Pumpkin Dirt Pudding Graveyard Parfaits and Chocolate Cookie Popcorn

Yesterday in preparation for Halloween our residents made graveyard parfaits!

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-1 (12 ounce) can evaporated milk
-1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
-1 (5 ounce) box instant vanilla pudding
-1 teaspoon cinnamon
-1/2 an 8 ounce container cool whip
-1 package oreos, crushed
-4 tablespoons butter, melted
-8 Milano cookies
-handful chocolate chips

1. In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine evaporated milk, pumpkin puree, and pudding and beat until mixture is smooth and well combined, about 2 minutes. Refrigerate for 5 minutes. Stir in cinnamon and cool whip. Refrigerate mixture until ready to serve.
2. In a bowl, combine melted butter and crushed oreos. Set aside until ready to serve.
3. Line the Milano cookies up on a baking sheet or wax paper.
4. Melt the chocolate in the microwave then place it in a plastic bag. Cut a very tiny hole in the corner of the plastic bag then push the chocolate to the corner.
5. Use the melted chocolate to write out RIP ont he top of each of the cookies. Allow to dry.
6. To serve, layer oreos in the bottom of the glasses. Spoon pudding to about 3/4 of the way full in 8 juice-size glasses then finish with another layer of oreos. Stake the Milano cookies in the pudding mixture, with RIP on top.

Some of our residents made chocolate cookie popcorn and it was a thumbs up from everyone!


-16 chocolate sandwich cookies
-1 12 (oz) bag chocolate chips
-10 cups of popped popcorn

1. Place cookies in a food processor and process until chopped.
2. Place chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave 1-2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds until completely melted.
3. Place popcorn in a large bowl and pour melted chocolate over the popcorn. Toss to combine, coating evenly.
4. Add chopped cookies and toss to coat.
5. Allow to cool before serving.

Autumn Leaf Splatter Painting

Tuesday some girls from Zeta Tau Alpha came and helped the residents make autumn leaf splatter painting projects. Here is how they turned out; you can see how each one turned out different but still pretty! Once the paint dried the leaves were removed so the outline of the leaves remained.


Easy Apple Caramel Crumble & Stuffed Honey-Ham Biscuits

Here are the two yummy recipes the residents made yesterday!

Easy Apple Caramel Crumble


-1 2/3 cups brown sugar, divided
-1/2 cup sugar
-5 large apples, chopped
-1/4 teaspoon salt
-2 teaspoons cinnamon, divided
-2/3 cups oats
-1/4 cups flour
-4 tablespoons butter, room temperature
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. Place 1 cup brown sugar, sugar, apples, salt, and 1 teaspoon cinnamon in the bottom of a slow cooker. Stir to combine.
2. Combine oats, 2/3 cup brown sugar, flour, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, butter, and vanilla in a small bowl. Sprinkle mixture evenly over apple mixture.
3. Cook on low for 4 hours or on high for 2 hours.
4. Turn off slow cooker and allow to sit for 1 hour before serving to allow caramel to thicken.

Stuffed Honey-Ham Biscuits


-1 can (16.3 oz) Pillsbury Grands! Flaky Layers refrigerated Original biscuits
-8 slices (1/2 oz each) Swizz cheese
-8 slices (1 oz each) deli cooked ham

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray cookie sheet with cooking spray.
2. Separate dough into 8 biscuits. Separate each biscuit into 2 layers, making a total of 16 biscuit rounds. Fold each piece of cheese in half. Fold each piece of ham into fourths.
3. Place 1 folded slice of cheese and 1 folded slice of ham on 1 biscuit round. Top with another biscuit round; firmly pinch edges to seal. Repeat with remaining cheese, ham and biscuits to make 8 sandwiches. Place on cookie sheet.
4. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from cookie sheet to serving plate. Drizzle desired amount of honey over biscuits. Serve immediately.

Loaded Mediterranean Dip & Fall Pumpkin Dip

Both these dips were a hit among the residents as well as the staff!

Loaded Mediterranean Dip


– 10 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
-3 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
-3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
-1 teaspoon honey
-1/2 cup diced English cucumber
-3/4 cup diced sun-dried tomatoes
-10 fresh basil leaves, torn
-1 1/2 tablespoons chopped chives
-pita chips for serving

1. Combine feta, cream cheese, 1 tablespoon olive oil, and honey in a large mixing bowl until cheeses are softened.
2. Stir in 2 tablespoons olive oil, cucumber, sun-dried tomato, basil, and chives.
3. Transfer to a serving dish and serve with pita chips.

Fall Pumpkin Dip


– 1 15 ounce can of pumpkin puree
-1 5 ounce box of instant vanilla pudding (just the powder, don’t make the pudding)
-1 16 ounce container of low fat cool whip
-1 small pumpkin
-1/2 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
-1/2 tablespoon cinnamon

1. Mix pumpkin, pudding mix, cool whip, and pumpkin pie spice together (by hand) in a very large bowl.
2. Chill for several hours before serving. Meanwhile, carve your pumpkin!
3. Fill the pumpkin with the dip and sprinkle with cinnamon. Serve with fresh apple slices, vanilla wafers, or ginger snaps.

October Events

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Here is a list of events going on this month:

10/3 2:00 Decorating the Bulletin Board
10/3 7:00 Pumpkin Painting with Miami AGE
10/4 10:30 Halloween Lantern Lights
10/4 3:00 Science Experiment: Growing Crystal Lantern
10/5 10:30 Baking/Cooking: Loaded Mediterranean Dip
10/5 2:00 Chips, Dip, & The Password Is…? Game
10/6 12:00 “Golden Girls” Lunch
10/10 12:00 “Grumpy ‘Ol Men” Lunch & Poker
10/10 2:30 Columbus Day Discussion, Trivia, & Puzzle
10/11 10:30 Oktoberfest Party with Adult Day Service
10/11 Arts & Crafts: Autumn Leaf Splatter Painting
10/12 10:30 Baking/Cooking: Apple Caramel Crumble
10/13 2:00 American Bandstand Songfest
10/14 10:30 Balloon Volleyball
10/18 9:30 Voting
10/18 7:00 BIG Crossword Puzzle
10/19 10:30 Baking/Cooking: Chocolate Cookie Popcorn & Building a Scarecrow
10/20 2:0 Arts & Crafts: Easy Photo Tinting
10/20 7:00 Haunted Trail & Trick or Treat
10/21 2:00 Pumpkin Painting
10/24 12:30 Lunch from Bob Evans
10/25 3:00 Arts & Crafts: Boo-tiful Door Decor
10/25 5:00 Ladies Dinner & Poker
10/26 10:30 Baking/Cooking: Pumpkin Cookies
10/28 10:30 Halloween Party with Jody Anderson
10/28 2:00 Cupcake Bake-Off
10/31 2:00 “Happy Halloween” Reading, Dem Bones Dice Game, & “Trick” Categories

10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27 11:00 Spirit Drumming & Worship with Chaplain Steve
10/6 & 10/27 2:30 Tai Chi
10/7, 10/21, 10/28 3:30 OMA
10/7 & 10/21 10:00 Pretty Nails
10/17 & 10/31 10:30 Art Class with Amy Pace

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