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Shop the Sale: Caramel and Apples


I love the change that Autumn brings; nice weather, beautiful colors and fall cooking!  This year, my daughter and I are going to attempt to make caramel apples and mini-candied apples.

There are two great recipes and step-by-step instructions to create your own apple masterpieces in the October issue of Celebrate Cooking. Also in this issue, there is a coupon for $1.50 off Apples (Granny Smith – 3 lb or Red Delicious – 5 lb bag) when you buy TWO 4 oz bags of Kraft Caramels.



Celebrate Life — Eat Pink!


Using a pre-made cake like Brookshire’s Strawberry Créme Cake makes cake balls a quick and easy treat!

 

• Crumble cake into a large bowl and mix with 1 cup cream cheese icing. Chill for 2 hours.

• Roll cake into balls and freeze for another 2 hours.
• Melt white chocolate according to package directions.
• Mix white chocolate with red food coloring until chocolate turns pink.
• Insert toothpick in each ball and dip ball into melted chocolate.
• Top balls with sprinkles.
• Place balls on wax paper to harden. 

 

Créme cakes located in the bakery.

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Product Talk: Pumpkins


Pumpkins make fantastic decorations for the fall. You can carve them for Halloween to make unique or traditional jack-o-lanterns or set them out until Thanksgiving for traditional decorations. If you plan on carving pumpkins, carve the pumpkin right before Halloween or your pumpkin will rot too quickly.  When carving the pumpkin, save the seeds and bake them for a fall treat. You can make a variety of different flavors of seeds. Using cumin and cayenne pepper would make a Tex-Mex seed while using garlic salt, Italian seasoning, and parmesan cheese to make Italian seeds. 

Oven-Roasted Pumpkin Seeds: 

While carving the pumpkin, put seeds into a bowl. Wash seeds and remove any pulp. Pre-heat oven to 400°F. Place seeds onto a baking sheet. In a microwave bowl, melt butter and pour over seeds. Sprinkle your favorite seasonings over seeds. Bake seeds for 10 -15 minutes or until brown; stirring occasionally.



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.



Keeping it all in the family


September 27 is National Family Day, an event launched in 2001 to encourage families to eat dinner together. Spending quality time together around the table is important to your children’s futures; research shows that children who regularly eat dinner with their families are less likely to smoke, drink or use drugs.  

And what better way to encourage family meal time than getting the kids to help cook?  Most kids love to help in the kitchen, says Judie Byrd, founder of the Culinary School of Fort Worth, (judiebyrd.com). And when dinner is something they’ve helped make, most kids are more willing to try new foods and linger at the table, she says. Children of almost any age can help, as long as you follow these ground rules: 

Make sure there is always adult supervision. 

Stay relaxed; even the messiest kitchen mess can always get cleaned up. And start with age-appropriate tasks like these: 

Kids 5 and under can:

•  Crack eggs
•  Use their (well-washed) hands to mix green salads, fruit bowls, even dough.
•  Help make veggie or fruit kabobs: Kids this age love practicing patterns, and will enjoy putting strawberries, grapes and melons in sequence.
•  Use a sturdy plastic knife to slice soft fruits, such as strawberries and melons.
•  Make their own trail mix by picking handfuls from bowls of ingredients (nuts, dried fruit, chocolate chips, pretzels), then toss using their hands. 

Kids 6-8 can:

•  Stir using a spoon or whisk.
•  Use measuring spoons to measure and add liquid ingredients.
•  Use measuring cups to measure and add dry ingredients.
•  Fill celery with peanut butter, using a plastic knife.
•  Make a bread bowl for soup or salad: After an adult cuts off the top of a round loaf of bread, kids can use their hands to dig out the dough and create the bowl shape.
•  Toss a salad.

Kids 9-11 can:

•  Use a pastry bag to decorate a cake; tie the top with a twist tie to keep the frosting from coming out of both ends and control the mess.
•  Grate cheese.
•  Use a broiler.
• Mix and pour pancake batter and flip pancakes on the griddle. (Electric griddles are safer for this age than the stovetop.)
•  Follow simple recipes.
• Use a paring knife to cut veggies and fruits. 

Kids and teens 12 and up can:

•  Use a chef knife (after mastering use of a paring knife).
•  Choose recipes from cookbooks.
•  Follow more complicated recipes, including those for casseroles, cookies and soups.
•  Use the stove and oven with minimal supervision.
•  Learn and master the sequence of making an entire meal (i.e., what needs to go on the stove in what order, to get the meal to the table in time).
•  Use most kitchen appliances, such as blenders and mixers.

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Shop the Sale: Lunchables


When I was in grade school, I loved it when my mother would pack “really cool stuff” in my lunchbox! Now as a mom, I am more concerned about packing a healthier lunch for my daughter, than giving her all the “cool stuff” she would like.

While I’m not a fan of Lunchables, every now and then, I’ll sneak one into her lunch box to brighten her day…especially when I’m running short on time! Check out September’s issue of Celebrate Cooking Magazine for a 50¢ Off Oscar Mayer Lunchables (Fun Pack or Complete – Selected Varieties).



Brookshire’s Best


Getting the family up to share breakfast in the mornings isn’t always easy. But, put on a pot of Brookshire’s Best Coffee and slice up some Brookshire’s Best Pastries and watch your family come running. 

Who can stay in bed with tempting flavors like Banana Walnut, Cranberry Orange, Blueberry and Peach Praline? You’d have to be a tough cookie indeed to pass up a slice—especially served warm with a little real butter. So moist and fresh, each mouthwatering variety is loaded with plump berries, rich spices and other gourmet ingredients for a seriously tasty treat that’s sure to tempt the sleepiest heads from their beds. 

No matter what flavor you choose, Brookshire’s Best Breakfast Breads are the perfect complement to our Brookshire’s Best Coffee. Nurtured high in the mountains of Central and South America, our coffee trees are nourished by rich soil, proper sun and the perfect amount of rain. Then, four times a year, we hand-pick our coffee cherries and present them to our Roastmaster who unlocks the delicious, fresh flavor of every harvest so you get a perfect cup, every time. The coffee lovers in your family are sure to agree, there’s just no better way to start the day. So, it’s no wonder when you serve Brookshire’s Best Coffee and sweet breads together you get a breakfast that isn’t just good. You get a breakfast that’s seriously good. 

Brewing the Ultimate Cup

1. Start with cold water.
2. Use two tablespoons per six ounces of water and adjust to taste.

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Shop the Sale: Chicken of the Sea


When planning your shopping trips to Brookshire’s this week, be sure to add canned tuna to your list.  Chicken of the Sea tuna is on sale this week and is featured on the front page of the ad. Pick up a few extra cans to have on hand.  

This time of year most families are busier than ever now that school is back in session.  Canned tuna can be a real time saver.  First, tuna sandwiches are always a big hit for busy family members on the go.  And if you’re in a time crunch but still want a delicious, hot meal, a can of tuna added to Tuna Helper makes a great main dish.

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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.



Shop the Sale: Keeping Hydrated


It is important to stay hydrated especially in this hot weather! If your son is heading out to football practice then make sure he has a drink to keep him hydrated. Dasani water, Gatorade Thirst Quenchers, and Propel Fitness Waters are all on sale at Brookshire’s. Pick up your child’s favorite drink to keep them hydrated in the hot sun.



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