Baking is the perfect pastime during the holidays. The house smells great and the treats are delicious. Sometimes though, the kids get curious which can make a quick recipe take a lot longer. Here are some tips to help you bake that delicious treat while letting your little ones help out.
Keep the recipe simple-Kids will stay more focused if the recipe is quick and easy. Make sure the ingredients are few and the preparing is simple and fun.
Make it a game-Whether it is cutting shapes out of your dough or rolling out the dough, see who can do it the best or the fastest. This will keep your little ones attention on the task at hand.
Make it a design-Make your baking masterpiece into a design. Witch’s hats, a smiley face or any other design you can think of will keep your kid smiling and they will love to help create it.
Let them do it themselves-Find a recipe where everything is already made and let your kid do the assembling themselves. They will be so proud to show you what they have done.
These recipes incorporate these tips and are sure to keep your kid smiling.
With warmer weather it’s time to open the windows, let in the fresh air and start your spring cleaning. This time of year our homes need more than vacuuming, sweeping and dusting. Now is a great time to organize closets, dust the blinds and clean the garage.
Here are a few ideas to add to your spring cleaning list:
-Clean light fixtures and replace bulbs
-Wash walls, baseboards, and door knobs
-Empty the coat closet
-Clean stove top and oven
-Wash windows and screens
-Touch up the ceiling fans
Make a realistic check list so you can mark off those assignments as they are finished. Choose one room at a time to arrange, deep clean and organize.
Before you start your spring cleaning projects make sure you have all of the supplies:
-Cloths, Micro fiber or dish towels
All of these items can be found at any of our locations and remember to check the weekly ad for additional savings. Get ready to start tackling those cleaning projects you have been putting off during the cold winter days.
It’s our favorite time of year, case lot sale! And you know what that means, it’s time to stock up in the pantry and beef up your food storage until March 11 or while supplies last. Now is the perfect time to find the best deals on the key items you use each day, as well as the items you hope you’ll never have to use if there’s an emergency.
Here’s five tips to help you with your food storage:
It’s recommended that you have the food staples—like flour, sugar, eggs, oats and dried milk for cooking and baking. Be sure to get these in dried or canned for long-term storage. We have a great variety of Augason farm and Western family canned products that are perfect!
Be practical and buy foods you already eat. Don’t forget your canned fruits and veggies.
Rotate items from your food storage, checking expiration dates. It is recommended that you use items from food storage to keep items from going to waste. Check and rotate each month to be sure you’re not letting good food go bad.
Become familiar with the food storage items you buy and have recipes that use those ingredients. (This will also help with food storage rotation.)
If possible, keep your storage in a place like a basement that has minimal light, moisture and heat. Its recommended that food storage is kept at 70 degrees.
We hope these tips help keep your food storage stocked and ready to go! Happy Shopping!
It’s a new year and you’re ready to make some improvements. Here is our top five items to consider as you make plans for the all new you.
Eat healthy: A healthy eating plan can cost far less than fast food. (For example, swap out French fries or potato chips for baked potatoes and save big.) Spend plenty of time in our produce department and watch for wholesome natural and organic items throughout the store. Deals and fresh, nutritious food can be had every week and eating healthy may save you thousands in medical bills in the long run.
Explore new flavors: It’s easy to get in a rut as the year goes by. Soon, you’re eating the same meals every week which can be boring and repetitive. (Your taste buds need variety too.) Our monthly publication, Stir Crazy has great ideas to keep your menu a menagerie of mouthwatering flavors. Plus, many of the recipes are directly from our dietitian so you know they will be both nutritious and delicious. Click here to see this month’s issue.
Make a budget and stick to it: Do the math. Spend a few minutes and review your regular expenses. Then, dig in and separate your needs from your wants. (This means you must be honest with yourself and really decide what necessities you really need.) Once you have your needs identified, decide how much you can save each month. Then you can budget the fun stuff. Vacations, dining out, recreational toys, etc. may all be part of your annual plan, but should come in the right priority.
Exercise regularly: On average, Americans spend about $8,000 annually on health care. Experts say more than half the costs are the result of lifestyle choices. Exercising three times a week for 20 minutes a day can decrease prescription costs by as much as 70 percent and medical costs by up to 30 percent.
Be happy and thankful: Having a positive mental attitude can make all the difference. Not one of us ever has a year without challenges. However, if we take the right approach, we will realize our lives are almost always more than half full.
The STOCK UP & SAVE SALE is here and it’s time to get organized. Make it a New Year’s resolution to take time to rearrange and clean up your pantry to be stocked. Here are three steps to get your pantry clean and organized:
1.Clean it Out!
First thing you will want to do is get everything out of your pantry. Take every last can out so you can see what you have and then you can start sorting your items. Separate your items into four categories: things you use every day, things you use occasionally, things you want to donate and things you need to trash.
2. Clean Up!
Now that your pantry is empty, take advantage of it and wipe down all your shelves. Getting rid of the crumbs and dust will make your pantry feel ten times more organized. Take a damp cloth over all your shelves and then let them dry completely before you begin restocking.
3. Stock it!
Visit Macey’s and purchase everything you need from our Stock Up & Save sale. See our ad here for all our great savings. Now that you have your food, let the organization begin. Separate your pantry in zones; this is the best way to make sure you won’t be dealing with unorganized chaos in a few months. Start by putting all your baking items in one section, breakfast items in another, lunch items in another, etc. Organizing by meals will A) make meal prep more simple and B) keep your pantry organized. Another zone you may want to include is a snack zone. Make your snack zone easy to access so your smaller family members will be able to reach and they won’t need to go ripping through your organized shelves searching for their favorite snack.
We hope these steps help you get your pantry in perfect order to stock up & save.
Emergency Readiness: We all know the virtues of storing food for emergencies. And since everyone is going to have a time in his or her life when stored food will be helpful to one degree or another, it only makes sense to build that storage when the savings are the greatest.
Well, this is one of those times.
Everyday & On-the-Go Meals: The primary virtue of long term food storage items is their easy-to-prepare feature, making them the preferred items for emergencies where the ability to cook meals may be impossible. To make a delicious entrée, for example, simply add hot water and allow it to simmer.
This feature also makes these meals perfect for outdoor activities and camping trips. It includes breakfasts, entrées, vegetables, fruits, sauces, protein, milk and snacks.
BIG IN-STORE SAVINGS: Live Prepared and Augason Farms Savings
To enable our valued customers to benefit from these features, Maceys is going two ways this month on food storage by teaming up with Augason Farms and Live Prepared. On one hand, they are offering a special on Live Prepared products, and the other, a separate special on Augason Farms products.
Check out this month’s in-store specials:
Live Prepared Savings
For those who prefer their food storage in convenient pouches and an easy-to-prepare method that takes all the work and hassle out of meal preparation, we suggest our sumptuous line of Live Prepared products.
With the purchase of $50 worth of any of your preferred Live Prepared Products, we offer this free Live Prepared backpack that can be used for “bugout” emergencies or for camping and hiking. You can get one for each family member. Fill it with needful food and other supplies to see you through a temporary evacuation, away from your home or for fun in the out-of-doors. You just “grab it and go.”
In addition, Live Prepared offers useful emergency and camping tools, items for shelter, water storage and treatment implements, first aid articles and energy items for heating and cooking. All these hard goods are thoughtfully provided for you by Live Prepared.
Delicious Live Prepared Meals Now Available at Maceys: Pasta Marinara with Beef | Cheesy Broccoli & Rice | Stroganoff with Pasta & Beef | Pasta Alfredo with Chicken
Augason Farms Savings
This month, we’re highlighting fruit products, which as you know, provide essential nutrients in an emergency situation. Also when it comes to versatility, freeze-dried fruits double as a delicious everyday snack and a fabulous addition to granola for the perfect trail mix. Augason Farms offers a great deal for the fruit products from Maceys (strawberries, bananas, blueberries, apples, raspberries or pineapple). Buy any of the two fruit products, mixing and matching as you prefer, and we’ll toss in a free can of Granola!
Delicious Fruits Now Available at Maceys: Strawberries | Bananas | Blueberries | Apples | Raspberries | Pineapple