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Family Matters: Brookshire’s World of Wildlife Museum and Country Store

It’s HOT outside.  Summer vacation time is beginning to wind down as the kids are thinking about going back to school.  Before the good times run out this summer, take time to do at least one or two more fun activities with your children or grandchildren.

The best FREE outing I could suggest is a trip to the Brookshire’s World of Wildlife Museum and Country Store in Tyler, TX.  You’ll find a link to the museum under the “Kids” section on the website showing the days and hours of operation.  The museum is always a favorite destination for my two grandsons when they visit me in Tyler.  And you can’t beat the fact that it always offers free admission!

Watermelon Creamsicles

Watermelon CreamsiclesWatermelon Creamsicles
Prep Time: 10 minutes, plus freezing

2 cups seedless watermelon, cubed
3 cups Goldenbrook Farms Watermelon Sherbet
1 cup 2% milk
2 tsp vanilla extract

In a blender, add seedless watermelon and blend until smooth. In a large bowl, combine watermelon juice with remaining ingredients and mix by hand.

Place sherbet mixture into cups or popsicle molds. Place sherbet mix in the freezer. If using a cup, let sherbet get firm and add craft stick. Place back in freezer. Freeze until firm.

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Healthy Living: Pool Safety

Pool SafetyThe lazy days of summer mean hours spent by the pool.  Don’t forget your designated “watcher”.  If there is not a lifeguard on duty where you will be swimming, be sure to designate one adult to watch the kids.  It is very important that the designated person not have any distractions.

Drowning can happen in seconds!  It’s also a good idea to be trained in CPR.  During the time that it takes paramedics to arrive, your training could save someone’s life.

Family Matters: Ice Cream Bar Pie!

For almost 13 years now, once a year, I go all out to bake and decorate a birthday cake for my son and it’s not your everyday sheet cake either. I plan the cake around the theme of the party, buy new shaped cake pans, new colors of icing, all the ingredients and stay up all hours of the night trying to out do myself from the previous years! In a couple of days he is going to be a teenager and so, as usual, I asked him what kind of cake he wanted for his party.  Goodbye to Batman, Spiderman and Sponge Bob themed cakes for him, he wants an ice cream cake!

How do I even begin to make an ice cream cake? Luckily, the July Celebrate Cooking magazine has an ice cream bar pie that I’m thinking about trying for his party. I’ll keep you updated and let you know how it turns out or if I modified the recipe any. Best of all, I shouldn’t have to be up all hours of the night baking and decorating!

Ice Cream Bar Pie
Prep Time: 15 minutes, plus chill time
Serves 18

1 (12 Ct) box Food Club Ice Cream Sandwiches
1 (12 oz) ctn fat-free frozen whipped topping
2 favorite candy bars (Snickers, Butterfinger,Reese’s or Toffee Bar)
1/4 cup caramel syrup

In a 13×9 dish, line the bottom of dish with ice cream sandwiches. Spread whipped topping over sandwiches. Crush your candy bar and sprinkle over whipped topping. Drizzle caramel syrup over ice cream pie. Freeze pie for 30 minutes.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (without candy bar): Calories: 161,
Fat: 6 g (3 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 16 mg, Sodium: 125 mg,
Carbohydrates: 24 g, Fiber: 0 g, Protein: 20 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.

A summertime favorite!

Want s’more ideas to make different varieties of s’mores?

• Add peanut butter to your graham cracker
• Use a chocolate graham cracker
• Add toasted coconut to your s’mores
• Use cookies in place of graham cracker
• Add different fruits to your s’mores: banana, strawberry, etc.
• Add pretzels to your s’mores

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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!

Patriotic Ice

Patriotic Ice You will need 2 pitchers for this drink. In the first pitcher, combine 1 envelope of red powdered drink mix, 3 cups of water, and 6 Tbs sugar.

In the other pitcher, combine 1 envelope of blue powdered drink mix, 3 cups of water, and 2 Tbs sugar.

The results of the drink depend on the amount of sugar in each color layer; therefore it is very important that you use the correct amount of sugar.

Fill a clear glass with ice. Slowly pour in the red drink mix, then the blue drink mix, and then top with club soda.

Patriotic Ice

Envelope of blue powdered drink mix
Envelope of red powdered drink mix
Ice cube tray
Club soda

Mix each envelope of powdered drink mix with water. Pour drink mix into ice cube trays. Freeze trays. When ice cubes are frozen, add them to a glass of club soda.

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I Scream, You Scream

We All Scream for Cupcakes!We All Scream for Cupcakes!
Serves 24

Preheat oven to 350° F. In a medium bowl, combine 1 box of chocolate, strawberry or white cake mix, 1 1/3 cup water, 1/2 cup canola oil and 3 eggs. Mix well. Place 24 ice cream cones into a muffin pan. Fill ice cream cones 2/3 full with batter.

Bake for 20 minutes. Once cupcakes are cooled top each with strawberry, chocolate or vanilla frosting.

Decorate or sprinkle with your favorite candy or toppings.


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Shop the Sale: Cheerios

CheeriosMost of the time I cook breakfast for my kids because I’m a fanatic about starting the day off with a good breakfast. However, there are mornings when I just cannot get it together…the back up plan…Cheerios with local honey on top. Good thing Cheerios is on sale, I foresee a busy week coming up!

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

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

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


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