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About Jolene

Jolene has enjoyed working in
the healthcare field in such
capacities as Marketing
Director, Activity Director and
Coordinator of Dementia
programs. She currently holds
an Administrator's License and
works as an Activity Consultant.
She is the author of A+
Activites and owner and
operator of the A+ Activities
website, a website dedicated
to Activity Professionals that
has been in circulation for over
12 years.  

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An Apple a Day…                

Apples come in all shades of reds, greens, yellows.

2500 varieties of apples are grown in the United States and 7500 varieties of apples
are grown throughout the world.

The pilgrims planted the first United States apple trees in the Massachusetts Bay

Apples are a member of the rose family.

The most nutritious part of the apple is the skin.


  • 1 packet yellow cake mix
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 2 eggs, divided
  • 1 (20 ounce) can apple pie filling
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 350°F.
In a large bowl, combine cake mix, butter, and 1 egg; beat at low speed until crumbly.
Pour into an ungreased 13-by-9-inch cake pan; top with pie filling. Set aside.
In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar, walnuts, and cinnamon; sprinkle over
In a small bowl, beat together sour cream, remaining 1 egg, and vanilla. Pour over
sugar mixture.
Bake 45 minutes, until topping is golden. Serve warm or cool.


Supplies for Apple Printing:
  • paint, acrylic paint works great
  • apples,
  • popsicle sticks,
  • plates
Pour some paint onto a paper plate. You can use the paint as is, or you can mix it with a
little water for a lighter stamp look.
Next, cut your apples. You need to cut them as straight and flat as possible. If they are
not flat, paint won’t show up on the paper in certain spots. You can cut your apple all
different ways.

Take a stick and put it in the top end of the apple to give your stamp a handle.
Then dip your apple in paint, and stamp. You may need to rock the apple back and forth
to make sure the stamp got all sides of paint on the paper.


Things You'll Need
  • Peeler
  • Pan
  • Salt water
  • Lemon Juice
  • Dish cloth
  • Paring knife
  • Oven
  • Food Dehydrator
  • Trays
  • Scrap fabric
  • Black dress pins
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Wooden dowel
  • Cotton batting
  • Hot glue gun and glue
  • Felt

  1. Peel large, firm apples without bruises or other marks, one per doll.
  2. Place the apples gently into a pan filled with salt water. The water should cover
    the apples. Add 4 oz. of lemon juice to the salt water. Let the apples soak for 30
    to 45 minutes. Pat the surface dry with a dish cloth. (The salt-water-lemon
    mixture keeps the apples from turning dark. Let the apples dry naturally if you
    want dark-skinned dolls.)
  3. Carve the apples with a paring knife to create a head, which is round in back
    with flat sides. Carve out areas under the eyes so that a portion is left for the
    nose. Cut a slit for the mouth and curves for the chin and ears.
  4. Dry the apples in a food dehydrator or oven. Set a food dehydrator to 135
    degrees Fahrenheit. If you use an oven, set it to 200 degrees Fahrenheit, place
    the apples on a tray in the oven and leave the oven door slightly ajar for four to
    five hours. Frequently check the drying apples.
  5. You can also air dry apples in dry, sunny areas (rain or moist weather conditions
    will rot the apples). To air dry, place the apples on a screen or tray in a warm
    area, but not in direct sunlight. This process takes two to three weeks.
  6. Make doll clothes while the apples are drying. Use scraps of material, cutting
    dresses for female dolls and pants and shirts for males.
  7. Assemble the dolls' bodies after the apples are dried by pushing wooden
    dowels into the apples. The dowels should stop midway through the apple
    heads. Use black-headed pins for eyes.
  8. Other alternatives include using store-bought doll bodies or making stick-figure
    bodies with heavy wire and pliers.
  9. Thread the other end of the dowels into the doll clothes. Cinch the clothes at the
    top of the dowels by sewing the cloth securely underneath the apple-head
    necks. Hot glue cotton-batting hair to the dolls' heads. Add felt hands at the
    clothing sleeves and felt shoes at trouser cuffs for male dolls. Decorate the
    dolls with spectacles, miniature walking canes, or other items.


Make a pretty apple garland with dried apple slices. Slice apples into 1/8”
thick across the core. Soak in lemon juice and salt (1 ½ tablespoon salt per 1 cup of
lemon juice) for 20 minutes. The lemon juice and salt preserves the apple slices and
keeps them from turning brown. Pat the slices dry and lay on a baking pan. Sprinkle
with cinnamon and ground cloves, and bake at 150 degrees for about 6 hours or until
they look and feel leathery.

Help your residents gather pretty fall leaves to add to the fall garland. Make a small hole
through the center of the apple slices and leaves. Cut fall ribbon or fabric into 1” x 6”
pieces. You will need lots of apple slices, leaves, and ribbon pieces for a long garland.
To string the garland, thread an apple slice and several leaves onto jute string, and tie a
ribbon bow onto the string. Repeat this pattern until the garland is the desired length.
Tie autumn colored ribbon on each end to secure.