Unbelievably Moist Banana Bread

Last Wednesday the residents made a very good banana bread recipe they’d like to share with you:

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Ingredients:
-2 cups sugar
-1 cup soft margarine or butter
-5 eggs
-2 cups flour
-6 tablespoons buttermilk
-2 tablespoons baking soda
-1 1/2 cups ripe bananas, about 5 small
-1 cup nuts, chopped (optional)

Directions:
1. Mix all ingredients together. Let mixture sit for 1 hour. (Note: Due to banana size, the mixture may not all fit into one loaf pan; do not overflow your pan. Use two loaf pans for the extra batter.)
2. Pour into greased loaf pan. Bake 60-65 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. If using a bundt pan, bake for 50-60 minutes at 300 degrees. Ten minutes before final cooking time, check doneness with toothpick. When toothpick comes out clean from middle of the loaf, it is done or when center of loaf is close to 195-200 degrees Fahrenheit. (Note: It’s okay to let the crust get very dark if cooked for longer, it wont hinder the taste.)
3. Let stand until almost cool. Loosen bread from sides with sharp knife and set aside. Enjoy!

Easy Peach Cake & Cheesy Zucchini Cookies

Although some people may not be keen on zucchini, these cheese zucchini cookies are better than everyone were expecting them to be! I have only tried grated zucchini in my quinoa burgers and I always used to think I’d dislike it but these cookies definitely took me by surprise. They may be similar to a fritter in a sense, if you don’t like calling them cookies because they aren’t sweet.

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Ingredients:
-cooking spray
-1 1/2 cups shredded/grated zucchini
-1 large egg, slightly beaten
-1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
-1/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
-1/4 teaspoon salt
-1/8 teaspoon pepper

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray.
2. Place zucchini in the center of a clean tea towel. Bring all corners of the tea towel together and wring out the excess zucchini liquid.
3. Combine zucchini, egg, cheese, bread crumbs, salt and pepper in a large bowl.
4. Drop mixture by tablespoonful onto the prepared baking sheet. Press each mound slightly with the back of a greased spoon or hands to flatten.
5. Bake 16 minutes until golden brown.

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Ingredients:
-cooking spray
-1 cup sugar plus 3 tablespoons, divided
-1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
-2 1/2 cups sliced peaches
-2 cups flour
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
-1 1/2 cups whole milk
-3 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray an 8×8-inch baking pan with cooking spray.
2. Combine 3 tablespoons sugar and cornstarch in a small bowl. Add peaches and toss until coated. Set aside.
3. Combine 1 cup sugar, flour, salt and baking powder in a medium bowl. Set aside.
4. Whisk milk and butter in a small bowl. Pour wet mixture into the dry mixture, stirring to combine.
5. Pour batter into prepared pan. Gently press peaches into batter.
6. Bake 60 minutes.
7. Allow to cool before slicing and serving.

August Events

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Here is a list of activities happening in August:

8/1 10:30 Arts & Crafts: Decorate the Bulletin Board
8/1 3:00 Musical Painting
8/2 10:30 Baking/Cooking: Easy Peach Cake
8/4 KIDS DAY 10:30 Balloon Volleyball
8/4 KIDS DAY 2:00 Friday Movie Matinee
8/7 10:30 Music & Memory with Molly
8/7 2:30 Shopping Trip to Dollar Tree
8/8 4:00 Bible Study with Phyllis
8/9 10:30 Baking/Cooking: Brownie Waffles
8/9 2:00 Art: P. Buckley Moss “Schoolhouse”
8/10 2:30 Healing of the Sick Ceremony with St. Mary’s Church
8/11 10:30 Impressive Leaf Art
8/11 2:30 Root Beer Floats & Cookies
8/14 12:00 “Grumpy ‘Ol Men” Lunch & Poker
8/14 2:30 Melon Sculpture
8/15 4:00 Name That Tune with Mary Ann
8/16 10:30 Baking/Cooking: Marshmallow Swirl S’Mores Bars
8/17 12:00 “Golden Girls” Lunch
8/21 LUNAR ECLIPSE DAY 10:30 Sun-Dried Tomato Dip
8/21 2:30 Total Eclipse of the Sun Party
8/22 5:00 Ladies Dinner & Poker
8/23 10:30 Baking/Cooking: Tuna Avocado Salad
8/23 2:00 Sweet Dreams Pillowcase
8/24 2:30 Meet & Greet with Cincinnati Reds Hall of Famer
8/28 2:30 Funnel Cakes
8/29 3:00 Squirt Gun Shoot-Out
8/30 10:30 Baking/Cooking: Chocolate Chip Cookies
8/30 2:00 Carnival Games
8/31 2:30 Birthday Party with Richard Scott

 

Pretty Nails 2:00 8/2, 8/16
Spirit Drumming & Worship with Chaplain Steve 11:00: 8/3, 8/17, 8/24, 8/31
Tai Chi 2:30: 8/3, 8/17
Happy Hour 4:00: 8/3, 8/10, 8/17, 8/31
OMA: 2:00 8/8, Art Reception 4:15 8/9, 11:00 8/10
Art with Amy 10:30: 8/14, 8/28

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Spa Day

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Continuing cruise week, the residents were treated to a spa day on Thursday afternoon. Relaxing music was played in the background and cookies, lemonade and water were served before, between, or after spa services.

Residents could get a sugar scrub hand massage (complete with lotion afterward)…

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a manicure…

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or a mud face mask!

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They had fun laughing at each other for looking so silly with green faces but they were surprised at how soft their faces felt afterward and a few wanted to do it again sometime!

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The last week of July was Superhero week. Here are some of the superhero masks that the residents wore that Wednesday while watching the old Batman TV show:

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They also ate these cupcakes they made that morning while watching the movie:

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