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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.



Healthy Living: Buy a Gluten-Free Cookbook


Are you in a slump with dinner every night because you are eating the same gluten-free meal?  Being on a gluten-free diet is becoming more common as experts are learning more about the effects of gluten. With the increase incidence of a gluten-free lifestyle, there has been a raise in the amount of helpful resources available.

If your dinner every night is getting to be rather repetitive then you should look for a gluten-free cookbook. Gluten-free cookbooks are improving as the years progress to have a more delicious variety of foods. When you are cooking the meal you know exactly what you are putting in it; therefore there is no need to worry if your meal could contain gluten.

 



Family Matters: Brookshire’s World of Wildlife Museum and Country Store


It’s HOT outside.  Summer vacation time is beginning to wind down as the kids are thinking about going back to school.  Before the good times run out this summer, take time to do at least one or two more fun activities with your children or grandchildren.   

The best FREE outing I could suggest is a trip to the Brookshire’s World of Wildlife Museum and Country Store in Tyler, TX.  You’ll find a link to the museum under the “Kids” section on the Brookshires.com website showing the days and hours of operation.  The museum is always a favorite destination for my two grandsons when they visit me in Tyler.  And you can’t beat the fact that it always offers free admission!



Family Matters: Formula!


Sometimes to save time or money, we cut corners. Most of the time it doesn’t hurt a thing, but here’s one example of how you should never shortchange your baby: formula.

Don’t stretch infant formula by adding extra water. Improperly diluted formula can actually cause malnutrition and a condition called water intoxication where a baby’s kidneys can’t excrete the liquid fast enough. When preparing concentrated or powdered formula, always follow label directions exactly and use the correct scoop to be sure you get the correct amount.



Family Matters: What’s for Supper


If your family is like ours, summer is always a busy time and finding a meal you can prepare while you are out doing other things is helpful and relieves the stress of figuring out “what’s for supper”.  

Below is an easy Crockpot meal that our family enjoys. 

 

Crockpot Pinto Beans

Ingredients:
1 – 2 lb Bag Food Club Dried Pinto Beans
1 – 16 oz Jar Food Club Thick & Chunky Salsa (Medium)
2 slices of Bacon (uncooked)
1 tsp. – Morton’s Natural Seasonings
1 tsp – Margarine
1/2 tsp – Salt

Directions:

Rinse beans; place in large bowl and fill with warm water until beans are completely covered.  Soak beans for approximately 6 hours and then pour in Crockpot.  Fill Crockpot with water until beans are covered; add jar of salsa, bacon and other ingredients.  Cook on high until beans are tender.  Suggestion:  Soak the beans overnight and put them on to cook in the morning and you will have supper ready to eat when you get home from work! 

The Food Club Thick & Chunky Salsa has bell peppers, onions, and spices that give the beans a great flavor.  Make a pan of cornbread to go with the beans and you have a meal. If you have any leftover beans just add ground meat or sausage the next day and then you have chili for another meal. 

Set aside time this week for your family and enjoy a meal together.  Count your blessings daily and give thanks for the time you share with your family. 



Family Matters: Ice Cream Bar Pie!


For almost 13 years now, once a year, I go all out to bake and decorate a birthday cake for my son and it’s not your everyday sheet cake either. I plan the cake around the theme of the party, buy new shaped cake pans, new colors of icing, all the ingredients and stay up all hours of the night trying to out do myself from the previous years! In a couple of days he is going to be a teenager and so, as usual, I asked him what kind of cake he wanted for his party.  Goodbye to Batman, Spiderman and Sponge Bob themed cakes for him, he wants an ice cream cake!

How do I even begin to make an ice cream cake? Luckily, the July Celebrate Cooking magazine has an ice cream bar pie that I’m thinking about trying for his party. I’ll keep you updated and let you know how it turns out or if I modified the recipe any. Best of all, I shouldn’t have to be up all hours of the night baking and decorating!

Ice Cream Bar Pie
Prep Time: 15 minutes, plus chill time
Serves 18

Ingredients:
1 (12 Ct) box Food Club Ice Cream Sandwiches
1 (12 oz) ctn fat-free frozen whipped topping
2 favorite candy bars (Snickers, Butterfinger,Reese’s or Toffee Bar)
1/4 cup caramel syrup

Directions:
In a 13×9 dish, line the bottom of dish with ice cream sandwiches. Spread whipped topping over sandwiches. Crush your candy bar and sprinkle over whipped topping. Drizzle caramel syrup over ice cream pie. Freeze pie for 30 minutes.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (without candy bar): Calories: 161,
Fat: 6 g (3 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 16 mg, Sodium: 125 mg,
Carbohydrates: 24 g, Fiber: 0 g, Protein: 20 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.



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