You look into the window while you’re unlocking the door and you notice that your dog is pacing the floor; back and forth, back and forth. Don’t worry your dog has not gone insane, he maybe just suffering from separation anxiety. You may have just gotten the dog this summer and it has not really been away from the kids or maybe the dog misses the kids while they are at school. As a family, come up with some ways the dog can be entertained while the children are at school. You could buy your dog a new toy or as a family make a new toy for your dog.
From hot wings and brats to burgers and steaks on the grill, there’s nothing like a tailgate party to get everyone in the mood for the big game.
Fortunately, you don’t have to be at the stadium to enjoy one. With a bit of planning and a few decorations, you can throw a winning tailgate party right in your own backyard.
Get the pregame festivities going by turning on the radio and setting up a few simple games. Horseshoes and a place to toss the football are great ways to keep kids of all ages occupied. And while some folks go all out by decorating with giant team inflatables, the most important thing is the food. So decorate with your team’s colors, set up some lawn chairs and fire up a menu that looks and tastes great.
Cheddar Biscuits are a delicious crowd pleaser and go perfectly with everything. Same goes for Twice Baked Potatoes which are easy to make and look absolutely scrumptious. But don’t be afraid to get creative. Grilled Jalapeño Salsa can be made ahead of time and tastes great on chips, burgers and warm tortillas. And Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cups are the decadent sweet everyone will be talking about.
Round out your tailgate party with plenty of finger foods like chips, dips and fruit that your guests can enjoy without worrying about silverware. Also, make sure to keep and serve foods at proper temperatures. Large bowls filled with ice can be used to chill smaller serving bowls. Plenty of ice is also key for keeping drinks cold.
And, when the party is over, make cleanup fast and easy by using paper plates, napkins, cups and utensils and setting out trashcans where guests can see them. Go Team!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
1 cup baking mix (Bisquick)
1/3 cup fat-free milk
4 slices turkey bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 garlic clove, minced
1/3 cup 2% cheddar cheese, shredded
1 Tbs chives, finely chopped
Pre-heat oven as package suggests. In a large bowl, combine baking mix and milk and mix until batter is smooth. Then add bacon crumbs, garlic, cheese and chives. Mix well. On a greased baking sheet, drop batter into 6 globs. Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown.
Nutritional Information: Calories per Serving: 125, Fat: 5 g (2 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 14 mg, Sodium: 381 mg, Carbohydrates: 13 g, Fiber: 0 g, Protein: 6 g
Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cups
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 13 minutes
1 (16.5 oz) roll chocolate chip cookie dough
24 pieces peanut butter cup candy
Preheat oven to 350° F. Spray a mini-muffin pan with cooking spray. Place cookie dough in mini-muffin pan and shape to the pan. Cook cookie dough for 8 minutes. In each cookie bowl add a peanut butter cup. Place back in oven for 5 more minutes or until candy is melted.
Nutritional Information: Calories per Serving: 123, Fat: 6 g (3 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 3 mg, Sodium: 129 mg, Carbohydrates: 15 g, Fiber: 0 g, Protein: 2 g
Grilled Jalapeño Salsa
Prep Time: 15 minutes, plus chill time
Cook Time: 10 minutes
1/3 cup olive oil
1 garlic clove, minced
6 plum tomatoes, roughly chopped
5 large jalapeño peppers, stems and seeds removed
Salt and pepper, to taste
1/4 cup lime juice from 2 medium limes
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1 tsp cumin
1/4 cup onion
In a small bowl, mix together 1 tablespoon olive oil and garlic. Rub oil mixture on tomatoes and peppers. Sprinkle on salt and pepper. Place peppers and tomatoes over medium-hot fire and grill, turn occasionally. Cook peppers for 3 minutes or until slightly colored. Cook tomatoes for 6 minutes or until they begin to color. Chop both tomatoes and peppers. In a medium bowl, combine peppers, tomatoes, 3 tablespoons olive oil, lime juice, cilantro, cumin and onion. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
Nutritional Information: Calories per Serving (1/4 cup): 72, Fat: 6 g (1 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 9 mg, Carbohydrates: 4 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 1 g
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 60 minutes
4 medium russet potatoes
1/4 cup fat-free sour cream
1 cup 2% Colby Jack cheese
2 Tbs butter
1/4 cup green onions, chopped
4 slices turkey bacon
1 Tbs dry ranch dressing
Preheat oven to 375° F. Scrub potatoes, wrap them with foil and place on a baking sheet. Cook for 1 hour or until tender. When potatoes have cooled, slice potato in half and scrape out potato into a large bowl. Cut skins into quarters.
Microwave bacon for 3 minutes or until crispy. In a large bowl, combine potato, sour cream, cheese, green onions, bacon and dry ranch dressing. Place potato mixture back into the skins. Bake for an additional 10 minutes or until cheese is melted.
Nutritional Information: Calories per Serving: 87, Fat: 4 g (2 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 14 mg, Sodium: 101 mg, Carbohydrates: 9 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 4 g
make preparation easier with a premade Football Cake from our bakery! add Jerk Chicken to the mix!Pair up Sunnybrook Farms Vegetable Tray & Food Club Dip for a healthier game time snack!
add your favorite deviled egg recipe to the lineup!
If you have kids, you know how expensive it is to go out to the movies and get popcorn and drinks. Our family has special “movie nights” at home with everyone taking turns picking out the movies. We have a family dinner and then we lounge in the comfort of our own home and watch one or more movies and eat popcorn. This makes for great quality time with your kids and normally brings lots of laughter and joy in the house.
Below is an easy recipe for White Chocolate Covered Popcorn that our family enjoys during our “movie nights”.
White Chocolate Covered Popcorn
4 (3.3 oz) bags of Food Club Butter Popcorn
1 (24 oz) pkg of Food Club Quick ‘n Easy White Bark
Cut recipe down – 1 bag of popcorn and 3 squares of white bark.
Cook popcorn as directed and pour in large bowl. Place white bark in microwave and melt as directed. Take the melted bark and drizzle over the bowl of popcorn. Stir occasionally to make sure it is mixed up good. Pour contents of bowl on wax paper and let it sit for a few minutes. Put the popcorn in several small bowls for your family and begin enjoying the sweet taste of perfection! Suggestions: Add chopped pecans or colored sugar sprinkles for the kids to make it more fun.
Set aside time this week for your family and enjoy a family “movie night”. Count your blessings daily and give thanks for the time you share with your family.
For most women, a gain of 25 to 35 pounds is normal. If women gain a lot more than that during pregnancy, they may experience more discomforts, including pelvic pressure, back pain and leg swelling. They are also at risk for more serious conditions, including gestational diabetes. Doctors rarely advise dieting to lose weight during pregnancy, but they do believe that moderate, healthy eating is a wise option.
Some of you have been asking me how my son’s ice cream birthday cake turned out…let me tell you, my new teenager was thrilled with his ice cream bar pie!
I had to adjust the original recipe from the Celebrate Cooking magazine because my son does not eat chocolate. Yes, you read that right he does not like chocolate! Apparently he did not inherit my taste buds.
The dessert was easy and took only minutes to make, leaving me with lots of time to enjoy his party!
Here are my modifications to the Ice Cream Bar Pie.
Ice Cream Bar Pie
Prep Time: 15 minutes, plus chill time
1 (12 Ct) box Blue Bunny Birthday Party Ice Cream Sandwiches (it uses vanilla wafers)
1 (12 oz) tub fat-free frozen whipped topping
1 (16 oz) pkg frozen sweetened strawberries or fresh strawberries
In a 13×9 dish, line the bottom of dish with ice cream sandwiches. Spread the thawed frozen strawberries over sandwiches. Spread whipped topping over frozen strawberries. Freeze pie for 30 minutes. Top with fresh strawberries before serving.
If your dog is looking a little heavy, you may need to examine their eating habits. Dogs generally love human food and typically beg you to give them your food. When your family is sitting down to eat a meal, do not allow your dog to enjoy the meal with you.
You can let your dog enjoy the weather outside or they can enjoy nap time or play time in another room. You know you can not resist saying no to those big sad eyes when they want some of your food; so eliminate the temptation of feeding your dog human food by not allowing them to be in the room with you while you are eating.
Fresh from the deli taste for an at-home price!
4 slices Oscar Mayer Fully Cooked Bacon
4 slices whole grain bread, toasted
2 Tbs Kraft Sandwich Shop Horseradish Dijon Flavored Reduced Fat Mayonnaise
6 slices Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh Shaved Smoked Ham
6 slices Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh Shaved Oven Roasted Turkey Breast
1 tomato, cut into 4 slices
2 lettuce leaves
Heat bacon as directed on package.
Spread toast slices with reduced fat mayonnaise.
Fill with bacon and remaining ingredients to make 2 sandwiches.
Are you in a slump with dinner every night because you are eating the same gluten-free meal? Being on a gluten-free diet is becoming more common as experts are learning more about the effects of gluten. With the increase incidence of a gluten-free lifestyle, there has been a raise in the amount of helpful resources available.
If your dinner every night is getting to be rather repetitive then you should look for a gluten-free cookbook. Gluten-free cookbooks are improving as the years progress to have a more delicious variety of foods. When you are cooking the meal you know exactly what you are putting in it; therefore there is no need to worry if your meal could contain gluten.
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 Brookshires.com 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!
Sometimes to save time or money, we cut corners. Most of the time it doesn’t hurt a thing, but here’s one example of how you should never shortchange your baby: formula.
Don’t stretch infant formula by adding extra water. Improperly diluted formula can actually cause malnutrition and a condition called water intoxication where a baby’s kidneys can’t excrete the liquid fast enough. When preparing concentrated or powdered formula, always follow label directions exactly and use the correct scoop to be sure you get the correct amount.
Each Monday we feature a new or interesting product.
Tips on maintaining a healthy lifestyle, every Tuesday.
On Wednesdays, get a tip or idea on using an item in the circular.
Ideas for the whole family come to you every Thursday.
Stop fighting the crowds, save money and dine in, every Friday.