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Family Matters: Cooking with Toddlers


Thanksgiving is a holiday that requires a lot of cooking and with hot foods cooking it can be scary with little ones running around. Keep a close eye on your children while cooking. You may want to put a movie on for your children to watch while you are busy at work in the kitchen.

When cooking on the stove, place pot and pan handles away from children’s reach, to prevent them from accidently pulling the hot food down on them. Make sure that the floor in the kitchen does not have any spills to ensure that you will not slip on anything that would cause you to fall with hot food in your hands. Always wear non-slip shoes while cooking to prevent falling and spilling hot food on yourself or someone else.  



Family Matters: Crock Pot Apple Butter


This past weekend I experienced the fall itch. It’s the desire to pull out the fall clothes, trade in my sandals for boots, and spend Sunday rooting for my favorite team (go Cowboys!) After going through the closets and pulling out all the fall decorations I moved into the kitchen to prepare the final stage of my home makeover. I wanted the house to smell of fall so I decided on a  Crock Pot Apple Butter recipe.
Now, I’ve had my share of apple butter but never thought of making it until I saw this recipe. It was so easy to make, no canning involved, and can be frozen for up to six months. I even put some in small jars to give as gifts.
Come celebrate all that’s great about apples at Brookshire’s Apple Festival, October 23-24. Your hometown store will be serving-up special events and sales. Stop by to sample apples, apple juice, apple muffins, apple butter, while the kids bob for — you guessed it, apples!
Crock Pot Apple Butter
Serves: 44
In a slow cooker, combine 7 cups applesauce, 3 cups sugar, 1 teaspoon cloves,
2 tablespoon cinnamon, and 2 tablespoon vinegar.
Cook on low for 5 – 6 hours.
Calories per Serving: 71, Fat: 0 g (0 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 1 mg,Carbohydrates: 18 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 0 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


Dine-In: Pumpkin Rice


Pumpkin Rice
Serves: 6
Prep Time: 20 minutes       Cook Time:  30 minutes
Ingredients:
2 cups water
1 (14 oz) can low-sodium chicken broth
1 Tbs extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup finely chopped onion
1 clove garlic, minced
2 cups uncooked jasmine rice
1 cup dry white wine
1 tsp dried Rosemary
1 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
Directions:
In medium sauce pan, add water and chicken broth; bring to a boil. Once broth begins to boil reduce heat and simmer. In a large skillet, sauté onions and garlic in olive oil; cook until onions are tender. Add uncooked rice and cook until rice is brown; stirring constantly. Add wine and rosemary to rice mixture; stirring constantly. Slowly pour in chicken broth; cook until liquid is absorbed. Add in pumpkin and Parmesan cheese; heat throughout. 
Nutritional Information:  Calories per Serving: 329, Fat: 5 g (2 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 7 mg, Sodium: 154 mg, Carbohydrates: 55 g, Fiber: 4 g, Protein: 9 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: Family time is important!


Family time around the evening dinner table is important.  When you’re squeezed for time to plan or cook dinner, just stop by Brookshire’s on the way home from work and pick up some hot fried chicken. Everybody at my house loves the tasty Brookshire’s fried chicken recipe.  Fried chicken from Brookshire’s Deli is fresh.  It is hand breaded and it was never previously frozen.  It is also fried in transfat-free oil.  Now that’s important to me and my family.



Family Matters: Making Noise


Cats tend to have a mind of their own and are typically stubborn. If your cat is doing something that you do not like, for example, jumping on the kitchen cabinets or scratching the couch, making a noise to startle them, not scare them; will make your cat stop. With repetitive action your cat will soon learn not to jump on the cabinet or scratch the couch. 



Heroes For All Time


They’re called “The Greatest Generation.” Americans who worked, prayed, sacrificed and fought their way through the Great Depression and global chaos when war broke out in Europe in 1939. Their lives were hurled into the fight when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.

The men and women who went on to serve in World War II are heroes for all time. They protected America and our freedoms and liberated people all over the world. Today, we’re losing these veterans at a rate of 1,000 a day, so Brookshire Grocery Co. decided to sponsor the WWII Heroes Flight to Washington DC.

October 5-6 the company will provide an all-expense-paid trip for 37 WWII veterans from east Texas to visit the World War II Memorial, Iwo Jima Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery and United States Capitol. As one person put it—there’s not much time left to honor them in this way, and most of these veterans have never seen their memorial. It is an experience of a lifetime to take such a trip, and we are proud to say “Thank You” and pay tribute to this special group of heroes.



Family Matters: Family Game Night


What better way to start off the holiday season than spending quality time together as a family.  Twice a month, pick a night to sit outside on the porch in the fresh air and play board games or card games as a family.  Let the kids each pick out a game or take turns each game night. 

You are guaranteed lots of laughter and joy as you try to out play each other or team up on other family members.  This makes for a great time of friendly competition and family togetherness.  Family game night is cheap and priceless when it comes to the difference it will make to your children. 

Eating meals together as a family is important, but also taking time to play games with your kids adds lots of fun, smiles and laughter and makes for great family memories.  You have to make time for what is really important – our kids and family. 

Don’t forget to set aside time this week for your family and enjoy a family “game night”.  Count your blessings daily and give thanks for the time you share with your family.



Family Matters: Introducing Solid Foods


If you are unsure about when you should introduce solid foods to your baby, talk to your baby’s doctor before starting solid foods. When your baby is able to sit up and able to grab, this is an indication that they are ready for solid foods.

Some good foods to start your baby on are cereals, oatmeal, and vegetables. When starting a solid food, start only one food for a few days before switching to a different food. This way if your baby is having any problems with solid foods, you know exactly which food is causing the problems.

(Source: American Academy of Pediatrics)



Family Matters: BUSH’S Chili Magic Chili


Football season has officially arrived and if your family is like mine, we live and breath football, from early morning practices, to hometown games and Monday Night Football!

When watching the game on the big screen my boys want a real “man’s meal”. Their most requested “man’s meal” is Chili.

I use this simple recipe that scores me points every time!
BUSH’S Chili Magic Chili
Ingredients:
1 lb lean ground beef or turkey
1 cup onion, chopped 
1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes
1 (15.5 ounces) can BUSH’S Chili Magic Chili Starter, any style
shredded cheddar cheese
tortilla chips
Directions:
Sauté the onion until softened. Add ground beef or turkey and brown. Add diced tomatoes and BUSH’S Chili Magic Chili Starter. Stir, cover and simmer gently for 15 minutes. Serve garnished with cheddar cheese and tortilla chips.
For more tailgating at home recipes such as twice-baked potatoes, jerk chicken, and bacon and cheddar biscuits, pick up the September issue of Celebrate Cooking Magazine or visit brookshires.com. 


Family Matters: Family Home Evening


Now that the kids are back in school, schedules can become extremely busy.  This time of year family members can be pulled apart because of various after-school activities, sporting events and homework.  In fact, many families find that unless they schedule family together time, weeks can pass by without the family spending any meaningful time together.  

Many years ago when my kids were very young, my family designated every Monday night as our “Family Home Evening” time together.  On that night we made sure no other commitments spoiled our family time and everyone planned to be at home.  That meant everyone was home by 5:30 p.m. to eat dinner together, play some games, share stories, learn something new and serve up a special sweet treat for the whole family before bedtime. 

If your family is stressed and finding you have very little “together time” these days, consider picking one special night each week for your family designated only for yourselves.  I’m sure you will enjoy the results as much as we do.

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