November 26, 2021
Goodbye November

The months continue to zoom by and here we are almost at December again!

We're looking forward to the future with hope and are grateful that this December will be more like the usual holiday seasons of the past.

We're also thinking of members in the Maritimes facing heavy, damaging rain and wind events. Sending you hugs and hope for better days.

And for family and friends in Canada's West, we hope the continuing terrible weather and events lessen over the next few days and everyone continues to stay as safe as possible.

Check out the events calendar for lots of December events and check out Laurie Hunt's January workshops. You can register for her 5 session course on her website here. More details about her workshop can be found at the bottom of this email.
Covid Update

Are you looking for a booster shot or shot for a child? Check out Vaccine Hunters!

Halton's Medical Officer of Heath Dr. Hamidah Meghdani discusses Covid vaccines, boosters and registering children for vaccines.
In Other News.....
Are you a tree hugger? This is an interesting read about trees in Ontario.

Here are some tips for safe online holiday shopping from Zoomer magazine.

Everyone has a cell phone, right? Well, now even your pooch can place a call with the Dog Phone!

Furniture & electronics recycling drive at Ikea this Saturday between 10-4. Check out the Ikea site here for more information

Congratulations to Leslie T for winning this month's bingo prize. A gift certificate will be arriving shortly!
Thank you for sharing your creativity with us!
Another amazing creation from Henny - reindeer on driftwood with a seasonal amaryllis!
Leslie F created this lovely seasonal decoration for her front door.
Widowed Friends Annual Christmas Draw
Recipe of the Week!
Eat well. Waste less. Save more!!
Canadian Recipe Developer and author Christine Tizzard has a new book Cook More, Waste Less which is timely as food costs rise and supply chain issues cause shortages.

This article from Zoomer magazine includes several of Christine's recipes including this banana bread that uses up bananas and looks yummy!

Ingredients:
2 overripe bruised bananas, peels and all
½ cup butter, at room temperature
¾ cup sugar 1½ cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder Pinch salt
2 eggs
½ cup buttermilk
1 tbsp Pure Vanilla Extract

Optional Add-Ins:
½–1 cup chocolate or dark chocolate chips

Instructions:
Preheat the oven to 350 F and line or grease a loaf pan. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.

Peel the bananas and roughly chop the peels. Simmer the peels in boiling water for 5 minutes and then drain, rinse under cold water, and set aside.

Using a hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix the butter and sugar together until incorporated, light, and fluffy.

In a medium-size bowl, mix the flour with the baking soda, baking powder, and salt.

Using a blender or food processor, blend the bananas, peels, eggs, buttermilk, and vanilla.

Slowly beat the banana mixture into the butter mixture until incorporated. Beat in the flour mixture until combined. Stir in any optional add-ins and evenly spread with the crumble if using.

Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and bake for about 1 hour or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Food 911: Apple slices can keep your baked goods and breads moist, just add a few slices in a sealed container with any extra baked goods you have to prevent them from going stale too quickly.
Upcoming Events!!
Small changes create positive environments!
Nov 30th at 6pm
Karen Meleniclis is an Interior Designer at Willowmore Studios specializing in
creating positive environments, especially when you are at a place of change in your life. 

Focusing on colours, textures, fragrances and objects, she will provide some tips and advice on how to create a home environment that is beautiful, comforting and uplifting.

Please RSVP on the Member Portal to attend this event.
Feeding Halton at Christmas! Dec 1st @1:30pm

Food For Life provides fresh food to families, individuals, seniors, and children's school programs through a variety of food banks and community programs.

We are fortunate to have the opportunity to volunteer at Food For Life and help contribute to ensuring that everyone in our community has access to fresh, healthy food. If you'd like to join us for our next session, please sign up on the portal for Wednesday December 1st from 1-3:30pm. Note: due to Covid, numbers of participants are limited. Please sign up asap to ensure your spot and be sure to come dressed warmly with closed toe shoes and a mask. Food4Life will ask you to sign a Covid waiver.
Ditch The DriveThru! Dec 7th at 2pm NEW!!
Do you want to stress less about meals, save time and money on food and have better health?

Join us Tuesday December 7th at 2pm when Suzanne Forster joins us to discuss:

  • feeling overwhelmed or exhausted with the thought of preparing another meal?
  • regret throwing out food because it went bad before you used it?
  • wish you didn’t have to decide what to eat when you’re hungry?

With a little planning you can solve these issues! Join us as Suzanne brings us ways to plan meals that can significantly increase your nutrition and decrease your food waste, so that you’ll stress less, save time and money, and have better health.

Please RSVP on the portal!
Lianne Harris Returns with
"Holiday Feast"
December 10th @3:30pm
Tis the season to prepare and eat all kinds of delicious food! Join Lianne as she looks at all the different types of food that represent the holidays.

Please RSVP on the Member Portal to attend this event.
Getting Through The Holidays with Carole LaTour! Dec 20 at 6pm NEW!
Carole LaTour returns again on Dec 20th at 6pm for another of her popular discussions about rebuilding our lives following loss. Since this session is so close to Christmas, we'll also be discussing how to manage through the holidays.

Be sure to register on the portal to attend this special session and watch for the next date in January!
Happy New Year! New Program in 2022!
Finding Possibility in Opportunity - starting Jan 11th @ 2:30 pm for 5 consecutive weeks - a special program for Widowed Friends Members.

This 5 week program led by Laurie Hunt who spoke at a recent zoom about Overcoming Energy Drainers will explore these topics:

Life is filled with uncertainty. The more adept you become at being comfortable in the discomfort of not knowing, the easier it will become for you to see options ... even when none are readily apparent.

This program will help you figure out what's next ...one step at a time. You'll learn a 5-step process to:
  • See where you have more or less control in your life  
  • Identify where you'd like to make changes
  • Create a list of engaging options 
  • Choose a compelling action 
  • Feel confident completing that action

Upon completion you'll feel more self-assured making choices and influencing change in your life. Even when circumstances feel uncertain and you have little control.

The program includes online video modules with a workbook as well as five live group coaching sessions on zoom starting on January 10, 2022. Total cost is $75. 
Program facilitator is Laurie Hunt. You’ll learn more about Laurie and the program here.

Note: The cost of this session is $75 for 5 weeks ($15 per week - this is a reduced rate for Widowed Friends members) and is payable directly to Laurie Hunt here. There is limited capacity at this event, so please RSVP as soon as possible. You will receive a workbook and other materials that accompany the course upon registration. Following the first session future dates include: Jan 17th, 24th, 31st and Feb 7th.
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