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Family Matters: Huggies Little Swimmers


Is this the first summer you will bring your bundle of joy to the pool with you?  Don’t worry about pesky diapers that swell in the pool, pick up Huggies Little Swimmers Swim pants. Huggies Little Swimmers are made with absorbent materials that do not swell when your baby is playing in the water.

You can get Little Swimmers for your infant and even your toddler. With leak guard protection you will not have to worry about leaks when your baby is splashing around in the pool. When heading to the lake or the pool always keep on eye on your little one!  



Product Talk: Ice cream, Frozen Yogurt and Sorbet, Oh My!


Ice creams and cold treats become a staple item in most southern freezers in the hot summer. When kids are running in from splashing around in the pool and shooting hoops outside they want a cold treat to cool them down.

 There are many frozen treats on the market today; you can choose from a variety of ice creams, frozen yogurts, sorbet and other frozen items. With such a vast variety, choosing a nutritious treat can become difficult.

The NuVal scores for these treats can be as low as 1, all the way to a perfect score of 100. Even though you can find high scoring products, most frozen treats never exceed a score of a 40. The nutrients that have the greatest influence on scores in this category are calories, saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol and added sugars.  

Next time you’re looking for a frozen treat try to find a product that is higher than the average score of a 17.

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Family Matters: Cookie Monster Time…


What better way to enjoy the warm weather than with two favorites – cookies and ice cream! 

 If you ever try this at home it will be something that you do from now on with your family.  

 

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 – pkg of Food Club Bake n’ Break Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • 1 – Half Gallon of Goldenbrook Farms Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
  • 1 – Bottle of Food Club Chocolate Syrup
  • Cool Whip (optional)
  • Chopped Nuts (optional) 

Directions:

Bake cookies as directed.  As soon as the cookies come out of the oven place one or two on a plate and add a scoop(s) of ice cream on top.  Once you add the ice cream, drizzle the chocolate syrup on top.  If you like you can also add cool whip and nuts for a little extra fun. 

This is a fun and delicious treat to make and enjoy with your family any time!  Stop by Brookshire’s and pick up the items you need and have a “cookie monster” time.  

Don’t forget to set aside some quality time this week for your family.  Count your blessings daily and give thanks for the time you share with them.  



Family Matters: Baby Wipes


Baby wipes can be used on more than just babies! They can be used as a wet napkin on a picnic or a wipe to clean up a mess. Baby wipes are a must have on any road trip regardless the age of your children.



Family Matters: Exercise


Kids need plenty of physical activity, but if they’re couch potatoes, that can be a challenge. 

Take the lead and be a good example: play WITH your kids!

  •  Ride bikes, jump rope, climb stairs, skate and swim.
  •  Take a family walk or bike ride after dinner every night.
  •  Learn new sports.
  •  Build activity into special gatherings. Hold a scavenger hunt or play volleyball at family events.


Dine-In: Coconut Cake


Make this delicious coconut cake with your kids for Easter! 

Coconut Easter Cake

Serves: 16

Prep Time: 45 minutes        Cook Time: 35 minutes 

 

Cake

Ingredients:

2 cups Food Club Sugar

1 cup Food Club Butter

4 eggs

1 Tbs vanilla extract

3 cups Food Club All-Purpose Flour

1 Tbs Food Club Baking Powder

1 cup Full Circle Fat Free Milk

1 1/2 cups shredded sweetened coconut 

Frosting

Ingredients:

6 large egg whites

1/2 tsp cream of tartar

1 cup Food Club Sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup shredded sweetened coconut

Pastel sprinkles, for garnish

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray two 8-inch round pan with cooking spray. In a large bowl cream together sugar and butter. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Slowly stir in flour and baking powder. Add milk and coconut; mix until well distributed. Pour batter into baking pan and cook for 35 to 37 minutes or until toothpick is inserted and comes out clean. Allow cakes to cool.  

In a double broiler over medium-high heat, add egg whites and cream of tartar. Beat with an electric mixer until soft peaks are formed. Add sugar and vanilla extract to egg whites and whisk until stiff peaks are formed. Spread frosting over cooled cake. Press coconut into cake and sprinkle pastel sprinkles on top of cake. 

Nutritional Information: Calories per Serving: 408, Fat: 17 g (11 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 77 mg, Sodium: 128 mg, Carbohydrates: 59 g, Fiber: 2 g, Protein: 6  g. 

© 2011, Brookshire Grocery Co.  Nutrient counts are rounded to the nearest whole number.  All dietary and lifestyle changes should be supervised by a physician.

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Family Matters: Milk Jug Planter


Earth Day is April 22nd this year and you can celebrate by making a planter from reusable material like an old milk jug. Save your milk cartons, cut the tops off and wash them out. Collect old newspapers and magazines from around the house. Let your children cut out pictures in newspapers or magazines to decorate their milk jug planters.

Help them glue their pictures onto the jugs. Set aside the planters for a few hours so the glue can dry. Poke a few holes into the bottom of the planter and fill with potting soil. Help your children plant seeds or flowers and watch them grow throughout the spring!



Easter Craft ideas


Celebrate earth day and the holiday with fun, renewable and non-toxic, Easter craft ideas!  

Paper Mache glue

Total Time: 15 min
Prep Time: 15 min 

Ingredients:
1cup Food Club All-Purpose Flour
1 cup of water

Directions:
Mix togethe 1 cup of flour with 1/2 cup of water. Stir it thoroughly with a fork or whisk, add the rest of the water until the mixture is the consistency of glue, a bit  runny and not thick like paste. Add more water or flour as necessary. Mix well to remove any lumps. 

If you’re concerned about mold, add 2 tablespoons of salt to inhibit mold growth, and if the smell of this mixture bothers you add a pinch of cinnamon to sweeten the aroma.   

You should be able to store this glue for a few days in a covered bowl or jar in the refrigerator. 

old fashioned milk paint

Total Time: 1 day
Prep Time: 15 min 

Ingredients:
1 quart Food Club Lowfat Milk
1 lemon, juiced

Directions:
Squeeze the juice of a lemon into 1 quart of low-fat milk in a large bowl. Leave it overnight at room temperature to induce curdling. 

Pour the mixture through cheesecloth to separate the solid curds from the liquid whey. Color the mixture with acrylic paints, food coloring or natural dyes. Add your color a little at a time, and stir constantly until you achieve the desired hue.

Adding salt to the mixture will help to inhibit mold growth. 

No matter how you color it, milk paint will spoil quickly, so it should be used as soon as possible. Refrigerating it between uses can extend its usefulness for up to 2 days. It smells sour when you’re applying it, but that will disappear once the paint dries.

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Healthy Living: Which Cereal to Choose?


Cereals have the largest range of NuVal scores in the store. The scores can range from as low as 2, all the way up to a perfect 100. The scores of cereals are mainly influenced by three nutrients sodium, sugar and fiber. Sugar and sodium will lower the score, whereas fiber will increase the score.

Hodgson Mill Unprocessed Wheat Bran has a score you can’t bet, 100! Both Food Club Bite Size Shredded Wheat and Food Club Essential Choice Puffed Wheat have a high score of a 91. Pick up one of these Food Club cereals for an inexpensive, nutritious and delicious breakfast. 



Family Matters: Plant the Seed


Springtime is here!  I am sure you have heard the saying “plant the seed and watch it grow”.  I believe this pertains to two things – first, the examples we set for our children daily in the way we live our lives in speech and actions and secondly, taking a small seed, planting it in dirt and watching it grow into something that nourishes others.  These two basically work together and both benefit our children (and family) in a positive manner. 

Have your kids save seeds out of items you purchase in the produce department like squash, bell pepper, watermelon, cantaloupe, etc., lay them out to dry on a paper towel and then find some time to work together to plant the seeds.  If you don’t have a little extra room in the yard or flower bed, just take a Food Club Gallon Milk jug, cut the top ¼ part off, poke a few small holes in the bottom (for water to drain), fill with potting soil and you have a homemade planter.  

By taking time to plant a few “seeds” for food you are also planting “seeds” in your child by showing them the importance of family togetherness.  When the seeds break ground and start to grow your child will see the miraculous results…what a life changing experience that they are sure to share with others.  How excited they will be when they pick their first squash from the stem and sit down at a meal to enjoy as a family.  

A little dirt and a few minutes of your time…“plant the seed” and watch your child grow and flourish as an individual and your family as a whole.  Make time to “plant the seeds”, then sit back and be amazed as the blessings grow in more ways than one.  Give thanks daily for the time you share with your family!

 



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