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Family Matters: Pizza


Pizza first became popular in America after World War II and then in the late 1950’s is when frozen pizza became available. Pizza is a very delicious food and come is a wide variety. There is a pizza for everyone; you name it, they make it from a vegetable pizza to a meat lover’s pizza, everyone can enjoy a pizza.

Frozen pizza comes in handy when you do not have time to cook dinner after a busy day, or it is good with teenagers in the house because all they have to do is throw it in the oven.



Family Matters: Diapers


Diapers have been around for centuries but disposable diapers have only been around for a few decades. Now there are a variety of disposable diapers, ones for babies on the go, overnight diapers, natural diapers, diapers for premature babies, and they even have a diaper that has a place for the umbilical cord.

I bet the ladies of the 1950’s would have enjoyed having these diapers back then. Diapers are constantly improving.  They are getting more absorbent and thinner.



Family Matters: What Does That Label Mean?


With all the different wording on labels it may get confusing on what things mean. For example, what is the difference between low fat and reduced fat?

The main thing with food is moderation and it is very important to look at the serving size on the label. While something is low fat and you eat multiple servings, you are consuming more fat than you thought.  

Fat-free: Fat-free means that there is less than 0.5 grams of fat per a serving. Another way you may see this is: no fat or without fat. 

Low fat: A low fat product will have less than 3 grams of fat per a serving. 

Reduced fat: When you see reduced fat this means compared to the original product, the reduce fat product has 25% less fat than the original product. For example, if you are looking at a box of cookies and a box of the same cookies that say reduced fat, the reduce fat cookies will have 25% less fat than the regular box of cookies. 

Low saturated fat: This means that this product has less than or equal to 1 gram of saturated fat and that no more than 15% of the calories of this product come from saturated fat. 

(Source: FDA)

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Family Matters: Different Shape Sandwiches


Are your children getting board with the same old peanut butter and jelly sandwich? Well bring some fun in it by using cookie cutters to make sandwiches in animals, hearts, or stars.

Take two pieces of bread put peanut butter and jelly or turkey meat with cheese in between the two breads. Take the cookie cutter and cut the sandwich. Put it in your child’s lunch box for a lunch surprise for them.



Family Matters: Man’s Best Friend as Your Walking Buddy


Just like humans, dogs need exercise too. When dogs exercise, their bone, joint and emotional health improves. Dogs make great walking and jogging buddies. Next time there is a sunny day, put a leash on your dog and take it on a walk or jog. This way both you and your dog are improving your health. Do not forget to bring water for you and your pet.



Family Matters: A Wave Bottle!


Some days—often it’s a Saturday—you just need something different to do. That’s all there is to it—you’re bored.

Here’s a fun craft idea kids will enjoy and it’s easy to keep the supplies on hand so that you’ll be ready the next time boredom strikes your house!

 

 

Wave Bottle

Materials needed:
Cooking Oil
Water
Blue Food Coloring (or any other color)
Empty bottle from soda (2 liter, 1 liter or 3 liter)
Super glue

Directions:
Have your child fill a bottle halfway with cooking oil, and then add some water that has been dyed with food coloring (hint: use a funnel!) to fill it 3/4 of the way full. Replace the cap and glue it on with super glue.  As you place the bottle on its side, the waves will roll gently.

Kids will have so much fun watching the surf….and adults will find it strangely relaxing, too!



Family Matters: Breakfast Ideas


Health experts everywhere agree: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Parents may agree, too, but they’re faced with the challenge of actually getting their children to eat breakfast!

Some kids are groggy in the morning, and others are part of a routine so fast-paced that sitting down to a meal seems like a luxury.Here are a few suggestions for portable breakfasts that are easy to carry with you in the morning. And PS: 

Adults like these foods, too, so make plenty!  

  • Peanut butter on a whole-wheat English muffin, topped with sliced banana.
  • A snack bag filled with dried cereal, walnuts and dried cherries!
  • A hard-boiled egg, tangerine and a handful of whole-grain crackers.
  • A stick of skim mozzarella cheese, a chunk of whole-grain bread and some grapes.
  • A whole-wheat pita stuffed with cottage cheese and sliced peaches or blueberries.
  • A whole-grain waffle toasted and spread with peanut butter and apple sauce.
  • 2 pcs of whole grain bread spread with soft cheese and topped with strawberries.

 



Family Matters: Baby’s First Craft Project


Are you coming up on Baby’s First Mother’s Day? Here’s a fun project that babies of any age can participate in, and it makes a great gift for moms, grandmothers, aunts and cousins.

Make hand print butterflies by dipping your baby’s hands in paint! Place both color-dipped  hands near the top of the paper with thumbs about two inches apart. Then dip their hands in another color of paint and have their hands go in opposite direction (just below the other hands) with the thumbs about 2 inches apart again (sometimes it’s easier to rotate the paper instead of the baby’s hands!).

Let the hands dry and paint a body down the middle. Write “A Handful of Love” on the butterfly body and place a small photo of the child on it. Add pipe cleaners on the head for antennae.

Older children can make the same project with much less help from you!

Note: take lots of photos of this project. You’ll want to remember it!



Egg-ceptional eggs


You can buy all sorts of egg-decorating kits, but have you ever tried it on your own?

It’s not hard!

Keep your plans simple and don’t over-estimate your abilities at the fancy projects!

1. Prepare the eggs. Either hard boil them and dry fully, or blow the raw egg from the inside of the shell by piercing each end with a needle (beginners should stick with hard boiled eggs!).

2. Create the dye bath. Combine 1/2 – 1 Tbs of food coloring with 2 tsp vinegar in a cup that is deep enough for the eggs. Add water to about the half way point. Gently place the eggs into the cups. Try using a soup spoon to ease the eggs in. The longer they are left in the dye, the darker the color shade. Experiment with different combinations of colors. When you remove the egg from the dye, pat dry with a paper towel and place in a holder.

Easy techniques:
1. Crayons: Color on the Easter eggs before placing in the dye.

Simple dots, lines, shapes or swirls…the wax will resist the dye and your picture will show through.

2. Rubber Bands: Wrap rubber bands around hard cooked eggs, then place them in food-coloring dye. Remove eggs, pat dry with paper towel and remove rubber bands. The parts of the egg covered with rubber bands will not be colored. Once the rubber bands are removed, you can drop the egg into a different color dye.

Recipe courtesy of McCormick, Inc.



Family Matters: Fast Chicken and Rice


Just about everyone can use the same word to describe their family: BUSY.  A day at school is the equivalent to working a full-time job, after all, and bringing home school work is just like working overtime.  And we wonder why there’s never enough time to fix a great meal!

Here’s a busy-family favorite recipe because it’s quick and really tasty—even for picky young eaters! If you have some leftover cooked chicken pieces, you can save even more time, since you won’t have to do that initial cooking.

You know, the next time you DO have some time, cook a batch of chicken up, shred it, and pop it in the freezer. That way, you can make this recipe anytime, and save even more precious minutes.

So take it from us—we feel your pain! But we have some recipes that can really help. Stay tuned for more Busy Family Favorites!

Fast Chicken and Rice
Serves 4
Total time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:
1/2 cup frozen peas
1 (8.8 oz) package cooked brown or white rice in a microwaveable reheating pouch.
1 pound chicken breast tenders, halved crosswise (or cooked chicken pieces)
1 Tbs vegetable oil
1/4 cup bottled stir fry sauce
1/2 cup packaged slivered almonds

Directions:
Stir peas into the rice pouch. Heat according to package directions.
Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook and stir chicken in hot oil over medium high heat for 3 minutes or until no longer pink. Stir the rice mixture into the skillet. Stir in stir-fry sauce, heat through. Sprinkle each serving with almonds.

Note: If you have pre-cooked chicken pieces, simply reheat it in the microwave and stir in the cooked peas and rice, as well as stir fry sauce. Cooking time? Five minutes or less!

Nutritional information:
per serving: 311 calories, 9 gr fat (1 gr saturated fat), 402 mg sodium, 66 mg cholesterol, 25 gr carbohydrates, 2 gr fiber, 31 gr protein.

 

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