each family member before she goes shopping to make sure we serve up their favorite summertime food on the Fourth.  No matter how unusual, she will serve it, which is exciting for our grandkids. 

But so far, we haven’t been too surprised by the menu.  The grandkids expect hot dogs.  For Karen, it is a thick juicy hamburger hot off the grill.  My daughter insists on potato salad – the kind that comes from Brookshire’s deli in the plastic tub.  (We’ve long since given up on making potato salad from scratch because the product from the deli is so delicious.)   My son wants grilled onions for his hamburger.  And my favorite taste is the blending of baked beans and Lay’s potato chips – the combination is heavenly. 

Holidays are so much fun for the family.  Make your family’s Fourth of July special this year by serving everyone’s favorite foods.



Patriotic Ice


 

You will need 2 pitchers for this drink. In the first pitcher, combine 1 envelope of red powdered drink mix, 3 cups of water, and 6 Tbs sugar. 

In the other pitcher, combine 1 envelope of blue powdered drink mix, 3 cups of water, and 2 Tbs sugar. 

The results of the drink depend on the amount of sugar in each color layer; therefore it is very important that you use the correct amount of sugar. 

Fill a clear glass with ice. Slowly pour in the red drink mix, then the blue drink mix, and then top with club soda. 

Patriotic Ice 

 

Ingredients:
Envelope of blue powdered drink mix
Envelope of red powdered drink mix
Ice cube tray
Club soda 

Directions:
Mix each envelope of powdered drink mix with water. Pour drink mix into ice cube trays. Freeze trays. When ice cubes are frozen, add them to a glass of club soda.



I Scream, You Scream


 

We All Scream for Cupcakes!

 

Serves 24

 

Preheat oven to 350° F. In a medium bowl, combine 1 box of chocolate, strawberry or white cake mix, 1 1/3 cup water, 1/2 cup canola oil and 3 eggs. Mix well. Place 24 ice cream cones into a muffin pan. Fill ice cream cones 2/3 full with batter.

 

Bake for 20 minutes. Once cupcakes are cooled top each with strawberry, chocolate or vanilla frosting.

 

Decorate or sprinkle with your favorite candy or toppings.

 



Juneteenth


From its Galveston, Texas, origin in 1865, the observance of June 19 as the African American Emancipation Day has spread throughout the U.S. and beyond.

It commemorates freedom, education and achievement and is a time marked with picnics, speakers, music, stories, and family gatherings.

BGC employees have been involved in Juneteenth for years and recently a group dished out hot dogs, hot links, water, watermelon and other snacks to 3,000-plus celebrants in East Texas.

 As one volunteer put it, “It’s ‘our day’ to reflect on our heritage and teach kids about all we’ve accomplished. I get very emotional participating in the parade and seeing everyone come together with smiles and excitement all around.”



Every kid loves a big bowl of cereal, right?


Thanks to Brookshire’s stores in Pine Bluff, Ark., more less-fortunate kids and their families won’t have to skip breakfast this summer. 

In the 10th annual Summer Cereal Drive our stores and employees collected and donated 7,400 boxes of cereal and $650 to benefit the Arkansas Foodbank Network. Way to go, gang! 

Just one more thing…pass the milk, please!



Shop the Sale: Sunnybrook Farms Fresh Cut Fruit


Sometimes you have very good intentions on eating healthy, you buy a bunch of different fruits and you are so excited to eat it.  You take the fruit home and then what happens to it? The fruit ends up just sitting there and you never eat it.  A solution to this is to buy fresh cut fruit. At Brookshire’s, Sunnybrook Farms’ fresh cut fruit is on sale.

When fruit is already cut and placed in a container for you, it is so much easier to just grab the container and eat the fruit. Fresh cut fruit is perfect to take to work with you for a healthy lunch or snack. With fresh cut fruit there is no messy cutting or peeling involved; just grab and eat. Another neat thing about Sunnybrook Farms’ fresh cut fruit is that you can get a variety of fruit; you can get grapes, honeydew melon and cantaloupe all in one bowl!



Healthy Living: Being Gluten-free Away From Home


In the summer your kids are going over to friends’ houses and going to sleepovers.  To insure that your child is not being exposed to gluten, review your child on what they can and cannot eat. Tell the parents that your child is staying with, what your child should avoid and what is generally ok for them to eat. You may want to pack gluten-free snack for your kid while they are away from home.



Healthy Living: A New Way to Use Applesauce


Applesauce is such a delicious snack to have, especially when the applesauce is cold. Did you know that you can substitute applesauce for oil in a recipe?  It is ideal to use unsweetened applesauce but if that is not what you have then sweetened is just fine. If you are using sweetened applesauce, just make sure that you reduce the sugar so you do not get a super sweet surprise. You can start by using a little applesauce and the remainder oil, doing half applesauce and half oil, or you can go all the way and use all applesauce. All you have to do is match the applesauce to oil, so if a recipe calls for 1 cup of oil just add 1 cup of applesauce. This substitute is not great for everything but it works for cake, muffin, and bread recipes.  Why would you do this?  Well when you substitute the applesauce for oil you are reducing the amount of fat which results in lower calories.



Product Talk: Scratch-Made Cake


A catch phrase that is often floated when we talk about great tasting foods is ‘scratch made.’  This phrase is believed to have originated from the British, so say the folks at phrases.org.  They go on to note that when ‘scratch’ is used in say, cooking – it means using ordinary ingredients that have not been pre-mixed or specially processed.  Probably everyone loves talking about that special cake recipe that someone in their family made on special occasions that was, yes, made from scratch.  The taste, texture and most importantly – the flavor, was something that didn’t taste – ‘store bought,’ (another widely used phrase). 

Since we operate almost 150 bakeries – in grocery stores, we sell lots of ‘store bought’ cakes (and they’re really good!)  However, we set about the task of offering a ‘scratch’ made cake that was also ‘all natural.’  (I talked about all-natural in my blog posting in May)  We were fortunate enough to partner with a bakery in Oakland, California that makes their cakes will all-natural ingredients that are baked from ‘scratch’ – no mixes or bases, just ingredients!

The end result of our journey to offer some scratch-made cakes was four very flavorful varieties!  We now have Chocolate, Lemon, Mocha, and my all-time absolute favorite – Carrot!  As an aside, the Carrot Cake has an awesome cheese cream icing, tons of carrots, butter, walnuts and vanilla extract – making what is one – oh so good cake!   The other flavors are off the charts as well, but in case I didn’t mention it – the carrot is incredible!  I invite you to stop by one of our bakeries and try a scratch cake – from one of our stores, which by the way, are a fun place to shop.



Inside the Store: Beat the heat and have fun in the sun!


We are now officially a week into the summer time. Hope everyone is enjoying their summer and vacation time with family and friends. We have great ways to beat the summer heat and enjoy your time with family and friends.

Watermelons are everyone’s favorite summer treat.  We carry different varieties of watermelons. We have watermelons that are locally home grown. We also have them by the slice, quartered and made into watermelon bowls. Watermelons are a good source of vitamin C. 

We have one of our favorite watermelon treats to share with you:

Watermelon salad

Ingredients:
1/2 cup chopped red onion
3 Tbs fresh lime juice (2 limes)
4 cups cubed seeded watermelon
1/4 cup pitted kalamata olives
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh mint
1/2 cup (2 ozs) Feta cheese (crumbled)

Directions:
Mix and serve chilled to make a cool relaxing treat.

Great ways to have fun in the sun:

We have summer pool toys, beach towels, sunscreen lotions. We have ice chest to keep your favorite drinks cold. Don’t forget the ice.

We encourage all customers to stop by the office in the stores to get great deals and season passes to local amusement parks. Season passes or one day passes are available. These also make great gifts…  

July 4th weekend is almost here. July 4th is celebration time for America. This day America was reborn, so it’s time to wish America ‘Happy Birthday’. America celebrates by having cookouts with family and friends. We have a recipe that we hope you can use to put the finishing touch on your July 4th cookout.

Red, White and Blue Fruit Salad

Ingredients:
1 pint of fresh blueberries
1 lb of fresh red seedless grapes
1 (8 oz) container of fat free sour cream

Directions:
Wash fruit, pat dry, mix together and fold in sour cream. Add Equal to taste (usually 3-4 packets) Chill, serve and enjoy!

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