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Happy Labor Day


Labor Day And Us

To our little ones…

Most of us know that Labor Day celebrates the last day of summer.  We might go to a barbecue, to the park, the beach or have a picnic. But over 100 years ago when Labor Day first began in New York City, there was a big parade! It brought together a great assortment of workers in need of a day off because they worked long and hard hours.

Workers organized and the work week day became much shorter, but curiously, it seems to have crept back up with many of our moms and dads working long hours.  One of the contributors is our electronic devices. They never stop, right?!

Our idea is for YOU to honor your parents or whoever takes care of you, and give them some time off. Maybe you make breakfast and serve them in bed. Perhaps you give them flowers, read stories to them, do the dishes, or make the beds. Surely, you have many other ideas, but the point is to HONOR them for working so hard to protect, care and provide for you.  While you are at it, what if you took just a one day vacation from your phone, computer and other devices. Can you do it?? Imagine all the time you’d discover.


Good Reads


A Job for Wittilda

by Carolyn Buehner

One day the kindly witch, Wittilda, opens her kitchen cupboards and discovers they are empty! Whatever is she to do? Her 47 cats have to eat! Even for a witch, there is much trial and error to find the perfect job. When hair styling is a complete disaster, she tries delivering pizza for Joe’s Dingaling Pizza?! This delightfully fun story weaves magic and adventure into a dose of reality. 


The Gardener

by Sarah Stewart and illustrations by David Small

This Caldecott-winning book takes place during the Depression in the 1930’s. Little Lydia Grace is sent to her uncle’s house when both her parents lose their jobs during this most difficult time. This heartwarming story is told through the little girl’s letters home. Using the gardening skills learned from her grandmother, Lydia Grace lovingly shows us how the simple things in life can be transformative, no matter the circumstances. 

Who Started the Labor Day

Who Started the Labor Day Celebration? ages 6-9

by Baby Professor

What is the Labor Day and who started it? Like all other celebration, the American holiday Labor Day has deep historic roots. This book will give you the juicy details that led to the celebrated annual holiday. Learn all the details, don’t settle with just the knowledge that today is Labor Day. Dig deeper and explain to your child further. 

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Labor Day (Celebrations In My World) ages 6 - 9

by Robert Walker MSW LCSW

Labor Day is a national holiday that recognizes the important contributions of workers across North America. Celebrated every year on the first Monday of September, people who do all kinds of jobs, from factory work to health care, participate in parades, attend barbecues, and listen to speeches. This interesting book provides a look at the labor movement of the last century, the traditions and symbols of this special day, and how workers are recognized in other parts of the world.

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When I Grow Up ages 4 - 8

by Al Yankovic

This is Weird Al, Al Yankovic’s first picture book and it’s irresistible! His well-known wit and silliness are in great display as he explores the age old question: What will I do when I grow up?...Cause maybe I’ll be a gorilla masseuse or a man who sculpts out of chocolate mousse, or a pickle inspector, or…when you finish, you, too, might share 8 year old Billy’s idea that the possibilities are positively limitless.

Margery’s Incredibly Loved and Easy Spaghetti

Yields: 8-10 servings

May be made ahead, even the day before, and carefully reheated.(Watch the bottom!) 



6 large onions, chopped 

5 small cans tomato sauce, Del Monte if possible

1 can mushrooms, drained and dried

2 pounds Tillamook cheese, broken into chunks

0.5 pound Spaghetti (Not the whole package)


Saute onions in butter until golden brown and carmelized.

Add tomato sauce to the onions, and when it is boiling, add cheese chunks and stir until the cheese melts.

Add the mushrooms to the sauce once the cheese has melted.

While making the sauce, boil the spaghetti and drain.

Add to sauce and mix very well, so the spaghetti is nicely separated throughout.

Turn into a casserole dish and serve.


So yummy!

Fruit Dip II

From, one of Maria's favorite go to sites for recipes.



1 8 ounce package cream cheese at room temperature

1 7 ounce jar marshmallow creme


Using an electric mixer, blend cream cheese and marshmallow creme until mixed thoroughly.


Use light strawberry cream cheese, add 2 Tablespoons of orange juice when you add the marshmallow creme and then fold in 1 cup of Cool Whip. Either version comes out really good!

Girl Scout Cookie Layer Bars


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