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  • Game : Grateful Game

    Remember “Pick up Sticks”? Well here’s a twist on the classic. You can use the store bought game if you have it or you can make your own out of bamboo skewers you have colored. When you play the Grateful Game, every time you pick up a stick you have to name something you are grateful for. Each color represents a different type of thing. This is a fun way to get your family thinking about what they are all grateful for.

    To play, you hold all of the sticks in your hand and drop them, let them fall where they may. Then each player takes a turn pulling a stick from the pile. You cannot make any other sticks move or you lose your turn and do not get to collect the stick. The player with the most sticks at the end of the game wins. Here are the list of colors to say you are grateful for with each color:

    Red- A food you are grateful for
    Green- A person you are grateful for
    Blue – A place you are grateful for
    Yellow- A thing you are grateful for
    White- Your choice

  • Outing : Grateful Leaves

    Put on your coats, grab a basket and head outside to enjoy the crisp autumn air. As you enjoy a walk together as a family, collect leaves. Try to find the largest flattest leaves you can. Find enough for each member of your family to have a least ten. Have fun trying to find all different color and shaped leaves. Once home sit down together and write who you are grateful for on each of the leaves. Go around the table and explain why you are grateful for each person you wrote down. (save leaves for craft project)

  • Recipe : Grateful Cookies

    Enjoy celebrating fall with these yummy leaf cookies.

    Ingredients:

    1 cup sugar
    ½ cup butter softened
    ½ cup shortening
    1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
    2 eggs
    3 cups of all purpose flour
    ½ teaspoon baking soda
    ½ teaspoon salt
    yellow, red, green food colorful

    Heat oven to 400ºF. Stir together sugar, butter and shortening in large bowl. Stir in vanilla and eggs. Stir in flour, baking soda and salt.

    Divide dough into 3 equal parts. Stir 8 drops yellow food color into 1 part dough to make yellow dough. Stir 8 drops yellow and 3 drops red food color into another part dough to make orange dough. Stir 10 drops red, 8 drops green and 3 drops yellow food color into remaining dough to make brown dough.

    Drop small portions of each of the 3 colors of dough close together in random pattern onto lightly floured cloth-covered surface. Roll doughs together into marbled pattern to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut with 2 1/2- to 3-inch leaf-shaped cookie cutter. Place about 2 inches apart on un-greased cookie sheet.

    Bake 6 to 7 minutes or until no indentation remains when touched in center. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
    (photo above isn’t representative of cookie recipe)

  • Craft : Grateful Tree

    Collect leaves or cut leaves out of paper, have enough leaves for each person in your family to have ten leaves. Each family member should write who they are thankful for on each leaf that you collected or made. As a family find a place in your home to put up a Grateful Tree filled with the leaves of the people you are all grateful for. Throughout the month take time to pray for someone on the Grateful Tree and maybe even choose a few people you can do something special for to show them you are grateful they have helped you in your life.