Planting

Springtime is in full swing which means it’s time to start planting flowers if you haven’t already! Isn’t it nice to look around and see everything in bloom again? On Tuesday & Wednesday some of our residents came outside to do some planting. On Tuesday they planted petunias and on Wednesday they planted onions.

Tuesday:
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Wednesday:
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Miami University Hamilton Campus Nursing Student Luncheon

Today was the luncheon with the Miami University Hamilton Campus third year nursing students. These students did clinical tasks as well as activities with some of our residents. Some of the activities they did with them over the semester included: doing manicures, exercises, origami, and balloon volleyball. They also made photo frames and bird feeders. Some residents told the nursing students their life stories and then the students typed it up and put it in a photo frame to hang outside of the residents’ doors.

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Happy Hour for Volunteers

 On Friday we had a happy hour party to celebrate what amazing volunteers we have had this semester. Throughout the semester we have had volunteers from OMA, Bird Tales, Miami University fraternities and sororities, Miami students, and members of the community. They do a great job at helping enrich the lives of our residents and we wanted to thank them for all they do.

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The volunteers were given goodie bags as a token of appreciation. Some of the gift bags contained gift cards.

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Activity Director Suzanne gave a speech about how much volunteering means to the residents as well as the community. She thanked the volunteers for what they have done to continue to make the residents’ lives active and fulfilling.

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Suzanne then presented Josie, a volunteer with OMA, with the Volunteer of the Year award for being an outstanding volunteer and always going above and beyond. Suzanne also presented Josie with sunflowers because she loves the color yellow and she loves sunflowers.

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Volunteers with OMA showed a slide show presentation of pictures. While the pictures were showing, the two songs the OMA volunteers and residents would sing each time they met were playing. “You Are My Sunshine” was sang before each session and “This Little Light of Mine” was sang at the end of each session.

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Here is Suzanne with some of the OMA volunteers, including Volunteer of the Year Josie:

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We appreciate all the volunteers who take time out of their days to come spend time with our residents and make their days brighter!

Peach Cobbler and Mississippi Sin Dip

 Yesterday some of the residents made “Cracker Barrel Peach Cobbler.” As they were helping make it they kept saying how much they couldn’t wait to try it. Final verdict: it was delicious!

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Here’s how to make it:

Ingredients:
Batter
-1 1/4 cup Bisquick
-1 cup milk
-1/2 cup (1 stick) melted butter)
-1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Filling
-30 ounces of peaches in syrup- drain
-1/4 cup sugar
Topping
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup almond slices
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 Tablespoon butter

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 375 and grease an 8×8 pan.
2. Whisk all the batter ingredients together and pour into pan.
3. Mix filling together and lightly put on top of the batter.
4. Mix all the topping ingredients in a bowl and sprinkle on top of the cobbler.
5. Bake for 45 minutes.

Tip: Enjoy with vanilla bean ice cream

Some of the residents made Mississippi Sin Dip. They loved it!

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Ingredients:
-16 ounces sour cream
-8 ounces cream cheese
-2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
-1/2 cup chopped ham
-1 green onion, chopped
-1/4 teaspoon hot sauce
-1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
-salt
-pepper
-16 ounces French bread loaf

Directions:
1. Prehead the oven at 350 degrees.
2. In a mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients except the French bread.
3. Stir all ingredients together.
4. Cut a thin slice from top of bread loaf and set slice aside.
5. Using a gentle sawing motion, cut vertically to, but not through, bottom of the loaf, 1/2 an inch from the edge, to cut out the center of the bread. Fill hollowed loaf with the dip.
6. Wrap loaf with aluminum foil.
7. Bake loaf and dip for 1 hour.
8. Served with reserved bread cubes, crackers, or potato chips.

We altered the recipe a little bit and didn’t use a French bread loaf or bake the dip but it still tasted great! We used Ritz crackers to eat the dip with.

March & April Birthday Celebration

Today Jodie Anderson and her husband Leonard came to entertain the residents and celebrate those who had their birthdays in March and April. Jodie sang while Leonard told histories of the songs before she sang them. The residents told how much they enjoyed the performance; Jodie and Leonard put on a good show!

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Twinkie Tiramisu, Sugar Free Cheesecake, and Fruit Pizzas

The past couple days have been full of sweet, tasty, delicious treats! I can’t promise your mouth wont be watering after reading this.

Yesterday the residents enjoyed some twinkie tiramisu. Even Michael, the head chef, seemed surprised to hear of using twinkies in a tiramisu recipe! The residents commented on how delicious it was.

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Here is the recipe if you would like to try it out for yourself:

Ingredients:
-1/3 cup boiling water
-1/2 cup of sugar
-2/3 cup of brewed coffee
-2 boxes (3.4 oz) instant chocolate pudding mix
-3 1/2 cups milk
-1 8oz container frozen whipped topping (thawed)
-1 box twinkies

Directions:
1. Mix the boiling water and sugar together, stirring until the sugar is dissolved and the liquid turns clear.
2. Stir in the coffee and let it cool.
3. Mix the pudding mix and milk together with an electric mixer until the pudding has thickened.
4. Fold in the whipped topping.
5. Slice the Twinkies in half as well as lengthwise.
6. Place half of the slices on the bottom of a pan.
7. Drizzle with half the coffee syrup.
8. Spread half of the chocolate fluff over the Twinkies in the pan.
9. Top with the rest of the Twinkies.
10. Drizzle with the remaining coffee syrup.
11. Spread the chocolate fluff over the top of all of it.
12. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Some of our residents got to enjoy a delicious, homemade sugar free cheesecake. The recipe is activity assistant John’s recipe and because it is a secret family recipe he does not want to give it away. It took him 20 years to get the recipe from his own mother, that’s how secretive it is! The residents all enjoyed their pieces of cheesecake very much.

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Today, Danielle, one of our wonderful volunteers, and I worked on making fruit pizzas for the residents to enjoy for dessert after their steak, shrimp, chicken, and ribs lunch. Many residents and staff had never even heard of a fruit pizza! We worked all morning cutting fruit, baking, and decorating. Here’s how they turned out:

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Fruit pizzas can be used with all kinds of fruit. I used strawberries, mandarin oranges, pineapple, kiwis, blueberries, and grapes (colors of the rainbow!). I would not suggest using apples or bananas, as they will become brown too quickly. You can combine all these fruits and place them together on your fruit pizza, it does not have to be decorated in a pattern.

Directions:
Buy a tube of sugar cookie dough and spread it evenly onto an ungreased pizza pan, leaving a small amount of room around the edge for the dough to expand onto as it bakes. Bake it in the oven according to the directions on the tube of cookie dough. Let the cookie cool completely. Use a mixer to beat together 1 package of cream cheese and 1/3 cup of sugar. Spread that cream cheese mixture evenly onto the cooled sugar cookie. Arrange the fruit as you would like. Refrigerate until ready to serve and refrigerate any leftovers. It is best if eaten in a day or two after it is made.

Your mouth is watering now, isn’t it!?

English Tea Party

Cheerio! In honor of Queen Elizabeth II’s 89th birthday today, the residents dressed up and had an English tea party this afternoon. Along with their tea they had petifores and scones (American biscuits). They chose hats to complete their English tea party experience. We also listened to the most English band there is- The Beatles!

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Fun facts to impress your friends and family: Many people, when referring to England, use the word “British;” however, “British” refers to England, Scotland, and Wales. Therefore, “English” is more proper to use when referring to only England. The UK (United Kingdom) refers to England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, and several islands off the coast of Great Britain.

If Elizabeth retains the crown until September 9, 2015, she will surpass Queen Victoria as Britain’s longest ruling monarch, who reigned for 63 years.