February may be short on the calendar, but let’s hope it’s long on family fun. With the cold days the Boro has experienced in 2014 so far, make sure to create warm and cozy memories with those you love, enough to last until the groundhog comes out to play in the spring.
Try some of the following celebrations, or make up some unique to your family this month.
National Lost Penny Day — Unless you have toddlers or crawlers, hide pennies in various places throughout the month for kids to find, like under a table or in a bathroom drawer. When someone finds a penny, reward that person with a piece of fruit, a scoop of ice cream or 15 extra minutes before bedtime.
Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk Day — Celebrate this day, and remember that sometimes, the unexpected happens. When that time comes, clean up the event in the best manner possible, laugh it off and move ahead.
As a reminder, celebrate creatively with milk throughout the month. Use food coloring to shade a glass of milk with pinks and reds. Drink milk from a straw, a coffee mug or a plastic bowl, minus the cereal. Warm milk on a cold evening and whisk in a packet of chocolate to drink by the fire or on the front porch. Drink it warm, cold or even with ice — or while watching a fun farm moo-vie this month. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist.)
Valentine’s Day — Reminisce about previous Valentine’s Day celebrations for this holiday. Take turns giving hints about a former date night or family outing. Give a few clues at a time until someone guesses the event.
End the evening with time spent in the kitchen. Make heart-shaped biscuits, and put a dollop of strawberry jam in the middle before snacking.
Winter Olympics — Choose to watch some of the Olympic events together during the 2014 season. Study the participants, and try to predict who the winners will be. Have a world map handy to find the home countries of the Olympians you watch.
On a free afternoon, make a batch of homemade snow. Stir 1/2 cup of hair conditioner (white only) into 3 cups of baking soda, or try one of several other recipes found online.
National Tortilla Chip Day — Stir up some hamburger dip and sample it with a fun-shaped tortilla chip. Brown together 1/2 pound of ground chuck, 1/2 onion (chopped fine) and 1 clove of garlic; drain grease and transfer to a larger bowl. To the cooked ground chuck, add 6 strips of cooked bacon (cut into small pieces), 4 ounces of room-temperature cream cheese, 1/2 cup of sour cream, 1/4 cup of mayonnaise, 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese, 1/2 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese, 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce and 2 tablespoons of ketchup. Stir together and place in your slow cooker. Cook on low for 1 to 1 1/2 hours. (If you prefer, you may cook it in oven in a baking dish for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.)
Make warm memories this month with family games, winter walks with gloves and coats, hot chocolate and all things hugs and hearts.
Statesboro native Julie Bland Lavender is married to David Lavender and enjoys celebrating with children Jeremy, Jenifer, Jeb Daniel and Jessica.