News for the week of December 25th to the 31st:
We hope everyone had a safe and happy Christmas. Here at the Big Yellow House, the rooms were filled with family and friends who came to celebrate the holidays with their loved ones.
We began the week with a movie and popcorn in the Square. Residents gathered to watch a Christmas classic, White Christmas. Before our supper meal, our traveling Happy Hour dispersed many of the residents’ favorite adult beverages.
Tuesday afternoon brought out the bingo lovers for an afternoon of number calling in the Square.
Residents gathered in the Square early Wednesday morning for our monthly Breakfast Club. Before we ate, we discussed menu choices for the upcoming Wine and Beer Tasting Event, along with other future meals. After the meeting Chef Andy treated us to fresh off the grill pancakes topped with our choice of fruit and whipped cream, bacon slices and beverages. There was not a crumb left on any plates! After breakfast we were blessed to have Pastor Taylor from Otter Creek Christian Fellowship Church lead our weekly church service. The afternoon found us in the Square for some great toe tapping music by Honey and Me. After the music, we loaded up some residents and headed to Irvine Park to get one last look at the Christmas lights.
Thursday morning, residents gathered in the Square for our weekly volleyball tournament. This activity brings out our competitive side, and all agree it’s a fun way to get some exercise. Resident Council met in the afternoon. We went over next month’s activity schedule and discussed other activities residents would like. Later it was once again time for Happy Hour on the Go.
On Friday morning our residents gathered for rosary led by Loretta. Then, it was time for our weekly Gospel sing along. The afternoon found us back in the Square for an hour of dime bingo. It wouldn’t be bingo time without our faithful volunteers, Michelle, Eileen and Olivia helping us out.
Here is this week’s recipe from the Area Nursing Home cook book published in 1996.
Corn Patch Spoon Bread, submitted by Mavis Jennings, Nurse’s Aide. 1 cup boiling water, ¾ cup white or yellow cornmeal, 3 tsp. baking powder, 1 can cream-style corn, 2 eggs (beaten), 1 tsp. salt, ½ tsp. soda, 2 Tablespoons butter. Stir boiling water into cornmeal, mix thouroughly. Add remaining ingredients. Stir quickly until just mixed. Place in very hot, generously buttered skillet or casserole dish. Bake at 375 degrees for about 40 minutes or until nicely done. Serves 5 to 6.
I leave you with a blessing for 2017: May you always have: Enough happiness to keep you sweet; Enough trials to keep you strong; Enough success to keep you eager; Enough faith to give you courage; and enough determination to make each day a good day!
Until next week, have a safe and Happy New Year! Barb Stobb, Activity Director