By Sheri Hopkins,
Hello everyone! This is the first day of March and the wind has been blowing and the rain is coming. What’s the old saying, if it comes in like a lamb it goes out like a lion, and vice versa? Hopefully nobody found an eyelash in their food this week.
Remember if I’m tell you a funny story about my mom and Alzheimer’s, I’m not making fun. Most of you know I love animals, mostly dogs. I’m allergic to cats and snakes. Not really, snakes, but I would never have one for a pet. We have had several dogs since my childhood. During married life we had a few dogs. We had a sweet basset hound named Bruno that the kids loved. We also were the proud owners of a tan chihuahua named Candy. Candy would not mind, would not listen, roamed the neighborhood barking at everything that moved and was a good guard dog. She was a house dog but liked to loaf. We loved her and had her around the time we babysat Rachel James. When her Granny B would come pick her up on occasion, she was so protective of Rachel, she would bite Granny B. My mom also loved Candy. When we lived on the other side of town, there was a big dog that roamed the neighborhood tearing up everyone’s trash on trash day. Candy was innocent, she was fed good. I called the city and told them about this big dog and they sent Mike Smith out to take care of the problem. He comes over and sets a trap and puts food inside the trap. I can’t wait for him to catch this big dog roaming around. I get a knock on the door one day and it’s Mike Smith, and he wants me to come out to the trap and see the dog he caught. I’m sure you guess it, low and behold there was my little chihuahua, Candy, in that live trap eating that dog food like she was starving. In the words of Barney Fife “who looks foolish now?” That ended the hunt for the big dog.
I’m pretty sure the city workers got a big kick out of that. My mom loved Candy and she would never let us have an inside pet, barely an outside one. I always thought that Candy knew something was wrong with my mom and was always by her side. One day while at work, I got a phone call from Jacob and he says, “Mom, you have to come home. Nanny Jane has Candy and they are locked in Garrett Sutton’s car and Garrett has to go to work.” I said, “Well I can’t leave work, ya’ll are on your own taking her out of that car.” The keys were in the car so there was no way to get her out short of calling Stan Deer to unlock it. The boys finally coaxed her and Candy out of the car so Garrett could go to work. Candy sure had some adventures with my mom.
Have I told y’all before how much I love lemon? And if you love lemon, you are going to want to make this. As cousin Lou Lou said, “Yum, yum!”
1 14.3 package golden Oreo cookies (for more lemon flavor, use the lemon Oreos)
1/2 cup butter
8 oz. of cream cheese, softened
1 16 oz. Cool Whip, divided
1 cup powdered sugar
1 3.4 oz. package instant vanilla pudding
1 3.4 oz. package instant lemon pudding
3 cups milk
Crush the Oreo cookies real fine, if you have a food processor, put them in that and add 1/2 cup melted butter and mix together. Spread in a 9×13 pan. In a large bowl mix the softened cream cheese, and 8 oz. of Cool Whip, 1 cup of powdered sugar and a tablespoon of lemon juice and mix well (I use my stand mixer). Spread this mixture on top of the crust. Chill in the refrigerator. In a medium bowl, whisk together 3 cups of milk and both the instant puddings until thickened. Pour this on top of the cream cheese mixture. Top with the remaining Cool Whip and top with a crushed cookie, nuts or lemon slices. Keep in the refrigerator until ready to eat. Yummy!