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Bring the Family Together During the Holidays

(ARA) - The holidays are the time of year to remember family. Whether it's far away relatives, or the people you see everyday, set aside some time this season to do something with the ones you love.

"Ohana" is a term meaning family in Hawaiian made popular by the movie Lilo & Stitch. Here are some recipes and ideas from the family-owned King's Hawaiian company to get the entire ohana around the table this season:

1. Set Aside Special Family Time -- Book a weekend breakfast; put invitations in the kids' backpacks and dad's briefcase. Plan a tasty and easy-to-make menu featuring each family member's favorite item. King's Hawaiian offers many breakfast recipes, including the festive favorite below:

King's Hawaiian Strawberry French Toast


1-1/2 inch slices King's Hawaiian Sweet Bread
2 cups sliced strawberries (fresh or frozen)
4 large eggs
1/2 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup sugar (optional)
1 tablespoon grated rind or orange (optional)
powdered sugar (garnish)
syrup (garnish)


Cut each slice of bread into thirds. Using a serrated knife, cut a pocket in edge of each slice and fill with strawberries.

Combine desired remaining ingredients. 

Quickly dip (do not soak) slices in egg mixture. 

Cook on hot buttered or oiled griddle or pan until golden brown on both sides. Keep mixture well blended. 

Sprinkle with powdered sugar and top with additional strawberry slices (a happy face pattern is fun). 

Serve with warm syrup.

Yield: Makes 4 servings

2. Book a Breakfast Date -- It's no secret that kids who eat breakfast regularly have a higher school attendance rate and tend to score better on tests. Set the alarm 15 minutes early for a weekday breakfast. Make it fun by putting your child in charge of planning breakfast once a week. Keep it simple with easy-to-prepare recipes.

3. Separate Snack Time -- Turn off the televisions, CD players, and computers during after school snacks. Ask your kids about their homework; offer to help. Mix up snack menus with surprises.

4. Let Kids Plan the Meal -- The kids are bound to squeeze in some Web surfing eventually, so why not have them search online for new recipes and coupons to help them plan an upcoming meal? Suggest visits to their favorite brand Web sites.

5. Get to Know Your Child's Friends -- It's important for the entire ohana to know your kids' friends. Invite them to a slumber party and to join in making a late-night snack or breakfast item. Or invite friends for an after school snack and study session. Be sure to supervise kids' cooking.

Courtesy of ARA Content

For more recipe ideas, visit www.kingshawaiian.com

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