Thursday, May 21, 2015

Nursing Home Week

Last week was National Nursing Home Week. Every year during this week, we do lots of fun things at the Nursing home I work at. This year was called Fiesta week with many activities pulled from that theme. There was a day when everyone was supposed to dress in fiesta style. Another day the residents made a pinata and the next day they all knocked it till it broke. They also had virgin Sangria's one afternoon. Another thing that happened was an old car show. This is always enjoyed by all, and many of the resident remember driving some of these old cars.

This one was my favorite.

Another thing that happens during this week is staff dressing up.

These are several of our department heads dressed up for 'Dress in the decade you were born day'
From the left - Laundry, MDS coordinator, Director of Nursing, Admission Coordinator, Activity Director, Social Worker.  Don't they look great?

It was a fun week.  It's nice for the residents to have some special fun!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Cooking Thursday

I told you I would be sharing more recipes from the bridal shower I helped with a few weeks ago.  Here's the veggie tray I brought.  I'm sharing my recipe for Vegetable Dip today.  I got this from a nurse I used to work with and we always enjoy it!  It's very easy to stir together and is very good!

Vegetable Dip

2/3 cups our cream
2/3 cup Hellman's mayonaisse
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
1 teaspoon dill weed
1 tablespoon minced onions
5 drops Tabasco sauce
1/2 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon parsley
1/2 teaspoon Accent

Stir all ingredients together and refrigerate.  This tastes best if allowed to refrigerate overnight before eating.
*I always use low fat sour cream and mayonaisse, and have never noticed a difference in taste.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Monday, May 18, 2015

Tulip Time

We live about 20 minutes from Holland Michigan.  Every year, in May, Holland hosts a Tulip Time Festival and people come from all over our country, and some even come from other countries.  Tulip Time  is a celebration of Dutch heritage and culture, and it's been happening since 1929.  There are about 500,000 visitors, representing 40 countries.  One of the highlights of the week is the tulips - over 6 million bulbs are planted each year.  Another highlight is the Dutch Dancing, over 900 dancers in the traditional clothes worn in the late 1800's to early 1900's, including wooden shoes.
I usually try to visit Holland to see the tulips after the Festival is done, so I don't have to fight the crowds.  This year, Tulip Time was from May 2-9, so last week, when Heather and I both had a day off, we visited Holland.

 Welcome to Holland!

 So many tulips...

 Seen in every color!

 This is DeZwaan, an authentic Dutch windmill that is 125 feet tall.  It was built in the Netherlands in 1761, and was moved to Holland in 1964., and it's the last windmill to leave the Netherlands. It is a working windmill.

 The streets of downtown Holland are so charming.

 There are tulips planted everywhere!
It was a fun day!   In case you wondered what the dutch dancers look like, here is a little snapshot of them, that I grabbed from the website,

Hope this gives you an idea of Tulip Time.  If you're even in the area in May, stop and check it out

Sunday, May 17, 2015


We had a graduation last week.  Alaina graduated from Three-school.  As you can imagine, a graduation ceremony with 17 three year olds is a fun event.  It wasn't long.  The kids sang some songs, each one got a diploma, showed a few photos,  and then they got a treat - best graduation I've been to for a while.  :)

Here's some pictures of them singing.  Alaina is on the far right in pink. Take note of the little boy and girl on the left.

Aren't they funny?  In this last picture, Alaina is being a monkey.

After the singing, each child was to walk through an arch, step up on on a platform on the stage, and wave to the people.  We weren't sure if Alaina would do the waving.

 Through the arch...

 A wave...

 And one more!

 A hug for the teacher..

Then a hug for the other teacher, and a diploma.

They put pictures on the screen of things that had happened during the year.  Here's Laura with Alaina on a field trip.  She sure has changed!

 Afterward there was time for a picture with the teachers.

 And one with Dad and Mom.

 The best part of the night - cake!

Ruby came to graduation too.  She behaved very well through the whole thing, but there was a small mishap afterwards.  Aaron was holding her, her turned his head for a moment and she grabbed for his cake, which ended up on the floor.  Guess she wanted some too!

We're so proud of Alaina.  She learned lots this year!  She's going to miss it this summer.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Cooking Thursday

I told you I had some recipes to share from the bridal shower last week.  This is one that was an absolute hit.  This is a coffee slush punch.  It was so good and refreshing!  The funny thing is, there were several people there, including me who didn't like coffee, but we all loved this.  It's perfect for an occasion like this, and it's a bonus that it can be made ahead of time and then just taken out to thaw.  Another bonus is that any that's left over can be refrozen and used later.

Cafe Des' Amies Punch

3 cups strong coffee
2 cups sugar
1 pint half and half
1 quart milk
2 teaspoons vanilla

Stir together and freeze.  Take out of freezer several hours before you need it; it will take more time if it's frozen in a big block, less if in a shallow pan.  Enjoy!