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 Leela for sending this puppet 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 Leela 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!

Monday, November 17, 2014

crafting with grandma - Twig Stars

twig ornaments
In a week from Thursday my Christmas tree will be going up! I love celebrating Christmas and while I plan for lots of "fun", I also try to keep the focus on the reason for the season - Jesus! My tree is decorated with a crocheted nativity set, angels, crocheted snowflakes and snowpeople . . . I know, the snow people/flakes have nothing to do with the reason for the season, but I live in Michigan and snow is a given at Christmas!

So,  I'm always looking for things to add which keep with my "theme", which is why I "pinned" a craft I found on Pinterest for making twig stars! I love this craft for a couple reasons - one, I have LOTS of trees in my yard so I have LOTS of twigs! Secondly, it looks fairly simple and I think the boys could enjoy making these stars. Plus, the Star led the wise men to Jesus, so adding stars to my tree "works"!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

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

I'm happy to announce Merry is the winner of Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing! (You'll find the review at this link.) Thank you Merry for reading grandma's cookie jar (please message me to arrange to get it to you by November 23, 2014 - lyndagcj@gmail.com) and thank you Zonderkidz for sending one for me to review and for making another available for me to give away!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

crafting with grandma - Photo Ornaments

christmas ornaments - great gift idea!I love things with photos of my sweet grandsons on them . . . necklace, cookie jar, mugs, calendars, it really doesn't matter what it is, if there are photos of the boys on it, I'm going to love it! So, when I was browsing on Pinterest and saw a link for making your own photo ornaments, I knew I'd have to share it with you . . . and try making them myself!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Two Tasty Christmas Gift Ideas You Can Make!

#DIY Hostess Gifts - Seasoned Salt http://dailyfix.co.za/crafts/seasoned-salt/Dip Mix Ornaments! Each Ornament holds spices that when mixed with sour cream become yummy dips!!! Great gift idea!If you are looking for a gift idea which is easy and inexpensive to make, yet ends up being a really great gift, check these two ideas I found on Pinterest this morning!

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

I'm happy to announce Tracy Taylor is the winner of the game, Scrabble Alphabet Scoop! (You'll find the review at this link.) Thank you Tracy for reading grandma's cookie jar (please message me to arrange to get it to you by November 21, 2014 - lyndagcj@gmail.com) and thank you Hasbro for making it available for me to give away!