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Treasured Family Recipe April Winner

Treasured Family Recipe April Winner

Blair Senior Services, Inc. congratulates Louise Kline of Carrolltown, PA for winning our first “Treasured Family Recipe” contest. Louise’s winning recipe was her Hawaiian Kielbasa for which she received a $25 Giant Eagle gift card.

Louise learned about the “Treasured Family Recipe” contest from a friend who emailed her while she was in Florida after seeing the contest posted on the Blair Senior Services’ Facebook page. “My family and friends all know how much I love to cook and enter recipe contests,” shared Louise. “I’ve enjoyed cooking since I was a young girl and like to create my own recipes.”

Louise’s winning recipe began with a similar dish she tried at a party by adding pineapple and barbeque sauce and has now become a family favorite especially as an appetizer at her summer parties. And they’re not the only ones who like her Hawaiian Kielbasa. Her winning recipe has also been published in a Taste of Home Cookbook!

Do you have a favorite family recipe you’d like to share? You could be the next winner. Entering the contest is easy. Begin by liking our Blair Senior Services’ Facebook page, click on the “Treasured Family Recipe” post and submit your recipe via direct message. Feel free to include a picture of your dish. We will select one winner each month and feature them on our Facebook page and in future issues of our Seasons Magazine.
Thank you Louise for entering our contest and sharing your recipe!

Hawaiian Kielbasa
by Louise Kline

  • 2 pounds smoked sausage or Kielbasa, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 can (20 ounces) pineapple chunks, drained
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup lemon lime soda
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons cold water

Place sausage or Kielbasa in a 3 or 4 quart slow cooker. Drain pineapple, reserving 3/4 cup of juice. Set pineapple aside. In a small bowl, whisk the ketchup, brown sugar, mustard and vinegar. Stir in soda and reserved pineapple juice. Pour over sausage and stir to coat. Cover and cook on low for 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Stir in pineapple. In a small bowl combine cornstarch and water until smooth. Stir into slow cooker. Cover and cook 30 minutes longer or until sauce is thickened. Serve with toothpicks.

Tip: If you cook this in a skillet, you do not need to include the cornstarch.

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​Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Aging today announced that older adults who will soon be turning 65 and are not yet enrolled in Medicare can attend a free virtual event to learn about their healthcare coverage options when enrolling for Medicare.


The "Welcome to Medicare" event on June 23, open from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., will feature national presentations from the State Health Insurance Assistance Programs on Medicare eligibility, enrollment and coverage options. Representatives will be available to answer questions and assist older adults with information to enable them to make choices on Medicare coverage that best meets their needs and lowers their costs.


In Pennsylvania, this program is known as APPRISE. Throughout the national presentation, staff from APPRISE will host an exhibit for Pennsylvania and will respond to Medicare questions and provide information about the program. The Center for Advocacy for the Rights and Interests of the Elderly (CARIE) – Pennsylvania's Senior Medicare Patrol – also will join APPRISE to discuss Medicare fraud prevention.


"We encourage anyone who is turning 65 soon to join our Virtual Welcome to Medicare Fair. Pennsylvania's Medicare Counseling Program is here to help older adults learn about signing up and navigating the complexities of Medicare, avoiding late enrollment penalties, and preventing fraud," said Susan Neff, APPRISE director. "We also invite those who attend to visit the Pennsylvania-specific virtual exhibit at any time during the event. The APPRISE and CARIE staff look forward to chatting with seniors about their Medicare enrollment concerns."


Older adults can register for this event here


The APPRISE Program has nearly 800 trained counselors in the commonwealth who provide free, confidential, objective, and easy-to-understand information about original Medicare, Medicare Advantage Plans, prescription drug plans, and Medicare Supplement plans, and allows Medicare beneficiaries to compare plans and determine what best meets their needs and save them money.

To learn more about the APPRISE Program or becoming a volunteer, click here or call the APPRISE Helpline at 1-800-783-7067 .



Department Of Aging: June 23 Medicare Event Welcomes Future Beneficiaries With Information On Eligibility, Coverage Options