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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.

Product Talk: Peanut Butter

If there was a Top Five list of foods kids love, surely peanut butter would be on it. Moms love it too, because it’s a non-meat source of protein, it’s cholesterol free, and has heart-healthy unsaturated fats. Peanut butter doesn’t need refrigeration, has natural sweetness, and is a lunch box’s best friend. It just might be one of those perfect foods! You can get peanut butter several different ways: creamy or chunky; regular or natural (where the oils will separate and need to be stirred); and reduced-fat (note: there are more sugars in this type). You can even make your own! Just put a cup or two of peanuts (or other nut, for that matter) in a food processor and turn on. The nuts will chop, then turn to dust and then gradually turn to a paste. When it’s smooth enough, it’s done! You can add salt, oil or honey if you like, but plain is just fine.

What else to do with peanut butter? How about a smoothie? Combine 1 cup milk, 1 cut-up ripe banana (frozen), and 2 Tbs peanut butter in a blender until smooth. Or maybe peanutty pops: blend 1/2 cup peanut butter, 2 cups milk and 1 small package instant chocolate pudding. Spoon into 4-oz paper cups, insert an ice cream stick in the center and freeze 4 hours. Try Dandy Candy Peanut Butter Balls: equal parts peanut butter and powdered sugar. Squish together in a plastic bag until blended. Add enough honey or powdered sugar to make it yummy. Roll into balls or cut into bars.

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Family Matters: Cubby Boxes

It’s been this way for ages: kids love boxes. Ever noticed on Christmas morning that the gifts are great, but the boxes are even better?

Kids like simple things and you can help them. If you ever get a new appliance or other large item, save the box! Depending on the size and shape, you can cut a door and windows for a great little house, or flip it over to make a car or boat. Tape on some fabric for curtains or make a couple of peepholes. Kids will really enjoy playing peek-a-boo with Mom and Dad, and they’ll fill their boxes with teddy bears, dolls and whatever else suits their fancy. This type of activity encourages creativity and the boxes are generally free.  If you don’t have a big purchase planned, ask at the appliance store and they may have an extra box you can have.

Shop the Sale: Cereal

Kellogg’s cereals are on sale when you buy 4 boxes. If you have kids, that won’t be a challenge at all!

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Family Matters: Touch

Kids gain so much when they’re able to touch things. So when they help prepare a meal, they feel a connection with the food—and are more likely to eat some of it!

Shop the Sale: Oreos

Oreos are on sale!! Need we say more?! If you can resist scarfing down the entire bag, put half a bag in a zipper-top plastic bag and crush them with a skillet. Then use some of that as a crumb crust. Add in a thick layer of the ready-to-use cheesecake filling you can get in the dairy case and top with more cookie crumbles.

What an awesome Valentine’s Day cake to make! And you can say in all honesty, “I made it myself.”

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Product Talk: Tomatoes

If you’re trying to get your kids to love vegetables, tomatoes are a great place to start. Nothing is more fun than tiny grape, pear and cherry tomatoes! Dip or skewer on toothpicks and watch them smile! Then you can talk about heirloom tomatoes—how these seeds are from old fashioned tomatoes that grow in crazy sizes, colors and shapes—but have wonderful flavors. Hold a taste testing party and see if you can tell the differences in the varieties!

Family Matters: Try a Tomato!

Kids are just like the rest of us: they learn best in a hands-on atmosphere. So when you’re trying to instill a love of vegetables with your children, maybe the hands-on method will help!

Next time you’re at the store, pick up a variety of tiny tomatoes. Let your kids help pick them out, or just bring home a good selection. Grape and pear tomatoes (shaped just like they sound) are tiny bite-sized bursts of flavor. Cherry tomatoes are just a bit larger, but still small. From there, plum (or Roma) tomatoes are a big larger and egg-shaped. Slicing tomatoes are the full-sized ones.

So what do you do when you get all these tomatoes home? First, everyone washes their hands. Then help your kids identify the different types of  tomoatoes. Pear, grape and cherry tomatoes should be easy! Talk about the thin skin that is fragile yet strong enough to hold all the juice and seeds inside.

Then get a knife—plastic or metal, depending on your child’s abilities—and cut one in half from top to bottom. Notice the pretty patterns. Cut another in half from side to side. Wow, there’s a difference, isn’t there? Slice up several more tomatoes, put them in a bowl and sample them. Save the rest for a salad tonight. And you know what? There’s a good chance your children will actually eat some!

Valentine fun for everyone

When you’re a family, it’s important to celebrate the things that matter—even if that means skipping the romantic restaurant dinner and instead fixing Valentine pizzas at home.

Let the kids serve you! They can prepare this pizza easily, by using English muffins, your favorite sauce and cheese…and topping it with hearts cut from pepperoni slices.

Just fold each slice in half and cut with scissors—just like you used to do when making paper hearts!

When the kids are in charge of pampering Mom and Dad for their romantic dinner, you can sit back and enjoy the 5-star service at the best place in town!


Product Talk: Cosmetics

Does your baby use cosmetics? Of course not! Babies don’t wear perfume or makeup! But actually, cosmetics include shampoo, moisturizers and lotion. Baby cosmetics are extremely gentle to delicate, sensitive skin. They are often fragrance-free, hypo-allergenic and free of unnecessary chemicals.

And for those reasons, many adults choose to use baby shampoo, lotion, oil and cream. You’ll find a wide range of  baby cosmetics in Brookshire’s stores. In addition to the national brand names you know, you’ll also find our store brand, Top Care, on the shelves. Top Care products are guaranteed to be just as high-quality as the other brands, or your money back! This is a great way to stay on your budget, but still keep your baby’s skin—or your own skin—clean and baby soft!

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