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.


-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

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.


-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

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)…


a manicure…


or a mud face mask!


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:


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


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No Churn Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream & Hawaiian Pizza Dip

Yesterday the residents made a very delicious and easy recipe of strawberry cheesecake ice cream. You don’t have to have an ice cream machine to make this!

Strawberry Sauce
-1 16-oz. pkg. fresh strawberries, hulled
-1/4 cup sugar
-1 teaspoon vanilla
-juice from 1/2 lemon
Ice Cream
-1 pint heavy whipping cream
-1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
-4 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
-1/2 cup crushed graham cracker

1. For the strawberry sauce, combine strawberries, sugar, vanilla and lemon juice in a medium saucepan.
2. Cook over medium heat until sugar dissolves and the strawberries soften, 6-8 minutes. You may need to break the strawberries down a bit with a fork or a potato masher.
3. Transfer sauce to a bowl and refrigerate until cool.
4. For the ice cream, using a hand held mixer, begin by whipping the cream cheese until smooth. Add the sweetened condensed milk and continue beating until smooth.
5. In a separate bowl, using the hand mixer with whisk attachments, whip the heavy whipping cream until stiff peaks form.
6. Folk whipped cream gently into the cream cheese mixture.
7. Pour half the whipped cream mixture into a 9×5 loaf pan.
8. Drizzle with strawberry sauce and 1/4 cup crushed graham crackers and using a butter knife, swirl.
9. Pour remaining whipped cream mixture on top.
10. Drizzle with remaining strawberry sauce and graham cracker.
11. Swirl again.
12. Freeze for 4-8 hours or overnight.


Another hit the residents made this week was Hawaiian pizza dip.

Hawaiian Pizza Dip

-1 8 oz. block cream cheese, softened
-2 green onions, chopped
-1/2 cup diced, sliced ham
-1/2 cup crushed pineapple, drained
-1 cup cheddar cheese + 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese combined

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. In a bowl combine cream cheese, ham, pineapple, and 1 cup cheeses.
3. Mix until well combined then transfer to oven safe dish.
4. Bake for about 15 minutes until bubbly then top with remaining cheese and return to oven for about 5 more minutes or until cheese is melted.
5. Serve with chips or bread.