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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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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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Family Matters: A more natural dog food


The biggest trend in pet food the past couple of years has been the rise of natural, healthier foods _more meat that pets need, fewer fillers and artificial ingredients that they don’t.  But until recently, many of these ultra-premium pet foods came from newer, smaller, sometimes untested companies, and were often hard to find in your favorite stores.

That’s why we are happy to announce we’re now carrying a new, natural pet food, from a company you probably already know and trust: Purina.

The longtime pet food leader has just introduced Purina One Beyond, a high-quality dry kibble that has no fillers and no artificial preservatives.

The first ingredient? Real meat. (That means no meat byproducts.) Each recipe also includes vitamins, minerals, whole grains, and fruits and vegetables, like spinach, carrots and apples, to provide all-natural nutrients to keep your pet their healthiest.

There are two adult dog flavors, one with chicken and whole oatmeal, and the other with lamb and whole barley. Purina One Beyond also offers two recipes for adult cats: salmon and whole brown rice, and chicken and whole oatmeal.

Beyond the emphasis on good nutrition, Purina is committed to sustainability with this new product. The manufacturing facilities are committed to responsible processes; the Denver facility, for instance, uses some solar power. The pet food comes in packages made from 92 percent renewable materials, printed entirely with vegetable-based soy inks, which are also more renewable than other inks.

The brand has also made a commitment to help homeless or abandoned pets. Last year, the Purina ONE brand donated more than a million pounds of food to U.S. animal shelters.

Purina One Beyond is a natural extension of the Purina One line, which includes more than a dozen canned foods, dry formulas and treats for dogs, and several other dry food recipes for cats. Look in the pet-food aisle of your neighborhood store to  see which one might best suit the four-legged members of your family.

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Family Matters: Back to School Nutrition


Walking into a new classroom with new faces can be scary! The easiest way to make a new friend is to just smile. A beautiful smile results from having adequate amounts of calcium, fluoride and vitamin C. Calcium and fluoride help our pearly whites have the strength to bite into a juicy apple. Vitamin C aids in keeping our gums looking healthy. Dairy is a great source of calcium, so fat free milk, low fat yogurt and 2% cheese are good additions to our lunch menu.

Reading, writing and arithmetic all require good vision. Vitamin A is the vitamin of choice when it comes to vision. Red, yellow and orange fruits and vegetables are a good source of vitamin A. To see different colors you must eat different colors!  

New friends can also bring along new germs. Vitamin C and zinc are heroes in the immune system. Oranges, lemons and limes are full of vitamin C, along with cantaloupes, broccoli and strawberries. We can add zinc to our diet through meat, seafood and whole grains.

Make this a great school year by picking nutritious foods! 

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Family Matters: Feeding Baby Safely


It’s a big step in the care and feeding of your baby: The day you begin feeding solid foods.

While you may receive lots of well-meaning advice from grandparents, friends, and even the occasional stranger, you should recognize that recommendations may well have changed since the advice-giver was feeding their baby.

Always consult your pediatrician before starting your infant on solid foods. And brush up on some of the current prevailing wisdom on safely feeding solids.

When to start: Most babies can start eating solid food when they are between four and six months of age. That’s when they are able to swallow foods, as opposed to pushing back with their tongue against a feeding spoon. Yes, Grandma may say that she started feeding cereal when her baby was just six weeks old and it helped the baby sleep through the night, but today, pediatricians recognize infants can’t properly digest or swallow solids that young, and cereal served from a bottle can be a choking hazard.

Veggies first? You may have heard you should offer vegetables before trying fruit, so a baby used to applesauce doesn’t turn up her nose at the stronger tastes of things like pureed cauliflower or peas. Guess what? Researchers say it doesn’t really matter.  Babies are born with an innate taste for sweet foods, and that preference doesn’t change whether they’re fed peas or peaches first.  

Don’t hold the spice: The preference for bland, un-spiced baby food is largely a cultural issue. In other parts of the world, babies are served food that’s spiced the same way as adult food, and there’s little research that spicy foods harm children. Use common sense and stay away from really spicy things that may harm babies’ sensitive mouths and noses – no wasabi or habaneros – but a little cinnamon, ginger, cumin or even mild chiles like poblanos may tickle your baby’s palate and help them learn to eat a wider variety of foods while young.

Safety first: Baby-food recalls are often a parent’s big worry, but they’re actually quite rare. A much bigger safety issue is just following safety rules for proper feeding and food-handling.   

• Do not feed baby directly from the jar of food, unless you plan to use the entire jar at one meal. Saliva from your baby’s mouth can lead to the growth of harmful bacteria in the food. If you must serve from the jar, throw away any uneaten portion.
• Never microwave baby food. Uneven heating can cause hot spots that can burn baby’s mouth.
• Never leave a baby alone with food _ not even for a minute, while running to answer the phone.
• Don’t feed honey to a baby under 12 months; some pediatricians, in fact, now recommend 18 months as the cutoff.
• Slowly introduce potentially allergenic foods like peanut butter, eggs and wheat. A few years ago, the American Academy of Pediatrics reported that research does not support holding off on allergenic foods until after age 1, clearing the way to offer them to babies sooner. However, many pediatricians still suggest going slowly, especially if your baby has eczema or there’s a family history of food allergies or asthma.



Family Matters: Waffle Bowls


July was declared National Ice Cream Month in 1984 by President Ronald Reagan. Celebrate by decorating a waffle bowl and filling it up with creamy, cold Goldenbrook Farms Ice Cream! 

See these waffle bowls in the July issue of Celebrate Cooking.  Available online and in all Brookshire’s stores. 

 

Wacky Waffle Bowls

Serves: 10

Prep Time: 30 minutes 

Ingredients:

1 (7 oz) pkg waffle bowls

1 (6 oz) pkg white baking chocolate, melted

1 (8 oz) pkg semi sweet baking chocolate, melted

Toppings: shredded coconut, sprinkles and chopped nuts

Goldenbrook Farms Ice Cream, flavors of your choice 

Directions:

Place semi sweet chocolate baking squares and white chocolate baking squares in separate bowls. Place bowls one at a time in the microwave for 30 seconds. Stir chocolate. Microwave chocolate in 15 second intervals, stirring after each time you microwave until chocolate is melted. 

With a spoon pour melted chocolate over the rim of the waffle bowl. Make sure you cover both the inside and outside rims of the bowl. 

Decorate each bowl by adding your favorite color sprinkles, chopped nuts or shredded coconut. 

Allow chocolate to harden. Add a few scoops of your favorite Goldenbrook Farms creamy ice cream to waffle bowls and serve. 

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America’s Dessert with a Cherry on top


No dessert could be simpler than the
ice cream sundae–a scoop of ice cream,
a sweet topping, and the ubiquitous whipped cream and cherry at the top.

However, icons are never really that simple,
and, perhaps more than any other dish,
the sundae is an American icon. 

Like people, nations are what they eat. More than any other native dish, the ice cream sundae is an essential reminder of the American genius for invention, passion for indulgence, and reputation for wackiness…it’s as messy and irresistible as democracy itself.     

Source: icecreamsundae.com



Family Matters: MyPlate


For the past few years we have referred to MyPyramid as our food guide. Recently, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has transformed the guide from a pyramid to a plate. MyPlate is divided into 4 sections; fruit, vegetables, protein and whole grains. Off to the side is a circle representing dairy. A plate is a better representative of what your meal should look like regularly.

A nutritious meal is made up of a plate half full of vegetables and fruit, with a lean protein, a whole grain and a low fat dairy product. Everyone has their own personal plate based on their age, health and physical activity. Check out choosemyplate.gov to get a personalized plan just for you!

 

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Home sweet home


Eggs and ham! 

Prep Time: 15 minutes   Cook Time: 15 minutes

Serves: 6 

Ingredients:
6 slices of ham
6 eggs
1/4 cup chopped green onions
1/2 cup chopped tomato
1 tsp Food Club Ground Black Pepper
1 Tbs dried rosemary
1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
Salt, to taste 

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350º F. Spray a muffin pan with cooking spray. Place a piece of ham into each muffin cup. Ham should make a bowl in muffin cups. Add an egg to each ham bowl. Add chopped green onion, chopped tomato, black pepper, rosemary and parmesan cheese to eggs. Bake eggs 15 to 17 minutes or until eggs are set. Let cups cool slightly before removing from pan to serve. 

Nutritional Information:  Calories Per Serving: 133, Fat: 8 g (3 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 206 mg, Sodium: 519 mg, Carbohydrates: 3 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 12 g.



Want s’more ideas


Make different varieties of s’mores?  

• Add peanut butter to your graham cracker
• Use a chocolate graham cracker
• Add toasted coconut to your s’mores
• Use cookies in place of graham cracker
• Add different fruits to your s’mores: banana, strawberry, etc.
• Add pretzels to your s’mores



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