Make Time to Bake for Family Fun with Seniors Living Alone

Author: Debbie Humphrey

If it is possible to have any positive take-away from the sudden, tragic loss of NBA star, Kobe Bryant, his daughter, Gianna, and their seven friends, colleagues and teammates, in what has been described as a violent helicopter crash, it is to remember each day is a gift, and we should always make time for the ones we love. Life is short…and for some, much too short, unfortunately.

February is Bake for Family Fun Month, and Valentine’s Day is upon us. It is the season to demonstrate how much we care for our loved ones with sweets, treats, gifts, phone calls, texts and actual time together.

Young people typically opt for special presents and expensive dinners to show their measure of love for significant others.

For older generations and seniors who live alone, the gift of your time and company is most appreciated, because, in my line of work, I find they tend to be more lonely, depressed and disconnected from friends and loved ones.

These symptoms cause a ripple-effect, as seniors’ heart health and overall physical and mental well-being are directly affected and compromised as a result. No one wants to see their grandmothers, grandfathers, aunts, uncles and elderly friends become despondent or indifferent to life in their golden years!

Making time to bake for family fun with senior loved ones living alone will be as satisfying for you as it is for them! It will lift their spirits and warm your souls to spend quality time with each other and savor something yummy you baked together!

Your senior loved one will feel and taste the love when you work together to bake this easy fruit cobbler. [I am including measurements, even though Grandma never used measuring utensils!]

Grandma’s Easy Fruit Cobbler


  • 1 stick butter or margarine
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 cups of fresh or frozen fruit, thawed – berries, cherries, peaches or apples work well


  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Melt butter in a large iron skillet, or melt and pour in 9”x13” baking dish
  • Mix the next three ingredients and pour batter on top of melted butter
  • Add the fruit on top of the batter
  • Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes

Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, frozen yogurt or non-dairy whipped topping to take it to the next luscious level!

Of course, you will want to take dietary restrictions into consideration. For example, you may need to research the proper conversions for a sugar substitute, if diabetes is a concern. Be careful, though, because sugar substitutes are substantially sweeter than regular granulated sugar, and some are not conducive to exposure to high temperatures. Pay very close attention to specific baking instructions and conversions when using sugar substitutes.

The culinary process doesn’t have to be a flour-dusting ordeal in the kitchen. Grandma’s Easy Fruit Cobbler recipe doesn’t take long to prep or bake, and the results are simply scrumptious!

If you don’t like to bake, pick up a pie at a local bakery or Publix, warm it in the oven and in turn, warm the heart of your senior loved one, simply by spending a little quality time with them. None of us know how long we have in life, so make the most of each day, and remember to include your senior loved ones!

If you live a distance from special seniors who live alone, or your schedule is relentless in allowing you time to share with your special senior someone, consider hiring a compassionate caregiver from Home Helpers® Clearwater. Our professional caregivers provide in-home care and assistance, including companion care, personal hygiene, light housework, and more. I gladly offer a FREE Consultation to assess the needs of your senior loved one and match the perfect caregiver to help with activities of daily living, engage in meaningful conversation and enhance their overall quality of life. (727) 240-3059

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