Simple Salad Adds Effortless Class to Your Dinner Table

Summer is a busy time for many families. Among impromptu trips to the beach, picnics outside and grilling in the backyard, moms may feel too rushed to produce gourmet meals every night. Luckily, Libby’s fruits and vegetables, with its mission to help families get back to the table, is here to help.

You can put a delicious meal on the table without spending hours in the kitchen or spending too much money. Here is a light and simple recipe for a fruit salad with a twist that adds some serious class to your dinner table. With a salad that both kids and adults can enjoy, your dinner table can look as effortlessly graceful as you!

Add Effortless Class to Your Dinner Table

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – The best thing about summer is more family time. With impromptu trips to the beach, picnics outside and grilling in the backyard, summer entertaining can be challenging if you’re a busy mom. Luckily, Libby’s fruits and vegetables, with it’s mission of helping families get back to the table, is here to help.

You can put a delicious meal on the table without spending hours in the kitchen or spending too much money. Here is a light and simple recipe for a fruit salad with a twist that adds some serious class to your dinner table. With a salad that both kids and adults can enjoy, your dinner table can look as effortlessly graceful as you!

Butter Lettuce and Fruit

Salad with Creamy Lemon Dressing

Serves Four

2 heads butter lettuce

1 15-ounce can Libby’s Sliced Peaches in Pear Juice Concentrate

1 15-ounce can Libby’s Sliced Pears in Pear Juice Concentrate

1 6-ounce container lowfat lemon yogurt

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp black pepper

1/4 cup toasted pecan halves

2 tablespoons snipped chives

Remove the large outer leaves from the lettuce. Cut each head in half through the stem end. Dip the halved heads in cold water to rinse them. Shake the lettuce to remove excess water.

Gently cut out the lettuce core. Place the leaves in a large mixing bowl. Drain the peaches and pears, reserving one-fourth cup of their juice, and add the fruit to bowl. Whisk the reserved juice into the yogurt, salt and pepper.

Pour the yogurt mixture over the lettuce and fruit, and toss gently. Mound the lettuce in a large salad bowl or on four salad plates and arrange the fruit on top. Garnish the salad with pecans and chives.

For more recipes and information, visit www.getbacktothetable.com.

Top 5 Ideas for Family Fun on a Budget

Tips from Hannah Keeley on budget-friendly family activities.

Family budgets are tightening. But that doesn’t mean fewer family activities. Budget-conscious moms and dads can connect and spend quality time with their kids throughout the year with our top 5 ideas for family activities on a budget.

Family Activities at Home
One of your biggest monthly investments is your family home, so why not get your money’s worth? If your kids don’t think staying home is cool, here’s your opportunity to get creative:

1. Establish a weekly game night. There’s no need to buy new games, just ask other parents if they have games that you can borrow.

Beat the Holiday Blues

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Whether it’s jam-packed schedules, long lines or even longer lists, the happy holidays can be a time of stress. But if you plan ahead, be realistic and get creative, you can beat the holiday blues and celebrate your merriest season yet! Here’s how I, a mother of seven and the author of “Total Mom”, keep the holidays happy:

Spa-like Shopping Attitude

* To help ease your hectic holiday shopping, ditch the window-shopping and plan ahead by researching online. That way, you already know what you want and how much it costs, so you can stick to your budget.

* Shop for gifts in the morning — you’ll get first crack at sales, and the stores will be organized and less crowded, allowing you to relax and focus on crossing items off your shopping list.

Share Memorable Meals

* Do you remember your favorite dish during the holidays as a child? Use that as inspiration for a family meal, and check www.GetBacktotheTable.com for easy, tasty recipe ideas!

* Plan your holiday meals in advance, and store up on non-perishable items when they’re on sale. Canned vegetables such as Libby’s are affordable, convenient and great-tasting in holiday favorites like green bean casserole and roasted corn.

Selective Entertaining

* Holiday parties are a great way to connect with family and friends, but a busy calendar can really take a toll on you and your family. Prioritize the parties and dinners everyone is looking forward to the most, and choose from there.

* Offer to take turns hosting with your family and friends each year to avoid having to attend multiple parties in one season.

For more tips on how to beat the holiday blues, stretch your dollars and spend more time with your family, visit www.GetBacktotheTable.com.

Hannah Keeley is a mother of seven, the host of “Hannah Help Me!” on PBS and author of “Hannah Keeley’s Total Mom Makeover: The Six-Week Plan to Completely Transform Your Home, Health, Family, and Life.”

Plan Family Activities On a Budget

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Families are tightening their budgets. For many, this means fewer activities outside of the home. With less dining out, movie outings, sports games or other extracurriculars, there’s no better time for budget-conscious moms and dads to really connect and spend quality time with their kids throughout the year.

Start at home

One of your biggest monthly investments is your family home, so why not get your money’s worth? If your kids don’t think staying home is cool, here’s your opportunity to get creative.

* Establish a weekly game night. There’s no need to buy new games, just ask other parents if they have games that you can borrow.

* Subscribe to a home movie-rental service. Let the kids add their favorite movie to the queue as rewards for accomplishments.

* Dining in style. Try to eat more meals at home. Keep the meal simple, so the family can prepare it together. I like to use affordable canned vegetables, like Libby’s, in recipes and as side dishes because they are delicious and easy to prepare.

Get Out of Town

No matter the season, families benefit from fun trips and activities. With a little creativity, families can plan little escapes that don’t jeopardize the mortgage.

* Plan trips close to home. Look for locations three to four hours away to make it a road trip and save on airfare.

* Try camping. Once a popular option, many young families are getting back into the adventurous spirit of camping. During cooler months, rent a cabin at a discounted rate.

For more tips from Hannah Keeley on how to connect with your family, visit the Libby’s Vegetables Web site at www.GetBacktotheTable.com.

Hannah Keeley is a mother of seven, the host of “Hannah Help Me!” on PBS and author of “Hannah Keeley’s Total Mom Makeover: The Six-Week Plan to Completely Transform Your Home, Health, Family, and Life.”

Quality Family Time On a Budget

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Families are tightening their budgets, and for many this means fewer activities outside of the home. With less dining out, movie outings, sports games or even summer camp, there’s no better time for budget-conscious moms and dads to really connect and spend quality time with their kids throughout the summer.

Start at home

One of your biggest monthly investments is your family home, so why not get your money’s worth? If your kids don’t think staying home is cool, here’s your opportunity to get creative.

* Establish a weekly game night. There’s no need to buy new games. Simply ask other parents if they have games that you can borrow.

* Subscribe to a home movie rental service. Let the kids add their favorite movie to the queue as a reward for an accomplishment.

Dining in Style

With the kids out of school and longer days, there is no better time for the family to be together than at dinnertime.

* Keep the meal simple so the family can prepare it together. I like to use affordable canned vegetables, like Libby’s, in recipes and as side dishes because they are delicious and easy to prepare.

* Dine outside at least once a week. It doesn’t matter if you have a patio or you do it picnic style.

Get Out of Town

You don’t have to give up the precious memories created during annual summer vacations. While theme parks and tropical escapes may be the gold standard of summer retreats, there are a lot of great locales closer to home.

* Look for locations three to four hours away to save on airfare, and make it a road trip.

* Try camping. Once a popular option, many young families are getting back into the adventurous spirit of camping.

For more tips from Hannah Keeley on how to connect with your family this summer, visit the Libby’s Vegetables Web site at www.GetBacktotheTable.com.

Hannah Keeley is a mother of seven, the host of “Hannah Help Me!” on PBS and author of “Hannah Keeley’s Total Mom Makeover: The Six-Week Plan to Completely Transform Your Home, Health, Family, and Life.”