Tea Party Treat

Across the state at our communities we are making time for tea to celebrate!  We are planning these tea parties to toast our excellent communities and the residents, staff and families that make them so special.  In honor of this Tea Time, this week the blog will feature a recipe that is a must for your party menu.  Many thanks to Donna Burch the daughter of our resident Opal Newsome for sharing this delicious recipe with us.

STRAWBERRY PRETZEL SALAD

2 C. pretzels, coarsely crushed                       ¾ c. melted butter or margarine

3 T. sugar (for crust)                                       1 (6-oz.) pkg. strawberry Jello

1 c. sugar                                                        2 (10-oz.) pkgs. Frozen strawberries

1 c. boiling water

1 (8-oz.) ctn. Cool Whip

1 (8-oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened

 

Mix crushed pretzels, butter and sugar; press into bottom of a 9X13-inch pan.  Bake at 400 degrees for 8 minutes.  Cool completely.  In another bowl beat cream cheese and sugar until well blended.  Stir in carton of Cool Whip.  Then spread onto cooled crust.  Dissolve Jello in 1 cup of bowling water.  Then stir in strawberries and let stand 10 minutes.  Pour this mixture on top of cream cheese mixture in pan.  Chill in refrigerator.  Makes about 12 servings.

Opal and family

Pictured are Mr. Charles Burch, our resident, Mrs. Opal Newsome and her daughter Mrs. Donna Burch

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Coffee or Tea? Which Has the Best Health Benefits?

Put down that coffee mug and grab your tea cup.  Tea is officially “good for you” in that it is loaded with antioxidants and phytochemicals which benefit your health in lots of ways.  Real Tea is made from a particular plant (Camellia sinensis) and only comes in four varieties black, white, green and oolong.  Anything else like “herbal tea” is an infusion of other plants and technically not Tea.

Below are some ways that Tea can benefit our health:

  • Tea can boost exercise endurance, helping us keep those New Year’s resolutions to exercise more.
  • Some research studies have indicated that Tea can help protect against cardiovascular disease or heart attack.
  • The antioxidant properties of Tea can help fight various cancers according to some research.
  • Tea helps keep us hydrated.
  • Green Tea can help our bodies’ better process sugars.
  • Green Tea has been shown to improve bone density and strength.

So get out those tea pots and brew some tea.  While you are at it, try several different varieties to see which ones you like best.  Who knew drinking Tea could be good for you!