Thursday, August 18, 2011

Movie Day Reviews

by Bev

Dan in Real  Life  (Story)

Dan is a widower and father of three girls.  On his way to a big family gathering he meets a woman who he falls for only to find out later that day that it’s his brother’s new girlfriend, who was delaying going to the same weekend get-together.  Let the awkwardness ensue.

Hidalgo   (Story)
Frank T. Hopkins and his top endurance race horse, Hidalgo, are challenged to run the “Ocean of Fire”, a 3000 mile race across the deserts of Arabia to prove that they are the best.  In harsh conditions that neither are prepared for and through multiple attempts on both their lives these thrilling adventurers do not disappoint.
Consensus was that “Dan in Real Life”  was a very enjoyable afternoon and remains the one we recommend to watch,  “Hidalgo” was, however,  received with less enthusiasm.  There were only five of us in attendance, but  the overwhelming feeling was that it was a good story, but could have been told in a shorter or more exciting way.  The movie was “slow” for a horse race.

 We wait for some of your suggestions for future movies.  Having a choice of two or more is always good to accommodate everyone’s taste and past viewed titles.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Come to the Next Movie!

We will be showing this movie at the Moving Forward Group time of
Monday, August 8th from 1 to 3 pm.

Everyone is welcome so please come and join us!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Movie Day at SAM: Dan in Real Life

It was such a hot day that it felt pretty good to be inside with the lights down watching a movie and eating popcorn and treats. Thanks Bev for organizing such a fun afternoon.

So what did we think of the movie?

"We thought it was a very good movie good for all ages, men, women."
"It was fine.. enjoyable and very entertaining"
"It was a tear-jerker  and the girls in the movie taught their Dad a lesson. "
 and one younger visitor  gave it a thumbs up.

The general consensus is that it is highly recommended!

Our next movie day will be August 8th from 1 to 3 pm and we will be seeing the movie Hidalgo.  Click on the name to see a preview on YOUTUBE

We will see you on Movie Day!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Summer Picnic

  I hope everyone had a wonderful Long Weekend! 

Canada map |  
Happy Canada Day!
    Most of us have memories that go back before "Canada Day" and before the red and white maple leaf flag.  Do you remember the long weekend at the start of Summer being "Dominion Day"?  Our kids won't know what we're talking about. Just as the last time I heard the "Confederation Day" moniker was when we celebrated the "Centennial", our countries 100th birthday.  (Now it's remembered as the name we proudly put on a new sports arena that half a century later has seen better days.) Yup.  It's all talking about the same day,  July 1, starting in 1867.
    You can change the name, but it remains the celebration of our country's birthday,  144 years ago, now.
    Speaking of birthdays.  We haven't forgotten our neighbour's birthday, either.

    The Fourth of July was a success for us this year.  We don't wear Red, White and Blue, but  "We the people" of the Moving Forward Group planned and executed a memorable Picnic across the street in the park.  Summer is now officially here. 
 We weren't many, 9 attended, including an 18 month grandchild, but we were mighty.  Each of us had a food to bring and share; we had potato salad, two kinds of sandwiches,  egg and tuna, fruit pieces, cheese and crackers, tablecloths, cutlery, plates and napkins, vegetables and dip and Strawberry short cake. What more could we want?  We were in wheel chairs, walkers, canes and better.  Even the weatherman (who lies every time his mouth moves) promised thunder showers.  We could not be phased.  We made the thunder hold off until we were ready to leave at 3:00 pm. and then the skies opened but we didn't care. The lightning was our Canadian Fire Works.
    We played Bocce Ball and the winner was Jimmy Lee from his wheel chair.  Your tosses were straight and true Jimmy. Congratulations! 
    Our next meeting will not be until July 18th.

A special thanks to Bev our Guest Blogger for this week! Good job on the post Bev!!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Healthy Lunch: Stir Fry

 This week we made Stir Fried Chicken.

 First you will need to chop up all the vegetable ingredients.

We used:
pea pods
orange, red and yellow peppers

Put a little sesame oil in your hot pan or wok and stir fry. Add denser ingredients like carrots first. You can add soy sauce or terriyaki sauce to the vegetables near the end of the cooking time.
Remove the cooked vegetables to a separate bowl.

Next you need to cook up or heat the meat. We used a precooked, package of chicken strips from the deli section. Heat it with a bit of pre-minced garlic from a jar and a bit more sesame oil. Add the vegetables and reheat and then remove the heated food to another bowl.

Add  the vermicelli noodles or Shanghai noodles to the pan and brown lightly. Mix up a sauce by mixing about a quarter cup of water into a tablespoon or so of cornstarch and add a splash of oyster sauce, mushroom soy sauce and stir in with the noodles.

Place a bed of noodles on the plate and top with the chicken vegetable mixture.

Thank-you Jim for such a great meal suggestion and for showing us how to do this dish. and thanks everyone for all the chopping, cooking and bringing all the ingredients.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Chocolate Making

We have a couple of Chocolate Lovers in the group and we started discussing how easy it is to make nice homemade Chocolates.

It seemed like a good project for the week before Easter so we brought in a bunch of chocolate molds and melting chocolate, sucker sticks, and food coloring. Everyone was surprised at exactly how much fun it was and how easy the craft is.  Now that we know how to do these chocolates we discussed making some for next year as a fundraiser or perhaps as table favors for some SAM event.

We have an assortment of really cute Halloween and Winter holiday themed chocolate molds.

Look for more about our chocolate making in the Fall!

If you would like more information about making your own chocolate Bunny  a
good basic page with directions is on eHow.

(The picture is from the eHow site.)

Monday, April 4, 2011

Movie Day at SAM

Movie Day at the Stroke Recovery Association

We decided to have a Movie Day at SAM (Stroke Association of Manitoba

The decision was made to try having a movie event in the afternoon because so many of our members are free during the day. On the other hand many family members would not be able to attend at that time but we have to start somewhere. The movie Date Night was chosen because it seemed funny and like it might have an appeal to people who like an action show as well as people who enjoy romantic comedy.

We made some posters to put up around SAM, made popcorn, picked up some pop and rented the movie. Amongst other things, we learned that microwave popcorn is hard to make in an older microwave you are not used to. Next time I think would buy pre-popped popcorn and just relax at the event instead of worrying about how long to cook popcorn.

Our biggest challenge was that we had a large wall mount TV purchased recently and it was not yet installed on the wall. We went back and forth about getting a date to install it and we really appreciated Peter getting it installed on the wall for us.  The TV looks good and we think that we will be getting more use  out of it with time. We don't have cable into the space so we can't actually watch TV, but we have lots of DVDs and videos.   We are hoping to get cable some time in the future. A few of us can picture the fun of a Grey Cup and Super Bowl party and a few of us would like together to see the Oscars and other broadcasts as a group. There is a fair bit of interest is watching curling too.

We didn't have a huge group attending our first Movie Day but everyone who did attend seemed to have a really good time. We are thinking this would make a good seasonal event and plan on doing it again perhaps in the Fall.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Bowling is Fun

Stroke Recovery Association of Manitoba goes Bowling

Our little planning group at SAM realized that some of our members were interested in having a bowling event.  I don't think we had a very clear idea of what all a bowling afternoon for stroke survivors would entail but we jumped on in and started planning. I called the alleys and found and booked an accessible bowling alley and I made name tags. April and her husband arranged for prizes and a few giveaways,  and Dave and Murray worked out the teams and advertising. Sherry called the bowling alley and got them to donate soft-drinks for our event. Dave also did a bit of video recording of the event.  The price for our event was very reasonable too because we were bowling in the off time between 4 and 6 pm.

We had a total of 19 people attend this past Monday, and everyone seemed to have a good time. We arranged for the bowling alley gutters to be filled with a rubber bumper so there were no gutter balls for us. The alley has a wheelchair ramp and they have a metal gadgets that lets you release and roll the ball down the bowling lane from a chair. We grouped into teams and then we played bingo bowling teams. The objective is to fill a bingo card.. throw 2's 3's 5's and spare and strike. Because we were playing as a team and not looking for a high score there was very little stress and lots of fun and "team spirit". 

There were a few problems for sure and we will be talking about it in the next few weeks.  One thing we found out was that as a group of stroke people we don't have a lot of endurance and we should plan for shorter events when they are active like this. Part way through the event a kids party started on the other side of the room, and the lights were dimmed and we found that we were now playing "glow bowling". In a way it was fun to see us and our shoe laces glowing.. but it made it a bit more difficult for a few people with vision problems. The disco ball and some moving lights also pretty much did in me and one other lady. I had an almost instant headache and started having trouble staying upright.  So now I know that .. bingo bowling is a ton of fun and absolutely no glow bowling for me!

There was a trophy at SAM from a decade ago that was just collecting dust. We are going to have the "team name" of the winning team engraved on a little plaque and we will award it officially to the team members at the upcoming Annual General Meeting.

I think one of the nicest things to come of this event was that several people said they didn't know that bowling was an option for them anymore.  They are now confident that this was a form of recreation they can enjoy with friends and family in the near future.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Healthy Cooking: Panini Sandwich Day

"Healthy Cooking Day" at SAM (Stroke Recovery Association of Manitoba) is really being a success.

We are becoming such a great group and our friendships are really growing as well as a sense of teamwork. We all bring a variety of skills to these lunches. Candace, for example brings a dedication to making healthy food choices, Dave in organizing and cheering us on, Jim has experience in the food industry and is full of practical ideas for making these things actually work. Then there are a few like me that are all for social events and especially food related ones!

Today's plan was "Panini Sandwiches".

Jim offered to bring his Panini maker and told us about enjoying Havarti cheese and luncheon meat.
Panini sandwiches at his house. We wound up deciding to bring a variety of ingredients and to experiment a bit.

We served this with a purchased veggie platter. I actually picked up a premade tray at Safeway. I had originally planned on preparing the platter myself, but I got too busy and too tired. If our plan is healthy eating made easy for stroke survivors; prepared fruits and veggies from the supermarket can save a lot of energy, time and stress. I was thinking it was going to be kind of an expensive decision, but I found the package was actually on sale today. I also think that by time I bought all the different veggies and dip separately there would be so much wastage and trimming that it really would not have been that much of a saving after all.

            Panini Variations

7 grain bread
low fat margarine (butter would have been a good idea too)
4 or 5 kinds of deli sliced luncheon meats such as shaved ham and smoked turkey
2 tomatoes
bag of washed fresh baby spinach
Havarti cheese slices 
light Italian 3 cheese blend

Heat the close topped grill or panini maker and it will tell you when it is ready. Butter two slices of bread. Put in what ever you want -- but keep the buttered side out to help it toast and keep it from sticking to the grill!  One hint is that cheese is good to include because it helps stick it all together.  One of us liked having a mix of different meats and cheeses, and another liked making a veggie and cheese only option.

It was so good that most of us had seconds and tried out a different combination of ingredients.

Next month will be "wraps".  We talked about what kind of wraps are out there and we will be doing a grilled chicken based wrap. We also agreed that we want to taste a Heart Smart Granola Cookie. We are also looking forward to Carol's Famous Chocolate Brownies.  We think Healthy Cooking and eating can include reasonable portions of yummy treats.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Turkey Chili

Our monthly "Healthy Cooking Day" at SAM (Stroke Recovery Association of Manitoba) was once again a lot of fun.

It is amazing how much fun it is to share in making healthy lunches for ourselves and it is exciting to see some growth in the number of people attending. We are at about 6 to 8 people attending now.

We try to find healthy food options that we can enjoy together and trying to figure out easy ways to prepare it. This is especially tricky without a stove so we are really working on using what is available to us.

We decided at the previous lunch that this month would be Turkey Chili. We thought we would do it as low fat as possible and we also tried to make it fast and easy. One of our members, Murray, brought a hands free can opener for us to use. You just set it on top of the can and push a button and the can gets opened. It is such a great option for people with limited use of one of their hands. It worked just great and we really would recommend it. I was going to take pictures but I forgot my camera this time so you will just have to use your imagination.

I brought my larger non-stick electric frying pan and we got to work chopping.

The menu this time was Turkey Chili on Whole Wheat rolls. Jim was kind enough to bring homemade muffins. "Mrs Jim" is a wonderful baker!

Turkey Chili

0.75 k of lean ground turkey
1/2 large green pepper chopped fine
1/2 large red pepper chopped fine
2 ribs of celery chopped fine
1/2 large white onion chopped fine

1 28 oz can of tomatoes
1 12 oz can of kidney beans drained
1 12 oz can of black beans drained

Add chili powder, salt & pepper to taste. (Easy on the salt, after all we are trying to be healthy here)

We chopped the vegetables and fried them up. We fried up the ground turkey meat. The non-stick surface made oil or fat unnecessary and it was fine, but a bit might have been a good idea. Next we added the tomato, beans and spices and we stirred it up carefully. We brought the mixture to a boil while stirring frequently, then we lowered it to a simmer, put the lid on and let it cook for about 30 minutes stirring occasionally. We sampled it part way through and decided to add some more chili powder to "heat" it up a little more.

It was delicious. Honest!

We discussed options for next time and the final choice is Pannini Variations. The plan started with Havarti cheese and turkey on rye but we are now planning on using different cheeses, different deli meats and a few different add ins for us to choose from. We will also have a raw veggie platter with dip. YUMMM