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Watermelon Salad Recipe

Link: Delicious Watermelon Salad Ingredients: 2 ounces olive oil 1 ounce balsamic vinegar 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper 1/4 cup finely diced red onion 8 cups diced watermelon 2 cups fresh blueberries 1/4 cup rough chopped fresh mint leaves 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese (or more if you like!) Directions: In a large bowl, whisk together olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper and diced red onion. Add the diced watermelon, blueberries, mint and feta cheese to bowl. Gently toss to coat.

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Equine Therapy

Castlewood at The Highlands has teamed up with King’s Stables to provide equine assisted therapy for our clients. “At King’s Stables, the horses are the teachers. Why horses? A horse’s herd is its community, and the way they communicate with each other within their herd is similar to the way people communicate. Horses help teach people how to express feelings, handle problems, and open the lines of communication. Riders not only experience the joy a horse can bring, but also work on skills such as balance, strength, independence, and coordination. Working with these beautiful animals is empowering and esteem building ~…

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Staff Spotlight: Alex Dumais

Your role at Castlewood at The Highlands: Direct Care Staff, Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist The thing you love most about working here: Working with a positive, pro-active group of people and being able to help our clients establish a healthy relationship with recreation for a better quality of life in recovery What brings you joy and happiness in your life: The outdoors and other people! I love meeting new people and learning what makes each of us unique. Your favorite quote: “Unless someone like YOU cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not” – Dr.…

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Staff Spotlight: Sarah Smith

Your role at Castlewood at The Highlands: Direct Care Staff The thing you love most about working here: My coworkers, and being able to help others on their journey to recovery! What brings you joy and happiness in your life: Going to the humane society to play with the animals! Your favorite quote: “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take”. – Wayne Gretzky/Michael Scott 6 thins you could never do without: My family, my dog, my bed, pizza, my phone, baby pigs Arena song: “Run the World (Girls)” – Beyonce    

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Client Creations: Baked Chicken Cordon Bleu

Baked Chicken Cordon Bleu with Parmesan Panko Crust Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 30 minutes Total Time 40 minutes Servings 4 servings Ingredients 4 skinless boneless chicken breasts 4 slices thin of ham 4 slices thin of Swiss cheese 2 eggs 3/4 cup Panko breadcrumbs 3/4 cup shredded Parmesan 1 tbsp butter Leaves from 6 sprigs of thyme Salt and Pepper Flour Sauce 1 can Cream of Chicken Soup 1/2 cup Sour Cream 1 tbsp Lemon juice Few grinds of fresh ground pepper Instructions 1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. 2. Using a meat mallet, flatten the chicken breasts…

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Staff Spotlight: Amber Parris

Your role at The Highlands:  Therapist :) I listen, I support, I challenge, I laugh with, and do all things that involve encouraging humans to be the most real version of themselves.   The thing you love most about working at The Highlands: I can’t choose—I know everyone says that but I truly mean that I equally love working with clients as they journey back towards living a full life. It truly is an honor to be in this position. I also could *not* do this without the support and wisdom from the team. The team makes the work with…

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Staff Spotlight: Allison Burnett

Your role at The Highlands: Anything from therapy to social media (go like our pages, thanks) The thing you love most about working for Castlewood at The Highlands: It is a place where your differences and authenticity are celebrated.   What brings you joy and happiness in your life: All the animals, Saturdays in the fall, my lobster and our 3 furbabies Your favorite quote: “When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” – Lao Tzu 6 Things you could never do without: Chapstick, caffeine, microwaves, laughter, college football, saying Roll Tide Your ultimate…

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Staff Spotlight: Katherine Jordan

Your role at The Highlands: Dietitian. I come alongside clients to help them on their journey with food while they learn how to honor their body with balanced food choices, and how to honor their mind with freedom to enjoy all foods without self-judgment or shame. The thing you love most about working for The Highlands: I have two things that come to mind as to what I love most about The Highlands. First, seeing the hope clients experience in their recovery process when they meet their nutrition goals, no matter how big or small. It is such a joy…

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Staff Spotlight: Amy Claire Grisham

Your role at The Highlands: Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist   The thing you love most about working for The Highlands: Having the privilege working alongside clients who courageously step into their process of learning truth about food, their body, and finding balance where there has been chaos. And being a part of an incredibly dedicated and compassionate staff.   What brings you joy and happiness in your life: To see grace cover the brokenness of humanity. To witness redemption and restoration.   Your favorite quote: “Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite…

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Staff Spotlight: Kenton Bartlett

Your role at The Highlands: I get to hang out with our awesome clients all day, ask weird questions to get conversations going, and do random stuff like pet horses, make art, and get dunked in a dunk tank. AKA Direct Care Staff and Therapy Intern   The thing you love most about working for The Highlands: It’s refreshing to be around authentic and emotionally intelligent folks (staff & clients) who have a high threshold for truth and are able to generously understand people. It’s a great group, and it’s really nice that they’re all under one roof.   What…

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