Remembering National Pumpkin Day

IMG_0896.JPGWe missed it here at St. Anne’s, but did you know that yesterday (Oct. 26) was National Pumpkin Day?

This observance hits close to home around St. Anne’s.  It seems that every year someone(s) thinks of us when they have extra pumpkins.  We use them to decorate in early fall, carve them for Halloween jack lanterns, and finally, cut them up and bake them for use in pumpkin treats throughout the coming months.

It seems that Native Americans had a somewhat related idea long before European settlers ever cam to this continent.  According to All About Pumpkin, they “roasted pumpkin strips over campfires and used them as a food source.”  This source further explained that “[p]umpkins helped The Native Americans make it through long cold winters.  Another interesting fact they provided is that native peoples actually made flour out of dried pumpkin and dried the shells to make containers for grain.  The blossoms, according to this same source, were added to stews.  We have not gone that far here at St. Anne’s.

This year, someone ‘donated’ two large pumpkins so that our residents (and staff) could have the fun of guessing the weight.  It was a bit of a challenge to get them onto the nurses’ scale, but we discovered that they weighed 34.1 lbs. and 56.6 lbs.

So what will we do with all of that pumpkin weight, you might ask.  In the past, we’ve cut the pumpkins into strips or pieces and steamed them in our convection oven.  We then let them cool, peel them and mash them before putting them in freezer bags.

Our residents really enjoy the homemade pumpkin treats that we are thus able to provide throughout the year.  Especially popular have been our pumpkin oatmeal cookies.  When making these from frozen pumpkin, we’ve learned that it’s best to strain the excess water off the pumpkin first.

We just used up the last of the 2015 pumpkin supply about a month ago.  It’s a good thing we have an abundance of apples to fill in until we bake up our giant pumpkins out front after Halloween!

Spread the News…and you could win a free lunch!

The St. Anne’s Annual
Craft / Bake / Variety Sale
(with Christmas Rummage items)
is coming up
Saturday, October 22
10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
with our
Soup & Sandwich Luncheon
from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
offering three soups to choose from,
a ham or turkey sandwich, dessert and a beverage
for $8.00.

We hope to see you there!

clean_spread_the_wordIf you help us get the word out (via Facebook or email), we’ll enter you in a drawing for a free ticket to our luncheon.  Just let us know that you’ve done it (e.g.,  a bcc. on email;’Share’ our Facebook event) and you’ll be entered.

Copy…Copy!

mc770This past week, the company we contract with supplied us with an updated machine, for which we are grateful.  The new machine reminded us of a humorous occurrence from a few years past.

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A certain Monday morning, maybe four years ago or so, if you happened to be walking past the main office here at St. Anne’s Guest Home, you might have heard the above exclamation from a insistent nurse.

This morning ‘happened’ to be April Fools Day.  The night before, Sr. Elaine had been working at the reception desk until 10 p.m.  At the request of Sr. Christina, who wished to be able to claim innocence, had asked her to tape a little notice to the copy machine in the back of our main office.

The notice read: “Liberty Business Solutions has recently provided us with a new update: This machine is now voice-activated.  To have the machine perform a function, simply speak the command for the task you wish it to carry out.  Chuck [an office employee here] has been trained in the proper use of this update.  If you have any questions, please ask him.”

Let it be known that there was no such technologically advanced update given us.  Sr. Christina had just found this idea when doing some research on harmless April Fools jokes.

Nonetheless, neither the nurse mentioned above nor any other staff were informed of the happenings.

Sr. Rebecca, on passing through the office early Monday morning, saw the note ant thought it strange, since Chuck had not been here all weekend and she (the administrator) knew nothing of it.  She let it go, however, and proceeded on to chapel.

A little while later, when she had returned to the office, our nurse on duty came in.  She stopped, read the notice, and said “Copy…”  When the machine proved unresponsive, she re-read the notice and tried again: “Copy…copy.”

When the nurse’s repeated efforts proved fruitless, the other staff witnessing the events started laughing.  So much for a voice-activated machine!

Are You Achin’ to do Some Bakin’?

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In a post last October, we offered information about the benefits of baking.  In the last few months, we’ve realized this firsthand with a few of our residents, who enjoy the chance to “get domestic.”  We’ve given them a chance to help mixing up cookies or other treats to serve. They remember doing such work in years past and enjoy being a part of a project like this; they don’t mind a compliment on their tasty results, either.

We’d like to offer you a similar opportunity!

Do you enjoy baking, but not have much of an outlet?  (Maybe you’re not too eager for the extra pounds that come from indulging in a lot of baked goods.)

Our annual bake sale is coming up on October 22nd.  If you’d like to bake something(s) to contribute to our sale, we would appreciate it.

You can even fill out the form below to let us know what you’re planning.

PS: We won’t tell on you if you sample it first 🙂