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Updated 6/4/2003

By Katherine Pacheco

Katherine Pacheco suggested that we add a family section to her/your Home Town Website. I explained that was a great idea, but that if she wanted one she'd have to do it, because we can't keep up as it is; and she did!
Katherine is married and mother of two- "I wouldn't dream of raising my children anywhere else, but Castro Valley."  She's also a student at Chabot College pursuing her dream in the medical field . "I enjoy spending my free time painting which is my passion, salsa dancing but most of all I love spending time with my family." "I try to live life in this crazy world with an optimistic outlook. I want my children to enjoy the time we spend together and work on building a strong family unit with each other and our community."
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Kid Friendly Restaurant of the Month

My choice for a new kids friendly restaurant is Fresh choice in san Leandro located at bay fair mall . the family setting is fun and inviting to all ages . the kids have their own size trays and many selections to choose from . Its perfect for a hot summer night ,check out

The restaurant of last month was Pyzano’s located at 3835 East Castro Valley blvd in the 580 Market place. Pyzano's is great for all the hot august nights. If you don't feel like cooking Pyzano‘s is the great idea the whole family will love. The pizzas are excellent .The ingredients are fresh with a wide variety to choose from. Pyzano’s atmosphere screams family with video games and sports games running on the televisions, so dad won’t miss his game. A night out at Pyzano's is fun and well worth it. Pyzano's we thank you for being a kid friendly restaurant.

Arts and Crafts of the month

Lets bring the 70’s back with tie-dye. This is a project for the whole family. Use old white shirts or light colored shirts. You will need fabric dye or a tie-dye kit you can find it your favorite arts and crafts store. Lots of rubber bands, gloves and four to five buckets or large bowls. Follow the directions on the dye packages. This project should be done outside ,it can get messy. Try socks, shorts or even boxer, have fun and get creative.

Summer Fun In The Sun

summer is here and kids are home ! letting children play outside with activates and friends makes the summer so enjoyable for them . remember to keep the summer fun and safe .Know what your children have plan for the day and who they will be with . If you aren't home find friends and family to help keep an eye out for your children. Talk to them about stranger and kidnappers keep it honest with out scaring them .Now that days are longer, kids are out more and more likely to get in trouble or have outside accidents . so go over the basic summer rules and safety issue. Keep a first aid kit well stocked in case of a minor injuries. Remember sun block .Try to keep more bottled water around instead of juices and sodas that just make children more thirsty. Make summer fun and keep it safe by staying aware.


Family Health

Breastfeeding is one of the greatest ways a mother and baby can spend together. It helps reduce the risk of allergies, asthma and colds. We all know the baby benefits from breastfeeding in many ways. Now a study done by Oxford University in England of 150,000 women shows that breast-feeding helps mom fight the risk of breast cancer .By breast feeding a child for at least 12months it lowers a women’s risk of having breast cancer by 5%. Even women who have a family history of breast cancer. This is one of the largest studies done to monitor the connection of breastfeeding and breast cancer. A women who is breast fed even for short amount of time has 25% lower risk of developing breast cancer then a women who was bottle-fed. Although this study is great news for breast feeding moms and the medical world we all most remember to still check our breast once a month for lumps and get regular mammograms.

Kat’s Kitchen

Potato chip chicken

I love this recipe. It's  one of my favorites and most fatting. So if your on a diet don't try it!!

4 skinless and Boneless chicken breast ( or cut in long strips) one bag of crushed potato chips, one half cup of melted butter and one teaspoon of garlic salt in a big bowl.

Combine the butter and garlic salt dip the chicken in on both sides, then put chicken in the bag of crushed chips and shake it up.

heat oven to 375- place chicken in baking pan and add some more left over chips on top

Bake for an hour and you will have a yummy crunchy treat!

Last months Recipe:
Cooking new dishes for my family is one of my many joys. I love getting in the kitchen with my younger sister and cooking up a storm .Mexican and Puerto Rican dishes are my favorite. I love the spicy blend of peppers with many different herbs. This is Puerto Rican dinner that will soon become one of your favorites. Goes great with a salad and fresh fruit.

Arroz con sachichas (rice with small sausage)

1 1 pound Hillshire farm sausage link or 1 9 ounce can of Vienna sausages drained, cut in to small pieces

1 tablespoon annatto oil

1/2 tablespoon abdo seasoning

1/2 tablespoon of thyme

1 cup of tomato sauce

1/2 cup of Manzanilla olives, chopped

2 cups white rice

4 to4 1/2 cups chicken broth

salt and pepper to taste

In a large pot or skillet heat sausage with oil over medium-high heat; reduce heat add tomato sauce and the rest of the seasoning saute for ten minutes ; add chicken , rice and olives bring to a boil and reduce heat to low cover and cook for 20-30minutes.


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Household Hints (use at your own risk)

Pam cooking spray will dry finger nail polish

Mayonnaise will KILL LICE , it will also condition your hair

Elmers Glue - paint on your face, allow it to dry, peel off and see the dead skin and blackheads if any

Shiny Hair - use brewed Lipton Tea

Sunburn - empty a large jar of Nestea into your bath water

Minor burn - Colgate or Crest toothpaste

Burn your tongue? Put sugar on it!

Arthritis? WD-40 Spray and rub in, kill insect stings too

Bee stings - meat tenderizer

Chigger bite - preparation H

Puffy eyes - preparation H

Use a Maxi-Pad in your cap as a sweat ban! (Of course I think I would staple this or pin it in ....
you wouldn't want this to drop on the ground) Ha

Stinky feet - Jell-O!!

Athletes feet - cornstarch

Fungus on toenails or fingernails - vapor rub

Peanut butter - will get scratches out of CD's! Wipe off with a coffee filter paper

Sticking bicycle chain - Pam no-stick cooking spray

Pam will also remove paint, and grease from your hands! Keep a can in your garage for your hubby

Peanut butter will remove ink from the face of dolls

When the doll clothes are hard to put on, sprinkle with corn starch and watch them slide on

Heavy dandruff - pour on the vinegar!

Tie Dye T-Shirt - mix a solution of kool aid in a container, tie a rubber band around a section of the t-shirt and soak

Preserving a newspaper clipping - large bottle of club soda and 1/2 cup of milk of magnesia, soak for 20 min and let dry, will last for many years!

To keep goggles and glasses from fogging, coat with Colgate toothpaste

Stay-Free Maxi Pads- clean window, floors, just stick to the palm of your hands and work! Can also be used a knee pad.

Pampers as an absorbent! Remove stains from the carpet with club soda, and a pamper to absorb. Wine stains, pour on the Morton salt and watch it absorb into the salt.

To remove wax - Take a paper towel and iron it over the wax stain, it will absorb into the towel.

Remove labels off glassware etc. rub with peanut butter!

Baked on food -fill container with water, get a bounce paper softener and the static from the bounce towel will cause to baked on food to adhere to it. soak overnight. Also; you can use 2 Efferdent tablets, soak overnight!

Crayon on the wall - colgate toothpaste and brush it!

Dirty grout - Listerine

Stains on clothes - Colgate toothpaste

Grass stains - Karo Syrup

Grease Stains - Coca Cola, it will also remove grease stains from the driveway overnight. We know it will take corrosion from batteries!

Sweat Stains - Efferdent, or vinegar

Last but not the least, it is my favorite one! To Keep FRESH FLOWERS longer Add 2 Bayer aspirin, or just use 7-up instead of water