Game : No Laughing Allowed!
It’s fun to play games as a family, most games end up with everyone laughing… but you don’t want to be the one laughing in this game. In “No Laughing Allowed” you will have to use all the self control you have in your body to keep a straight face. Gather the family in the living room and place two chairs facing each other. Choose two family members to sit in the chairs. Now they will face off in a round of “No Laughing Allowed!” (play rock paper scissors to decide who goes first to make the other laugh). Now that person has to try to make the other person smile without touching them. They can make funny faces, tell jokes, act silly, anything except touching the other person. Meanwhile the other person needs to do their best not to smile, which will take a lot of self control. The round lasts one minute. At the end of the minute the winner is either the one who didn’t laugh or the one who made the other laugh. Pick two new players and keep playing. Switch up pairs and have fun! The person who wins the most is the ULTIMATE WINNER!
Outing : Choose Your Own Adventure Walk
This outing is almost like playing a game, the whole family will love getting to choose the adventure. Pick an afternoon to get outside and go for a walk/hike. It can be in your neighborhood, a park or even a hiking trail. Pick one family member to be “the leader”, they decide which way the family will walk, how far, when to stop then start again and even how fast! The leader can also have the family walk silly, skip or hop. The leader can decide to have the family do something on the walk, like find rocks, look for leaves and even roll down a grassy hill. Decide as a family what the “leaders” time limit will be. Once the time is up, pick a different family member to lead. You may be surprised to find new places in your neighborhood or adventures in your local park!
Recipe : Low and Slow
Waiting can be hard and having self control while smelling delicious food all day can almost be impossible. However, you can do it! We believe in you. This month pick a day to make a meal in the crock pot that takes all day to make. It will be hard waiting, you will defiantly want to sneak a bite, but at dinner time it will be worth it the wait.
1 lb lean ground beef
1/2 medium onion diced
1 bell pepper diced (optional)
1 pinch red pepper flakes
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp salt
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1 cup finely chopped fresh spinach
1 1/2 cup milk
1 cup beef broth
1 1/2 cups crushed tomatoes or pasta sauce
3 cups dry uncooked macaroni
1 1/2 cups shredded cheese
In a medium skillet, cook ground beef and onion until beef is browned and onion is translucent. Add to a 4-6 quart slow cooker. Add in bell pepper, red pepper flakes, garlic, salt, Italian seasoning, spinach, milk, beef broth and tomato sauce and stir. Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours.
10-15 minutes before serving, stir in pasta. Cover and let cook for 10-15 minutes, until desired tenderness is reached. Stir in cheese (covering for 2-3 minutes if necessary to melt the cheese) and serve.
Craft : Let’s Make Play Dough
Sometimes it’s hard to have self control, especially if we really want something or don’t get our way. This month let’s make a big batch of play dough to have on hand for when things get hard and self control isn’t easy. Maybe when you have to wait for something you can pull out some play dough to play with, or if emotions are high molding play dough can help calm us down. Plus playing with play dough is fun anytime!
Play Dough ingredients:
2 cups flour
3/4 cup salt
4 teaspoons cream of tartar
2 cups lukewarm water
2 Tablespoons of vegetable oil (coconut oil works too)
Food coloring, optional
Quart sized bags
Stir together the flour, salt and cream of tartar in a large pot. Next add the water and oil. If you’re only making one color, add in the color now as well. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly. Continue stirring until the dough has thickened and begins to form into a ball. Remove from heat and then place inside a gallon sized bag or onto wax paper. Allow to cool slightly and then knead until smooth. If you’re adding colors after, divide the dough into balls (for how many colors you want) and then add the dough into the quart sized bags. Start with about 5 drops of color and add more to brighten it. Knead the dough, while inside the bag so it doesn’t stain your hands. Once it’s all mixed together you’re ready to PLAY.
Store the play dough inside the bags once done to keep soft. Keeps for up to 3 months.