It certainly hasn’t felt much like autumn so far in the Boro, but the promise of fall teases with subtle colors in the treetops and cool, early mornings. Keep looking for the splendor of the season and count blessings every day. Be grateful for the goodness of life and thankful for the fellowship of family and friends. Celebrate November with some of the zany holidays below and create a few unique family ones, too.
➤ Tongue Twister Day — Remember Peter Piper and the sister selling seashells and that wondering woodchuck? Spend an evening creating tongue twisters for each family member using words that start with the first letter of each person’s name. Pass the tongue twisters around to each family member and see who can read them all without stumbling over the words!
➤ Jellyfish Day — Make a fun jellyfish craft using just a few supplies. Turn a white paper plate upside down and paint a thin layer of glue over the bottom of the plate. Place torn pieces of tissue paper on the glue until the entire plate bottom is covered. Once the glue dries, completely, glue two wiggle eyes near an edge of the plate. Glue or staple strips of crepe paper around the outside of the paper plate for tentacles. To hang the jellyfish, attach a piece of yarn by carefully poking a strip of yarn through the center of the plate and tying a knot in the yarn on the underside.
➤ Maize Day — Add creamed corn to the Thanksgiving menu and try this yummy recipe. Cut and scrape the kernels from six to eight ears of corn to garner 3 cups of creamed corn and set aside. (A 20-ounce tube of frozen creamed corn yields approximately the same amount.) Cook three strips of bacon until crisp in a large skillet. Remove the bacon and drain on a paper towel. Stir 3 cups of creamed corn into the hot bacon drippings. Add 2/3 cup of water, 1 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of sugar. Stir and cook for five minutes. In a small bowl whisk 2 teaspoons of flour into 1/4 cup of milk.
Slowly add to the corn mixture and stir continuously until corn begins to bubble and thicken. Sprinkle pepper to taste and add 1 tablespoon of butter. Cook and stir until butter melts, then remove from the burner. Garnish with crumbled bacon; enjoy!
➤ National Day of Listening — A holiday worth celebrating ever day! Turn off all electronic devices, including radio and television, sit on the front porch or on a blanket in the den and talk. Finish conversations without any interruptions and listen to every word shared by family members.
➤ National Play Outside Day — Well, this one is self-explanatory…. Get outside and play big! Climb trees, skip through the grass, kick up some fallen leaves, play with toy parachutes, toss balls back and forth, throw a Frisbee, collect acorns, search for insects, listen for birds and squirrels, build a tree fort, play a board game on the sidewalk, draw with chalk on the driveway or walk to the park and take turns on the swings.
Autumn offers grand adventures, both indoors and outside, during the month of November. Be thankful for blessings every day and share a grateful heart with those around you. Happy Thanksgiving!
Statesboro native Julie Bland Lavender celebrates with husband David and children Jeremy, Jenifer, Jeb Daniel, and Jessica. Julie is thankful this month for the release of a co-authored Christmas devotional, "Come and Behold Him," available online at Amazon and Target.