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  • Game : Hold It!

    This simple and silly game will have your family laughing all night. All you need is your family and a stack of paper. Have each family member choose a partner, if you have an odd number of people have one person be the “judge”. Each round of play change up who the “judge” gets to be. The “judge” can take photos of all the silliness and make the final call on who the “winners” are.

    How to play:

    1. Group into partners.

    2. Each pair is given several sheets of paper.

    3. Each pair is challenged to hold as many pieces of paper off the ground by using only their bodies.

    4. Rules:

    – Only one sheet of paper can be between any two body parts

    – No tape or glue can be used to hold paper

    – No folding the papers

    – Each sheet of paper must be in contact with both family members

    – Sheets of paper cannot be touching.

    5. Decide a time to start or have the “judge” say “GO!”

    6. Pairs have 5 minutes to hold as many pieces of paper between their bodies as possible.

    7. Play again! Each round you will build trust and learn from mistakes. Try to beat the highest score, come up with more rules to up the difficulty.

  • Outing : Tag It!

    It’s finally Football Season! Time to grab the football and get out into the autumn air and play some family touch football. The rules are simple, and if it’s your first time, your family will pick up the game fast. Break up into two teams, no more than 5 players on each team, not less than 3 plays on a team. If you don’t have enough people, invite your neighbors to join in on the fun. Decide who the quarterback is and start playing. After the quarterback says hike, he/she has the option of passing the ball or handing it off to the running back. The player with the ball is considered “tackled” when he is touched with two hands by a defender. If a defender touches him with only one hand, the runner is still not considered down. Choose an amount of time to play and the team with the most points at the buzzer wins.

    Scoring:

    • A touchdown is worth SIX points, and is scored when a team crosses the opposition’s goal line with the ball, or catches or collects the ball in the end zone.

    • A Field goal is worth THREE points. Field goals are usually attempted on fourth down if the kicker is close enough to the end zone to kick the ball through the posts.

    An extra point is earned by kicking the ball through the uprights after a touchdown. The team can go for two points by taking the ball into the end zone again.

  • Recipe : Taste It!

    Pumpkin Spice Season is here! Are you ready for soft and chewy pumpkin goodness? This new spin on all things pumpkin will wake up your taste buds and are the perfect thing to make as a family.

    Glazed Pumpkin Sugar Cookies

    Ingredients:

    1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened

    1/2 cup canola or vegetable oil

    1/2 cup pure pumpkin

    1 cup granulated sugar

    1/2 cup powdered sugar

    1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

    2 large eggs

    4 cups all-purpose flour

    1/4 teaspoon baking soda

    1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

    1/2 teaspoon salt

    1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

    Pumpkin Spice Glaze

    2 cups powdered sugar

    3-4 tablespoons heavy cream

    1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

    Instructions

    Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper, baking mats, or spray with cooking spray.

    In a large mixing bowl, add softened butter, oil, pumpkin, sugars, vanilla and eggs. Use a hand held blender (or in the bowl of a stand mixer) and blend together until smooth and combined.

    Add the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, salt, and pumpkin pie spice. Blend together on low speed just until combined and no flour streaks remain.

    Take about 2 tablespoons of dough and roll into a ball (about the size of a golf ball) place 12 dough balls per cookie sheet.

    Dip the bottom of a glass cup into granulated sugar and press down on each dough ball to flatten.

    Bake for 8-9 minutes. Let cool on cookie sheet for 5 minutes and then remove to cooling rack to cool completely.

    To make glaze combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk together. Use more or less milk depending on how thick you want the frosting. Spread onto each cookie and let sit for several minutes to harden.

  • Craft : Smell It!

    These salt dough leaves will have your home smelling like autumn all season long. With a few simple ingredients your family will create beautiful décor to hang every fall for years to come.

    Cinnamon Salt Dough Leaves

    1 cup flour

    1 cup salt

    1 cup warm water

    Food coloring in Autumn shades (yellow/orange/red/brown)

    1 tsp nutmeg

    1 tbsp. cinnamon

    Mix the flour. Salt and spices in a bowl, then add the warm water in small amounts, mixing as you go. It should come together to resemble a slightly sticky dough, but not so sticky that any residue comes off on your fingers. If this happens then you have added too much water and you need to add some more flour to balance it out. It’s very similar to making a cooking dough and can be saved quite easily.

    Divide the mixture into three balls and added food coloring to the different balls of dough. Knead dough until color is solid. The kids will have fun doing this part. Your kitchen should smell delightfully FALL by now.

    Now it’s time to roll out and cut leaf shape using cookie cutters, or you can also use real leaves and press into dough to get shape then cut with a knife. Be sure to poke a hole with s straw through the leaf so you have a place to pull string through so you can hang them. Keep the dough thin (around 1cm or below) and lay the finished creations out on a baking sheet in the oven at a very low temperature about 140 degrees for around 3 hours. If they are still doughy or soft after this time, simply turn them over and heat again. The idea is to use the oven to air dry them and harden them, not to “cook” them. Once cool feed string or twine through the hole in each leaf and tie into a knot. Have the family hunt for perfect tree branches to put into a vase and then hang your fall leaves on the branches. Enjoy all fall long!