October 25, 2016 at 7:24 pm ·

Grandfriends

Grandfriends

GrandfriendsAt Williamsburg Assisted and Independent Living, we are often asked if we “get used” to our Grandfriends leaving us. The answer is simply, “no”. We have the blessed opportunity to care for and become acquainted with amazing people and their families. These incredible people have beautiful stories. They worked hard, changed lives, and made a difference in this world.

This past week we gave our farewell to an amazing Grandfriend, Cora. She was a nurse in the military, loved gardening, animals, and most of all people. She always stood up for people that didn’t have a voice. She was always grateful and kind no matter what! .

She always gave the best advice…..
* Flowers make everything beautiful! (She always had a flower in her hair, she grew up surrounded by nature, flowers, and apple trees)
* Treat everyone with kindness, no matter what!
* ALWAYS be grateful, because there is always something to be grateful for. There is beauty everywhere if we just look for it.
* Never stop learning, no matter what your age. Education is important!
* Stand up for people you care about, and even the ones you don’t know….yet!
* Animals are the best therapy! She had Therapy dogs, and they helped soothe the hearts of countless people.

While we understand that we only have a short time with these amazing people, we are truly grateful for their lives, service and love. Thank-you to all our Grandfriends, family, friends, and community members that make Williamsburg Assisted and Independent Living an awesome place. We can’t thank you enough for sharing your special loved ones with us!

Please come visit us at Williamsburg Assisted and Independent Living in Logan, Utah.

132 West 300 North Logan, UT 84321

(435) 753-5502

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August 4, 2016 at 9:12 pm ·

Exploring our Valley: Coyote Research Facility

Today in “Exploring Our Valley”, we went to the Coyote Research Facility, and the Wellsville area. 

More on the Predator Research Facility (aka: Coyote Research Facility)

Scientists at the National Wildlife Research Center Logan, UT, field station are studying the ecology and behavior of predators in an effort to identify                                                                                     new management techniques and strategies, especially nonlethal tools. Research efforts are directed towards reducing livestock depredations and                                                                                        damage caused by coyotes, bears, and wolves, resolving conflicts in urban areas, and mitigating impacts of predators on wildlife populations.                                                                                                   Station research incorporates a variety of techniques that integrate novel engineering approaches and basic knowledge of the biology of predator species.

The station was established in 1972, and operates in close collaboration with Utah State University (USU). In fact, some of the biologists                                                                                                maintain offices on campus. The station’s most prominent feature, however, is the Millville Predator Research Facility. The 165-acre site, also on USU land,                                                                        allows employees to care for up to 100 adult coyotes involved in learning, behavior, and physiology studies. Examples of current and recent studies based at the                                                               Millville facility include the following:

  • Coyote behavior in captive environments
  • Urban conflicts with black bears
  • Coyote movements
  • Sterilization of coyotes to reduce predation on pronghorn and livestock
  • Coyote foraging and learning
  • Fladry to prevent wolf depredation
  • Coyote and elk interactions
  • Conditioning bears from campgrounds
  • Wolf damage to livestock.
  • Coyote wariness of humans
  • Coyote interactions with bobcats, kit fox, and cougars
  • Non-invasive mark-recapture of Mexican wolves
  • Coyote food habits and prey fluctuations
  • Coyote reproduction

More information can be found at: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/wildlifedamage/programs/Coyote Research Facility

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Beautiful Wellsville Mountains & the beautiful harvest time fields.

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Coyote Research Facility in Millville

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View of the beautiful Wellsville Mountains from the Coyote Research Facility

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Fields near the Coyote Research Facility. It;s a pretty ride. This was also the Firefighting command station for the Blacksmith Fork/ Millville Fire a couple of years ago. These fields were full of tents, firefighters, and helicopters fighting the huge blaze.

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July 29, 2016 at 9:41 pm ·

Williamsburg Assisted and Independent Living is partnering with Close Companions

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Williamsburg Assisted and Independent Living is partnering with Close Companions.  Close Companions is a State licensed personal care agency that provides assistance with the following services; Bathing, medication reminders, personal grooming, incontinence care, walking and transferring, companionship and conversation, and much more. This means that you can move into our independent apartments and still receive personal care at a very affordable rate. We already have many residents on service at Williamsburg.

Stop in or call Tamara and/or Dan for more information. 435-753-5502

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June 21, 2016 at 8:38 pm ·

AWHC:American West Heritage Center

In celebration of our Fur Trapper/Mountain Man week we went to the AWHC for our Friday Ride. Although the Center is a very large working historical farm, they have a beautiful (FREE!) Welcome Center that is very accessible. It has a little museum that talks all about the pioneers, indians, and other significant people and history of our valley. There is beautiful art to see, a fun gift shop, and a Bison watching deck! We had a wonderful time! The building itself is beautiful, and worth just seeing the construction. If you have a moment stop by and see this amazing building, and museum….. if you have more than a moment and can get around a little easier, stop and explore the entire working farm! See all kinds of animals, farming equipment, ride a little train, and explore the buildings! You won’t be disappointed! 

For more information visit: https://www.awhc.org/

American West Heritage Center 4025 S. Hwy 89-91 Wellsville, UT 84339  
(435) 245-6050
 
*Their website has fun interactive learning! Stop by and learn about our valley and more!
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Tipi at American West Heritage Center

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Beautiful Wellsville Mountains

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Bison! Look close there’s a baby in there!

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Wellsville Mountains

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Old Pioneer Cabin

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Old Pioneer Cabin

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A peacock greeting us with a loud “hello”!

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Museum: Inside a Tipi

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Having fun in the museum with Polly and Betty

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Polly in a beautifully painted mural

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Inside a trapper’s camp.

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Ruthie is all smiles!

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Inside a Pioneer cabin.

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Cute Betty!

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Inside an old farmer’s shed.

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Beautiful decorated buffalo pelt.

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“Buffalo” watching. (We know they are called “bison” but we prefer buffalo!)

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Beautiful valley!

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Enjoying the museum and beautiful welcome center!

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June 21, 2016 at 3:00 pm ·

Willow Park Zoo

We love Willow Park Zoo! We had an awesome time (and a huge group) go for a fried chicken picnic, and some animal time. We partnered with Common Ground Outdoor Adventures, and was able to talk all our Jazzy and wheelchair Grandfriends! The weather was perfect, the food was yummy, and the critters were active! Couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day! For more information about Willow Park Zoo, visit: http://willowparkzoo.wix.com/home

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Ruth enjoying the sunshine & the birds.

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Enjoying the Zoo

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Fun in the Sun!

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Anita enjoying a walk in the shade.

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Ruthie enjoying a beautiful day!

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Irene and Betty

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Tina and Polly watching reindeer and peacocks.

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Charlene & a peacock (can you see him on the roof?)

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Tina and Polly

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Alice and Dee going to watch some monkeys

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Time for some fried chicken, coleslaw and watermelon!

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Some yummy lunch.

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Yummy!

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A nice sunny day!

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We all agree, this looks like one angry bird!

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Arlene enjoying the animals

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Willow Park Zoo: http://willowparkzoo.wix.com/home

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June 20, 2016 at 7:28 pm ·

Exploring Our Valley: “The Secret Road”

Today in “Exploring Our Valley” we went to Hyrum Dam, and through Paradise to one of our favorite drives.  Our Grandfriends call it ” The Secret Road”. This beautiful drive connects Paradise to Mount Sterling on a beautiful gravel road that takes you to tall rolling hills and patch worked farmland.  In the Spring it’s covered in bright green fields and all colors of wildflowers! You also see ponds, small streams, beautiful horses, and a gorgeous old abandoned  house tucked in the trees. It’s a beautiful drive as you pass Sportsman’s Paradise and loop around past Hyrum Dam. If you have a free moment, grab an ice cold lemonade, roll the windows down and enjoy the ride! You won’t be disappointed!

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Sportsman’s Paradise

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Mount Sterling “Secret Road”

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Mount Sterling “Secret Road” Wildflowers

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Mount Sterling “Secret Road” Wildflowers

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Sportsman’s Paradise: http://www.whitesranch.com/

History of Sportsman’s Paradise:

Whites Ranch in Paradise, Utah was settled in 1868 by Barnard White an immigrant from England. This was one of the first settlements in the beautiful Cache Valley.  The homestead, approximately 56,000 acres, was located in the southeast corner of Cache Valley consisting primarily of mountain property.

The Ranch House, stables and creamery were located on a bluff overlooking the fertile river bottoms of the Little Bear River.  This location was chosen because of its isolation and vantage point to overlook the valley.   Remembering, of course that the west was still unsettled in the mid 1800’s and the Native Americans were still formidable neighbors.  Another reason for choosing this location was the abundant springs located just below the bluff line where the Ranch House stood; as a year round water supply was paramount to any settlement in those years for the livestock and the settlers.

Over the years and through the generations, this working ranch has produced cattle, hogs, turkeys, milk, crops and rainbow trout.  Today this working ranch produces cattle, crops, trout, pheasants and partridge.  The fourth generations working the ranch are Grant and Tom White.

In the 1920’s the Little Bear River and the springs were put to use as a resource of their own.  The Little Bear River ran through the center of the bottomland and each spring the river was washing away and eroding the best bottomland. Since there was little hope of reclaiming the damage, the best solution was to turn the ravages of nature to an advantage. The river was diverted along the western side of the valley along the mountain.  This left an empty channel through the middle of the river bottoms that generated the idea of a family recreational fishery.  The Whites began developing the springs and diverting them into the empty channel.  As time went on, family, friends and other people came from miles around to fish the ponds.  The trout that were caught were sold to the fisherman.  The fishery grew from these humble beginnings to the nation’s fourth largest producer of Rainbow Trout both fresh and frozen.  As late as 1989 the Whites were producing in excess of seven million pounds of trout annually.

In 1990 the fishery began to turn full circle – forced by the state government – into massive and costly disease disinfection and the fishery was forced in a different direction.  This was the beginning of a massive restoration project.  The goal was to create a unique self-sustaining totally natural fishery complete with spawning beds and invertebrate production areas.  Utilizing the original natural stream beds, the spring waters now flow as they did in the late 1800’s.  The stream restoration is an ongoing project to ensure the streams and still waters are providing plenty of invertebrates to keep the fish healthy, active, and impressive in size.  The mixture of Browns, Rainbows, Cutthroats, Steelhead, Splakes and Cutbows provide an unmatched fly-fishing experience.  The fish will range in size from the naturally spawned fingerlings to as high as sixteen pounds with an average of eighteen inches.  Any fish, under 18 inches, have been naturally reproduced by the fishery.  The fishery is managed as a wild fishery practicing catch-and-release for fly rod only.  The two miles of streams and spring-fed lakes provide unlimited opportunity for year-round trophy fly-fishing for wild trout.

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May 16, 2016 at 9:25 pm ·

Exploring our Valley: Paradise

Exploring Avon & Paradise

It’s NO secret that we LOVE getting in the bus on Friday mornings and exploring our beautiful valley! These pictures come from the beautiful towns of Avon and Paradise. Each season brings new sites to places seen before. On this beautiful Spring ride, we had the opportunity to see a field full of baby sheep and goats, just new to the world, lots of animals on farms, and the beautiful canyon leading up to Porcupine Dam. 

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These Moos are enjoying a morning dip!

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Beautiful snow capped Wellsville Mountains

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A beautiful old barn in Paradise with Moos relaxing in the warm sunshine.

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Our favorite! Watching all these babies frolicking in the grass with their Mamas!

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Vivid blue sunny skies, and lush greenery! Our hearts are happy!

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We are so happy for Summer!

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Beautiful!

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The water is so clear and beautiful! I bet it’s still pretty cool!

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Although we were a little late getting back from lunch, it was a wonderful morning out in nature! Listening to birds sing their melody near the babbling streams, feeling the warmth of the golden sun, and of course seeing all the amazing animals on their farms! Friday morning is one of our favorite times of the week!

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If you have time, we suggest this beautiful drive. Lots of people in Cache Valley say they have never been to Paradise & Avon! Round trip from Logan it’s only a little more than an hour (although, once you get there you’ll want to spend more time). You’ll drive through beautiful rolling hills framed with majestic mountains. You’ll see lots of animals and farms. Drive up to Porcupine Dam, and see all the beauty. If you have a truck or other vehicle, you drive all the way across to Eden & Liberty! It’s worth the drive! Go out and explore this beautiful Valley, you’ll never know what’s out there in your own backyard!

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May 13, 2016 at 10:45 pm ·

Cookout at 1st Dam

Cookout at 1st Dam

We were so excited about our first cookout of the season. There was a little drizzle, but we weren’t complaining, especially since there was an 85% chance of rain! The morning was beautiful, and although not completely warm and sunny, warm enough to enjoy all the beauties of nature! Of course, there were a lot of ducks and geese to feed, and we had a good time feeding them healthy fruits and veggies. It was a great day to kick off the warm weather season. We went with our friends from Common Ground that make it possible to transport and accommodate all of our Grandfriends no matter what their abilities. It’s going to be a great Summer, and we can’t wait for all the picnics, parades, canoeing, and day trips! 

  • If you have never been to 1st Dam, it is at the mouth of Logan Canyon and it is beautiful. There is also, a 2nd & 3rd Dam further up the canyon, each has its own areas for picnicking, fishing, camping, and hiking! We are so blessed to live in an amazing area. Like we always say: “Logan Canyon is our playground!”
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Anita enjoying the spring sunshine.

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The ladies feeding the ducks some fresh lettuce. (because bread is bad!)

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Having fun and eating some yummy hamburgers!

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Lilian loves EVERYTHING in nature. She’s a little disappointed it’s too cold to go swimming.

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Lots of ducks and geese!

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Betty enjoying the walking trails.

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Eva enjoying some lunch.

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Happy for some sunshine.

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Rescue Duck

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Polly & one of our friends from Common Ground.

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Char is happy to be outside!

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Little beggars!

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“I wouldn’t mind a bite of your cookie Ma’am”

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Grandfriends & Common Ground Friends!

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Geese

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Don’t burn those!

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Lunch is almost ready!

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Lunch is served! Delicious grilled hamburgers and hot dogs, homemade potato salad, cookies, chips, and all the fixings! Our tummies are super happy!

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May 12, 2016 at 12:26 am ·

“And They’re Off!” Kentucky Derby

We had such an awesome week celebrating everything Kentucky Derby! 

This week we enjoyed a beautiful ride throughout the valley, where we saw lots of beautiful horses, including some racing horses! There are a few places that even do chariot racing. We also had a fun activity and talked about the Kentucky Derby and it’s traditions. Each Grandfriend decided what color of horse they would like, and named one for our very own Williamsburg Derby. We had an amazing turnout, and we are excited about racing each week. We even have our own “Winner’s Circle”. We finished up the week with Derby Cake for Happy Hour! If you have never had “Derby Cake” you’re missing out! Our version was a chocolate cake with cherry for the fruit! Another favorite of ours is “White Derby Cake”. White cake, cream, and strawberries! Yummy!

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20160506_112343 We’re off on the bus to see some horses and horse ranches.

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Our beautiful valley!

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These beauties came running over to say “hi” to us!

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These horses run chariot races, and some have competed in the Kentucky Derby!

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These horses run chariot races, and some have competed in the Kentucky Derby!

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Making Derby Cake!!!

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Excited about Derby Cake!

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Chocolate Cherry Derby Cupcakes!

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Williamsburg Derby Horses! Each Grandfriend has their own horse they named and picked out the colors for!

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Williamsburg Derby!

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It’s been an awesome week full of fun! Everyone loved the Williamsburg Derby, so we will now have weekly races on Wednesday mornings at 10:30. Come join us anytime! We have horses you can adopt!

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May 9, 2016 at 11:15 pm ·

Happy Hour Treat Recipe: Mini Fruit Cobbler

Happy Hour: Mini Fruit Cobblers

This week’s recipe is another hot fruit & cold ice cream recipe! We LOVE it! They are simple to make, and OH SO GOOD! Grandfriends love them, but kids love them too! The best part is that you can customize with the type of fruit you like best! Our favorites are apple and peach. You may need seconds…….

You’ll need:

Your Choice of Pie Filling (or you can use canned/fresh fruit)

Vanilla Ice Cream

1c Sugar 

1/2 c Brown Sugar

Spices: Cinnamon, Allspice, Nutmeg, Cloves (Use amounts and types to suit your own taste)

Muffin Tin/Liners or Stand Alone Baking Cups (that’s what we use!) 

Follow our easy instructions below!

Check back for more easy, yummy, Grandfriend approved “Happy Hour” Treats!

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix sugars and spices and set aside to be used as topping.

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Fill your choice of baking cups 3/4 full of your favorite pie filling or canned fruit. Here we are using apple pie filling. We are using adorable baking cups from Pick Your Plum. *If you have not visited PYP you are missing out!

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Bake for 20-30 minutes, depending on the type of fruit you chose. Here they are HOT out of the oven!

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After they cool off just a little, scoop vanilla ice cream and top with a sprinkle of the sugar-spice mix and ENJOY! One of our favorites! So easy, and fun anytime!

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