Back to School

By John Focht

The changing of the calendar from August to September also means it’s time to shift from the summer season to the new school year. There is plenty to do this time of year as you and the kids gear up for another year of school. Getting into a routine and eating healthy after a summer of BBQ’s, campouts, and late nights is hard, but start adjusting now so the whole family is ready to get back into gear when that school bell sounds for another school year.

Getting Back into a Routine

One of the most important things for kids during the school year, particularly the younger kids, is a set routine. Sometimes with after school activities, or games, or practices, that’s not possible, but having a set routine with dinner, bed time, and waking up is helpful in getting the kids adjusted and easing them back into the daily routine.

Another helpful tip, particularly in the early part of the school season when the weather is still nice and it is still light outside for a few hours after dinner, is trying to set a routine for homework. Whether it is having your kids to do their homework immediately after they get home from school, or finishing it up after dinner, try to create a set time for homework. The routine of doing homework at the same time daily will help your child immensely as the school year kicks off.

Healthy Breakfast

It’s called the most important meal of the day for a reason. Getting the kids off to a good start in the morning starts with a healthy breakfast. A bowl of cereal, a piece of fruit, or a yogurt will go great with a glass or two of orange or apple juice. Provide plenty of nutrition for the kids in the morning to help carry them throughout the morning; don’t just send them off with a pop-tart or granola bar.

A healthy breakfast each morning will take your kids further each day and will provide them the energy they need.

Balanced Meals

Ok, so this one is a bit tough. Just how are you supposed to create balanced meals when the kids are going in separate directions each day between sports, after school activities, and just getting outside and being a kid?

Be sure your child is getting plenty of nutrition with each meal. A piece of fruit in the morning and in their lunches will help provide them energy throughout the day. At dinner, steer clear of fast-food or eating out every night. Make a strong healthy meal with a hearty mix of vegetables.

If your kids are eating at different times due to after school sports and activities, be sure they are still getting a good healthy dinner and not just a frozen dinner every night. Plan out the meals for the week to help ensure you, the kids, and the entire family are getting that well balanced meal. Planning your meals in advance will also help you steer clear of the frozen dinners and fast-food night nights out too.

Also, make Sunday night family dinner night. Get back to your family roots by planning a nice family Sunday meal in the dining room. Having quality family time is just as important to the overall health of your children as a plate full of green beans.


Collegeville’s Top Butcher Shops

By John Focht

Looking for a Great Butcher? Look No Further Than the Ones in Your Own Backyard

When it comes to finding quality meats in the Collegeville and surrounding areas, there are quite a few top butcher shops in the region who serve up some of the top meats you will find. Try one of these for your next dinner or party.

Foresta’s Meats

Located in the heart of Phoenixville on West Bridge Street, Foresta’s has been providing the area with top meats since 1934. For the second year in a row, Foresta’s was named a Top Taste at the 2014 Taste of Phoenixville.

At Foresta’s, you will get only finest cuts of beef, pork, and poultry. Foresta’s deals with only the top suppliers in the business including Certified Angus Beef, Alderfer, and Jaindl brands.

Available for catering too, you can easily order luncheon packages, sandwiches, hoagies, hot trays, deli platters and more for your afternoon party or event. Great sandwiches.

West Norriton Farmers Market

Don’t be fooled by the name. At West Norriton Farmers Market in addition to being the area’s leading produce market, you will find some of the finest cuts of meats around.

Terrific cuts of steaks and pork chops, as well as their delicious beef cubes for a beef stew dinner. Also don’t forget to check out the rotisserie chickens as well as their amazing wings, drums, and thighs.

You won’t be disappointed at the West Norriton Farmers Market. Conveniently located at 1930 West Main Street in Norristown, stop in today to find a great dinner for tonight.

Carl Venezia Meats

As proudly boasted on their website, Carl Venezia Meats is a family tradition since 1958. Family owned and operated, they provide you with only quality butcher cut fresh meats.

While you are in their shop, you will need to try their specialties which will simply make your mouth water:

  • Homemade beef patties
  • Italian Style Pork Roast
  • Boneless Hams
  • Sausages

Find an amazing selection of the freshest meats like beef, veal, lamb, pork, and poultry. Try walking out without one of their homemade prepared meals: meatballs, stuffed pork chops, stuffed peppers, breaded chicken cutlets, and many more.

Located in the Plymouth Valley Shopping Center at 1007 Germantown Pike in Plymouth Meeting, it’s a stop you won’t be sorry you made.

Worrell’s Butcher Shop

Travel down Rt.29 into the town on Malvern and you will Worrell’s Butcher Shop . Located at 111 King Street in Malvern, Worrell’s has been providing families with quality meats and dinners since 1966.

Family owned and operated, Worrell’s will never disappoint with their specialty selection of buffalo filet steaks, buffalo burgers, and venison chops. You will also fine prime beef and lamb.

Worrell’s prides themselves on customer service and fresh meats. Stop in and check them out fro yourself.

Article was originally published on the Yahoo! Voices Network.


Need a Meal for the Big Game this Weekend?

By John Focht

The temperatures are falling; the air is getting chilly; snow is in the forecast; and the big game is on this weekend.

Need something quick, easy, hot, and good for the game this weekend?  Well, break out the crock pot, or if you don’t have one, go out a get one.

Get 4-5 pound turkey breast.  Pour two 12 oz. jars of home-style turkey gravy over it.  Cook on high for about 7-9 hours; the turkey thermometer should read 170 degrees.

Be sure you have some hearty hoagie rolls.  Serve the turkey sandwiches dripping with gravy.

P.S. – Don’t forget the beer.