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Slow Cooker Kick’n Turkey Meatballs

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These lean turkey meatballs are filled with plenty of good seasonings, herbs and spices, full of mouth-watering flavor.  This recipe is sure to please.

Hello everyone!  Happy Fiesta Friday!  I haven’t made too many parties, as of late …sometimes you just have to take a break.  Slowly but surely I am getting back in the blogging groove, ready for good food and drink, and as always …good company!

Today, for our Fiesta Friday Link-up Party,  I am bringing a healthier version of my recipe for turkey meatballs.  Here recently, both my son and myself are on a very strict diet due to some digestive issues.  Good bye cake, cookies, pastries …my old friends.  Good bye fried foods …I will miss you on occasion, as well.  Hello to a healthier way of life, which I need anyway …we all do!  Healthy is in and healthy is good!  I am really trying to remind myself of this today, especially, as I look at all the yummy desserts I know we will have at Fiesta Friday.

These meatballs are a combination of my regular turkey meatball recipe and my beef meatloaf recipe, and together they make one good meat-ta-ball! 

 

I hope you enjoy and please DO have seconds!😉

Happy Healthy Cooking!  Y’all come back now, ya hear!

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Arlene

Slow Cooker Kick'n Turkey Meatballs

By:  arlsworld.net

These lean turkey meatballs are filled with plenty of good seasonings, herbs and spices, full of mouth-watering flavor.  This recipe is sure to please.

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Ingredients

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1/4 tsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp Weber Kick’n Chicken seasoning

1/2 tbsp. Italian seasoning

dash of salt and pepper to taste

1/4 ketchup

1 tsp mustard

1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

1 cup whole wheat bread crumbs (you could also use Panko, oats etc)

1 egg

1/2 cup chicken broth plus turkey drippings (drippings optional)

Directions

  • In a bowl, mix the ground turkey, bread crumbs, and all other ingredients, EXCEPT the chicken broth.  Shape the mixture into meatballs.  I use a tablespoon measuring spoon to scoop and measure my meatballs, as I can never get them the same size otherwise.
  • Coat a large skillet with about a tablespoon of olive oil and bring to medium-high heat, add your turkey meatballs and brown on all sides.  When brown, remove meatballs from skillet and set aside.  Reserve some of your turkey drippings and add in the chicken broth. Stir.  Remove from heat.
  • Place your brown meatballs in the slow cooker.  Pour the broth over the meatballs.
  • Cook on low for 6 hours or high for around 3 hours.

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Posted in Appetizers, Breakfast, Desserts

Strawberries & Peanut Butter Drizzle

 

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What better way to start off the school year than with a  quick and easy, healthy after school snack.   Easy peasy with fresh organic strawberries and natural peanut butter.  You can’t go wrong with this delicious snack that your kids will love.

It is a new school year and a new school.  My son is going to High School this year.  Yes, he is a fish!  We are starting the year off right with a healthy breakfast and healthier after school snacks.  It takes a little time to get used to eating healthier and sometimes the preparation is harder as well.  It is easy to grab a bag of chips or candy bar after school, but I want more for my son.  So if I want him to eat healthy, especially when I am not around, I need to provide easy, healthy snacks that he will want to eat and will be willing to make.  The Strawberries & Peanut Butter Drizzle is perfect and does the trick.

Happy Mom and happy Son equals happy life! 🙂

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Happy Healthy Snacking!

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Arlene

Strawberries And Peanut Butter Drizzle

Ingredients

fresh organic strawberries

natural peanut butter

Directions

Slice strawberries in halves and place on a plate or platter.  Take peanut butter and place in a microwave safe container and heat for about 15 seconds.  Stir peanut butter and drizzle onto fresh strawberries. Enjoy! 🙂

 

 

Posted in Dating, Lifestyle, Writings

On Line Dating, Is It For You?

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I have asked myself this question a thousand times.  I have heard my friend’s opinion on this subject a thousand times.  So what is the answer?  Will online dating work for you, is it something you should try?  What are the pros and cons of online dating?  In this post, I will go over some of the things I have learned and hopefully shed some light on the subject.

First, before you make the decision to put yourself out there …Here are some things you should consider.  Look at the pros and cons and ask yourself this:

  1. Do you have the opportunity to go out and meet people the old fashion way?   Maybe you live in a rural area or just don’t have many single friends.  Actually both apply to me.  I am a 50 something single Mom who lives in a small city and does not do the bar scene anymore.  Most of my friends are married, and events and invitations consist of mostly gatherings at another married friend’s house.  Uh …not much opportunity to meet someone here.  So, if like me, you are limited in places to go and people to go with …then, online dating might be for you. You can meet people outside your social circle and even your geographical area.  By meeting different people you can get a better idea of what you are truly looking for.  Beware though, some of the people you meet out of your area may just be looking for a pen pal and never really end up wanting to meet. As where in the old fashion way, you already have that advantage.
  2. Does your career leave you time for a social life?  This one, I think, is the reason a lot of people decide to use online dating.  People work long hours, odd shift times and it leaves little room to go out and meet other people.  If this is you, then you might want to try  online dating.  Just keep in mind, as I have run into this with dates …If you have little time for a social life, due to your career …you still will have to find time to meet and date once you find this online dreamboat. Also, it takes work and time to date online.  You will need to set up a profile, including pictures and monitor it; and be organized enough to weed through and answer all the emails in a timely manner.
  3. Are you an extrovert or introvert?  If you lean towards being an intravert, then you might  be thinking about online dating.  It is much easier to begin a conversation through a dating web site then it would be to walk up to someone at a party.  You are already online for so many other things …Facebook, LinkedIn etc.  So ask yourself, is this really much different from looking for a job online?  Now, if you are the life of the party and go out often …then the online thing could be a waste of your time, as in the end, you will still need to meet to find out if there is going to be chemistry.
  4. Are you adventurous enough to try something new?  I read that over 40 million singles have tried online dating, and that 1 out of 5 relationships started online.   So with that said, it sounds like a sure thing! Right??  However, it isn’t as easy as all that.  Be prepared!  If you do venture out, expect to get burned a few times.  People will lie about their age, income, career, height, weight, relationship status …you will get frustrated, sometimes after only a couple of dates.  Be patient and have fun with it …if you start feeling that this may not be for you, take a break.  It’s the internet, it is available 24 hours a day and will be there when you are ready again.
  5. Can you afford the price of online dating?  People have mixed opinions on this one.  Some people would never dream of paying a dating site, and others may think it is a small price to pay to find the right person.  You should know that not all dating sites require you to pay.  Most sites are set up where you can search and flirt for free, but do hope that you will want to upgrade in order to actually exchange emails.  These types of sites, like maybe eHarmony, are probably better in the long run if you are serious and can afford it.  These sites, sometimes, will attract the more serious daters.  The daters who don’t mind paying and taking the time to fill out and answer all the questions, because  just like you, they are wanting to find a relationship, something more long-term.  There are dating sites that are totally free, such as POF (Pond of Fish) this dating site does not require you to pay in order to search, flirt or exchange email. However …as nice as this is …you will run into a lot more people who are just on there for fun, who want nothing serious; one night stands, pen pals, scammers, etc.  Do your research and choose wisely as to what might be better suited to your needs and what you are looking for.

At the end of the day, in this digital day and age it actually makes perfect sense to have an online and offline routine of dating to find the right person for you.  As someone once said to me, “Remember, the goal is to take your online dating, offline.”  So, whether you actually meet offline or online you still have to be able to grow and maintain your relationship.  It’s up to you whether you actually build that profile online or find the right lines to say and time to say them offline.  The important thing is to get out there and date,  find your happily ever after.  I know I will! 😉

 

Thanks for reading!

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XO Arlene

Posted in Dating, Lifestyle, Writings

Kiss And Tell. It’s in the Kiss?

A recent date said something to me that got me thinking …He said that you can’t tell if you are going to like someone or not (have that chemistry) until you kiss them.  Hmmm …I am not sure that I agree with that.  If I look at them and don’t see attraction …well then, chances are I am not going to want to kiss them!  I think at the moment, in his case, he was saying that just because he wanted a kiss.

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But, is this really true?  I think I know long before that first kiss if I am going to have chemistry, or not …If I am going to even want to kiss someone.  Now, if I feel there is chemistry and then we do kiss it would only confirm, even more, that there are feelings.  What do you think?

With that being said …does that make them a good person?  A person that I am going to continue to date?  Maybe and maybe not.   But still, can you feel that chemistry with out a first kiss?  I think you can.  Chemistry, after all, does not have to be sexual.  If you meet someone and you like their personality, then sometimes you just “click” with them.  That is chemistry, way before the first kiss.  Then after you get to know them, you may be attracted to them physically …and then the first kiss comes into play.   I guess it could be possible too, that the person that I look at and instantly go all weak at the knees over, could in fact be a bad kisser!

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Then I suppose that would indeed kill any chemistry/feeling that I initially had upon first sight.  If they are a bad kisser do you still want to go out with them …will there be another date?  Of course, on the other hand …maybe you are not that attracted to someone by looks alone or even by their personality until you get past the first kiss.   Then you feel something from the kiss itself.  Just enough to boost any doubt you might have about whether you are really attracted to them.

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Just my thoughts on a very hot and sunny Wednesday, on a slow day at work.  Okay, now you know where the mind wonders to …Ha!   18227e8ae60fcc1d5886ed9abdc6d505

Thanks for Reading!

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XO Arlene

Posted in Desserts, Lifestyle, Recipes, Writings

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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This post is part of Fiesta Friday.  Come on over and link up, join the fun!!

Happy Baking!

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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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This post is part of Fiesta Friday link up party.  Come on over and join the fun!

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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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