A Better Year Starts Here

What is a Brown Bag of Hope?

Together, we can equip a kid headed back to school next month. For just $10, you can purchase a Brown Bag of Hope containing school supplies or toiletries for those in need. Our stores then redistribute the bags to local schools, nonprofits, and others within your community.
 
 
A screenshot of a Facebook post from Smithville ISD thanking Brookshire Brothers for their Brown Bags of Hope donation. A Smithville ISD employee is pictured with two Brookshire Brothers employees and a table full of donated school supplies.
 

What does each Brown Bag of Hope contain?

The School Supply Bag contains:
2 - Top Flight Filler Paper (150 sheets)
2 - Top Flight 1 Subject Notebook (70 sheets)
1 - 3M Kids Scissors
1 - Elmer’s AP Glue Stick (2 ct)
1 - Dixon No. 2 Pencils (8 ct)
1 - Simply Done Facial Tissue (74 ct)
1 - BIC Classic Black Stick Pens (10 ct)
 
The Toiletry Bag contains:
1 - Top Care Toothbrush (Adult Medium)
1 - Aim Toothpaste (5.5 oz)
1 - Top Care Twin Plus Disposable Razors (5 ct)
1 - Sure Wide Solid Deodorant (1.7 oz)
1 - Rosa Venus White Bar Soap (3.53 oz)
1 - Top Care Dental Floss Mint (100 yd)
1 - Top Care Liquid Hand Soap (7.5 oz)
1 - Top Care Green Mint Mouthwash (250 ml)
1 - Simply Done Facial Tissue (74 ct)

A picture of a table with Brown Bags of Hope and a sign that says "Equip a kid this school year!"

The Spaghetti Bag contains:
2 Boxes - Food Club Macaroni & Cheese (7.25 oz)
2 Cans - Food Club French Green Beans (14.5 oz)
2 Cans - Food Club Canned Corn (15.25 oz)
1 Can - Food Club Parmesan Cheese (8 oz)
1 Can - Food Club Canned Carrots (14.5 oz)
1 Box - Food Club Boxed Spaghetti (16 oz)
2 Jars - Food Club Spaghetti Sauce (24 oz)
 
The Multi-Meal Bag contains:
2 Cans - Food Club Tuna (5 oz)
1 Can - Food Club Chicken (12.5 oz)
1 Box - Food Club Cheesy Tuna Partner (5.5 oz)
1 Can - Food Club Petite Tomatoes (14.25 oz)
1 Bag - Food Club Rice (16 oz)
1 Bag - Food Club Pinto Beans (16 oz)
1 Box - Food Club Saltines (16 oz)
1 Jar - Food Club Peanut Butter (16 oz)
 
The Basics Bag contains:
1 Can - Food Club Sweet Peas (15 oz)
1 Can - Food Club Corn (15.25 oz)
1 Can - Food Club Green Beans (14.5 oz)
2 Pkgs - Food Club Yellow Cornbread Mix (6 oz)
1 Can - Food Club Fruit Cocktail (15.25 oz)
1 Can - Food Club Chicken Noodle Soup (10.75 oz)
1 Can - Food Club Tomato Soup (10.75 oz)
1 Box - Food Club Saltines (16 oz)
1 Jar - Food Club Peanut Butter (16 oz)
 

Where can I find a Brown Bag of Hope?

These bags can be found and purchased in your local store. Having trouble finding them? Talk to your local Store Director! He or she can also tell you about which specific schools and nonprofits the store distributes to.
 

Back to School themed Brown Bags of Hope are pictured on a school-themed background with pencils and school supplies scattered over chalk board.

A Popping 4th of July Side: Red, White and Blueberry Pasta Salad
Fireworks, grilling, and family fun is the ultimate patriotic pastime for celebrating America's birthday. While we know you've got hamburgers, hotdogs, and ribs on the grill, we've got a festive spin on your family's favorite pasta salad.
 
Visit your local Brookshire Brothers for your July 4th grilling needs and more! 
 

Red, White and Blueberry Pasta Salad

Bowl of Red, White and Blueberry Pasta Salad
*Recipe courtesy of our vendor partner Pilsbury
 
Ingredients
      • 1 box Betty Crocker™ Suddenly Salad® classic pasta salad mix
      • Water and vegetable oil called for salad mix box
      • 1cup diced red bell pepper
      • 1cup blueberries
      • 1/3cup crumbled feta cheese
Directions
      • Make pasta salad as directed on box.
      • Stir in bell pepper and blueberries.
      • Sprinkle with feta cheese.
      • Refrigerate 30 minutes before serving.
      • Cover and refrigerate any remaining salad.
You can find even more classic 4th of July recipes here!
 
 
Summer Sweet Tooth: Grilled Peaches with Pecan Brown Butter Sauce
Everybody knows that what a grill really wants is just some sweet summer fun, and this easy recipe for grilled peaches has every bit of summer and sweet fun you can find.
 
Visit your local Brookshire Brothers for fresh summer peaches and more!
 

Grilled Peaches with Pecan Brown Butter Sauce

Fresh peaches on a grill.
INGREDIENTS
  • 4-6 peaches, fresh
  • Food Club non-stick cooking spray
  • 1 stick Food Club salted butter
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon sugar
  • fresh whipped cream
Don't forget to check your weekly ad or the latest digital coupons for extra savings on the ingredients!
 
DIRECTIONS
Slice peaches in half and remove pit. Lightly spritz cut side of peaches with non-stick cooking spray. Place cut side down on a hot grill. Cook about 2-3 minutes. Remove peaches from grill and place in a lightly greased baking dish or sheet pan. Return dish or pan to grill. Cover and continue to cook until the peaches are soft – about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and serve immediately.
 
To make the sauce: In a small sauce pan, melt butter. Continue to cook over medium heat until butter begins to brown and smells slightly nutty. Remove from heat and add pecans and cinnamon sugar. Swirl or stir to mix.
 
To serve: Place 1-2 peach halves on a dessert plate. Drizzle with Pecan Brown Butter and a scoop of whipped cream. Garnish with fresh mint and pecan halves, if desired.
 
Summer sweet tooth still isn't satisfied? Try out these two recipes as well—Greek Yogurt Fruit Dip and Frozen Fruit Fluff.
 
Father's Day Breakfast: Cinnamon Roll Waffles with Cream Cheese Glaze

Show dad you love him a WAFFLE lot with this fun spin on a favorite breakfast!

Plate of Cinnamon Roll Waffles with Cream Cheese Glaze

Cinnamon Roll Waffles with Cream Cheese Glaze

Ingredients
      • 1 can (17.5 oz) refrigerated cinnamon rolls with cream cheese icing (5 rolls)
      • 1 cup powdered sugar
      • 3 tablespoons milk
      • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Directions
      • Spray waffle maker with cooking spray; heat waffle maker.
      • Separate dough into 5 rolls; set icing aside.
      • For each waffle, place 1 roll in center of waffle maker; close lid of waffle maker.
      • Bake 3 to 4 minutes or until waffle is thoroughly cooked and golden brown.
      • Meanwhile, in small bowl, stir together reserved icing, powdered sugar, milk and vanilla until glaze is smooth.
      • Serve glaze over hot waffles.
*Recipe courtesy of our vendor partner Pilsbury
No-Bake Cherry Lemonade Cheesecake
The sweet, sweet days of summer are so close, you can almost taste it with this No-Bake Cherry Lemonade Cheesecake. A bright lemon zest adds a delightful flair to the creamy cheesecake, while the cherries on top are, well, exactly that—a delicious, cherry-on-top finish. Bring it to your weekend cookout. We dare you.
 
Visit your local Brookshire Brothers for all summer cheesecake needs!
 

No-Bake Cherry Lemonade Cheesecake

A fork slicing into a piece of cherry cheese cake
 
INGREDIENTS
1 (14 oz) can Food Club sweetened condensed milk
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon Food Club vanilla
1 tablespoon grated fresh lime rind
1 (8 oz) Food Club cream cheese
1 can Food Club cherry pie filling
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 stick Food Club butter, melted
2 tablespoon Food Club sugar
 
Don't forget to check your weekly ad or the latest digital coupons for extra savings on the ingredients!
 
DIRECTIONS
  • Combine graham cracker crumbs, butter, and sugar in a medium bowl. Press crumb mixture into bottom of an 8” x 8”baking dish. Chill while preparing filling.
  • Place cream cheese in a large bowl & beat at medium speed with an electricmixer until smooth. Gradually add sweetened condensed milk while continuing to mix. Beat in lime juice and vanilla. Stir in lime rind.
  • Pour mixture onto chilled crust. Cover and refrigerate 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Cut into 6 portions and servetopped with cherry pie filling.
Hungry for more? Try out these two cheesecake recipes as well—Quick Vanilla Bean Cheesecake Parfaits and Amaretto Mascarpone Cheesecake with Almond Crust.
 
Cinco de Mayo Fast Feast: Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas
Cinco de Mayo is a wonderful way to bring together people, food, and culture in a celebration of Mexican heritage. This weekend, round up all your best amigos and try out this slow-cooker spin on a fiesta favorite—fajitas! Easy-to-make and delicious, these Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas are perfect for your Cinco de Mayo menu.
 
PLUS: No party is complete without a real fresh, real delicious Orange-Lime Margarita.
 
Chicken Fajitas with a lime
 

Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas

Ingredients:
      • 1.5 lbs Mama Julia's Marinated Chicken Fajitas
      • 1 green bell pepper*
      • 1 yellow bell pepper*
      • 1 red bell pepper*
      • 1 small onion*
      • 1 package of Fresh Harvest Flour Tortillas (10 ct)

*In a hurry? Pick up a package of fresh, pre-cut fajita vegetables at your local Brookshire Brothers Brothers!

Toppings:
      • Shredded cheese
      • Sour cream
      • On the Border salsa
Don't forget to check your weekly ad or our digital coupons for special savings on these ingredients!
 
Directions:
      • Slice chicken into 1/4 inch strips.
      • Place chicken in bottom of slow cooker.
      • Slice up bell peppers and onion, place on top of chicken.
      • Cook on low for 4-6 hours.
      • Serve on tortillas with choice of toppings.

 But wait, there's MORE!!  

We've prepared a feast of savings perfect to pair with this delicious dish—don't miss out!
 
Fajita Fast Feast for Cinco de Mayo
 

Fast Feast: Buy 1, Get 3 Free

May 1 through May 14, 2019

When you buy one package of Mama Julia Marinated Beef Skirt, Chicken Thighs or Breast Fajitas (1.5 lb), you get 3 items FREE! The best part? You can mix and match your free products, or get three of the same particular product free!
 
1 - On the Border Cafe Style Chips (10-12 oz)
1 - On the Border Salsa (16 oz)
1 - Fresh Harvest Flour Tortillas (10 ct)
 
Save fast and feast big TODAY—find a store near you.* Can't find one of these items? Talk to your local store director or make a product request online!
 
*Promotion is not available at the following stores: 
Steak Me Home Tonight: Peppered T-Bone Steak Dinner
Skip the steakhouse and savor a sizzling night at home with this simple Peppered T-Bone Steak recipe (courtesy of our vendor partner AngusPride) as well as side dish ideas. This menu makes a flavorful, romantic dinner for two, or it can be easily doubled for a quality family meal.
 
Using a fork and sharp knife, someone cuts into a juicy, medium-well steak on a cutting board.
 

Peppered T-Bone Steak

Ingredients

A bottle of Alamos Malbec (750ml)

  • 2 T-bone steaks
  • 2 tablespoons steak sauce
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons fresh thyme, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Recommended pairing (optional): Alamos Malbec 
Don't forget to check your weekly ad or the latest digital coupons for extra savings on the ingredients!
 
Instructions
  • In a small bowl, combine steak sauce, thyme, pepper and cayenne.
  • Sprinkle steak on both sides with salt. Spoon about 2 teaspoons steak sauce mixture over one side of each steak.
  • Place steaks, sauce side down, on grill over medium, ash-covered coals. Grill, covered, over medium heat for 6 minutes.
  • Brush steaks with remaining sauce and turn over. Continue to grill 4 to 6 minutes or until meat reaches 160*F on a meat thermometer for medium doneness.
  • Let stand 5 minutes before slicing. Pair with Alamos Malbec and any of the below sides.

Several sweet potatoes on a cutting board with some slices and a knife

 

Healthy Steak Dinner Side Dish: Roasted Sweet Potatoes

INGREDIENTS
  • 2 medium potatoes
  • 1/2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Pepper, to taste
DIRECTIONS
This recipe starts in a cold oven.
  • Peel potatoes (or scrub well) and trim ends. Cut into ¾ inch thick rounds.
  • Toss potatoes in a large bowl with olive oil, salt, and pepper to taste until evenly coated. Line an 18- by 13-inch heavy-duty rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and coat with nonstick cooking spray (recommended: coconut oil spray). Arrange potatoes in a single layer on two baking sheets, dotting evenly with pieces of butter, and cover tightly with aluminum foil. Adjust oven racks to upper and lower middle positions and place potatoes in cold oven. Turn oven to 425 degrees and cook potatoes 30 minutes.
  • Remove baking sheets from oven and carefully remove top layer of foil. Return potatoes to oven and cook until bottom edges of potatoes are golden brown (reversing and rotating pans halfway through cooking time), 15 to 25 minutes.
  • Remove baking sheets from oven and, using a thin metal spatula, flip slices over. Continue to roast until the bottom edges of the potatoes are golden brown, 18 to 22 minutes longer. Remove from oven and let potatoes cool 5 to 10 minutes, then transfer to platter and serve.
  • Optional toppings: If desired, drizzle lightly with real maple syrup, chopped toasted pecans, or fresh/dried thyme leaves, to taste. 

Homemade Roasted Green Brussel Sprouts in a Bowl

 

More Side Dish Ideas

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Create a Brunch Burger Fast Feast
Everybody loves brunch. Why? Any dish is acceptable! Everything from breakfast, lunch, and dinner can be served, and this Brunch Bacon and Egg Burger is no exception! Keep reading for extra savings on this phenomenal brunch dish.
 
For more fun brunch tips check out How to Brunch 101!
 
Bacon Brunch Burger with Bacon and Eggs
 
Ingredients:
    • 1lb ground beef
    • 8 slices of bacon
    • 4 Fresh Harvest Hamburger Buns
    • 6 Fresh Harvest Eggs
    • 4 slices of Food Club Sliced Cheese
    • 1/2 cup sliced onions
    • 1 head of lettuce
    • 1 large tomato, sliced
    • Salt & pepper to taste
Directions:
    • Cook the bacon on medium-high heat and be sure to drain them after they are done.
    • Combine the ground beef, salt, and pepper; form into four patties.
    • Cook the hamburger patties in the same pan as the bacon on medium-high heat until they are just slightly pink inside.
    • Right before they are finished cooking, add the cheese on top so that it melts.
    • Drain the pan.
    • Fry your eggs to your preference.
    • Finally, assemble your buger with the veggies to your liking!
* Serve with Food Club Snack Chips to finish your Fast Feast.
 

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We've prepared a feast of savings perfect to pair with this delicious dish—don't miss out!
 
Bacon Burger Fast Feast | Buy two get four free 
 
 Don't forget to view your weekly ad for more great deals! 
 

Fast Feast: Buy 2, Get 4 Free

April 3 through April 16, 2019

When you buy ANY value pack Ground Chuck (3.5lbs or more) and ANY one (1) package of 24 oz bacon, you can choose between 2-4 items FREE! The best part? You can mix and match your free items or get up to four of one kind free!
 
1 - Simply Done Ultra Designer Paper Plates (10 in 22 ct)
1 - Fresh Harvest Hamburger Buns (8 ct)
1 - Food Club Snack Chips (8-12.5 oz)
1 - Food Club Slice Cheese (8 oz)
 
Save fast and feast big TODAY—find a store near you.* Can't find one of these items? Talk to your local store director!
 
*Promotion is not available at the following stores: 
 
Spring Flowers Bring Spring..... Allergies
Spring is a gloriously idyllic season with chirping birds, beautiful blooms, cool mornings and warm afternoons.  Its geniality distracts us from the barrage of allergens released by flowers, grasses and trees that seek to wreak havoc on perfectly content individuals like you and me.
 
Young girl holding a sunflower
 
Seasonal allergies affect millions across the U.S. resulting in lower productivity or even missed time at work or school, increased healthcare costs and just sheer misery for those affected.  Symptoms include sneezing, itchy and watery eyes, itchy nose and/or throat and nasal congestion.  Fortunately, seasonal allergy symptoms are fairly easy to self-diagnose and control—most of the time.
 
If you’re looking to avoid the throng of red-nosed, watery-eyed victims sneezing their way through spring, follow these simple tips for a truly enjoyable (and allergy-free) season.
 
1. Allergies or a Cold?  If you have fever, sore throat, a productive cough and/or body aches or chills you may be dealing with a cold, flu or other infection rather than allergies.  Consult your pharmacist on when to seek medical attention for symptoms of a cold. If cold or flu like symptoms are present, you can get a Physician 360 Rapid Flu Test at your Brookshire Brothers pharmacy.
 
Physicians 360 Flu Test
 
2. Antihistamines are Key.  If there is a medicinal silver bullet for preventing allergy symptoms, antihistamines are it.  Cetirizine (Zyrtec), loratadine (Claritin) and fexofenadine (Allegra) are first-line over the counter treatments for many allergy symptoms.  They work by blocking histamine, the chemical that makes your body sneeze and itch in response to an allergen.  They are each taken once-daily, work rapidly and are labeled as non-drowsy.  Diphenhydramine or Benadryl, a first-generation antihistamine, works well for allergy sufferers but is not appropriate for everyone and causes a fair amount of drowsiness.
 
3. Use Nasal Steroids if Needed.  Once only available by prescription, steroid nasal sprays like Flonase and Nasacort are now available for purchase over the counter.  These products work by blocking a number of cells involved in the inflammatory process and can prevent or limit allergy symptoms quite effectively.  You can use them alone or in combination with the antihistamines listed above.
 
A graphic feature of TopCare allergy relief products on a background with a woman sitting on a park bench on a bright spring day.
 
4. Stock Up Before You’re Stuck.  We’ve all been there; runny nose and nary a tissue in site.  Before seasonal allergies attack, get ready!  Stock up on tissues, Aquaphor ointment (great for irritated skin on your nose and lips), cough drops for an irritated throat, hand sanitizer, and artificial tears for dry eyes.
 
Don’t let seasonal allergies ruin your spring.  Get outside and enjoy nature—birds, flowers and all!
 

Matt Baker, Pharm.D., RPh

Matt Baker is a pharmacist with Brookshire Brothers Pharmacy in Lufkin.  He received his undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University in 2005 and his Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Houston in 2010.  He writes a monthly pharmacy and wellness article for the Lufkin Daily News and is active in the community.  Matt's passion is serving his patients while ensuring that they are equipped to understand and take their medications properly. 

View more of Matt's articles on the Brookshire Brothers blog.
 
 
 
               
 
 
Celebrate with Hawaiian Ham and Swiss Sliders
We are full swing into March Madness with everyone filling in their brackets and hosting watch parties. Cheer on your favorite team with these melt-in-your-mouth sliders that are deliciously easy to prepare and ready in 30 minutes or less. BONUS: Keep reading for special savings on King's Hawaiian bread this weekend only!
 
Cheesy Hawaiian Ham and Swiss Sliders on a plate
 

Hawaiian Ham and Swiss Sliders

Ingredients
    • 24 slices of deli honey ham
    • 6 Slices of swiss cheese, cut into fourths
    • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
    • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons dijon mustard
    • 1/2 cup butter melted
    • 1 tablespoon Onion Powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
    • 2 packages (12 count) KING'S HAWAIIAN Original Hawaiian Sweet Dinner Rolls
Directions
    • Cut rolls in half and spread mayo onto 1 side of the rolls.
    • Place a slice or two of ham and slice of swiss cheese in roll.
    • Replace the top of the rolls and bunch them closely together into a baking dish.
    • In a medium bowl, whisk together poppy seeds, dijon mustard, melted butter, onion powder and worcestershire sauce.
    • Pour sauce over the rolls, just covering the tops.
    • Cover with foil and let sit for 10 minutes.
    • Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted.
    • Uncover and cook for additional 2 minutes until tops are slightly browned and crisp.
    • Serve warm.

*Recipe courtesy of our vendor partner King's Hawaiian!

King's Hawaiian Rolls

Get King's Hawaiian Rolls for only $0.99 during this weekend's Celebrate Rewards Event! These hot savings are only good for 3/29, 3/30 and 3/31 only—DON'T MISS OUT!! Our full spread of deals include:

    • King's Hawaiian Dinner Rolls - $0.99 (12 ct) - Limit 1
    • Fresh Harvest Family Pack Large Eggs* - $0.99 (18 ct) - Limit 1
    • Swift G.T. Premium Lean Pork Spareribs - $0.99/lb (Single Pack) - Limit 1
    • Fresh Harvest Large or Thin White Bread - $0.99 (20 oz) - Limit 1
    • Russet Potatoes - $1.98 (10 lb bag) - Limit 1
    • Totinos Party Pizza - $0.49 (9.8-10.9 oz) - Limit 2
    • Bounty Essentials Big Roll Paper Towels (6 rolls) or Charmin Essentials Bath Tissue (12 rolls) - $2.99 - Limit 2
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To redeem, enter your phone number at checkout. Limits apply with a $20 additional purchase per Celebrate member. While supplies last. No rain checks *Egg price versions with Louisiana locations due to restrictions.
 
Additional purchase excludes alcohol, tobacco, gift cards, lottery, stamps, money orders, Western Union, pharmacy, fuel and items in the Celebrate Rewards Event.
 

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