Celebrating Labor Day with the Elderly
Labor Day this year is Monday, September 5th. It is a time to celebrate the contributions workers have made to the “strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country”. Labor Day is also known as the unofficial end to summer. Earlier this summer we shared several outdoor and indoor activities for the elderly during the summer months. The summer may be ending, but this doesn’t mean the fun has to stop.
End the summer right and celebrate #LaborDay with the elderly properly!
Have a Cook Out or Picnic
What better way to celebrate than gathering with family and friends. Below are a few sure fire Labor Day recipes– an added bonus: they’re good for you too!
Arts & Crafts
Spend the holiday weekend expressing creativity. Arts and crafts are a great way to get your mind off things. You can incorporate a patriotic theme or get ready for Fall with an Autumn inspiration.
Check and see what is happening in your own neighborhood. If you live in the Orange County, here are a few Labor Day Weekend activities: Celebrate Labor Day in Orange County.
HEALTHY #LaborDay RECIPES
6 Roma Tomatoes chopped
½ cup Sun-dried Tomatoes packed in oil
3 cloves minced Garlic
¼ cup Olive Oil
2 tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
½ teaspoon Salt & Pepper
1 cup Feta cheese (Blue cheese or Gorgonzola can also be substituted)
1 French Bread Baguette
Preheat oven to broil
In a large bowl, combine the tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, salt & pepper. Allow the mixture to sit for 10 minutes.
As you wait, slice the baguette into ¾ inch slices. Arrange on a baking sheet in a single layer. Broil slightly for 1-2 minutes or until lightly brown
Divide the tomato mixture evenly on slices of bread
Top Bruschetta with cheese and broil an additional 2-4 minutes or until cheese is slightly brown
Finish with a drizzle of Balsamic Vinegar
Grilling & BBQ // American Honey Grilled Shrimp
½ teaspoon Garlic powder
¼ tablespoon black pepper
2 tablespoons Italian style dressing
5 dashes of Worcestershire sauce
Squeeze of Lemon
1 lb Shrimp (peeled & deveined)
¼ cup Honey
¼ cup Melted Butter
Skewers for the grill
In a large bowl, mix garlic, pepper, Worcestershire sauce & Italian salad dressing; add shrimp, and toss to coat. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
Preheat the grill for high heat
Place shrimp on skewers (thread near the head and once through the tail) / Discard extra marinade.
In a small bowl, whisk honey, melted butter and a few dashes of Worcestershire sauce. Set aside for basting.
Cook shrimp for 2-3 minutes each side (or until opaque) on a lightly oiled grill.
Finish with a drizzle of the honey-butter sauce or serve sauce on the side for dipping
½ cup Low-fat Plain Yogurt
¼ cup Fat Free Cream Cheese
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon honey
2 large round slices of watermelon (about 1 inch thick / slices from the center work best)
Halved Blackberries (or Blueberries or combination of both will work)
Mix yogurt, cream cheese, vanilla, and honey generously
Spread an even layer of mixture over watermelon slices
Cut into 8 slices like a pizza
Top with strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, etc.
Summer may be ending, but the fun doesn’t have to end! The best thing about #CaliforniaLiving is beautiful weather year-round.
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