Author: Carrie Bishop Healy

A Long Time Connection

If you are from Guilford or the Shoreline Communities it is very likely that you have heard of the SARAH Foundation.

IMG_9308The Bishop family has connection to the SARAH Foundation that starts at the very beginning.  In the 1950’s there were three Guilford families who had children with intellectual disabilities and were having trouble getting them into school.  At this time there were no resources and funding to help these individuals.  The three families met and decided a change needed to occur, so they started SARAH.  Those families were the Reinhardsens, Spencers, and the O’Neils.  Dorothy Spencer was Jane Bishop’s mother.  Jane had a sister with intellectual disabilities.  Jane is married to 4th Generation Bishop family member, Gene Bishop.  We are fortunate to have this lasting connection that has continued for almost 60 years.  

Another direct connection to SARAH is through my aunt Mary Candace Gunther, best known as Candy.  Candy was the sister of Debbie Bishop, wife of 5th Generation family member, Keith Bishop.  Candy was born with down syndrome in 1948.  At the time, similar to the struggles the three families who started SARAH faced, there was not much support.  When the Gunther family moved to the shoreline in the 1960’s they found support in SARAH.  Candy was able to participate in activities, make friends, and get a job, with the help of those at SARAH.  She would eventually live in a SARAH-Tuxis assisted living home as well.

Because of these deep connections, it has always felt extremely important to continue involvement with SARAH and the community.  Personally, I have become a IMG_9303coach for the Special Olympics Cross Country team on the Shoreline and also am a partner athlete for Special Olympics Tennis.  From a business in addition to financial contributions, we also have a SARAH work crew that comes five days a week.  We realize the value that SARAH provides to all participants from birth through adults.  They provide families the support they need, hold activities, group living, day supports, supported employment, and the list goes on.  Participants strive in the community and can feel a sense of independence with the help of SARAH.

Last Thursday night, the Bishop family had the honor of receiving the Appreciation Award at the annual SARAH Foundation Gala.  Individuals there to present citations and certificates of achievement included; US Senator Chris Murphy, CT Senator Ted Kennedy Jr, CT Representative Sean Scanlon, CT Representative Noreen Kokoruda, and Guilford First Selectman Joe Mazza.  It is truly an honor to be recognized for the contributions our family has made.  We will continue to support the SARAH Foundation and agencies for their enormous contribution to the community.

Breakfast Tacos

Lets face it, breakfast can be boring.  During the week I am trying to do a bunch of different things to get out the door on time so there isn’t much variation in the breakfast food.  Think cereal, yogurt with granola, smoothie, or that bagel which I know I shouldn’t get but always fill me up.  On the weekends it usually is some of those same things but we will add in scrambled eggs or when we are doing a “big” breakfast we will make pancakes, bacon, fruit salad, tater tots.   

We recently went to Houston and Austin, Texas to visit some friends and family.  The food in Texas, especially Austin, was amazing.  Most of our meals there were either mexican or BBQ style (side note if Torchy’s Tacos ever comes to Connecticut you definitely have at least one customer).  A couple of weeks after we got back we had some company staying over our house who are foodie types and we wanted to make sure they ate well.  One thing we had to be cautious of as well was making a gluten free meal due to an intolerance.  We decided that for breakfast on Sunday morning we would make breakfast tacos inspired by our recent Texas trip.  

Ingredients

  • breakfast tacos(*This served 4 adults)
  • 1 Jalapeno
  • ½ Red Onion
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Eggs (1 egg per taco)
  • Sharp Cheddar
  • 1 Avocado
  • Sriracha
  • Tortillas (we used corn due to the gluten free)

In addition you can really make the toppings whatever you want based on your own tastes

  1. Heat up griddle and spray with nonstick spray (you can also use pans on the stove).  Put tortillas on the griddle for about 30 seconds each side to heat quickly.
  2. On one side of the griddle cook jalapenos and onions.
  3. While the jalapenos and onions are cooking, crack egg and open onto the griddle.  Place each egg on griddle so they are separate.  Once one side of the egg is cooked, flip over.
  4. Add onions, jalapenos, and shredded cheese on top of each egg.  Add some salt & pepper your liking
  5. Once cheese is melted, pick up the egg with a spatula, place a tortilla on the griddle and place the egg towards one side of the tortilla.  Fold in half.
  6. Serve the tacos with other toppings to taste after taken off the griddle.  I added avocado to mine where my husband added some Sriracha.  

This recipe definitely adds a bit of flavor to a meal that can become a bit boring and overall is pretty healthy start to the day!   

Getting Crafty For Easter

Parenting in the age of social media can be a bit overwhelming.  On Facebook I am of the age where many of my Facebook friends have kids.  Besides the funny things kids do, most posts are saying how great their child is.  Not many parents are posting about the horrible things their child has done. In addition, you get pushed the views of some parents.  So scrolling through you can feel like people have a perfect life and a perfect child (because of what they post) and also feel judged (or judge others) by what gets posted.  It can be a lot to take in.

Then there is Pinterest.  Here you see all of these wonderful things; recipes, crafts, decorating, DIY. While scrolling through I feel excited and motivated to be this amazing person and mom doing all of these things.  The percentage of things I have “pinned” to what I have actually completed it pretty small.

A few weeks ago I saw a suggested link on Facebook called “Easter Egg Potato Stamping Craft for Kids”.  I saved the link thinking it would be something fun to do with my 2 year old daughter. Realistically, I was thinking this is another thing to save that I wouldn’t actually do because who has time for this stuff.  This post is our journey through this project, I made the time for my daughter.

All you need to complete this project is:

  • Potatoes (could be those ones sitting on your counter growing eyes)
  • Washable paints
  • Paper
  • Paint brush (not required but can be helpful)

Service in the Community

Our family has been part of Guilford since the beginning with the signing of the Covenant in 1639. In addition, we have had this growing business in the same community since 1871.  Guilford means a lot to each of us.  It is where we grew up, learned, played, worked and has made us into who we are today.  This is a strong knit community.

12552990_10153977783604962_6652054120308351591_nIt was instilled in my siblings and me from a young age by our parents and grandparents the importance of helping others, giving back, and being grateful for what we have.  We were always involved in some way, whether it was delivering meals with my grandmother for Meals on Wheels or supporting my aunt in the Special Olympics, the list is long.  

As soon as I moved back to Guilford in 2014 I knew I wanted to find something in the community to be involved with.  After the request from Gene Bishop to be his guest for a Guilford Rotary meeting, I found the group to be something I would be interested in.  The basis of Rotary International is service.  Rotary holds a few large fundraising events during the year.  The funds raised go directly back into community organizations and a couple national/international Rotary Projects.  

Guilford Rotary is made up of members in the community that volunteer their time.  The members are all people who are part of the community through their occupation and live here.  The weekly meetings bring together all these people; Realtors, Bankers, Reverends, Librarians, Teachers, Chiropractors, the list goes on and on.  All these different people come together for a common purpose, service to our wonderful community.  

I was just inducted as a member of the Guilford Rotary on February 3rd.  In becoming a member I am excited to meet more people from Guilford.  The people and organizations are part of what make this town wonderful.  By connecting with people at the events and meetings it helps us as a business for feedback and knowing what our customers want.  As businesses and people in town, we rely a lot on each other for support and to add value.  This is just part of how we support our local community.

Healthy Food for Kids

 

12208606_10156241646340080_9164119039287463132_nBy now the holiday season is behind us and the new year has started.  The holidays were filled with many things; friends and family, giving thanks for all that we have, and FOOD.  About the food, while some side dishes during the holidays are healthy, most of the food that gets consumed is not.  Cookies, candies, appetizers while all delicious did not end the year well in the eating well category.

In the new year for my family we are focusing on trying to make healthy choices (a bit clichy for a new year’s resolution, I know). A big part of that focus is around my 2 year old daughter, Addie.  She is at that point where she is trying to push boundaries and that includes food.  If she could have her way all she eats would consist of cereal, grapes, goldfish, crackers, hot dogs, and chicken noodle soup.  And if it is a green vegetable, forget about it.  We are working hard to expand her horizons with food and try not to go the easy way out and provide her those few favorites.  

With that said there are a few things that we are trying to do to increase the variety of food that she eats this year.  One thing is meal planning at the beginning of the week and doing it so that there isn’t a second option for her for dinner.  On Sunday with that meal plan in mind we went to Bishop’s.  There are two things that get Addie excited about going to Bishop’s: getting an apple from the basket at the entrance and pushing her own cart.  Going around the store with a two year old pushing the kids cart definitely takes some time but the smile on her face makes it worth it.  This is part of the process where I hope it translates to her eating, helping get the food from the store.  I picked out the fruits and vegetables from the shelf, hand it to her and she would put it in the cart.  While doing that we say the name of the food as part of the learning process as well.  Keeping her involved and excited hopefully translates to the same feelings at home when the food is on her plate.  

An additional component of trying to eat better is having Addie be a part of the cooking process.  She does have a play kitchen that she loves to cook in and she also loves cooking with us.  Even at two there are simple tasks that she can do to “help”.  For example, if ingredients need to be mixed together in a bowl, we will measure items out and she will dump each one in the bowl and mix it together.  She also likes to be on a chair at the counter just watching us cook. She loves to be involved in the process.  It also makes us feel good because she is a bit of a cheerleader, she will say “Yay, Mommy did the cooking!” or “Yay, Daddy did the cooking” when we are done and ready to eat.  Who doesn’t like a little motivation?

It is just the beginning of 2016 but I hope to stay on track and get my daugher involved in learning to love various foods that are good for all of us.