Wednesday, November 26, 2014

crafting with grandma - Crocheted Monster Hats!

Last year I crocheted four hats for each of my grandsons - an Agent Perry hat, a yellow Minion, a purple Minion and a "Gimli" hat (their dog is named Gimli, so I got yarn the color of Gimli and crocheted ears like Gimli!), so this year since the boys have no lack of hats, I decided to just crochet one hat for each of them. Since we have been having great fun making up monster stories, a monster hat seemed like a good "fit"!

I found a fun pattern on esty for a one-eyed monster hat and used a couple new yarns from Red Heart . . . their new Heads Up yarn and Reflective yarn - and have three hats completed for my three sweet boys! These hats are one-eyed monsters with three horns and the little "monsters" are sticking out their tongues! Should be warm - and fun!

I Have a Winner & Another Give-Away Tomorrow!

I'm happy to announce Terri Conner is the winner of one Shutterfly Glass Photo Ornament! (You'll find the review at this link.) Thank you Terri for reading grandma's cookie jar (please message me your address by December 3, 2014 so I can connect you with Shutterfly  - lyndagcj@gmail.com) and thank you Shutterfly for giving me the opportunity to make and review this wonderful ornament and to give one away as well!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

I Have a Winner & Another Give-Away Tomorrow!

I'm happy to announce Judy S (pookiecat123) is the winner of one LeapBand! (You'll find the review at this link.) Thank you Judy for reading grandma's cookie jar (please message me your address by December 2, 2014 so I can send it to you  - lyndagcj@gmail.com) and thank you LeapFrog for sending the LeapBand for me to give away!

Special Give-Away - Datevitation!

I know November has been a busy month with Christmas Give-Aways (and there are five more to go which you have time to get entered in if you are not already!), but I am happy to say I have another fun give-away to share with you! I was recently invited by Datevitation to make and review one of their fun Datevitation books . . . and give one away for free to one of my readers . . . and offer a fabulous $10 off coupon with free shipping to everyone!!!! 

You may be asking; "What is a 'Datevitation'?" I wondered the same thing! It is a, "one-of-a-kind gift book for someone you love filled with fun activities to do together (you pick your cover, choose from over 500 date ideas - 200 date ideas which are specifically child-friendly and can customize the text). Definitely a fun and unique gift for people you love! 

Monday, November 24, 2014

I Have a Winner & Another Give-Away Tomorrow!

I'm happy to announce Denise Taylor Dennis. is the winner of the Forever Pearl Fountain Pen! (You'll find the review at this link.) Thank you Denise for reading grandma's cookie jar (please message me your address by December 1, 2014 so I can send it to you  - lyndagcj@gmail.com) and thank you Cross for sending this pen for me to give away!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

grandma's cook book - M&M, Chocolate Chip, Peanutbutter Cookies!

My three grandsons spent the night Friday, so Saturday morning we were talking about
how we will be celebrating Thanksgiving this week. Josiah thought we should have cookies on Thanksgiving, so of course, this meant we needed to bake cookies to be sure they would be good enough for Thanksgiving! The cookie he thought we should make? M&M, Chocolate Chip cookies! 

As we made them, he decided he had to test the dough, but one taste was not enough to know if the cookie dough was, "good enough"! After "extended" dough tasting, he said it was, "really good"! Of course, testing the finished cookies was also required to know if the cookies were "good enough" for Thanksgiving!

So, I thought I'd share the recipe with you today - in case you need to make a batch so your grandchildren can test it to see if it is, "good enough"!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

I Have a Winner and Another Give-Away in Two Days!

I'm happy to announce Andrea H. is the winner of the very cute book, Conrad and the Cowgirl Next Door (The Next Door Series)! (You'll find the review at this link.) Thank you Andrea for reading grandma's cookie jar (please message me your address by November 29, 2014 so I can send it to you  - lyndagcj@gmail.com) and thank you Zonderkidz for sending this book for me to review and for making another available for me to give away!


Friday, November 21, 2014

crafting with grandma - Arm Knit a Scarf in 30 Minutes!

The 52 Easiest And Quickest DIY Projects Of All TimeOver the years I've shared patterns for crocheting/knitting scarves, hats, blankets and other things - often I have people who comment how they like the pattern, but do not know how to crochet/knit. So, this morning when I was browsing on Pinterest, I saw a pattern I knew I had to share with you! If you do not know how to knit - the tutorial which you'll find at this link, shows you step by step how to arm knit a scarf in just 30 minutes!

I Have a Winner & Another Give-Away Tomorrow!

I'm happy to announce Leela is the winner of the very adorable Scottish Fold Kitten Hand Puppet! (You'll find the review at this link.) Thank you Leela for reading grandma's cookie jar (please message me your address by November 28, 2014 so I can send it to you  - lyndagcj@gmail.com) and thank you Folkmanis for sending this puppet for me to give away!


Thursday, November 20, 2014

cooking with grandma - Thanksgiving Menu & Caramel Cake with Cider Whipped Cream!

One week from today is Thanksgiving! I LOVE Thanksgiving! It is such a wonderful
opportunity to stop and focus on all we have to be thankful for and to spend time with family - which is absolutely something I am so extremely thankful for!

I have my Thanksgiving menu all planned - I'm, of course, roasting a turkey, making stuffing, squash, mashed potatoes and gravy and baking homemade squash rolls. My daughter-in-law is bringing her tasty green beans and my mom is bringing her wonderful pumpkin pie. This year I'm asking my daughter to make a special cake . . . Caramel Cake with Cider Whipped Cream! I found the recipe on Pinterest and it sounds like a wonderful addition to Thanksgiving dinner! You'll find the recipe at this link - along with info and tips to make your cake memorable!

I Have A Winner & Another Give-Away Tomorrow!

I'm happy to announce Kathy King is the winner of the very adorable book, Belfry's Christmas Gift! (You'll find the review at this link.) Thank you Kathy for reading grandma's cookie jar (please message me your address by November 27, 2014 so I can have it sent to you  - lyndagcj@gmail.com) and thank you Whitestone Media for sending a book for me to review and for making an additional book available for me to give away!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

fun with grandma - Ten Thanksgiving Fun Ideas!

When the boys were here this past Saturday for a sleep-over, Josiah and I were talking. I told him while children usually enjoy coming to their grandparent's when they are young, when they get older, they sometimes think their grandparents are boring and do not want to visit any longer. His eyes got big and he said, "I'll NEVER think THAT! I will ALWAYS want to come and visit you and Poppa!" He made my heart happy!

So, in the interests of remaining, "not boring", I'm happy to share with you an idea for Thanksgiving fun which I found on Pinterest this morning! If you follow this link, you'll find free printables and directions for lots of fun you can have with your family on Thanksgiving! 

I Have a Winner & Another Give-Away Tomorrow!

I'm happy to announce Roxanne Canfield is the winner of Little Things Long Remembered! (You'll find the review at this link.) Thank you Roxanne for reading grandma's cookie jar (please message me your address by November 27, 2014 so I can have it sent to you  - lyndagcj@gmail.com) and thank you Susan Newman for sending a book for me to review and for making an additional book available for me to give away!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

I Have a Winner & Another Give-Away Tomorrow!

I'm happy to announce Kelly Tillotson is the winner of her choice of two of Sterling's Christmas books for 2014!! (You'll find the review at this link.) Thank you Kelly for reading grandma's cookie jar (please message me to arrange to get it to you by November 25, 2014 - lyndagcj@gmail.com) and thank you Sterling Children's Books for sending books for me to review and for making additional books available for me to give away!