Bon Voyage, Jan!
What a great time we’ve had celebrating Jan since she announced her retirement last month! Several of you were able to join us for her retirement open house in December, and the office staff had a great time the other night at dinner with Jan. Such fun, so many memories, so much laughter.
“May the road rise to meet you, may the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face and the rain fall soft upon your field and, until we meet again, may God hold you in the hollow of His hand.”
Karleen joined the Golden Horizons team in 2014. In her time with us, she has demonstrated consistency in her professionalism and her attentive care of her clients. Karleen is a stellar caregiver and a great team player. Thank you for your hard work, Karleen!
A story from Mr. W: On a trip to this country, my car stalled on the bridge to Newport. A stranger helped me.
I said, ”What do I owe you?”
He said, “Nothing, but when you get back
to England, say something nice about us.”
A Testimonial from Mrs. F: “Thank you for sending me T. She saved my life. I was really up against a wall without C. yesterday and she brought me through on the other side.”
Hungarian Hot Sausage and Lentil Stoup
*Stoup is a cross between a soup and stew, hence “stoup”
Total Time: 45 min | Prep: 15 min | Cook: 30 min.
- 2 tbsps extra-virgin olive oil, 2 turns of the pan
- 1 1/2 lbs bulk hot Italian sausage
- 3 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 2 portobello mushrooms, gills scraped out, chopped
- 1 c pre-shredded carrots (available in sacks in produce
department of the market)
- 1 c lentils
- 1 large starchy potato, peeled and chopped
- Salt and pepper
- 1 bay leaf, fresh or dried
- 2 tsps smoked paprika (or substitute a mix of 2 teaspoons cumin, 1 teaspoon sweet paprika and
- 2 pinches cayenne pepper
- 3 sprigs fresh rosemary, intact on stems
- 1 (14-oz) can fire roasted chopped tomatoes, such as Muir Glenn or, regular diced tomatoes
- 6 c chicken stock
- 4 c kale/chard, small bunch, veins removed & chopped
- Crusty pumpernickel bread (for table) and butter
Directions: Heat medium pot over medium high heat. Add extra-virgin olive oil, 2 turns of the pan, then add sausage to pot; brown and crumble it, then add garlic, onions and mushrooms. Cook a few minutes, then add carrots, lentils, potato, salt, pepper, bay leaf, paprika or substitute mixture and rosemary (leaves will fall from
stems as stoup cooks). Add tomatoes and broth and cover pot, then raise heat to high and bring to boil. Uncover pot and place heat back a bit but keep stoup at good rolling boil. Cook 15 min. until lentils and potatoes are tender. Wilt greens in small bunches, remove rosemary stems and turn off heat. Let stand 5 min. then serve in shallow bowls with bread and butter to mop up soup. Reheat leftovers thinning it with broth or water.
Source: www.foodnetwork.com; courtesy of Rachel Ray;
Submitted by Sarah White
This past weekend we saw a couple beautiful snowfalls. Winter is here. With winter weather come more dangerous road conditions. Here are some tips to help keep you safe on and off the road this winter.
Being prepared is key! Before serious winter weather sets in, take your car in for a maintenance checkup. Make sure all systems are working properly (especially defrost, heat and brakes) and all fluids are topped off (especially antifreeze).
It’s important to let your car warm up ahead of driving it during cold weather. Leave yourself enough time to start it and let it run for about 10 minutes. Run the car in open air, not in enclosed spaces like a garage. This will prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
Even the most experienced driver can slip on black ice or slide in snow drifts. Here are some tips to help avoid car crashes, quoted from the National Safety Council:
“- Never mix radial tires with other types of tires
- Avoid using your parking brake to slow or stop
- Do not use cruise control in wintery conditions
- Look and steer in the direction you want to go
- Accelerate and decelerate slowly
- Increase following distance to 8 to 10 seconds
- Know whether you have antilock brakes, which will
"pump" the brakes for you in a skid
- If possible, don't stop when going uphill
- Keep your gas tank at least half-full
- If you do get stranded, don't try to push your vehicle
out of snow
- Signal distress with a brightly colored cloth tied to the
antenna or in a rolled up window.”
Always maintain an emergency kit in your car. Always keep these items on hand in the car (again quoted NSC): "Properly inflated spare tire, wheel wrench and tripod jack, shovel, jumper cables, tow and tire chains, bag of salt or cat litter (for better tire traction or to melt snow), tool kit, flashlight and extra batteries, reflective triangles or flares, compass, first aid kit, windshield cleaner, ice
scraper and snow brush, matches in waterproof holder, scissors and string or cord, nonperishable, high-energy foods like unsalted, canned nuts, dried fruits, hard candy, blankets, mittens, socks and hats.” Be safe this winter!
Source: “Be Prepared for Winter Driving”; National Safety Council,