I'm a hit. I got all the ingredients to make my easy peasy Pumpkin Cheesecake and took them up to West Rest Haven and got it all set up and at first I thought I was going to be run out because they thought they were going to play domino and instead they got me. But once they figured out there was going to be dessert, they settled down. I was staring out at over 20 little old lady's and a few gents in wheelchairs and figured they could take me. It took a long time for them to get them all settled in and I'm just standing there thinking."I"m fucked, these old folks are going to turn on me and I'll never get out of here alive."...But they were very sweet and eager to like me and laughed at all my jokes and when I told them I lived at the Retirement Apartments and the only thing I missed about my little house was I couldn't do nekkid rain dances in the yard any more they all laughed and wanted me to teach them the dance. Of course a few of them wanted to know if I was Czech and I said no but I was a fond admirer of Gerik's kolaches. It only takes about 10 minutes to make the pies from top to bottom, and normally I'm a little stingy on the topping cause it looks better with just a nice ring of ready whip around the top. But knowing they were only going to get one small piece I loaded the top of those 2 pies with a ton of ready whip..They were oohing and aaahing all over the place. Every one loved it and were disappointed they couldn't have seconds. They were only allowed to have one piece as they are all on restricted diets. When I was looking for a knife to cut the pies I had to get Kathy( x-daughter-in-law..mother of Jenny and Jamie) to unlock the cabinet where she keeps them. When I found out they were rationed on sweets I said now I know why they lock up the knives, so you won't get one and take over the kitchen. They really thought that was funny. I was pretty proud of myself. With the exception of saying I thought I would be screwed if they didn't like the Pumpkin Cheesecake, because they outnumbered me(they laughed at that) I behaved myself. Well, I did teach Jackie how to give the finger to Kathy. I'm sure the novelty of Jackie giving her the finger will soon wear off and she'll be calling me to ream my ass. One little sweetie pulled me down and whispered something in my ear in Czech and I said I don't speak Czech and she said 'I said your awesome.'......who knew a 80+ little Czech lady knew the word awesome and in Czech.
I had so much fun, you just can't imagine. Some of them were barely able to keep their heads up and had to be fed, but most of them are spry and alert and all have great senses of humor. I walked one lady back to her room on her walker and we talked and she's smart and alert and when her walker kept pulling to the right I said 'It must be a Republican'...she laughed so hard she had to stop walking. Made my day.And they hug. Oh my all the hugs I got. So I'm hooked and now looking for more easy tasty recipes to make for them. They do it once a month but Kathy said I could do it more often if I wanted. Plus after the first of the year I'm going to go do the book cart and will take some books from home to donate as they are low on reading material.
They like to do crossword puzzles, circle words and they play cards and domino's all the time. I think they need to have a beauty parlor there. They used to have someone come in once a week or so and do their hair, but think they need to have a full little shop and someone to run it so they can get their hair done more often.
If anyone has any recipe for appetizers or snacks or any kind of meal..send them to me. I was thinking about getting those little won ton shells and filling them with re fried beans and cheese. Little mini nachos. Won tons aren't too fattening and high in carbs. Can't wait till this summer when I can do some stuff on the barbecue that they have. Make hot dogs or hamburgers. I'm looking forward to doing this and maybe be able to take some of them to the library if they would like. Should be lots of fun, and Goddess knows I need something to do and keep me out of trouble. Plus think of the posts I can do ..ha..
So send me any recipes you have and have a wonderful new year.