Thanksgiving is next week, here are some great ideas!

Thanksgiving is next week, here are some great ideas!

Thanksgiving is just a few days away. Whether you have your signature dish that you make every year or use the same decorations from previous years, it is always good to seek out other ideas to keep things fresh. It’s always fun to try something different or just add in a new item to try. We have a few ideas below for you to consider for your festivities this year! From Barbara’s cookbook: Ambrosia Salad 1 16 oz can of Mandarin oranges 1 20oz can pineapple chunks 1 20oz can fruit cocktail 1 cup coconut 1 cup miniature marshmallows 1 pint sour cream Combine all ingredients and leave in fridge overnight. Apple Cider Chicken 2 Tbsp olive oil 2 Tbsp butter 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts Salt and freshly ground pepper ½ vidalia onion, chopped 1 Granny Smith apple, cored and sliced into ¼-inch wedges 3 cloves garlic, minced 2 tsp dry thyme 2 bay leaves 2 tbsp all-purpose flour 1 ½  cups apple cider Heat oil and 1 Tbsp butter in skillet over medium high heat. Season the chicken with...
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Here are some last minute Halloween costume ideas

Here are some last minute Halloween costume ideas

Are you ready for Halloween? Halloween is a fun time for people of all ages. It is the time of year when dressing up as a vampire is socially acceptable! In case you have not had the time to buy a costume or would prefer something that is easy to put together, here are a few senior costumes ideas: A witch (black dress, a black hat and some lace black gloves) Crazy cat lady (a bathrobe with pinned stuffed toy cats) The Queen of England (fancy hat, small purse, coat or party dress, a crown, jewelry) Colonel Sanders (white suit, black string tie, cane, glasses) A pirate or gypsy (a scarf wrapped around the head, a puffy white blouse, and gold hoops) An artist (black pants, black sweatshirt, beret, cardboard painted with color swatches and a paintbrush) Swap roles and dress up as a child Halloween is for everybody especially seniors enjoying their golden years! Step into your spooky side, have some...
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An easy Valentine’s Day pie recipe to show someone you love them

An easy Valentine’s Day pie recipe to show someone you love them

Valentine’s Day is a great time to remind someone that you love them whether it be a partner, family member or neighbor. This coconut custard recipe is both fun to make and a delicious way to brighten up someone’s day. Ingredients: 4 eggs ½ stick of butter ½ cup of sugar ½ cup of coconut 2 cups of milk ½ cup of Bisquick ½ tsp of vanilla Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend for 2 minutes. Grease and flour a 10-inch pie pan. Pour the mixture in and bake it for 45 minutes at 350 F. Chill thoroughly once done. This recipe was taken from the cookbook of Barbara Andersen and can be ordered for $19.95 including shipping. Payment can be made to Barbara Andersen and sent to P.O. Box 730956 Ormond Beach, FL 32173. If you have any questions, please call 386-569-7327.  ...
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A cookie recipe that is sure to make spirits bright

A cookie recipe that is sure to make spirits bright

Christmas is just a few days away, which means most people are shopping for last-minute gifts, traveling to see loved ones, or simply staying home. No matter what your plan is, we think this cookie recipe is a great way to try something new, make something fun and colorful, and a way to make someone else's day brighter too. These cookies are a great gift for the sweet tooth in your life and anyone who enjoys a good holiday treat! Ingredients: 1 cup - Butter Softened 1 cup - Confectioners Sugar 1 Egg 1 ½ tsp – Vanilla Extract 2 ¼ cups - Flour (all purpose) mixed with a dash of salt 2 cans - Candied Cherries (green and red) halved 1 cup - Pecans Directions: In a small bowl of mixer, cream butter until fluffy. Gradually add sugar- beating until light. Beat in egg and vanilla. Stir in flour mixture and mix well. Stir in cherries and pecans, cover airtight and chill for 1 hour. Divide dough in thirds,...
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Reaching out to isolated seniors and loved ones during the holidays

Reaching out to isolated seniors and loved ones during the holidays

The COVID-19 pandemic has isolated us from each other more than we ever expected. Many of us have not been able to see our families or friends and we are unsure when we will be able to. During this time, we have become more selfish with our time and energy focusing on our own happiness and trying to get through this time as best as possible. While it’s important for us to stay centered and positive, we can’t forget about our loved ones, whether they live in a nursing home, at home or in a senior living community. You may think they are kept occupied with their own daily lives, but many are struggling with feeling lonely. Unfortunately, they will not be the ones to reach out or tell you what they are feeling. If you want to take the initiative of reaching out to a loved one but don’t want to just say “hi,” there are plenty of ways you...
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How to enjoy a safe and healthy holiday meal this year

How to enjoy a safe and healthy holiday meal this year

The 2020 holiday season is upon us, but this year there could be an unwelcome guest: COVID-19. It is very likely that you, your families and loved ones are adjusting to this circumstance, while hoping that it will not come again. In the meantime, let’s plan carefully for the safest possible holidays and holiday meals. The unfortunate fact is that seniors are at a much higher-than-average risk if they should become infected with COVID-19. This year, “Healthy Holiday Eating” means paying special attention to the conditions in which meals are served and to the types of gatherings we have. For once, this is more important than calorie counts, nutrition, exercise or rest schedules. This situation poses a real problem for seniors. The thought of missing a holiday meal and the chance to be with family and friends is particularly painful. Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Christmas and New Year’s often provide seniors an opportunity to be with the people who mean the most to them....
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An easy Thanksgiving dessert you can make with grandchildren

An easy Thanksgiving dessert you can make with grandchildren

Thanksgiving is around the corner and this year, we want to make the holiday as simple and stressfree as possible after the year we have had. Whether you have been cooking for days, are in charge of just dessert, or want to gift a friend with a cake,  here is a great quick recipe for a light and fluffy Pistachio Cake. Anyone that comes into contact with this dessert will be delighted by the cheery green color that stands out among the Thanksgiving staple items. Cake Ingredients     1-pkg Yellow Cake Mix 1-pkg Pistachio Instant Pudding ½ cup- Cooking Oil (vegetable or canola) 1 cup- Club Soda 4- eggs ½ cup- Chopped Nuts Topping Ingredients: 1-pkg Dream Whip 1-pkg Instant Pistachio Pudding 1 ½ Cup of Milk Directions: Preheat oven to 350F degrees, mix all cake ingredients at once and pour the mixture into a greased and floured tube pan.  Bake for 45-50 minutes.  Beat all topping ingredients until fluffy and ice the cake once it cools down. This recipe was taken from the cookbook of...
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