About Melissa Young

A Little about me: Meeting new people and learning new things is always exciting. I thought it might be helpful for you to know a little more about me. My name is Melissa Young and I am the new Manager of Client Services. I have my MSW from the University of Pennsylvania. In my spare time I enjoy playing golf and tennis, cooking and spending time with my family and friends.

Lemon Blueberry Bread

Hello Spring! And hello delicious Lemon Blueberry Bread! Blueberries are in season and are easy to find these days at your local grocery store or farmers’ market. This healthier option bread is simple to make and is packed with flavor. Perfect for a warm and sunny day.

Ingredients

  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup maple syrup or honey
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup coconut oil melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¼ cup lemon juice plus zest of one lemon
  • ¾ cup blueberries fresh or frozen
  • 1 tablespoon flour for coating blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons grated lemon zest

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to oven to 350°F. Grease a loaf pan.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl add Greek yogurt, honey, coconut oil, eggs and lemon juice and mix well.
  4. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and whisk until mixed through.
  5. In a small bowl, toss the blueberries with flour to prevent them from sinking into the loaf. Gently fold into the batter along with the lemon zest.
  6. Transfer to greased loaf pan and bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  7.  Cool for 15 minutes before removing from pan.
Lemon Blueberry Bread
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Purpose in Life

This famous quote, “The purpose of life is a life with purpose” resonates with me.  I often stop and think about my purpose in life.  I am a mother, daughter, sister, aunt, friend, wife, caretaker, and a social worker.  As I reflect on my purpose, I have come to learn that I enjoy helping others.  Working for MSAA offers me the opportunity to help the MS community.  I hope to provide a safe place for many to call in for help and to find support.  I feel a great sense of pride knowing I can help and navigate others through uncharted waters in a time of need.

So, my question to you is: What is your purpose?  Is it maybe being a friend, maybe being a spouse, or maybe simply it is doing things that bring you happiness?  Sometimes finding the answer is easy, and sometimes it takes time to see where we are appreciated most. If you are struggling to answer this question, do not be afraid to turn to others for guidance and friendly suggestions. Those around you often see the gifts that you exhibit to them that you may not recognize in yourself. This could help you to understand what your purpose is and how to make the best of it.

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Garlic Butter Mushrooms

I was never a fan of mushrooms until I started making this recipe.  I can tell you honestly, I pop them in my mouth like candy. 

These sauteed mushrooms only need a handful of ingredients and are easy to make.  If you are looking for a flavorful side dish to impress your taste buds, this recipe is for you.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound button mushrooms
  • 3 tbsp salted butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 4 garlic cloves crushed/minced
  • Dash of salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. In a large frying pan, heat butter and olive oil over medium high heat.
  2. Add mushrooms to pan and mix to coat them in the butter/oil mixture.
  3. Cook mushrooms for about to 8 minutes without moving.
  4. Flip the mushrooms over one by one and then let them cook for another 8 minutes.
  5. Add crushed garlic and parsley to pan, mix to coat and cook for 2 minutes.
  6. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve immediately.
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Tasty and Healthy Yogurt Parfait Recipe

Parfaits are a great choice for a grab-and-go breakfast or snack. You can prepare them in advance or make them quickly and easily when needed. Parfaits include yogurt layered with fruit of your choice and granola.

With the new year upon us, I know many of you are trying to start it off right by creating some healthy meal prep options. Why not give this easy yogurt parfait recipe a try! Continue reading

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Eggnog Hot Chocolate – Recipe of the Month

It’s that time of year to snuggle up next to a warm fire or a loved one, especially if you’re sipping this Eggnog Hot Chocolate recipe.

This recipe will hopefully help get you in the spirit of the holiday season. After the year we’ve had, shouldn’t we indulge ourselves a little.

Goodbye 2020 and Hello 2021. Continue reading

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Cinnamon Apple Fries

This time of year reminds me of the wonderful flavors you can find at the local market or farm stand. Trying something different can be exciting, too.

Cinnamon Apple Fries are a fun side dish to add to any Thanksgiving gathering. Sweet and crisp apples lightly fried and covered in cinnamon and sugar — what could taste better?

All varieties of apples make great apple fries, so choose your favorite.  My favorite is gala apples. Continue reading

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Autumn Mock-Tail Recipe

We are officially in the fall season, and as the weather cools down, our taste buds start to crave certain festive drinks. We are not talking pumpkin spice – although I can appreciate a good fall pumpkin spice anything.

Why not try a Mock-Tail. I love this Mock-Tail recipe because it reminds me of Autumn. It has all the colors I love to see outside this time of year.

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Warm Apple Crisp

There is nothing that says the Fall season is approaching like warm apple crisp. The leaves are starting to change color and the apples are delicious this time of the year too. I do not know about you, but Fall is my favorite season.

And the best part is…this dessert can be made super quick and requires no baking skills!

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My Favorite Fruit Dip

This simple fruit dip recipe is always a hit at BBQs, parties, and holiday gatherings. Kids love it and it can be a great way to encourage them to eat a healthy snack. This dip can be stored in the refrigerator for up to one week. It is delicious served with pretzels or pound cake. Continue reading

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Brownie Cookie – Recipe of the Month

This brownie cookie recipe is one of my favorites. It turns out deliciously fudgy and chewy. You use a brownie box mix and in just about 15 minutes you will be enjoying these delightful treats. With only four simple ingredients, it hopefully will become a favorite in your household too!

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