Farm Fresh Blueberry Recipes

Nothing says summertime quite like freshly picked blueberries! Julie Wood, of Wood Blueberry Farm in Burke Texas, has provided us two great recipes to enjoy the tiny fruit's bursting flavor.

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Blueberry Cheesecake Cupcakes

Ingredients:

  • Slice & bake sugar cookie dough
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature             
  •  ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 2 eggs                                                                                
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • ½ cup sour cream

Instructions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees and line 12 muffin cups with foil liners.
  2. Portion sugar cookie dough to a small size and bake till just slightly browned on the edges but still soft, about 8-10 minutes.  Remove from oven and while warm press one cookie into the bottom of the foil-lined muffin cups.
  3. Beat together cream cheese and sugar on medium speed in large bowl until smooth.  Add eggs, beating just until blended.  Beat in sour cream and vanilla.  On low speed, beat in flour. Stir in blueberries.
  4. Spoon batter into muffin cups, dividing equally.
  5. Bake for 35-40 minutes, until cakes are set.
  6. Cool cakes in pan on a rack for 20 minutes.
  7. Remove cakes to a rack to cool then refrigerate.
  8. Garnish the top with fresh blueberries, strawberries and a sprig of fresh mint before serving.

Pick up farm-fresh blueberries today at your local Brookshire Brothers

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Blueberry Buttermilk Muffins

Ingredients:

  • 2 ½ cups flour   
  • 2 large eggs                                        
  • 1 cup of sugar     
  • 1 cup buttermilk                                            
  • 2 ½ teaspoons baking powder               
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  • ¼ teaspoon salt                                           
  • 1 ½ cups blueberries 

Instructions:

1. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder & salt. Mix well. In a separate bowl, combine eggs, buttermilk & melted butter.
2. Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in blueberries.
3. Fill 12 greased or paper-lined muffin cups ¾ full.  Bake at 400 degrees for 20-24 minutes.

 

POSTED BY Kenzie Promes
Brookshire Brothers Class of 2020

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the graduating class of 2020 is being sent off into the next chapter of their lives unlike any other class before them. We would like to congratulate all of the wonderful seniors who work for Brookshire Brothers. Not only have most of them missed out on their last sports season, prom, or even their commencement ceremonies; they have courageously served their communities on the front line during these difficult times. Below are the stories of a couple of our graduating seniors. 

Brianna Fregia is graduating from Kountze High School and works as a Cashier at Brookshire Brothers (#36) in Kountze, Texas. After graduation, she plans to attend the Lamar Institute of Technology to pursue a degree in Radiology.
 
How has working for Brookshire Brothers while attending school prepared you for the future?
Working at Brookshire Brothers has taught me many things, but mostly time management. It has also taught me to be a responsible adult and customer service skills.
 
Do you have a favorite memory while working at the store?
I’ve had many laughs while working for this company. My favorite memory is probably getting to see my everyday customers. It makes me smile when they remember my name, and they get to know me personally.
 
What has it been like working at the store during the COVID-19 Pandemic?
It has been a little crazy working during COVID-19. Most people have been so supportive and have steadily thanked me for all of my hard work which makes me feel good about myself.
 
What has it been like spending the last months of your senior year during the pandemic?
I never dreamed of my senior year ending the way it did, but I’ll always cherish the memories that I made while I could. At first, I was really upset, but during this, it just taught me that not everything in life goes the way we plan, but God has plans for our future and everything happens for a reason.
 
 
Another one of our graduates is Jacob Adams, a Stocker at Brookshire Brothers (#63) in Lorena, Texas. He is graduating from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering. After graduation, he will begin his career coordinating F-22 and F-35 flight tests for Lockheed Martin in Edwards AFB, California.
 
How has working for Brookshire Brothers while attending school prepared you for the future?
Time management has been a key skill to handle both school and work. I really had to learn how to make sure all my schoolwork got accomplished around my work schedule so that I did not fall behind. My next job is going to be pretty busy though, so I expect good time management skills to come in handy.      
       
Do you have a favorite memory while working at Brookshire Brothers?
Honestly, just working with great people and great customers. One of my funniest memories while working at the store was watching one of my manager’s hide in a tub of stuffed animals to scare one of the other managers. We knew it was coming, and his reaction was hilarious.
 
What has it been like working at the store during the COVID-19 Pandemic?
It’s been hectic at times, but it’s been nice to know that our actions are directly helping people. The customers have been great and very understanding, even when we were experiencing drastic shortages. We have had to adapt quite a bit to handle the pandemic at the store, and it’s nice to have the store filling back up.
 
What has it been like spending the last months of your senior year during the pandemic?
It’s definitely a weird feeling. You spend years hoping that school would get canceled, and then it happens at the most inconvenient time. It has affected a lot of our plans, such as our Senior Design Project and being able to walk the stage. We left for spring break not realizing that we wouldn’t see each other again, likely for years. My friends and I have learned to adjust though and have started hanging out virtually at least once a week. While it has been an unfortunate situation, we just have to keep moving along.
 
 To see more of the Brookshire Brothers Class of 2020, check out our Facebook page
 
POSTED BY Kenzie Promes
Mother's Day 2020

Mother’s Day is this Sunday, and with everything going on, mom is most likely the person you need most right now. While you may not be able to see her in person to give her a big hug, here are some ideas on how to celebrate mom from near or far.

Boy holding flowers and a card for his mom on mother's day

Have a movie marathon.            

Gather up her favorite snacks, let her pick the movies, and enjoy the day in your comfy clothes! If you are unable to be on the same couch in the same home – watch the movies separately at the same time and set up a video chat afterward to quote your favorite lines and discuss what to watch next.

Write a hand-written letter.

Nothing says I love you quite like a hand-written letter. Share with her a special memory from when you were younger, list all the reasons she is a great mother, or if you can spin a rhyme – write her a poem. Regardless of what you write down - words from the heart can be a gift that is truly special and something she can hold onto forever. This is a perfect option if you are having a socially-distanced Mother’s Day and a great addition to chocolates and flowers.

Bake together.

Bring out the flour and sugar and bake up some goodies with mom. Baking is a fun way to bond and at the end of it, you get something sweet to enjoy together. Need a new treat to try? Check out this simple yet delicious Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Mug Cake recipe. 

No matter how you decide to celebrate Mother’s Day this year or what gift you give her, it is only important to take the time to make her feel special. 

Stop by your local Brookshire Brothers today for beautiful flower arrangements, cards or treats for mom on Mother's Day.

 

 

POSTED BY Kenzie Promes
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The Easter Lily: A Symbol of Hope

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This Easter season looks very different than any other has before. Easter egg hunts are being held virtually through screens, our grandparents are unable to sit around our dinner table with the rest of the family, and we are all trying to make sense of the new normal we face. As we walk through these challenging times together, there has never been a greater need for hope. The Easter lily is a reminder of hope to us all.

We’ve all seen Easter lilies appear on altars at churches and in homes during this time of year, but there is more significance to the flower than its beauty and exquisite fragrance. The life cycle of the Easter lily, referred to as the “white-robed apostles of hope” - retells the story of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Their trumpet shaped bulbs represent trumpets sounding the message that Jesus has risen and its snow white color symbolizes new life and hope.

Colossians 1:13-14: "For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins."

Easter Lily Indoor Care Instructions:

To properly care for you Easter lilies there are a few important steps to take.

  • Remove the decorative foil packaging from the plant. Keeping it on will cause too much water to accumulate in the pot causing the roots to rot.
  • Place your lilies in a spot with bright, indirect sunlight to ensure its growth. Too much direct light can overheat the plant and shorten their lifespan. The best area for your lily will also be free from drafts and far from heat vents. The ideal indoor temperatures for Easter lilies fall between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Make sure to not over water the plant. You should only water when the soil of the plant is dry to the touch.
  • Remove all antlers (the yellow centers when the flowers open) from the plant to promote extended bloom time of the flowers. Be very careful when removing antlers to avoid staining your clothes.
  • Pinch off any withering flowers from the plant in order to promote new flowers to grow.
  • *ALWAYS keep pets away from your Easter lilies. If your pet should eat any part of the plant, seek medical treatment from your vet immediately.

Spread the hope this Easter season! Easter lilies are available to purchase at your local store in the floral department.

POSTED BY Kenzie Promes
5 Indoor Activities to Keep the Kids Happy

 

Stuck at the house with the kids and not sure how to keep them preoccupied for days on end? Here are 5 indoor activities (screen-free) to help you spend quality time with your little ones while keeping them entertained.
 

1.) Bake together. 

There are many benefits of baking with your child. This activity can help them with hand-eye coordination, math skills, hand strengthening, and much more!  Try out this simple sugar cookie & frosting recipe and get creative with every kid’s favorite topping…. SPRINKLES!
 

2.) Play balloon tennis.

This game is great for when your little ones need to release some energy! Gather up some wooden spoons (or some sort of stick to use as handle), tape, paper plates and a balloon. Take a stick and tape it to the paper plate – now you have a racket! To play this game, each kid gets a balloon racket and tries to keep the balloon from hitting the ground. Don't have the supplies to make a racket? No problem! This game is just as fun when you use your hands as the racket.
 

3.) Get competitive with board games.

Dust off all of the old board games in your hall closet! Put some blankets on the floor and gather around one another for fun games and yummy snacks. This is where those cookies will come in handy!  
 

4.) Make homemade play dough.

What kid doesn’t love play dough? Save a few bucks on the expensive stuff and make it yourself. All you’ll need is salt, flour, cream of tartar, oil and water. Click here for instructions. 
 

5.) Build a fort and read a book aloud!

This is an activity that can be both exercise and relaxation. Once the kids are exhausted from building their majestic blanket fortress in your living room, encourage them to cozy up with their favorite book and practice reading aloud with them.
 
 
With all of the uncertainty in the world right now with the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to stay positive and cherish every moment. Whether you're working from home, entertaining and homeschooling your kids, or just binge watching movies - cherish this time with the ones you love.   
 
 
POSTED BY Kenzie Promes
Fresh Harvest & Brookshire Brothers: A Perfect Pair!

 

Brookshire Brothers Private Label Wine: Fresh Harvest

Our Fresh Harvest wines are vinted by aMaurice Cellars, a family-owned boutique winery in the Blue Mountains of Walla Walla, Washington. Known for their stewardship of their land as well as for their extraordinary wines, aMaurice was the very first registered, sustainable vineyard in Washington State. We are very happy to partner with aMaurice Cellars and the Schafer family.. winemakers who share our purpose of Good People, Good Food & Good Deeds!! 
 

Grab a bottle today at your local Brookshire Brothers store! 

Fresh Harvest Red Wine

 

Fresh Harvest Red Wine Blend

Elegant and fruit forward with just a touch of spice to complement all of your favorite fall and holiday dishes, beginning with aromas and flavors of dark red cherries, dried figs & berries. The graceful, dusty tannins nod to its being aged in new french oak barrels for 22 months.
 
40% Cabernet, 40% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 10% Syrah 
 
 

Fresh Harvest White Wine

 

Fresh Harvest White Wine Blend

A crisp and lively white blend primarily comprised of Viognier blended with just a touch of Grenache Blanc, with a high intensity aroma of exotic, tropical fruits. Smooth and elegant on the palate, with soft floral notes of honeysuckle and jasmine and ending with a clean, herbal finish that will complement all of the sweet and savory components of your holiday meal. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
POSTED BY Kenzie Promes
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