Serving Up Sweetness

Elizabeth Andrew once said that “volunteers do not necessarily have the time…they have the heart.”  With that being said I wanted to shine light on one of our many volunteers that brighten our days at Great Oaks Management.  Ellen Dewberry has been volunteering at the Gardens of Eufaula since 2010.  She brightens the days of our residents and shares the word with Bible Study on Wednesday afternoons.  Mrs. Dewberry is one of our shining stars!  In honor of her sweetness we are going to share her delicious recipe for Turtle Cake!  Thank you Ellen Dewberry for your kindness and your servant’s heart.  We at Great Oaks Management love our volunteers who are always being willing to share!

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Turtle Cake

¾ cup butter

½ cup canned milk (use small can)

1 (1lb) bag caramels

1 cup chocolate chips

1 German chocolate cake mix

 

Mix cake mix according to package directions.  In 9 X 13 inch pan that has been greased and floured, pour ½ batter.  Bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees.  While this is baking unwrap caramels.  Put in bowl and add the butter and milk.  Microwave one to two minutes until melted.  When cake is done, pour mixture over cake.  Sprinkle chocolate chips on top of that.  Pour rest of batter over this and bake for 20 more minutes.

Recipe Courtesy Ellen Dewberry

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Heart Disease: It’s Not Just A Man’s Disease

Heart Disease affects more men than women, right?  Wrong, heart disease is the # 1 killer of both men and women.  In fact, 1 in 3 women die from heart disease I the US every year.  That’s roughly one death per minute.

As a woman, it is important to know the risk factors that increase a woman’s chances of having heart disease.  Those risk factors are:

  • Family History of heart disease
  • Smoking
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • High Cholesterol
  • Obesity
  • High blood sugar levels

Okay, we can’t change our family history, but we can work to reduce our risk in all the other areas.  If you smoke, talk to you physician about ways to quit.  Have your blood pressure checked.  If it’s high, ask your physician for ways to get it down.  When you go for your annual physical, pay attention to your cholesterol and blood sugar levels.  Ask your MD what your Body Mass Index (BMI) is and if it is in a safe range.

While we don’t like to think about heart disease, this is one problem that we can actually do something about.  Don’t put it off, check your risk factors today.

Celebrate National Wear Red Day this Friday, February 5th 2016!  “National Wear Red Day® — the first Friday each February — is our special day to bring attention to this staggering fact. We encourage everyone to wear red, raise their voices, know their cardiovascular risk and take action to live longer, healthier lives.”
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