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Nov 25

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Posted to Creation Station by Tiffany Barker

Happy Turkey Day Everyone,


Thanksgiving is finally here which means it’s time to give thanks for everything that we have and the blessings to come. I know it seems like the forgotten holiday since people love to jump from halloween decoration to Christmas decorations, but I love Thanksgiving.  I love the traditions that are had and giving thanks all month for the blessings that happened through the year. 


I love thinking about all the traditions that we had when I was younger. Every Thanksgiving I would wake up to the smell of my mom cooking our thanksgiving feast. I would hurry to the living room to turn on the Macy Thanksgiving Day Parade. I still do that to this day. It’s not Thanksgiving for me unless I watch the parade. As we would sneak into the kitchen to maybe get a little taste and to see what desserts were there, my mom would tease me every year that there was no pumpkin pie. She knew that was my favorite and of course it was there. We would sit around the table and enjoy our meal all together and then after dinner we would beg our parents to put the Christmas tree up. That was my Thanksgiving and I loved everything about it.


Now that I have my own family I am able to have my own traditions with them that I look forward to every year. This Thanksgiving looks very different this year for all of us. With some families having to cancel Thanksgiving and Covid-19 still effecting our everyday lives, it makes it hard for us to feel thankful at all this year. I know how everyone feels, because I feel the same way. I too am scared, but am looking at options for time with family in order to be safe. Here are some of my favorite ideas that I thought I’d share with you that maybe you can do together with your family.


Ideas to celebrate safely

  • The safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving this year is to spend it with only the people in your household. 
  • Host a virtual Thanksgiving meal with friends and family who don’t live with you.

Getting together over zoom is a fun way to spend time with family together. This is a great way to have fun and cook something together.  You can pass down grandmas famous dish or prepare something new. Here is one of my favorite new Thanksgiving cookie recipe that could be fun to try with your family.

Thanksgiving Orange/Cranberry Cookies: 

Ingredients


  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package orange cake mix (such as Duncan Hines® Orange Supreme)

  • 1 cup sweetened dried cranberries, or more to taste

  • ½ cup vegetable oil

  • 2 eggs

Directions

Instructions Checklist


  • Step 1Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  • Step 2Mix cake mix, dried cranberries, vegetable oil, and eggs together in a bowl until dough is smooth. Drop 1 to 2 tablespoons batter per cookie onto a baking sheet.

  • Step 3Bake in the preheated oven until cooked through, 6 to 10 minutes. Cool cookies on baking sheet for about 5 minutes; transfer to a sheet of waxed paper to cool completely.
  • Prepare traditional dishes and deliver them to family and neighbors in a way that does not involve contact with others (for example, leave them on the porch). You could also cook a meal for someone you know will be home alone and let them know you are thinking of them. You could also go shopping for someone who can't go shopping because they are immune compromised. That way they can still enjoy thanksgiving but also be safe. 
  • Participate in a gratitude activity, like writing down things you are grateful for and sharing with your friends and family. You could also get the cards ready in advance at the begging of the week and then mail them to your loved ones. 
  • Have a movie day and play games with people in your household.
  • Don’t feel like cooking? Support local restaurants by picking up a curbside meal. This is a great way to show support and help our small business.

Whatever you do this holiday make sure you are safe and be respectful of others. These are hard times for all of us and we don’t know how everyone is dealing with their feelings about everything. This is the season of thanks and we really should take the time to be thankful for all our blessings, big and small. I hope everyone has a fantastic Thanksgiving and know that you are amazing and we are thankful for all of you. Have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving everyone. 

Tiffany

Feb 10

February Self-Focus: Meditation

Posted to ERC's 2020 Year of Self Care by Shalla Bennett

Meditation is a real buzz word these days.  You hear it everywhere.  There are classes and apps to help you meditate.  But, the great thing about meditation is that it is free.  It is a self-care practice that you can do on your own with no financial investment.  Plus, there is no wrong way to meditate.  It's just a way of relaxing and giving your brain a break from stress.  According to the Mayo Clinic article, "Meditation: A simple, fast way to reduce stress," When you meditate, you may clear away the information overload that builds up every day and contributes to your stress.

The emotional benefits of meditation can include:

  • Gaining a new perspective on stressful situations
  • Building skills to manage your stress
  • Increasing self-awareness
  • Focusing on the present
  • Reducing negative emotions
  • Increasing imagination and creativity
  • Increasing patience and tolerance
Let's get started on meditation as a great self-care practice for the month of February.  Try out this 20 minute video on Mindfulness Meditation. Take 20 minutes at work, in the morning, or before bed to listen and to focus on yourself. 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08VueFFJf6c