July 2017 | Wesley Glen Retirement Community

Simple Summer Appetizers to Make for Your Guest

Summer’s a great time to have fun – and a great time to eat.  If you’re looking to entertain, you’ll need to find good appetizers.  Below are a few simple appetizers that you can serve all summer long.
Fruit Salad
The classic fruit salad in the essence of simplicity.  Cut up a bit of melon, a bit of honeydew and throw in a few grapes and you will have one of the simplest summer appetizers you can imagine.  A good fruit salad is a healthy, simple app that is still a hit with guests.
When it comes to simple appetizers, dips are hard to beat.  You can stir together eight ounces of softened cream cheese, milk, and a bit of horseradish to make a quick dip that can be served with flatbread or with cucumbers.  This dip will add a bit of heat, but still go down smoothly even when it is hot outside.  Other dips, like pico de gallo or creamy avocado can work as great summer apps.
Cheese Trays
Cheese trays are incredibly simple apps that can work well at an indoor summer party.  Get a few blocks of cheese – usually one that’s mild, one that’s hot, and one that’s got some bite – and slice into small cubes.  Guests can pick and choose among their favorites as they mill about.  This is a great app because it requires no cooking skill; if you have a knife, you can put this one together!
Fruit Skewers
A clever take on classic kebabs, fruit skewers are a hit among party goers who are looking to stay cool in the summer heat.  Take a skewer and then alternate strawberries, grapes, pineapple bits, and even pieces of melon as you like.  These skewers tend to go quick, so make sure to put together a few more than you would think necessary.

Tips to Enjoy Summer to The Fullest

Just like the old song says, “Summertime and the living is easy.” After months of staying inside because of cold and inclement weather, the warmer months make us want to get outside and do something. Getting out and doing something not only helps you maintain a healthy body, it also maintains a health mind and positive psyche.
Getting outside for your activities is beneficial in a number of way. For one, you’ll have greater exposure to Vitamin D, which helps fight osteoporosis, cancer, heart attacks and depression. Make getting outside a goal for the next few months, even if it only means going for a short walk or sitting outside on a patio or deck. Keep these summer health tips in mind whenever you go outside. Avoid excessively hot and humid days, especially if you have respiratory issues. Make sure to wear a hat to avoid excessive exposure to sun and take a bottle of water with you wherever you go to keep well hydrated.
Even if you have mobility issues, it’s easier to get outside and participate in fun activities during the summer. Choose activities where you can spend time sitting and relaxing such as fishing, evening concerts, outdoor movies, picnics and the lake. Watch birds or small animals that come across your path. Simply getting in touch with nature on a glorious summer day can do wonders for your spirits.
Do you have a green thumb? If so, put it to good use. Consider container gardening for your deck or patio. Seed companies have developed container versions of plants such as tomatoes, peppers and even strawberries that you can grow with minimal effort. Many flowers also do well in containers. If a community garden is located nearby, consider working on a small plot with a friend.
Other summer activities can include art walks, craft fairs, festivals and sporting events or simply spending time with family and friends at outdoor parties.

Fun Activities to Do with Grandkids in Summer

Summer is a great time to get to know your grandkids better. School is out, they don’t have to rush home to do homework, plus the weather is warmer meaning that you can do more things together. That’s an ideal recipe for a good time.
Yet, you may wonder what you can do that will not bore them simply because you are well into your retirement. Relax. Being a cool grandparent means thinking of great things to do that will work for both you and your grandkids. It’s easier than you think.
When looking for summer activities that you can do with grandchildren, think of it as a teaching moment. When you look at it in this manner, finding compatible activities will become easier. In fact, you may have a difficult time choosing between the activities that you want to do.
Kids love “old” things that are new to them. Take advantage of the outdoors in the summer. What did you love to do when you were younger? Setting up and baiting a hook to go fishing takes some skill, and so does getting the fish. If fishing isn’t to your liking, go on a nature walk. Identify the different birds that you see or take a look and name various trees or even native plants.
If you need to take things inside, there are still plenty of activities that your grandkids will love. Take out an old board game that you used to love such as Scrabble, Monopoly, etc., and teach your grandkids how to play it. Conversely, have you wanted to learn a video game? If so let them teach you.
Cooking is another good activity. Concentrate on family favorite picnic or summer party foods that are quick and easy to make. You’ll end up passing down a tradition along with teaching your grandchildren how to make food. It doesn’t get any better than that!