Holiday Volunteer Opportunities
a Family for the Christmas Holiday
Any individual, group or company is welcomed and encouraged to participate in this program. Please visit http://famserv.com/ for more information.
Get ready to test your knowledge of holiday lyrics! This year's theme is dedicated to holiday music and will set the stage for visitors to cast votes for their favorite trees (the People's Choice Award) and Best Theme Interpretation.
Organizations with winning trees each receive $150 in recognition of their hard work, creativity, and Christmas spirit.
The Moss Mansion is located at 114 Division Street in Billings.
Dressing, pumpkin pie, sweet potato casserole ... the annual Thanksgiving bounty is something we all look forward to. But if you can't afford the traditional holiday weight gain, this time of the year can leave you running scared. With a few simple changes to your usual approach, you can enjoy the feast without wrapping yourself in those extra pounds.
Thanksgiving is the official start of the holiday party season, and restrictive diets can make this time of the year grueling. But it's also the time when most of us gain an extra 1-3 pounds that, unfortunately, tend to become permanent baggage.
The Power of the Plan
You can feast on the food, but this year arm yourself with a plan that will help whittle down the usual 3,500-calorie meal to a more reasonable indulgence. Think ahead to Jan. 1 when you will delight in seeing the needle on the scale right where you left it in November.
Choose a few of the useful weight control-tips below to help you maintain your weight while still enjoying the good cheer and delicious food on Thanksgiving day and the rest of the holiday season.
Preparing for the Big Day
- Wear a tight-fitting outfit. This will make you less likely to overeat because it becomes too uncomfortable.
- Don't arrive starving. Eat before the big feast. A small healthful meal with lots of fiber (oatmeal, whole-grain sandwich, salad with beans) keeps you feeling full until dinner.
- Make time for exercise every day, especially on Thanksgiving Day.
- Establish some ground rules in advance of the meal that allow you to indulge but not pig out -- for example, only one sliver of dessert.
- Buddy up with someone who is also trying to keep his or her weight in check.
- Keep a food journal and write down everything that you eat. This is an incredibly powerful tool, especially when you are tempted to overeat.
- Start a new family tradition. Take a bike ride, go for a hike, or play tennis Thanksgiving morning.
Ready, Set, Go
- Enjoy higher-calorie food in smaller portions.
- Don't eat food just because it is there. Save your calories for the foods you love.
- Distance yourself from the hors d'oeuvre table.
- Munch on fresh fruits and veggies instead of high fat appetizers.
When the Feast Arrives
- Scan the buffet and carefully choose the foods you love. If they are high in calories like the gravy, just take a smaller portion. Take larger portions of the simply prepared foods such as baked sweet potatoes, steamed vegetables, and skinless white meat of turkey.
- Limit yourself to one plate of food, no second helpings.
- Eat slowly and savor every bite. Give the food a chance to let you feel the satisfying feeling of fullness.
- Eat what you like, just eat a little less of it.
Desserts, Desserts, and More Desserts
- Enjoy a small serving of dessert. Choose pumpkin over pecan pie and save a few hundred calories. Eat just the filling to take in fewer additional calories and limit trans fats.
* If you drink alcohol, save those calories for a glass of wine with the meal.
* Skip the high-calorie, high-fat eggnog this year.
When You're Done
- At the end of the meal, drink a glass of water and push away from the table to help you realize that you are full.
- Follow the large meal with a leisurely walk.
Be realistic -- don't try to lose weight during the holidays, just aim to maintain your current weight. And if you plan on overindulging, bank some calories early in the week and get more physical activity before and after Thanksgiving Day to make up for it.
-- source: WebMD
Do you always have a lot of candy corn from the holidays? Try Candy Corn Cookies
makes 2 dozen cookies
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 cups oats
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- 1 cup packed light brown sugar
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 3/4 cup butter (at room temperature)
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup candy corn
- 1 cup chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Sift together flour, oats, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Set aside.
In a separate bowl, use an electric mixer to combine brown sugar, white sugar, butter, eggs and vanilla.
Use a spoon to stir dry mixture into wet mixture.
Stir in candy corn and chocolate chips.
Spoon rounded tablespoons of dough onto greased cookie sheets.
Bake for 14-16 minutes or until golden brown.
This recipe is from Kaitlin With Honey Blog.