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Monday, December 14, 2020

A Message from Kathleen Stauffer,

CEO of The Arc Eastern Connecticut


To All Our Friends and Family Members:


Here at The Arc ECT, caution is serving us well. The recent spike and continued climb in Coronavirus cases in Connecticut means masks, hand-washing and social distancing must remain of utmost priority! Fortunately, the agency and our team members have by and large remained healthy.


My deepest appreciation and heartfelt thanks go out to everyone who donated to The Arc ECT on Giving Tuesday; we had a wonderful outpouring of support, including from friends and team members who set up their own Giving Tuesday Facebook pages and helped us raise over $5,000 to help people with IDD.


I wish for each one of you LOVE, warmth and lots of memories this season. Your safety – and your family’s – remains our first priority as we move forward. Don’t forget to take care of yourself this Holiday Season even while you take care of others!


Safe Holidays,

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PS – I’d love to hear about your favorite holiday traditions!


PPS - There’s still time to order your holiday wreath!  They’re delivered directly to you or to a gift recipient, and when you use the code THEARCCT001, a percentage of the sale goes directly to The Arc Eastern Connecticut

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This Month's Recipe

Apple Pancakes with Cider Syrup

These tender pancakes are filled with minced apple and raisin and drizzled with apple cider

syrup. They're wonderful on a cool fall morning.



  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour

  • 2 teaspoons sugar

  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 2/3 cup finely chopped peeled apple

  • 1/4 cup raisins

  • 2/3 cup buttermilk

  • 1 large egg, separated

  • 2 teaspoons butter, melted

  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 1/4 cup sugar

  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch

  • 2/3 cup apple cider or juice

  • 1 cinnamon stick (1-1/2 inches)

  • Dash ground nutmeg

  • Additional butter, optional


  1. In a small bowl, combine the first six ingredients; stir in apple and raisins.

  2. Combine the buttermilk, egg yolk, butter and vanilla; stir into dry ingredients.

  3. In a small bowl, beat egg white until soft peaks form; fold into batter.

  4. Pour batter by heaping 1/4 cupfuls onto a hot griddle coated with cooking spray; turn when bubbles form on top. Cook until the second side is lightly browned.

  5. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch and cider until smooth; add cinnamon stick.

  6. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.

  7. Discard cinnamon stick. Stir nutmeg into syrup.

  8. Serve pancakes with warm syrup and, if desired (of course it’s desired!), additional butter.

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