Tuesday, May 31, 2011

grandma's bookshelf - chicken BIG

Don't you just enjoy reading a book with your grandchild(ren) when the book has large, h-u-m-o-n-g-o-u-s words and is full of humor? If so, you - and your grandchild(ren) - are sure to love chicken BIG!

Chicken BigAuthor/Illustrator - Keith Graves
Ages 4-11
Publisher - Chronicle Books

Favorite Features -
  • funny story with excellent use of large, humongous words
  • easy to engage little children in the story by asking questions . . . was the big chicken really a squirrel? Was he really a hippopotamus?
  • funny illustrations fit the story well
  • important lessons about not judging others
This book will have children, parents and grandparents laughing as you "discover" what chicken BIG is! I appreciate how this story is simply "fun" and how it also provides opportunity to talk with children about how each creature is what God created it to be! As you talk and laugh about this story, be sure to take time to talk with your grandchild(ren) about how thankful you are for how God created them to be the unique and amazing person they are! I'll certainly look for future books by this author! Tremendously well done!

grandma's bookshelf - Just One Bite

If your grandchild(ren) love learning about animals, this is the perfect book for them!
Just One BiteJust One Bite
Author - Lola Shaefer
Illustrator - Geoff Waring
Ages 4-7
Publisher - Chronicle Books
  • Favorite Features -
    • amazing, colorful, interesting and fun illustrations - life size!
    • features 11 animals and their "bites" at actual, real, life-size
    • simple, interesting and educational text
I love this book! While the Komodo Dragon was a little scary, the rabbit, bear, butterfly, frog and elephant were great fun! Unique concept teaching and showing what each of these characters could/would eat in one bite opens the door for lots of fun and interesting conversations with children about the things they eat in just one bite! Talk with your grandchild(ren) about the creativity God showed when He created each of these creatures and ask them what a creature would look like if they could create it . . . have them draw a picture of their creature and show what one "bite" would look like for their creature! Have fun with this book - the illustrations and concept are excellent!

For additional fun, involve your grandchild(ren) in cooking the things they like to eat . . . in just one bite!

Monday, May 30, 2011

Worship the Lord - He is Faithful!

Yesterday in my Grandmother's Bible I read I Chronicles 16:8-15 - "Give praise to the LORD, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done. Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts. Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice. Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always. Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced, you his servants, the descendants of Israel, his chosen ones, the children of Jacob. He is the LORD our God; his judgments are in all the earth. He remembers his covenant forever, the promise he made, for a thousand generations," 

These verses were followed by a prayer - "A thousand generations! What an amazing perspective on Your faithfulness, Lord. Thank You for each opportunity I have to pass on Your truth to my grandchildren. Amen."  Then I had a "Grandchild in Focus Prayer" which focused my prayers on praying for my grandchild as he develops his talents and gifts God has given him.  I really love this Bible and how it "nourishes me so I can nurture" my grandson! I'm so thankful for God's amazing faithfulness!

Don't forget, I'm going to be giving away two more Grandmother's Bibles, so if you haven't taken a moment to "like" grandma's cookie jar using the tab ON THE BLOG in the "find us on facebook" box, please take a moment to do so. If you have, you are entered in all my drawings and give-aways!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

grandma's movie reviews - It's a Meaningful Life from VeggieTales!

Over the years I've had the opportunity to review many Veggie stories . . . nearly all of them to be exact. But It's a Meaningful Life is one of my absolute favorites - it is clearly a "must-have" for every grandma's home movie collection! Not only is it a great and enjoyable story, but one with a "point" for every child, parent and grandparent!

VeggieTales: It's a Meaningful Life
  • Favorite Features -
    • based on Jeremiah 29:11 which says, ‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’
    • includes an original new song from multi-GRAMMY and Dove Award-winning artist Steven Curtis Chapman - “Meant To Be", music video of that song, an interview with Steven Curtis Chapman and more bonus features
    • kids, parents and grandparents will love the brand new Silly Song - “Goodnight Junior”
    • a family discussion guide called “A Meaningful Family Life” available on the DVD
    • important lessons about being content and understanding God put us where we are for a reason

crafting with grandma . . . Let's Crochet a Blanket! The Lattice Square!

Okay, I realize a couple things . . . 
  • Summer is just beginning, so it is a strange time to begin a blanket! After all, who wants to work with yarn and a big blanket with it is hot??? :^)
  • Crocheting is a "stereotypical" thing for a grandma to do. And, aren't we modern grandmas more, well, modern??? :^)
Blue Ribbon Afghans from America's State Fairs: 40 Prize-Winning Crocheted DesignsWell, these things aside, crocheting is experiencing a "comeback" as we realize the opportunity it brings as it allows us to to make beautiful and useful items for less money . . . and we are all trying to pinch those pennies now days! Plus, if you know how to crochet and have an older grandchild . . . eight years old or older in most cases . . . this blanket gives you the opportunity to teach a skill and craft to this grandchild and help them make a wonderful Christmas gift for their parents! I realize it is not even June yet, but if you are going to make gifts for Christmas, this is the perfect time to begin so your projects will be completed by Christmas! Plus, this patten involves making individual squares so it isn't a "hot" project to work on in the summer . . . you could leave the assembling of the squares until Fall when the days are cooler!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

grandma's movie reviews - Pistachio - the Little Boy that Woodn't

Veggie Tales: PistachioThis Veggie dvd released in February 2010 and is one of my favorite Veggie stories, so I thought I'd share it with you today! 

  • Favorite Features -
    • creative and funny parody of Pinocchio
    • teaches important lessons about listening to and obeying your parents, telling the truth and shows a parent's love for their child
    • includes new silly song - "Where have all the staplers gone"
    • my kid reviewers said this was the funniest VeggieTales story ever and Brienna especially thought Big Idea did a great job of re-telling Jesus' story of the Lost Lamb
Pistachio is an absolute must buy for all grandparents . . . and parents! I love the message, the humor throughout and the excellent animation. Adults will enjoy the humor . . . it actually allows you to enjoy the movie with your grandchild(ren) . . . and children will enjoy the opportunity to see their Veggie friends in another story. One of the things I love the most about VeggieTales is how they continually release great stories all ages can enjoy and learn from! Veggies has outdone themselves with this one! Tremendously well done!

When you watch this movie with your grandchild(ren) be sure to talk with them about how important it is to tell the truth and obey their parents. Share with them how much you and their parents love them and read to them the story of the Lost Sheep from Luke 15. Talk with them about how very much Jesus loves them and lead them in thanking Jesus for His amazing love for them!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Red, White and Blue Hand-print Hats . . . Special crafting with grandma & Service Project For Memorial Day!

headerAs you begin Memorial Day weekend, if you are looking for a fun craft you can make with your grandchildren consider Red, White and Blue Hand-print Hats! These hats will only take a few minutes to make and once they have dried, your grandchildren can wear them all weekend . . . and even all summer! Plus, I have info on Operation Gratitude and how you can show your appreciation and care for someone serving in the military!

grandma's chuckles:^) . . . "You Didn't Ask God to Let You Be a Boy!"

Do you have any children in your life who aren't actually your grandchildren, but who you love as if they were? I have three such children for whom I babysat for years and who will always hold a special place in my heart. One day when Gabe was four years old he told me how wonderful it is to be a boy. He then said, "Before I was born I asked God to let me be a boy!" Then he looked at me with a very sad look, shook his head ever so slightly and said, "Lynda, you didn't ask God to let you be a boy!" Obviously the only reason I was "stuck" being a girl is because I didn't think to ask God to let me be a boy! Don't you just love four year olds?!!! As you spend time with the grandchildren, or nearly grandchildren in your life, take time to thank God for making them the unique and special people they are and for the joy they bring to your life!

We Have Two Winners!

The Grandmother's BibleVeggie Tales: Live! Sing Yourself SillyDelaine Waller Dickerson and Tracy Parker's names were drawn today in two give-aways! Delaine won the VeggieTales Live! Sing Yourself Silly DVD and Tracy won a Grandmother's Bible from Zondervan! Thank you Delaine and Tracy for reading my blog and thank you VeggieTales and Zondervan for sending these items for review and give-away!

I'll be giving away another bible in a few weeks, so if you haven't taken a moment to "like" grandma's cookie jar using the tab in the "find us on facebook" box ON THE BLOG, please take a moment to do so and you'll be entered in my next give-away! Next Friday I'll announce a new grandma's pick and give-away! Thank you for reading grandma's cookie jar!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Our Grandchildren Are Who God Made Them To Be!

On the news this morning I saw a report on a family from Canada who isn't telling anyone if their baby is a boy or a girl. They have decided to let their child choose who they are as they get older. This report saddened me. We don't choose who we are . . . God has already decided who we are when He created us. Psalm 139:14-18 says, "For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand—when I awake, I am still with you."

Can you imagine how amazing it would be for this child to know God created him/her and He knows all the days of their life??!!! More importantly, for them to know God thinks about him/her, individually! He loves this child, individually! I'm sad for this child and his/her parents. They are missing the joy and peace which comes from knowing God created each of us and loves us! God has already decided if this child is a boy or girl. Rather than encourage their child to decide who they are, I wish they were encouraging their child to be who God created them to be. 

We all have a very important job as grandparents and parents . . . pointing our little ones to Jesus. We need to take this very seriously. I appreciate the study by Fern Nichols on Deuteronomy 6:1-9 in the Grandmother's Bible. Fern says, "The joy of influencing my grandchildren for Jesus when we sit at home, when we walk along the road, when we lie down and when we get up is a great gift from the Lord. I desire to impress on their hearts there is a God Who loves them and desires a relationship with them."

Let us commit to influence our children and grandchildren so they know who they are and most importantly, Whose they are!

crafting with grandma . . . Make Amazing Bubbles With Your Grandchild(ren)!

Yesterday my mother posted a link to Country Woman Magazine with another link to the blog How Does She . . . all these links led to really simple, inexpensive and fun directions for making amazing bubbles! I thought this would be a great idea to try with your grandchild(ren) this Memorial Day, so take a moment to check this link and plan to amaze and delight your grandchild(ren) by showing them how to make these incredible bubbles! As a grandma I especially appreciate this caution - shared at the very beginning of the project, "*First things first, this fun activity is not for small children. Please supervise your little ones and make sure they are blowing OUT, not sucking in.*" If your grandchild is a young child, help them with this project so they can have fun with it, too. They may just enjoy catching the bubbles and not mind if you are the one making the bubbles!

Enjoy! :^)

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

grandma's cookbook - Fun, "I-Can-Make- It!" Layered Sandwich!

Nordic Ware Bundt Entertaining Hard Cover Cookbook with More Than 100 RecipesI love recipes children can actually be involved in preparing . . . I found the following recipe in the Bundt Entertaining Cookbook and it is one I've modified a bit and made with kids . . . great fun to make and enjoyable to eat! The perfect combination when cooking with children!

Fun, "I-Can-Make-It!" Layered Sandwich
Ingredients - 
Nordic Ware Pro Cast Bavaria Bundt Pan
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds (optional)
  • 1 (17.3 oz package) frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 3 cups shredded Cheddar and or swiss and or mozzarella cheese - use your favorite or a combination of your favorites!
  • 8 ounces thinly sliced ham
  • 8 ounces thinly sliced turkey
  • your favorite sandwich extras - onions, olives, mushrooms, peppers, pickles . . . . ???? Use what you like, but you'll need about 1/2 cup of each item you want to add to your sandwich
  • 1 tablespoon butter melted

Don't Forget . . . I'm Giving Away a VeggieTales Live! Sing Yourself Silly DVD on Friday!

Veggie Tales: Live! Sing Yourself SillyDon't forget, I'm giving away a VeggieTales Live! Sing Yourself Silly dvd this Friday, May 27th! This first-ever VeggieTales live dvd features 18 silly songs and the Veggie friends your grandchildren know and love as they "take to the stage with the silliest Silly Song Countdown ever!" This new dvd releases June 4th and is chocked full of music, silliness and fun. The focus of VeggieTales Live! Sing Yourself Silly is sharing - all the Veggie friends learn to share their songs . . .  silly songs, songs with meaning, songs about food and songs from the 80's for a strong message about sharing which kids will understand. In addition, VeggieTales has teamed up with World Vision to encourage families to share what they have by sponsoring a child  . . . not only will children hear about sharing, but they and their families will have a real opportunity to share with others! So please take a moment to "like" grandma's cookie jar using the tab in the "find us on facebook" box on my blog. If you have done this, you are entered in my drawing! If you haven't, take a moment to "like" grandma's cookie jar right now! Please also tell people you know about grandma's cookie jar, so they can "like" my blog and join in the fun!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

grandma's bookshelf - Spectacular Science!

If you have grandchildren who are eight years old or older, get this book to try some great science experiments with them! You'll find 50 fun projects and lots of great information as to why it works, how it works and how it applies in the real world! Talk with your grandchild(ren) about how God made the laws of science and praise God with your grandchild(ren) for making our world so amazing!

A word of caution . . . I once showed a really fun science experiment a couple years ago to three children I babysat . . . you place a bar of Ivory soap - must be Ivory - in the microwave on a sheet of paper towel for three minutes on high. The soap grows into this amazing, puffy cloud! It is soooo cool! I stressed - or thought I did - it was absolutely essential for them to only try this experiment with an adult. The children went home and as their dad put them to bed - their mom was in China on a college trip - they heard an explosion and saw clouds of black smoke coming out of their kitchen! As the dad ran to see what happened, the boy said, "Hmmm. I wonder if that was my science experiment!" It was! Nothing burned down, but regular soap in the microwave for extended periods of time just doesn't turn out well! Be sure your grandchild(ren) know they are only to try experiments with an adult's help!

Spectacular Science: Exciting Experiments to Try at Home

Authors - Chris Smith and Dave Ansel
didn't give an age, but I'd recommend 8 and up
  • Favorite Features -
    • 50 projects
    • each project answers the question - "why does it work?"
    • each project tells, "how it applies to the real world!"
    • each project provides ideas on additional experiments to try
    • each project includes supply list, step-by-step directions, photos and illustrations
    • encourages creativity, imagination, learning to wonder and find out and an understanding of science
In addition to having this book on hand to use with your grandchild(ren) it is an excellent book to give as a family gift . . . consider adding a few basic supplies and your grandchild(ren)'s family who receives it will also receive hours of fun, learning and memories! Tremendously well done!

grandma's bookshelf - Little Rabbit and the Meanest Mother on Earth

I love books which are funny and teach a solid message . . . Little Rabbit and the Meanest Mother on Earth is one such book! Unique story, solid message and extras such as big, unusual and fun words all combine for a story children will want read to them over and over again! Be sure to talk with your grandchild(ren) about obeying, picking up their things and telling the truth . . . this book is sure to give you the opportunity to do so!
Little Rabbit and the Meanest Mother on Earth
Little Rabbit and the Meanest Mother on Earth
Ages 4-7
Author - Kate Klise
Illustrator - M. Sarah Klise 
  • Favorite Features -
    • fun colorful illustrations
    • big words add to the fun - Emporium of Odoriferous Oddities and Ferocious!
    • excellent message on obeying and cleaning your room
I love this book! Absolutely a "must-have" book for home libraries! Fun story, colorful illustrations and most of all I loved how the mom reacted to the child's misbehavior! Children, parents and grandparents alike will enjoy this book! Tremendously well done!

grandma's bookshelf - No Sleep for the Sheep!

I love reading books to my grandson which are just fun and silly books . . . No Sleep for the Sheep! absolutely qualifies as this type of book! You'll have the opportunity to talk with your grandchild about showing manners to others; being quiet when others are sleeping and saying please. Be sure to ask your grandchild to identify the animals in the story and the sounds they make, but most of all, have lots of fun reading this book! It is sure to be a favorite!

No Sleep for the Sheep!
Author - Karen Beaumont
Illustrator - Jackie Urbanowic
Ages - 4-7
  • Favorite Features -
    • colorful, fun illustrations
    • encourages animal and sound recognition
    • short, repetitive story
I love this book! Add this to your "absolutely must have book list for children" . . . I love the cadence to the story, the fun, colorful illustrations and the unexpected end! I certainly hope to see more books from this author and would love to see them illustrated by this artist! Tremendously well done!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Well . . . That Did It! Now I Feel Old! :^)

I turn 50 this week . . . it seems strange to type this and then see those words! 50??!!! Well, in all honesty, those words don't make me feel as old as I feel when I think the following . . . "I remember back when I was a kid how people seemed to have a better sense of values." Well, that did it. Now I feel old!

Feeling old or not, when I look at the world around me I really do think people had a better sense of values when I was a kid. There at least seemed to be a sense of right and wrong and now people insist whatever anyone decides is right for them, is perfectly fine. They do not want to look to God's Word for the standard to determine right and wrong.When I look at the world my grandsons will grow up in, I feel concerned. 

But From Everlasting to Everlasting the Lord's Love is With Those Who Fear Him!

 "As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust. The life of mortals is like grass, they flourish like a flower of the field; the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more. But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children— with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts." Psalm 103:13-18 (NIV)

As we wake up this morning and see the news of the horrible tornado which hit Joplin, MO, our prayers must be with the people of Joplin. There are those there whose hearts are breaking over the loss of family members. There are those there who feel overwhelmed with the devastation the tornado left behind. They are in our prayers.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Who Do You Know?

Who do you know? Do you know grandmas? Grandpas? Moms? Dads? If you know any of these people, then you know people who would likely find useful information on grandma's cookie jar! Please share this site with the people you know and if you haven't already, please take a moment to "like" grandma's cookie jar by using the tab in the "find us on facebook" box here on this page! I have lot's of fun book reviews, recipes, crafts, give-aways and more planned for the coming weeks and months and most importantly of all, I'll share ideas on how  to pass on a heritage of faith to your grandchildren . . . children . . . and any other children in your life! Please pass the word! :^)

Saturday, May 21, 2011

More "grandma's chuckles" - Josiah is NOT a "Poor Little Thing" and Chocolate Kisses!

Don't you just find the things your grandchild says and does to be the cutest things ever? :^) I know Josiah certainly says and does things which leaves me laughing - for days! I tend to write as my "status" in facebook the things Josiah says and does which I find particularly cute . . . I'll share two of these with you! A couple months ago Josiah was at my house and he seemed to be working on his final tooth :^) but was very "subdued" . . . just not feeling his typical boisterous self. He wanted to snuggle and be held and of course I was happy to snuggle with him. I said, "Oh, you are such a poor little thing!" He said, "I am NOT a poor little thing!" Well, he may not be a poor little thing, but he is absolutely a sweet and cute little thing! He was rather indignant I called him a "poor little thing"!

So, what do you do to "sympathize" with your grandchild when they aren't feeling their best? I do not believe it is possible to "spoil" a grandchild . . . we throw spoiled things away and we'd never throw our grandchildren away! It is however; possible to pamper our grandchildren a tad bit from time to time . . . and can be very enjoyable to do so! After all, it is the prerogative of grandmas to pamper their grandchildren from time to time! :^) At my house I tend to pamper Josiah with "kisses" . . . the chocolate kind!

Josiah was here the other day, sitting in my lap being soooo sweet and he said, "I need a kiss!" So of course I kissed him! He said, "I need a kiss!", so I happily kissed him again! He said, "I need a kiss!" so once again I kissed him! Then he said, "No! I need a chocolate kiss!" :^) I knew what he meant all along, but hey! I'm happy to give the regular kisses, too! of course he got a chocolate kiss!

Enjoy your grandchildren . . . delight in the cute things they say and do . . . shower them with your love . . . pamper them a tad bit from time to time . . . and most importantly, point them to the One Who loves and delights in them even more than you do!

Friday, May 20, 2011

fun friday . . . grandma's pick - VeggieTales Live! Sing Yourself Silly!

My grandma's pick for the next two weeks is VeggieTales Live! Sing Yourself Silly! This first-ever VeggieTales live dvd features 18 silly songs and the Veggie friends your grandchildren know and love as they "take to the stage with the silliest Silly Song Countdown ever!" This new dvd releases June 4th and is chocked full of music, silliness and fun with the following songs and bonus features - 

"grandma's pick" - the Grandmother's Bible - I'm Giving One Away - Let's "Leave a Legacy"!

Today is "fun friday" and my "grandmother's pick" is still the Grandmother's Bible! I gave one away on Wednesday and said I'd give the next one away when we had 35 facebook "likes" . . . we have 35 "likes" so I drew a name and Sid Ogg won my second Grandmother's Bible! Congratulations Sid and thank you for reading "grandma's cookie jar"! I'll give another Grandmother's Bible away as soon as we have 50 "likes" using the tab in the "find us on facebook" box on my blog, so if you haven't taken a moment to "like" grandma's cookie jar, please do so right now! Please also tell people you know about grandma's cookie jar, so they can "like" my blog and join in the fun!

The Grandmother's Bible is a NIV Bible with 365 days of studies in the text to help grandma's focus on being a person who passes on a heritage of faith to their grandchildren. For example, today I read from Judges 2:6-3:6 - verses 10-12 of chapter two say, "After that whole generation had been gathered to their fathers, another generation grew up, who knew neither the LORD nor what he had done for Israel. Then the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the LORD and served the Baals. They forsook the LORD, the God of their fathers, who had brought them out of Egypt. They followed and worshiped various gods of the peoples around them. They provoked the LORD to anger." Then I read about "Leaving a Legacy" in the devotional written by Jean Syswerda . . . at one point it said, "We have the chance to ensure our generation doesn't grow up knowing nothing of God or His deeds. We can let all the years have taught us about God spill over in abundance into our lives, building a legacy of faith and trust, an inheritance of knowing all about God's goodness and depending on Him." There are many sad parts in the Bible, but these verses are one of the saddest - God's people knew Him. They experienced first hand how He freed them from Egypt and stood with them and even fought for them as they reached the land He promised them. But, these parents and grandparents failed in the most important thing. They failed to be sure their children and grandchildren grew up knowing the Lord and what He did for them. These children and grandchildren did not know God. There is nothing more important to me than knowing my grandsons know, love and walk with God all their lives. This is one grandma who will do all I can to ensure my grandsons grow up knowing God! I appreciate the Grandmother's Bible and how it helps "nourish me so I know how to nurture my grandsons"! Thank you Zondervan for giving me a Grandmother's Bible for review and for giving me five of them to give away!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

crafting with grandma - Let's Make Hugs!

If you'd like a simple, yet fun craft you can make with your grandchild(ren) and an opportunity to brighten the day of others . . . this craft is for you!

Supplies -

  • paper
  • tape
  • crayons or markers
  • optional - stickers, glue, glitter
  • scissors
Directions -

  • you need your paper to be as long as the arm span of each child who is making this project - if you do not have large sheets of paper, you may use any paper, just tape them end to end to make a sheet as long as you need it to be 
  • once you have your paper, have your grandchild lay down in the middle of the paper and stretch their arms out while you, or a sibling traces around their arms, hands and fingers - of both arms. 
  • have child get up and then draw lines to connect each arm
  • allow child to decorate however they like
  • cut out decorated "arms" and bring the fingers together for a "hug" - write on the back whatever message you'd like . . . here's a hug for mommy, here's a hug for daddy, here's a hug for ???? :^)
  • follow this simple procedure for each child
Talk with your grandchild(ren) about how we hug others to show we love them and share how much you love your grandchild(ren). Share with your grandchild(ren) Jeremiah 31:3 "I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself." and tell them God loves them for always! Ask your grandchild(ren) what it means to "draw" something to themselves and show them how drawing something to yourself is like "hugging" someone! Lead your grandchild(ren) in thanking and praising God for His amazing, everlasting love for them and then ask them if they know anyone who needs to be reminded they are loved and make another "hug" to brighten this person's day!

Have fun making "hugs" - be sure to give a few real hugs while you are at it - and write the date on the back so you will be able to remember how old your grandchild(ren) were when they made their "hugs"! :^)

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Hooray! I Have My First Two Winners . . . Maria Marta Retzloff and Dawn Twiest!!!

The Grandmother's BibleI'll Be ThereI just drew two names for my first two give-aways on grandma's cookie jar and Maria Marta Retzloff won the book, "I'll Be There" and Dawn Twiest won "the Grandmother's Bible"! Thank you Maria and Dawn for following my blog! I'll be giving away another "Grandmother's Bible" as soon as we have 35 "likes" using the tab in the "find us on facebook" box on my blog, so if you haven't taken a moment to "like" grandma's cookie jar, please do so right now! Please also tell people you know about grandma's cookie jar, so they can "like" my blog and join in the fun!

A Manners Moment with Maralee McKee and grandma!

Manners . . . we all want to be people who show grace in our everyday interactions with others . . . good manners, as Maralee McKee says, "are about remembering we’re each sharing this train ride of life with others, and the way we interact and respond to them speaks to the very heart of who we are." ! In this day and age where it often seems children - and adults - have forgotten the grace of showing good manners, we can help our grandchildren learn and show good manners! I'm so thankful for Maralee McKee . . . the Manners Mentor for helping us know how to "shine"! 

Since my grandma's cookbook recipe for today was Homemade Unique Mini-Pizzas, I want to share with you a link to an article from Maralee's website on "Ten Savvy Tips for Providing Meals for Your Friends". When you make Homemade Unique Mini-Pizzas with your grandchildren - or children - make it a double batch and fix extras to take to a friend, neighbor or family member to brighten their day and involve your grandchildren in serving others! Thank you Maralee for helping us know how to "shine in all our encounters"!

grandma's cookbook - Homemade Unique Mini-Pizzas!

When you think about cooking with children, choose recipes they can have a real part in helping to prepare . . . one great recipe is homemade unique mini-pizzas! The recipe is pretty straightforward, but it is one your grandchildren can literally "get their hands into" and really help prepare a meal for the family to enjoy!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Ten Commands From God's Own Hands - Another Must-have From grandma's bookshelf!

I'm so glad the internet makes it possible for us to add books to our bookshelf or give as gifts which are no longer available in books stores! Another book I absolutely love is The Ten Commands From God's Own Hands by Phil A. Smouse! This book takes the Ten Commandments, matches each commandment with a Bible story to illustrate a specific command and teach it's meaning so kids will remember and learn! The "sub-title" is, "Ten wiggly, giggly Bible stories that teach God's Ten Commandments" - these ten stories are -

    The Ten Commands from God's Own Hands: Ten Wiggly, Giggly Bible Stories That Teach God's Ten Commandments
  • Adam and Eve - I Am the Lord your God . . . you shall have no other gods before me
  • The Fiery Furnace - you shall not make for yourself an idol
  • The Story of David and Goliath - you shall not misuse the Name of the Lord
  • The Story of Creation - remember the Sabbath Day by keeping it holy
  • Abraham and Isaac - honor your father and your mother
  • My Brother's Keeper - you shall not murder
  • Joseph and Potiphar's Wife - you shall not commit adultery
  • Achan and the Walls of Jericho - you shall not steal
  • Daniel and the Lion's Den - you shall not give false testimony against your brother
  • Joseph's Beautiful Coat - you shall not covet anything which belongs to your neighbor

Each story is told with rhyming and humor to communicate ten familiar Bible stories in a unique and effective way . . . I particularly appreciate how the book begins with an introduction explaining what the ten commandments are and why Jesus died for us.I cannot recommend this book highly enough - it is superb!  I like how it has ten Bible stories in one book - this will be a book kids and grandparents - and parents, too - will love and learn from as each story is bound to generate lots of good conversation as everyone learns together about the Ten Commandments! 

Helpful Hal's Treasury of Christian Virtues - a Must-Have Book for grandma's bookshelf!

The Rhyme-Time Book of Christian VirtuesWhile Helpful Hal's Treasury of Christian Virtues is an old book, it is absolutely a must-have book for any grandma's bookshelf! When my children were young the stories in this book were individual books, but in 1997 Michael P. Waite's 12 stories were combined into one book. In 1999 it was re-released with the title, The Rhyme-Time Book of Christian Virtues - while they have different titles, they are the same collection of 12 wonderful stories! I love the colorful and fun illustrations and the silly and yet powerful stories . . . each one focuses on a specific theme - 
  • Suzy Swoof - a Story about Kindness
  • The Hollyhonk Gardens of Gneedle and Gnibb - a Story about Forgiving
  • Gilly Greenweed's Gift for Granny - a Story about Showing Love
  • Sammy's Gadget Galaxy - a Story about Patience
  • Max and the big Fat Lie - a Story about Telling the Truth
  • Sylvester the Jester - a Story about Accepting Others
  • Buzzle Billy - a Story about Sharing
  • Miggy and Tiggy - a Story about Overcoming Jealousy
  • Casey the Greedy Young Cowboy - a Story about Being Thankful
  • Sir Maggie the Mighty - a Story about Obedience
  • Handy-Dandy Helpful Hal - a Story about Helpfulness
  • Boggin, Blizzy and Sleeter the Cheater - a Story about Fairness
In "Sir Maggy the Mighty" children learn about obeying , "Buzzle Billy" will help your child to learn about sharing and "Sylvester the Jester" teaches a very important lesson about accepting others. My favorite is "Handy Dandy Helpful Hal" - "the pooped out parents perfect pal" as he helps kids learn to help! These are stories your grandchildren will love and stories which give you the perfect opportunity to talk with them about truly important things - such as being kind, forgiving others and telling the truth. You will only be able to find this book on-line, but it is well worth the effort as it is a great "tool" to help us pass on a heritage of faith to our grandchildren.