Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month

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June is “Fresh Fruits and Veggies Month”, so to celebrate, here are several recipes that will help put you and the kids in a festive fruit and veggie mood!

popsicle3Fresh Fruit & Lemonade Popsicles

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• 2 cups lemonade, homemade or store bought
• variety of fresh fruits (for the ones pictured, kiwi slices, sliced strawberries, and blueberries were used.)
• Popsicle molds
Place your combination of fruit into each popsicle mold. Pour lemonade into each mold, covering fruit and leaving 1/4 inch space at the top. Freeze for at least 5 hours, or better yet, overnight. Run warm water over mold to loosen before eating. Yields 6 popsicles. Enjoy!

 

Fresh Fruit-infused Water

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Ingredients:
• 1 large plastic or glass pitcher
• 1 gallon filtered water
• 2 cups chopped fresh fruit (add a variety of chopped fresh fruits such as nectarines, apples, berries, citrus, melon, kiwi, grapes or pineapple)
• Fresh herbs such as rosemary or fresh mint
Directions:
1. Add the gallon of filtered water to the pitcher. Add the fresh fruit and herbs and mix well.
2. Allow the water to chill several hours to help the flavors blend.
Tip: This is great to keep on hand and sip throughout your day especially when you want something with flavor. Serves 8

German Cucumber Salad

cucumber saladPrep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 60 minutes
Ingredients:
• 1 cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced
• 1 small red onion, peeled and thinly sliced
• 1/2 tsp. salt
• 1 T white wine vinegar
• 4 oz. sour cream
• 1 tsp. sugar
• Fresh ground black pepper
• 2 T chopped fresh dill, or to taste

Directions:
Place the sliced cucumbers and onions in a large bowl. Set aside.
In a small bowl, whisk together all dressing ingredients. Pour over salad mixture and toss to coat well. Chill at least 45 minutes before serving. Serves 4.

Volunteering During the Holiday Season

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Home Office Christmas Caroling

By Peggy                                          Western Fraternal Life Association was founded on the principles of mutual aid, to associate its members and enable them to support each other and their communities.  In this spirit, the Home Office staff had a busy week this week volunteering in the community.  Below are three activities that we participated in. 

 

Christmas Caroling

Our annual Christmas caroling at Manor Care happened Tuesday, December 17th at 2:45pm.  Many Home Office staff wore Santa hats and sang Christmas carols with joy!  The residents really enjoy our visits, especially when we bring Santa along!  Staff members also walked the halls, singing carols. What a nice tradition of bringing Christmas joy to people in our community!

Food Basket

In the spirit of Christmas, the Home Office collected food items for a family of 5.  All items were donated by today, December 20th with the goal of delivering the food basket to the family on December 21st. What a blessing to be able to provide a family with food for the holidays!

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Book Wrapping

The Title 1 program at Grant School held their annual book wrapping event today, December 20th at 10am. Grant School provides a free book to each of their 400 students. WFLA provides the wrapping paper, bookmarks and volunteers!  The students love the care and attention we provide their books! Many of the children say they are giving the gifts to their siblings. What a joy it is to see their appreciative faces!

Not only does the Home Office staff donate their time, talents, and resources to these activities hosted by the home office, many also actively participate in their lodges. This year, they have done ringing the bell for the Salvation Army, adopting needy families for the holidays, doing free gift wrapping at a store, helping out at Big Brother Big Sister events, etc.

 This time of year is meant for giving, a time when people remember the importance of giving back to the community and volunteering to help those in need. WFLA takes pride in not only the services it provides throughout the year but also the additional volunteering it does during the holiday season. 

 From our family to yours – have a very Merry Christmas and prosperous New Year!