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Family Matters : What To Take On a Walk With Your Dog


When the weather is warm and the sun is shining, I enjoy spending as much time as possible outdoors. One outdoor activity that I enjoy is walking my dog.  If you’re taking your dog on a walk, ASPCA suggests bringing along water and treats.  It’s not only important to keep yourself hydrated while being outdoors, but also keeping your dog hydrated. 

I always carry a jar of water and a plastic bowl with me when taking my dog on a walk. Periodically, my dog and I will stop for a brief water break to help hydrate ourselves. Another item to bring is your dog’s favorite treats. You never know when the perfect training opportunity will arise and it’s important to have treats to reward your dog for good behavior.

 



Family Matters: Family Time!


Spring is a favorite season for many people, and it is certainly easy to understand why this is so. Spring is when the trees begin to bud, flowers start to bloom, and gardeners plant their first seedlings. There is no doubt that this is a beautiful time of the year. 

Around my home, Spring means different things to each family member. My animal loving daughter is outside creating her own world with her many animal friends. My son is dressed in his army gear, building forts in the back yard, while my husband is planning his next big home makeover project. That leaves me keeping up with all of them, while trying to find time for a few of my own projects. 

The Spring weather has allowed us to tackle some of these projects around the house while keeping the whole family involved in what I like to call “family time”. It really doesn’t matter what we are doing during “family time” it’s just about being together. My daughter enjoys doing things outdoors, so last weekend we decided to put in a small vegetable garden. She and I picked the perfect location… in our flowerbed. Not a lot of work required here. We hoed a section till the soil looked just right for planting. Then together we planted onions, yellow bell peppers and chives. She helps with watering and looks forward to seeing the garden’s progress every day. Hopefully the end results will be that she and I together can harvest our fresh vegetables and I can show her how to prepare them in a delicious meal for the family. 

So, while the weather is right, get outdoors and enjoy Spring and some quality “family time”. Plant a small vegetable garden, rake leaves, wash the car, or simply have dinner outside on the patio. Whatever you choose for your “family time” you can rest assure your kids will remember the time you spent with them!



Grilled Cheese


Kraft American Singles on white bread, grilled until toasty: it’s a childhood tradition.  

But, are you ready for something a bit more adventurous and adult?

Try these combinations: 

1-Pumpernickel bread, smoked Virginia ham slice, a dab of
grainy brown mustard and gouda cheese. 

2-Whole wheat bread, extra-sharp cheddar cheese and thinly sliced tomato. 

3-English muffin, pepperoni slices and mozzarella cheese. 

4-Rustic sourdough bread, thinly sliced onion and Swiss cheese. 

5-Italian bread, shredded parmesan and Havarti cheese.

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Family Matters: Road Trip


Baby wipes are not just for the baby, but for the whole family. When going on a road trip there’s always a generic list of items you pack, like snacks, drinks, flashlights and blankets. An item you may want to add to your list, if it’s not already on it, is baby wipes. When traveling with small children, spills can easily happen. Having baby wipes handy can quickly clean up any spills along the way. 

Young children love to touch everything! After a stop on your trip, you can use the baby wipes to clean your children’s hands.  Baby wipes can also be used throughout your trip to clean surfaces, like the handles of a shopping cart.

Next time you are planning a short trip to the grocery store or a long trip to see grandma, don’t forget to pack your baby wipes! 



Family Matters: Truffles


Truffles

Serves: 42

Prep Time: 1 hour 20 minutes 

 

 

Ingredients:

1 (16 oz) pkg Food Club Sandwich Cookies

1 (8 oz) pkg Food Club Fat Free Cream Cheese

2 (8 oz) pkg white chocolate 

Directions: 

Place cookies in a zip-top bag and let your kids mash them until they are fine. In a large bowl combine cookie crumbs and cream cheese, mix until well combined.  With crumb mixture make 42 balls. Place white chocolate into a microwave safe bowl, start out with 30 seconds and microwave until melted.  Once chocolate is melted dip each ball into the chocolate until well covered. Place balls on wax paper and set aside for 1 hour. 

Nutritional Information: Calories per Serving: 134, Fat: 8 g (4 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 18 mg, Sodium: 83 mg, Carbohydrates: 15 g, Fiber: 0 g, Protein: 1 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.



Family Matters: Choking Hazards


If you are worried about your baby choking on different foods, partening.com provides a list of foods that could be a choking hazard for your baby.

 These foods are nuts, seeds, large chucks of fruit, meat, cheese and vegetables, popcorn and hard candies. Also, remember never leave your baby unattended while they eat! 

Source:Parenting.com



Love It, Love It Not, Love It!


You’ve heard it before—dairy does a body good! At Brookshire’s, we know how essential dairy is when it comes to your family’s health, and we’ve got the award-winning milk and ice cream to prove it!  

Pick up a carton of cold, refreshing Food Club Milk or scrumptious Goldenbrook Farms Ice Cream today and give your body our very best! 

 

Macaroon Ice Cream Sandwich

Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 18 – 20 minutes
Serves: 8 

Ingredients:
3/4 cup slivered almonds, blanched
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 Tbs unsweetened cocoa powder
3 egg whites
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup Goldenbrook Farms Light Vanilla Ice Cream 

Directions:
In a food processor, process almonds until fine. Add powdered sugar and cocoa powder to almonds and process until well combined. In a glass bowl, add egg whites and whisk with an electric mixer until foamy and bubbles begin to form. Slowly add sugar to egg whites and whisk until stiff peaks are formed. Fold-in vanilla extract and almond mixture. Fold 35 – 40 times or until well combined. Spoon macaroons batter into circles onto parchment paper and allow to set for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 300° F. Place parchment paper with macaroons on a baking sheet and bake for 18 – 20 minutes. Allow macaroons to cool and allow ice cream to soften. Spread ice cream over bottom of a macaroon and top with another macaroon. Freeze ice cream sandwich until ready to serve. 

Nutritional Information:  Calories Per Serving: 202, Fat: 5 g (1 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 3 mg, Sodium: 34 mg, Carbohydrates: 36 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 4 g 

Creamy AlfredoSsauce

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes

Serves: 4 

Ingredients:
1 Tbs all-purpose flour
1/4 cup Food Club Butter
1 cup Food Club Fat-Free Milk
1/4 cup Food Club Heavy Cream
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
1/4 cup Food Club 2% Mozzarella Cheese
2 garlic cloves, minced
salt and pepper, to taste
1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley 

Directions:
In a saucepan, make a roux with flour and butter. Add milk and heavy cream. Bring sauce to a boil and let simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in cheese and garlic. Cook until cheese is melted. Season sauce with salt and pepper and garnish with parsley. 

Nutritional Information:  Calories Per Serving: 234, Fat: 19 g (12 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 57 mg, Sodium: 341 mg, Carbohydrates: 6 g, Fiber: 0 g, Protein: 9 g 

Homemade Hot Chocolate

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes

Serves: 4 

Ingredients:
3 cups Food Club Chocolate Milk
2 oz semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
1 tsp vanilla extract 

Directions:
In a saucepan over low-medium heat, add milk and chocolate; stir until melted. Add vanilla. Pour hot chocolate into 4 mugs. To make a marshmallow heart, take a small heart cookie cutter and cut a heart out of a jumbo marshmallow. 

Nutritional Information:  Calories Per Serving: 234, Fat: 11 g (7 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 26 mg, Sodium: 124 mg, Carbohydrates: 28 g, Fiber: 2 g, Protein: 7 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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Lollipop Disguises


What’s more fun than a big, flavorful sucker? How about making fun lips and a mustache to go with it?

This fun little project will have your kiddos making faces, talking in funny voices and generally having a ball! 

1. Draw or trace the mustaches and lips on colored paper (paper can be purchased at Brookshire’s!).

2. Cut out the mustaches and lips.

3. Fold the paper and make small slits with a pair of kid-friendly scissors. This will leave a cut in the middle of the paper.

4. Insert the sucker for Valentine’s fun! When the kids put the sucker in their mouths, they’ll have instant big lips or mustaches!

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Family Matters: Reaching Out


Cold weather is here with wind, rain, sleet and snow – how it chills us to the bone some days. We often forgot how blessed we are to have a warm place to call home, three meals a day, and warm clothes to wear.  We get comfortable and busy in our every day life and often overlook things that we should be thankful for daily.   

As the New Year begins, take a moment to sit and talk with your family and decide how you can “raise someone else up” by reaching out to them. It is as simple as preparing a meal for someone sick, giving goods to a food pantry, donating clothes to a clothes closet, visiting a nursing home, making blankets for a shelter or volunteering your families time at church or for a non-profit organization.  

A can of soup, a set of clothes, a simple hug or a few hours of your time will change someone’s life…and yours.  Take a moment to give of yourself (and as a family) and see what a reward you will gain in doing so.  If you don’t think you can make a difference, just “reach out” once and the feeling you receive from helping others will change your life…and theirs. 

What a great lesson to teach our children, a reminder to us individually and a family tradition that will touch and change the lives of so many for years to come.  Count your blessings daily and give thanks for the time you share with your family.  



Family Matters: Maintaining a Healthy Family


That New Years resolution to get your family healthy may be in the back of your mind but don’t give up.

If you start your child out young with healthy food choices they will grow into loving fruits and vegetables.

Fruit is not normally hard to get into your child’s diet because they are sweet, but vegetables can be a little difficult.

There are many different ways you can add more vegetables into your child’s diet. 

  • You may need to hide the vegetables by adding them to sauces and pureeing them. You can add pureed vegetable into your child’s favorite foods, like chicken nuggets. Make your own batter for chicken nuggets by adding a little pureed vegetable.
  • If you add a side salad to lunch and dinner you will be adding more vegetables to your meal than you realize. You can add tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, avocados and your favorite vegetables.
  • Be creative with your foods. Make your vegetables into animals and flowers to get your kids excited about eating vegetables.
  • Kids love pizza, right? Start having a pizza night at home and make your own homemade pizza. When making the pizza, go easy on the cheese but stack it full of vegetables like corn, tomatoes, bell peppers, and mushrooms.
  • Think small. Kids are little so they like little foods. They will love baby carrots, baby corn and small cherry tomatoes that they can just pop in their mouths!
  • Find out how your children like their vegetables prepared. Maybe they do not like broccoli because it is cooked, see if they like it raw. Try cooking the vegetables different ways like roasting, baking or grilling.  


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