Pictured here: Cathy & Arnold Mascali (Grandparents to 13 & Great-grandparents to 7)
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Grandparents Day is Sunday, September 13th this year. We’ve got a simple and special plan to celebrate the day and honor the grandparents with a special Italian-style slow-cooked meal that allows you to spend time together while the meal is cooking! To make the day even more special, have the grandkids hand-pick fun cards and personalize them with a special message (children’s handwriting is a treasure to any grandparent) – we suggest heading to your local Walgreens for a great selection of Hallmark cards for Grandparents Day. Our children picked out a variety of fun cards for their grandparents – the selection of designs and messaging allowed them to choose the just the right one for their grandparents. Note: If the Grandparents in your family don’t live nearby, make sure to buy cards early and mail them for a timely arrival.
3 IMPORTANT REASONS TO CELEBRATE GRANDPARENTS DAY
- Give children an opportunity to show their appreciation and love for their grandparents.
- Create “a shared memory” for children and their grandparents.
- Give Grandparents a chance to share some of their life experiences and wisdom with their own grandchildren. Provide an opportunity for them to make a difference in their grandchildrens’ lives and build a sense of legacy.
PLAN A SPECIAL DAY AND MEAL
Growing upwe always ate Sunday dinner in the early afternoon and spent the day as a family. We continue that tradition with our families to this day. Although it can be a challenge with the children’s sports schedule, we hold fast to our traditional Sunday dinner as we believe it is an important way to foster a strong family bond. We hope you’ll join us this year and gather your family to celebrate the Grandparents in your life!
Start by preparing a meal that feels warm and cozy, just like a grandparent’s love. Our pick is a slow-cooked Chicken Cacciatore, which can be assembled and started before the celebration starts. As it cooks all day, you’ll be able to enjoy each other’s company. Time spent together is the greatest gift you can give a grandparent, so make a plan that keeps you out of the kitchen but creates a delicious aroma throughout your home. We also love this dish as it is the perfect transition from summer to fall. It features the late summer harvest: tomatoes and peppers as comfort food. Paired with a simple lettuce salad dressed with oil and vinegar and served with some hearty bread, this Chicken Cacciatore dish will be the center of a special meal. Please find the recipe at the bottom of this post.
The forget-me-not is the official flower of National Grandparents Day. Since it blooms in the spring and may be hard to source this time of year, so we suggest a beautiful centerpiece of orange and red roses as a symbolic representation of warm loving comfort. Send it home with the guests of honor as a take home remembrance of the day.
GIFT AND ACTIVITY IDEA
While dinner is cooking, have the grandchildren gift a special card and photo. Grandparents so enjoy when their grandchildren take the time to hand-select a card that represents their relationship – a loving yet fun-spirited theme. Whether near or far, a card with a handwritten note is a special gift. Your local Walgreens carries a wide assortment of Hallmark cards that you can pop in the mail or hand directly to the special Grandparents in your family.
If the grandchildren are young, have them present a special song or dance to honor their grandparents. Then, turn the tables and allow the grandparents their moment in the spotlight. Break out the family photo albums and let the grandparents share some wisdom and stories with their grandchildren. A great way to make this even more fun is to interview Grandpa and/or Grandma. Have fun with it – you can write down the answers, video them, or just enjoy the storytelling. Here are 20 questions you can print out and use for the interview that we selected from the LegacyProject.com. Print here> Grandparents_Day_Interview
In 1978, President Jimmy Carter proclaimed National Grandparents Day would be celebrated the first Sunday after Labor Day. A number of other countries recognize and celebrate Grandparents Day as well. The founder of National Grandparents Day, Marian McQuade, envisioned this day to be a family day and wanted to recognize the significance of the Grandparental role in a family.
CHICKEN CACCIATORE RECIPE
- 1 can (28 oz.) plum tomatoes drained
- 3 large chicken breasts on the bone
- ½ red pepper, sliced
- ½ yellow pepper, sliced
- 1 large sweet onion, sliced
- 6 garlic cloves, peeled
- 1 cup red wine
- ¼ tsp. dried thyme
- ¼ tsp. dried rosemary
- cracked salt and pepper to taste
- Using a slotted spoon, place plum tomatoes (28 oz. can) into large measuring cup. Chop tomatoes into large pieces (tip: use a fork to hold tomato while you slice and dice with knife.) Measure 1 cup red wine. Set both aside.
- Prepare seasonings: ¼ tsp. each dried thyme and rosemary + fresh cracked salt and pepper to taste (a few good turns of the mill.) Set aside.
- Slice peppers (½ red + ½ yellow) and 1 large sweet onion and peel 5 garlic cloves. Set aside.
- Pour ½ of chopped tomatoes into
bottomof slow cooker. Layer on onions, peppers, and garlic.
- Place chicken breasts (bone down) on
bedof vegetables. Top with remaining tomatoes, pour wine over top and sprinkle on seasonings. Cover slow cooker and cook on low for 6-7 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.
- Serve with a crusty, rustic hunk of fresh bread and a glass of red wine. You can also serve with spaghetti or rice.