Located at 384 Acushnet Avenue in beautiful downtown New Bedford, ArtWorks! is non profit group where you can learn to create, and grow artistically. ArtWorks! supports the community through educational partnerships, classes, exhibitions, and outreach programming. ArtWorks! wants you to become EXCITED about art! They host a number of ever-changing artists, distinguished speakers, and highly-motivated educators. ArtWorks has a committed staff made up of college and high school interns, community members and dedicated volunteers. You put this all together and you have a community arts center like no other in New Bedford!
The programs that ArtWorks! has developed are for kids, teens, adults, seniors, veterans and special needs adults. They offer a wide array of art on many different levels using very different mediums such as pottery, painting, art history of the city, drawing cartoons, filming, acting, off site murals within the city and so much more! They even offer classes over school vacations and can host birthday parties.
Be sure to check them out on the web at www.artworksforyou.org. Their office hours are open Monday - Friday 9a-5p and the gallery is open from Tuesday - Saturday 12Noon-5pm.
Preheat oven to 375º F. Spray mini-muffin tin with bakers spray or coat well with butter and flour, making sure to discard any excess flour from the tins after coating.
Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.
Cream together butter and sugar until lightened in color, about 3 minutes. Add an egg, one at a time, taking care to fully incorporate before adding the other. Mix in vanilla.
Gently fold in flour mixture, alternating with milk. Stir until just combined. Fold in chocolate chips and scoop mixture into prepared mini muffin tin, filling about ⅔ to ¾ full. Bake until a toothpick or skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean, about 15 minutes.
Once muffins have baked, remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly in the muffin tin before removing for serving.
I know that it may seem too early for me recommending something for Mother's Day but trust me, you can never plan early enough! What is it about serving Mom's breakfast on Mother's Day? In years past, I have even had breakfast served to me in bed by my four little angels. Meanwhile, my poor husband was wearing a hazmat suit as he cleaned up their aftermath. We laugh about it now and it makes for a great story, but if you really, really want to make brownie points with your wife or with your mother, take them out for a breakfast brunch buffet at the Independence Harbor in Assonet, MA.
I know that people traditionally think of Independence Harbor as a wedding venue, but the facility is also open once a month for a breakfast buffet. All what you have to do is call and make a reservation. Independence Harbor does the rest. And they do it very well. When we went last year there we several entrees including roast beef, pork loin and shrimp scampi. They also served more traditional breakfast foods such as scrambled eggs, french toast, bacon and sausages. Have a vegetarian in your family? No problem! They also served fruit salad, green salad, pasta salad and roast vegetables. And just in case, you are still hungry or have managed to save some room, they also serve baked breads, muffins and pastries.
Reservations are necessary and proper dress is required. Independence Harbor seat guests from 9:30 am until 1:00pm. For adults the cost is $21.95, children under 10 years old it is $14.95 and for children under 3, the cost is free. Gratuities are not included. They are located on 10 Narrows Road in Assonet and they can be reached by calling them at (508) 644-2225 or 1-800-287-8300. Be sure to visit them on the web by clicking here! You can also follow them on Facebook by clicking here!
Also, if you want to work off some of those extra calories that you consumed, I recommend that you take a stroll around the grounds because they are absolutely exquisite and a feast for the eyes!
Coastline Elderly Services is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to helping senior citizens in our region to lead fulfilling and independent lives. Coastline's area includes: Acushnet, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Gosnold, Marion, Mattapoisett, New Bedford, and Rochester. With a database of information at their finger tips, Coastline's trained professionals can help older adults connect with services that will meet their needs. The services that they have to offer include: home care, health insurance counseling, prescription advantage, personal care attendant program, coordination of long term care, protective services for elders at risk, fuel assistance, congregate housing, ombudsman program, caregiver services, elderly nutrition program, priority meals program, private care management, benefits checkup, money management program, supportive living program, rights to continued telephone service and project access. They really are a tireless group of people that are dedicated to improving the quality of lives for our seniors. If you need help or know of a senior who could benefit from their services, please contact Coastline Elderly Services at 508-999-6400, toll free 1-866-274-1643 or TDD 508-994-4265 TDD. They are open 8a-5p Monday through Friday and are located at 1646 Purchase Street in New Bedford, Ma. You can also visit them on the web, at http://coastlineelderly.org/
Taking care of a parent can be a full-time job. Children may have to give up paying jobs in order to provide care to aging parents. Unfortunately, caregiving is usually unpaid work. Parents who want to compensate a child who takes on the burden of caregiving may do so in one of several ways.
Caregiver Agreements. Caregiver agreements are an increasingly popular way to ensure a caregiver child is compensated for the child's work. A caregiver agreement (also called a personal care contract) is a contract between a parent and a child (or other family member) in which the parent agrees to reimburse the child for caring for the parent. These agreements have many benefits. They provide a way to reward the family member doing the work. They can help alleviate tension between family members by making sure caregiving is fairly compensated. In addition, they can be a be a key part of Medicaid planning, helping to spend down savings so that the parent might more easily be able to qualify for Medicaid long-term care coverage, if necessary. The downside to caregiver agreements is that the income is taxable. For more information on caregiver agreements, click here. Note that such agreements should not be drawn up without the help of a qualified elder law attorney.
Estate Plan. A parent can leave a caregiver child an additional amount in the parent's will or trust. The problem with this method of compensation is that it can lead to conflict between siblings or other family members. If a parent chooses to go this route, it is important that the parent explain his or her reasoning to any other children or family members that might be upset. Communication between the family members can prevent problems later. In addition, to avoid any appearance of undue influence, the parent should not involve the child in drafting the estate plan. For more information on preventing a will contest, click here.
House. If a parent doesn't have cash to compensate a child, the parent may transfer the parent's house to the caregiver child. The parent can transfer the house outright and retain a life estate for him- or herself or the parent could make the child a co-owner of the house. If the caregiver child has lived with the parent for at least two years, transferring a house can have Medicaid planning advantages as well. However, transferring a house can have serious tax and other consequences, so before taking this step it is important to consult with an elder law attorney.
Life Insurance Policy. Another option for compensating a caregiver is to take out a life insurance policy in the child's name. The benefit of this method is that the life insurance policy will go directly to the child, avoiding probate, but the problem is the life insurance policy could be very expensive.
1 small jar (3-4 oz) sun-dried tomatoes in oil, or use 3-4 oz fat-free sun dried tomatoes
1 lb chicken breast tenders
a pinch of salt
a pinch of paprika
1 cup half and half
1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
8 oz penne pasta
1 tablespoon basil (if using dry basil), if using fresh basil you can add more
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 cup reserved cooked pasta water
salt, to taste
Note: if using sun-dried tomatoes in oil (in a jar), make sure to drain sun-dried tomatoes from oil, before using them. Reserve 2 tablespoons of this drained oil for sauteing as described below:
In a large pan, on high heat, saute garlic and sun-dried tomatoes (drained from oil) in 2 tablespoons of oil (reserved from the sun-dried tomatoes jar for 1 minute until garlic is fragrant.
Remove sun-dried tomatoes from the pan, leaving the oil, and add chicken tenders, salted and lightly covered in paprika and cook on high heat for 1 minute on each side. Remove from heat.
Cook pasta according to package instructions. Reserve some cooked pasta water. Drain and rinse the pasta with cold water.
Slice sun-dried tomatoes into smaller bits and add them back to the skillet with chicken.
Add half and half and cheese to the skillet, too, and bring to a gentle boil. Immediately reduce to simmer and cook, constantly stirring, until all cheese melts and creamy sauce forms.
Add cooked pasta to the skillet with the creamy sauce, and stir to combine. Add 1 tablespoon of basil, and at least 1/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes. Stir to combine.
Add about 1/2 cup reserved cooked pasta water because the creamy sauce may be too thick. Do not add all water at once because you might need less or more of it. This will water down the thickness of the cheese sauce and make it creamier.
Immediately, season the pasta with salt and more red pepper flakes, to taste, if needed. Let it simmer for a couple of minutes for flavors to combine.