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Reynolds Slow Cooker LinersThese are the best thing since sliced bread. I promise.

If you use your slow cooker as much as I do, you know how hard it is to get them clean sometimes, especially after a long-cooked meal.

Reynolds Slow Cooker Liners prevent a cooked-on mess and eliminate soaking and scrubbing slow cookers.

They feel like plastic, but they aren’t going to melt, I promise. They’re a mixture of nylon resins, and they’re BPA free and approved by the FDA for cooking.

They’re also tough. I’ll create my meals in the liner itself then freeze them, only to partially thaw them out, pop them in the slow cooker and carry on. It doesn’t get much easier than that.

When you’re done cooking, simply remove the liner (don’t spill the leftovers or you’re back to square one!) and throw it away.

It’s almost a miracle.

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Grilled Peanut Butter and BrieSay what?

Peanut butter goes with jelly, not cheese, right?

Or, so I thought.

My parents went to California last week to visit my sister and her family. When I talked to my mom on the phone today, she told me about an appetizer my sister made for a party they threw when my parents were visiting.

Peanut butter and brie, as in the cheese.


We all know peanut butter is food from the gods. Food Club peanut butter is creamy, rich, delicious and packed with protein. It’s also packed with deliciousness.

My sister assures me it’s addictive.

This sandwich recipe has the most unlikely ingredients, but it works. Trust me. Slice them into slivers and serve as an appetizer.

Grilled Peanut Butter and Brie

(Per sandwich. Each sandwich makes 4 servings)
2 slices sandwich bread
1 Tbsp peanut butter
1 oz brie, thinly sliced
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
1 1/2 tsp cider vinegar

Set oven to broil.

Toast one side of each piece of bread. (If using a sandwich thin, toast the inside.)

Spread peanut butter on the toasted side of one slice of bread.

Place brie slices on top of peanut butter.

Put the second piece of bread, toasted side down, onto the sandwich.

Return the sandwich to the oven, toasting one side then the other until the cheese is melted and both sides of the sandwich are golden-brown.

While the sandwich is toasting, combine Dijon mustard and cider vinegar in a small ramekin for dipping.

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Special K Nourish by Kellogg’sWhen I was in college, my mom would go to the local warehouse store and buy me industrial-sized boxes of individually packaged instant oatmeal. I ate it for breakfast and snacks for four years straight.

When I got out on my own, oatmeal in any form has still been a favorite, although I have to admit that time these days is even more scarce than what I *thought* it was in college. Oh, those were the days!

Now, I’ve discovered Special K Nourish by Kellogg’s. This hot cereal in microwaveable containers is not only delicious, but it’s filling and nutritious as well. My favorite flavor, Maple Brown Sugar Crunch, contains 8 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber. It keeps me full until lunchtime.

Special K Nourish isn’t just oatmeal. It contains quinoa, barley and whole grain wheat, along with the oats. One carton is only 190 calories as well.

You can either add hot water to the bowl or microwave the entire container with added cold water, making it a great choice for people on the go!

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Food Club Parchment PaperNever ever underestimate the importance of parchment paper.

Have you ever made candy without it and ended up scraping a sticky, hardened mess off your supposedly non-stick baking sheet? I have many times.

Food Club Parchment Paper to the rescue! It’s papery on one side and a little waxy on the other (but not nearly enough to affect your food). Lining your pan with parchment paper makes cleanup a snap and removing food a breeze!

Try it with this delicious sweet and salty treat today.

Salted Caramel Pretzel Bark

2 sticks butter
1 cup light brown sugar
1 bag pretzels (You’ll use about 3/4 of the bag)
12 oz chocolate chips
sea salt for sprinkling

Preheat the oven to 400° F.

Line a large bar pan with parchment paper and cover with pretzels.

In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium-low heat. When it begins to bubble, add the brown sugar. Stirring occasionally, let the butter/sugar mixture meld together and brown. This should take about 3 minutes. Do NOT let it boil; you will have sticky goo that is no good. When you have a nice, brown caramel, pour it over the pretzels slowly and evenly. You can then use a spatula to spread it out; you have to work quickly and gently. It hardens fast so even pouring is the best method.

Bake the sheet for 5 minutes.

Remove the sheet from the oven and sprinkle the whole bag of chocolate chips evenly over the mixture.

Let stand for two minutes.

Use a silicone spatula to evenly spread the chocolate over the top.

Sprinkle with sea salt and refrigerate for a minimum of 1 hour.

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Product Talk: Pumpkins

PumpkinsWhen you walk up to your local Brookshire’s these days, you’ll be seeing orange. Pumpkins, that is, vast expanses of these beautiful harbingers of Halloween.

Whether you buy your pumpkin now or next week, there’s an easy way to help it last longer once you carve it out for your harvest party or trick-or-treating.

After you cut into your pumpkin and scoop out the insides (don’t forget to toast the seeds tossed with a little olive oil and sea salt), dip your pumpkin into a large container of water and bleach at the ratio of 1 teaspoon of bleach per one gallon of water.

The bleach will help kill bacteria and help your pumpkin last longer.

Dry your pumpkin upside down.

After it’s dry, add two tablespoons of vinegar and one teaspoon of lemon juice to a quart of water. Brush inside your pumpkin to keep it fresh for a much longer time.

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FritosThe State Fair of Texas, the largest state fair in the country, just ended, leaving behind enough memories of chicken-fried bacon, deep-fried Nutella and double-fried Oreo cookies to sustain me for the entire next year.

Fairs are known (notorious?) for their fried foods, but it’s never the deep-fried confections that make me think “fair.” It’s Frito pies.

The first year I moved to Texas, friends and I went to a regional fair where they bellied up to a brightly lit food truck and ordered a Frito pie.

“A WHAT?” I wanted to know. To the best of my knowledge, I was never exposed to this ooey-gooey-crunchy delicacy growing up in Virginia.

Oh yes, they were devouring cardboard trays full of Fritos piled high with chili, cheese, onions, jalapenos and onion straws.

I didn’t cave to the Frito pie temptation that day (I remember I was wearing a white sundress and was afraid to spill), but I did try it at another fair, the Southeast Texas State Fair, a few years later. (After I had children it really didn’t matter what I was wearing; it was probably stained anyway.)

The entire basis of the pie, of course, is the iconic Fritos corn chip, not a tortilla chip or a potato chip but a crispy, salty blend of Fritos goodness. I like the proportions on my Frito pie to be mostly Fritos with a little chili, a lot of cheese and a little mustard (don’t judge). As I’m not a fan of raw onions, I skip this step but have been known to garnish with jalapeno pepper slices.

While Frito pie will always remind me of the fair, it’s certainly not exclusive to this venue. Enjoy them watching the game, tailgating or just for an easy, fun dinner one night!

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Uncle Ben's Ready RiceWhen I was growing up, I never appreciated my mom’s rice.

Plain, white rice.

Simple, right?

Apparently not for me.

Rice should be one of the first things you learn to cook. Boil water. Add rice. Simmer. Done. For some reason, I never quite mastered this art. My friend from Korea even tried to show me how to measure one fingertip’s worth of water above the level of rice, then cook. It didn’t work. My rice always turned out chewy, sticky, crunchy or burned.

My mom was visiting from Virginia over Christmas last year, and I purposely planned a meal that had to be served over rice so I could watch her make it. Guess what? She does it the EXACT same way I do. Why does hers taste so much better and come out all light and fluffy?

I admit, I gave up.

Luckily for me, Uncle Ben’s makes Ready Rice! It comes in pouches that microwave in 90 seconds. Yes, you read that right…90 seconds, and it comes out light, fluffy and full of flavor without spending 20 minutes simmering sticky stuff.

It also comes in a multitude of flavors. We like the Long Grain & Wild Rice the best, with the Creamy Four Cheese being a close second. It also comes in Basmati, Brown Basmati, Butter & Garlic, Cajun Style, Chicken Flavored Whole Grain Brown, Garden Vegetable, Jasmine, Original (just as good as mom’s), Red Beans & Rice, Rice Pilaf, Roasted Chicken, Spanish Style, Teriyaki Style and Whole Grain Brown.

They are delicious! Grab a pouch and try them out today.

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Kellogg's Rice Krispies cereal Who doesn’t love Rice Krispie Treats?

Anyone? Anyone?

Nope, I didn’t think so.

The iconic cereal of my youth has had a longevity that extends to my kids today. My boys LOVE Rice Krispie Treats.

These fun and funky ghost-shaped confections will delight kids and adults alike. Plus, they use a product we all know and love.

(Recipe from

Ghost Treats

3 Tbsp butter or margarine
1 (10 oz) pkg regular marshmallows, or 4 cups miniature marshmallows
6 cups Kellogg’s Rice Krispies cereal
Flaked coconut
Canned frosting or decorating gel
Assorted candies

In a large saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.

Add Kellogg’s Rice Krispies cereal. Stir until well coated.

Using a 1/2-cup measuring cup coated with cooking spray, divide warm cereal mixture into portions. Using buttered hands, shape each portion into a ghost shape. Let cool. Decorate with coconut, frosting and/or candies. Best if served the same day.

Microwave Directions:
In a microwave-safe bowl, heat butter and marshmallows on HIGH for 3 minutes, stirring after 2 minutes. Stir until smooth. Follow steps 2 and 3 above. Microwave cooking times may vary.

For best results, use fresh marshmallows.
One (7 oz) jar of marshmallow crème can be substituted for marshmallows.
Diet, reduced calorie or tub margarine is not recommended.

Store no more than two days at room temperature in an airtight container. To freeze, place in a single layer on wax paper in an airtight container. Freeze for up to 6 weeks. Let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes before serving.

Kellogg’s has reduced the sodium content of Rice Krispies to meet current consumer flavor and nutrition preferences. Rice Krispies Treats made with the lower sodium cereal taste great without any added salt, but if you desire, add 1/4 teaspoon salt to the butter before melting. Continue with recipe as directed.

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Nature’s Own 100% Whole Wheat“Hey, what should we have for dinner tonight?” I asked my kids this morning before making my weekly grocery list.

“Let’s grill something,” one said.

“HAMBURGERS!” they screamed in unison.

So, hamburgers it is.

When I grill burgers, our favorite buns are Nature’s Own 100% Whole Wheat. With 25 grams of whole grain per roll and 4 grams of fiber per roll, these are a delicious and nutritious roll I feel good about feeding my family. They also have just 2 grams of sugar and 2 grams of fat per roll.

Grab some for your next cookout. They also make 100% Whole Wheat hotdog buns!

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Top Care Sinus 12-Hour Decongestant**SNIFF**

I have a cold that won’t go away. It’s in my head, and my sinuses just HURT a lot.

I stopped by Brookshire’s the other night on the way home because I just couldn’t take it anymore. The pharmacist at my local store was able to recommend an over-the-counter Top Care product that relieved all of the sinus pain and pressure right away.

Top Care Sinus 12-Hour Decongestant made me feel better within a few moments without making me feel drowsy or hyper. The active ingredient is pseudoephedrine HCl, the same active ingredient in national brand-name medications. The extended release formula had me feeling fine all through the work day. In addition to making my head feel better, the extremely reasonable price point had my wallet feeling better, too.

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