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Family Matters: Homemade Ice Cream


Homemade Ice CreamSo 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!



Product Talk: Top Care


Have you had trouble getting your favorite over the counter meds lately?  McNeil, a division of Johnson and Johnson has had some production issues and has recently voluntarily closed down their Plant in Pennsylvania.

Products such as Children’s Tylenol, Children’s Motrin, Children’s Benadryl, Adult Tylenol Cold, Adult Sinus, St. Josephs Aspirin Etc. will be virtually unavailable until sometime in 2011.

My advice to those that are looking for these products is to consider our Top Care label which actually has the same active ingredients that are found in the national brand at a substantial savings.  If you have any questions feel free to consult one of our Pharmacists for expert advice.

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Grilled Banana S’mores


Place BANANAS with peel on the grill for 5 minutes on each side or until peel gets dark. Peel BANANA and scoop pulp out in a bowl.

Arrange warm Grilled bananas on graham cracker squares. Place chocolate squares over grilled bananas. Top with another Graham Cracker Square to make a sandwich.

 



Product Talk: Hyland’s Cough and Cold


Having a child is a very rewarding experience, but it does have its challenges, especially when they are 2.  Recently my child was sick with a bad cough and had double ear infections.  He hacked and hacked and none of the prescription drugs that the doctor had prescribed would work for the cough.  After several restless nights and coughing all day and night, I finally sent my husband to the store to find something.  He came back with Hyland’s Cough and Cold for kids. 

My first thought was, why did he buy that, all the brand name stuff that people have used for years, and this??  A brand that I had not heard of, I was sure it would not work..  Desperate for relief, I started giving him this medicine.  I noticed the cough getting fewer and fewer in between, the nights got better, and I was finding myself and my child sleeping more throughout the night.  It worked!!  So parents if you need some relief don’t be scared to try Hyland’s Cough & Cold. 

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Are you ready for a road trip?


Is your family going on a road trip? It is hard to eat healthy when on the road; you always end up stopping at a convenient store to stock up on snacks. Try making homemade snacks to take on your trip; it will save you money, time and will be a little healthier snack.

Some great road trip snacks are homemade granola or trail mix, popcorn and cut up fruits and vegetables.

Trail Mix – If you have kids that have different taste, this is a good treat because you can let them pick out what they want in their personal trail mix. In different bowls place nuts, pretzels, raisins, craisins, dried fruits, cereals, gummy bears and chocolate candies. You can even add seasonings like cumin or dry ranch mix.

 

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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.



Healthy Living: Peanut Butter Cookies


When you can not eat gluten, I bet it is hard to find a cookie without flour. Peanut butter cookies can be easily made without flour. Here is a recipe for a peanut butter chocolate chip cookie that requires no flour.

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Cookies
Serves: 24

Ingredients:
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup peanut butter, smooth or chunky
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup peanuts
1/4 cup chocolate chips

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350°F. Beat sugars, peanut butter, egg, and baking soda. Once smooth add in peanuts and chocolate chips. Make dough into balls and place on cookie sheet. With a fork flatten the ball of cookie dough. Bake for 10 minutes.

Nutritional Information:
Calories per Serving: 111, Fat: 7g (Saturated Fat 2g), Cholesterol: 8mg, Sodium: 106mg, Carbohydrates: 11g, Fiber: 1g, Protein: 4g.

© 2010, Brookshire Grocery Co.  Nutrient counts are rounded to the nearest whole number.  All dietary and lifestyle changes should be supervised by a physician



Family Matters: Kids Water Safety


Summer is swimming time and everyone’s excited. Don’t ever forget the most important rule: Nobody should ever swim alone. Whenever kids are in or near a pool or any water such as ponds, bathtubs, toilets or buckets, always assign one adult to watch them carefully. Pools should be gated (and locked when not in use). Water fun is a summertime favorite, but you have to be careful!



Celebrate kids!


With school almost out, it’s time to start thinking of fun activities for the summer. Get your kids’ creative juices flowing with fun ideas like using twigs to make a natural vase. Just follow these easy steps for a beautiful new centerpiece.

Getting your kids to eat healthy is smooth sailing when you turn cheese and hot dogs into fun sailboats. Since you control the ingredients, you also control the nutrition. Use wheat or pumpernickel bread and add color as well as healthy fiber. Select your favorite cheese and hot dog—you can even go all-natural.

Then let the fun bubble over with new Kool-Aid Fun Fizz. It’s a fun, easy way to turn plain water into a fizzy, fruity drink. And right now you can try Fun Fizz free when you buy three boxes of Capri Sun. Drink in the fun and stay hydrated with these go-anywhere drinks.

Sailboat Hot Dogs
Use whole wheat buns, turkey hot dogs and low-fat cheese for a healthier meal!
Prep Time: 4 minutes
Serves 4

Ingredients:
4 whole wheat hot dog buns
4 turkey hot dogs
4 pretzel sticks
2 oz 2% cheddar cheese in block
2 oz Colby Jack cheese in block

Directions:
Optional hot dog toppings: ketchup, mustard, sauerkraut, relish

Grill hot dogs and buns. Place hot dog inside of bun. Top hot dog with desired toppings. Take block of cheese and cut into quarters and then triangles. Repeat cheese step once more with cheddar cheese and then with Colby Jack cheese, until you get 8 triangles. Place cheese into hot dog to make sails. In between the cheese place a pretzel standing up.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 323, Fat: 19 g (3 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 58 mg, Sodium: 914 mg, Carbohydrates: 24 g, Fiber: 2 g, Protein: 16 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. All recipe ingredients should be cooked to a safe internal temperature according to USDA guidelines. After preparing a recipe, please store any leftovers in the refrigerator.

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Product Talk: Oatmeal


Oatmeal is a great breakfast choice while allowing your childs personality to come out. You can make a bowl of oatmeal in the morning and let your child experiment with flavors. They can add bananas, walnuts, raisins, apples or what ever they like. Your children can be little chefs by making their own oatmeal creations. Oatmeal is a great way to start off your day, it is low in cholesterol and saturated fat and it also has fiber.

Not only does oatmeal make a great breakfast but it is great in desserts too. You can make a crust with oatmeal as well as delicious oatmeal cookies.

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