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Tired Of The Same Old Holiday Foods? Give Your Favorites A Facelift!

Every family differs when it comes to holiday dinner traditions. But discover the happy medium between the traditional dishes and the not so customary holiday meals with three quick and convenient recipe twists from MediLodge of Hillman. First, start with a can of shrimp, a little garlic and some dried dill weed and transform your regular mashed potatoes into a delectable seafood side dish. Next, substitute your traditional green-bean casserole with a quick Easy Cheesy Herbed Creamed Spinach dish. Combine a few cans of spinach with a little garlic-and-herb cheese and you’ve created a simple side, packed with flavor and nutrition. Finally, finish the meal with a new twist on an old holiday standby. Try “zesting up” great-grandma’s fruitcake recipe. Don’t forget that the holidays are about spending time with family. While you want your meals to look and taste fantastic, you needn’t spend a lot of time in the kitchen. So try these simple, yet tasty twists on your old classics and your crowd is sure to ask for seconds!

Walnut Coconut Cream Holiday Fruitcake

1 cup candied cherries, halved

1 (4 ounce) container candied pineapple slices,

          cut into thin (about 1/8-inch) wedges

1 cup golden raisins

2 tablespoons brandyfruitcake

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

2/3 cup butter, at room temperature

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 large eggs, separated

1 1/2 teaspoons grated lemon rind

1 cup sweetened cream of coconut (canned)

2 cups coarsely broken walnuts

In large bowl stir together cherries, pineapple slices, raisins and brandy; let stand an hour or longer. In small bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg. In a large bowl, cream butter, sugar and vanilla extract; Beat in egg yolks until blended. Stir in lemon rind. Add 1/3 of flour mixture and ½ of coconut cream and stir until smooth. Repeat stir remaining flour until smooth. Beat egg whites until stiff; fold in to batter. Pour over fruit mixture then stir in walnuts. Spoon into well buttered pans and spread to smooth. Set a shallow pan of hot water on lowest oven rack or floor of oven. Bake at 300°F on rack below center of oven until cake tester inserted into center comes out clean – 2 to 2 ½ hours for 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 2 1/2 inch pan, or 1 1/2 to 2 hours for small pans. Cool on racks. Wrap in foil or plastic wrap. Store in refrigerator. This fruitcake slices beautifully, and tastes good when cold. Makes 2 large loaves or 5 small loaves.


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A summer pig-roast is one of many lovely activities involving lodgers, staff and the community.


Holiday Super Foods

For those on a calorie budget, the holiday season can seem like a dietary minefield. Cookie platters, office parties, holiday buffets. How do we survive without going up a size? MediLodge of Milford suggests we trade-in fattening, empty-calorie treats for holiday super foods. These traditional seasonal offerings are low in calories and packed with nutrients. Most holiday super foods are also high in fiber to fill you up, making it easier to resist temptation. potatoes

This holiday super food has a beta-carotene content that is off-the-charts – providing 377 percent of your daily vitamin A needs per 103-calorie serving. In addition to promoting eye health, some research shows beta-carotene may help prevent cancer both by neutralizing free radicals and by promoting communication between cells.

Brussel sprouts

A top source of glucosinolates. These “indirect” antioxidants activate the body’s own natural detoxification systems. Brussel sprouts also contain other phytonutrients like indole-3-carbinol, which helps protect against breast cancer. Containing just 36 calories, one serving of four brussels sprouts provides 100 percent of your daily vitamin C. This promotes skin cell turnover and collagen formation, helping to enhance your “holiday glow.”


At just 44 calories per cup, cranberries are high in fiber and help lower levels of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and may even help boost levels of HDL (“good”) cholesterol. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, cranberries rank sixth in total antioxidant capacity (the amount of antioxidants in a serving) out of more than 100 commonly consumed foods. They also supply procyanidin, a phytonutrient that protects against urinary tract infections.

Baked apples

Three different varieties of apples – Red Delicious, Granny Smith and Gala – made it into the top 20 of the USDA’s antioxidant capacity ranking. In fact, apples provide the main supply of polyphenols – powerful antioxidants that may help inhibit cancer cell proliferation and prevent the oxidation of LDL cholesterol – in the American diet. Fiber content also contributes to apples’ cholesterol-lowering effect. One medium apple contains 80 calories.


pumpkIn addition to serving as an excellent Source of eye-healthy vitamin A, pumpkin also serves as a top source of alphacarotene, an antioxidant linked to lower lung cancer risk in several studies. Beta-cryptoxanthin, another pumpkin carotenoid, was also found to have potentially protective benefits against lung cancer in a recent research review by the Harvard School of Public Health. One cup of pumpkin, sliced into cubes, contains 30 calories.


Though usually overshadowed by nut headliners like almonds and walnuts, pecans actually come out on top in terms of antioxidant activity. Like other nuts, pecans contain healthy mono- and polyunsaturated fats, which may contribute to their heart health benefits. But pecans are unique in their high amounts of naturally occurring gamma tocopherol – a unique form of vitamin E that may promote prostate and intestinal health. But don’t go overboard. Pecans, like all nuts, are high in calories, containing 196 calories per ounce.

During meal preparation, don’t negate the health benefits of super foods by drowning them in butter. You can cut fat content by partially substituting with applesauce or pureed plums. Put a brake on the gravy train by letting fat congeal in the fridge, skimming it off then reheating the rest before serving. You can also turn stuffing into a health food by adding extra onions (a top source of an anti-Alzheimer’s antioxidant called quercetin), carrots, beans, wild rice or dried fruit.


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MediLodge of Milford

Taking Control of Holiday Stress

holidayThis season requires a lot of work to pull off the perfect holiday. It is because of this pressure that people find themselves in front of tons of demands – work, shopping, party planning, cooking, cleaning, caring for elderly parents or children on break. Well, the worrying ends here. MediLodge of Richmond has compiled a list to help you cope and take control of holiday stress. Here are ten tips you can try to rid yourself of holiday stress:

1. Acknowledge your feelings.

Don’t force yourself to be happy during the holidays even if you’ve just lost a loved one or if you’re feeling sad that you can’t spend the holidays with your loved ones. It’s OK now and then to take time just to cry or express your feelings.

2. Seek support.

If you’re feeling down, seek out family members and friends. They can offer support and companionship. You don’t have to go through the holiday stress alone.

3. Be realistic.

As families change and grow, traditions and rituals often change as well. Hold on to those you can and want to. But accept that you may have to let go or change others.

4. Learn to set aside your differences.

Try to accept family members and friends as they are, even if they don’t live up to all your expectations. Set aside any grievances until a more appropriate time for discussion.

5. Stick to a budget.

Before going shopping, decide how much money you can afford to spend on gifts and other items. Then be sure to stick to your budget.

6. Plan ahead of the holidays.

Set aside specific days for holiday shopping, cooking, visiting friends and other activities. Plan your menus and then make one big food-shopping trip. That will help prevent a last minute scramble to buy forgotten ingredients. Expect travel delays, especially if you’re flying.

7. It’s okay to say no.

People will understand if you can’t do certain projects or activities. Say yes only to what you really want to do and you’ll avoid feeling resentful, bitter and overwhelmed.

8. Don’t abandon healthy habits.

Don’t let the holidays steer you off of your healthy lifestyle. Some indulgence is okay, but overindulgence only adds to your stress and guilt. Have a healthy snack before holiday parties so that you don’t go overboard on sweets, cheese or drinks.

9. Take a breather.

Make time for yourself. Spending just 15 minutes alone, without distractions, may refresh you enough to handle everything you need to do. Sneak off to a quiet place, take a walk at night and stargaze, or listen to soothing music.

10. Rethink resolutions.

Don’t resolve to change your whole life to make up for past excess. Set smaller, more specific goals with a reasonable time frame. Choose only those resolutions that help you feel valuable and that provide more than only fleeting moments of happiness.


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October is National Caramel Month

By Chris Burchell, Executive Chef, MediLodge of Monroecarm app

Hi again everyone! Well, the school season has opened up and with it comes football, post season baseball, and the onset of autumn. This is an exciting time of the year, when many people are starting new phases of their lives; perhaps gearing up for the holidays are beginning. One thing is for certain for many people, and that is that it is the harvest season. Many different locally grown items are available at peak ripeness and in abundance. One of these items is the apple, and one of the greatest compliments to the apple is caramel.

October is National Caramel Month, and this would seem totally appropriate given its symbiotic relationship with the apple. I mean, who has never craved a caramel apple from the fair? Caramel is a beige to dark-brown confectionery product made by heating any of a variety of sugars. The process of caramelization consists of heating sugar slowly to around 340 °F. As the sugar heats, the molecules break down and re-form into compounds with a characteristic color and flavor. Caramel is often eaten as little brown, sweet, buttery nuggets wrapped in cellophane, but it is also delicious in candy bars and on top of fresh popcorn.

carm sauceThe best caramels are sweet and just a bit chewy. Caramels can, in fact, have a variety of textures. Caramel manufacturers use the term “short” to characterize a caramel that is too soft (perhaps too moist) or “long” for a caramel that is quite chewy. Caramels are, in some ways, rather similar to other candies in that the basis for candy is generally sugar, corn syrup, and water. However, caramels vary in an important way in that they also contain milk and fat.

What makes a caramel a caramel? The action of the heat on the milk solids, in conjunction with the sugar ingredients, imparts a typical caramel flavor to these sweets. Essentially, the entire batch of candy undergoes a chemical reaction referred to by chemists as the Maillard reaction. One thing I do know is that caramel is GOOD!!

Now, on to our recipe!


Caramel Popcorncarm pop


• 8 oz. of lightly packed brown sugar

• 4 oz. of butter

• 4 oz. of corn syrup

• 1/2 tsp vanilla

• 1/2 tsp baking soda

• 32 oz. popped popcorn (1 microwave bag should do; no butter no salt)


1. Preheat your oven to 250 F

2. Remove all the un-popped kernels.

3. Bring the brown sugar, butter and light corn syrup to a boil in a large pot over medium heat, stirring constantly with the wooden spoon.

4. Continue stirring constantly as you turn off the heat.

5. Add the vanilla, then the baking soda. There will be a slight chemical reaction and your caramel will start to foam and rise as you keep stirring.

6. Add the popcorn and stir until all the popcorn is coated. Don’t worry if the stirring becomes difficult.

7. Press the popcorn mixture as best you can on a greased baking tray. You will likely not be able to cover the face of the tray.

8. Bake the popcorn for 30 minutes, pressing down on your popcorn to further flatten it every 10 minutes.

Remove from oven and allow to cool thoroughly. Once cool and hard, break into bite-sized pieces and enjoy.


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MediLodge of Monroe

MediLodge of Monroe

Butterscotch Rum Pound Cake Recipe from MediLodge of Southfield

MediLodge of Southfield sent in this yummy recipe for Butterscotch Rum Pound Cake and we wanted to share it with everyone!  This is a great recipe for the Fall and Winter Holidays, which are fast approaching.  You could even leave out the rum and take it to a school potluck or bake sale!  We hope you enjoy this recipe and we look forward to sharing  more delicious recipes throughout the upcoming holiday season.

Butterscotch Rum Pound Cake


1 2/3 cup (11 ounce package) butterscotch-flavor chips, divided

1 (18.25 ounce) box yellow cake mix

4 large eggs

3/4 cup sour creamcake

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup dark rum

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine, softened

1 cup finely chopped walnuts or pecans

Glaze (recipe follows)

Chopped nuts (optional)


Preheat oven to 350°F.

Grease a 10-inch Bundt pan.

Combine cake mix, eggs, sour cream, milk, rum, butter and melted morsels in large mixer bowl. Beat on low speed just until moistened. Beat on high speed for 2 minutes. Stir in 1 cup nuts. Pour into prepared Bundt pan. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in cake comes out clean.

Cool in pan on wire rack for 20 minutes. Invert onto wire rack to cool completely; transfer to serving platter. Pour Glaze over cake; sprinkle with chopped nuts.



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MediLodge of Southfield

MediLodge of Southfield

Six New Year’s Resolutions for a Healthy Heart

It’s that time of year again when we all promise to make a change for the better.  Here’s some tips to help you stick to those resolutions on your way to a healthy heart.

  • Reduce stress.  Try to take some time for yourself each and every day.  Don’t lose sight of the big picture.  Finally, listen to your body for when it says “enough”, it probably is.
  • Stop smoking.  Stop smoking.  Stop smoking.
  • Eat healthier.  Drink low-fat milk.  Take baby carrots or cherry tomatoes to work for lunch.  Have fish for dinner twice a week.  Have one green vegetable with each evening meal.  Losing weight if you are overweight is obvious.  Track your weight on paper each morning to chart your progress.
  • Control blood pressure if elevated.  Watch your salt intake.  Take your blood pressure pills regularly.  Monitor on paper your morning blood pressure and review them with your doctor at follow-up visits.
  • Lower elevated cholesterol.  Know your LDL (“bad” cholesterol) and HDL (“good” cholesterol) levels.  Follow a prudent low cholesterol diet.  Take your medications if prescribed regularly.
  • Exercise regularly.  Even small amounts of daily exercise can provide significant heart benefits.  Try an activity that can fit into your daily routine…it doesn’t have to be a gym or a trainer… walking with a pedometer for 2 or 3 miles a day each morning would do just fine.

Have a Happy and Healthier New Year!

The MediLodge Group

2013 Heart Health

Great Ammenities and Fun Activities Top List at MediLodge of Sterling Heights

MediLodge of Sterling Heights is proud to share some of the special comments we have received from former lodgers who have gotten well and returned home.  We have a compassionate staff who are dedicated to planning exciting events, festive holidays, and memorable outings!

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Dolores B.

“Very, very good food.  I loved the soups and desserts.  My room was great and had a nice TV.  I went to a movie, played cards and read the paper daily.”


Susan S.

“Everyone is so nice.  I liked the Javalodge and getting the newspaper.”


John B.

“I enjoyed the BBQ, the movies and visiting the Javalodge.”


Lina M.

“It is very clean here.  I enjoyed getting the newspaper and watching TV.”


Mary P.

“Nice people and very clean.  We watched a movie and played Bunco!”


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All work and no play makes for a dull, dull time!  Lodgers can attend the annual “Senior Prom” in the spring where we elect a King and Queen! We promote healthy lifestylses through participation in the Michigan Senior Olympics every fall! We also enjoy summer barbecues on our beautiful grounds. We love getting all wild and crazy for our favorite sports teams! (All Detroit teams, of course!) We spice up the halls, and get all dressed up in our favorite team colors to show our support!

We have visited Belle Isle, watched cider being made at Blake’s Orchard, and trekked to Frankenmuth for those famous chicken dinners!  We enjoy trying local restaurants and visiting Metroparks. We are always looking for new and exciting ideas to give our transport bus a workout!  Family members and friends are always welcome to come and participate in any of our activities.

Holidays here are a hoot!  We are either putting decorations up, or taking them down.  Whew!  We LOVE the holidays around here, and we are not shy about it.  From glowing Christmas trees, to the Mother’s Day luncheon, to our Halloween costume competition, we celebrate them all!  We have a living nativity at Christmas time, and we enjoy going out to look at the lights in the area. Join us for the festivities!


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