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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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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.

 



Family Matters: Introducing New Foods


Is your baby starting to reach for your food and other adult foods? This may be a sign that your baby is ready to be introduced to new foods. At your next check-up talk to your baby’s doctor about introducing new foods.



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