Cheesy Bacon Ranch Bread, Turkey and Cheese Crescents, & Fruit Pizza Cookies

Last week the residents made cheesy bacon ranch bread and it was a HUGE hit. It had fantastic flavor and was easy to make. You’ll definitely wanna make this for your next dinner party!

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Ingredients:
-1 14 ounce loaf of French bread
-3/4 cup mayonnaise
-1 packet ranch dip mix
-2 cups shredded cheese of your choice (we used Cheddar Jack and Mozzarella)
-1 bag of real bacon bits

Directions:
1. In the oven preheat the broiler.
2. Cut the loaf of bread in half lengthwise.
3. Line a baking sheet with non-stick foil.
4. Combine the mayonnaise, ranch, shredded cheese, and bacon bits (however much you want) in a small bowl.
5. Use a spatula to equally spread the cheese on each half of the bread.
6. Place under broiler until golden brown, about 5-7 minutes.
7. Let cool slightly before cutting into pieces and serving.

Yesterday the residents made turkey & cheese crescent rolls and enjoyed them. These are a good easy dinner meal!

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Ingredients:
-1 pack crescent rolls
-shredded cheese of your choice
-Oscar Mayer Selects Slow Roasted Turkey

Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 375.
2.Open the crescent rolls and split them into where they’re perforated.
3. Place two slices of turkey and about 1 tablespoon of cheese then roll them up.
4. Bake 13-15 minutes until top is golden brown.

Last but not least, yesterday the residents made sugar cookie fruit pizzas. Instead of one giant fruit pizza they made individual cookies, that way they could put whatever fruit they liked on it.

Ingredients:
-1-2 packages of sugar cookies
-1 8oz package cream cheese
-1/4 cup unsalted butter
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract
-3 to 4 cups powdered sugar
fruits that are good to use:
-pineapple
-strawberries
-kiwis
-blueberries
-grapes, halved
-blackberries
-blueberries
-mandarin oranges
-peaches

Directions:
1. Bake the cookies according to directions on the package.
2. Use a stand mixer to mix up the cream cheese and butter until smooth.
3. Add in vanilla extract and mix well.
4. Add in the powdered sugar, one cup at a time, until it is the consistency you like.
5. When the cookies are cooled, spread on desired amount of cream cheese icing.
6. Cut the fruit up into bite-sized pieces and put what you choose on each cookie.

Art Class with Amy

On Monday Amy came to art class with the idea for the residents to paint a brighter more abstract painting of the bridge by Monet. Here is what it looks like:
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Here are what the residents painted:
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They did a beautiful job don’t you think!?

Art Class with Amy

Monday the residents had art class with Amy. Amy taught them about the Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky. Kandinsky painted abstract art such as this: Image result for kandinsky

The residents painted abstract paintings like Kandinsky:

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March Events

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Here is a list of activities happening this month:

3/1 10:30 Baking/Cooking: Pigs in a Blanket & “Pig Characters” Matching Puzzle
3/1 2:30 Arts & Crafts: Decorating the Bulletin Board
3/4 11:30 Bingo with NSSLHA
3/6 2:30 Travel to Antarctica with Allan and Sara Winkler
3/7 7:00 Bingo with Alpha Kappa Psi
3/8 10:30 Baking/Cooking: Lemon Cream Cheese Cookies
3/10 10:30 Shopping Trip to Walmart
3/11 3:00 Bingo with Kappa Phi
3/13 10:30 Music for Memory with Molly
3/13 12:00 “Grumpy ‘Ol Men” Lunch & Poker
3/13 2:00 Arts & Crafts: Can’t Pinch Me Pin
3/13 7:00 Bingo with MiamiAGE
3/14 10:30 Arts & Crafts with The Adult Day Service: Spring Daffodil Door
3/14 3:00 Art Reception
3/14 7:00 Bingo with Delta Sigma Pi
3/15 10:30 Baking/Cooking: Cold Cuts Platter
3/16 12:00 “Golden Girls” Lunch
3/16 4:00 Arts & Crafts with Alpha Rho Chi
3/17 1:00 St. Patrick’s Day Entertainment
3/20 1:00 Lunch from Arby’s
3/20 Name That Irish Tune & A Wee Bit O’ Irish Humor
3/21 3:00 Resident Council Meeting
3/22 10:30 Baking/Cooking: Fruit Pizza
3/22 2:00 Arts & Crafts: Stamped Totes
3/26 11:45 What Your Name Means
3/27 10:30 Art Class: O’Keeffe Flower Painting
3/27 2:00 “A ’50s Kind of Wife” Reading & Discussion
3/27 7:00 Women’s Club of Oxford: Speaker – Perry Thacker
3/28 5:00 Ladies Dinner & Poker
3/29 10:30 Baking/Cooking: Lemon Pound Cake
3/30 4:00 Arts & Crafts with Alpha Rho Chi
3/31 9:00 Rummage Sale

3/9, 3/16, 3/23, 3/30 11:00 Spirit Drumming & Worship with Chaplain Steve
3/2 & 3/23 2:30 Tai Chi
3/2, 3/9, 3/ 16, 3/23 4:00, 3/30 2:30 Happy Hour
3/4, 3/18, 3/25 3:00 Bible Study with Shelby
3/8 2:00 & 3/21 10:00 Pretty Nails
3/6 & 3/20 10:30 Art Class with Amy Pace

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Mini English Muffin Pizzas & Suzanne’s Cherry Cream Cheese Dessert

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Some of our residents made mini English muffin pizzas yesterday. Here is the recipe:

Ingredients:
-6 English muffins, split
Divide over muffin halves:
-1/2 cup pizza sauce
-2 cups Mozzarella cheese
-5 oz mini pepperonis

Directions:
1.Preheat oven to 425.
2. Separate English muffins, on each half layer, pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese, mini pepperoni, and a little more cheese. Place on sheet pan and bake until cheese is melted and edges of muffins are golden brown, 6 to 8 minutes.
3. Remove from oven and serve.

Activity Director Suzanne brought in a family recipe to share with the residents. The residents enjoyed it while they watched a movie in the afternoon.

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Ingredients:
-1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
-1/2 cup sugar
-6 tablespoons melted butter
-2 cans light cherry pie filling
-2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, room temperature
-12 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
-2/3 cup lemon juice
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:
1. Mix together the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and melted butter. Press into the bottom of a 9″x 13″ glass casserole dish.
2. Beat cream cheese until light and fluffy. Gradually add sweetened condensed milk, and continue beating until smooth and combined. Add lemon juice and vanilla; mix well.
3. Cover graham cracker crust evenly. Refrigerate until set; this will take between 2 to 4 hours. Just before serving, spread the cherry pie filling over the top of the pie.

To make this into a pie, half the recipe.

Peanut Butter Blossoms

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Last Wednesday the residents made peanut butter blossoms. Although there may be different variations of this recipe, this is the one we used:

Ingredients:
-48 Hershey kisses brand milk chocolate
-1/2 cup shortening
-3/4 cup Reeses creamy peanut butter
-1/3 cup granulated sugar
-1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
-1 egg
-2 tablespoons milk
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract
-1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
-1 teaspoon baking soda
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-1/3 cup additional granulated sugar for rolling

Directions:
1. Heat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove wrappers from chocolates.
2. Beat shortening and peanut butter in large bowl until well blended. Add 1/3 cup granulated sugar and brown sugar; beat until fluffy. Add egg, milk, and vanilla; beat well. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into peanut butter mixture.
3. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in granulated sugar, if desired; place on ungreased cookie sheet.
4. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Immediately press a chocolate into center of each cookie; cookie will crack around edges. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely. Makes about 48 cookies.