March 20, 2015 West Orange, New Jersey – Everyone was Irish for a day on St. Patrick’s Day, Tuesday March 17th, at Green Hill in West Orange. Festivities festooned with shamrocks, clover, green bowler hats and fresh spring flowers were held throughout the Legacy building, and in each of the Green House® Homes.
Nursing residents enjoyed an afternoon of Irish music with singer Flip Peters, toasted with real Irish coffee and enjoyed homemade Irish soda bread. “I love St. Patrick’s Day,” said Minna Berson, wearing her green cable sweater and bowler. “I’m happy to have a good Irish coffee,” she laughed.
In the main auditorium residents enjoyed a serenade by Irish Tenor Danny Yates accompanied by Peter Candela on the piano and a variety of instruments. Residents sang along to old Irish tunes, drank Irish coffee and enjoyed soda bread made by activities assistant Kaitlyn Davies. “It’s an old traditional recipe from my Aunt,” said Kaitlyn. “I knew our elders would love it because it’s moist and rich and is symbolic of the holiday.”
Beautiful centerpieces were set on each table, created and donated by the Our Lady of the Lake’s confirmation class. The church students and members are regular visitors and participants at Green Hill programs.
While we wait for the milder temperatures of Spring to set in for good, we can warm up inside with a nice hot cup of Irish coffee and a slice of Kaitlyn’s Soda Bread. Use this easy recipe below:
Dry- 3 ½ cups of flour, 1tsp baking soda, 2 tsp baking powder, ½ tsp salt, ½ cup sugar. Wet – 2 lightly beaten eggs, 1pint sour cream. ½ lb gold raisins. Mix eggs, sugar and sour cream in a large bowl. Sift flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Add dry ingredients to wet and incorporate. Add raisins. Pour into two greased loaf pans. Bake 45 minutes or until firm at 350 degrees.
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