Thanksgiving Memories

Up early this morning to bake sweet potatoes for my casserole, I started thinking about Thanksgiving memories. I always get emotional around the holidays, especially since my family is far away. So I throw myself into making way too much of my Granny’s cornbread dressing, my mama’s sweet potato souffle’ and green bean casserole with beans from my daddy’s garden. …

Who Won the Cookie Contest, and What IS Cherry Bounce, Anyway?

Our “Homemade Happiness” week finished on a high note with our homemade cookie contest and then happy hour featuring homemade Cherry Bounce made by residents . Chef Frank Brigtsen with cooke contest winner, Maria Cangemi Ledet Mrs. Maria Cangemi Ledet won our cookie contest.  Her original recipe, the product of years of trial and error, produced the most amazing chocolate …

Hometown Heroes

On Tuesday, 9/10/13, St. Francis Villa honored our “Hometown Heroes.”  We have several of our own who have fought for our nation in World War 2 or Korea.  POW and Purple Heart are among those who live at St. Francis.  As part of National Assisted Living Week, we took time to honor our vets and celebrate the achievements they made …

Homemade Happiness Week

National Assisted Living Week  kicks off on Sunday, September 8, 2013 (Grandparent’s Day).  The week will feature special events based around the theme “Homemade Happiness.”  Come join us for any and all of the following events!!   Kids Say the Darnedest Things  featuring resident grand and great grandchildren, Sunday, September 8, 4:00pm  “Most Grandchildren” award given.   Hometown Heroes  featuring …

Let’s Talk About Control

I’m a control freak.  I admit it.  To me, there’s nothing worse than feeling helpless or unable to do anything to change a situation for the better.  I’ll work my fingers to the bone any day instead of having to stand by and watch something beyond my control, especially if it is headed in a direction with which I do …

Crossing the Bridge

In 1935, the famous (or infamous, to some) Huey P. Long Bridge opened, providing an additional option for crossing the Mississippi River between East and West Jefferson Parish.  St. Francis Villa Assisted Living resident Dena Russell was a newlywed.  “We walked across the bridge, ate lunch, and walked back!” she remembers.  The Huey P. Long Bridge is well-known as a …