End of Life Preferences

September 25, 2019

Do you know what your loved ones end of life care preferences are? How about your own? When our loved ones are nearing end of life, there are a lot of decisions and choices that need to be made.

We should all consider if our wishes are known by those who will speak for us when we are near death.

At any age, a medical emergency could leave you too ill or injured to make your own health care decisions.

Making a health care plan is a very important step to make sure you get the medical care and intervention that you would want.

A few important pieces to consider are

  • Who do you want to represent you when you cannot make decisions for yourself?
  • Do you want extreme measures taken to prolong life?
  • Do you wish to pass at home?
  • What would you want your family to do for arrangements once you pass?
  • What is important to you?

Involve your loved ones in the conversation. Ultimately, these are all choices that you have, but you can share your wishes with your family now.

Talk to your doctor. Have your advanced care plans documented with your physician or hospital so that your wishes will be known and honored.

Sometimes this is a very hard conversation to have, but one that you should do today. You and your family will be glad that you did.

September Has Arrived

September 6, 2019

In our area of the country that means fall is here. Time for back to school, Football Friday, sweatshirts in the evening, and packing away those summer clothes.

So many good fruits and veggies are still in season. In our family, nothing says September more than apples! We have so many family favorites. Apple dumplings, apple pie, coffee cake, apple cider and so much more!

One of our go to breakfast recipes is Apple Cinnamon Pancakes! Such a fun twist on a breakfast staple!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/3 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp.baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, divided
  • 1 tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 4 tbsp. butter, divided, plus more for cooking
  • 1 large egg, separated
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 c. milk
  • 4 large apples, peeled, cored, and finely chopped (about 5 to 6 cups)
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar

  1. Mix flour, baking powder, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, sugar, and salt in a medium bowl. Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter. In a large bowl, whisk to combine egg yolk, vanilla, milk, and melted butter. Gently fold dry ingredients into wet ingredients until just combined, then fold in 1½  cups of chopped apple.
  2. In another medium bowl, using a hand mixer, beat egg white until stiff peaks form. Fold egg white into batter gently with a rubber spatula until just combined.
  3. Make apple topping: in a small saucepan over medium heat, melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter. Add remaining apples, brown sugar, remaining 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, and a 1/4 cup water. Cook, stirring occasionally, until apples have softened and mixture is jammy, 10 to 15 minutes.
  4. In a large frying pan over medium heat, melt 1 tablespoon butter. Pour about 1/4 cup pancake batter into pan. When little bubbles appear, about 1 to 2 minutes, flip and continue cooking until both sides are lightly golden. Repeat with remaining batter, adding more butter to pan as needed. Serve pancakes topped with apple mixture.

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