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Shop the Sale: The 3-Day Sale

Well, here we are looking at the very last Brookshire’s ad for the year!  It is hard to believe how quickly 2010 has gone by – but then I find myself saying that same thing every year.

I am glad to see Brookshire’s is going to make my end-of-the-year food shopping easy by offering so many of the items I need at great sale prices.  And particularly for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day celebrations, Brookshire’s is featuring a fantastic 3-Day sale with extra hot prices on things I really need: like fajita meat and buffalo wings, chips and salsa, plates and cups, plus black-eyed peas, cabbage and cornbread.  It will be a great weekend for celebrating and saving!  Remember, the 3-Day Sale runs this Thursday, Friday and Saturday only.


Healthy Living: Influenza

Although influenza activity has been relatively low in 2010, the CDC is reminding Americans it is expected to increase as we move into the winter months. It has been reported that there is a sharp increase in influenza-like illness reported in the southeast United States, particularly in Georgia. 

CDC said influenza B strain is the main culprit of the activity in Georgia and is primarily occurring in school-aged children. The agency also indicated that current evidence suggests that this season’s vaccine is a good match for the three influenza virus strains (2009 H1N1A virus, influenza A H3N2 and influenza B) primarily seen thus far. 

Although most people recover from the flu with no problems, over 200,000 Americans are hospitalized each year with the illness and as many as 36,000 die.  

With that being said, What is the different between the cold and flu? 

The common cold and the flu are both respiratory illnesses with similar symptoms.  The main difference between the common cold and the flu is the severity of the symptoms.   

Common cold symptoms:
• Gradually get worse over a few days.
• Are more likely to include runny or stuffy nose than the flu.
• Often include a sore throat, while flu rarely does.
• May cause tiredness, but it is much less severe than what is experienced with the flu.
• Generally do not result in serious health problems and hospitalizations.

Flu symptoms generally:
• Come on quickly and are more severe.
• Include fever (which can last 3 to 4 days and is generally higher than the low grade fever that may accompany a cold.)
• Include body aches, extreme tiredness, weakness, fatigue, headache, and dry cough.

The flu can result in serious health complications including bronchitis, and pneumonia. 

What is the treatment? 


Depending on your symptoms and your health, you may have several options for cold and flu treatments.  A cold does not usually require a visit to the doctor.  You can do a lot to take care of yourself and your family at home.  While there is no cure for the common cold, taking over-the-counter medications to ease the symptoms, getting extra rest, and taking care of your self is essential.  Some good old chicken soup is not a bad idea either! 


The best way to treat the flu, of course, is to prevent it.  Getting a flu shot every year will greatly reduce your risk of getting the flu. Flu shots are available at many Brookshire/Super 1 pharmacies.  Ask your pharmacist for details.   

Once you have the flu, early detection is critical.  If you realize or suspect that you have the flu within 48 hours of the start of symptoms, you could suffer a lot less.  Taking Tamiflu or another antiviral medication may help shorten the duration or reduce the symptoms of the flu.  Taking over-the-counter medications, getting extra rest, and some good old chicken soup, are also other ways to help make you more comfortable.

Since the common cold and the flu are both caused by viruses, antibiotics will not help.  Plus, taking antibiotics when you have a virus may do more harm than good. Taking antibiotics when they are not needed increases your risk of getting an infection later that resists antibiotic treatment. 

Hopefully these tips will help if you find yourself feeling “under the weather.”  Don’t’ forget frequent hand washing is one of the most effective ways to stop germs from spreading from one person to another.  Also remember, “An apple a day, keeps the doctor away!”

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Family Matters: Christmas Eve Traditions

I am so excited for tomorrow to arrive!  Christmas Eve is a very special evening for my family, and we look forward to the special spirit of love and togetherness we feel each year on that special night.  In our home we celebrate our Savior’s birth by gathering together for a buffet style evening meal.  Everyone looks forward to the traditional recipes my wife Karen has prepared for years – many of which were enjoyed by her family when she was a child.  After eating, we sing Christmas carols and share our talents.  Then before the evening is over, it is always my privilege to read the traditional Christmas story out loud directly from the Bible.  Our family is much closer because of our long standing Christmas Eve traditions.  Everyone Merry Christmas!

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Simply Christmas

Indulge in the ultimate holiday tradition with our rich and delicious Food Club Egg Nog. Made locally, friends and family will savor the fresh taste of this festive, spiced classic.

Egg nog is traditionally a social drink, and was common at holiday parties, which helped form its reputation as a Christmas-time beverage.

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Peppermint Candy Cookies

Peppermint Candy Cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Makes 2 1/2 dozen cookies

1 (17.5 oz) pkg Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie Mix
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 egg
1/4 cup Gold Medal All Purpose Flour
1 (12 oz) Ctn Betty Crocker Whipped Fluffy White Frosting
1 tsp peppermint extract
Red sugar

Heat oven to 375° F. In large bowl, stir cookie mix, butter, egg and flour until dough forms. Roll dough into 1 1/4 inch balls. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten slightly with bottom of glass.

Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are light golden brown. Cool 1 minute; remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely, about 20 minutes.

In small bowl, mix frosting and peppermint extract. Spread each cookie with frosting. Using small spoon, sprinkle red sugar onto cookies in spiral design to look like peppermint candies.

Recipe provided by Betty Crocker

How should you store baked cookies?

First, cool them completely. Then put them in an airtight bag or container and keep at either room temp or in the freezer. Cookies will keep in the freezer for up to 3 months. If the cookies are frosted, make sure the frosting is dry before you store them. If you stack the cookies, put a layer of waxed paper between them so they don’t stick together.

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Shop the Sale: Full Circle Artisan Bread Split Top Rolls

Over the past few years my family’s menu for Christmas Day has changed into a new Christmas Tradition.  On Christmas Eve night, we have our more formal sit down dinner before going to the Christmas Eve service at church and then Christmas Day we have a very informal meal that is mostly made up of snack foods.

For lunch on Christmas Day, we have leftover turkey from the night before, cheese, and rolls to make sandwiches. Christmas Day can be a hectic time to try to plan a meal; sometimes just keeping it simple makes everyone a little happier.  Pick up some Full Circle Artisan Split Top Rolls for a stress free Christmas Day lunch!

Healthy Living: Weight Gain

We all know that weight gain does not just happen over night; it may feel like it does but logically it does not. You may wonder how this 5 pounds or 20 pounds just appeared. Well think back to what has changed in your life. Has your job prevented you from doing your daily workout? Has the weather made it impossible to do your afternoon walk? Have you been running the kids to soccer and cheer practice and have not had time to cook, so you have just been going through the drive though? Well whatever it is try to fix it.

A lot of it has to do with time. Try to make time to prepare a simple yet healthy dinner. In the morning may be the perfect time to get a little exercise in with a morning walk. Just like the way the weight gain came over a period of time, it will be lost in the same manner. It may take a few weeks to see results but keep trying! 

Healthy Living: Eating Fiber

In planning your diabetic menu it is important to not just look at sugars but also look at fiber. Foods that are high in fiber are whole-grain products, some cereals, nuts, beans, fruits, and vegetables.  Fiber will help you control your blood sugar, help you feel full longer, and help lower your risk of heart disease. 

Product Talk: Ginger

One spice I have to have around Christmas is ginger. Many of my favorites treats around the Christmas season have ginger in them; gingersnaps, gingerbread cookies, and, my favorite, chai tea.

Ginger is known for its ability to lessen the severity of stomach aches and nausea. Ginger also has different health promoting properties.

Here is a recipe using ginger in a holiday treat.

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes

3/4 cup canola oil
1 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup light molasses
1 egg
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla
Turbinado sugar, to garnish

Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a cookie sheet with coking spray. In a large bowl, combine oil, sugar, molasses, vanilla and eggs. In a medium bowl, combine flour, seasoning, baking soda, and salt. Slowly pour flour mixture into molasses mixture; mix well. Roll dough into ball and dip tops of cookies in turbinado sugar. Flatten cookies out on baking sheet and bake for 10 to 12 minutes.

Nutritional Information: Calories per Serving: 269, Fat: 14 g (1 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 16 mg, Sodium: 319 mg, Carbohydrates: 33 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 3 g

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Dine-In: Homemade Tomato Sauce

Homemade Tomato SauceNeed a tomato sauce to add to your favorite pasta?

Here is a homemade tomato sauce that you can add to your favorite pasta with a little bit of cheese sprinkled on top.

Homemade Tomato Sauce
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Serves: 6

3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 Tbs olive oil
1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomato with basil, garlic, and oregano
1 cup mushroom, chopped
1 tsp sugar
1/2 cup basil leaves, torn

In a skillet, add garlic and olive oil; cook for 2 minutes. Add diced tomatoes, chopped mushrooms, and sugar; stirring occasionally for 15 minutes. Add torn basil leaves and cook for 5 minutes. Serve over your favorite pasta and shredded cheese.

Nutritional Information: Calories per Serving: 30, Fat: 1 g (0 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 4 mg, Carbohydrates: 4 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 1 g.

© 2010, Brookshire Grocery Co.  Nutrient counts are rounded to the nearest whole number.  All dietary and lifestyle changes should be supervised by a physician

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