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Simple Substitutions for Stovetop Cooking

September 8, 2021

Fall is right around the corner, which always gets me thinking about hearty, warm dishes I like to cook to fend off the chill of cooler weather. While many of these dishes typically require the use of a stovetop, I know that not all folks are comfortable using one. Thankfully, there are many healthy, delicious, […]

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Della – A Sense of Belonging

August 25, 2021

This month’s Irby Ranch Resident Spotlight features Della, who shared with me how much confidence she has gained since moving into her new apartment back in November 2020. Della and her adorable dog, Dumpling, can often be found strolling through the Irby Ranch courtyard, or walking around the neighborhood. She is also a frequent attendee […]

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Shannon – Living Independently With Confidence

June 16, 2021

I’m so excited to share this month’s Sunflower Hill at Irby Ranch Resident Spotlight on Shannon! The first things I noticed about Shannon when I met her for the first time were her bold personality and confidence. Shannon is both a resident at Irby Ranch and an employee of Sunflower Hill. As the organization’s Administrative […]

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Starting from Seeds – Reading a Seed Packet

June 2, 2021

If you’re looking to try something new this summer, this blog article is for you! Nothing tastes better than fresh summer fruits and veggies you’ve grown yourself! You can create a veggie garden with plant starts, or grow seeds on your own. This blog article will give you all the information you need to know […]

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Jennifer – Irby Ranch Sunshine Resident

May 19, 2021

I’m so excited to introduce you to Jennifer, this month’s Irby Ranch Resident Spotlight! A self-described social butterfly, Jennifer’s thoughtful, kind, and humorous personality has garnered her many new friends since moving into Irby Ranch in September last year. Every time I see her, she is glowing and bright and happy – a real Sunshine […]

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Knifeless Cutting Techniques

May 5, 2021

With spring in full bloom, now is a wonderful time to enjoy all the fresh fruits and veggies the season has to offer! In past Adaptive Cooking Tips articles, I’ve given tips and suggested tools for preparing produce and practicing safe knife skills. But using a knife is not the only way to get your […]

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Bruce – On Living Independently

April 21, 2021

‘Being able to make my own choice’ is a common theme I hear frequently from residents at Sunflower Hill at Irby Ranch. As Caitee Valdez, the Residential Programs Coordinator and I plan programs and activities for residents, we think about how empowering it is for each person to make their own choice. I believe that […]

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Stop to Smell the Roses – Mindfulness Practice

April 7, 2021

This time of year I love to be outside enjoying the springtime and all that it offers to each of my five senses! Recently I was walking near my neighbors’ front yard when I noticed the rich scent of fresh-cut grass and damp earth. It was so overwhelming that it caught my complete attention. My […]

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Adaptive Gardening Tools

March 24, 2021

This time of year always makes me want to step outside and get closer to nature. The bright sunlight, crisp air, and blossoming plants that are abundant during spring inspire me to dig in the dirt and plant new plants! At the Sunflower Hill Garden, we love to make gardening fun and accessible to all. […]

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Favorite Shelter-in-Place Recipes

March 17, 2021

This month I’m excited to highlight a few favorite shelter-in-place recipes from our Sunflower Hill at Irby Ranch residents! It’s been a year since we’ve been sheltering at home, and while it’s certainly been a challenging year, not all of it has been bad. For me, one of the benefits of sheltering-in-place for the last […]

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