This easy salmon patty recipe is really flavorful — and fabulous for either a healthy snack recipe, or for a complete meal! This will ensure they get plenty of protein, vitamins, minerals, and those healthy Omega 3 fats.

This is very important for maintaining proper nutrition. Salmon is one of the most valuable foods nutrition-wise for senior health. So it’s excellent for elderly nutrition, particularly when our loved ones are light eaters. And it’s very flexible. So be sure to try this out!

You can use either leftover fresh salmon, or canned salmon. (Wild Pacific salmon, such as Alaskan red sockeye, is best. Atlantic salmon is usually raised on farms and is less healthy).

Our Salmon Patty Recipe

For this salmon patty recipe, it is pan fried (ideally in olive oil, not butter since it’s much healthier), and is quick to make. Makes about 4 medium patties.

You need:

One 7.5 oz. can of salmon (I get “Wild caught” Alaskan sockeye salmon
1 egg, beaten
2 to 3 Tablespoons of milk
1/4 cup of bread crumbs
Salt and pepper to taste (Spike is also good instead)
Optional – Mayo (if you use it, you may want to cut back on the milk)
Optional – Dash of mustard powder
Optional – 1/4 to 1/3 cup finely chopped onions

1 to 2 Tablespoons of olive oil
Slice of cheese

Possible garnishments:
Lettuce leaf
Slice of green pepper
Slice of onion (I like caramelized!)

Remove scaly matter and bones from the canned salmon. Then flake the salmon with a fork in a mixing bowl. Add in all other ingredients (except olive oil and slice of cheese), and mix well. (If you don’t use mayo, they’ll keep longer, so can be used for picnics).

Heat olive oil in a fry pan, on Medium heat. Form mixture into patties. Fry in the olive oil on both sides until brown. When almost done, add the slice of cheese and let it melt. Serve as is, or on a whole-grain bun. You can also serve them with your favorite fish sauce drizzled over the top.

This is one of our really easy salmon recipes – enjoy!

More delicious ideas:

Simple Grilled Salmon Recipes — Want something more — but also simple? Our grilled salmon recipes are both simple and packed with nutrition. And talk about tasty! Try these glazes and grilling ideas for a unique dinner at home or a party.

Delicious Healthy Dessert Recipes — Our healthy dessert recipes are delicious and fresh. Lots of ways to modify and use them too, including for low salt or sugar ideas.
Healthy Snack Recipes — Healthy snack recipes are becoming almost a rage these days. And we’ve got some super-delicious, super-easy, super-healthy ones that will boost nutrition.

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I first became familiar with how to make mulled wine when visiting Europe (I have German ancestry), where it is popular during the chilly months.

Mulled wine is an old, historical beverage dating from at least the Middle Ages, and was used to warm you up from the inside out. It’s most typically a red wine concoction (although some do use white) full of spices and also fruits, such as citrus and cherries. And served hot.

A great alternative to hot apple cider, for those who can drink alcoholic beverages. (But you can also make it with non-alcoholic wines, as needed).

Mulled wine is wonderful in cold weather, of course. Sort of a comfort drink – the elderly friends and family who I know love this. It’s often a tradition at Christmas and other winter holidays, and also during Halloween and Thanksgiving. Perfect for many party theme ideas.

But I also make it in the warmer months as well, when it is chilly or rainy outside.

Different versions of how to make mulled wine can be found in almost any European country. So if you have a particular ancestry that uses certain wines or spices, feel free to add them into the “brew”! Some countries sell packets of spices made just for mulled wine. You may be able to find them here in specialty markets, but I like to make it from scratch.

The easiest way on how to make mulled wine is by using a crock pot. Put you could also do it in a double boiler (not aluminum), on the Low setting. First heat it up (but do not let it begin to boil). Then set it on Low.

When I learned how to make mulled wine, it was first through some trial and error. I find the best kind of wine is heavy red wine, such as a Cabernet. I also love Port. I don’t like to use “cheap” wine, because I’ve have bad-tasting results when it’s heated and mixed with the spices.

I’ve tasted white wines that have been mulled, but for me they don’t have as full a flavor. Mulled wine is one of my favorite easy, healthy recipes (“healthy” being relative, depending on what you put into it – I like as much natural as possible).

How To Make Mulled Wine

Here’s a great recipe from my friend Marsha, cook extraordinaire:

  • 2 bottles of red wine.
  • ¼ cup Brandy (optional, but I find it to be delicious!). Brandy gives it more depth of flavor.
  • 2 orange slices.
  • 2 to 3 whole cloves.
  • 2 cinnamon sticks.
  • 1/4 cup sugar or brown sugar, or sweetener (raw honey is also delicious, if you like natural).
  • Optional…
  • Nutmeg and mace – start with ¼ teaspoon.
  • A pinch of anise.

Mix all the ingredients together in the crock pot (or pan) and cook on Low for about 2 to 3 hours, stirring frequently. Taste it from time to time as the flavor deepens, to see if you want to add more of any of the ingredients.

Towards the end (in the last half hour or so) you can add in pitted cherries and lemon slices for effect. Ladle into mugs to serve. I like pre-warmed mugs, myself.

This is best when served fresh. But I never turn down a mug of mulled wine – I think it improves with age. But then, that’s probably my perspective on a lot of things at this stage of the game!

Be sure to also read:

Festive and Easy Sangria Recipe — Sure to add sparkle to your parties and events. Choose either red or white wine recipes.  Non-alcoholic, sparkling grape juice is great too.
Delicious Healthy Dessert Recipes — Our healthy dessert recipes are delicious and fresh. Lots of ways to modify them too, including for low salt or sugar ideas. Fun for either groups or individuals.
Perfect Party Theme Ideas — Who doesn’t love a party? Get party theme ideas for seniors that are sure to add a little life. Plus crafts and décor ideas too.

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Nowadays how to make ice cream is very easy, because there are excellent electric automatic ice cream makers out there. You put in little or no effort – no salt or ice needed. The work is done by electricity or a cranking paddle, and a special freezer bowl that you pre-freeze in the freezer before starting (this takes several hours).

And with the right recipes, ice cream can be a healthy dessert almost anyone can indulge in, even those who have dietary issues that restrict sugar or fat.

On this page we’ll be giving some from-scratch recipes on how to make ice cream with an ice cream maker. Making and eating ice cream can be delicious senior activities. See how it might fit in with your group. (Ice cream can add pizzazz to Valentines Day desserts too, and other holidays).

But you can also buy your favorite ice cream, especially if you need to use a certain kind, and then enhance it with the recipes below. You can turn any standard vanilla ice cream into something very special!

My Dad was a pro at how to make ice cream – he always made his own homemade, even when he was in his 90s. He used a Donvier ice cream maker. He had to turn the crank himself, but other brands such as Cuisinart make an all-electric model. It makes about a quart of ice cream.

Here are some of Dad’s recipes. They’re easy healthy recipes, and you can always use your imagination and tweak them yourself! You can use milk instead of cream, but keep in mind that it won’t be quite as “creamy.” Still very good, though.

How To Make Ice Cream

Basic Honey Ice Cream

I’m partial to cooking with honey and pure maple syrup. So this recipe is great with either as a sweetener.

1 cup chilled whole milk
2 cups chilled heavy cream
3/4 cups honey
2 tsp vanilla

Blend the ingredients together well. Then just pour into your ice cream machine, according to the directions of the machine. When it has gone through its mixing cycle, then freeze the ice cream in a plastic container. You can add all kinds of flavorings to this basic recipe, including chocolate pieces and syrup, fruit, nuts, etc. Cut down on the vanilla when adding flavorings.

Basic Ice Cream Recipe – With Eggs

This recipe makes a about quart. To make a about pint, cut the ingredients in half. This is a traditional recipe when folks learned how to make ice cream the old-fashioned way, with eggs. So you would have to make sure the eggs you used are pasteurized or safe. But the recipe is exceptionally rich and delicious.

6 eggs
1 ½ cup honey
3 pints of cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
Pinch of salt

Add ingredients into the ice cream maker and freeze according to the instructions on how to make ice cream for your individual model.
The recipes below are made with a pint of ice cream.
Follow the instructions for your ice cream maker about when to add in chopped fruit and nuts in the mixing and freezing process. Or soften your already made ice cream and add in the ingredients.

Apple Ice Cream

Use the above basic recipe (but scaled to one pint), or softened already made ice cream. Also add in:
Substitute ½ of the cups of honey with apple juice
3 Tablespoons maple syrup
2 teaspoons cinnamon
¼ cup chopped walnuts

If you’re using softened already made ice cream, do not over mix when you add these in. Then re-freeze and it’s ready to serve.

Pina Colada Ice Cream

Add into your basic ice cream recipe (one pint), or mix into softened already made:
1 cup of juice-packed crushed pineapple (just slightly drain off some juice)
1 cup grated, unsweetened coconut
Taste the mixture before freezing. You can always increase amounts of ingredients if you want more of a particular flavor. Mix together and freeze well.

Lemon Custard Ice Cream

Add into your basic ice cream recipe (one pint), or mix into softened already made, according the the following process:
¼ cup honey
½ cup lemon juice
2 Tablespoons more of lemon juice
2 teaspoons cornstarch
3 Tablespoons finely minced lemon peel

In a pan on the stove top, heat the honey and ½ cup lemon juice to boiling. Separately, mix together well the 2 Tablespoons of lemon juice and cornstarch. Then add in to the boiling mixture. Remove from heat. Add the lemon peel. Cool the mixture quickly by setting the pan over a bowl of ice. Then stir into the ice cream and freeze. Or re-freeze if you’re using already made.

Peach and Honey Ice Cream

Add into your basic ice cream recipe (one pint), or mix into softened already made:
2 cups of peeled, diced peaches (frozen or canned is fine)
½ teaspoon almond extract

Mix into the ice cream recipe, or softened ice cream. When frozen, top with ripe, peeled peaches mashed, and flavored with honey or maple syrup and a pinch of cinnamon.

Fresh Strawberry

Add into your basic ice cream recipe (one pint), or mix into softened already made:
2 cups fresh, chopped strawberries
½ teaspoon almond extract

Mix into the ice cream recipe, or softened ice cream. When frozen, top with chocolate or strawberry sauce and more fresh strawberries.

Learning how to make ice cream the easy way makes really fun elderly activities. And almost anyone can eat the results. Just plan it a little ahead of time if you’re using an electric ice cream maker, so it will be ready. It’s worth the effort and the wait! And the sky is the limit with what you can do to dress up ice cream.

After you learn how to make ice cream…
also be sure to see:

Fresh Strawberry Desserts — Our fresh strawberry desserts are festive enough for special holidays and parties, and can be made any time of the year. From pie, to a hollowed apple bowl with berries, to a towering kabob, they’re delicious!
Raved-About Easy Pecan Pie — This is an old family recipe that has been around for over 50 years, and is very unique (with a surprise sweetener). It’s always raved about, and people say it’s the best they’ve ever had. And easy! Just takes a few minutes to prepare — and a is a true no-brainer!
All-Natural Easy Brownie Recipe — This all natural easy brownie recipe is also nutritious for you! As you may know, dark chocolate is high in anti-oxidants, so why not take advantage and use chocolate in a healthy dessert? Learn our special recipe here.

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This fresh, homemade cranberry relish recipe has been in my family for years. Sweetened only with pure maple syrup, it has a very special flavor. And it’s versatile – you can even use it in many different healthy dessert recipes. (It’s especially delicious in strawberry desserts).

Cranberries have health benefits too, and are great for many different elderly issues. You may be familiar with their ability to help prevent urinary tract infections (per the Journal of the American Medical Association back in 1994) and kidney stones. But they’re also good for the stomach, promote good cholesterol levels, and being high in Vitamin C, may help prevent cancer.

So try this easy cranberry relish recipe for your next holiday or dessert. (and be sure to also check out our “dessert central” page at Delicious Healthy Dessert Recipes

Maple Cranberry Relish Recipe


1 package of fresh (uncooked) cranberries
½ cup pure maple syrup
Other options: raisin, chopped apples, chopped pecans (carmelized pecans are also delicious)

Wash the cranberries in a strainer and then dump them into a sauce pan. You do not need to add water, because they will form their own juice. Some of the water left from washing will also add moisture. Also add in the maple syrup. If you are adding apples or raisins, put them in now.

Partially cover the pan with a lid, leaving a little crack. Turn the burner to Medium heat, and cook, stirring every five minutes or so after the sauce starts to heat up. The berries will start to pop open as they cook, making a juicy sauce. You can lower the heat to Medium Low when this starts.

It only takes about a half an hour to cook this cranberry relish recipe. But you can let it simmer for longer, especially if you’ve added in raisins and apples. When done, I mash the relish a little to make it smoother, yet still chunky. You could also put it through a blender if you want it very smooth. As the sauce cools it becomes a little thicker.

When I use pecans, I add them in at the end so they maintain their crunch. Some people like to “toast” the pecans first in a frying pan to make them crispy.

Try using this over ice cream, on toast, in pastry puffs, even in strawberry or apple pie! This easy cranberry relish recipe is one of my most versatile, and I use it all year round.

Also be sure to read:

Healthy Snack Recipes — Healthy snack recipes are becoming almost a rage these days. And we’ve got some super-delicious, super-easy, super-healthy ones that will boost nutrition.
Fresh Strawberry Desserts — Festive enough for special holidays and parties, and can be made any time of the year. From pie, to a hollowed apple bowl with berries, to a towering kabob, they’re delicious! And many are perfect for adding cranberries to.

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fruit salad with pear mice

This pear salad mouse is both healthy and fun to create (and eat) for parties, family, or friends. Fresh pears are available all year, but it’s certainly okay to used canned fruit, as we did in this sample.

We do recommend unsweetened fruit packed in water, rather than in heavy syrup, which is overly sugary. Low sugar intake, as you know, is best for elderly nutrition, especially for those with elderly issues that require more carefully watched diets.

Like our other simple fruit salad characters, this pear salad mouse is both a recipe and a craft! So they make great senior activity ideas.

There are ways to enhance it as well, by adding a fruit dressing, or having the mice sit atop a mound of fruit waldorf salad, a cheesy type salad, or a slaw. Your choice. This is just the basics!

Pear Salad Mouse

You will need:

  • Several pieces of romaine lettuce, or other greens
  • Two pears halves, fresh or canned
  • 4 dried banana slices for ears
  • Squirt frosting in a tube (to use as “glue”)
  • 4 candies for eyes, or raisins
  • 2 mini pink marshmallows, for noses
  • 2 long slices of orange rind, or narrow pieces of string cheese, for tails
  • Pieces of cheese as garnishments for the mice (wrapped mini cheese, string cheese, sliced or cubed cheese)

On the plate, create the bedding for the mice by spreading down the greens on your salad plate.

If you’re going to use a mound of slaw or fruit salad, put it on the plates as this point. Then add the two pear halves side by side. If you’re using canned pears, pat them dry with a paper towel first. The small end is the head.

To decorate each pear salad mouse, make a slit on each side of the head for the ears, and insert the dried banana slices. Use squirt frosting to adhere the eyes, and the marshmallow nose.

For the tail, I just simple laid one end under the body of the mouse, not bothering to attach it. However, you could make a slit in the back end of the pear to insert the tail.

Finally, arrange the cheese on the plate around the mice. Any kind will do. Mice, after all, love any kind of cheese.

Also see:

Make Chocolate Covered Strawberries — The easy way!Features more fruit mice, which can also be added to desserty type salads! Fun decorating projects too!
Fresh Strawberry Desserts — Festive enough for special holidays and parties, any time of the year. From pie, to a hollowed apple bowl with berries, to a towering kabob, they’re delicious!
Mini Mouse Crafts –Mice themes are always popular. And ours even include crafts with candy, as well as fun chocolate crafts.

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See our scrumptious collection of easy healthy recipes – perfect when you need something fast and simple, yet really healthy. Especially great for senior and elderly nutrition.

From salmon to sangria to pecan pie, our healthy recipes try to offer alternatives as to how to “healthify” your appetizers, dinners, desserts, salads, and more!

Welcome to our “recipe central”…

Don’t want to cook?
You may be too busy to cook a lot. And sometimes elderly can’t cook much anymore, or have a restricted diet. If so, what do you do? Snack a lot? Perhaps eat junk food?  Our easy healthy recipes for the elderly and seniors especially, can help take care of our nutrition needs.

And lots of these are excellent to use as senior activities, or to serve when you’re doing special activities and parties.

Elderly nutrition problems are becoming more and more common. You may know that malnutrition is one of the major elderly issues in the U.S. For many reasons, seniors may begin to eat less. It’s common, then, not to eat from the important food groups, or get necessary vitamins and minerals. And then have a poorer quality of life.

Now it’s easier to make sure what we make is packed with as much nutrition as possible.

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Fish and Seafood Recipes:

Easy Salmon Recipes — Easy healthy recipes for salmon are in big demand now, because of increased awareness of the importance of “good” healthy Omega3 fats. They’re important for proper functioning of the brain, especially in the elderly, and for minerals. These recipes are great for snack, lunches, even a simple dinner. But we have more…

Simple Grilled Salmon Recipes –- Easy healthy recipes that make a more complete and substantial dinner. Several recipes you can grill on a traditional outdoor grill, a tabletop grill, or a George Foreman type! Try these glazes and grilling ideas for a unique dinner at home or for a party. You won’t want to miss these easy healthy recipes.

Savory Fish Chowder Recipe — This savory fish chowder recipe is so easy and brimming with nutrition, fresh ingredients, and special scrumptious seasonings. Excellent made with either fresh or frozen fish, any time of year. Includes loads of healthy vitamins and minerals needed for elderly nutrition.

Easy Salmon Patty Recipe — This easy salmon patty is really flavorful and fabulous for either a snack; or a healthy dinner recipe for a complete meal! It’s crisp on the outside and moist in the middle. You can use either leftover fresh salmon, or canned. Lots of ideas to “dress it up” too. Very versatile and full of nutrition for those who have small appetites or just like to nibble. Eat it with or without a bun.

Fun Fish Taco Recipe – Fish is an excellent low-fat source of protein and many minerals, and easy to digest, which is an important factor when we age. Our nutritious fish taco recipe (with a few surprises) is a yummy alternative to the standard taco. And really easy! Goes great with a pot luck or fiesta party ideas.

Gone-Fishing Party Activities — Check out our gone-fishing party page, with food ideas, activities and crafts. Makes a fun theme-based party – all about fishing! Excellent if you’d like more elderly activities ideas. Bad weather? Take it indoors and have a Gone-Fishing party any time of year!

Mexican Recipes:

Chicken Chocolate Sauce — Chicken chocolate sauce makes a fabulous new Mexican recipe for any dinner or fiesta! Have you ever tried (or even heard of) chicken with chocolate sauce? Chocolate, as you may know, is native to the Mexican and Central American areas, and is used in a variety of recipes, not just sweets. This sauce is both sweet and savory. And probably not at all what you think if you’ve never had it. Try this unique dish! (I actually first had it in Kuwait, made by some American friends — recipes get around!) And chocolate is actually good for elderly nutrition.

Easy Taco Salad Recipes — These easy healthy recipes use lots of fresh food. Including plenty from the primary food groups that contain loads of vitamins, minerals, and protein. Taco salads are always popular and perfect for picky or small eaters, since they can make their own and eat as much as they want, of what they want. And we have a few surprise ingredients that add a little out-of-the ordinary interest. Add in our easy sangria recipes, and you have some great fiesta party ideas!

Easy Sangria Recipe Ideas — Our easy healthy recipes for sangria are sure to add sparkle to your festivities. Choose a recipe for either red or white wine. They’re different! Or sparkling grape juice is delicious too. Check these out!

Healthy Snack Recipes:

Healthy Snack Recipes — Our “snack central” of complete recipes… Healthy snack recipes are becoming almost a rage these days. And healthy snacking is especially important for light eaters, which many elderly are. So let’s make sure that what is eaten is nutritious and full of needed vitamins and minerals. Under-eating is one of the most common elderly issues.

These delicious, super-easy snacks can boost nutrition. Try the nutrient-packed nacho recipe, or a home-made anti-oxidant trail mix. Or perhaps Nut Butter Nibbles or a shrimp skewer. You can even learn to make your own Muesili breakfast cereal – (makes a wonderful snack too). These are just a few of our many easy healthy recipes for snacking from this page.

Elderly Nutrition Snacks – Easy To Stock and Grab – A handy idea list of nutritious “grab and go” items to have on hand. Perfect for nibblers, those with small appetites, and folks who don’t do much cooking. Having the right stockpile of snacks in the fridge and cupboard can make all the difference in nutrition balance. See our fun list.

Healthy Sweets & Fun Food:

Delicious Healthy Dessert Recipes – Our “dessert central”… This page is about delicious and fresh. Lots of ways to modify them, including for low salt low-fat, or low-sugar ideas. Fun to make either for groups or individually. You just must try the spectacular pecan pie (old family recipe), natural gingerbread (makes great muffins too), an apple crisp with an amazing crusty topping. And lots more…Here are a few links:

How To Make Mulled Wine – With a little trial and error plus a great recipe from my friend, I learned how to make a great mulled wine. So here’s a fool-proof way to do it for any occasion (great for various party theme ideas for seniors too).

Fresh Strawberry Desserts – Festive enough for special holidays and parties, and can be made any time of the year. From pie, to a hollowed apple bowl with berries, to a towering kabob, they’re delicious!

Make Chocolate Covered Strawberries –- This is not just a recipe, it’s also a favorite activity (we even give creative ways to decorate them!) Strawberries are high in nutrition. And high-antioxidant dark chocolate can be too, with low sugar options.  You get outstanding easy healthy recipes for desserts or snacks! Perfect for senior activities and gifts. (My son makes me a dozen every Mother’s Day and birthday, and I try not to eat them all in one day).

Easy Dipping Chocolate — Dipping chocolate makes a fun and yummy project you can eat!  Fun to do with kids too. Many great decorating tips like whimsical pretzel characters. Plus we give nice gift ideas.

Delicious Carob Recipes — Quality carob recipes are becoming more popular and provide outstanding nutrition, as well as excellent flavor! Carob has been popular since ancient times and comes from the carob bean (also called locust and is mentioned in the bible). It’s high in vitamins and minerals, has a chocolaty consistency, and is naturally sweet. It’s often used, in fact, as a healthful substitute for chocolate.  Are you familiar with carob? Learn all about it here.

Simple Fruit Salad Characters — Get some unique, whimsical ideas for fruit salads, plus great fruit salad dressing!Options for canned or frozen fruit as well. Use your imagination in decorating the fruit salad characters. Especially fun for parties, special projects, and to make with kids.

Octopus String Cheese Salad — Our cute cheese salad is one of the characters of our party salads series. It’s easy to make and so nutritious.

Jumping Fish Banana Fruit Salad — This fun banana fruit salad is a comical fish character, one of our popular party salads. (It especially goes will with our Gone-Fishing themed party). We use lots of fresh fruits and veggies and dress them up.

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This natural apricot bread recipe with almonds is both tangy and sweet, with very healthy ingredients. It’s made with both fresh apricots, which makes it very moist; and dried, which adds a little zest! (You can also use either/or instead of both).

The theme of our recipes is “healthy,” and this one is no exception. Apricots are very high in Vitamin A and C, Potassium, lots of other vitamins and minerals, and provide lots of fiber. As with other fruits, they’re low in sodium, and fats, and low in calories.

When you mix this with almonds, a high-protein nut with lots of calcium and manganese for bones, Vitamin E and phytochemicals that can protect against cancer and heart disease, and “good” fats with no cholesterol — you get a great combination. (Also see our “recipe central” page at Easy Healthy Recipes).

Both apricots and almonds are excellent for elderly nutrition. In this recipe we use a more natural sweetener, raw honey or pure maple syrup, which also adds a wonderful flavor. Our healthy dessert recipes also whole wheat pastry flour (which has a fine consistency like regular flour). So here it is…

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Apricot Bread / Cake Recipe

1 1/2 cup dried apricots
1 1/2 cups water
2 Tablespoons soft butter or margarine
1/2 cup honey (raw is best) or pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon salt
1 beaten egg
1 tsp vanilla

1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder

1 cup chopped or slices almonds
1/2 cup fresh chopped apricots
1/2 tsp grated orange rind

Cook the dried apricots in the water for 7 to 10 minutes (covered, on low heat) until soft. Cool completely. Add in butter, syrup or honey, and salt. Beat in egg and vanilla. Sift together the dry ingredients into a bowl. Then fold into the other liquid ingredients. Lastly, add the almonds, chopped fresh apricots, and orange rind. Put mixture into a greased & floured loaf pan. Bake at 350 F degrees for about 1 1/2 hours. Cool for 10 minutes. Then remove from pan.

This tasty almond apricot bread can be served at breakfast, brunch, or a coffee break. It’s perfect with a little butter or natural all-fruit apricot jam. Even whipped cream or ice cream!

Be sure to also check out:

Healthy Snack Recipes — Healthy snack recipes are becoming almost a rage these days. And we’ve got some super-delicious, super-easy, super-healthy ones that will boost nutrition. Don’t miss these!
Make Chocolate Covered Strawberries — Learn how to make chocolate covered strawberries – the easy way! And fun decorating projects too! For all ages; also makes great senior activity ideas.
Festive and Easy Sangria Recipe — Our easy sangria recipe is sure to add sparkle to your festivities. Choose a recipe for either red or white wine. They’re different! Or sparkling grape juice is delicious too. Check these out!
Fiesta Party Ideas — See our fiesta party ideas and easy recipes, including for some delicious Sangrias. Fun projects for party decorations and centerpieces too.

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If you’re looking for some June senior activities that go beyond the ordinary, you’ve come to the right page.

Whether crafts, recipes and food, games, outdoor fun, outings, we’ve got all sorts of ideas. And some are quite unique.

They’re suitable for, or can be modified for any abilities; and for individuals or groups. Perhaps you have favorites planned already, but there’s always room for something new! So make your planning easy – take a peek…

Our sections include both the commemorations for the month, and also actual calendar dates (for which we give things to do so you don’t have to come up with it all yourself. Unless you want to.)

Our June Senior Activities

Commemorations for June

National Ice Tea Month –  Be sure to see a wonderful alternative ice tea recipe ideas with a surprise splash, contributed by one of our readers! 
Dairy Month – Dairy is all about ice cream, cheese, milkshakes, butter, whipped cream and such. (Do check out our page with Dad’s traditional chocolate milkshake recipe.) There are loads of ways to work in dairy food, nutrition, into your June senior activities throughout this month. I find it fascinating how dairy farming has changed over the decades, from how it was in Dad’s childhood days on the farm, v.s. the technology of today. This can make a fascinating learning experience for kids too.

National Candy Month – This can include sugarless candy for those with restrictions, as well as some of my favorites – those made with honey and maple syrup. It’s an opportunity for folks to share special recipes and even do some candy making. We have a page with a delicious marzipan recipe, a traditional European candy. Although popular at Christmas, it’s also perfect to add into your June senior activities. It’s especially fun since marzipan can be molded like clay into shapes like fruit, animals and characters.

Black Music Month – Music is always a hit for June senior activities. And this is a great chance to study the rich contributions of African Americans to the music scene. Play your favorite music old and new, and/or have local musicians come in and perform, including students. This is also a good time to watch a movie or documentary about the music and life of well-knowns. You may even consider having an easy karaoke evening, as one of our readers explains.

Women’s Golf Month – Just for the ladies. Activities can range from a trip to a local golf course for those who are more serious golfers, to a nearby miniature golf range, to setting up a little putting game outside in your own area, complete with treats and beverages party style.

…..Craft – For a golf related craft, get an old picture frame with wide edges (check thrift shops and dollar stores). You can sand and paint it with acrylics, or clean it well and use it as is. Then get a bunch of old golf tees and glue them around the edges of the frame. Options: Colored tees look fun, or spray paint them first.

Great Outdoors Month – Pres. Barak Obama proclaimed June to be Great Outdoors Month, in 2015. Throughout the month we can be mindful of, and enjoy the fresh air of the great outdoors during June senior activities. So take a field trip to a local area, even if it is a park. If your group is unable to do an outing, you can still have something special going on outdoors wherever you are this month.

You might also have a slide show of images of our national parks and forests. Members can contribute photos that they may have. It is easy to turn them into a digital slide presentation against a wall or screen. Show it at a special lunch or dinner.

International Men’s Month –  What are the favorite things that the men in your group like to do? Be sure to emphasize these during this month, and also the contributions the men have made throughout their lives. Showing photos or doing write-ups in a newsletter are other approaches to celebrate.

National Accordion Awareness Month – Many seniors are familiar with the energetic sound of the accordion. And it is quite probably someone knows how to, or used to, play one. Now is the time to pull it out and celebrate! Put a little music into your June senior activities. Or you may be able to find a local band to visit, and even host a dance. In the least, find some music on a CD or online, and be sure to play it at a special lunch or dinner.

National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month – This one is easy! Serve something a little bit different a few times at your meals. An unexpected fruit or vegetable is easy to include in your June senior activities, parties, and any meals. You can also give information about it and its benefits at a card at each table. If it’s a really fabulous recipe, share it too!

Turkey Lover’s Month – Not just for Thanksgiving. (I happen to love turkey burgers). And one year I had a Thanksgiving dinner in summer just for fun, because we were really hungry for all the food! Whatever your plan, serve a little turkey this month.

National Soul Food Month – Just the phrase, “soul food,” sounds wonderful. This is a popular type of cuisine famous in the southern U.S. Some favorites include fried chicken, cornbread, okra, hushpuppies, collards, and of course grits. These are but a few. It depends where in the south one is visiting or living. If you’re living in the area, celebrate it this month! If not, venture into a new cuisine adventure and try something unusual. 

Dates For June

June 1 – Say Something Nice Day. Perfect to build any June senior activities around – maybe a party, special luncheon or dinner; or perhaps a favorite game modified to include saying nice things. You might also consider giving awards to those who especially deserve it.

June 3 – National Banana Split Day. Time for a special dessert!

June 5 – World Environment Day. This is a global awareness celebration to remind us to take care of our planet earth, established by the U.N. in 1972. In 2013 a lovely poem was written by Abhay K, to commemorate this day. It may be of interest to copy onto tent cards and place at each table.

“Earth Anthem” by Abhay K
…”Our cosmic oasis, cosmic blue pearl
the most beautiful planet in the universe
all the continents and the oceans of the world
united we stand as flora and fauna
united we stand as species of one earth
black, brown, white, different colours
we are humans, the earth is our home.

…Our cosmic oasis, cosmic blue pearl
the most beautiful planet in the universe
all the people and the nations of the world
all for one and one for all
united we unfurl the blue marble flag
black, brown, white, different colours
we are humans, the earth is our home.”All people, no matter what age, can be aware of now we treat out planet and use resources, including eliminating waste. Some communities have little (or larger) clean-up efforts on this day as well. At least it warrants our awareness.

June 6 – National Family Day. Great time to have a family picnic, party and games with your June senior activities. A favorite is having a gone fishing party. Lots of ideas here with a fish theme. And remember, “family” can also mean the community around you.

June 9 — Home Sweet Home Day.  A nice time for group members to share memories about their homes, whether that be where they were born and grew up, or where they raised their own families. But just as important, where home is right now. And if your group lives in a senior community, have a special party to celebrate that, and the friends and companionship that go along with it. (If you’d like party ideas, see our party theme ideas page).

June 11 – Jacques Cousteau born, 1910. Cousteau was probably one of the most famous oceanographers (plus an explorer, conservationist, scientist and author), even having his own TV show. I watched it many times when I was young. Have an ocean, fish or sea creature theme for this day. Shells, the octopus, turtles, and seahorses are just a few themes. And seafood or fish for a meal. You may even be able to get hold of a Jacques Cousteau film or video from the library or online.

June 14 – U.S. Flag Day. In 1777 the Second Continental Congress adopted the flag of the United States. See lots of red, white and blue ideas on our page at 4th of July Crafts – you’ll get activities you can use not just in June senior activities, but also for many patriotic days.

June 15 – Nature Photography Day. A good excuse to get outside! For anyone who is interested in photography, whether with a traditional camera, digital, or even on a cell phone. It couldn’t get easier. Photography is so easy these days and lends itself to a variety of June senior activities, and throughout the year too.

Photograph something special from the gardens, or have a field trip to a popular nature destination. Then transfer those photos to a computer, print them out, and use them for a variety of projects. For 8×11.5 or larger paper size, laminate them and use them as placemats.

Or do special picture frame crafts for your photos. (What you decorate the frame with can be related to what’s in the photo – find out what we mean). Or use your photos in a collage. There are lots of possibilities.

June 15 – Smile Day.  Anything that makes people smile will work for this day. Serve foods and desserts with smiley themes, smiley balloons, and games.

…..Crafts — You can easily make your own smiley-face crafts. Use markers to draw them on yellow paper plates and cups. Stickers can be purchased to put on napkins. Small plates or circles can also be glued to a craft stick to put in plants or centerpieces. Make your own smiley balloons – simply black marker on yellow balloons.

…..Try the Smile Toss Game – Sit in a circle and toss a light-weight ball or even balloon with a smile painted on it (marker works too).  Everyone in the circle smiles, except the person who is “IT” with the ball. If he/she forgets to wipe their smile off when they get the ball, they get points. The person with the least points wins. Or another version is, they must drop out. There are many versions of this game. It usually erupts in lots of laughs, so it’s very challenging to not smile!

June 16 – Fudge Day. Use this day to add a little sweetness to your June senior activities – make fudge. Or have it as a fudge-tasting day. Serve several kinds, from chocolate, to vanilla, to butterscotch, even strawberry. Members of your group may also like to make their own fudge themselves and then bring it to share, potluck style. And also share the recipe.

June 17 – Chocolate Chip Cookie Day. What could be easier? Serve them for dessert after a meal, or at a snack time. And if you’re making them as a project, remember chocolate chips now come in lots of colors and flavors! So try something new too.

June 17 – The Statue of Liberty arrived in New York Harbor. This is a fascinating story, and there are a couple of documentaries available to see. We like to include movies into our June senior activities (to be seen outdoors or in). You may find them at your local library. Folks in your group may have memories about visiting the landmark, or even an immigration experience to share.

June 18 – International Picnic Day. Picnics are standard June senior activities, so be sure to have one on this day. And if the weather is bad, move the picnic inside. But do have one, with all the summertime bells and whistles.

June 19 – Garfield the Cat Day. Everyone is familiar with comical Garfield. Let him be the whimsical center of attention today.

…..Craft — Go online and find a cartoon of the character. He can be traced for many different arts and crafts projects. Perhaps a small 2 or 3 inch Garfield – make a whole sheet of paper with many Garfields, which you can then laminate and cut out individually. Or even easier, draw a simple oval around his shape and cut out the oval. Then glue it to the middle of a length of wide ribbon, at least 12 inches long. When dry, tie the ribbon around a napkin, and you have an instant and simple napkin ring. You can also enlarge an image to an 8×11.5 paper size, and laminate it for place mats. At a party supply store, I have often seen Garfield items, so consider this also.

June 19 – Baseball Day. For sports enthusiasts, the first organized baseball game was played in Hoboken, New Jersey, in 1846, under Alexander Joy Cartwright’s new official rules. The New York Base Ball Club defeated the Knickbockers. Bring out the baseball memorabilia, put on a cap and watch a game, either live or on TV. And don’t forget the hot dogs, peanuts and beer (or ice tea or lemonade). Little League is really fun, and so is swinging a wiffle bat and ball. Or tossing a softball or wiffle ball into a hoola hoop or at a target. Baseball is a standard for June senior activities.

Father’s Day – We all know about this one. It is celebrated at different times around the world, but in the U.S. it’s the third Sunday of June.

June 20 or 21 – Summer Solstice. (Can vary). This commemorates the beginning of summer and longest day of the year. Many ancient monuments around the world, including Egypt, Babylon, China, Greece, Central and South America, and the British Isles such as Stonehenge, measured the sun and the seasons. You can always include a bit of history into June senior activities. It’s a chance to learn about the sundial and ancient calendars, their history, and perhaps make a sundial yourself. If you have a garden, setting up a nice sundial can be a fascinating feature to watch.

June 20 – Bald Eagle Day. Bald (meaning, with a white head) eagles are usually found near water and lots of tall trees. Do you have any in your area? If so, perhaps a field trip could happen on this day. It’s the national bird and animal of the United States and is found on the official seal. It is also very important to the Native American culture. There was a time when the bald eagle was endangered, but now it is no longer on the list.

An eagle image would provide a nice theme for arts and crafts projects. And for those interested in nature, a presentation may be of interest, especially if you can have an expert come out and visit. There are several documentaries about the bald eagle, including “American Eagle” from PBS, See of you can find something in your local library.

June 24 – Henry VIII crowned King of England. For those history buffs, Henry was one of the most famous and notorious kings in history. There are a variety of movies and documentaries available about Henry VIII and his wives. And why not have tea and crumpets (similar to an English muffin) with jam. Or at least fancy pastries.

Have your own Renaissance Fair as one of your June senior activities. These are famous fairs that travel around the country in summer and fall, so why not have a party of your own. At least a mini version.

It could consist of drinking and eating (turkey legs, corn on the cob, cheese curds, old fashioned pretzels, pickles, hearty bread and rolls, soups including in a bread bowl, bratwurst, fish n’ chips, kettle chips, fudge, candies, pastries, ale, even pizza), music (get music online or from the library), juggling, magic shows, short plays, comedy, and  a few animals also would be a welcome addition.

Make it as simple as you’d like. Or if you can swing it, even have a few people come in costume. With some planning, it can also serve as a fund raiser, open to the public. If you ever have a craft fair, it can easily be incorporated into the Renaissance theme too.

June 27 – Helen Keller’s Birthday (1880). What an amazing role model. “The Miracle Worker” is a much-loved movie to remember her amazing life.

June 28 – Artist Peter Paul Rubens born, 1577.  For those who enjoy art and history, Rubens was a painter in the Flemish Baroque tradition, a style with much movement, drama, and extravagance. He did many portraits and paintings with religious and mythological themes. He lived during times of great turmoil in Europe, a challenging time for artists as well.

His life and work are quite interesting as a presentation. And certainly books of his art can be found in the library. With art presentations, lots of images can be found online as well, and a slide show given. Perhaps members of your group would like to lead a presentation as one of your June senior activities.

June 30 – Meteor Day. Meteors are also called shooting starts and are sometimes seen throughout summer. You can use the shooting star theme for your June senior activities (and perhaps even see some in the evening – so keep your eyes on the weather report).

Have an evening party with shooting star décor, which can be made during a craft activity. Stars (and moons too) can readily be found on stickers, which can be adhered to napkins, cups, tablecloths, etc. For those interested in science, a presentation could be given about the meteor, meteor showers, meteorites, comets, etc. and their significance throughout history.

We have tried to include subjects and themes of many different types in these June senior activities, as your group may have varied interests. So hopefully some of them will appeal to you!

Also see:

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Fun Elderly Activities — An array of things to do for those who may need more help, or modification.
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This spicy gingerbread cake recipe is all-natural and can even use fresh, real ginger…(Although fresh ginger is not necessary), adding quite a zing to the flavor. And there are lots of ways to dress it up. It’s an excellent addition to your senior activities and parties.

You may have noticed that our overall dessert recipe theme here is “healthy,” and this one is no exception. (Also be sure to see our page about Healthy Snack Recipes).

About Ginger

Ginger, one of the most favorite spices, comes from a humble looking root. A root with surprising zing. When used fresh, in tea, or fresh dried and ground, ginger has properties known to assist with nausea, digestion, and circulation.

Ginger Nutrition

Plus, it gives anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant support, to battle destructive free radicals that cause disease. Ginger also contains many vitamins like Vitamin C and B6, and minerals including magnesium and potassium. So it’s great for elderly nutrition.

You’ve probably heard that most gingerale (unless you get the natural kind) does not really have any ginger. So why do we take it to settle our stomach when it’s upset? It may be the carbonation that helps. Making fresh ginger tea does help, however.

And adding a little to cooking, such as our gingerbread cake dessert, helps keep our systems in good order and is great for elderly nutrition. In moderation.

Ginger is spicy and if used a lot, may result in a mild heartburn feeling, especially for those with elderly issues that cause sensitive stomach. This recipe does include a little fresh ginger, either grated from the root, or ground.

If you can’t get hold of fresh ginger, then using the standard ground ginger from the baking section of the grocery store will certainly be delicious too.

When you buy fresh ginger root, look for one that has a healthy skin, smooth not cracked, wrinkly and dry looking. It should also smell nice and spicy.

This gingerbread is loaded with other healthy ingredients, like the alternative sweeteners of pure maple syrup or raw honey. We also use whole wheat pastry flour (processed white flour is not very good for us); and nuts and raisins if you’d like. Molasses is another healthy ingredient, high in iron. (We discuss this more in our recipe for our natural molasses cookie recipe – also nice and spicy!

Spicy Gingerbread Cake

2 1/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup soft butter or margarine
1/2 cup pure maple syrup, or honey (raw is best)
1 cup molasses
2 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon salt
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp ground ginger (the fresher the better)
1/2 tsp fresh grated ginger –
…(or else just use 1 tsp of ground ginger)
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cloves
1 cup hot water
1/2 to 3/4 cup raisins (optional)
1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)

Cream butter with syrup or honey. Add molasses and egg. Beat well. Sift dry ingredients into mix – and add in alternately with water. Mix in raisins, if you are using them. Pour into a greased & floured 9-inch pan.

Bake at 350 F degrees for about 50 minutes. You can dust it with powdered sugar when done, if desired. Serve this healthy dessert with natural ice cream (have you ever tried Rice Dream instead??)or whipped cream.

I personally love crystallized ginger chunks, and like to put a little piece on top of the ice cream. That will really add some zing. This gingerbread cake recipe also works well as muffins.

Make sure to also see:

Spicy Easy Pumpkin Pie — Like spicy? This easy pumpkin pie recipe is perfect anytime, not just for the holidays. It is natural and nutritious, and we have 2 different variations.
Chicken Chocolate Sauce — A little spicy along with a little sweet, in this surprise sauce. Chicken chocolate sauce makes a fabulous new Mexican recipe for for dinner or a fiesta!
Make Chocolate Covered Strawberries — Learn how to make chocolate covered strawberries – the easy way! And fun decorating projects too!  Great for senior activities.

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This savory fish chowder recipe is so easy and brimming with nutrition, fresh ingredients, and special scrumptious seasonings. Excellent made with either fresh or frozen fish, any time of year. And it’s perfect for many of your other senior activities and parties.

Plus, this fish chowder recipe contains many of the vital nutrients from several of the primary food groups, including fish and vegetables. The more fresh and natural ingredients you use (rather than canned or frozen), the more vitamins and minerals your meal will contain. Organic, of course, is ideal. And if you want a great snack to go with it, see our page on Easy Healthy Snack Recipes.

Fresh soups are an excellent source of many. And soups can be seasoned according to dietary needs that may be experienced with certain elderly issues, including the need for a low-salt diet. Using pepper and spices is an ideal solution.

Savory Fish Chowder Recipe

You will need:

4 pieces of turkey bacon (lower in fat and sodium)
1/2 medium onion
3 Tablespoons of olive oil
2 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
¾ cup of diced carrots
3 to 4 cups of chicken broth
1 cups of cream or milk
1 cup of fresh corn removed from the cob, or frozen corn
1 1/2 pounds of cod or haddock, cubed – you can also use canned or fresh clams
1/2 Tablespoon of Thyme
1 bay leaf
Salt and pepper to taste
“Spike” brand seasoning to taste (optional)
1 Tablespoon of fresh or dried parsley
Optional: 1 cup dry white wine

Put broth large, heavy pot.
Put potato cubes and carrots into broth.
Turn up the heat and cook the potatoes until slightly soft.
You may need to mash a couple potatoes to release the starch and thicken the broth. Reduce the heat to low.
Add in the corn.

In a medium saucepan, sautee the turkey bacon and onion in olive oil (until soft but not brown).
Cut the turkey bacon into small pieces. Then add it with onion to the broth.

Add thyme and bay leaves.
(Make sure you season very well, as you still have to add in the fish).
Add the fish cubes and cook for about 10 minutes, covered.
Turn off the heat and let the fish finish cooking for about 5 minutes more.
Add in the cream or milk; stir carefully now that the fish has been added.
Add in optional white wine, if desired.
Add salt and pepper to taste (freshly ground pepper and sea salt are great).
“Spike” comes in a small jar and is a fabulous combination of herbs, seasonings and some salt. Try it!

Allow the chowder to sit for at least 20 minutes for the flavors to join.
Remove bay leaf.
Serve within the hour.
Sprinkle with parsley.
Otherwise, if the chowder will be served later, let it cool, cover, then refrigerate.
Reheat it over low heat before serving.

Also be sure to see:

Fun Fish Taco Recipe — Nutritious with a few surprises. A yummy alternative to the standard taco. And really easy!
Easy Salmon Recipes — Easy salmon recipes are in big demand now, because of increased awareness of the importance of “good” healthy Omega3 fats – which are abundant in salmon. These are exceptional!
Delicious Healthy Dessert Recipes — Delicious and fresh. Lots of ways to modify them, including for low salt or sugar ideas. Fun to make for either groups or individually.

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