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Family Matters: Keeping Pets Cool


I’ve always thought the “dog days” of summer were misnamed. What dog, or cat, really enjoys the broiling heat of a typical summer?

In the hot months, you need to take extra steps to keep your four-legged family members cool, healthy and happy. Even dogs and cats used to living outdoors need some special care during our long hot summers. Some ideas:

Water, water, water. If your pet’s water bowl is outside, place it in a shady spot so it stays cooler, and empty it daily to keep it clean. To cool it down, you could place a block of ice in the water bowl each morning before leaving for work. Metal bowls absorb heat and make water hotter, and some animals won’t like the taste. Ceramic or heavy plastic are better. Finally, if your animals spends time both inside and outside, make sure they have a clean water supply in both locations.

Lighten up on exercise: Even if you can handle a noontime run, your dog might not be able to. Switch daily walks to early morning or cooler evenings if possible; take along a doggie water supply if you’re out more than 30 minutes. And don’t let your dog drink from puddles in the street. Even if the water appears clean, it can contain traces of antifreeze,  pesticide or fertilizer runoff, or other chemicals that can sicken your dog.

A summer haircut:  Many breeds need more frequent grooming in summer. Keeping hair about an inch or two long will keep most breeds cooler, but never shave a dog down to the skin. They can get sunburn too.  For cats, especially long-haired ones, brush them more frequently, to remove excess hair that may make them feel hotter. Most dogs also shed more in the summer, so you may need to brush them more frequently in between haircuts, to keep hair from matting.

Sunscreen for dogs? Yes, we repeat: Dogs can sunburn too. If possible, keep your dog inside or in a shady area during the brightest sunlight of the day, about 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you’re going to be out during that time – like at the park or the lake – you can rub a bit of sunscreen on the tip of your dog’s nose and ears, and around the lips, where fur can’t protect them.

High-protein diets: Like us, animals may eat less when it’s scalding hot. To make the most of each bite, consider switching to a higher-protein dog food, so they’re still getting the nutrients they need even if they’re consuming less.

Frozen treats: Dogs like cold treats just like we do, but those made for humans are usually filled with things like chocolate and sugar that animals shouldn’t eat. You can make your own. Simply freeze beef or chicken stock in ice cube trays, disposable plastic containers, or plastic cups.



Family Matters: Family Reunion


Summer is a great time to plan a family reunion with grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins, so everyone can share fun, food and fellowship.

Pick a home or place that has enough room for everyone to be comfortable, and plenty of space to enjoy outside activities. If your family has become far-flung, choose a location that’s centrally located, so as many family members as possible can join the fun.

Make your family reunion a “pot luck” meal where everyone brings their favorite foods, desserts or snacks to share.  This lets everyone share the work and the expense, and  takes a lot of the much-dreaded planning out of the process.  Make it even easier on yourself: Stop by your neighborhood Brookshire’s and pick up some prepared foods, such as fried chicken and potato salad from the deli. You are sure to be a hit at the reunion.

Bring dominos, playing cards and inside games, as well as outside games like volleyball, horse shoes and a slip n’ slide. Choose games for all ages, from young to, well, not so young. If yours is a competitive crew, consider adding a challenge, like a horseshoe tournament, a BBQ cookoff or a pie-competition, for fun and bragging rights.

Don’t forget the lawn chairs so you can sit around on the porch or in the yard and visit and catch up on what has been happening in the lives of the ones you love. And, of course, don’t forget the camera!

Family reunions don’t cost much money…just some of your time. Consider it time well-spent and rewarding as to what you and your family will gain from it.   Family is important and taking time to have a reunion will be something your kids will always treasure.  The laughter, tears and photos you share during this special time will be memories never forgotten.

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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Texas, Our Texas


Oven Pulled Pork with Homemade BBQ Sauce  

Prep Time: 30 minutes, plus brining
Cook Time: 4 hours

Serves: 8   

 

 

Ingredients: 
Pork:
5 lbs boneless pork butt
1/4 cup creole mustard
2 tsp liquid smoke
2 Tbs Food Club Ground Black Pepper
1/2 tsp Food Club Salt, or to taste
2 Tbs smoked paprika
1 tsp cayenne pepper
2 tsp Food Club Sugar 

BBQ Sauce:
1 1/2 cups Food Club Ketchup
1/4 cup molasses
2 Tbs Food Club Worcestershire Sauce
1 Tbs Louisiana Hot Sauce
1/2 tsp Food Club Salt
1/2 tsp Food Club Black Pepper 

Directions:
Prepare brine for pork with 4 quarts water, 1 cup salt, 1/2 cup sugar and 3 tablespoons liquid smoke. Add pork to brine and refrigerate 2 to 3 hours. In a small bowl combine mustard, liquid smoke, seasonings and sugar; set aside. 

Preheat oven to 325° F. Remove pork from brine and dry with paper towels. Rub mustard mixture over pork. Place pork on wire rack set inside foil-lined rimmed baking sheet. Place parchment paper over pork, then cover with sheet of aluminum foil, sealing edges to prevent moisture from escaping. Roast pork for 3 hours. 

Remove pork from oven. Carefully pour off liquid in bottom of baking sheet. Return pork to oven and cook, uncovered, until well browned, tender and internal temperature registers 200° F on instant-read thermometer, about 1 1/2 hours. 

Transfer pork to serving dish and let rest for 20 minutes. In a medium bowl whisk together sauce ingredients. Shred pork and toss with 1 cup BBQ sauce. Serve pulled pork on hamburger bun with coleslaw. 

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 242, Fat: 6 g (0 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 101 mg, Carbohydrates: 33 g, Fiber: 0 g, Protein: 18 g.



Family Matters: Beach Nut Baby Products


Beech Nut baby products are made with natural ingredients; no artificial color, flavors or preservatives.  Beech Nut places their product in one of four stages.

Stage 1 is products appropriate for babies about ready to eat solid food. The last stage, stage 4, is foods more appropriate for your toddler. Check out Beech Nut’s website! They have a lot of good information on eating habits for your little one!

http://www.beechnut.com/index.asp

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Family Matters: Blueberry Frozen Yogurt


Blueberry Frozen Yogurt

Serves: 6

Prep Time: 30 minutes, plus chilling       Cook Time: 10 minutes

4 cups fresh blueberries
1 lemon, juiced
2/3 cup Food Club Sugar
1/4 cup Food Club Honey
1/4 tsp Food Club Salt
2 (6 oz) Food Club Light Vanilla Yogurt
1/2 cup Full Circle 2% Milk
1/2 cup Food Club Chopped Walnuts

In a medium saucepan, over medium heat, add blueberries, lemon juice, sugar, honey and salt. Stir until sugar is dissolved. With a potato masher, mash blueberries leaving some whole. Remove blueberry mixture from heat and let cool.

In a large bowl combine blueberries, yogurt and milk; mix well. Cover bowl and refrigerate for 3 hours.

Transfer blueberry yogurt to ice cream maker and add walnuts. Follow manufacturer’s instructions until mixture is creamy.

Nutritional Information:
Calories per Serving: 145, Fat: 3 g (0 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 1 mg, Sodium: 13 mg, Carbohydrates: 28 g, Fiber: 2 g, Protein: 3 g

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Family Matters: Peach and Chicken Delight


Yield: 10 portions (baby sized) 

Ingredients: 

1/2 cup cooked boneless, skinless chicken, chopped

1/4 cup cooked brown rice

1 ripe peach

1 Tbs peach juice

1 Tbs milk

2 tsp wheat germ 

Directions:

Mix all ingredients together and chop roughly in a food processor or blender. The older your baby gets, the larger pieces they’ll be able to work with. 

Nutritional Information:  Calories per Serving: 34, Fat: 1 g (0 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 6 mg, Sodium: 5 mg, Carbohydrates: 5 g, Fiber: 0 g, Protein: 3 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: Keeping Your Pets Hydrated


In the sizzling heat of the summer making sure our family stays hydrated is a top priority; but don’t forget your furry family members. With the scorching sun it’s important that your animals stay hydrated. For easy access to water leave multiple bowls around the house both indoors and outdoors. To ensure that your pet’s water does not get too warm, place water bowls in a shading area of your yard. For extremely hot days freeze a few bowls of water overnight and place them outdoors in the morning. The warm sun will melt the ice throughout the day for a cold, refreshing drink for your pet. Older pets tend to pick a spot and stay there all day. Make sure your pet in properly hydrated by occasionally taking them water.  



Family Matters: 25 Things For Kids To Do This Summer


As much as your kids will tell you they can’t wait for summer, the words “I’m bored,” inevitably cross their lips! While kids do enjoy having some freedom during the summer, a few structured activities are always a good idea.

The following is a quick list of ideas to get your creativity flowing and to fill some down time during the summer months. You can let your kids pick from the list of what they would like to do or simply surprise them with a special activity each day. Doing activities with your kids not only provides a structured environment, but also allows for quality family time. This simple investment of time will be remembered for years to come.

So review the list below, visit websites, and see which activities are best for your family. With these 25 things to do, you may just escape the “I’m bored” this summer! 

Make home made ice cream

Have a picnic

Help make dinner

Bake some cookies

Set up a lemonade stand

Make a bird feeder with peanut butter and birdseeds

Make crafts from recyclables

Roast marshmallows

Eat watermelon and count the seeds

Make juice ice pops

Make smoothies

Pick flowers to decorate the table

Cool off with fruit ice cubes

Make placemats for the table

Paint with pudding

Pop some popcorn & enjoy a movie

Make fresh squeezed orange juice

Eat dinner on the patio

Make homemade play dough

Make treats for your pet

Write a grocery list and let kids do the shopping

Visit an orchard and pick fruits

Bake your own mini pizzas

Make homemade peanut butter



Family Matters: Grape Popsicles


Popsicles are a cold, icy treat to help cool down after playing outside or working in the yard. Here’s a way to make your own personal popsicles with your favorite fruit juices. 

When at the store pick up a jug of your favorite 100% fruit juice or you can juice the fruit yourself. Adding chopped fruit to the fruit juice will add flair to a plain popsicle. Mix and matching fruit flavors is always fun for the whole family! You can make strawberry banana, blueberry pomegranate or strawberry kiwi popsicles. Pour your fruit mixture into small paper cups and place a stick in the middle. Place popsicles in the freezer for 2 to 3 hours or until solid. 

Pick up some 100% grape juice and enjoy your very own grape popsicle! 



Family Matters: Huggies Little Swimmers


Is this the first summer you will bring your bundle of joy to the pool with you?  Don’t worry about pesky diapers that swell in the pool, pick up Huggies Little Swimmers Swim pants. Huggies Little Swimmers are made with absorbent materials that do not swell when your baby is playing in the water.

You can get Little Swimmers for your infant and even your toddler. With leak guard protection you will not have to worry about leaks when your baby is splashing around in the pool. When heading to the lake or the pool always keep on eye on your little one!  



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