recipes

Breakfast Egg Muffins with Bacon and Spinach

Ingredients

If you are anything like me, some days it is hard to get out of bed and you just want that extra 10 minutes of sleep. Unfortunately, sometimes that means I am pressed for time to fit in a healthy breakfast. That is why I am a huge fan of these breakfast egg muffins. You can make a dozen of them and keep them in the fridge or freezer until you want one. Then just pop them in the microwave for a minute or two and enjoy!

Makes 12 egg muffins

  • 6 eggs
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1 cup spinach cooked and drained (about 8 oz fresh spinach)
  • 6 bacon slices cooked, drained of fat, and chopped
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese shredded, optional

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Use a regular 12-cup muffin pan. Spray the muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, beat eggs until smooth.
  3. Add milk, salt, cheddar cheese and mix.
  4. Stir spinach & cooked bacon into the egg mixture.
  5. Ladle the egg mixture into greased muffin cups ¾ full.
  6. Top each muffin cup with shredded Parmesan cheese (optional).
  7. Bake for 25 minutes. Remove from the oven, let the muffins cool for 30 minutes before removing them from the pan.
  8. Enjoy!
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Merry Christmas to All

A Message from the Co-Presidents of the WAAC

Photo by Brett Sayles on Pexels.com

As 2021 comes to a close, we wanted to take this opportunity to wish each and every one of our members a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.  We hope that you are looking forward to spending the holidays with your friends and family.

Things have been both challenging and exciting for the Centre over these last several months as we have re-opened after our closure due to COVID. We have been able to re-introduce many of our favorite programs, with some additional ones on the slate for the New Year.  Our Administrative Co-ordinator Victoria, is also working on some new program offerings, which were requested in the survey conducted earlier in the year. Please watch for updates after the holidays.

Also after the holidays, you will be hearing more about our new electronic sign in system; My Senior Centre. The Touch Screen technology is easy to use and will help us to stream-line signing in, registration and communication with all of our members. We are hoping to be rolling out the communication and training for you early in the New Year.

We are also working to bring new and existing members into to the Centre.  We will be launching an advertising campaign to spread the word about what we offer. We encourage all of you to act as ambassadors to recruit people to come in for a visit. Our best advertising is word of mouth!

Keeping up with COVID regulations has been a challenge for all of us and with the emergence of the new variant, we must remain vigilant. We have worked diligently to ensure safety protocols are in place and adhered to by all. We will continue to enforce all Public Health guidelines as they are communicated.

Lastly, the Board of Directors of the Centre is a small group of individuals who spend countless hours every month trying to make the Centre a welcoming and inclusive place to visit for the citizens of Wallaceburg and surrounding area. If you see them out and about, please offer your thanks to Paul Cherrey, John Pauwels, Wendy Murro, Janet Feast, Marlene Gielen and Mike Mercier for their dedication.

Sadly, the number of people who are volunteering to help on the Board in recent years has been declining. We are at a critical juncture in maintaining Board viability and have begun discussions on alternative scenarios moving forward. We urge all members to consider letting your name stand for nomination. Please contact Victoria if you would like more information.

Sincerely,

Nancy Bowers-Ivanski and Cris Dawson, Co-Presidents

Photo by Susanne Jutzeler on Pexels.com

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Virtual Tour – Mykonos, Greece

This is a virtual tour around Mykonos Port in Greece. Home of the Windmill Hill and Little Venice, the food on this island is wonderful and the alleyways are traditional Greek island design with flowers and rock pathways all through Mykonos island. Mykonos is also known for its party scene and beaches. Come take a walk with us!

Video via Island Hopper TV

As always, if there is a specific city or site that you want to have a virtual tour of, just let us know and we will do what we can to make it happen!

Humour

Friday Funnies

It’s still fall and the only thing that screams “fall” more than colourful leaves is pumpkins. And, for the last few years, pumpkin spice. Every fall, you see pumpkin spice everything everywhere. And when you start to see too much of something, inevitably, people start to make fun of it. And that goes for us too. So here is our ode to Pumpkin Spice.

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Workout Wednesday – 10 Minute Low Impact Cardio

In this video Meredith guides you through a fun, fat-burning, 10 minute Latin cardio routine!

Low impact cardio is always a great way to build up your cardiovascular system and get your heart rate up to healthy levels. Of course adding fun and exciting music always adds to the the energy as well. In this video we’re combining the enjoyment of Latin rhythms with some of our favorite Latin influenced movements to give your full body a great cardio workout.

This is an intermediate level workout so make sure you only do movements that you are comfortable with and at the pace that works best for you. Always keep water close by and don’t forget to have fun:)

You should always consult your physician or other healthcare provider before changing your diet or starting an exercise program. WAAC is not responsible for any accident or injury that may occur while undertaking these exercises.

Nature

Wonders of Nature

Today’s Wonders of Nature post come to us again from 365 Days of Beauty and feature photographs taken on Thanksgiving Day. The variety of images capture October in Chatham-Kent – from late-blooming flowers, to wooded areas, to fields ready for harvest (I had no idea that that was how brussels sprouts grew!), to our beautiful waters. Enjoy the beauty and wonders of nature around us!

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Workout Wednesdays – Gentle Wall Exercises

Steve Bottrill of the VON is back with another exercise video. In today’s video, he demonstrates fun and easy exercises that utilize the wall. This is a stand up style of exercise that is great for seniors and those with challenges.

Video via Steve Bottrill

You should always consult your physician or other healthcare provider before changing your diet or starting an exercise program. WAAC is not responsible for any accident or injury that may occur while undertaking these exercises.

Crafts

Halloween Decorations – Skeleton Hand Candle Holder

More spooky Halloween decorations? Yes please! Like I said last week, I love Halloween – the creepier, the better. When looking for craft ideas, I came across this on YouTube and had to share it with you. It looks so cool! And the best part is that everything comes from Dollar Tree. The paint they use is from Walmart, but there are Dollar Tree equivalents that you can use just as easily. I will be putting mine right near my front door so that any trick or treaters we have will get to see it too!

Feel Good Friday

Feel Good Fridays – The Injured Goose

Welcome to a new feature on our website – Feel Good Fridays. Every other Friday, we will be posting a heartwarming story that will give you a warm and fuzzy feeling to start your weekend off right!

This week’s video is a wonderful story about an injured Canadian Goose, the rehab facility focused on helping him heal, and an unexpected visitor to the centre.

Video via GeoBeats Animals
Thinking Thursdays, Trivia

Thinking Thursdays – Name that Song #4

We are back with another Name That Song trivia post! How does it work, you ask? We have posted a line or two from popular songs from the fifties onward. Your job is to guess both the song and the artist that the lyrics are from. Some are more difficult than others, but they are all lyrics from well-known songs. How many can you guess correctly?

The answers will be listed below the questions with a picture separating them so you don’t scroll too far. No peeking though!

Don’t forget to leave a comment telling us how you did!

Ready….. Set…. GO!

  1. No, I never felt like this before
    Yes I swear, it’s the truth
    And I owe it all to you
  2. When your heart’s on fire
    You must realize
  3. You could have told me yourself
    That you love someone else
    Instead I
  4. Watch it now, watch it!
    Here it comes, here it comes!
    Watch it now, he’ll get ‘cha
  5. She’s the best girl that I ever had
    Sometimes she’s gonna make me feel so bad
  6. I was defeated, you won the war
    (name of the song)
    Promise to love you forever more
  7. I’m goin’ out tonight, I’m feelin’ alright
    Gonna let it all hang out
  8. Kim’s the first girl I kissed
    I was so nervous that I nearly missed
  9. I got nine lives
    Cat’s eyes
    Abusin’ every one of them and running wild
  10. You spend all your time waiting
    For that second chance
    For a break that would make it okay
  1. I’ve Had the Time of My Life – Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes
  2. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes – The Platters
  3. Heard it Through the Grapevine – Marvin Gaye
  4. Wooly Bully – Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs
  5. Hush – Deep Purple
  6. Waterloo – ABBA
  7. Man, I Feel Like a Woman
  8. Photograph – Nickelback
  9. Back in Black – AC/DC
  10. Arms of the Angel – Sarah McLachlin

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Workout Wednesdays – 10 Minute Low Impact HIIT Workout

Join Schellea for a 10 Minute beginner Low Impact HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) Workout for weight loss! This is a full body standing workout, suitable exercise for beginners and women over 50. Lose weight with this quick 10 minute high intensity, fat loss workout no equipment workout. It’s the perfect at-home, indoor workout!

Video via fabulous50s
Crafts

Crafting Corner – Halloween Decorations

Halloween is one of my favourite holidays of the year. Between the fall leaves, candy, and getting to play dress-up, it’s second only to Christmas in my house. And decorating to make the day (and night!) even more spooky just adds to the fun of the day! The crafting video for this week shows 10 easy ways that you can spookify your home too!

Video via HGTV Handmade

Motivational Mondays

Motivational Mondays

We are changing things up here a bit with out WAAC posting schedule. Our workout posts will be moved to Wednesdays to make room for Motivational Monday, which will usually be an encouraging quote or story that will help inspire you and get your week off to a great start. Our timing is a little off this week, but we expect going forward that our Recipes will go live at 9am and our Motivational Monday posts will be posted at noon. Fridays will always have our A Little Bit of Humour, but we will be alternating our Virtual Tours with feel-good posts that will leave a glow in your heart after a long week. We are sure that making these changes will help to further increase the positivity in ourselves and our wonderful community!

Motivational Thought for the Week

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Overnight Oats

This easy Overnight Oats Recipe is a healthy and delicious breakfast made with gluten-free rolled oats, chia seeds, milk, yogurt, and a touch of vanilla. Learn how to make overnight oats and enjoy topped with fresh fruit and crunchy mix-ins!

Overnight oats are an alternative way of preparing oatmeal.

Rather than cooking raw oats on the stovetop or microwave with boiling water, here you combine rolled oats with cold milk, yogurt (optional), and chia seeds. A much more hands-off cooking technique, the oats, and the chia seeds absorb the liquid from the milk and yogurt as you sleep or go on with your day. Four to six hours later, you have ready-to-eat luscious oats that are creamy, chewy, and delicious.

Ingredients

Makes 2 servings

  • 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup low-fat Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 cup milk (dairy-free milk or cow’s milk)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)

Optional Ingredients

  • Fruit (fresh or frozen)
  • Nuts (slivered almonds, cashews, pistachios, pecans)
  • Seeds (chia seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, hemp seeds, flax seeds)
  • Dried fruit (cranberries, blueberries, raisins)
  • Sweetener (honey, maple syrup, brown sugar)
  • Nut butter (peanut butter, almond butter)
  • Spices (ground cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg)

Directions

  1. Transfer the oats to a large container – Transfer the rolled oats to a large mason jar or container with a secure lid.
  2. Mix the yogurt with the chia seeds – In a separate bowl stir together the yogurt with the chia seeds and mix well to combine. Adding the chia seeds to the yogurt (rather than the milk) prevents them from clumping together.
  3. Mix everything together – Add the milk, vanilla extract, and yogurt with chia seeds to the oats. Mix well.
  4. Refrigerate – Cover with an airtight lid and store in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours to overnight.
  5. Serve – When ready to eat, you can dump the toppings directly into the jar or divide into bowls and add toppings.
  6. Enjoy!

Recipe and image via The Forked Spoon

As always, if you have a favourite recipe that you would like to share, email us at wallaceburgseniorcentre@gmail.com