Stuffing Bites

https://tasty.co/recipe/stuffing-bites

Ingredients

for 8 bites

  • 1 lb breakfast sausage(455 g)
  • ½ cup onion(75 g), diced
  • ¾ cup shredded cheddar cheese(75 g)
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup dried cranberry(65 g), chopped
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon dried rosemary
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 6 oz stuffing mix(170 g), 1 box
  • 1 cup chicken broth(240 mL)

Preparation

  1. Cook sausage in a skillet over medium heat. Add onion after 1-2 minutes and cook until sausage is cooked and onion is tender.
  2. Remove sausage from heat and transfer to a large mixing bowl and let cool.
  3. Add remaining ingredients to the bowl and mix until thoroughly incorporated.
  4. Using a large spoon or ice cream scoop, measure out mixture into 8 evenly sized balls and space them out on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  5. Bake at 350˚F (180˚C) for 20 minutes or until bites are cooked and slightly browned on top.
  6. Enjoy!

Gingerbread Truffles

https://tasty.co/recipe/gingerbread-truffles

Ingredients

for 12 truffles

TRUFFLES

  • ¾ cup double cream(200 mL)
  • 1 ¾ cups chocolate(300 g)
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

GINGERBREAD COATING

  • 1 ½ cups ginger biscuit(150 g)

Preparation

  1. Gently heat the double cream in a saucepan for a few minutes. Turn off heat.
  2. Add the chocolate and allow the heat of the cream to melt it.
  3. Stir in the ginger and cinnamon.
  4. Leave to chill in the fridge for about 3 hours, or until completely set.
  5. Crush the ginger biscuits in a food processor until you form fine crumbs.
  6. Using a spoon, roll the set truffle mixture into little balls and then coat in the ginger biscuit crumbs.
  7. Enjoy!

Fitness Classes

The Wallaceburg Adult Activity Centre is open for Fitness Classes in the New Year!  Join our talented, certified instructors and get moving! Our upcoming sessions run once a week for 4 weeks in January. Pre-registration is required. Classes fill up fast, so contact the Centre today to reserve your spot.

Mondays:

1:00 – 2:00          Chair Yoga with Sandra*

2:30 – 3:30          Functional Strength and Balance with Fran*

Tuesdays:

8:45 – 9:45          Circuit Training with Dianne

Wednesdays:

8:45 – 9:45          Pilates with Dianne

8:45 – 9:45         Chair Yoga with Jeannette*

10:30 – 11:30     Essentrics with Jeannette*

Fridays:

8:45 – 9:45          Pilates with Dianne

Click here for class descriptions.

Cost is $16 for WAAC members, $32 for non-members. All classes must have a minimum of 8 participants each to be held, maximum of 10 due to COVD-19 restrictions.

Call 519-627-6224 or email srcentre@kent.net today!

*This program is being held at Trinity United Church, 750 Wellington St, Wallaceburg

2021 Memberships

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The 2021 year is fast approaching! Remember to renew your membership!

Memberships are still sold for the great low price of $35/year!

Memberships are available for persons aged 45 and older
Memberships entitle a person to:

Take part in activities and programs at a reduced cost
Have a vote at the Annual General Meeting
Be eligible to become a member of the Board of Directors or one of it’s committees
Become involved in meaningful volunteer work

The Best Ever Vegan Mac ‘N’ Cheese

https://tasty.co/recipe/the-best-ever-vegan-mac-n-cheese

Ingredients

for 6 servings

  • 1 cup raw cashews(130 g)
  • warm water, for soaking cashews
  • 1 head garlic
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 3 cups cold water(720 mL)
  • 1 ¼ cups panko breadcrumbs(60 g)
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 3 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 2 tablespoons vegan butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • ¾ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 cups elbow pasta(600 g)

Preparation

  1. Add the cashews to a medium bowl and cover with warm water by 1 inch (2 ½ cm). Soak for 3–4 hours, until the cashews are softened and plump, then drain.
  2. While the cashews are soaking, make the roasted garlic: Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
  3. Cut off the top ½ inch (1 ¼ cm) of the head of garlic and drizzle the exposed cloves with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Replace the top of the head of garlic and wrap tightly in foil. Roast for 35–40 minutes, until the cloves are easily pierced with a fork. Unwrap the garlic and let cool completely. Once cooled, squeeze all of the cloves from their skins.
  4. Add the soaked cashews, roasted garlic cloves, and cold water to a high-powered blender. Blend on high speed until completely smooth. 30–60 seconds. Set aside.
  5. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a 12-inch (30 G) cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. When the oil is shimmering, add the panko, paprika, and 1 teaspoon of salt. Stir with a spatula to coat the bread crumbs in the oil. Toast, stirring frequently, for 3–5 minutes, until the bread crumbs are lightly golden brown. Transfer the bread crumbs to a bowl and set aside. Wipe out the skillet.
  6. In the same skillet, melt together the vegan butter and remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the minced garlic and sauté for 2–3 minutes, until fragrant but not browned. Whisk in the flour, making sure there are no clumps. Cook the roux for 3–4 minutes, whisking continuously, until the flour is golden in color and fragrant.
  7. Add the blended cashew mixture to the skillet and whisk well to combine with the roux. Add the nutritional yeast, apple cider vinegar, turmeric, pepper, and the remaining 2 teaspoons of salt. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer the sauce for 2–3 minutes, until slightly thickened. It should be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon and pool when drizzled, but not so thick that it is gloppy. If the cheese sauce is too thick, add more water, 2 tablespoons at a time, until it reaches the desired consistency.
  8. Add the elbow noodles to the sauce and toss until well coated.
  9. Sprinkle the toasted bread crumbs on top of the pasta in an even layer.
  10. Bake for 15–20 minutes, until the sauce is bubbling around the edges of the skillet and the bread crumbs are deep golden brown.
  11. Garnish with fresh minced parsley and serve.
  12. Enjoy!

2020 Comedy Wildlife Winners

https://www.comedywildlifephoto.com/gallery/comedy-widlife-2020-competition-winners.php

The Overall Winner Is…

Mark Fitzpatrick with their picture Terry The Turtle Flipping The Bird
“I was swimming with this turtle at Lady Elliott Island on the Great Barrier Reef when he flipped me the bird!”
Mark Fitzpatrick also won the Creatures Under The Sea Award with this photo
“The racoon was just waking up and stretching. We have a raccoon in this tree every so often, sometimes for a night and sometimes for a month.”
Charlie Davison won the Alex Walker’s Serian Creatures on the Land Award with their picture Almost Time To Get Up
The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020 Tim Hearn Bideford United Kingdom
Title: Hide and Seek
Description: As this Azure damselfly slowly woke up, he became aware of my presence. I was lined up to take a profile picture of his wings and body, but quite sensibly the damsel reacted to the human with the camera by putting the Marsh grass stem between me and it. I took the shot anyway. It was only later that I realised how characterful it was. And how much the damselfly looks like one of the muppets.
Animal: Azure Damselfly
Location of shot: Devon, UK
The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020 Kranitz Roland Agfalva Hungary
Title: O sole mio
Description: It’s like he was just “singing” to me! 🙂 She had a very nice voice 🙂
Animal: spermophile
Location of shot: Hungary
The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020 Olin Rogers BEND United States
Title: I’ve got you this time!
Description: An African lion cub stalks his brother from atop a termite mound.
Animal: African lion cub
Location of shot: Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
Amazing Internet Portfolio Award – Daisy Gilardini with their picture Deadly Fart
“A brown bear is lifting its leg to smell after a fart… then collapses.”

Highly Commended

“Parrot fish from El Hierro, Canary Islands… among a group of parrot fish I saw this one, with a crooked mouth, looking like it was smiling. I don’t know if it was caused by a fishing hook, or just something hard that it tried to bite. I concentrated on it, and it took me several minutes until I got this frontal shot… and yes, it made my day!”
Photo by Arthur Telle Thiemenn named Smiley
“I was came across a foxes den while I was traveling, looking for some nature, in the nearby fields. I spent an entire magical morning with 4 cute fox cubs. At some point I noticed that one of the cubs start sniffing around, and a seconds after, he pulled this shrew (which he probably hid there earlier) out of the sand and started playing with it. after a while, the fox cub stood on the stone and threw the shrew in the air .. the shrew landed in such a way that it seemed as if they were having a conversation, and he is asking the fox “Please don’t kill me” It’s actually reminded me of a Scene from “The Gruffalo” story…”
Ayala Fishaimer with Tough Negotiations
The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020 Krisztina Scheeff Escondido United States
Title: Seriously, would you share some?
Description: Atlantic Puffins are amazing flyers and their fishing talents are – well – as you see some do better than others! I just love the second Puffin’s look – can I just have one please?
Animal: Atlantic Puffin
Location of shot: Scotland, UK
The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020 Luis Burgueño Trelew Argentina
Title: I had to stay late at work
Description: South sea elephant in patagonia (Isla Escondida) They adopt very curious gestures!
Animal: South sea elephant (Mirounga)
Location of shot: Isla Escondida, Chubut. Patagonia Argentina
The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020 Megan Lorenz Etobicoke Canada
Title: Monkey Business
Description: While on a trip to Borneo, I had many opportunities to watch monkeys interacting with each other. These Pig-Tailed Macaques showed me a bit more than I bargained for! Don’t blame me…I just take the photos, I can’t control the wildlife! So many titles came to mind for this photo but I went with the safe “family-friendly” option and called it “Monkey Business”.
Animal: Pig-Tailed Macaques
Location of shot: Kinabatangan River in Borneo, Malaysia
The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020 Petr Sochman Brussels Belgium
Title: Social distance, please!
Description: This photo from January 2020 is the beginning of a scene which lasted approximately one minute and in which each of the birds used a foot to clean the partner’s beak. While the whole scene was very informative, this first photo with the male already holding his foot high in the air was just asking to be taken out of the context… Processing: cropping, global adjustments (noise reduction, exposure, saturation, contrast, sharpening), local adjustments (vignette)
Animal: Rose-ringed parakeet
Location of shot: Kaudulla national park, Sri Lanka
The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020 Sally Lloyd-Jones Bodmin United Kingdom
Title: It’s A Mocking Bird!
Description: I was hoping a Kingfisher would land on the “No Fishing” sign but I was over the moon when it landed for several seconds with a fish. It then flew off with it’s catch. It appeared to be mocking the person who erected the sign!
Animal: A Kingfisher
Location of shot: Near Kirkcudbright
The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020 Sue Hollis Summerland Point Australia
Title: Sun Salutation Class
Description: We were surprised to see that Sea Lions actively practice Yoga. Guess they need to get their Zen as well.
Animal: Sea Lion
Location of shot: Galapagos Islands
The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020 Thomas Vijayan Ontario Canada
Title: Fun For All Ages
Description: Shooting the most common is the most challenging thing. Langurs are very common but waiting for a right movement is very challenging and needs lots of patience. Photography is not about quantity I consider it more of a quality and a story telling frame which can put a smile in someone’s heart. In 2014 I had made 15 trips to India in search of a perfect frame out of these trips, in one of the trip I could only get this frame and I am more than happy with this picture – A playful monkey with its family is a special frame for me. Animal: Langur
Location of shot: Kabini, India
The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020 Yevhen Samuchenko Odessa Ukraine
Title: The race
Description: My friends and I walked in the center of the small town of Hampi in India. There was a bicycle parking nearby. Suddenly a flock of langurs jumped on these bicycles and began to frolic. We were afraid to frighten them away, I started taking pictures from afar, but then we came very close to them and the langurs continued to play with bicycles
Animal: Langur
Location of shot: India

Update from WAAC Board of Directors

WAAC Board of Directors regretfully announces that Danielle Demeray will be leaving her position as WAAC Administrative Coordinator effective Dec 4/20.  Danielle will be exploring new opportunities.  On behalf of the membership, WAAC Board of Directors extends our best wishes to Danielle in her new endeavors.  

At this time, the WAAC Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Victoria Stewart will be coming on board as WAAC’s new Administrative Coordinator.  Please join us in welcoming Victoria.  She can be reached at the Centre office at 519-627-6224 or through the Centre email srcentre@kent.net.  

WAAC Board of Directors

Holiday Hours

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Please be advised that the Centre will be closed on the following dates for the holidays:

Thursday, December 24, 2020
Friday, December 25, 2020
and
Friday, January 1, 2020

Wishing you peace, love, and joy this holiday season and throughout 2021.

Best wishes from the Wallaceburg Adult Activity Centre!

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Join the Christmas Bird Count

https://www.audubon.org/news/118th-christmas-bird-count-canada-summary

With this crazy year we’ve had, the WAAC wanted to make sure our members knew of an option to get them out of the house and engaged with this fun activity!

Started in 1900, the Christmas Bird Count is North America’s longest-running Citizen Science project. Counts happen in over 2000 localities throughout the Western Hemisphere.

The information collected by thousands of volunteer participants forms one of the world’s largest sets of wildlife survey data. The results are used daily by conservation biologists and naturalists to assess the population trends and distribution of birds.

Each Christmas Bird Count is conducted on a single day between December 14 and January 5. Counts are carried out within a 24-km diameter circle that stays the same from year to year. They are organized, usually as group efforts, at the local level, often by a birding club or naturalist organization.

121st Christmas Bird Count will be conducted between the dates of Monday, December 14, 2020 through Tuesday, January 5, 2021.

Click https://www.birdscanada.org/bird-science/christmas-bird-count/ for more information and to find a bird count happening near by!

The Wallaceburg Bird Count will be held on December 27, 2020. Contact Steve at 519-784-1135 to get involved!

Mini Session Update

The following classes still have spots available for Registration:

  • Chair Yoga with Sandra Maltby-Mills on Mondays from 1:00-2:00 p.m. at Trinity United Church
  • Functional Strength & Balance with Fran Betts on Mondays from 2:30-3:30 p.m. at Trinity United Church
  • Circuit with Dianne Matak on Tuesdays from 8:45-9:45 a.m. at the Centre
  • Chair Yoga with Sandra Maltby-Mills on Wednesdays from 1:00-2:00 p.m. at Trinity United Church

Registration has now opened up for non-members as well. Please contact the Centre for further information 519-627-6224 or srcentre@kent.net