Tuesday, October 4, 2022

grandma's cookbook - Butternut Squash Bread!


This is the time of year to look for, find, and use butternut squash. If you find one, here is a recipe to use it to make bread. You'll find the recipe at this link  and I changed it in the following ways . . . 

Monday, October 3, 2022

crafting with grandma - Unique Map Gift Idea!


I was browsing on  Pinterest  this morning and found one of the funnest ideas I've ever seen - a photo map! What is a, "photo map" you ask? Well . . . it is where you take a photo in every State (or country) you visit and cut it to the shape of the state (or country) then glue it on another map! I LOVE this idea! What a fun gift this could make and what a fun way to show and remember the places you have visited! You'll find all the details for making this at the following link.

Saturday, October 1, 2022



There are many things in life which bring us great joy - becoming parents brought this joy to me, and so did becoming a grandma. God certainly did not have to bless me with the grandsons He has given to me, but He did and I am oh, so thankful.

Friday, September 30, 2022

crafting with grandma - Christmas Heart Ornaments!

Cinnamon ornaments- they make your tree smell AMAZING!!!Christmas is just around the corner and as I was browsing  Pinterest I found an idea for a sweet smelling ornament which would make a fun project for you to make with your grandchildren! It just uses applesauce and cinnamon - the reason it is sweet smelling - and a little time to make dozens of heart ornaments! Just think of all the wonderful things you could do with these little hearts . . . 

Thursday, September 29, 2022

crafting with grandma - Special Christmas Ornament

Yes, I know, there are still three months until Christmas, but it will be here before we know it, so if you are thinking about making a special ornament this year with your grandchildren, check this great idea I found on Pinterest for an ornament you could make which shows the reason why Jesus came to be born as a baby in the manger!

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

crafting with grandma - Crocheted Denim Purse!


I looked through some old posts this morning and saw one for a great crocheted purse - using old denim jeans! The link no longer worked, but I found another link with instructions for making a very similar purse - since it would make a wonderful gift and with Christmas just three months away, I decided to share it as you will have time to make one for someone on your gift list!

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Learn, Be Prepared, Hand Down Confident Faith with the little answer book

There are people I know and love who have turned from the faith they once had, so I researched to find answers to the question - why should I believe? I discovered there are solid answers and compiled them into a simple book - the little answer book.

 Why might you want this book? consider the following . . . 

Monday, September 26, 2022

grandma's cookbook - Fall Cookies!

Today is starting as a chilly Fall day so, when I found a recipe on  Pinterest for Pumpkin Sugar Cookies, it sounded like the perfect recipe to share with you today!

Saturday, September 24, 2022

Keep Our Focus on What Matters the Most

It is so easy for us to lose focus when it comes to what matters the most. As we near retirement - or experience retirement, we may focus upon being certain all our "ducks are in a row", our finances are "set", and think about what we want our retirement to look like. We may fall into the "trap" of thinking our retirement is all about us - going places, doing things we saved for these final years - and lose focus when it comes to what matters the most - handing down confident faith and impacting the lives of the ones we love.

crafting with grandma - Crochet a Nativity Set!

Funny Amigurumi by Pebie: New free pattern. Nativity set I: Jesus, Mary and Joseph  ✿⊱╮Teresa Restegui http://www.pinterest.com/teretegui/✿⊱╮: In just three months it will be Christmas! It will be here before we know it, so if you are looking for a project you could work on with your grandchildren, consider this pattern I found on Pinterest  for a crocheted Nativity Set. If you have older grandchildren who know how to crochet, or would like to learn to crochet, consider having them help you make this set to give to their parents, their other grandparents, shut-ins, elderly neighbors, their teachers, pastor, the church secretary . . . the list goes on!

Friday, September 23, 2022

grandma's cookbook - Salted Caramel Apple Hand Pies

Salted Caramel Apple Hand PiesIf you are looking for a recipe you could make with your grandchildren to celebrate the crisp, days of Fall and brighten the day of others, consider this recipe I found on Pinterest for Salted Caramel Apple Hand Pies!

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Stand for the Truth

Today I am writing about truth and how our choice to either stand for it, or make excuses impacts our children and grandchildren. Regardless of where you stand politically, yesterday was a day unlike any in our country's history. A former president is being charged with serious counts of fraud. When he went before the grand jury, he plead the 5th more than 400 times. In a civil case (which this is), pleading the 5th is the same as admitting guilt. He made a plea offer which the New York Attorney General did not accept. Making a plea offer is not something an innocent person does. Long-time employees admitted before the grand jury what they and he had been doing for decades. There is no shortage of evidence from banks, insurance companies, appraisers, and the IRS. This is not about politics. This is about the truth.

World Alzheimer's Day

Ordinarily when I write on grandma's cookie jar, I write posts to encourage and put a smile on your face. Today is World Alzheimer's Day; this post is to educate.

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Trust God to Draw the Ones We Love to Him

Fall is nearly upon us - at least the trees in my yard are starting to show their Fall colors. Fall is a time when we are able to see God's amazing creation in it's colorful glory . . . at least here where I live as the trees are ablaze with color! Isn't it comforting to know the God Who created everything loves our grandchildren (and adult children, too) - even more than do we, and He wants them to love Him even more than you and I want this for them?