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Product Talk: Brookshire’s Homestyle Waffles

Brookshire’s Homestyle WafflesWho says waffles have to be for breakfast?

We don’t. Not in our house.

Inspired by another popular frozen treat, we decided to embark on a homemade frozen waffle dessert project.

We started with Brookshire’s Frozen Homestyle Waffles.

We defrosted them.

Then, we gently folded them in half and placed a scoop of ice cream (we used Cookies and Cream) inside the fold. We topped with hot fudge sauce, a sprinkle of chopped walnuts, a dollop of whipped cream and some cherries. Next, we wrapped each waffle in waxed paper and placed back in the freezer until we wanted a cold, tasty treat.

When ready to eat, you just pop it out, unwrap it and enjoy!

You can even dip the waffles in chocolate syrup before filling with ice cream. The syrup will freeze and give the waffles a delicious coating.

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Dine In: Pesto Salmon Packets

Pesto Salmon PacketsI love a delicious, fresh, easy dish.

I love it more when cleanup and prep-work are minimal.

This pesto salmon in foil packets fits all the criteria.

You bake this dish in foil, which seals in the flavor and moisture, and it also makes cleanup minimal.

Salmon, which is naturally high in (good) fats, is enhanced exponentially by olive oil and pesto (which contains olive oil). Even though it already contains good fats, the olive oil makes the salmon moist and flavorful, with an added kick from the aromatic pesto.

You can make these in advance, store in the refrigerator, and pop in the oven or on the grill on Friday nights.

Pesto Salmon Packets

4 (6 oz) salmon fillets
1 lb asparagus, woody ends trimmed
3 tsp olive oil, divided
1 Tbs dried dill
salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 Tbs pesto, homemade or store-bought
4 tsp fresh lemon juice
1 pint grape tomatoes, halved

Preheat oven to 400° F. Spray 4 lengths of aluminum foil with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.

Toss asparagus with 2 teaspoons olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Divide into 4 portions onto foil, and layer in center of each piece. Season both sides of salmon with salt, pepper and dill. Layer salmon over asparagus, and then spread 1 tablespoon pesto on top. Drizzle 1 teaspoon lemon juice over each fillet. Toss tomatoes with remaining 1 teaspoon olive oil; season lightly with salt. Spread over each salmon fillet. Wrap sides of foil in and roll, crimping edge to seal. Then, wrap ends upward to seal. Place foil packets on a baking sheet. Bake until salmon has cooked through, about 20 to 28 minutes. Open foil to vent and serve immediately.

Serves 4

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 365, Calories from Fat: 188, Fat: 21 g (3 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 79 mg, Sodium: 179 mg, Carbohydrates: 10 g, Fiber: 4 g, Sugar: 6 g, Protein: 38 g.

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Family Matters: Hot Weather Safety for Your Cat

Hot Weather Safety for Your CatThe best place for your cat during summer months is inside. If your feline gets frisky and needs to go outside, there are ways you can help keep him cool.

First of all, provide plenty of water and shade. An automatic water bowl provides fresh, clean water all day long. Make sure there is a porch, patio or tree cover in your yard to help provide shade for your cat. Cats are likely to seek cool places under a porch, house or other structure, so make sure those places are safe and secure for your cat.

Groom your cat frequently to remove his excess hair, and also to check for fleas and ticks. Your vet can prescribe medications and topical ointments to help treat and prevent both.

If you have an inside cat, it’s cute to see them curled up on a windowsill, but make sure that area doesn’t get too hot for your cat. Those areas inside can get just as hot as places outside.

Of course, never leave your cat in a hot car.

Family Matters: Hot Weather Care for Your Dog

Hot Weather Care for Your DogMy pup, Astro, is not a huge fan of the summer months. While he doesn’t have a heavy coat, he, like all dogs, is totally covered with hair! That keeps him hot. He solves this problem by digging a swimming pool-sized hole in the backyard and lying on the cool dirt.

If you don’t want your dog digging to China to stay cool or if you can’t control it, there are other ways to help him through the warm months.

First of all, make sure he always has access to plenty of clean, cool water. I fill Astro’s bowl with ice in the morning before I leave, and it keeps his water cooler during the day.

If your dog stays outside during the day, make sure he has adequate shade. If a tree, porch or patio isn’t available, consider installing a camping canopy or other shade to give him shelter from the sun. Some pet owners provide a hard-plastic child’s wading pool filled with a few inches of water, depending on the size of your dog, to splash around in. Drain every evening as to not attract mosquitoes.

Don’t over-exercise your pet on hot days. If your dog is already accustomed to taking a walk, it’s probably still fine, but bring water with you. Make sure he drinks when you’re finished. Limit your walks to the cooler parts of the day, and never walk your pet on hot asphalt. Remember, you have shoes on, but he does not.

If your dog goes outside, check him regularly for fleas, ticks and other insects that creep and crawl, especially in hot weather. Your vet can prescribe both internal and topical treatments for these pests.

Family Matters: First Aid for Your Small Pet

First Aid for Your Small PetTreating your small pet, like a hamster, guinea pig or mouse, at home can be difficult. Parts are small, and these animals are extremely skittish when hurt. They can even snap and bite at you.

There are measures you can take at home to help your pet before you take them to a veterinarian. Small cuts probably don’t need to be treated professionally, but remember that your small animal doesn’t have a lot of blood volume. So, if you’re in doubt, take him to the vet.

At home, hold or secure your pet firmly (but not too tight!) by wrapping him in a clean towel. Use the body of a syringe (without the needle) to flush the wound with saline or clear water. Dry with gauze and apply an antibiotic ointment. Keep him isolated from other pets until the wound heals.

Family Matters: First Aid for Your Feathered Friend

First Aid for Your Feathered FriendWe strive to keep our pets safe, but accidents can still happen.

Birds can run into a window, get tangled in their cages, or even have a close encounter with another pet.

If your pet is injured, use your best judgment on getting it to a veterinarian, but there are measures you can take at home to help, too.

If your bird has broken his wing, cut the toe off of a sock and slip your bird into it, pulling his head out the cut end so he can breathe. The wing is bound by his side and he can’t flap it. See your vet.

If the bird is bleeding, use baking powder or styptic powder to stop the bleeding. Then, place a gauze pad over the bleeding and apply appropriate pressure. If the wound is on its leg or foot, apply antibiotic ointment and cover.

In the case of an encounter with another pet, use hydrogen peroxide to clean the wound and cover it. Your bird should be taken to the vet for an exam.

Keep your bird at rest after an injury. Make sure they are warm, dry and in a peaceful environment. If you suspect infection or shock, take him to the vet immediately.

Shop the Sale: Cheesy Pork Chop Bake

Cheesy Pork Chop BakeA one-pan meal is a delicious solution to a Wednesday night meal. A lot of folks go to church on Wednesday nights. Or, this time of year, you might be at baseball, at the pool or just tired of the school year grind.

This dish, with boneless pork chops on sale this week at Brookshire’s, can be prepared in advance and popped into the oven for a satisfying meal, all in one pan. Serve with a side salad, add some chopped broccoli to the dish or add additional veggies.

I know that last Wednesday after a swim party, a long day at work and a long day for my kids, this was an easy dish to prepare for dinner. If you make it in advance, make sure the potatoes are coated in the soup mixture before you pop the pan in the fridge, or they’ll turn brown. Alternately, you could toss them in olive oil before you layer the casserole.

For a bit of bite, chop jalapeños or chili peppers, and mix into the soup before pouring it on top of the pork chops and potatoes.

Cheesy Pork Chop Bake

1 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
6 (6 oz) boneless pork chops
1 (10.75 oz) can condensed cream of mushroom soup
1 cup milk
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
4 potatoes, thinly sliced
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded

Preheat oven to 400° F. Spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high-heat until oil is fragrant and shimmering. Sear the pork chops quickly on each side. Remove from pan.

In a medium bowl, whisk soup, milk, salt, pepper and garlic powder together. Arrange the potatoes and onions in the baking dish. Place the seared chops over the potatoes and onions. Then, pour the soup mixture over all.

Bake for 30 minutes. Top with cheese, and bake for 30 more minutes.

Serves 6

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 688, Calories from Fat: 478, Fat: 53 g (21 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 169 mg, Sodium: 729 mg, Carbohydrates: 19 g, Fiber: 6 g, Sugar: 3 g, Protein: 45 g.

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Mi Blog Hispano: Mejor Que Una Corbata

Mejor Que Una CorbataVamos a celebrar y a consentir a ese hombre de la casa este Día del Padre. Vamos a hacerlo sentir especial con algo más que una simple corbata. Como mi mama siempre me decía, “la forma de llegar al corazón de un hombre, es por el estómago.” Así que, por qué no un menú de las comidas favoritas de ese gran padre. ¡De seguro que le encantara!

Empiece haciéndole un desayuno espectacular. Hágalo intenso y variado con el platillo principal y sus combinaciones, un jugo fresco, el café, y no olvide incluir alguna fruta como naranja o melón. A mi esposo le fascina comer melón junto a su desayuno. Deje que sus hijos le lleven el desayuno a papá en la cama para que él se sienta bien consentido.

Después llévelo a pasear a algún lugar que a él le gustaría. Quizás una vuelta en barco, o una caminada por el parque. Junto con sus hijos, haga que este día sea verdaderamente especial. Vamos a evitar reclamos y discusiones, y simplemente vamos a enfocarnos en papá y hacerlo sentir feliz.

Para la comida de la tarde vamos a festejarlo en grande con una carne asada o hamburguesas asadas. Invite a toda la familia y entre todos festejen a los papás al aire libre.

Escoja un lema para hacer la fiesta más divertida. Por ejemplo, corbatas, bigotes, barcos, o vaqueros harían lemas divertidísimos. Cuelgue banderitas y globos azules. ¡Hay tantas ideas, qué emoción!

Recuerde que en Brookshire’s puede encontrar todo lo necesario para celebrar a papá en este día tan especial.

Espero haberle ayudado a planear para que ese gran hombre que llamamos papa tenga un regalo un poco mejor que una corbata. ¡Les deseo un muy Feliz Día del Padre!

Healthy Living: Watermelon

WatermelonI bought the cutest, personal-sized watermelon at Brookshire’s today.

Other than tasting great and being easy to handle in a small, personal size, watermelon is a healthy summer fruit and a wonderful option for staying hydrated this summer.

Each bite of watermelon contains about 92 percent water and 6 percent sugar. That’s really not that much sugar, all things considered.

Watermelon has a lot of lycopene, which supports cardiovascular health. You’ll get the most lycopene when the flesh of the watermelon is dark red.

Watermelons also have properties that make them wonderful for anti-inflammatory and antioxidant support. They also contain a lot of vitamin C, about 16 percent of the recommended daily value. In addition, vitamins B6 and A are also found in abundance in watermelon. There’s also some potassium, while the fruit is very low in calories and is fat-free.

I love adding a few cubes of frozen watermelon to my water, and then enjoying the cool, refreshing flavor as they chill my water.

Product Talk: Texas Chili Company Beef Chili

Texas Chili Company Beef ChiliYou know those days when the hours escape you and, before you know it, it’s time to fix dinner?

Today was one of those days.

I didn’t set my alarm because I almost never need to; I wake up on my own. I set my alarm on work days, as insurance. However, on this particular weekend day, I’d knew I’d be up with the roosters anyway, so I didn’t bother. The joke was on me.

At a horrifying hour, with practically three-quarters of the day behind me, I slowly opened my eyes and rolled over to punch the home button on my phone to see the time.

8:45!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHAT?

What had happened? Where were my children? Were they still breathing?

In order of questions asked: I needed sleep. In bed, sleeping soundly. Yes, punctuated by teenage boy snores.

I had planned to knock out a bunch of work. I had planned to cook a big breakfast. I had planned to repaint the kitchen (Goodbye, “Butter;” hello, “Intense Teal.”)

Well, you know what they say about best-laid plans.

I got all of those things accomplished, just not necessarily in the timeframe I’d originally wanted.

In addition, dinner snuck up on us right about the time I was scrubbing Intense Teal off my paint rollers.

We had to make a quick run to Brookshire’s. We came home with hot dogs, sausages, cheese, onions and Texas Chili Company Beef Chili.

This chili comes in a box, not in a can, and it tastes like the next best thing to coming out of a pot on my own stovetop. The chili is sealed in a bag, which you boil to heat up and serve from a bowl with no waste in the bag itself. I hate waste.

Texas Chili Company, out of Fort Worth, “began doing business in December 1952, making ‘brick’ chili from an old recipe. Chili was prepared and filled into rectangular, brick-shaped pans and frozen, thus the name brick chili. Although the packaging has changed, we still produce our Famous Beef Chili and market it throughout Texas and the Southwest,” the website says.

The old-fashioned chili has a deep, rich flavor and big chunks of meat.

This was fast and easy to prepare, and it tasted homemade. I’ll buy it again, even when I’m not in a hurry.

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