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Accepting And Living With Alzheimer’s- Peach Cobbler Snack Cake

As I set across the table today from my beautiful 92-year-old Mother, who has Alzheimer’s disease, I realized that it didn’t really matter if she knew me or she didn’t.  She was happy, with me, talking to me, being with me …in the moment and the need for her to know who I was …seemed no longer important.  The fact that my mother didn’t remember the past, as to who I was, or what her life had been didn’t matter.  What mattered was the present, the moment.  And in that moment, as we set there at the table, she was happy.  Laughing and smiling …giggling actually, her bright brown eyes twinkling.

As I left I looked back and heard her say, “What a sweet lady, I’m so glad I got to meet her.”  My heart is so full. ❤

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In younger years my Mom and I would bake together.  Here is one of our favorite southern dessert recipes that as a girl I loved to make, and still do.

Mother & Daughter Peach Cobbler Snack Cake

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Mother & Daughter Peach Cobbler Snack Cake

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Ingredients:

  1. 1 cup granulated sugar plus 3 teaspoons, divided
  2. 2 1/2 cups sliced peaches
  3. 1/2 teaspoon corn starch
  4. 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  5. 2 cups flour
  6. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  7. 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  8. 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  9. 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Spray an 8-x-8-inch baking dish with nonstick spray. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a small bowl, combine 3 teaspoons sugar, cinnamon and corn starch. Toss peaches in the mixture and coat evenly. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, sift together 1 cup sugar, flour, salt and baking powder. In another bowl, whisk together milk and butter. Slowly pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and stir until incorporated.

Pour cake batter into prepared baking dish. Press sliced peaches into the cake batter and place some on top. Put in the oven and bake for 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Homemade Whipped Cream

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  • 1 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 3 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • Cinnamon to sprinkle

Pour the heavy whipping cream, sugar, and vanilla extract into a large bowl, and whisk using a large balloon whisk. Whisk for approximately 3–5 minutes, until the cream reaches the soft peak stage. You will notice the cream form large bubbles on top, the bubbles will disappear and the cream will start to form ridges.

Sprinkle with cinnamon and enjoy!

 

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Springtime Celebration Cake

 

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In honor of Mother’s Day, I give you a fun and delicious cake recipe, perfect for Mother’s Day or any springtime occasion. This cake is colorful and moist with just the right amount of sweetness.  Sure to be a big hit with Mom’s everywhere.

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Springtime Celebration Cake

By:  Arl’s World

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Lemon Cake

  • Duncan Hines Lemon Supreme Cake
  • small box of lemon Jello gelatin
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 4 eggs
  1.  Blend cake mix, Jello mix, oil, water and eggs until moistened.
  2. Blend on medium speed for 5 minutes
  3. Grease and flour 9×9 round cake pan
  4. Pour cake batter into dish or pan
  5. Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes
  6. Cool on rack for 15 minutes

Strawberry Cake 

  • 1 pint fresh strawberries
  • 1 (18 oz) Duncan Hines White or Yellow cake mix
  • 1 small box of strawberry jello gelatin
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  1.  Slice strawberries and, using a fork mash them until they resemble a puree.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Grease or spray a 9″ pan.
  4. Stir together cake mix and dry Jell-O powder.
  5. Add oil, water, eggs and 1 cup of pureed strawberries. Mix thoroughly, about 2 minutes on medium.
  6. Pour evenly into prepared pan. Bake for 18 – 20 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Cool for 10 minutes in pan then remove to cooling rack.

For Frosting:

  1. Combine the butter, 16 ounces of powdered sugar.  Beat until smooth.
  2. Add more sugar to reach frosting consistency.
  3. Place the thickest cake layer upside down on serving plate, frost the top only to about ½ inch from the sides.
  4. Repeat layers then frost the top and sides of the cake.
  5. For best flavor, store cake in refrigerator.
  6. Sprinkle with fun springtime confetti

 

 

Posted in Lifestyle, Writings

Being A Mom

Today is Mother’s Day, my day, for I am a Mom. I have the most amazing, rewarding and hardest job on the planet.  Being a Mom means so much to me.  From the very first moment that I saw that little face, to the first step, to graduation day and everything in between, my life has never been the same.  One big roller coaster ride of sorts, full of fun, with ups and downs, tears and laughter and the knowledge that I would never want it any other way.

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I wear many hats as a Mom.  The Chief Executive Officer of my household.  I am also a personal chef, a mediator, an administrative assistant, a housekeeper, a banker and finance manager, a taxi driver, a judge, a teacher and a friend.  Each one of these hats is an honor and pleasure to wear and I do so proudly.

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Being a Mom means giving up things and making sacrifices, it means always putting your children first.  Being a Mom takes maturity.  You have to be mature enough to be able to do that, to put yourself aside and do what is best for your children.  It is a selfless position that requires patience and time and more patience.

To be a Mom means I am always at work and will never retire.  I gladly accept this as it also means a life full of priceless rewards; benefits and pay in the form of love and happiness, pride and joy. Being a Mom means I have the best job ever.

Here’s to being a Mom!  :)

Happy Mother’s Day to all you Mom’s out there, Dad’s who play the role as Mom, all you step Mom’s and Guardian’s …take a bow!  Today is for you!

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Posted in Main Dishes, Recipes

Slow Cooker Country Lasagna

You can’t go wrong with this one!  Rich and meaty, this recipe is full of flavor.  Great for any occasion.  A delicious recipe that hopefully the family will love.:)

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Hello all!  I have another slow cooker recipe for you today.  It’s Lasagna!  I would never have thought that Lasagna would be good in the slow cooker, but it is!  No more having to spend hours in the kitchen to prepare a delicious Lasagna meal.  Easy, breezy and delicious!  I love the addition of the spinach in this recipe.

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The first time I made this I worried that the noodles would not cook properly, but no worries there!  I’ve made this twice now, once with spinach and once with kale, as I didn’t have spinach the first time around, and it is good either way.  I also add carrots to this on occasion.  The addition of the carrots, plus the spinach, made this recipe perfect for my family.  I love the addition of the vegetables in any Lasagna I make, whether in the slow cooker or oven.  The fact that I can make this in the slow cooker though, and know it turns out this delicious makes this recipe a definite keeper for me. Even more important is that my picky eater ate this, spinach and all!  I hope this will be a winner at your house as well.  Enjoy!:)

 

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Slow Cooker Country Lasagna

By:  Arl’s World

You can’t go wrong with this one!  Rich and meaty, this recipe is full of flavor.  Great for any occasion.  A delicious recipe that hopefully the whole family will love.:)

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Ingredients:

  • 1 pound hamburger meat or Italian sausage, fully cooked
  • 2 large jars marinara sauce
  • 1 package uncooked lasagna noodles
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (8 ounces)
  • 1 container (15 ounces) part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • fresh spinach
  • Italian seasoning to taste

Directions:

  • Brown hamburger meat and add marinara sauce. Let simmer for 20 minutes. (You can also make your own marinara sauce if you like).
  • While meat is simmering; in a bowl combine your ricotta cheese, 1 cup of mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese and egg, Italian seasoning to taste and mix well.
  • Spray the cooker with cooking spray, and start your layers of 1) meat sauce 2) uncooked lasagna noodles 3) ricotta cheese mixture 4) spinach and other veges you might add.
  • Repeat layers one more time. Top with remaining meat sauce and mozzarella cheese.
  • Cook on low for only three hours, any longer will overcook the noodles!

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Red Wine Braised Chicken

Hello wonderful people!  I am excited to be back joining my favorite link up party, Fiesta Friday, today.  There is actually a reason for my lack of posting, and especially in the recipe category, which I will tell you about in a moment.  I wanted to say that I am glad I am back and to bring you this wonderful, easy and delicious recipe.

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Recently, I moved from my apartment of 4 years to a rental house.  Every time I move I say that it will be the last!  But apparently, it is not …here I go again!  This move was a necessity as my rent was going up, up and away and my money with it!  So here I am, getting settled finally in my new home.  My move has not been without a few problems here and there, as in all moves .  One problem in particular is my oven.  My oven is not working correctly …My stove top is just fine, but the oven, not so much.  What does this mean to my blog?  It means I have not been able to bake or cook for a while now!  Yikes!  This has been bad and good.  Good because I haven’t been baking any delicious sweets (my waistline thanks me!) Bad because …well it is just bad not having my oven, and I am sure all of you here at Fiesta Friday know what that means.  Now back to the good.  It is good because I now know my slow cooker so much better, it has become my new best friend!

I found this wonderful recipe for Red Wine Braised Chicken and it looked so easy and delicious I just had to try it.  I did make a few changes to accommodate my families personal preferences and to what I had handy in my kitchen.  I must say, I try a lot of recipes and some of them I do not always like, but this one …just simply delicious!

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If you would like the original recipe, it can be found at MidwestLiving.com.  Of course my pictures do not look near as appetizing as Midwest Living, but hey, I assure you it was every bit as good.  You can’t go wrong with this one.  This recipe is easy to prepare and my family just loved the taste, so rich in flavor.  I will be making this one again soon!

Happy Cooking!

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Red Wine Braised Chicken

By:  Arl’s World

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 large onion, chopped
  • Chicken Breast, I used 2 large
  • 1 packet (1.3 oz) McCormick slow cookers red wine braised roast seasoning mix
  • cups small peeled baby carrots, halved
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • Mashed potatoes and green peas (optional)

Directions

  1. Coat slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Place chopped onion in slow cooker; season chicken with seasoning mix and place on top of onion. Add carrots. Pour red wine and 1/2 cup water over top.
  3. Cover and cook on HIGH for 4 to 6 hours
  4. Stir in parsley and serve with mashed potatoes and peas, if desired.

 

Posted in Dating, Lifestyle, Writings

50 Is The New 30

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Is 50 really the new 30?  I will say that 30 something is the new 50 for the weather in Texas the last couple of days …our last little cold snap.  Of course, I am not talking about the use of this saying on weather.   I hear the expression all the time from my friends.  Someone is always saying,  “Well, you know, 50 is the new 30.”  Which I guess replaced 40 is the new 20.  So, do I look and feel 30?  Yes and no, maybe in mind and spirit, physically I am not so sure.  I notice a few more aches and pains these days, that I did not have in my 30’s.

I suppose the expression does hold true in some way. At 50, I started a new chapter in my life. When I was 30, I would never imagine that I would be where I am today. I certainly did not imagine myself being single. In some ways, I feel like I am Julia Roberts character in “Eat, Pray, Love.”  I see things so much more clearly now that I am older. I know so much more about myself now, than I ever did at 30. I am stronger, smarter and more independent than I have ever been in my life.  I have grown so much in just the past couple of years.  I know who I am, what I want, and am comfortable with this knowledge.  I have a new confidence to go along with the new independence I have acquired.  Sometimes it takes major life changes to make you realize everything you may have thought you knew and wanted, in your younger years, may not be what you really need nor want now.

The world awaits me and there is so much still out there to do and learn. Turning 50 something does not mean you are getting older, it only means that you are at another chapter.  Life is not winding down, it has only just begun. Yes folks, I believe 50 is the new 30 for this woman!

 

 

Posted in Dating, Lifestyle, Writings

Dating And The Single Mom

For those of you who don’t know, I am a single mother, working full-time and living in Texas.  That is the short of it, actually I am so much more than the title would say.  I am CEO of the household; a mother, a personal chef, a mediator, an administrative assistant, a housekeeper, a banker and finance manager, a taxi driver, a judge, a teacher and a friend.

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The list could go on and on …my point being that it is a busy, not always easy and sometimes thankless job. The rewards however really are many.  If you are a parent you know what I am talking about.  I love my busy, crazy life and feel blessed to have it.

Now, the down side to this wonderful life I lead is that it leaves little time for me.  Hey, the CEO needs a break sometimes.  Occasionally, I do get together with the girls.  We laugh, we cry, we have some wine …and maybe some more wine.  Meeting up with the girls is a great stress release and so much fun!

Now, let’s throw dating into the mix …and all of a sudden the problem, finding the time to date.  As my son gets older, I find that the possibility of dating does become somewhat easier …but still not as much as I would have thought.  I still have a school age son at home, a teenager no less!  I still have to be there at night for him.  I am still CEO of the household.  I am still personal chef.  So now, add a creative writer (my profile on dating sites), a designer (a girl has to have the right outfit!) a judge (of good character), a decision maker (should I or should I not go out with this guy?  Is he right for me?) …well you get the idea.  So how is a single mom suppose to find the time to date?  And if you do find the time, is your busy schedule going to coincide with your dates?

I recently had a brief dating relationship with a guy who politely told me that it wasn’t going to work out for us (after only 4 dates, mind you) because he didn’t like that I couldn’t talk on the phone more often with him.  Apparently, this is a deal breaker for him.  The longer version being that he thought we got along great and he really liked me, but …I didn’t have more time for him and less time with my family.  We went out for about 2 weeks, during this time we talked on the phone at least twice during the week, texted every day and went out on the weekend, plus lunch during the week.  I felt like I was rearranging my schedule and compromising for him …But where was his compromise??  So when he called me to tell me it wasn’t going to work, I didn’t try to change his mind.  I did all I was willing to do at this point, already.   So in the end, it was …Bye, bye needy engineer guy, weird kisser …it wasn’t going to work.

But I think the point I am trying to make here is this:  You have to take into consideration that we all have schedules and different lives, whether we are single with kids, single and retired, single and working etc.  If you are single for any length of time, at all, you should know that everyone needs time to adjust to a new person in their lives.  You get used to your schedule and when someone new comes along it takes a bit of time and finesse to fit them in.  It takes compromise on both parties, and a willingness to want to do so.  It takes understanding, understanding that this can’t always happen at first, nor may you want it to.

I think the “not wanting it to happen to quickly” part was true with the engineer guy.  I wasn’t opposed to changing my schedule a little, to let him in, hell I thought I had!  I mean I just met the guy, I didn’t even know his last name!!  I wasn’t even sure if I had any feelings for him, other than being his friend.  I did enjoy his company …but was this enough, at this point, to rearrange my life for?  I didn’t think so and wanted more time to decide whether it was going to work out.  I think if you are going to be “out there” dating, you have to be patient and not rush things.  You have to be understanding to a certain degree, understanding of what the other person has going on, and if you like them work through this with them.  I don’t know …maybe it just depends on the guy or the girl and how much you like them to how much time you are going to invest now or down the road.  Food for thought.

“No need to rush. If it is worth having, it is worth waiting for …and what is meant for you always arrives on time.”

So, for this Lady, right here, right now, I will continue to be a dating mom, a CEO of my household, of my life.  Forever strong, independent and confident, moving forward with my life, in progress.

“She is single because she refuses to settle for someone who falls short of what she deserves.

Knowing her self worth, she has chosen to preserve a spot in her heart for a real man.

Someone mature enough to understand that loyalty, commitment, and honestly are a priority and not an option.”

 

Thanks for reading!

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