Our Seniors EAT IT UP!

We do so much with the Seniors I work with… YMCA-SVG-Common_International_svg

One day… Cream Cheese Mints140813_002



1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese, softened

1 tablespoon butter, softened

3 cups confectioners’ sugar

2 drops peppermint oil

any color food coloring paste (optional)

All took home (or ate) at least 5-6 pieces!


Another day… Kool-Aid Play Dough…  Strawberry… Lime…

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William made a neat bowl with the Strawberry Scented Dough…


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Sue made a little green man out of the Lime Scented… with facial features…


Kool Aid Playdough   Homemade Kool-Aid Playdough Recipe. Kids love this stuff! #kids the36thavenue.com

  • 1 Cup Flour
  • ¼ Cup Salt
  • 1 Packet Kool-Aid
  • ⅔ Cup Water *You will end up using between ½ and ⅔ cup.
  • 1 Tb. Oil
  1. Mix the flour, the salt, and the Kool-Aid together.
  2. Boil the water.
  3. Add the oil to the water.
  4. Pour some of the water into the dry ingredients and mix with a spoon. Keep adding water and work the dough until the color is uniform and feels like Playdough.
*Don’t feel like you need to use the full ⅔ Cup water. The amount you’ll use will be between ½ and ⅔ of a cup. Store the Playdough in an air tight bag or these small containers. This recipe will fill 6 {2 oz.} mini cups.



Dennis helped make Potato Candy another day… Some of them remembered making this when they were young… and some had never heard of it…



Original recipe makes 20 servings
1/4 cup mashed potatoes

2 tablespoons milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 pinchs alt

1 (16 ounce) package confectioners’ sugar

1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar for dusting, or as needed

1/3 cup peanut butter, or as needed


*Combine mashed potatoes, milk, vanilla extract, and salt in a bowl.
*Stir confectioners’ sugar into potato mixture until a dough consistency is reached.
*Refrigerate dough until chilled, about 1 hour.
*Sprinkle confectioners’ sugar on a cutting board or waxed paper.
*Roll dough into a large rectangular shape on prepared surface.
*Spread enough peanut butter on top layer of dough to cover.
*Roll dough into a jelly roll shape; refrigerate roll for 1 hour.
*Slice dough into pinwheels to serve.


Today… Tiffany had varieties of hot teask10358861

Raspberry, Lemon, Peppermint, Blueberry, Peach and Camomile… which I told them would make them rest and maybe even sleepy…

She had made homemade Pimento Cheese little “tea” sandwiches… and Pumpkin/Apple Soup

and then bought tiny sugar-free cookies and little pastries…

They loved it!… some ate everything!…

Tiffany had very small cups of the soup… Just enough for a few bites…

Some ate it up… and some said NO!…

I have to say, “I did try it… but, not for my taste buds!”…


Apple Pumpkin Soup Recipe    pumpkin-soup-3-550


2 cups finely chopped peeled tart apples

1/2 cup finely chopped onion

2 tablespoons butter

1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

4 cups chicken broth

3 cups canned pumpkin

1/4 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon each ground cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger

1 cup unsweetened apple juice

1/2 cup half-and-half cream

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper


  1. In a large saucepan, sauté apples and onion in butter for 3-5 minutes or until tender. Stir in flour until blended. Gradually whisk in broth. Stir in the pumpkin, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 25 minutes. Cool slightly.
  2. In a blender, cover and process soup in batches until smooth. Pour into a bowl; cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.
  3. Just before serving, transfer soup to a large saucepan. Cook over medium heat for 5-10 minutes. Stir in the apple juice, cream, salt and pepper; heat through.

Yield: 12 servings (about 2 quarts).

Read more: http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/apple-pumpkin-soup#ixzz3ESixGiNU

As you can tell… we have fun!




7 thoughts on “Our Seniors EAT IT UP!

  1. I love the sound of all those and am going to save the recipes for Cream cheese mints and palydough to use with my Grandchildren. Thank you. You surely do have lots of creative fun with your Seniors! :)

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