November 2016 Newsletter

thanksgiving-day-2014Madison’s Goal of the Month : Be Grateful.

As Thanksgiving approaches, like with every November, I’m trying to focus on what I am grateful for in my life. Gratitude is a practice that is so often forgotten; at least, in my case. So, my goal for this month (and beyond) is to take the time to notice my surroundings, the people who love me, the great things I get to do and to focus on how fortunate I am to have those things. I hope that you all will join me in this goal. Perhaps, with gratitude will come a greater happiness that permeates through our lives and our service.

If you have 15 minutes to spare, here is a lovely TED talk by David Steindl-Rast about the happiness and gratitude: Want to be happy? Be grateful.


Michelle’s Tips to De-Stress your Holiday

Use a checklist to simplify the things that need to be done and avoid forgetting things.  Here is a sample I always use:

Early November

  • Choose a menu
  • If using fresh flowers for centerpiece, order now

4 Days before Thanksgiving

  • Make shopping list and purchase items except greens for salad
  • Start defrosting turkey in refrigerator (General rule is 1 day for every 4 pounds of turkey being thawed)

2 days before Thanksgiving

  • Prepare serving pieces, plates, flatware, glasses, etc.

1 Day before Thanksgiving

  • Defrost pie dough, assemble and bake pies
  • Make the vegetables and side dishes that require baking, such as casseroles
  • Make mashed potatoes and put them in oven proof serving dish
  • Prepare stuffing
  • Purchase and prepare salad greens
  • Set the table

Thanksgiving Day

  • Remove turkey from refrigerator and allow to sit for 1 hour at room temperature
  • Preheat oven and stuff turkey
  • Bake turkey basting every half hour
  • Heat all side dishes when turkey is done (165 degrees)
  • Make gravy
  • Make coffee and brew 20 minutes before serving and put all other beverages out for serving
  • Put desserts out
  • Serve and Enjoy!

Extra Tips

  1. Take the help where you can get it

      2. Use store bought ingredients where you can (gravy, desserts, hors d’oeurves etc.)

      3. If others want to assist, accept their offer

Remember it’s your day, too! Relax, play music, and just have fun. The real holiday is enjoying  the time you spend with one another.


Kalen’s Thanksgiving Peach Cobbler



1 Cup Sugar
1 Cup all-purpose flour
3 teaspoon baking powder
1 stick unsalted butter
1 cup milk
Pinch salt
Lemon juice, nutmeg & cinnamon – your discretion
Fresh or frozen peaches (do not use can)


Spray sides of casserole dish, add stick of butter and melt in microwave
Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, salt & milk
Pour into casserole dish on top of melted butter (DO Not Stir)
Simmer fruit and 1 cup sugar on stove for about 10 minutes or longer for frozen fruit,  add nutmeg, cinnamon & lemon juice.  Fruit should be sweet to taste.
Pour flour mixture on top of fruit mixture(Do not Stir)
Baker in preheated oven at 375 for 40 -45 minutes,  top should be golden brown.


The I.Q. Cornertracy

Inspirational quotes to energize you to “Get Things Done” this year by Tracey

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it shows up dressed in overalls, and looks like work.”

“Self-control is the art of transforming your frustration into fruit.”

“Today is a good day for a good day!”

Until next time…Be inspired!

November BabiesBright air balloons

Let’s wish a collective “Happy Birthday” to all of our members who have a birthday this month!

Deborah (November 12)

Sylvia (November 14)

Pamela (November 18)

Bridgette (November 21)

We hope you all enjoy your special days. You deserve it!

November’s Photo Gallery

Here are some of the photo’s from the team and group services we’ve all participated in so far! It’s been a lot of fun!

Here’s to more fun service together in the coming months!



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