Posted in Home, Lifestyle, Writings

Have You Ever Noticed How The Golden Girls Aren’t So Golden Anymore?

gg1Years ago, when I was much younger, my Mother used to watch The Golden Girls and on occasion I would watch along.  The show was always appealing, quite funny and I always like Betty White, and the combination of the four ladies together worked perfectly to produce a decent, entertaining show.  However, they were Golden Girls after all, certainly suited for someone my Mother’s age, but not for a person of my age …

My routine after work, for the most part, consists of; I come home, I cook dinner and I watch a few of my favorite, silly sitcoms.  At times, I watch them until prime time television begins, and on other occasions I watch them until I get ready for bed, if nothing else is on, that is.  So in doing this, I stumbled upon re-runs of The Golden Girls.  There they were still as humorous, still entertaining, and …OMGosh!  Wait!  NOT so golden anymore!  How I never noticed this, why they shouldn’t call them Golden Girls at all …except for the Mother, Sophia, and even she is still quite spry.  Could it be …is it possible …yes, I believe it has finally happened, I have caught up with the Golden Girls!   I now look at Dorothy, Blanche and Rose and realize, why they don’t look golden, not at all, they look comparable to me and I’m not ready to be called golden!

One thing I realized in watching The Golden Girls, as of recent, is no matter what age you are, you can learn life lessons from watching these ladies:  Dorothy, Blanche, Rose and Sophia.  From listening to Rose talk about life on the farm in St. Olaf, to Sophia’s colorful stories of her Sicilian culture, their experiences and close relationship remind you of what friendship, love and life is all about.  Maybe I am ready to become a Golden Girl after all.  Suddenly I have a strong desire for a slice of cheesecake.😉



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Posted in Home, Lifestyle, Writings

Raising Your Child To Be A Well Rounded Adult

The greatest gift of all is our children, they are our future.  These small humans learn and grow through influences and teachings, nurturing and support of adults.  Our responsibility as parents is to ensure they receive the proper support system to build the confidence needed to follow their passions and dreams and become a productive, successful, functioning part of society.

But how do we prepare our children and raise them to become all they should?  Early Child Development classes teach that a crucial time in a child’s development is the first five years.   Your child’s brain, in the first five years of life, absorbs higher and develops quicker,  than any other time, meaning that learning, health and behavior are crucial at this time.

Later, as they begin school, other factors play a role in their development.  A child’s environment, at school, home and in his community, can have a large influence on how they learn and grow.  Conditions such as social skills, language and culture all come together.  Children, at home and in school, need structure and rules, they need to have a set of behavioral boundaries and feel secure in their environment.  How you help your child deal with these experiences is important to their wellbeing.

As parents, we have numerous roles; mother, father, friend and teacher, it can be difficult to carry out these roles, especially with both parents working.  However, your relationship with your child is extremely important.  How you interact with your child has an enormous impact on their social growth, how they will act in relationship with others.  Spending quality time with your children is an important part of their development.  Studies suggest that children who get more attention and love at home are less likely to act out at school and in social situations.

The road to parenthood is not always an easy one, it is ever-changing and as your child grows, so do his needs.  Parenting mistakes are inevitable, but learning and growing along with your child is part of the process.  With patience, love and understanding you are on the path to raising a well rounded adult.

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Posted in Lifestyle, Writings

Random Things I’ve Learned From My Teenager

Definition of teenage

  • : between 13 and 19 years old

  • : relating to people who are between 13 and 19 years old

  • :  of, being, or relating to people in their teens

Source: Merriam-Websters Learner’s Dictionary

As this definition is true, it says nothing of the teenager themselves.  It certainly does not prepare you for the teenager or explain their actions, their moods, their texting codes; m@*$,  translation …meet me at Starbucks.  Who knew?  Certainly not me.


Teenagers are a whole different type of human, they are almost alien in some ways.  That child you raised from birth now becomes someone different.  An adolescent in the process of developing from child to adult.  It can be a difficult time for teens and parents alike.  It takes patience and love and a little humor to bring us through the teenage years.   Here are a few things I’ve learned along the way. 🙂

1.  No Public Nonsense – It is NOT acceptable to wave and call your teenager’s name in a public place, such as WalMart, drawing attention to them.  This causes a reaction of embarrassment and shock, a look of pure disbelief and horror on their part and don’t be surprised if you are ignored.  This, in turn, defeating the purpose of why you waved and called out to them in the first place.
2.  Their Knowledge Exceeds YoursToast without butter or jelly or any delicious spread is simply plain toast, not dry toast. This from my son who seems to have become an expert in culinary arts. Hmm …dry toast, plain toast, naked toast, still the same piece of toast. I am the one eating it, and I shall call it what I want.
3.  The No Hug Zone You have now entered what I sometimes refer to as “The No Hug Zone” There will officially be no more hugs outside of the house, what so ever! Hugs are only permitted, on occasion, inside the household, as teen sees fit. I knew the day was coming, but are we ever ready?
4.  Beware Of The iCloud! – In case you didn’t know, the iCloud stores photos, videos,  music, apps, etc. – for all your devices. This can also mean your families devices as well. This is NOT always a good thing. So just be sure you have your settings adjusted or you just might end up sending and saving something you didn’t intend, to other family member’s phone or Apple device. Oops!
5.  The No Adult Zone – Teenagers do not want to talk to adults and will avoid this at all cost! I once saw my son walk all the way around the other side of the food court, at the mall, to avoid running the risk of talking to one of his teachers. This also applies to a friend’s parents, the pastor, neighbors  or any person who is old, which is basically anyone over 35.
6.  Healthy Is Not Good. It doesn’t matter if Michelle Obama says so or not, healthy is not good. My son will skip lunch rather than eat healthy. Heaven forbid anything healthy would actually taste good! They may eat healthy food, at your request, but if you are not around than back to junk food. His diet would consist of pizza, candy bars and packages of peanut butter crackers.  
7.  Not Wearing Clothes Is A Thing – Okay, only around the house …but still! Getting dressed on the weekend consists of a pair of boxer shorts. He walks by me to get a drink out of the fridge and I feel like I’m in an episode of “The Middle”. I tell him to put on some clothes and he says his friends do it too. Teenagers!
8.  It Is Not Cool To High Five Anymore – This one I have no problem with, as I was never a big fan, but still I know adults who use the high-five at any given moment for various accomplishments, celebrations or other at-a-boy occasions that come around. Mom alert! Your teen will let you know that this is no longer cool.
9.  Life Will End If They Have To Do Chores – When my children were younger they loved to help me around the house. They wanted to sweep, or mow or water the plants for me. Now, when I ask my teenager to do any of these things, I am confronted with a groan or moan and a million reasons why this is not a good idea for him.  Gone are those days of Mother’s little helper!
10.  If You Want To Get Their Attention…Bring Up Christmas – Nothing gets the attention of my teenager quicker than to talk about Christmas gifts. Of course, I may have no intention of Christmas shopping at that time, they don’t have to know this now. I know, It’s bad…but clever. Just roll into what would you want for Christmas, followed by well that may not happen if you don’t mow the lawn. Next thing you know your lawn mower is purring away guided by a reluctant teen who really wants an iPhone.😉
With a recipe of patience, love, laughter and wine …we will get though these years just fine. 


My son (in the middle) and his friends being silly, being teenagers.


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Posted in Appetizers, Main Dishes, Recipes

Slow Cooker Kick’n Turkey Meatballs


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!



Slow Cooker Kick'n Turkey Meatballs


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.




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)


  • 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.



Posted in Appetizers, Breakfast, Desserts

Strawberries & Peanut Butter Drizzle


Healthy snacks

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! 🙂


Happy Healthy Snacking!



Strawberries And Peanut Butter Drizzle


fresh organic strawberries

natural peanut butter


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?


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? 

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 introvert, then you might  be thinking about online dating.  It is much easier to begin a conversation through a dating web site than 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 want 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 an 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!


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.


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!


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.


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!


XO Arlene