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Planning Thanksgiving Recipes Helps Make Holiday More Fun

Turkey Day is almost here. There is so much to be thankful for this year. It may be the first time in a  couple of years we can more safely gather with family and friends. Bringing back some of our familiar holiday traditions will be even sweeter this year. 

Getting ready for the day can be less stressful if planning in advance. Here are some tips to help make the day full of fun. 

PLANNING IS THE KEY

The most important step is planning in advance. Plan your menu, plan your shopping and plan what you can make in advance. Remember, simple is usually better. 

Lone Star Family MarketGet all your shopping done as early as possible. One way to save time and money is by getting all your WIC foods at Lone Star Family Market early in the week. Click on our blog post here for our special Thanksgiving Week hours.

Use your expanded WIC fruit and vegetable allowance to pick up produce for your Thanksgiving sides: bread, potatoes, onions, carrots, frozen vegetables, cheese and fruit just to name a few. Beans, another WIC-approved food, also make a great Thanksgiving Day side. 

Use ingredients you have to plan your menu. You can make a list on your phone or the old-fashioned way with paper and pencil. Making a list will help you make sure you have everything you need, and help plan out your recipes. 

There are so many recipes options for creating a Thanksgiving Day menu, and they don’t have to be complicated or use 100 ingredients. Simple is usually better. If you are looking for a few places online to find healthy, simple recipes check out these websites:

Texas WIC: Texas WIC has some great healthy recipes using WIC foods. Here are some of our favorites for Thanksgiving: Apple Crisp, Sweet Potato BallsCitrus Glazed Carrots,  Fruit Salad & Fruit Dip and Carrot Bread

Cooking Matters: This website is full of great, healthy recipes. Here are a few your family might like for Thanksgiving: Banana Pudding, baked apples and tips for cooking beans.

USDA: This website offers several recipes for Thanksgiving Day and they even have recipes for your leftovers. 

SIMPLE IS BETTER Thanksgiving Meal

Does the thought of cooking turkey stress you out? You don’t have to cook an entire turkey. Make a small turkey breast or turkey tenderloin. They are much less intimidating and usually cost less than cooking an entire bird. Or, roast a chicken. You could also skip making a traditional Thanksgiving and opt for making your family’s favorite meal. 

If you are making a turkey, check out the USDA’s tips for cooking a bird here.

Thanksgiving with Family in AustinENJOY ALL THE MOMENTS  

Spending time with your kids, family and friends is the best part of the day. After your meal, find time to play outside or go for a walk. It’s a great activity for the whole family.  Everyone at Lone Star Family Market wishes you and your family a happy and safe Thanksgiving. All of our locations will be open regular hours on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Find a location here. We also accept SNAP. Hope to see you soon. 

 

Lone Star Family Marketing Opening Special Hours Thanksgiving Week

Thanksgiving Hours

Lone Star Family Market will be open special hours the week of Thanksgiving. All stores will be open normal hours Wednesday, November 24th. All stores will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, November 25th. On Friday the Cameron, Research, and Stassney locations will open from 10 AM to 5 PM.  Regular store hours will resume Saturday, November 27th.

ATX Family Events Bountiful In November

If you are looking for something to keep the kids busy this month, check out or list of activities around town this month.

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    1 2Free Thursdays at Blanton Museum of ArtFree Thursdays at Blanton Museum of ArtTime: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
World class art experiences in the heart of Austin. Free admission every Thursday is generously provided by the Moody Family Free Day Endowment.
200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Austin, TX 78712
3Zoom Alphabuddies StorytimeZoom Alphabuddies StorytimeTime: 10:30 am
Zoom Alphabuddies Storytime every Friday at 10:30am. Explore letters, sounds and phonics each week in this interactive Zoom program for ages 2-5. Registration required.
Wells Branch Community Library - Virtual Event
4 5Free Family Sundays at Mexic-Arte MuseumFree Family Sundays at Mexic-Arte MuseumTime: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Each week the Mexic-Arte Museum hosts Free Family Sundays. Everyone is invited to join and explore the museum to get a free tour at 2:00pm or 3:00pm. Museum admission is free all day from 12 - 5 PM.
419 Congress, Austin, TX, 78701
Free Community Night at ThinkeryFree Community Night at ThinkeryTime: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Every Sunday from 3 pm-5 pm, Thinkery opens their doors to provide free admission for children & families from all over Central Texas. Community Night is part of Thinkery’s Open Door Initiative, created to give every child a chance to explore & develop a lifelong love of learning, regardless of means.
1830 Simond Ave, Austin, Tx 78723
6Virtual Story Time with Wells Branch Community LibraryVirtual Story Time with Wells Branch Community LibraryTime: 10:30 am
Join us for virtual storytime every Monday at 10:30 AM on the Wells Branch Community Library Facebook page
Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page - Virtual Event
7Storytime & CraftsStorytime & CraftsTime: 6:30 pm
Join us on Tuesdays at 6:30 PM for Storytime & Crafts on the Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page. Craft bags are available at Wells Branch Community Library every day starting at 2pm.
Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page - Virtual Event
8 9Free Thursdays at Blanton Museum of ArtFree Thursdays at Blanton Museum of ArtTime: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
World class art experiences in the heart of Austin. Free admission every Thursday is generously provided by the Moody Family Free Day Endowment.
200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Austin, TX 78712
10Zoom Alphabuddies StorytimeZoom Alphabuddies StorytimeTime: 10:30 am
Zoom Alphabuddies Storytime every Friday at 10:30am. Explore letters, sounds and phonics each week in this interactive Zoom program for ages 2-5. Registration required.
Wells Branch Community Library - Virtual Event
11 12Free Family Sundays at Mexic-Arte MuseumFree Family Sundays at Mexic-Arte MuseumTime: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Each week the Mexic-Arte Museum hosts Free Family Sundays. Everyone is invited to join and explore the museum to get a free tour at 2:00pm or 3:00pm. Museum admission is free all day from 12 - 5 PM.
419 Congress, Austin, TX, 78701
Free Community Night at ThinkeryFree Community Night at ThinkeryTime: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Every Sunday from 3 pm-5 pm, Thinkery opens their doors to provide free admission for children & families from all over Central Texas. Community Night is part of Thinkery’s Open Door Initiative, created to give every child a chance to explore & develop a lifelong love of learning, regardless of means.
1830 Simond Ave, Austin, Tx 78723
13Virtual Story Time with Wells Branch Community LibraryVirtual Story Time with Wells Branch Community LibraryTime: 10:30 am
Join us for virtual storytime every Monday at 10:30 AM on the Wells Branch Community Library Facebook page
Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page - Virtual Event
14Storytime & CraftsStorytime & CraftsTime: 6:30 pm
Join us on Tuesdays at 6:30 PM for Storytime & Crafts on the Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page. Craft bags are available at Wells Branch Community Library every day starting at 2pm.
Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page - Virtual Event
15 16Free Thursdays at Blanton Museum of ArtFree Thursdays at Blanton Museum of ArtTime: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
World class art experiences in the heart of Austin. Free admission every Thursday is generously provided by the Moody Family Free Day Endowment.
200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Austin, TX 78712
17Zoom Alphabuddies StorytimeZoom Alphabuddies StorytimeTime: 10:30 am
Zoom Alphabuddies Storytime every Friday at 10:30am. Explore letters, sounds and phonics each week in this interactive Zoom program for ages 2-5. Registration required.
Wells Branch Community Library - Virtual Event
18 19Free Family Sundays at Mexic-Arte MuseumFree Family Sundays at Mexic-Arte MuseumTime: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Each week the Mexic-Arte Museum hosts Free Family Sundays. Everyone is invited to join and explore the museum to get a free tour at 2:00pm or 3:00pm. Museum admission is free all day from 12 - 5 PM.
419 Congress, Austin, TX, 78701
Free Community Night at ThinkeryFree Community Night at ThinkeryTime: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Every Sunday from 3 pm-5 pm, Thinkery opens their doors to provide free admission for children & families from all over Central Texas. Community Night is part of Thinkery’s Open Door Initiative, created to give every child a chance to explore & develop a lifelong love of learning, regardless of means.
1830 Simond Ave, Austin, Tx 78723
20Virtual Story Time with Wells Branch Community LibraryVirtual Story Time with Wells Branch Community LibraryTime: 10:30 am
Join us for virtual storytime every Monday at 10:30 AM on the Wells Branch Community Library Facebook page
Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page - Virtual Event
21Storytime & CraftsStorytime & CraftsTime: 6:30 pm
Join us on Tuesdays at 6:30 PM for Storytime & Crafts on the Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page. Craft bags are available at Wells Branch Community Library every day starting at 2pm.
Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page - Virtual Event
22 23Free Thursdays at Blanton Museum of ArtFree Thursdays at Blanton Museum of ArtTime: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
World class art experiences in the heart of Austin. Free admission every Thursday is generously provided by the Moody Family Free Day Endowment.
200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Austin, TX 78712
24Zoom Alphabuddies StorytimeZoom Alphabuddies StorytimeTime: 10:30 am
Zoom Alphabuddies Storytime every Friday at 10:30am. Explore letters, sounds and phonics each week in this interactive Zoom program for ages 2-5. Registration required.
Wells Branch Community Library - Virtual Event
25 26Free Family Sundays at Mexic-Arte MuseumFree Family Sundays at Mexic-Arte MuseumTime: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Each week the Mexic-Arte Museum hosts Free Family Sundays. Everyone is invited to join and explore the museum to get a free tour at 2:00pm or 3:00pm. Museum admission is free all day from 12 - 5 PM.
419 Congress, Austin, TX, 78701
Free Community Night at ThinkeryFree Community Night at ThinkeryTime: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Every Sunday from 3 pm-5 pm, Thinkery opens their doors to provide free admission for children & families from all over Central Texas. Community Night is part of Thinkery’s Open Door Initiative, created to give every child a chance to explore & develop a lifelong love of learning, regardless of means.
1830 Simond Ave, Austin, Tx 78723
27Virtual Story Time with Wells Branch Community LibraryVirtual Story Time with Wells Branch Community LibraryTime: 10:30 am
Join us for virtual storytime every Monday at 10:30 AM on the Wells Branch Community Library Facebook page
Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page - Virtual Event
28Storytime & CraftsStorytime & CraftsTime: 6:30 pm
Join us on Tuesdays at 6:30 PM for Storytime & Crafts on the Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page. Craft bags are available at Wells Branch Community Library every day starting at 2pm.
Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page - Virtual Event
29 30Free Thursdays at Blanton Museum of ArtFree Thursdays at Blanton Museum of ArtTime: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
World class art experiences in the heart of Austin. Free admission every Thursday is generously provided by the Moody Family Free Day Endowment.
200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Austin, TX 78712
31Zoom Alphabuddies StorytimeZoom Alphabuddies StorytimeTime: 10:30 am
Zoom Alphabuddies Storytime every Friday at 10:30am. Explore letters, sounds and phonics each week in this interactive Zoom program for ages 2-5. Registration required.
Wells Branch Community Library - Virtual Event
   

FREE Texas WIC Classes Online Packed With Parenting Tips

Take Free Classes At Home From Phone, Computer

Texas WIC classes this month are packed with wonderful tips from experts. Included are classes from everything from how to make a recipe using WIC foods to storytime for your little one.  Use the link below to Texas WIC to sign up for the Free Classes.

Here is a glance at some of the FREE upcoming LIVE ONLINE classes that can be taken from the comfort of your own home: 

  • Introducing Your Baby To Foods – Oct. 13 – 11 AM to Noon  In this class, Texas WIC covers how to know if your baby is ready for solid foods and what foods to introduce at first.
  • Story Time with Zobey – Oct. 14th – 9:30 – 10 AM Texas WIC makes learning with your little one fun with a story told by Zobey. In this story, Zobey introduces how fruits and vegetables grow in a garden and explains why trying new foods is fun.
  • Discussion on Picky Eating – Oct. 18th – 10 – 11 AM Experts at Texas WIC explain how to encourage new foods and how to respond to picky eating.
  • Cooking with WIC Foods – Oct. 18th – 11:30 – 12:30 In this fun class, Texas WIC demonstrates how to turn WIC foods into a fun cooking activity, and to get your kids excited to try new foods.

To register for these events, and see additional WIC Click & Learn Classes visit Texas WIC online at:  https://texaswic.org/online-classes

Texas WIC’s Expanded Produce Benefits Offered Thru December

Get More WIC Fruits, Vegetables Until End of Year

Texas WIC is has extended a popular expanded benefit to get even more WIC produce through Dec. 31. The extra benefits will be added to your card to redeem with your other WIC benefits.

According to TexasWIC.org the extended fruit and vegetable benefits provide the following:

  • Children get $24 (in fruit and vegetable benefits) each month
  • Pregnant, postpartum and some breastfeeding clients get $43 each month
  • Fully and partially breastfeeding clients get $47 each month

For example, if you are pregnant and have two children (ages 1-5) receiving WIC, you will get $91 ($43 mom + $24 child + $24 child = $91) each month in October, November and December to buy fruit and vegetables.

TexasWIC.org states, “You will see this new amount on your shopping list under your benefit amount. If you already have benefits on your card for October or November, your WIC office may contact you for a time to update your benefits. Contact your local WIC office if you have any questions.”

You can use your WIC benefits at any Lone Star Family Market location. Lone Star Family Market is a chain of primarily WIC grocery stores that offers an easy, hassle-free shopping experience for WIC clients. You don’t have to search aisles to find WIC-approved products. Instead, our bilingual clerks will personally help you get all the items you want. To find out how easy WIC shopping can be, visit any of our stores in Austin, Round Rock and San Marcos today. Find a location near you in the link below: