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Family Matters: Tippy Toes by Top Care Baby Wipes


When my boys were babies, wipes were the No. 1 item I felt that I needed 24/7.

I needed them for diaper changes, of course, but I also needed them for spit-up emergencies, for quick “sponge” (ie, wipe) baths, for meal clean-ups, for a quick refresher (especially for my summertime baby) and for ME when I needed a quick clean-up as well.

Baby wipes came in handy as the baby grew, too, because the messes just seemed to get bigger as they did. If I’m being 100 percent honest, I still have a package of baby wipes in my purse, and my babies are now 13 and 15 years old. There’s nothing better for a quick clean-up!

Back to babies, Brookshire’s Tippy Toes by Top Care Baby Wipes are gentle on your baby’s skin. They are soft, dermatologist-tested, hypoallergenic and alcohol-free, so I always felt good that my boys’ bottoms – and other parts – were well-protected. The Tippy Toes line features scented, unscented and sensitive products, so you can choose what’s best for your baby.



Family Matters: Brookshire’s Milk


After your baby’s first year of life, they can probably safely switch to cow’s milk (check with your pediatrician for his guidelines, and watch your baby for signs of allergies or sensitivities.)

Brookshire’s brand milk comes from their dairy close to home, so it’s getting to your stores at the peak of freshness.

My younger son used to go through a gallon of milk a day, it seemed. He loved it so much, and it was so good for his growing bones and teeth. Whole milk supplies crucial vitamin D and calcium, and it is important to the development of not only strong bones and teeth but brain cells, too!

Start to introduce your baby to whole milk by adding a small part to his pumped breast milk or formula to see how he tolerates it. Gradually increase the amount of whole milk until it replaces the breast milk or formula entirely.



Product Talk: Fresh Take Meals


Fresh Take MealsWhen I first started dating my boyfriend, Paul, I slaved for HOURS in the kitchen making him homemade lasagna.

I simmered the sauce overnight, even setting my alarm and getting up several times overnight to stir.

I made homemade pasta noodles, rolling out the sheets with a hand-cranked pasta machine and kneading the dough until the flour created a concrete-like paste in the crevices of my countertops (which was not a reflection of my finished pasta product, let me just say).

I layered sauces, noodles, cheeses and meats until my pan weighed more than either of my children at birth.

Do you know that I didn’t even need to bother with all that work?

Brookshire’s has created Fresh Take Meals, in the deli section, to give you home-cooked tastes without you having to slave over the stove, or set your alarm for odd hours of the day and night.

I’ve enjoyed Fettuccine Alfredo, Chicken Parmesan, Roasted Salmon with Rice Pilaf and Baby Carrots, and Chicken Spaghetti, all at the ease of reheating in my microwave or oven.

The dishes taste homemade because they are homemade, right in your local Brookshire’s store.

Pick up at the Fresh Take Meals section in the Deli. Then, stop by the Bakery for a loaf of freshly baked bread and the salad bar for a tossed green salad or an assortment of olives. You’ll have a dinner on the table that you can feel great about in minutes.

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Product Talk: USA Porcelain Grill Pan


USA Porcelain Grill PanOne of the products that has transformed my grilling game is the USA Porcelain Grill Pan available at Brookshire’s.

I love grilling veggies, and this lightweight pan is the perfect vessel for chargrilling your veggies without losing them all down the grill grates.

The USA Porcelain Grill Pan is coated with a nonstick surface, but I do like to give it a spritz of nonstick cooking spray or brush it with some extra virgin olive oil before putting my vegetables inside just to make clean-up easier. You can even use an herb-infused oil for some extra flavor.

The handles on this pan make it easy to maneuver around the grill because you might want to start it on the bottom over direct heat to get a good sear on your veggies, and then move it to the top rack to slow-cook something that takes longer – like potatoes or Brussels sprouts. Don’t forget to use hot pads or tongs because this pan will heat up to cook your food at optimal grilling temperature.

I use my USA Porcelain Grill Pan for all kinds of vegetables, but I also use it for stuffed jalapeños, scallops, shrimp, sausage rounds (because I love that seared grill char on all sides), sliced peaches, strawberries and tender fish fillets. Use your USA Porcelain Grill Pan with any of the ShortCuts available in Brookshire’s Produce Department.

Clean-up is easy with the USA Porcelain Grill Pan. You just wash it with hot, soapy water in the sink, and it’s ready for next time.

Easy Grilled Veggies

Ingredients:
1 zucchini, diced
1 yellow squash, diced
1 pint cherry tomatoes
1 large yellow onion, quartered
1 pkg ShortCuts Assorted Bell Peppers and Onions
8 oz mushrooms, cleaned and stems removed
1/2 lb green beans, ends removed and halved
3 Tbs olive oil
2 Tbs balsamic vinegar
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
fresh dill sprigs

Directions:
Combine all vegetables in a large bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss gently to coat.

Prepare grill to medium-high heat.

Spritz USA Porcelain Grill Pan with nonstick cooking spray or wipe with olive oil. Place vegetables in grill pan, and add sprigs of fresh dill.

Place on the grill on direct heat. Grill, stirring occasionally, until vegetables begin to char, about 15 minutes.

Grill until desired doneness, stirring occasionally. Remove from grill with hot pads. Serve immediately.

Serves 4 (as a side dish)

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 196, Fat: 11 g (2 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 607 mg, Carbohydrates: 22 g, Fiber: 7 g, Sugar: 12 g, Protein: 6 g.

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Product Talk: Nouveau Tuna Wrap


Nouveau Tuna WrapAdmittedly, I am a total creature of habit. I could wear the same style jeans and T-shirt practically every day, drink coffee out of the same mug, and write with the same pen (I’m looking at you, Pilot G2®!) I tend to be particular about what it is I’m using. Once I find my favorite, it becomes hard to use anything else, so I buy several. Some might call it a rut, but I disagree. After all, aren’t the most successful people in the world prone to wearing the same outfit every day, or eating the same meals?

For me, this flatbread wrap falls into that category. It’s a meal that I could eat again and again, without ever getting bored of it. Tuna joins forces with flatbread in my ultimate go-to lunch wrap, inspired by the pans bagnats of southern France. This portable salad wrap nixes the mayo and lightens way, way up for the perfect lunch or post-workout dinner. All I need to do when I get home from that yoga class is blanch some asparagus, crack and peel a hard-boiled egg, then voilà! Dinner is served. Sometimes I cook enough asparagus for several days worth of flatbread wraps, if I’m on my game.

The beauty of this little wrap, and so many other recipes here, is its versatility. Are you all out of tomatoes but have some roasted red peppers? Add ‘em. Asparagus season is over? Try the green beans that look so good at the store instead, and steam them until tender. Hate capers? Use a couple olives or cornichons in their place. Tuna goes well with almost everything savory, and this flatbread wrap proves it. You may just want to have one every day, like me. Who could blame you? At only six Weight Watchers® SmartPoints™ value per serving, it’s a winner!



Family Matters: Summertime Fun


Summertime FunSummers are a toddler’s best friend. Nothing is more fun than all the adventures you can have while traipsing about town with your toddler.

Splash pads are so much fun for you little one. Put toddler in a swim diaper, invest in a swim shirt to help protect them from ultraviolet rays, and prepare to have a great time. Splash pads are fun because there is no deep water. They can usually run in and out of jets of water at their own pace, and they have more control over how wet they get. They can even stay cool, and they have a good time from the periphery of the action if that’s their personality.

The local zoo or aquarium is a great place to visit with your toddler. If they enjoy your first visit, invest in a season pass for many memorable hours with fabulous animals.

Check out story time at your local library. Aside from developing a love of literature, story time can help you and your little one make some new friends, possibly learn some new crafts, and engage in group activities together.

Check into other group classes like music lessons, gym or yoga classes, or swim instruction. Your toddler will learn socialization skills and have a lot of fun while learning a new skill.

Plant a garden or grow a few potted vegetables with your toddler. Involve him in the process from beginning to end, and let him eat the fruits of his labor.

Visit playgrounds outside of your neighborhood. Your little one will like new scenery, and you will both make new friends.



Family Matters: Outdoor Fun


Outdoor FunSummertime is a great time to have fun with your little one outside!

Babies love bubbles! Maybe they can’t blow them yet (and you really don’t want to find out what happens if they get soap in their mouths), but they will enjoy bubbles when you blow for them! Put on a show with bubbles. Let baby “pop” them and feel them in his fingers and on his skin. You can even set up a bubble machine nearby and hear baby giggle.

Put a swing in a shady tree or set up a backyard swing set. Strap baby in safely and let him swing. Baby will love the proprioceptive discovery (the feeling of his body moving through space).

Set up a wading pool with a few inches of water, and let your little water baby splash to his heart’s content. Remember to never leave baby alone for a second! Fill the pool with baby’s favorite water toys, some sponges, some cups or other fun objects to enjoy the water. Make sure to use fresh water every time your little one is going to use the pool, as standing and stagnant water attracts mosquitoes.

A covered sand box is also a fun place to play (the cover is for when you’re NOT using it, to keep animals from using your baby’s play place as a litter box). Buckets, shovels and other scooping objects can keep baby occupied for hours, plus the sand (since you’re keeping it covered) should stay nice and cool.

Balls are fun outside toys! In all sizes and textures, balls are fun to throw, kick, roll on and bounce. Engage in reciprocal play with your baby or let him play alone.

Chalk is fun for outside play, too. Plop down on a cool sidewalk, stand at a wood fence, or even use the brick siding of your house or a stand-up easel for some creative coloring.

Taking walks, riding in a stroller, a safe bike carrier, going to the zoo or park, or even just spreading a blanket in the grass and enjoying the fresh air are great activities to do outside with your baby on a summer day.



Family Matters: Caring for Your Baby in the Heat


Caring for Your Baby in the HeatCaring for your baby in the hot weather months, especially since we live in the South, just takes a little extra care and attention than when the weather is more temperate.

Infants can’t always regulate their body temperature properly, so it’s up to you to pay attention to the cues that baby is too hot or too cool.

First of all, baby doesn’t need to be bundled up in blankets during the summer months. This includes covering their carrier or car seat. Let air circulate around your baby to help keep them cool. Swaddling at night is fine if your house is cool and air-conditioned, but don’t wrap baby up in the heat of the day or if it’s too warm in the room.

Keep air circulating around your infant, but it’s probably best not to point a fan directly at them.

Baby is too hot if she is sweating, red or flushed, or breathing rapidly.

Keep her dressed in loose-fitting, cotton clothing during the summer. Hats are great to help shield their faces and heads. Remember that babies also lose heat from their heads, so removing the hat helps cool baby off, too. Keep baby in shade and not exposed to direct sunlight if you are outdoors. Consider a window shade for your car window if baby’s car seat is next to the door.

Decrease the temperature of baby’s bath slightly in the summer months. Use cooler water for baby’s bath for a refreshing and enjoyable bath time! Water that is just about body temperature should be perfect for baby.

Make sure you are offering breast milk or water often to keep baby hydrated, as that will help her regulate her body temperature best during summer months.



Healthy Living: Eating Red, White and Blue


patriotically decorated bowl of fruitHappy Fourth of July!

One great way to celebrate is to fuel your body with all things patriotic and healthy.

Start with red.

Strawberries are packed with antioxidants, which lower blood pressure and protect your heart. Strawberries are full of essential vitamins and minerals. They are also sodium-free, cholesterol-free and fat-free.

Tomatoes contain all four major carotenoids: alpha-carotene and beta-carotene, lutein and lycopene. These carotenoids have individual benefits, but they also have major synergy as a group to help ward off diseases like cancer. Tomatoes are also rich in potassium.

Raspberries can improve memory, lower your risk of cardiovascular disease, and help manage obesity.

Red peppers are full of vitamin C, and they can help build immunity.

How about white foods, and we’re not talking about anything processed or out of a package?

White onions contain fiber and folic acid, a B vitamin that helps the body make new, healthy cells. They are also high in vitamin C and low in calories.

White milk is full of vitamin D, which most people do not get enough of in their diets. Vitamin D helps us absorb other vital nutrients.

Cauliflower is delicious and nutritious! One serving of cauliflower contains 77 percent of the recommended daily value of vitamin C. It’s also a good source of vitamin K, protein, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, magnesium, phosphorus, fiber, vitamin B6, folate, pantothenic acid, potassium and manganese.

Let’s move on to blue.

Blueberries are chock full of fiber, potassium, folate, vitamin C and vitamin B6. They support heart health. The fiber in blueberries helps lower the total amount of cholesterol in the blood and helps decrease the risk of heart disease.

Blueberries are a very good source of vitamin K, manganese and copper.

So, enjoy the holiday today and all the health benefits of eating red, white and blue.



Product Talk: Entenmann’s® Rich Frosted Chocolate Doughnuts


Entenmann’s Rich Frosted Chocolate DoughnutsIt’s fitting that I’m writing this post on Father’s Day, for a posting date in early July, just before we arrive in Virginia on our family beach vacation with my entire family.

You see, our family obsession with Entenmann’s® Rich Frosted Chocolate Doughnuts comes from my dad.

They are his favorite.

Somewhere along the line, he bought a box of eight doughnuts to bring to the beach. However, when we go to the beach as a family, there are upwards of 20 of us. Wait, let me count.

Twenty-four.

There are 24 people and Entenmann’s® Rich Frosted Chocolate Doughnuts only come eight to a box.  You do the math.

My dad, the grandkids call him “Pop,” made the mistake of offering one grandchild a doughnut one morning. In rapid succession, he had to offer ALL the grandchildren a doughnut, and by the time they’d all lined up with their hands extended, he had to split doughnuts into halves and thirds, amidst cries of “It’s not fair” and “He got a bigger piece.” Pop learned to never offer his precious Entenmann’s® again, or to at least buy several boxes.

Now, he brings multiple boxes to the beach with him.

In addition, whenever anyone in the family leaves to make a grocery run, they bring back several boxes with them, too. Entenmann’s® Rich Frosted Chocolate Doughnuts might just be the official breakfast food of the family beach trip. They are definitely an indulgence. Truth be told, we don’t and probably shouldn’t eat a doughnut every morning of the year. However, at the beach, rules don’t apply. Calories don’t count at the beach, right?

It is comforting to see Entenmann’s® Rich Frosted Chocolate Doughnuts at Brookshire’s because sometimes in December or on a bleak February morning, I’d like a cakey, chocolatey, delicious doughnut to remind me of my dad, and of the sunshine, laughter, food and fun that we share at the beach every summer. All I have to do to get that is go to Brookshire’s.

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