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.

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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

Ingredients:
-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

Directions:
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.

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Graham Cracker Peanut Butter Bars

Ingredients:
-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

Directions:
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

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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

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

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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

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

Directions:
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

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Ingredients:
-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

Directions:
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.