Easy DIY Spring Wreath

Follow Jennifer of Jennifer Decorates as she shows you how to make this beautiful spring wreath. Hang it on your front door to help welcome spring to your neighbourhood or hang it on a wall inside your home where you can see it more!

Video via Jennifer Decorates

If you try your hand at this project or any other crafts we have posted, share a picture with us! We would love to see what you have created!

15 Minute Everyday Workout with Meredith

In this exercise video, Meredith is guiding you through a great workout routine that you can do everyday or days when you’re short on time and are looking to get a quick session in.

This workout is aimed towards our beginner level but don’t let that fool you! This is a great routine for anyone and will get you body warmed up, loosened up and feeling great! This exercise video includes low impact cardio moves along with great balance work and ends with core/abs work along with some great stretching to finish off strong.

As always, only do movements that you feel comfortable and never force anything that causes you pain of discomfort. Remember to take breaks when you need to and keep your water close by.

Video via Senior Fitness With Meredith

You should always consult your physician or other healthcare provider before changing your diet or starting an exercise program.

Slow Cooker Apricot Chicken

Ingredients

Slow cooker apricot chicken is an easy recipe using chicken thighs and dried apricots for a delicious dinner with big, fresh flavor and an intoxicating aroma – your house will smell amazing! Serve it over rice, couscous, or quinoa and drizzle some of the leftover juices on. Your taste buds will thank you!

  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 cup sliced onion
  • 1 cup dried apricots, halved if desired

Directions

  1. Heat olive oil over medium-high heat in a large saute pan.
  2. Season chicken thighs with salt and pepper. Add to pan and cook for 5-6 minutes, until browned, turning once.
  3. Combine chicken broth, lemon zest and juice, mustard, garlic and thyme in slow cooker and whisk to combine. (Or you can stir it all together in a small bowl and add to your slow cooker.)
  4. Add onions, apricots and seared chicken thighs to the slow cooker.
  5. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours.
  6. Serve chicken thighs and plenty of sauce over brown rice or whole wheat couscous.

Recipe and image via Family Food on the Table. You can also follow the link for a video!

Virtual Tour – Rome

They say that in ancient times, all roads lead to Rome. As one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, the saying still holds true. Follow along as this tour takes you through a city that has been around for 2800 years. Follow the path beside the Tiber River or along the Ancient Roads and enjoy glimpses of some of the most famous sites in the world, like the Palazzo di Guistizia, Castel Sant-Angelo, and the Coliseum.

This video from Treadmill TV is designed specifically for viewers to watch while walking on their treadmills at home. If you have a treadmill, hop on and watch this beautiful tour of Rome. No treadmill? No problem! You can still enjoy this beautiful, ancient city from your couch or computer chair!

Video via Treadmill 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!

A Little Bit of Humour – Teachers Edition

Teachers do some of the most important work in our society. They prepare the next generation to take the reins of society. They make and shape our future. They aren’t superheroes, but regular people, just like you and me. Which also means they have a sense of humour just like us. So today we are going to glimpse at the funny side of teachers.

An art teacher, a math teacher, and a science teacher are all arguing over which one of them is the smartest.
The art teacher shows the others a giant clay sculpture of a dog he made. “This thing took me nearly a month to make.” He said. “Clearly this proves that I’m the smartest.”
The math teacher just laughs at him. “That’s nothing” she says. She then pulls out a huge 1,000 question math test which she took, and the score shows that she got them all right. “It took me two months to do this, and I got them all right on the first try!!”
“Oh you make me laugh” the science teacher says. He then pulls out a robot that he built which can do laundry, walk the dog, and shoot lasers out of its eyes. “Took me three months to build this beauty, watch and weep…”
Then the gym teacher comes laughing at all three of them. “You’re all idiots” He says. “Clearly I’m the smartest of you guys.”
“Oh yeah? Why’s that?” The science teacher asks.
“Because I didn’t have to do any of that, and I still get paid the same as you!”

Gentle Tai Chi and Qi Gong Routine

This gentle exercise video combines Tai Chi and Qi Gong with a variety of adaptations to help make the routine safe and comfortable for you. Developed by the therapists in Toronto Rehab’s LEAP Service (Living Engaged and Actively with Pain), this routine is great for starting a gentle exercise program at home.

Video via Cara Kircher

You should always consult your physician or other healthcare provider before changing your diet or starting an exercise program.

Copycat Shamrock Shake

St. Patrick’s Day is in just a couple of days, so today’s recipe is for a seasonal fast food favourite that you can make at home. That’s right, McDonald’s Shamrock Shake in your own kitchen! This super-yummy shake is a much-anticipated start to spring for many people, and now you can make it too! Don’t forget to come back to this recipe in the heat of summer for a nice cooling treat to beat the heat. These shakes are ultra creamy, and so full of minty vanilla flavour. 

Ingredients

1 serving

  • 1 cups vanilla ice cream (1.5 quart container)
  • 1/4 cups whole milk
  • 1/8 tsp pure mint extract (you want mint – not peppermint)
  • Green food coloring (approximately 10-15 drops of liquid food coloring)
  • Whipped cream – for serving
  • Green sanding or sparkling sugar – for serving
  • Maraschino cherries – for serving

Directions

  1. Add ice cream, milk, mint extract and food coloring to large blender.
  2. Blend until smooth. Pour into serving glasses.
  3. Top with whipped cream, green sugar and a cherry, if desired.

Recipe and image via The Chunky Chef

Virtual Tour – The Best of Ireland

St. Patrick’s Day is only 5 days away, so where else would we go for today’s virtual tour than the Emerald Isle? Join Tyler of TylerTravelsTV as he highlights some of the best places to visit in Ireland. You’ll see some of the “do-not-miss” attractions and sights in the southern half of Ireland. Treat yourself to an Irish Pale Ale while you drink in the sites and culture of this beautiful country.

Video via – TylerTravelsTV –

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!

A Little Bit of Humour – St. Patrick’s Day Edition

St. Patrick’s Day is only a few days away. You know what that means! That’s right! That means today’s A Little Bit of Humour is all about everything you associate with St. Patrick’s Day – Ireland, drinking, leprechauns, pots of gold, even the saint himself! The one thing about this day I will never understand though: how did a religious holiday turn into a day-long drinking festival?

Two men were sitting next to each other at Murphy’s Pub in London. After a while, one man says to the other “I can’t help but think, from listening to you, that you’re from Ireland.”
The other drunken man responds proudly “Yes, that I am!”
The first one says “So am I! And where abouts from Ireland might you be?”
The other answers “I’m from Dublin, I am.”
The first responds “So am I!”
“Mother Mary and begorah! And what street did you live on in Dublin?” asked the second.
The first man answers “A lovely little area it was. I lived on McCleary Street in the old central part of town.”
“Faith and it’s a small world. So did I! And what grade school did you go to?”
“Well now, I went to St. Mary’s, of course.”
The first drunk is now very excited. “And so did I. Tell me, what year did you graduate?”
The second thinks for a minute. “I graduated in 1964.”
The first one exclaims “The Good Lord must be smiling down upon us! I can hardly believe our good luck at winding up in the same place tonight. Can you believe it; I graduated from St. Mary’s in 1964 my own self!”
About this time another patron walks up to the bar, sits down and orders a drink.
As he serves the new patron, the barman mutters under his breath “It’s going to be a long night tonight.”
“Why do you say that?” the regular asks.
To which the barman replies “The Murphy twins are drunk again.”

Seated HIIT Workout with Meredith

In this exercise video Meredith will be guiding you through a great seated HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) style routine using optional weights for resistance. HIIT workouts are a great way to build up both your cardiovascular system and muscle strength. It combines the best of both worlds into a shorter, yet more intense workout that has great benefits when it comes to heart health.

Usually, HIIT style workouts consist of  “Time On” and “Time Off” periods where you work for a certain period and then rest for the other using a timer. This gets your heart rate up and keeps your body engaged. For this routine Meredith is also using a timer and will lead you through each movement which you can also use weights as options. For this routine since it is an “At Home” workout we will be using water bottles for weights.

This is an intermediate level workout so remember to only do movements that are comfortable for you and never force any movements that may cause you pain or discomfort. Always keep water close by and have a great workout!

Video via Senior Fitness With Meredith

You should always consult your physician or other healthcare provider before changing your diet or starting an exercise program.

Dijon Baked Salmon

This salmon recipe is so incredibly easy and it’s bursting with flavor. Just coat a large salmon fillet with the Dijon mix and bake it for 18-20 minutes. You can easily make this recipe with 4-6 individual salmon fillets, rather than one large fillet. The end result is a healthy baked salmon recipe that’s super moist, light and flaky. It’s also paleo, low-carb, keto and Whole30 friendly. You can even prepare this in advance by making a larger batch and freeze it. Just pull it out when you need it. You will be adding this to your favourite dinners list for sure! Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs salmon, King, Sockeye or Coho salmon
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • salt and pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix together the mustard, parsley, lemon juice, oil, and garlic in a small bowl.
  2. Place the salmon on a parchment lined baking tray and generously coat the top of the salmon with the herbed mustard mix.
  3. Bake the salmon for 18-20 minutes (depending on size and thickness), then slice it into individual portions and serve immediately.
  4. Serve with your favourite sides.
Video via Downshiftology

Full recipe at Downshiftology

Virtual Tour – Tour Inside The Great Pyramid

One of the best-known historical sites in the world, the Great Pyramid at the Giza Plateau in Egypt is the only one of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World to survive to modern day. The largest of 3 pyramids, the Great Pyramid was built as a tomb for the Pharaoh Khufu over 20 years, ending around 2560 BC. Reaching 481ft, it was the tallest manmade structure in the world for nearly 4,000 years. Follow the Ancient Presence team inside!

Video via Ancient Presence

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!

A Little Bit of Humour – Gym Edition

The Centre is back open and with it, so is our fitness rooms and exercise classes. We are all anxious to get up and get moving after another long lockdown, so lots of people are heading to the gym. And with the weather improving (at least in theory – weather in March is so unpredictable!) even more are incorporating outdoor activities as part of their fitness routine. So why not make today’s Little Bit of Humour be about workouts? Hopefully a little chuckle will help get you through your next workout session.

Fitness That Way
I was looking for a gym one day, and I saw a sign saying “Fitness That Way” with an arrow pointing down the hallway.
“This seems promising,” I thought. I had wanted to get more of a workout. So I went down the hall.
At the end, there was another sign, this time directing me up a flight of stairs.
I went up the stairs where another sign directed me down a hall.
Then another, this time up two flights of stairs. At the top, more signs.
Now I was really curious and, being stubborn, I walked through two more halls.
Still following the signs, I walked down three stairs, out of the building, around the building, then back inside.
Still more signs! I was thinking of giving up, that I would never get to fitness.
But, like I said, I’m stubborn. So I kept following the signs. Up ten more flights, through five more hallways, down eleven flights, and up one more.
Finally, another sign. The last sign. It read “End of Fitness”
Someone please scrape me up off the floor.

5 St. Patrick’s Day Crafts

I have always looked at St. Patrick’s Day as a time to start looking for spring. Winter is almost over and you know the crocuses and tulips will start peeking up soon. And what better way to prepare for St. Patrick’s Day than with a little decoration? Debbi walks you through making 5 different crafts with items found at the local dollar store. Make just one, or all five. Use them all together like she does or scatter the holiday around your home!

Video via Make It Mama

Coordination Exercise with Steve Bottrill

Steve Bottrill is back with this awesome seated exercise. It’s a great workout that focuses on your coordination through using 2 opposing moves that work not just your body, but your mind too!

Intimidated by the thought of opposing moves? Don’t be! We use opposite movement all the time. Think of how you swim. One arm moving forward into the water, the other circling backwards at the same time before it moves forward for the next stroke. Steve applies opposing body mechanics principles into a great routine that you can do in under 20 minutes to help improve your coordination.

Video via Steve Bottrill

You should always consult your physician or other healthcare provider before changing your diet or starting an exercise program.

Breakfast Pizza Boats

Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day. It’s not unusual for me to have breakfast for dinner just to get more breakfast! Whether you make this as a breakfast-for-dinner meal or actual breakfast, these are quick, easy, delicious, and customizable! To customize, add in spinach, mushrooms, peppers, bacon, or whatever you wish at Step 9. You can also add more than 1 egg to the boat, just make sure to give them a bit of space.

Ingredients

for 3 pizza boats

  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese(100 g)
  • 1 cup feta cheese(115 g), crumbled
  • 1 lb pizza dough(450 g), divided into 3 portions
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • eggs

Egg Wash

  • 3 eggs

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 425˚F (220˚C).
  2. In a small mixing bowl combine the mozzarella and feta and set aside.
  3. On a large floured surface, roll out the pizza dough to an oval roughly 10 inches (25 cm) in length.
  4. Transfer the dough to a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
  5. Cover surface of dough with olive oil and spoon on cheese mixture leaving a 1 inch (2 cm) margin around the outside of the dough.
  6. Fold in the 1 inch (2 cm) margin creating a crust around the cheese.
  7. Brush the crust with egg wash.
  8. Bake for 10 minutes.
  9. Remove the baking sheet from oven and with a knife spread out some of the melted cheese in the center of the pizza boat and crack an egg into it.
  10. Turn down heat to 400˚F (200˚C).
  11. Bake for an additional 6-8 minutes.
  12. Enjoy!

Recipe and image via Tasty. Follow the link for a quick instructional video too!

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