Suprise Your Guests with an Edible Treat

easter nest






Easter Nest with Jelly Bean Egg


Serves: 12 Yield: 1 dozen

1 dozen Units: US | Metric
4 cups chow mein noodles
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup peanut butter
36 jelly beans

Break chow mein noodles into small pieces; set aside in large mixing bowl.
Combine sugar and corn syrup in large saucepan.
Cook on medium heat until the sugar is melted and there are bubbles at the edge of the pan.
Add peanut butter and stir until smooth.
Pour peanut butter mixture over crunched up noodles; toss until completely coated.
Let cool slightly to avoid burns.
Butter hands lightly and use approx 1/4 cup mixture to form a compact ball.
Make indention in the middle of each ball to resemble a bird’s nest.
Place on waxed paper and let cool completely.
Place 2-3 jelly beans inside each nest.
Serve on a bed of green-tinted coconut for extra festive look.

I plan try this recipe with my great nephews. This should be a blast.

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Photo by Gaylaj

Recipe be Winkki

Is Heaven Real ?

2013-03-19 15.10.11Our Book Club is reading Heaven is for Real. Everyone listens closely as the story is unfolds.After each chapter the group discusses the events that took place in this chapter and our residents share about there life stories.

9781400318704_p0_v1_s260x420Heaven is for real, and you are going to like it! Colton Burpo came back from his trip to heaven with a very important message: Jesus really, really loves children. In an effort to reach even more families with this eternally significant story, this runaway bestseller is now told from Colton.

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Fit Facts- Active Seniors Enjoy Life More


A Good senior fitness program is one that includes aerobics, muscular conditioning, along with exercises to stretch your body and promote good posture. Start with a light regime and work your way up slowly.

The best aerobics for seniors are non-jarring ones, like walking, swimming, cycling and low-impact dance.

If you haven’t been doing muscular conditioning, begin with the calisthenics you probably remember. As you get used to these exercises, and some gentle resistance, such as light hand weights or low-tention rubber exercise tubing. As your conditioning improves, you could incorporate variable-resistance exercise machinery, but be sure you do so under qualified supervision. Heavy-resistance routines are not recommended for seniors. The Key to safe and effective exercise for seniors is moderation.

Don’t ignore the other elements that contribute to good senior health, including eating and seeing your doctor whenever you need to.

Compliments of: ACE American Council on Exercise.

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

St. Patrick’s Day Bash was a huge success. Killarney Irish dance Company electrified the whole room with their dance. The energy filled the room and had our feet tapping to the music. Everyone continued to celebrate with Irish ale beer and appetizers that our kitchen prepared for everyone!

2013-03-15 13.20.12 2013-03-15 13.35.57 2013-03-15 13.32.33 2013-03-15 13.37.22The killarney Irish Dance Team range in age from 3 on up to 18 years of age and compete all over the United States in competions.




As this dance came to an end the audience applauded and whistled for an encore.





“Aren’t the costumes awesome?”






“Thanks so much for coming today. How long did it take to curl your hair?”

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Dinner at Red Lobster

Red Lobster

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Red Lobster pulled out all the stops to make our dining experience feel extra special.  Red Lobster’s motto is…”It’s our Passion.  It’s our Pride because at Red Lobster we sea food differently”.

We recommend the following: Rock Island Stuffed Tilapia, Walt’s Favorite Shrimp, and Parrot Isle Jumbo Coconut Shrimp.

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“That was a great meal.  I can’t wait until we can come here again.”



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“We are just beginning our night on the town. Lets go dancing & kick up our heels.”

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Memory Bear Workshop

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Hillcrest hosted an XL Hospice Memory Bear Workshop Tuesday, March 12th.  What makes a Memory Bear so special is that it is made out of an article of clothing that belonged to a loved one.  XL Hospice provided the supplies for assembling the bears.2013-03-12 13.08.30


Residents brought a shirt, blouse, or t-shirt to build their bear. Volunteers assisted with cutting, sewing, and stuffing the bears.2013-03-12 13.43.322013-03-12 15.32.332013-03-12 15.59.58




Volunteers from XL Hospice are busy sewing bears for the residents to help stuff.





Great job ladies.

Barbara wants to do this agian.




Mary shows off her bear to Brent.

“I named my bear Kevin. I will put him in my apartment and remember how much fun I had at this workshop.”




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“Do you like my bear ? I made it myself.”




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This bear was lovingly made out of Harvey’s flannel shirt.  Dee now has a Memory bear to remind her how much she was loved by her husband.





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Many bears showed up to dinner and brought a lot of smiles to residents’ faces.

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St. Patrick’s Day Recipe

Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day!
Red Potato Colcannon
There are countless variations on this classic Irish potato-and-cabbage combination. Ours is made with steamed red potatoes, sautéed cabbage and just a touch of butter.
Serves: 4 (1 cup each)
Preparation time: 30 minutes Cook time: 30 minutesEW_red_potato_colcannon_article
1 pound small red potatoes, scrubbed and cut in half
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup thinly sliced onion
6 cups thinly sliced green cabbage (about 1/2 head)
1 cup low-fat milk
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
1. Bring 1 inch of water to a boil in a Dutch oven or steamer. Place potatoes in a steamer basket and steam, covered, until just cooked through, about 15 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and cover to keep warm.
2. Meanwhile, heat butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook until translucent, about 2 minutes. Add cabbage and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the cabbage begins to brown, about 5 minutes.
3. Reduce heat to low. Stir in milk, salt and white pepper; cover and cook until the cabbage is tender, about 8 minutes. Add the cabbage mixture to the potatoes. Mash with a potato masher or a large fork to desired consistency.
Nutrition Facts
Per serving:
182 calories
4 g fat (2 g sat, 0 g mono)
11 mg cholesterol
31 g carbohydrate
6 g protein
5 g fiber
652 mg sodium
842 mg potassium
Nutrition Bonus: vitamin C (150% DV), potassium (24% DV), fiber (20% DV), calcium (15% DV)
Provided by Eatingwell
Published March 17, 2011
This recipe sounds Great. I plan on making it on St. Patrick’s Day for my friends.
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Active Seniors Enjoy Life More

Senior Rain

Good news for seniors: Part of the prescription for a healthier, better retirement is exercise. That simple? Yes, it is!

Physical exercise has been proven to discourage declines in health and fitness. Join the growing number of seniors who are actively demonstrating that exercise helps keep a body strong and on the go.

The best retirement is a healthy one.

Did you know that moderate physical activity can help you live longer? That it can actually reduce health hazards? It’s true.

So is the fact that regular exercise helps control blood pressure, body weight and cholesterol levels, and reduces the risks of hardening of the arteries, heart attack and stroke.

A well-balanced fitness program holds other benefits for you, too. It conditions muscles, tendons, ligaments and bones to help fight osteoporosis, keep your body more limber and stabilize your joints, lowering the risk of everyday injury. Regular physical activity can even help you maintain your independence.

Physical exercise is probably the best all-natural laxative you’ll find. It not only improves digestion, but exercise is also good for managing lower back pain, arthritis and diabetes. And recently, there’s been more indication that an active lifestyle helps lower the risk for certain types of cancer.

But maybe the best reason for incorporating regular exercise into your life is that you’ll feel better and enjoy life more. Exercise helps you sleep better, manage stress better, and gives you more endurance to enjoy work and play.

Compliments of: ACE American Council on Exercises

Groovin for Life at Zumba Gold


Come to Zumba Gold and get groovin’ with exciting dance

 fitness workouts featuring upbeat Latin and world rhythms.

Classes for March is scheduled to begin Fridays at 1:00 pm on the

Balcony at Hillcrest.  Zumba feels like a party while it revitalizes

your mind and body.

 Instructor  Teri Calkins

The Zumba Gold program keeps you groovin’ for life.

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