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Family Matters: Making a Better Burger


We are approaching the summer months.  Summer is grilling time, and grilling time means lots of juicy burgers! Here are tips for making yours the best ever:

  • Burgers need a little fat to stay juicy. Try for 80 to 90% lean meat.
  • Ground meat stays refrigerated for 2 to 3 days safely.
  • Always wash surfaces, hands and utensils that come into contact with raw meat. Don’t allow uncooked burgers to stand at room temperature more than 1 hour.
  • Don’t over mix when combining meat with other ingredients—this creates dry, tough burgers.
  • Prevent sticking by making sure the grill is plenty hot before putting the burgers on. And spray the burger sides with nonstick spray before placing on the grill.
  • Never flatten burgers as they cook. This squeezes out juices.
  • Use a long-handled spatula with a heatproof handle to flip patties.
  • Health experts recommend a well-done burger as the only safe burger.


Family Matters: Cookie Monster Time…


What better way to enjoy the warm weather than with two favorites – cookies and ice cream! 

 If you ever try this at home it will be something that you do from now on with your family.  

 

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 – pkg of Food Club Bake n’ Break Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • 1 – Half Gallon of Goldenbrook Farms Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
  • 1 – Bottle of Food Club Chocolate Syrup
  • Cool Whip (optional)
  • Chopped Nuts (optional) 

Directions:

Bake cookies as directed.  As soon as the cookies come out of the oven place one or two on a plate and add a scoop(s) of ice cream on top.  Once you add the ice cream, drizzle the chocolate syrup on top.  If you like you can also add cool whip and nuts for a little extra fun. 

This is a fun and delicious treat to make and enjoy with your family any time!  Stop by Brookshire’s and pick up the items you need and have a “cookie monster” time.  

Don’t forget to set aside some quality time this week for your family.  Count your blessings daily and give thanks for the time you share with them.  



Family Matters: Quirky Pet Behavior


Don’t you wish your pets could talk? Maybe then they could explain why they do such unusual things! Here are some common behaviors that folks ask about:

  •  Howling Cats: Cats yowl when they are after attention, but sometimes because they’re just plain bored! Try to find some new activities or toys to occupy their time.
  • Howling Dogs:  Dogs often howl in response to an unusual sound, such as a siren. Sometimes a simple distraction helps, such as offering a treat, a tummy rub or a walk.
  • Licking the Carpet: Dogs often do this as a calming technique when they’re stressed.
  • Body Licking: Licking their fur a lot may indicate a rash, allergy or even an infection. Take your pet to the vet for a checkup to rule out any problems.

Source: ASPCA



Family Matters: Baby Wipes


Baby wipes can be used on more than just babies! They can be used as a wet napkin on a picnic or a wipe to clean up a mess. Baby wipes are a must have on any road trip regardless the age of your children.



Family Matters: Exercise


Kids need plenty of physical activity, but if they’re couch potatoes, that can be a challenge. 

Take the lead and be a good example: play WITH your kids!

  •  Ride bikes, jump rope, climb stairs, skate and swim.
  •  Take a family walk or bike ride after dinner every night.
  •  Learn new sports.
  •  Build activity into special gatherings. Hold a scavenger hunt or play volleyball at family events.


Just for Mom


Did you know that Mother’s Day was first declared a national holiday nearly 100 years ago?  

Since 1914, we’ve marked the second Sunday of every May as a day to honor those special women who brought us into the world—our mothers! 

Because they do so much for us, we’ve got some great ideas for recipes and gifts to show our love and appreciation. This May 8, show your mother how much you care and make Mother’s Day a special day just for her!

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Family Matters: Infant Formula


 

Did you know that all infant formulas sold in the US are subject to the same regulations governing manufacturing and ingredients per the Infant Formula Act of 1980?

Store Brands formulas, while value priced, meet the same exact FDA nutritional requirements as all the National Brands, while offering substantial savings. Top Care Baby Formula is available in all Brookshire’s stores. Like all formulas, Top Care is nutritionally complete and meets the nutritional guidelines determined by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

 



Family Matters: Milk Jug Planter


Earth Day is April 22nd this year and you can celebrate by making a planter from reusable material like an old milk jug. Save your milk cartons, cut the tops off and wash them out. Collect old newspapers and magazines from around the house. Let your children cut out pictures in newspapers or magazines to decorate their milk jug planters.

Help them glue their pictures onto the jugs. Set aside the planters for a few hours so the glue can dry. Poke a few holes into the bottom of the planter and fill with potting soil. Help your children plant seeds or flowers and watch them grow throughout the spring!



Family Matters: Plant the Seed


Springtime is here!  I am sure you have heard the saying “plant the seed and watch it grow”.  I believe this pertains to two things – first, the examples we set for our children daily in the way we live our lives in speech and actions and secondly, taking a small seed, planting it in dirt and watching it grow into something that nourishes others.  These two basically work together and both benefit our children (and family) in a positive manner. 

Have your kids save seeds out of items you purchase in the produce department like squash, bell pepper, watermelon, cantaloupe, etc., lay them out to dry on a paper towel and then find some time to work together to plant the seeds.  If you don’t have a little extra room in the yard or flower bed, just take a Food Club Gallon Milk jug, cut the top ¼ part off, poke a few small holes in the bottom (for water to drain), fill with potting soil and you have a homemade planter.  

By taking time to plant a few “seeds” for food you are also planting “seeds” in your child by showing them the importance of family togetherness.  When the seeds break ground and start to grow your child will see the miraculous results…what a life changing experience that they are sure to share with others.  How excited they will be when they pick their first squash from the stem and sit down at a meal to enjoy as a family.  

A little dirt and a few minutes of your time…“plant the seed” and watch your child grow and flourish as an individual and your family as a whole.  Make time to “plant the seeds”, then sit back and be amazed as the blessings grow in more ways than one.  Give thanks daily for the time you share with your family!

 



Family Matters : What To Take On a Walk With Your Dog


When the weather is warm and the sun is shining, I enjoy spending as much time as possible outdoors. One outdoor activity that I enjoy is walking my dog.  If you’re taking your dog on a walk, ASPCA suggests bringing along water and treats.  It’s not only important to keep yourself hydrated while being outdoors, but also keeping your dog hydrated. 

I always carry a jar of water and a plastic bowl with me when taking my dog on a walk. Periodically, my dog and I will stop for a brief water break to help hydrate ourselves. Another item to bring is your dog’s favorite treats. You never know when the perfect training opportunity will arise and it’s important to have treats to reward your dog for good behavior.

 



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