Empty Bowls

On November 29 students came in to paint bowls with some of the residents for the 2017 Oxford Empty Bowls. Empty bowls is a benefit soup luncheon dedicated to hungry people in the Oxford community and it raises money for the Oxford food pantry.


Mini Corn Dog Muffins & Graham Cracker Peanut Butter Bars

We had some great, delicious recipes this week! Both would be great for a Christmas party.

Homemade Mini Corn Dog Muffins Hip2SaveMini Corn Dog Muffins

-1/2 cup melted butter (or 1/4 cup butter + 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce)
-1/2 cup sugar
-2 eggs
-1 cup buttermilk
-1/2 teaspoon baking soda
-1 cup cornmeal
-1 cup all purpose flour
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-8-10 all-beef hot dogs, cut into 1″ bites

1. Whisk together butter and sugar. Add eggs and stir well. Add buttermilk and continue to whisk together. In a separate bowl, combine baking soda, cornmeal, flour, and salt, and stir to combine. Whisk into wet ingredients in two batches.
2. Spray a mini muffin tin with non-stick spray and spoon 1 Tablespoon of batter into each mini muffin cup. Place one hot dog bite into the middle of each muffin cup.
3. Bake for 8-12 minutes at 375 degrees or until cornbread is golden brown. Cool in mini muffin tin for 5 minutes before serving.

This made 46 mini muffins.


Graham Cracker Peanut Butter Bars

-6 graham cracker rectangle sheets, crushed
-3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
-1/2 cup margarine, room temperature
-1 cup peanut butter
-2 (10-ounce) packages chocolate chips, melted

1. Combine graham cracker crumbs, powdered sugar, margarine, and peanut butter in a large bowl.
2. Press mixture into the bottom of a 9×13-inch baking pan.
3. Spread melted chocolate evenly over the graham cracker mixture. Allow to cool, cut, and serve.

December Events


Here is a list of things happening this December:

12/1 11:00 Hanging of the Greens, Spirit Drumming & Worship with Chaplain Steve
12/1 7:00 Arts & Crafts: Decorating the Bulletin Board
12/2 10:30 Birthday Party with Eric Melleby
12/2 3:30 OMA
12/3 3:00 Entertainment with Justin Ryan
12/6 3:00 Holiday Card Ornaments
12/7 10:30 Baking/Cooking: Graham Cracker Peanut Butter Bars
12/7 7:00 Christmas Caroling with MiamiAGE
12/8 11:00 Las Posadas and Worship Service with Chaplain Steve
12/8 4:00 Arts & Crafts: Mitten Garland
12/9 3:30 OMA & End-of-Semester Party
12/10 2:30-3:30 Kids Christmas Party
12/12 2:30 Men’s Group: “Blow a Fuse” Game
12/12 2:30 Ladies Group: Coloring
12/13 3:00 “That’s How the Cookie Crumbles
12/13 4:00 Bible Study with Phyllis
12/14 10:30 Baking/Cooking: Norwegian Butter Balls
12/14 2:00 Shopping Trip to Walmart
12/14 7:00 Outing to See the Christmas Lights
12/15 4:00 Addressing Christmas Cards
12/15 7:00 Popcorn & Mittens Snowmen
12/19 6:00 Resident Christmas Dinner
12/20 7:00″Pass Me a Present Please” Game
12/21 10:30 Baking/Cooking: Ugly Sweater Cake
12/21 2:30 Ugly Sweater Party
12/21 7:00 Brookville Road Baptist Church Christmas Caroling
12/22 11:00 Nine Lessons, Carols & Worship Service with Chaplain Steve
12/22 4:00 Cookie Walk
12/24 10:30 Holy Communion & Christmas Eve Service with Chaplain Steve
12/26 2:00 The Merry Month of December Humor
12/28 10:30 Baking/Cooking: Mini Spinach & Cheese Pizzas
12/29 11:00 Prayer & Praise with John & Jamie
12/29 2:30 Cotton Candy
12/31 1:00 New Year’s Eve Countdown

 12/1 & 12/22 2:30 Tai Chi
12/7, 12/21 3:00 Pet Visit with Sadie
12/9, 12/13, 12/23 10:30 Antler Ring Toss
12/12 & 12/26 10:30 Art Class with Amy Pace
12/8 & 12/19 2:00 Pretty Nails

Image result for december

Bacon Wrapped Stuffing Bites & “Turkey” Meat & Cheese Tray


If you’re looking for something to do with that leftover stuffing here is an idea that is quick and yummy (because who doesn’t like bacon!?)

Bacon Wrapped Stuffing Bites

-9 strips of bacon
-3 cups prepared stuffing (either package or homemade)

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Line baking tray with aluminum foil. Spray with non-stick cooking spray.
3. Cut slices of bacon in 1/2.
4. Form stuffing into balls, approximately golf ball size.
5. Place stuffing ball onto center of bacon piece. Wrap bacon around ball bringing both sides together and securing with a toothpick.
6. Bake approximately 20-25 minutes. Remove tray when bacon is fully cooked.
7. Place bites onto paper toweling prior to serving.

“Turkey” Meat & Cheese Tray


-cheddar slices, sliced into quarters, reserving one slice for your turkey body
-Colby jack slices, sliced into quarters, reserving one slice for your turkey body
-pepperoni slices
-salami slices (you can buy pepperoni-sized salami slices in a bag near the pepperonis)
-box of round or oval crackers (we used oval)
-2 toothpicks
-2 peppercorns or cloves

1. Begin by placing two rows of crackers in a wide U shape around the edge of the tray.
2. Repeat the process with the cheeses and meat, alternating between the two.
3. Slice the reserved piece of Colby Jack cheese in a large rough oval shape to form the body of your turkey and place in the middle of your U. Next cut a smaller oval out of the cheddar cheese to form the head.
4. Create the face: press the peppercorns or cloves into the cheese to form the eyes. A triangle of Colby Jack from when you made the body can be used as the beak. Finally, cut a wattle (the bit that hangs from the turkey’s neck), from one of the meat slices.
5. Place the head on the top of the body and you’re done.