A "job" for everyone this Holiday & $5 Shipping Ends Wed

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A "Job" for Everyone...

"What can I do?" is a common phrase heard at gatherings. Everyone wants to help and feel that they have contributed to the event. So this year, let's be prepared and give people, both young and the not-so-young a "job". Here are some ideas:

  • "Greet"er & Coat Handler - Often the host is really busy with other preparations, but guests want to be welcomed.
  • "Package" Placer- Guests frequently bring a dessert, bottle of wine or soda, flowers, etc. Designate where these should go, After the guest presents them, you can say "Josh - can you please put this where it goes..."
  • Name Seating Cards - An old tradition that is well worth bringing back! You can decide where folks will actually be sitting- but others can make or decorate the cards. (Great scissor, writing, coloring practice). Gather materials before hand (card stock or construction paper; glitter; stickers; pretty markers or pens...)
  • "Drink Order Taker" and Bartender - These may be 2 different people. Perhaps a young person takes the order, but an adult makes and delivers the refreshment. The young person may also be responsible to keep ice buckets full, and ask guests about refills.

"No-Knead Rolls": An Easy - Group Job!

Watching the Food Network (I'm a cooking show junkie!) a recipe for dinner rolls caught my eye. It can be the perfect "how can I help" activity.  No rolling pins, minimal prep and no flour everywhere! You make the simple dough ahead of time. Friends and family roll small balls. . Drop 3 balls into each muffin cup. Let rise in the pans and bake 30 minutes (just about the time it takes to eat the salad or soup) That's  it! 

Here's the recipe. It makes 36 rolls - (maybe it can be cut in half. Can be stored for a few days)

* Recipe Ingredients:

  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 9 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 packages (2 1/4 teaspoons each) active dry yeast
  • 1 heaping teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 scant teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • Melted butter, for drizzling

* Directions:

Combine the milk, oil & sugar in a large pot. Stir. Scald by heating it almost to a boil. Turn off the heat. Cool until it's only slighlty warm. Add 8 cups of  flour & the yeast. Stir- it will be super sticky! Cover and let sit for an hour or so until it has risen.  Sprinkle in the remaining  flour, salt, baking power & soda. Stir gently to combine. It takes a while to get it stirred together.

Drizzle a small amount of butter into 36 muffins cups (3 trays). Pinch off a small amount of dough & roll into a ball. Place 3 balls in each muffin cup. Cover with a lightweight dish towel to rise until light and puffy, 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

Preheat  to 400F. Bake until deep golden brown, 18 to 20 minutes. Serve piping hot.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Fun Fall Story Starters

There are many different ways to practice writing.  Use these story starters and pictures just to make it more fun.  Take these beginnings as a jump start and have your children finish them.  How creative can they be? 

1.  We watched the big, fat turkey run across the street away from .....

2. At the farm, there were blue cows, giant turkeys, purple and pink pigs, and ....

3. Our whole family was sitting at the Thanksgiving table when all of a sudden we heard...

4.  We went on a hike through the woods when all of a sudden falling from the sky was a....

  • One day on the farm....
  • "The cow asked the..."
  • "A yellow bus stopped and children got off to visit! They..."
  • "The farmer wasn't feeling well, so the animals..."
  • "Pretend you are a leaf. High up on tree"
  • Are there animals? birds, squirrels, bats or owls?
  • What's the weather feel like? Season's?

Fun With Writing

  • Pen pals are fun, but can be a lot of work to coordinate. But what if you write to an animal pal?  As the therapist, or teacher start a writing exchange with your students.  If you have a pet (or grew up with one) encourage your students to write them, ask questions, & share their own pet stories. Of course, the fun part is when your animal writes back.  Don't have a pet? How about if they write to one of their family members that does or did. Maybe Grandpa's dog growing up or Uncle Scott's lizard?
  • "What would you like to see for Thanksgiving dinner?" - Have your child create their own Thanksgiving "wish" menu. They can describe in their own words what each item tastes or looks like & draw pictures
  • Use the alphabet in your games! Switch your letters in tic tac toe, you don't have to always use X's and O's.  Make your hopscotch board with letters instead of numbers!



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