News for the week of October 29 to November 4th:
Monday was the start of another busy week at the Big Yellow House. We began the morning with an hour of Baking with Chef Andy.
This time Andy showed us how to make Dracula Teeth cookie treats. They were a lot of fun to put together and will be saved for our little trick or treaters on Tuesday night. Bingo was on the schedule for the afternoon and all came away with bags full of treats to keep them supplied for another week.
Tuesday was pretty spooky here at the Big Yellow House. Ghosts and goblins were everywhere! Many of the staff and residents got in the spirit and dressed for the holiday. There were witches, a princess, jelly fish, deer, zombies and even a pregnant little pumpkin to name a few. The kindergarten class entertained us in the morning with several spooky songs. We enjoyed seeing their costumes and listening to their delightful songs. Then in the afternoon it was party time! We started the party with a parade of costumes and the residents voted on their favorites. After the parade, we enjoyed the music of Chuck Kirkwood and friends. Later that night we held a Spooktacular gathering for the residents and all the little ghosts and goblins that visited. It was a fun time for all, and it was a chance for the children to come in and warm up, visit with the residents, play some games and watch a “spooky” family friendly movie.
Pastor Matt Saarem led us in our Wednesday morning church service. We appreciate him taking the time to come and share with us. We enjoyed his inspiring message, and also singing along to our favorite hymns. Leona was here once again as she came for the service and assist those who needed it.
Thursday morning we once again gathered for our weekly volleyball tournament. The residents really enjoy this activity in which we all get our exercise and have some fun while doing it. Meanwhile in the Square our Green Leaf Crafters continued work on our Christmas Wreaths.
Friday was busy here at Colfax Health and Rehab. We started out with our weekly rosary group led by Loretta. After rosary, we gathered in the Square for Gospel Sing a Long. We enjoy singing our favorite hymns led by Bruce on the guitar, and Kathy on the piano. Friday afternoon, Dime Bingo was played in the Square. It is always a great way to end the week.
Here is this week’s recipe from the Area Nursing Home cook book published in 1996. This stew is a favorite of the residents and staff and guaranteed to keep you warm on cold winter nights.
Brunswick Stew: 2 lb. diced chicken, 2 lb. diced pork, 4 cups carrots, peeled and sliced, 1 cup diced celery, ¾ cup onion, chopped, 4 cups potatoes, peeled and sliced, 1 bag frozen peas, 2 quarts chicken broth, 1 stick butter, 1 cup flour, 2 quarts chicken broth. Directions: In large kettle, cook vegetables until partly done. Drain, set aside. In kettle, melt butter stir in flour to make paste. Gradually add chicken broth, stirring constantly as you add. Cook until thickened. Stir in vegetables. Blend in chicken and pork, being careful not to over stir. Heat on low until hot. Submitted by Area Nursing Home.
Until next week,
Barb Stobb, Activity Director