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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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Ham & Cheese Frittata

Ham & Cheese Frittata
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Serves: 6

12 large eggs
3 Tbs half-and-half
1/2 tsp Food Club Salt
1/4 tsp Food Club Ground
Black Pepper
1/4 cup Swiss cheese, shredded
1 cup asparagus, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
4 oz deli style baked ham (thick sliced), chopped small
1/4 cup chopped green onion

Set oven to broil and adjust rack about 5 inches from broiler. In a large bowl whisk eggs, half-and-half, salt and pepper together. Stir in cheese. Add asparagus, chopped ham and green onions. Pour egg mixture into oven safe baking dishes.

Bake ham and eggs 30 to 35 minutes, or until set.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 207, Fat: 14 g (5 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 441 mg, Sodium: 593 mg, Carbohydrates: 3 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 18 g

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Chicken with Pomegranate

Chicken with Pomegranate
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 8

2 Tbs Food Club Extra Virgin Olive Oil
8 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/2 tsp Food Club Salt, or to taste
1/2 tsp Food Club Ground Black
Pepper, or to taste
1 3/4 cups chicken stock
1 small yellow onion, julienne
1 poblano pepper, julienne
1 tsp ground cumin
2 cups Greek yogurt
2 Tbs Food Club All-Purpose Flour
1 pomegranate, seeds removed and separated
1 Tbs cilantro, roughly chopped

Heat oil in a saucepan. Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Add chicken and chicken stock to skillet; brown chicken on both sides. Once chicken
is nicely browned, remove from pan.

Add onions and poblano pepper to pan; cook until golden. Stir in the cumin; cook for 1 minute. Cover and cook, on low heat, for 10 minutes. The liquid
will reduce slightly.

Mix yogurt with flour. Add yogurt to saucepan; mix well. Gently heat throughout.  Remove from heat and add pomegranate seeds and cilantro to sauce. Drizzle sauce over chicken.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 343, Fat: 10 g (2 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 146 mg, Sodium: 443 mg, Carbohydrates: 6 g, Fiber: 0 g, Protein: 54 g

Shop the Sale: Best barbecue cuts

Labor Day comes along at just the right time for a party: The kids have been back in school for a week or two and need a break; the temperature might finally stay under 100 degrees; and it’s a great time for a breather before the run-up to the holidays.  Since Labor Day is traditionally the last hurrah of summer, a cookout is just the thing. So we’ve got you covered, with great sale prices on just about anything you might want to put on your grill or in the smoker.

Check your neighborhood store starting today for special offers on whole trimmed certified Angus beef brisket; Brookshire’s Best boneless Angus ribeye steak; ground chuck patties; Hormel pork baby back ribs; Johnsonville brats or hot links; and T-bone or bone-in rib-eye steaks.  For the kiddos, we’ve even got a special buy-one, get-one offer on Ball Park franks.

To make your barbecue stand out, why not brighten up your favorite prepared BBQ sauce with a few extra flavors? It takes just a little work but it really pays off with intense flavor.

  • First, to help concentrate the flavors, heat up a bottle or two of sauce over low heat, and keep at a low simmer.
  • Next, to help bring out both acidity and sweetness, you should add both an acidic ingredient and a sweet one. I like adding the fresh-squeezed juice of a couple of lemons, and a couple tablespoons of brown sugar OR molasses. (The heat will melt the sugar, keeping the sauce smooth.)
  • Next, add a dash of Worcestershire  sauce, to provide a little bit of depth and complexity.
  • Finally, add a couple of tablespoons of butter, stirring in as it melts. This will thicken the sauce slightly and give it a nice buttery richness.
  • Taste! Too sweet? Add a bit more lemon juice, some mustard or a dash of vinegar. Too acidic? Hit it with a little more sugar or honey.
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Product Talk: New, improved Food Club Soda Sweepstakes – Win $50 loaded to your Thank You Card!

Each week during August, beginning August 3, 2011 through 11:59 p.m. CDT, August 30, 2011 we are randomly giving away $50 to be loaded to your Brookshire’s Thank You Card.

Customers who email their name, phone number, and Brookshire’s Thank You Card number to will be entered for a chance to win the Brookshire’s Food Club Soda Sweepstakes (“Sweepstakes”). Not responsible for lost, late, or misdirected entries not received in time for the random drawings, faulty machinery or other mechanical error, or information entered incorrectly. Limit one (1) entry per Thank You Card number per week. Entries must be received by 11:59PM CDT, 08/30/11.

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Healthy Living: Stay out of the heat

We talked a little bit earlier this month about the importance of staying hydrated during these extreme summer temperatures. With Texas temperatures reaching all-time highs, it is getting harder and harder to get anything done outside. For those of you who have active daily exercise routines, this could spell trouble.

Hydration and body regulation is the key! Only you can tell yourself when to keep going and when to throw in the towel, and as far as summer exercising is concerned, it’s not worth a hospital visit. Even a well-conditioned athlete can experience one of several heat-related illnesses if working out too intensely in heat that’s this extreme. Know your limits, and the warning signs of heat illnesses:

Heat cramps: Cramping up during exercises you can normally do with no pain? You might be experiencing heat cramps. This is a painful tightening of muscles, usually in your arms or legs, but sometimes in your glutes or stomach as well. If you think you are experiencing heat-related cramps, it’s important to cool down, by resting in the shade, even if your skin is still cool.

Heat exhaustion: What we sometimes call “heat stroke” is often heat exhaustion, which is serious but not usually life-threatening. The typical symptoms are extreme thirst, dizziness, weakness and nausea. You may also feel a loss in coordination, and your pulse may speed up. Again, if you feel these symptoms, get to a cooler place, drink some cool fluids, and rest; your body is sending you an important signal!

Heat stroke: This is the most serious heat-related illness and can be fatal. If you ignore the symptoms of heat exhaustion, heat stroke can occur. A case of heat stroke occurs when your body temperature reaches more than 104 degrees. You may faint, feel confused, have difficulty breathing, and have either a rapid pulse or a slow weak pulse.  If you suspect you or your workout partner may be experience heat stroke, get out of the heat immediately, rest, drink fluids and contact 911!

To avoid heat-related illnesses, try scheduling your outdoor exercises early in the morning, before work, or even later in the evenings. No matter what time of day, hydrate! If you are a busy person like yours truly, and the lunch hour is the only free hour in the day, it would be well worth your time and energy to get a gym membership and utilize indoor fitness facilities, at least until the worst of the summer heat is past.  If biking and running are your main sports, mix things up a bit and try swimming!

I have not only heard some summer horror stories as far as heat related issues are concerned, but I have also treated too many patients myself. So no matter what fitness route you decide to take this summer, be sure to drink as much water as possible and listen to your body!

My slogan is usually “Get out there!” This summer however, I am going to make a slight exception and say, “Get in there!” in regards to the gym!

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Dine-In: BBQ Chicken Pizza

Growing up, I was never a fan of pizza. As I got older, though, I discovered I really disliked the tomato sauce on pizza, not pizza itself. So now, I love making homemade pizza, using different, interesting sauces on my crust to replace the tomato sauce. Pesto sauce, with fragrant basil, is one of my new favorite pizza toppings. And here’s another idea: barbecue sauce. This quick recipe ought to please both the pizza-lovers AND the bbq-lovers in your family. 

BBQ Chicken Pizza
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Serves: 8

2 Tbs barbecue sauce
1 (12-inch) premade pizza crust
2 (4 oz) boneless, skinless chicken breast, cooked in barbeque sauce, cubed
1/4 purple onion, sliced
1 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/4 cup cilantro leaves, chopped

Preheat oven to 450° F. Spread barbeque sauce over pizza crust. Place cubed chicken, onion and cheese onto crust. Bake pizza for 20 to 25 minutes or according to crust package directions. Sprinkle cilantro over pizza.

*Check temperature and cook time on pizza crust. 

Nutritional Information: Calories per Serving: 252, Fat: 9 g (Saturated Fat 4 g), Cholesterol: 36 mg, Sodium: 236 mg, Carbohydrates: 26 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 18 g

© 2011, 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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Family Matters: New from Huggies!

Diapers would be a lot easier to change if babies would just sit still.

But as any parent knows, babies have a lot more interesting stuff to do than just sit there while you’re trying to change that dirty diaper – grab your necklace, practice sitting up and rolling over, or flat-out making a break for it.

So parents of escape artists and wiggleworms should check out the new style of diaper from Huggies. Just arriving in stores, Huggies’ Little Movers Slip-On diapers are designed to slip on and off faster and easier.

They look much like training pants, but with the same great absorbency and leak protection as disposable diapers.

The design of Little Movers, in fact, does look similar to Huggies’ Pull-Ups. Little Movers are all one piece, with stretchy, pre-attached sides that allow them to be pulled on quickly, just like underwear. No tabs to line up and fasten (or re-fasten, if your baby squirms.) And if your baby balks at lying down on a changing table, you can pull these on even while she’s standing or sitting.

They also have breakaway sides, so you can remove soiled ones as quickly and easily as taking off a regular diaper.

These come in three sizes. The smallest size will work for babies as small as 16 pounds. By the time most children grow out of the largest size, they will be old enough to begin potty training, so you can move them right into the thinner, less-absorbent training  pants. Or, if you’re really brave, underpants.

They are arriving in many stores now; check in the diaper aisle.

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Shop the Sale: Homemade potpies

School is back in session and afterschool sports schedules are picking up. So just getting dinner on the table these days can be a struggle – much less serving something that’s fresh, homemade, and doesn’t come in a paper bag from a drive-through.

Here’s my new favorite solution:  Our new hand-made potpies, made fresh in our store’s delis. They’re even on sale starting today!

You can buy our potpies hot and fresh, ready to serve right away. Or you can pick one up that’s baked but chilled, to take home and warm in your home oven at your convenience.

Either way, it’s a great one-dish dinnertime solution: classic, filling comfort food, with meat and vegetables all wrapped up in one pastry crust.

Each potpie serves one or two people, depending on their appetite. Try all kinds and let your family pick their favorite:

Classic Chicken: This is the classic potpie, with a flaky top and bottom crust holding white-meat chicken, potatoes, carrots, English peas, and creamy chicken broth.

Chicken Primavera: This unique dish has a definite Italian flair! Double-crust pie holds white meat chicken, penne pasta, julienned carrots and squash, all in a rich, creamy Alfredo sauce.

Southwest Chicken Bake: Stuffed with white-meat chicken, Mexican rice, pinto beans and whole-kernel corn, this one gets spiced up with a fresh-baked cornbread crust and sliced jalapenos.

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Healthy Living: Fall Sports Safety

A new school year is upon us, and kids are getting ready to get back into their daily routines. And the new school year also means the beginning of sports season. 

The big sport, of course, is football. Every Friday night, two teams go head to head to battle it out on the field under the roar of cheering fans and bright stadium lights. With all the hard hits, tackles and the yards of running to the end zone comes the risk of injuries. But, unfortunately, injuries are part of the game in just about every sport your children may pursue this fall, from soccer to softball to volleyball and gymnastics. 

Since no one wants to be watching from the sidelines, here are some quick tips to keep your All-Star on the field. 

1. Make sure each child has had a recent physical to check for any possible risk factors.

2. Make sure each player has properly fitted safety equipment.

3. Make sure all athletes have proper hydration. This is especially important because of the abnormally high temperatures we’ve been seeing this summer. The best way to stay hydrated is just to drink plenty of water! However, if your athlete doesn’t like the taste of water, you can offer sports drinks such as Gatorade or PowerAde. These types of sports drinks help replenish the electrolytes lost in sweat, which keep energy up and help muscles function properly. If you’re concerned about the sugar content of such drinks, there are now lower-sugar, and even no-calorie, no-sugar sports drinks.

4. Encourage proper nutrition, including healthy snacks. Athletes may not want to eat a heavy meal before a big game, and may even get butterflies the day of a game that makes them not want to eat much all day. But providing high-energy, high-nutrient snacks – such as bananas, nuts, peanut butter, yogurt, smoothies and trail mix – can make sure your athlete has the energy to perform.

5. If your young athlete requires any regular medication or equipment – such as an inhaler – make sure the coach knows about this requirement, and that your child has access to this equipment from the sidelines if necessary.

6. Finally, remind them one of the most important things is to have fun! 

Go out and support your hometown team.

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