Weekly Team Builder! Here is a fun game for any size group or team! Are you ready for the DRAMA??
Paper Bag Drama
• Paper lunch bags 5
• Miscellaneous items at least 3 - 5 items per bag
• Camera – you won’t want to miss this!
Before your meeting, find and place 3-5 random objects into each paper bag. Items can be anything that fits inside the bag and is appropriate for your group. I have used items like glue sticks, cupcake sprinkles, scissors, paper, markers, earrings, q-tips, package of tea, coffee, sugar packets, string, lipstick and more.
Close the bags and bring them to your meeting
Break your group into teams of 3-4 people. Once the groups have assembled. Explain that they will be given a bag. In the bag they will find some random items. Their mission is to create a short “skit” using the items in the bag. If needed they may use any other items in the room to assist them with their “skit”, Each team will be given 5 minutes to prepare their skit. Once you have explained the rules and answered their questions…hand out the bags and start the timer!
I suggest handing out all of the bags at one time and allowing all groups to prep during the first 5 minutes. Then invite everyone to take their seats as the groups begin to perform their skits.
Keep this activity light and fun! You can have the entire team vote for their favorite “skit” and give the winning team a small prize. If you have time, you can shuffle the bags and have the teams perform another “skit”. You can also have separate prizes for best actor, actress, most enthusiastic, worst actor ect…
Everything Fall means baking and I love me some soft and sweet Pumpkin Bread. This recipe is amazing and gives you a moist bread and includes a new twist with the Maple Cinnamon Butter. Add a cup of coffee and I am in heaven! Enjoy!
This recipe comes from Stuckonsweet.com:
Recipe type: Bread
1½ cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
½ cup vegetable oil
⅓ cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 cup light brown sugar
½ of a 15 ounce can pure pumpkin. About 1 cup.
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
⅓ cup water
1 tablespoon maple syrup (optional)
Maple Cinnamon Butter
Maple Cinnamon Butter
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
1 tablespoon maple syrup
¼-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon salt
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray and flour a 9x5 inch loaf pan; set aside.
2. In a medium bowl, mix all the dry ingredients together; flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin pie spice and set aside.
3. In a stand-alone mixer fitted with a whisk attachment cream together the oil and sugars, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.
4. Next, add eggs one at a time and vanilla, scraping down sides of the bowl.
5. Next, add pumpkin, maple syrup and water, again scraping down the sides of the bowl.
6. Lastly, add the bowl of dry ingredients a little at a time until just mixed together.
7. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and bake for 50-60 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool completely in the pan before turning the pan over to take it out.
8. To make the maple cinnamon butter, whisk all of the ingredient in a bowl and serve with bread.
It would not be Fall.....without the addition of Pumpkin Pie Spice in absolutely everything we eat, drink and smell! Lucky for me, I happen to love this stuff! The recipe listed below can be used to flavor a multitude of Fall inspired beverages and tasty treats. So go ahead and put on your favorite Fall sweater and cozy up to a good book with a taste of this Pumpkin Spice. Read everything or skip to the end to see how you can use this recipe. This recipe is courtesy of Lexiscleankitchen.com
1/4 cup ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon ground ginger
2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
2 teaspoons cloves
Place all ingredients in a jar and stir or shake to mix it up completely.
Close with a tight fitting lid and store for up to one year (see note).
Spices are best kept for one year, so if you are starting with older spices it may lose its potency sooner than one year.
Uses for Pumpkin Pie Spice
Pumpkin Spice Cornbread
Apple Pie Spiced Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin Spice Pretzels
Pumpkin Spice Latte
Pumpkin spice honey or syrup
Pumpkin Spice Candles
Pumpkin Spice Popcorn
Pumpkin Spice Donuts
And the list goes on and on!