In Season September 2013

Warm and creative ways to celebrate the month's holidays.

Kristan Morley

Cool Off

Labor Day Weekend may mark the end of summer, but it is still the perfect time for a cold snack. Treat your family and friends with watermelon ice pops at your last summer gathering. More recipes can be found at www.spoonful.com.

Ingredients:
•2 ½ c. cubed seedless watermelon
•¼ c. sugar

How to make it:
Combine the watermelon and sugar by blender or with a spoon until it is chunky-smooth, then pour into ice pop molds or cups and freeze.

From Summer to Autumn

The Autumnal Equinox is upon us this month, and on September 22, summer officially turns into fall. If you are looking for a way to engage with your children while teaching them about the season change, help them created a Fall Fingerprint Tree using their own hands and fingers. Visit www.allkidsnetwork.com for more fall crafts.

What you’ll need:
•White, green, and brown construction paper
•Yellow, green, red, and orange finger paint
•Scissors
•Pencil
•Glue

How to make it:
Trace your child’s hand and forearm onto brown construction paper, and cut it out. Glue the hand and forearm to the white construction paper to create the tree, branches, and trunk. Then, cut a strip of green construction paper about 1-2 inches wide, and cut small slits in the paper the entire length on just one side to create grass. Glue the green strip to the bottom of the forearm on the white paper. Let your child use the different finger paints, one at a time, to dot the paper all around their hand outline to create leaves. Let the tree dry, and hang it anywhere.

Classic Music Month

In 1994, President Bill Clinton proclaimed September as Classic Music Month. Embrace classical music at home with your children and enlighten them with sounds from many centuries ago all month long. A great way to introduce your family to various composers and conductors is to play classical musical while making dinner, during nap time, or driving in the car. Visit www.classicsforkids.com for more information and special games.

Beginner’s Brisket

Happy Rosh Hashanah! Celebrate the New Year from September 4 to 6 by making a brisket meal. Head to www.food.com for more brisket or Rosh Hashanah recipes.

Ingredients:
•3-4 lbs. chuck roast or beef brisket
•1 large white onion, chopped
•1 c. ketchup
•1 envelope dry onion soup mix
•½ cup water

How to make it:
Use aluminum foil to line one of your roasting pans, and cover it with cooking spray. Place the beef in the pan. Mix together all of the ingredients, then spread over the beef. Finish preparing by covering the pan with aluminum foil. Bake for 2 ½-3 hours at 350° and serve.

Day of Peace

Help your children celebrate peace with the entire world on September 21 for International Peace Day. This is a day dedicated to uniting all people, organizations, and beliefs. It is a strong cause that can be celebrated at home, in your community, and/or at school. Interact with your children and teach them the importance and meaning of “peace” not only for this generation, but for future ones. Learn how to get involved at www.internationaldayofpeace.org.

Crafty Fortunes

September means it is back to school. A great way to help motivate your kids and send them back to school with positive thoughts is by creating a Back-to-School Fortune Teller. Visit www.dltk-kids.com for a full tutorial and other craft ideas.

What you’ll need:
•Square piece of paper
•Writing utensil

How to make it:
Fold the square paper diagonally from corner to corner, making the shape of a triangle. Fold it again the same way to make a smaller triangle. Unfold the paper to get it back to the original full square, and you will see an “X” crease. Fold the all four corners to the center of the square to get a smaller square. Flip the paper over and fold all four corners to the center of the square again to form a smaller square. Fold and unfold the top and bottom, and both left and right side to form creases that look like an asterisk. Your children’s fingers will fit perfectly under the formed flaps. To decorate the fortune teller, color the front four flaps any different colors and the insides with numbers up to eight. Under each, flap write encouraging statements and happy thoughts that will provide your children with positive back-to-school messages.

This column appeared in the September 2013 issue.