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  • Game : Slap Jack

    Families today tend to over book themselves. We are constantly on the go. Take a night this week to honor your family by making time for each other and have a family game night. Slap Jack easy game with a simple concept and it’s race-to-slap interaction make it fun for kids and adults both, and the constant interaction means no one gets bored while they wait for their turn. All you need is two decks of cards.

    Have everyone sit in a circle around a table or on the floor. Deal clockwise until you run out of cards. Everyone holds their cards facedown without looking at them.

    Going around the circle, each player draws a card from the top of their deck (face-out, so that the player cannot see the card before it is played) and places that card in the center of the circle. Each player continues to place their cards in the center this way.

    When a Jack court card is turned face up, the goal is to be the first person to “slap” it, or cover it with your hand. If several people slap at once, the person whose hand is most in contact with the Jack adds all the cards to his or her pile.

    If a player incorrectly slaps a card, he or she must give the top card in his or her pile to the player who placed the slapped card. That player adds the extra card to the bottom of his or her deck.

    When a player runs out of cards, the player is out—unless he or she can slap a Jack laid by someone else. At that point, the previously “out” player is back in and can play with the cards collected from the pile.

    Play continues until one person wins all of the cards. For a shorter version, stop play when the first person runs out of cards. Whoever has the most cards in his or her hand is the winner.

  • Outing : Honor Roll

    There are so many people in our lives, family members, neighbors, teachers, and friends. These people have helped us in our day to day lives and it’s time to honor them for all they do for you. As a family make a list of people who you’d like to honor. Then come up with a plan to do something for those people. You could bake cookies and deliver them, you can make cards and mail them to each person, deliver a meal, or spend time with those you want to honor. All you have to do is think of acts of service you can do as a family for those on your “Honor Roll”. You can do anything, big or small, just be sure to do it as a family. Making honoring others a family tradition is a great way to start off the holiday season.

  • Recipe : Sprinkle Cookies

    Everyone loves cookies and everyone love sprinkles! Why not combine the two to make cookies to honor someone in your home? Make these colorfully cookies to celebrate and honor someone in your home. Maybe your sister got a good grade on a test she studied hard for, or maybe your dad got the promotion at work, or your mom made an awesome dinner for everyone. Taking the time to celebrate the people in our lives, help them know how valuable they really are.

    Ingredients

    3 cups all-purpose flour

    1/4 teaspoon salt

    8 oz unsalted butter, room temperature

    1 cup sugar

    1 egg

    2 teaspoons vanilla extract

    In a bowl, combine together flour and salt. In a separate bowl, using electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until light in color and fluffy. Add an egg and vanilla, continue beating until combined. Turn off the electric mixer, add flour mixture and then continue beating on low speed until well-combined.

    Roll dough into 1-inch balls. Roll these cookie balls in sprinkles. Arrange on parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing 2 inches apart.

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Freeze until firm, for about 30 minutes. Bake for 14 minutes. Cool on wire rake. Then enjoy!

  • Craft : Honor Flowers

    We can honor people with our words and actions. Sometimes it’s the thought behind something that makes it so special to those you want to honor. These lovely paper flowers are a great way to make something with love for someone else. Be sure to make a bunch so you can honor as many people as possible. You can deliver these handmade flowers to loved ones, teachers, hospital staff, people in retirement homes or even taking them to a memorial to honor those who have given their lives. Whoever you chose to honor, will love these handmade flowers.

    Supplies

    markers

    coffee filters (1-4 per flower)

    spray water bottle

    wax paper

    pipe cleaner

    plastic table clothe

    Cover the work surface with a table with a plastic table clothe. Next, cut a piece of wax paper a little larger than you coffee filter and place filter on top of wax paper. Now time to decorate. Use markers to draw all over the coffee filters. Cover as much of the filter as possible. Once you’re done, spray the flowers with your spray bottle filled with water. Enjoy watching the colors bleed into each other and dance across the coffee filter. Repeat on several more coffee filters.

    Allow filters to dry completely before assembling. Now, stack all filters for a single flower (about 4) together and fold in half. Then, fold in half again. Then flip the filters over and repeat for the other quarter section. Using a pipe cleaner gather the pinched end of your coffee filters and tightly wrap it with the pipe cleaner to create a stem. Gently separate the folded pieces from one another, and then you have a lovely flower to give to someone in your life to honor them.