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Saturday, December 31, 2011


We love grapes, but they go bad before we can finish them. The problem? I have been washing the entire bunch and setting them in a bowl on the counter. Washing the grapes speeds up the decay process, and leaving them at room temperature is a sure way for them to wind up in the garbage.

I've found that by putting them in the fridge and washing a small portion right before serving, the grapes will last up to a week. For a cold, delicious treat, try freezing your grapes.

I'm all for finding ways to save money and make our food last longer.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Secret Word

One person leaves the room while the rest of the group decides on a secret word such as "toothbrush."

When the player returns to the group, the other players engage him in conversation and try to get him to say the secret word.

Once he says the word, another player leaves the room and a different word is chosen.


Saturday, December 3, 2011

Mood Music

Give everyone (including yourself) a few sheets of paper and crayons or colored pencils. Tell your crew that you are going to play several different songs and, while each song is playing everyone is to draw how the music makes them feel.

For the first song, you might put on something slow and mellow. For the second song, crank up a tune with plenty of loud guitars. You may even want to try something fun like Irish folk music.

After you've finished your pictures, compare the mood of each piece. Can everyone see how the music affected their feelings?