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by Gina Salazar, AD
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believes all things,
hopes all things,
endures all things.

never ends.....

I Corinthians 13:7,8
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Valentines Soda


Punch bowl
2 litter of 7 up
Strawberry Ice Cream
Whipped Cream
Strawberry sprinkles


Just put the 7up in the punch bowl and
put scoops of strawberry ice cream
into the 7 up,top with whipped cream
and then sprinkles.

Individual Cherry Pies


1 box of Graham Crackers
Muffin baking pan
Muffin paper cups
1 can Cherry pie filling


Just take the muffin pan and line with
the muffin cups,then crumble graham
crackers into bottom of cups for the
crust,top with cherry filling.Thats it. No
need to bake.Just take out of pan
and eat.

Sweet Heart Cut-Up Cake

Recipe Rating:
Prep Time: 20 min
Total Time: 1 hr 55 min
Makes: 12 servings


1 pkg. (2-layer size) cake mix, any
2 cups thawed COOL WHIP Whipped
Red food coloring  


PREPARE and bake cake mix as
directed on package, dividing batter
evenly between 8-inch square cake
pan and 8-inch round cake pan. Cool
CUT round cake in half. Leave square
cake whole. Place square cake on
serving tray in diamond position. Using
small amount of whipped topping to
hold pieces together, place half circles
against top 2 adjacent sides of square
cake to create "heart."  
FROST cake with remaining whipped
topping. Tint coconut pink with red food
coloring; sprinkle over frosting.
Decorate with assorted heart-shaped
candies, if desired. Store leftover cake
in refrigerator.  
Valentine Word Scramble:

Room Visits:

For this months theme box
you might include:

Different sizes,colors and textures of
hearts( felt,silk,paper).
Roses,real or fake.
Valentines cards
Soft music
Chocolate candy
A fake Wedding ring(get out of
a bubble gum machine)
Conversation hearts
Pictures of George Washington and
Abraham Lincoln
Red Hot candies
anything red or pink.

February Dates to Celebrate:

Feb.3 - Norman Rockwells Birth anniversary-Why don't you get a book of his
work and show it to your residents and discuss his work.Ask if they remember
the old Saturday Evening Post magizenes with his work on the cover....

Feb.8 - The Boy Scouts of America were incorporated on this day in 1910.- Why
don't you contact a local Boy Scout group and ask them to come in and play
some board games with your residents, serve refreshments.

Feb. 14 - Valentines Day - (See ideas below.)

National Potato Lovers Month:
Why not have a Potato Party?
Have a" Dress the Potato Head "contest.Get a Mr.Potato Head game and
blindfold the participants and give them a set time to try to make the face of the
Mr.Potato Head.
Get different types of potato chips and have a sample tasting of each type,talk
about which ones have the best flavor,etc.
Ask your residents about their favorite potato recipes.
Play a game and write on a white/chalk board all the things you can make with
potatoes,for example:chips,potato salad,soup,
Another fun game is to write the word P O T A T O on a white/chalk board and
see how many words the particpants can make out of the word.Some
examples are:POT,OAT,TOO,AT,TOP,TAP.(you get the idea)

Chinese New Year- Have a New Years Party- Get blowers and hats,serve fried
rice,won tons and hot green tea,do chinese new year trivia.(below)

National Cherry Month- Why not have a cooking class and make individual
cherry pies.(below)

National Bird Feeding Month- Make easy and inexpensive bird feeders out of all
those left over pinecones from Christmas.
Just get a pinecone and put peanut butter all over it and set it out for the birds.

National Snack Food Month- Why not have a Snack Food  Mystery Auction?
Get different types of snack
put each item into a brown paper bag and put numbers on the bags,then on an
index card with the same numbers as the bags,write down clues or the
slogans for each product in the bags.For example:For Lays Potato Chips-"No
one can eat just one", For Chips Ahoy  Chocolate Chip Cookies" A ton of chips
in each bite".Then give each participant some "funny money" to use to bid on
the items they want.For each item,read the clue and have the participants bid
on the items.

Valentine Crispy Cutouts

Recipe Rating:
Prep Time: 20 min
Total Time: 20 min
Makes: 12 servings, 1 cutout each

3 Tbsp. butter or margarine  
1 pkg. (10 oz.) JET-PUFFED Marshmallows or 1 pkg. (10-1/2 oz.) JET-PUFFED
Miniature Marshmallows  
8 drops red food coloring  
6 cups crisp rice cereal  
Assorted decorating icings  

MELT butter in large saucepan on low heat. Add marshmallows; cook until
marshmallows are completely melted and mixture is well blended, stirring
constantly. Remove from heat. Add food coloring; mix well.  
STIR in cereal. Press firmly into greased 15x10x1-inch pan. Cool completely.  
CUT into heart shapes with greased 4-inch cookie cutters. Decorate with icings
as desired.

Chinese Trivia & Chinese Zodiac visit:  Chinese Trivia
Valentines Games:

Conversation heart game

Materials Needed:
1 large bag of candy conversation hearts

This game is so easy. Just gather your residents and a bag of candy and form
a circle at a table and hand your residents a handful of hearts.The first person
puts down a heart then the next person adds to that saying on the first
heart,and so on to form a funny sentence.This game is fun and tasty  cause you
can eat the game when your done !!
Heart Fan Game:

40-50 tissue paper hearts(pre- made)different sizes and colors.
Paper plates(one per resident)
Pie tin

Put the pie tin in the middle of the room on the floor, toss all the tissue paper
hearts all around the pie tin.Seat your residents in a circle around the
hearts,then give them each a paper plate and have each resident take turns
fanning the hearts into the pie tin.Who ever gets the most in on their turn wins a

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