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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.

 



Family Matters: Family Time!


Spring is a favorite season for many people, and it is certainly easy to understand why this is so. Spring is when the trees begin to bud, flowers start to bloom, and gardeners plant their first seedlings. There is no doubt that this is a beautiful time of the year. 

Around my home, Spring means different things to each family member. My animal loving daughter is outside creating her own world with her many animal friends. My son is dressed in his army gear, building forts in the back yard, while my husband is planning his next big home makeover project. That leaves me keeping up with all of them, while trying to find time for a few of my own projects. 

The Spring weather has allowed us to tackle some of these projects around the house while keeping the whole family involved in what I like to call “family time”. It really doesn’t matter what we are doing during “family time” it’s just about being together. My daughter enjoys doing things outdoors, so last weekend we decided to put in a small vegetable garden. She and I picked the perfect location… in our flowerbed. Not a lot of work required here. We hoed a section till the soil looked just right for planting. Then together we planted onions, yellow bell peppers and chives. She helps with watering and looks forward to seeing the garden’s progress every day. Hopefully the end results will be that she and I together can harvest our fresh vegetables and I can show her how to prepare them in a delicious meal for the family. 

So, while the weather is right, get outdoors and enjoy Spring and some quality “family time”. Plant a small vegetable garden, rake leaves, wash the car, or simply have dinner outside on the patio. Whatever you choose for your “family time” you can rest assure your kids will remember the time you spent with them!



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



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