Quarantine

Crocus stands outside my door, sunshine-snow falls to the core
Robins tweet the sound of spring, reminders of what beauty brings
Green and yellow soon will roll, upon the hills of evermore
Unbroken chain and melody, nature teaches humanity

Doctor Doctor hold my hand, give us all the perfect plan
Nurse of mercy she will be, on her feet for you and me
Collect the garbage, wash and wipe, nobs and handles need a swipe
Stock the shelves now, keep the peace, teach the children from your seat

Toilet paper wipes and cans, stockpile, check out, move that hand
Online, curbside, stop the greed, offer help for those in need
Old folks, babies, chronic pain, choose to not forget the name
Flour yeast and rice to hoard, sown of mercy from the Lord

Tulip green erupts from soil, real ones always true and loyal
Moon in glory casts the shine, days gone by do come to mind
Remember me games never end, same old illness new found friend
Brother sister look no more, help the weak protect the poor

 

Strawberry Jelly Roll Recipe

 

It has been over a month now since my book was published on Amazon. My children, parents, friends and family have stepped up to both purchase books as well as to spread the word. I am so grateful to all of them as well as all of my blog family! Thank you!

I have sent books to New York, Arizona, Thailand and now Pennsylvania. It is an exciting time and a bit unimaginable. I am concentrating on promoting this book because it took 13 months of non stop effort as well as in the hopes that it can offer some financial support for my family. 

 

I am currently testing for an old fashioned dessert book but this is just a part time effort at this point. The next book will be a step by step and tutorial. 

For anyone who wants to purchase one of my books you can contact me and I will pay shipping within the United States as well as sign the book! You can contact me on facebook or via email: mom_of9@hotmail.com51kwfFGgMRL._SX442_BO1,204,203,200_

Old fashioned desserts have always interested me and now I have chosen to highlight them in a cookbook. I am fond of jelly rolls because they look amazing and can be dressed up with whipped cream, ice cream or just about any simple filling. After more attempts than I care to mention, I have come up with this step by step on baking a jelly roll with success. The pictures being used in this post will be of a walnut jelly roll as well as a strawberry jelly roll.

Ingredients

6 eggs
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt

6 tablespoons white flour
1 teaspoon baking powder

2 cups heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup strawberry jam

 

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Crack each egg, separating whites from yolks placing whites and yolks into different bowls. Place whites into a mixing bowl and start beating on low speed. Let this beat for one minute until eggs start to get frothy. Gradually add 1/4 cup of sugar and salt. I use a stand mixer so that I can work on other parts of the cake while the whites beat. While this is mixing start work on egg yolks.

Use a whisk to beat egg yolks until well mixed, set aside. Gradually add the next 1/4 cup sugar to whites and increase speed. While eggs are beating sift flour and baking powder and set aside. Add the remaining 1/4 cup of sugar to whites and continue beating until stiff peaks form. This usually takes 5 minutes but can vary depending on your mixer and speed. Pour egg yolks over whites and gently fold in until well combined.

Sprinkle sifted flour and baking powder over egg mixture and fold in making sure a smooth texture remains. Do not beat this mixture.

Spray a 10.5 x 15.5 baking pan with cooking spray. Line with parchment paper, paper should cover entire pan as well as going up the sides. Spray parchment paper thoroughly with baking spray. Scoop batter onto pan and smooth over entire surface as evenly as possible. Place pan in the oven and time for 14-15 minutes. While cake is baking place a piece of parchment paper or a clean tea towel on work surface and sift powdered sugar over entire material.dsc_0191

The above picture is the beginning of smoothing batter to edges

Cake should look uniformly golden brown on top when done. Remove from oven and let set for 3-5 minutes. Carefully take outer ends of parchment paper from opposite ends and lift cake. Place cake over prepared surface and gently turn over and onto powdered sugar area. Remove parchment paper from top of cake and discard. Start at one end and roll cake until it is in a log type shape.

The cake pictured above is a walnut jelly roll so the texture will be smoother.

While the roll is cooling whip heavy cream and sugar until stiff and fluffy. Place jam into a bowl and stir until smooth. Fold jam into whipped cream. When cake is totally cool, unroll, spread 1-2 cups of cream on one end of roll and start to roll until you come to the end. Freeze or refrigerate jelly roll until you are easily able to slice. You can dollop left over cream on top and place fresh strawberries on each piece if you like.

 

 

 

Affordable vet care

I adopted my Sophie almost a year ago! She is an amazing little girl and constant companion. Someone from blog world told me years ago to get a dog for anxiety. I never imagined I would be able to do that but thanks to my kids and parents I made that decision.

Sophie and I enjoy going out in the backyard several times a day but lately she has been yelping and crying for no apparent reason. Her right paw was so sensitive and she would not allow us to touch it. I have not been successful at clipping her nails and was worried she would have a fit if the Vet office tried, thus causing me anxiety. But yesterday it was totally obvious that there was no choice in the matter.

So I carted her to the Affordable Vet Care where she has been seen several times. They very gently put a soft muzzle on her because she was not going to allow anyone to help her otherwise! The vet hugged her as did the assistant. They were amazing and now my baby is ready to run and play again. Thanks to these places that make services available for a reasonable cost! In a world that might seem cold and insensitive at times, there are many people who are more than willing to be everyday heroes!

The bench

For those who have followed my story it has been a long time but here is a new addition.  If you have not read my story you can read other instalments found under, flashback love-true story.

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Riyadh, June 2003

I walked back into the store, carrying little Dee who was now fussy and tired. The last splash of water had been dripped into her mouth but now she insisted on full hydration. She was a small girl for her 2 plus years, tiny features, dark brown eyes and olive skin gave her the appearance of a doll like figure. A smile crossed her lips as my arms held her tight. The clerk glanced our way with a curious and questioning expression and the usual worries swirled through my mind. I scanned the aisles and picked up my pace searching for a chair or bench inside the comfort of the air conditioned store. We had exited and reentered the premises numerous times in the same fashion, searching for water or a place to take cover from temperatures that hovered at 105 degrees.

I finally returned to the bench just outside the swooshing doors hoping that it was still vacant. I could not bare the idea of being mistaken for a beggar, being escorted to the door and possibly to the street. The two hour mark approached and anger welled up inside me, sending the inevitable tears that came with standard humiliation. He had insisted that I accompany him to pick up his mail. He would drop me at a nearby store to browse and he was sure the exercise would do me good. It would take him fifteen or twenty minutes and a quick look through racks of clothing would be interesting, even fun. A steady drip drip of sweat had now pooled, leaving my face and scarf wet. The bench that had offered comfort, now seemed hard and heavy as if marks were being sewn into my legs and thighs. A twenty minute wait had stretched into hours, leaving me to wonder if I had misunderstood instructions.

I scanned the Main Street for his vehicle just as I had for the previous seconds, minutes and hours and finally it appeared. I wiped my eyes, straightened my scarf and prepared to stand. The weight of a tenth pregnancy-overdue by two weeks had pushed me to my physical limit.  I mustered a fading smile, reminiscent of years gone by and hoisted my daughter into the car.

 

Knee deep in jelly roll

This week I have been working on creating the perfect jelly roll! Each day the kids come home they do a quick check of the freezer, then the oven and finally the trash. I made a walnut jelly roll this week and was pleased with the final results. I will try to complete my testing this weekend.

But, the question still remains, “what do you do when knee deep in jelly roll?” I say…

“Keep on rolling!”