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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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Family Matters: Pacing Dogs


You look into the window while you’re unlocking the door and you notice that your dog is pacing the floor; back and forth, back and forth. Don’t worry your dog has not gone insane, he maybe just suffering from separation anxiety. You may have just gotten the dog this summer and it has not really been away from the kids or maybe the dog misses the kids while they are at school. As a family, come up with some ways the dog can be entertained while the children are at school. You could buy your dog a new toy or as a family make a new toy for your dog.



Your Ticket to Tailgating at Home!


From hot wings and brats to burgers and steaks on the grill, there’s nothing like a tailgate party to get everyone in the mood for the big game. 

Fortunately, you don’t have to be at the stadium to enjoy one. With a bit of planning and a few decorations, you can throw a winning tailgate party right in your own backyard. 

Get the pregame festivities going by turning on the radio and setting up a few simple games. Horseshoes and a place to toss the football are great ways to keep kids of all ages occupied. And while some folks go all out by decorating with giant team inflatables, the most important thing is the food. So decorate with your team’s colors, set up some lawn chairs and fire up a menu that looks and tastes great. 

Cheddar Biscuits are a delicious crowd pleaser and go perfectly with everything. Same goes for Twice Baked Potatoes which are easy to make and look absolutely scrumptious. But don’t be afraid to get creative. Grilled Jalapeño Salsa can be made ahead of time and tastes great on chips, burgers and warm tortillas. And Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cups are the decadent sweet everyone will be talking about. 

Round out your tailgate party with plenty of finger foods like chips, dips and fruit that your guests can enjoy without worrying about silverware. Also, make sure to keep and serve foods at proper temperatures. Large bowls filled with ice can be used to chill smaller serving bowls. Plenty of ice is also key for keeping drinks cold. 

And, when the party is over, make cleanup fast and easy by using paper plates, napkins, cups and utensils and setting out trashcans where guests can see them. Go Team! 

Bacon & Cheddar Biscuits 

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes

Serves 6 

Ingredients:
1 cup baking mix (Bisquick)
1/3 cup fat-free milk
4 slices turkey bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 garlic clove, minced
1/3 cup 2% cheddar cheese, shredded
1 Tbs chives, finely chopped

Directions:
Pre-heat oven as package suggests. In a large bowl, combine baking mix and milk and mix until batter is smooth. Then add bacon crumbs, garlic, cheese and chives. Mix well. On a greased baking sheet, drop batter into 6 globs. Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown. 

Nutritional Information: Calories per Serving: 125, Fat: 5 g (2 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 14 mg, Sodium: 381 mg, Carbohydrates: 13 g, Fiber: 0 g, Protein: 6 g 

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cups 

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 13 minutes

Serves 24 

Ingredients:
1 (16.5 oz) roll chocolate chip cookie dough
24 pieces peanut butter cup candy 

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350° F. Spray a mini-muffin pan with cooking spray. Place cookie dough in mini-muffin pan and shape to the pan. Cook cookie dough for 8 minutes. In each cookie bowl add a peanut butter cup. Place back in oven for 5 more minutes or until candy is melted. 

Nutritional Information: Calories per Serving: 123, Fat: 6 g (3 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 3 mg, Sodium: 129 mg, Carbohydrates: 15 g, Fiber: 0 g, Protein: 2 g 

Grilled Jalapeño Salsa

Prep Time: 15 minutes, plus chill time
Cook Time: 10 minutes

Serves 12 

Ingredients: 
1/3 cup olive oil 
1 garlic clove, minced
6 plum tomatoes, roughly chopped
5 large jalapeño peppers, stems and seeds removed
Salt and pepper, to taste
1/4 cup lime juice from 2 medium limes
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1 tsp cumin
1/4 cup onion 

Directions:
In a small bowl, mix together 1 tablespoon olive oil and garlic. Rub oil mixture on tomatoes and peppers. Sprinkle on salt and pepper. Place peppers and tomatoes over medium-hot fire and grill, turn occasionally. Cook peppers for 3 minutes or until slightly colored. Cook tomatoes for 6 minutes or until they begin to color. Chop both tomatoes and peppers. In a medium bowl, combine peppers, tomatoes, 3 tablespoons olive oil, lime juice, cilantro, cumin and onion. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. 

Nutritional Information: Calories per Serving (1/4 cup): 72, Fat: 6 g (1 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 9 mg, Carbohydrates: 4 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 1 g 

Twice-Baked Potatoes 

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 60 minutes

Serves 16 

Ingredients:
4 medium russet potatoes
1/4 cup fat-free sour cream
1 cup 2% Colby Jack cheese
2 Tbs butter
1/4 cup green onions, chopped
4 slices turkey bacon
1 Tbs dry ranch dressing 

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375° F. Scrub potatoes, wrap them with foil and place on a baking sheet. Cook for 1 hour or until tender. When potatoes have cooled, slice potato in half and scrape out potato into a large bowl. Cut skins into quarters. 

Microwave bacon for 3 minutes or until crispy. In a large bowl, combine potato, sour cream, cheese, green onions, bacon and dry ranch dressing. Place potato mixture back into the skins. Bake for an additional 10 minutes or until cheese is melted. 

Nutritional Information: Calories per Serving: 87, Fat: 4 g (2 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 14 mg, Sodium: 101 mg, Carbohydrates: 9 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 4 g 

make preparation easier with a premade Football Cake from our bakery! add Jerk Chicken to the mix!Pair up Sunnybrook Farms Vegetable Tray & Food Club Dip for a healthier game time snack! 

add your favorite deviled egg recipe to the lineup!



Family Matters: Family Movie Nights


If you have kids, you know how expensive it is to go out to the movies and get popcorn and drinks.  Our family has special “movie nights” at home with everyone taking turns picking out the movies.  We have a family dinner and then we lounge in the comfort of our own home and watch one or more movies and eat popcorn.  This makes for great quality time with your kids and normally brings lots of laughter and joy in the house. 

Below is an easy recipe for White Chocolate Covered Popcorn that our family enjoys during our “movie nights”. 

White Chocolate Covered Popcorn

Ingredients:
4  (3.3 oz) bags of Food Club Butter Popcorn
1 (24 oz) pkg of Food Club Quick ‘n Easy White Bark
Wax Paper

Directions:

Cut recipe down – 1 bag of popcorn and 3 squares of white bark.  

Cook popcorn as directed and pour in large bowl.  Place white bark in microwave and melt as directed.  Take the melted bark and drizzle over the bowl of popcorn.  Stir occasionally to make sure it is mixed up good.  Pour contents of bowl on wax paper and let it sit for a few minutes.  Put the popcorn in several small bowls for your family and begin enjoying the sweet taste of perfection!  Suggestions:  Add chopped pecans or colored sugar sprinkles for the kids to make it more fun.

Set aside time this week for your family and enjoy a family “movie night”.  Count your blessings daily and give thanks for the time you share with your family.



Family Matters: Weight Gain in Pregnancy


For most women, a gain of 25 to 35 pounds is normal. If women gain a lot more than that during pregnancy, they may experience more discomforts, including pelvic pressure, back pain and leg swelling. They are also at risk for more serious conditions, including gestational diabetes. Doctors rarely advise dieting to lose weight during pregnancy, but they do believe that moderate, healthy eating is a wise option.



Family Matters: Modified Ice Cream Bar Pie


Some of you have been asking me how my son’s ice cream birthday cake turned out…let me tell you, my new teenager was thrilled with his ice cream bar pie!

I had to adjust the original recipe from the Celebrate Cooking magazine because my son does not eat chocolate. Yes, you read that right he does not like chocolate! Apparently he did not inherit my taste buds. 

The dessert was easy and took only minutes to make, leaving me with lots of time to enjoy his party!
Here are my modifications to the Ice Cream Bar Pie:
Ice Cream Bar Pie
Prep Time: 15 minutes, plus chill time
Serves 18
Ingredients:
1 (12 Ct) box Blue Bunny Birthday Party Ice Cream Sandwiches (it uses vanilla wafers)
1 (12 oz) tub fat-free frozen whipped topping
1 (16 oz) pkg frozen sweetened strawberries or fresh strawberries
Directions:
In a 13×9 dish, line the bottom of dish with ice cream sandwiches. Spread the thawed frozen strawberries over sandwiches. Spread whipped topping over frozen strawberries. Freeze pie for 30 minutes. Top with fresh strawberries before serving.


Family Matters: Sharing Meal Time with Your Dog


If your dog is looking a little heavy, you may need to examine their eating habits. Dogs generally love human food and typically beg you to give them your food. When your family is sitting down to eat a meal, do not allow your dog to enjoy the meal with you.

You can let your dog enjoy the weather outside or they can enjoy nap time or play time in another room. You know you can not resist saying no to those big sad eyes when they want some of your food; so eliminate the temptation of feeding your dog human food by not allowing them to be in the room with you while you are eating.



Clubhouse sandwich


Fresh from the deli taste for an at-home price!

 

 

Ingredients:

4 slices Oscar Mayer Fully Cooked Bacon

4 slices whole grain bread, toasted

2 Tbs Kraft Sandwich Shop Horseradish Dijon Flavored Reduced Fat Mayonnaise 

6 slices Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh Shaved Smoked Ham

6 slices Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh Shaved Oven Roasted Turkey Breast

1 tomato, cut into 4 slices

2 lettuce leaves

 

Directions:

Heat bacon as directed on package.

Spread toast slices with reduced fat mayonnaise.

Fill with bacon and remaining ingredients to make 2 sandwiches.



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