Nov 22, 2012

Multi-Generational Holiday Activities!

Happy Thanksgiving!

For many of you, this may be the official start to your holiday season.

You know me, I started celebrating ages ago.

Anyway, for those of you who start the celebrations today, you might be welcoming aunts, uncles, grandparents, children, grandchildren, great grandparents (!), etc. into your home for Thanksgiving dinner this evening. The holidays are great for bringing families together, but it can also be a bit trying to try to bridge the generations with activities that everyone enjoys. After all, you don't just want to send everyone home right after pie!

So that you have something to do together after dinner (or before), here are some fun multi-generational activities to try with your families today!

A talent show. 
You can compete individually or (even better!) in groups. Everyone can have just about thirty minutes to an hour or so to prepare, then you can all gather in the living room to watch each others's performances! 

Coming up with a theme for the show can make it even more fun, as can randomizing groups by having people choose performance partners out of a hat. 

Up the stakes by competing over a little prize - like who gets to take the pie leftovers (if there any!) home or (if it's before dinner) who gets the drumstick!

Flag football.
I'm not sure if I've ever played this game personally, but it's an American tradition for a reason! Not only can everyone bond over team strategizing (and get out those holiday tensions by shoving each other to the ground) but you can also work up a good appetite for that Thanksgiving dinner. And even the little ones will be pooped enough afterwards to sit still through dinner!

If you have prissier ones among you, or more fragile older family members, they can either be referees or cheerleaders. If there are enough, you can even put together a fun little cheer squad with face paint and everything. U-G-L-Y, you ain't got no --! 

Wait, that's probably not a very good sportsmanship-y cheer...

 After-dinner games.
Boardgames (like Monopoly or Scrabble!), Charades, and Pictionary are all good bets! This can be a great way to wrap up your evening :)

Well, before I let you head off to start prepping that dinner (when I first moved to the States, I was really impressed by the idea of a meal that one started prepping in the morning to eat at night - I just didn't have the patience, I wanted my food pronto!) let's get in a little taste of Christmas.

The 25 Days of Giveaways continue!

I know a lot of gluten-free people (do I know a disproportionate amount, or are there just a lot of people out there with gluten issues?). From my diva friends who just think that they feel better without gluten, to classmates with inflammation issues that are triggered by gluten, to a childhood best bud with Celiac's disease, whenever I'm entertaining I just have to have a gluten-free option on hand!

In case you're the same (or even if you're not, but you love chocolate as much as I do) today's giveaway is for the gluten-free chocoholic!

Double Chocolate Brownies with Chocolate Chips and Optional Walnuts
Jane Marie Foods Double Chocolate Brownies with Chocolate Chips
Jane Marie Foods specializes in homemade, baked-to-order baked goods and they're currently expanding their health food and specialty food items.

Very Moist Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Loaf, Bittersweet Chocolate Chips and/or Walnuts Optional
Jane Marie Foods Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Loaf (you'll get the flour-free version)
They already have quite the gluten-free assortment and they're offering a Gluten-Free Chocoholics Only Sampler of a gluten-free Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Loaf, gluten-free Chocolate Chunk Cookies, gluten-free brownies, and a gluten free 3"x3" Peanut Butter Bar to one lucky reader this holiday season!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bar, Treats For Entertaining
Jane Marie Foods Peanut Butter Bar
This is open to all of my US readers y'all have until December 6 to enter the giveaway, so be sure to check out Jane Marie Foods and enter the giveaway below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Don't forget to make sure that you've entered all of my 25 Days of Giveaways giveaways so far!

Speaking of healthy chocolate treats, have you tried the new Quest Cravings treats yet? I reviewed their prototype peanut butter cups, which were already super delicious (though they didn't hold together like normal peanut butter cups and the peanut butter filling was a bit dry). The finished product is now on the market, though, and I couldn't wait to try it!

As you can see, the chocolate in this one just looks like the usual chocolate peanut butter cups (Reese's or Justin's style) and the top is smooth. There are still two per pack and these pop out of the little cups really easily!

They don't crumble apart at all, you really have to snap them like with the conventional candy ones. And the peanut butter filling isn't powdery at all! It's all smooth, creamy, and delicious.

The flavors are just as delicious and crave-worthy as in the prototype, but the textures are so much better. Way to go, Quest! These are my new favorite Quest product.

What's your favorite multigenerational holiday activity?

What dish are you most looking forward to for Thanksgiving dinner?

Have you tried the new Quest Cravings products yet?


  1. Great post!

  2. Homemade Raspberry Jam and Chocolate on a Buttery Shortbread Crust

  3. Just like Emily - saw the pic and fell in love: Homemade Raspberry Jam and Chocolate on a Buttery Shortbread Crust

  4. Hey there Sabrina,

    Just a heads up that I've nominated you for the 'Healthy Fun Foods' Blogger Award
    and will name your site in a blog post mentioning my favorite recipe from your site this week.

    Rules for “Healthy Fun Food” Blogger Award are:
    1. Copy the Healthy Fun Food Blogger Award logo and place it in your post.
    2. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
    3. List 5 favorite fun food recipes from your site.
    4. Nominate 3 other bloggers for their own Healthy Fun Food Blogger Award, and comment on their blogs to let them know.

    I really appreciate all the fun stuff you put out on your blog and look forward to seeing what great ideas you show us next!
    Have a great day!

  5. I look forward to attending the annual Christmas Eve Italian dinner with my friend and his family.

  6. I always look forward to the sausage stuffing my dad makes for Thanksgiving.

  7. Haven't tried the Quest products yet, but those peanut butter bars look so good!

  8. I haven't tried their products yet, but they look yummy!

  9. board games are always a fun multigenerational activity

  10. chocolate chunk cookies, gluten free of course!

  11. twitted this today, 24/11

  12. Lemon blueberry loaf sounds yummy. My husband has been gluten free for several years; I'd love to win this for him. And yes, there are more gluten free people, so luckily lots more gf products on grocery shelves!

  13. The selection of Christmas Cookies is really inspiring! The Kolaskys, Russian Tea Cookies and Chocolate Peppermint stars are always favorites. Everything looks so delicious, and they are gluten free :)

  14. These look amazing, been looking for a gluten free baker on etsy!

  15. I love the green bean casserole my mother makes every Thanksgiving.


  16. Lemon blueberry loaf looks yummy

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  17. Chocolate peanut butter bar! yummmm...

  18. Chocolate chunk cookies, yummy!

  19. The coconut pineapple looks so good! vegout1 @

  20. Love your ideas for Thanksgiving activities. Thanks so much for linking on Busy Monday!

  21. looks delish. Raspberry Jam and Chocolate on a Buttery Shortbread Crust

  22. I have not tried their products, but they look delicious and a little healthier.

  23. mmmmm those brownies look sooooo good!

  24. Gluten free chocolate loaf looks so moist and delicious! My GF son would LOVE it!

  25. The Peanut Butter Bar looks yummy!

  26. pumpkin chocolate loaf! I miss that so much!

  27. The Peaches and Cream, Lemon Blueberry, Grape Wine, and S'mores sound the Yummiest to me!!

  28. I like the Peter Pan Pecan Pie Loaf

  29. I like the Peter Pan Pecan Pie Loaf--yum!
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  30. suebunting1977(at)gmail(dot)com favorite multigenerational holiday activity is board games!

  31. suebunting1977(at)gmail(dot)com dish I am most looking forward to for Thanksgiving dinner greenbean casserole!

  32. suebunting1977(at)gmail(dot)com I have not tried the new Quest Cravings products yet.


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