Cherry Cheesecake Cookies


1 1/4 cups finely crushed graham crackers

1 cup flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 cup butter, room temperature

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 egg white

3 ounces cream cheese, room temperature

1/4 cup sugar

2 teaspoons lemon zest

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Combine graham crackers, flour, and baking powder in a large bowl. Set aside

Beat butter and brown sugar in a medium bowl with a hand mixer until fluffy. Beat in egg white and combine with graham cracker mixture. Set aside

Beat cream cheese, sugar, lemon zest, and vanilla in a separate medium bowl. Set aside

Drop graham cracker dough by about 2 tablespoonfuls on an ungreased baking sheet. Press each slightly with the back of a spoon, creating a small well in the center of each. Spoon the cream cheese mixture into the well of each cookie, being careful not to overflow.

Bake 12 minutes or until filling is just set. Allow to cool before serving.


Travel the Trail, Trail Mix and Cinnamon Cookie Crisps

Trail Mix


4 cups crispy cereal squares

1 cup peanuts

1 cup raisins

1/2 cup chopped dried apples

1 cup candy-coated chocolate pieces


Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and serve.


Cinnamon Cookie Crisps


1 cup butter, room temperature

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 cup sugar, divided

2 eggs, divided

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon lemon zest

3 cup flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon, plus 1 tablespoon cinnamon

2 tablespoons milk


Beat butter, brown sugar, and 3/4 cup sugar in a medium bowl with a hand mixer until fluffy. Beat in 1 egg, vanilla, and lemon zest

Stir in flour, salt, and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Roll dough into a ball, cover in plastic wrap, and place in the freezer for 10 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Sprinkle a clean working surface with flour. Roll out dough. Using a knife or a pizza wheel, cut dough into squares about 2×2 inches. Place on a prepared baking sheet

Whip the milk and remaining egg in a small bowl and brush over cookie squares. Combine 1/4 cup sugar and 1 tablespoon cinnamon in a separate small bowl and sprinkle evenly over cookies.

Bake 10-12 minutes. Allow to cool slightly before serving.

Makes 16-20 servings.


Strawberry and Cream Cheese Canning Jar Pies


2/3 cup salted, chopped pumpkin seeds

2/3 cup salted, chopped pecan pieces

1 cup pecan pieces, finely ground

1/4 teaspoon salt

21(4-ounce) canning jars

30 packets Splenda or 1 1/4 cups sweetener of choice

12 (8 ounce) packages of cream cheese, room temperature

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup whipped topping

1 (0.6-ounce) package sugar-free, strawberry-flavored gelatin

2 cups boiling water

1(16,ounce) package frozen sliced strawberries( no sugar added)


Combine pumpkin seeds, chopped and ground pecans, and salt to a medium bowl. Toss to combine

Press 2 tablespoons of the mixture firmly into the bottom of each canning jar.

Combine Splenda or sweetener of choice, cream cheese, and vanilla in medium bowl until smooth. Set aside

In another medium bowl, whip cream with a hand mixer until peaks form. Fold into cream cheese mixture

Spoon mixture evenly into each canning jar. Cover and chill for 1 hour

Combine gelatin and boiling water in a medium bowl. Stir in frozen strawberries. Allow gelatin to cool slightly in the refrigerator, about three minutes

Ladle equal amounts of the strawberry mixture into each jar. Cover and chill for an additional hour or until firm.

Thursday 8

Healthy Recipes, Hazelnut Fudge with Sweet Wafer Biscuits

Here are some recipes I picked up at the Senior Center. They are supposed to be yummy plus good for you.

Hazelnut Fudge with Sweet Wafer Biscuits


Cooking spray

1 cup butter, room temperature

1 cup chocolate hazelnut spread

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 pound powdered sugar

22 chocolate rolled wafer cookies, such as Pepperidge Farm Pirouette wafers


Spray an 8×8 inch pan with cooking spray and line with parchment paper. Spray parchment paper with cooking spray.

Combine butter and hazelnut spread in a large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 4 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds.

Stir in vanilla and sugar until smooth. This will be crumbly, but will continue to stir until smooth.

Divide dough into 2 equal parts. Press one half of  dough evenly in the bottom of prepared pan. Line wafer biscuits in an even layer over the fudge and press them gently into the  fudge. Top wafers evenly with the remaining fudge, making sure fudge reaches all the way to the corners. Top with a piece of parchment paper and press evenly to help make an even surface.

Cover and chill for 2 hours or until firm. Cut into squares and serve.

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Familial Tremors, Essential Tremors, Parkinson’s Disease

This morning I woke to a headache. It was early; around 4am. I immediately tried to ignore it and closed my eyes for more sleep. At 8 I woke up. My head still hurt, but I knew it was time to do my laundry, so I drug my body out of bed, got dressed, changed the sheets and ate, then laundry.

It has been so humid for so many days here. Storms happening day after day. The only hope I have to cling to is the promise from God stating no rain over 40 days and nights. I bet if I counted back, we are getting near that time frame. It is supposed to storm this entire week. I now have an ear ache too.

I imagine the graduation I went to, being outside, didn’t help my ears. Sinus pressure, ever have it? Don’t we just want to toss it out the door? I have to feel better tomorrow or fake it for good.

I have a job, yes, yeah! I went through a government program for Seniors who are disabled and in less than a week I received an affirmative answer. I go in tomorrow to start filling out about two hours worth of paper work. I can’t say with 100% accuracy; but it looks like I will be teaching Seniors how to use a computer.

Exciting yes? Maybe? I am a little nervous. I am used to working with Seniors that are ill or on death’s door. I am not used to working with Seniors that will have wit, and stories to tell, make me laugh.

I have had a good time of playing Doubting Thomas. Can I do it? Do I have enough smarts? On and on I have gone. By the time my appointment nears tomorrow I will have talked myself out of the negativity and will be walking in with my head held high.

I also got a formal diagnosis on my health this past week. I have something from the Parkinson’s family, Familial Tremors. I will say that on July 2, I go once again and see the Neurologist for further evaluations and test findings for an absolute positive diagnosis of no doubts.

Familial tremor is an involuntary shaking movement that tends to run in families. Involuntary means you shake without trying to do so.


Tremors occur when there is a problem with the nerves supplying certain muscles. They may affect the whole body or just certain areas, such as your hand.

Familial tremor is a lot like essential tremor, except that the shaking affects more than one person in a family. The exact cause of familial tremor is unknown, but the fact that it is passed down through families (inherited) suggests that genes play a role. Familial tremor is usually a dominant trait, which means that you only need to get the gene from one parent to develop the disorder.

The tremors usually start in early middle age, but may be seen in people who are older or younger.


The tremors are usually most obvious in the hands, but may affect the arms, head, eyelids, or other muscles. The tremors rarely affect the legs or feet. People with tremors may have trouble holding or using small objects such as silverware or a pen.

The shaking usually involves small, rapid movements — more than 5 times a second.

The tremors may:

  • Occur when you move (action-related tremor), and may be less noticeable with rest
  • Disappear during sleep
  • Come and go, but generally get worse as you age
  • Get worse with stress, caffeine, and certain medications
  • Not affect both sides of the body the same way

Parkinson’s Disease and Familial or Essential Tremors are very similar with a couple of differences.

Parkinson’s Disease and Essential Tremor

In Parkinson’s disease, the tremor or shaking usually involves the arms and hands and is most prominent when the patient is at rest. In essential or familial tremor, the hands and arms are usually quiet at rest, but if the patient attempts to perform a task, such as picking up a glass of water or writing, then the tremor becomes very noticeable. Tremor can sometimes involve the head and neck and also sometimes involves the legs. Tremor interferes with many normal activities. Patients may be unable to write their name and, for instance, sign checks. They may be unable to drink from a cup or glass without spilling, and they may be unable to cut food with a knife and fork. In addition, patients may be unable to feed themselves, button clothing, comb their hair, or perform almost any movement that involves coordinated control of the hands, fingers and arms.

In essential or familial tremor, the movement disorder is the only aspect of the disease. The only difference between essential tremor and familial tremor is that in the latter, there is a family history with tremor being present in other generations, whereas in essential tremor, there is not. The actual tremor itself is identical in both conditions.

In Parkinson’s disease, there are often other movement abnormalities in addition to tremor. These may include bradykinesia (slowness of movement) and rigidity or stiffness in the muscles, which make movements difficult. Also, in Parkinson’s disease, there is frequently difficulty with walking because of the slowness and stiffness of movement and because of poor balance and a tendency to fall.

I am having the issue of not being able to write my name very well. I had to mark an x one day last week. Holding a pen is very difficult. My legs have tremors and my internal muscles in the trunk area have tremors.

Sometimes my head shakes too but I don’t notice it too often. My fingers are the worst as far as what I see and have trouble using. If I try to exercise my legs, then the tremors kick in and I look like a fish out of water. It is not pretty, so I am cautious, walking shorter distance. I was instructed to use my cane at all times because of higher risk of falling, which I hate, but I am doing. So far I can still drive and I can still type up a blog post or a story line.

I no there is no cure and I am hoping that since I am so far down the line of this disease; I will not be hit hard with it. Al, my brother had Parkinson’s with his M.S.A. My father, his mother and her sister all had Parkinson’s. Dad was the only one who got Leukemia along with his tremors.

What’s the name of the song? Because he lives, I can fact tomorrow. This is how I am going to live life, one day at a time. I will teach the Seniors, or what ever position they need me in. I will continue to blog and write book chapters and I will still look for that one thing good in life each and every day.