Category Archives: Activities

Olympiatrics or the Utah Golden Games

Bring the games back!  URTA is putting together the  Olympiatrics or the Utah Golden Games back together!  If you are interested in getting involved please contact them!
Do you remember the Olympiatrics or the Utah Golden Games? How much satisfaction and joy our residents got out of them!
If you do not remember this wonderful program, here is a brief overview:
The “Games” were put together by RT’s in long term, rehab centers, assisted living and other facilities as a yearly event to promote exercise, friendly competition and a healthy lifestyle in residents in various settings/age groups. We offered different categories to compete in which included, bowling, darts, basketball, golfing, horseshoes, kickball, volleyball,  bean bag toss, walk/wheelchair races and a fun dance competition. The residents would generally practice and train all year long and when the day finally arrived, we would all gather at a centralized location and hold the “Games”. It generally lasted all day. There was a small charge for each entrant, which covered the cost of T-shirts and medals/certificates. At the end of competition, the residents would receive 1st, 2nd and 3rdplace awards in each category.  Even if they didn’t win, each received a special certificate for participation, a T-shirt and a great time.
We are interested in starting the games up again and are willing to head the committee.
What we would need is a count of about how many facilities are interested, and how many would be willing to let us use equipment the day of the event. (Bowling sets, dart sets, golf clubs, and basketball hoops, etc.)
We also would love to have you on the committee! Help us bring back the games to our residents!
Please contact Jena VanBuskirk, 801-458-0363 or Amber Andreason, 801-425-0243 with questions, concerns and please let us know your thoughts!

Spring Cooking Class

Susan’s Rhubarb Crisp

rhubarb crisp

Easy Lemon Crumble Bars

Blueberry Buckle Muffins

Strawberry-Orange Pasta Salad

Strawberry-Orange Pasta Salad recipe

Favorite Topped Deviled Eggs

Favorite Topped Deviled Eggs

Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon Chips

Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon Chips Recipe

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Spring Crafts

Wind Chime

Spring Flower Bowl

Daffodil Suncatchers


Yarn Butterflies

Yarn butterfly craft

Spring Nature Crafts

Egg Carton Bug Mobile

Egg Carton Bug Mobile

Spring Tote Bag

Also look on for more spring craft ideas!


March Cooking Demos

Homemade Peanut Butter

Peanut Butter Banana Delight

Spring Appetizer Starter 

spring appetizer recipe idea

Easter Eggs In A Nest

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Posted by on February 18, 2013 in Activities


“Cooking From The Heart” – February Cooking Groups

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Easy Microwave Cracker Jack Recipe


  1. In large paper bag, put popcorn and peanuts. In 1 1/2 qt glass bowl, put brown sugar, butter and Karo syrup. Put syrup in microwave on High for 2 min. Stir. Microwave on High for 3 min. Add in soda. Pour syrup over popcorn. Shake to mix. Place popcorn, in bag, in microwave 1 1/4 min on High. Shake; microwave 1 minute on High. Cold. Enjoy. Store in an air tight container.

Cherry Pie II Recipe

Cherry Pie –

Chinese New Year Fortune Cookies

Super Easy Mardi Gras King Cake

The Best Ever Chocolate Mousse Recipe Ever Recipe

Best Ever Chocolate Mousse

Big Soft Ginger Cookies Recipe

Big Soft Ginger Cookies

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

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.

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.

Brown Sugar Blondies
adapted from

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup to 1 1/3 cup M&M’s

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).

Mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and set aside. Melt 1/3 cup butter. Add 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar and mix well. Cool slightly. Add egg (beaten) and vanilla and blend well. Add flour mixture, a little at a time, mixing well. Mix in 2/3 cup M&M’s. Spread in 9 x 9 x 2 inch pan. Sprinkle 1/3 to 2/3 cup M&M’s on top. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Store in airtight container at room temperature.

Baked Crab Won Tons Recipe

Baked Crab Won Tons Recipe

Heart Healthy Recipe Diabetes Recipe
Here’s a quick and easy appetizer recipe that is sure to impress your guests. These baked crab won tons are a healthy alternative to fried crab cakes.


    • 1/2 cup light cream cheese, softened
    • 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
    • 1/4 cup light mayonnaise
    • 3 garlic cloves, minced
    • Black pepper to taste
    • 1 Tbsp grated ginger
    • 1 can (6 oz) jumbo crabmeat
    • 30 won ton wrappers
    • 1 egg white
    • 1/2 Tbsp water


    • Preheat oven to 350°.
    • In a medium bowl, mix cream cheese, green onions, mayonnaise, garlic, black pepper and ginger until combined. Gently stir in crabmeat. Set aside.
    • Lightly coat 2 muffin pans with nonstick cooking spray. Place 1 won ton wrapper in each cup. Fill each won ton wrapper evenly with crab mixture. Wrap won ton corners down.
    • In a small bowl, whisk together egg white and water.
    • Brush egg white wash over won tons.
    • Bake for 20 minutes, or until won ton edges are golden brown. Repeat with remaining won tons and filling. Serve warm.
Yield: 15 serving


On the Go activity kits

Merab at Silverado has put together some great “on the go” activity kits for both her activity assistants and CNA staff.

The first kit is a “beauty club” kit. She has all of the supplies needed to perform the activity including: the name of the activity in a little frame with a stand, manicure supplies, hair styling supplies, beauty supplies as well as different magazines/pictures about beauty.

The second kit is the the “cameo boutique” kit.  Again she has the name of the activity in a little frame with a stand (purchased cheap at Ross), some costume jewelry, mirrors, scarves, and pictures.  On the back of the laminiated pictures, she has a write up on how to lead the activity including different reminisce topics that you may discuss with the residents.  She keeps this kit in a wicker basket in a place where both activity and CNA staff can easily access and use as an impromptu activity.

Thanks for sharing!



What are my peers doing?

Here’s some pictures of different activities that I took at different facilities (special thanks for those who shared)sensory pillow life task 2 life skills games men's group games2 craft halloween craft: