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  Kinship Korner
Simple Ways to Reduce Feeling Overwhelmed and Maintain Independence
By: Liz Lawson Young, Marketing Specialist, CareWell Services SW
Family Enrichment Center Regional Resource 3 Team 415 S. 28th Street Battle Creek, MI 49015
Sharon Dewey,
Foster Care Navigator Email:
 Ph: (269) 660-0448
Fx: (269) 963-0160
 Greetings from the Family Enrichment Center to all our families. We hope as life begins to move towards a new normal that all are well and safe. Our offices opened in early June and the day care opened in the middle of June.
We are continuing to offer services for our families who are running low on resources. We realize that the effects of the shut down will continue to impact the lives of our families for some time to come. We have some resources available for families who are running low on supplies, so please call or text (269) 274-4077 if there is something we can do to help, even if it is just to talk.
Please visit our Facebook page to learn about the latest resources and trainings avail- able. Remember to “Like” us.
God bless and thank you for caring for our children.
~ Sharon Dewey (269) 274-4077
       Family Enrichment Center
 Life has changed drastically for many of us over the last several months. The pandemic and all that has come with it have highlighted areas that were weak in our world, nation, community, and families, as well as provided opportunities for growth and incredible acts of kindness along the way, both large and small.
time, helps reduce excess spending, and reduces driving for those who may feel increasingly uneasy behind the wheel as they age. Grocery delivery is available through most major grocery stores such as Meijer, Walmart, and Aldi.
distancing guidelines make in-person connection more difficult, but there are still many ways to stay connected using technology. It may take getting outside of our comfort zone or learning something new, but there are so many options for keeping in touch with friends and family. In addition to talking on the phone, many cell phones offer video calling features
 During this time of change and uncertainty, I have found myself working hard to fight feeeling overwhelmed and continue to develop habits in my life to help myself and my family stay healthy mentally, emotionally, and physically. These habits, while small, have helped
Next up is simplifying your living space or decluttering. My family
has spent the last year or so going through each room, as well as our basement storage, and cleaning out the excess items we do not use or need. Decluttering can help you feel lighter mentally since things feel more organized and less crowded. Simplifying your space also makes cleaning and straightening your area easier, but it also helps keep you
safe if you have any concerns about falling, since there is less to bump into or trip over. With thrift stores opening back up, now is a great time to donate items you don’t need and make space for more peace and less fear about falling as you move around your home.
to help you hear and see your loved ones on a regular basis. If you aren’t sure where to start or who to connect with, you can sign up for CareWell’s HouseCalls Phone Reassurance Program. Once you sign up, you will receive a weekly call from the staff
at CareWell to ensure you are safe, healthy, and equipped with everything you need.
 me get through days that felt heavy and made it possible for me to keep moving forward.
Small changes like these are helpful not just in times of crisis,
but in all times because they foster wellness and can also offer sustained independence as our needs and abilities change.
First up is grocery pick up or delivery. While many have become familiar with this during the pandemic, this has been something
I have been utilizing for some time and may be a service to consider continuing for many after the pandemic has subsided. Not only does it reduce your exposure during the COVID-19 crisis, it also frees up
Finally, and possibly most importantly, is to stay connected! Stay at home orders and other social
If you would like more information about CareWell’s HouseCalls program, call (269) 966-2450.
  Cook Smarter at Home with a Rice Cooker
By: Carolyn Boyle
 One big aspect of remaining independent is being able to make healthy food for yourself. As we
age, our ability or energy to safely prepare meals in the kitchen may decrease. There are many ways to adjust and use kitchen gadgets to help you continue to feed yourself healthy meals without stress!
Rice Cooker Frittata With Summer Vegetables
Makes 2 to 4 servings
The vegetables:
1 whole garlic clove, peeled
1 small red or yellow pepper, cut into small dice
1 small potato, peeled and finely julienned
1 small zucchini, sliced into thin rounds
Salt and pepper
1 Tbs. olive oil
The egg mixture:
• 6 large eggs
• 2 Tbsp. grated cheese of any kind (optional)
• Salt and pepper
• 1 Tbs. olive oil
Equipment needed:
• Rice cooker
• Chopsticks or fork to mix the eggs
• Spatula or chopsticks to stir the vegetables around
Heat up the rice cooker with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add the garlic clove, and let the oil heat up until the
garlic is lightly brown. Discard the garlic clove.
One helpful kitchen gadget to try is a rice cooker. Did you know that you can make more than rice in a rice cooker? You can make macaroni and cheese, eggs, soup, pancakes, chicken, and more using this little appliance.
Put 1 tablespoon of olive oil in the rice cooker bowl. Spread it around the bottom and about 2 inches /5 cm up the sides. Add the eggs, grated cheese, salt and pepper, and beat the eggs
in the bowl (take care not to scratch the surface if you're using a metal fork for this). Add the vegetables
and distribute them evenly in the egg mixture.
Aging and Disability Resource Line: 1-800-626-6719 General Agency Telephone: (269) 966-2450
Add the vegetables. The key with the vegetables is to cut them up as small and thinly is you can, so that they cook fast. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
 In addition to the versatility, rice cookers are inexpensive, they prepare smaller portions perfect for one or two people, and they cook food in
a fraction of the time. Rice cookers are a safe appliance as well, as they automatically turn to the warm setting after cooking is completed. This is
a great appliance for the summer months especially, since it won’t heat up your whole kitchen like the oven would.
Put the bowl in the rice cooker and switch on, using the regular rice setting. When the cooking cycle finishes, the frittata is done!
 If you’re looking for a simple, summer recipe to try with your rice cooker, start with this recipe from

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