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Family Matters: Summertime and your kids


Summer time is here, the kids are at home all day and they seem to be always hungry!

I want to help my kids make healthier choices when snacking.

Here are a few things that I do at home that seem to work for my kiddos: 

  

  1. Keep a basket of fruit on the kitchen cabinet at all times filled with apples, oranges, bananas and fruit leathers
  2. Keep individual bottled water in the fridge
  3. Place yogurt tubes in the freezer for a healthier frozen treat
  4. Frozen grapes also make a cool summer snack 

You’ll be surprised at your kids’ choices! When we are heading out the door for the day, I tell my kids to grab a snack and something to drink…they usually come to the car with a piece of fruit and bottled water. Yeah, I’m a pretty good Mom!



Family Matters: Food, Family and Fun!


It is almost time to celebrate the Fourth of July!  With the holiday falling on Sunday this year, most Americans will enjoy a relaxing 3-day weekend away from work.  And that’s only more time to bring family and friends together for food and fun.

My wife, Karen, takes the responsibility of making our Fourth of July meal extra special.  I like her idea:  She always checks with each family member before she goes shopping to make sure we serve up their favorite summertime food on the Fourth.  No matter how unusual, she will serve it, which is exciting for our grandkids. 

But so far, we haven’t been too surprised by the menu.  The grandkids expect hot dogs.  For Karen, it is a thick juicy hamburger hot off the grill.  My daughter insists on potato salad – the kind that comes from Brookshire’s deli in the plastic tub.  (We’ve long since given up on making potato salad from scratch because the product from the deli is so delicious.)   My son wants grilled onions for his hamburger.  And my favorite taste is the blending of baked beans and Lay’s potato chips – the combination is heavenly. 

Holidays are so much fun for the family.  Make your family’s Fourth of July special this year by serving everyone’s favorite foods.



Dine In: Time With Our Family


Dining in on Fridays does not necessarily require a tremendous amount of time in the kitchen or time away from your family. What most of us want these days is some help in pulling together meals.

We all value our time with our family and especially at mealtime. Most of us will agree that dining-in is healthier than eating out and the best way to connect with family on a regular basis.

We have many meal solutions throughout our stores with ready-to-eat, ready-to-heat and ready-to-cook options. These items are not only easy but affordable so stop by your local Brookshire’s store, grab some dinner and enjoy a Friday night at home with the most important people in the world…your family.

 



Family Matters: Introducing New Foods


Is your baby starting to reach for your food and other adult foods? This may be a sign that your baby is ready to be introduced to new foods. At your next check-up talk to your baby’s doctor about introducing new foods.



Family Matters: Meat Loaf


These days spending quality time with your family seems almost impossible.  Sunday for our family is the day we set aside by first worshiping together at church and then going home and enjoying a sit down lunch as a family. 

We visit, laugh and catch up on the happenings of the prior week.  A home with four kids gets pretty hectic at times, but just sitting down together for a meal brings things back to what is most important – our family. One of our favorite meals is homemade meat loaf, garlic mashed potatoes and green beans. 

Below are two easy recipes you can enjoy with your family. 

Meat Loaf

Ingredients:
5 lbs Ground Meat
1 1/2 pkgs/sleeve of Food Club Saltine Crackers
3 Eggs
1 (16 oz) Jar of Food Club Medium Salsa
Add little bit of Worcestershire Sauce
Sprinkle in Morton’s Natural Seasonings

Directions:
Mix these ingredients all together and put in a 9 X 12 pan and bake at 350 for approximately 45 – 55 minutes.

While the meatloaf is cooking take two cans of Kentucky Wonder Green Beans, add 2 Tbs of Virgin Olive Oil, 2 tsp of margarine and a touch of Morton’s Natural Seasonings. Cook on the stove top on medium heat while the meat loaf is cooking.  When you sit down to eat, you will think you are eating fresh green beans out of the garden. 

Hope you set aside some extra 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.

 



Healthy Living: Portion Sizes


If you have trouble with portion sizes or can not stop yourself from eating the whole box of cookies, try a small snack size bag. Buying snack size products are ideal to have around the house. When buying a snack size product just grab that one snack size package, eat just that package, and do not go back for more.

Snack size items help you control yourself when eating food, so you do not overeat. When eating something out of a big box or a big bag, it is hard to just quit, you just continue to snack and before you know it the whole box or bag is gone. If you can not buy something that is premeasured in a package, do it yourself. Just measure out a serving size, put it in a bag, and enjoy just that serving size later.

 



Family Matters: Homemade Ice Cream


So I took the family to my parents this weekend for a family cookout. My Dad and brothers took care of the grilling, my Mom made the side dishes and I was in charge of bringing the desert. I wanted to make something fun…homemade ice cream would be perfect!

I mixed up all the ingredients at home the night before and poured into a jug. So, all I had to bring with me was the jug with the mixture, rock salt, ice and the electric ice cream maker. The ice cream was a hit and so simple to make!

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream:

Ingredients:
2 cups half & half
2 cups whole milk
3/4 cup sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
pinch of salt

Directions:
Wisk together all ingredients until well blended. Pour into ice cream maker and process according till it is soft frozen.

Enjoy!



Family Matters: Milk Is Not Always a Treat for Your Cat


You always see cats on television enjoying a nice bowl of milk, you think milk is good for me; it must be good for cats too. Well you thought wrong; cats can actually be lactose intolerant. If you or a family member suffers from lactose intolerance you know how just a little bit of lactose can make you feel awful. Well that is what a cat is experiencing.  The enzyme lactase, which helps digest lactose, is in rare presents in your cat’s digestive system.  So next time you see fluffy drinking milk on television remember just to stick with cat food for your cat. 

(Source: ASPCA)



Family Matters: Fruit Cups


We all know fruit is great and a nutritious snack for kids but it sometimes is not an easy snack for them to have. At a young age, kids are not able to cut up their own fruit; therefore it is not as easy of a snack as grabbing a cookie.

Fruit cups are a way for your kids to have easy access to ready to eat fruit.  There is no hassle of having to get an adult to cut up their fruit; they just grab a cup and go. This snack is very accessible and nutritious. For a frozen treat, you can freeze the fruit cups and then take them out to let them thaw. When they start to thaw take a spoon and break it up for a fruit slushy.



Family Matters: Baby Wipes


Baby wipes can be used on more than just babies. Baby wipes can be used as wet napkins for a picnic or a wipe for when you are painting the nursery. Baby wipes are also great to have in the car on road trips regardless the age of your kids.  Since the primary focus of baby wipes are for babies then they are gentle to adult’s skin as well as a baby’s skin. The cleaning chemicals in the wipes do not irritate the skin by taking your bodies natural oils out of your skin. . Baby wipes were first being talked about in the late 1970’s early 1980’s Today, you can buy wipe replacement so you can put them into your cute little baby wipe carriers.

 



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