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Family Matters: Road Trip


Baby wipes are not just for the baby, but for the whole family. When going on a road trip there’s always a generic list of items you pack, like snacks, drinks, flashlights and blankets. An item you may want to add to your list, if it’s not already on it, is baby wipes. When traveling with small children, spills can easily happen. Having baby wipes handy can quickly clean up any spills along the way. 

Young children love to touch everything! After a stop on your trip, you can use the baby wipes to clean your children’s hands.  Baby wipes can also be used throughout your trip to clean surfaces, like the handles of a shopping cart.

Next time you are planning a short trip to the grocery store or a long trip to see grandma, don’t forget to pack your baby wipes! 



Family Matters: Truffles


Truffles

Serves: 42

Prep Time: 1 hour 20 minutes 

 

 

Ingredients:

1 (16 oz) pkg Food Club Sandwich Cookies

1 (8 oz) pkg Food Club Fat Free Cream Cheese

2 (8 oz) pkg white chocolate 

Directions: 

Place cookies in a zip-top bag and let your kids mash them until they are fine. In a large bowl combine cookie crumbs and cream cheese, mix until well combined.  With crumb mixture make 42 balls. Place white chocolate into a microwave safe bowl, start out with 30 seconds and microwave until melted.  Once chocolate is melted dip each ball into the chocolate until well covered. Place balls on wax paper and set aside for 1 hour. 

Nutritional Information: Calories per Serving: 134, Fat: 8 g (4 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 18 mg, Sodium: 83 mg, Carbohydrates: 15 g, Fiber: 0 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.



Family Matters: Granola


Granola tends to be under the health halo, but can be high in sugar. Here is a recipe for a delicious crisp, chunky granola that would be delicious with creamy Greek yogurt. 

Banana Nut Granola

Serves: 16

Prep Time: 10 minutes        Cook Time: 10 minutes 

Ingredients:

2 cups Food Club Regular Oatmeal

1/2 cup walnuts

1/2 cup dried bananas

1/2 cup Food Club Honey

2 Tbs Food Club Canola Oil 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°F. In a medium bowl combine oatmeal, walnuts and dried bananas; mix well.  Add honey and canola oil to mix; make sure granola is evenly coated. Spread granola over a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Let granola cool before serving. 

Nutritional Information: Calories per Serving: 115, Fat: 5 g (0 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 1 mg, Carbohydrates: 17 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 2 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. 



Family Matters: Dog’s Bad Breath


Dogs love to show their affection for their owners by giving them a sloppy wet kiss, but sometimes their breath is very unpleasant. Bad breath is due to having a build up of bacteria; it could be a simple problem of plaque, where you would just have to get their teeth cleaned, to a serious problem with your dog’s digestive tract. If your dog’s breath becomes unbearable, you may want to set up an appointment with your veterinarian. 

Here are some simple ways to help prevent your dog from having bad breath. What do you normally do when your breath is bad? You probably brush your teeth or place gum or mint in your mouth; do the same thing for your dog. You can brush your dog’s teeth with toothpaste and a toothbrush that is specifically made for dogs. When making your dog homemade treats add a little mint to the treat to freshen their breath. Periodically feeding your dog hard food and giving them a hard chew toy will help reduce the build up of plaque.



Family Matters: Busy Times…Easy Meals!


Are things around your house finally settling down from all the hustle and bustle of the holidays?  Well, it might slow down some but in general, lifestyles today keep families constantly on the go. 

When we are so busy it’s nice to find recipes that give us a little extra time with our kids and less time in the kitchen.  Below is a recipe for a quick dinner idea that our family enjoys any time of the year.  

Cornbread Casserole 

Ingredients:

1 lb Ground Beef

1 can Food Club Sweet Corn

1 can Ranch Style Beans

1 can Rotel Diced Tomatoes

1 can Food Club Cream of Chicken Soup

2 pkgs Gladiola Cornbread Mix

Grated Food Club Cheese (if desired) 

Directions:

Brown the ground meat, then drain and add corn (drained), beans, rotel and cream of chicken soup.  Mix all these ingredients together in a bowl and pour in a 9” X 13” glass pan.  Prepare cornbread as instructed on package and then pour it over the top of the mixture in the pan.  Spread the cornbread evenly on top and then bake in oven per directions on the cornbread package.  Casserole is done when cornbread is brown.  Spoon casserole in to bowls and serve with grated cheese on top (if desired).  

Take the extra time you gained this week by using this recipe and sit together at the table as a family and delight in the precious moments you have together.  Count your blessings daily and give thanks for the time you share with your family. 



Family Matters: Dry Food vs. Wet Food


Dry food versus wet food is a great debate when wondering which kind of food to feed your cat. Before changing your cat’s diet always check with their vet.  One question to ask yourself is, when will I be feeding my cat? If you are going to be gone all day and are concerned about your cat getting hungry you may want to try dry food. With dry food, you can leave it out all day for your cat to snack on without the food going bad.

If you know that you will have time to feed your cat during the day, you may want to try wet food, so you can feed your cat fresh food when they get hungry. Another benefit to dry food is it helps your cat’s teeth stay clean, so you do not have to brush their teeth as often. You may want to talk to your cat’s vet to see if there are any recommendation on a specific kind of cat food that your cat may need.

 



Family Matters: Choking Hazards


If you are worried about your baby choking on different foods, partening.com provides a list of foods that could be a choking hazard for your baby.

 These foods are nuts, seeds, large chucks of fruit, meat, cheese and vegetables, popcorn and hard candies. Also, remember never leave your baby unattended while they eat! 

Source:Parenting.com



Family Matters: Homemade Bird Feeder


Observing birds in your backyard can be so much fun; you can see different sizes and colors of birds flying in and out of your backyard. We all know if you put a little bird food in your backyard, birds will flock to your yard to eat. You can make a homemade bird feeder from recycled items in your house, peanut butter and bird food. 

First cut a circle or heart out of a plastic leftover milk jug or a cardboard box and then poke a hole in the top of the plastic/cardboard. Spread peanut butter over one side of your plastic/cardboard shape. Pour the bird food into a plate. Place the plastic/cardboard shape, peanut butter side down, into bird food and carefully repeat with other side. Place a ribbon through the hole on top of plastic/ cardboard and hang the feeder outside for the birds to enjoy.

This is a fun craft to make with your children!

 



Family Matters: Walking Your Dog in the Snow


I have really never paid attention to articles about pets and the snow; because I always think the weather will never get that bad here and my dogs are so small they mostly stay indoors. A last week when it snowed, I went walking with a friend that brought his dog. I am the type of person that when it snows I want to be outdoors, so I enjoy going walking in the snow. After walking in the snow with a dog, I wondered if there were any precautions you need to take with dogs and the snow. As humans, we put boots, jacket, scarves, and mittens on to go on adventures in the snow, so do dogs need something to protect them from the snow.  If you’re the type of person who loves to walk in the snow and you take your dog, check your dog’s fur when you’re finished with your walk. Ice can get stuck in your dog’s fur and around their feet. Pay close attention to your dog’s feet because if ice accumulated around their paws not only is it uncomfortable but it can also cause frostbite. When walking in your neighborhood or on a trail do not let your dog run around freely. The snow can mask any familiar smells to help lead your dog back to you. We all know that snow transforms the outdoors into a winter wonderland and sometimes to an unrecognizable place. If you let your dog run free they may not be able to recognize familiar places to return back home. Snow is an enjoyable treat from time to time; get out there and enjoy it! 



Family Matters: Introducing Solid Foods


Is it time for you to start introducing solid foods to your baby? We have all seen the commercials of babies eating Cheerios, well one of the first foods you can introduce to your baby is “O” shaped and puffed cereals. Other foods you can start to introduce, when your baby is ready, are mushy foods like diced bananas applesauce and avocado. Pick foods that are easy for your baby to eat, nutritious, and are cut small enough for your baby to eat.



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