Thursday, May 31, 2012

grandma's cookbook - Children's Day Treat - S'mores!

how much fun would these be on a rainy summer evening with the grandchildren!!!!!Children's Day is on June 10th, and if you are looking for a fun recipe you could make with your grandchildren to celebrate children and fun, look at this recipe for S'mores I found on Pinterest! Follow the link for the recipe and plan to make these with your grandchildren on Children's Day! 

crafting with grandma - Jesus Loves Me I Spy Bottles

Fun activity for kids
Children's Day is June 10, 2012, so if you are looking for a special craft/gift idea you could involve your grandchildren in making to celebrate Children's Day and how special and loved they are to you and to Jesus, consider making Jesus Loves Me I Spy Bottles! I found a link on Pinterest for making I Spy Bottles, and thought you could make them unique and special for Children's Day by doing the following things -

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

I'm Giving Away Another Berenstain Bear's Book on My Other Blog . . .

On my other blog, About the Children's Department, I'm giving away one The Berenstain Bears Help the Homeless book on June 8th! This new Berenstain Bears book is a delight - not only is it a fun Bear story, but it encourages children to get involved with helping others in need . . . a fun story with an important point! Check this link for the details on the book and how to get in the drawing!

grandma's bookshelf - Bizzy Bear Off We Go! - I'm Giving One Away!

As you know, I love books and I love to give things away, so when I have the opportunity to review and give-away a book . . . well, I'm very happy! I've recently had the opportunity to review a couple Bizzy Bear books . . . and I absolutely LOVE them! They are such wonderful books for little ones . . . and so much fun!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

grandma's cookbook - Peanut-Butter Ice Cream Pie!!!

My family LOVES peanut-butter pie! I've been making it for years . . . ever since my sister shared the recipe with me when I was first married . . . my family has been forever grateful to my sister for this! :^)


Well, the other day I was thinking about what dessert I wanted to make for Memorial Day, and it occurred to me, if I "tweaked" the recipe just a bit and substituted ice cream for the whipped cream, I might end up with a wonderful, new pie! So, I told my family they were going to be "guinea pigs" for a new peanut-butter pie recipe with ice cream in it . . . they said they were completely willing to be "guinia pigs" for that recipe! :^)


I'm very happy to say, the pie turned out wonderfully! It is extremely delicious . . . and makes a wonderful summer pie! So . . . I'm delighted to share my new peanut-butter ice cream pie recipe with you . . . 

So . . . What Is Your Real Focus?

When I decided to write this blog, along with using it to share resources, reviews, recipes, craft ideas, etc - lots of fun things - I wanted it to have a real purpose . . . real meaning. So, I developed a "reason" - vision - for grandma's cookie jar . . . "just as grandma's cookie jar should always be full of good things, this blog will be full of good ideas, information, activities and reviews of things to help grandma . . . and grandpa, mom and dad too . . . pass on a heritage of faith to the children in their lives!" I believe a grandma - and grandpa, mom and/or dad - should most certainly enjoy the opportunities they have to "enjoy the good things" with their grandchildren/children, but always be watching for the opportunities to connect those "good things" back to our faith so we are able to pass on a heritage of faith to our grandchildren/children. There is NOTHING more important to me than to know my children and grandchildren know, love and want to walk with God every day! So, while grandma's cookie jar has - and will continue to have - a lot of "fun" things in it, there is a reason . . . a point . . . a focus for all the "fun" . . . to "pass on a heritage of faith"!

Full Disclosure

If you read grandma's cookie jar, you have likely noticed I tend to review toys, books, Bibles, resources, music, DVDs, games, and other things for families at least twice a month. In the interest of full disclosure I want to share the following information with you - The FTC requires people, such as myself, who write blogs and review product to disclose where the product came from and if it was given to them for review purposes. All toys, books, etc, items for my "grandma's pick" and items I review for specific posts/articles are given to me by their publisher and/or manufacturer for free for review and/or give-away purposes. I do not work for any publishers - or other companies - and will do my best to give an un-biased review of the items I review. After my review, I have drawings among the people who have "liked" my blog with the tab in the "find us on facebook" box ON THE BLOG for the "grandma's pick" items. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255; "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising" 

Monday, May 28, 2012

Do Not Be Afraid!

What are you afraid of? Well, if you are like me the first thing you think of is spiders! I do not like those hideous creatures at all! In fact, I firmly believe the only good spider is a completely dead spider; so one of my rules when my kids were growing up was, "kill all spiders and then kill them again!" And just so you know, there is no such thing as a "small" spider! 


Josiah spent the night at our house last night and this morning I saw a spider on the ceiling! I screamed - "Aaaaahhhh!" Josiah looked up and said, "There's a spider on the ceiling, Poppa!" Poppa - and Josiah - killed the spider - Josiah said they were both brave - and of course I completely agree!


Well, beyond the obvious things, like spiders, what are you afraid of? More specifically, what are you afraid of when it comes to your family? Are you afraid of the "what ifs"? What if the get sick? What if they get in an accident? What if the things in this world entice my children/grandchildren and they do not walk with God? What if . . . ? You may say you aren't "afraid" of these things, but how much time to you spend thinking - or even worrying - about them? These are all legitimate things to be concerned about, but we do not have to be afraid.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

I Have a Winner . . .

grandma's picksI'm happy to announce Amy Haynes Zonavetch is the winner of the LEGO Cars 2 Spy Jet Escape Set! (You will find the review at this link) Thank you Amy for reading grandma's cookie jar (please message me by June 10th so I can arrange to get this to you) and thank you Lego for sending one for me to review and another for me to give away!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Second-Chance Give-Away on My Other Blog . . .

On my other blog, About the Children's Department, I'm holding a Second-Chance give-away for the book, Rescue Me! Check this link for the details about how you can get your name in the drawing for Rescue Me!

crafting with grandma - Memorial Day Hand-Print Flag

Handprint Flag.  Happy Memorial Day!
As I browsed on Pinterest today, I found a fun idea for making a flag with your grandchildren's/children's handprints . . . it seemed like a fun idea for Memorial Day, so I decided to share it with you! All you need is, paint, a bucket of water, paper towels and a large, rectangular piece of cardboard or construction paper. Have the children - adults, too if you want - who are at your Memorial Day barbecue dip their hands in the paint, and make handprints for the stars and stripes in your flag! Hang the finished project - be sure to date the back and write who made the handprints and you have a simple, inexpensive and personal way to remember Memorial Day 2012! (You could make a new flag each year - a fun, new family tradition!) Be sure to talk with your grandchildren about  why we celebrate Memorial Day. Lead them in praying for families who have someone they love serving in the military. Pray for families who have someone who they love who died while serving in the military, and if you know a military family, make an extra flag and take it to them to tell them thank-you for their sacrifice!

crafting with grandma - Memorial Day Wind-Catchers!

If  you are like me, you are probably going to be spending at least part of your Memorial Day with your family. So, if you might like a fun, simple and inexpensive craft you could make with your grandchildren, check out this Wind-Catcher I saw on Pinterest! All you need to make this is wire, plastic table cloths, pliers, fishing line and scissors! Have fun making these with your grandchildren and as you do, talk with them about why we celebrate Memorial Day. Lead them in praying for families who have someone they love serving in the military. Pray for families who have someone who they love who died while serving in the military, and if you know a military family, make an extra wind-catcher and take it to them to tell them thank-you for their sacrifice!

Friday, May 25, 2012

grandma's favorite things - It's a Jungle Out There

It can be a huge challenge to find resources you can use with your family to challenge them to walk closer with God . . . especially when your children are teens. When my children were teens, I found the book, " It's a Jungle Out There" and not only did my teens sit and participate in our family devotions, they asked for more! So, when it comes to some of my favorite things, this book is absolutely on my list of favorite books as it is sure to get your grandchildren/children listening, laughing and talking about how they can know God more! (This book is out of print, and is difficult to find, but if you click on the link in this post, you can still get it on Amazon!)

Thursday, May 24, 2012

I Have a Winner . . .

I'm happy to announce Tracy Stevens Taylor is the winner in my  Lalaloopsy  - Crumbs Sugar Cookie Doll give-away! (You will find the review for the Lalaloopsy doll at this link) Thank you Tracy for reading grandma's cookie jar (please message me so I can arrange to get the doll to you) and thank you MGA for sending a doll for me to review and give away!

grandma's movie reviews - Love Never Dies . . . I'm Giving One Away!

Most of us have heard of and watched the movie/opera, The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall, but how many know there is a sequel to this movie/opera? There is. The sequel was also written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and I was given the opportunity to review it . . . and give one Blu-ray away!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Sneak Peek at a New VeggieTales - The Penniless Princess

Through the years there have been some truly delightful VeggieTales stories . . . I particularly enjoyed Lord of the BeansIt's a Meaningful Life and Pistachio! But I have been waiting - ever since I heard it was in production - for the release of The Penniless Princess, so you can imagine how happy I was to receive the review copy in the mail! VeggieTales, the Penniless Princess - God's Little Girl releases on August 11th . . . yes, I know it is still quite a ways away, but as the date nears, I'll post a more thorough review and announce give-aways!!! Hooray! I get to give a couple away!!!!

grandma's cookbook - Father's Day Truffles!

M Cookie Dough Truffles.  A cookie dough lovers dream come true!Father's Day is just a month away, and if the dads in your life are like the dads in my life, they are usually difficult to find a perfect gift for them! So, when I was browsing on Pinterest yesterday and saw a recipe for M&M Cookie Dough Truffles . . . well, they looked to me like Father's Day Truffles! (I know my hubby LOVES M&M's and cookie dough!) 


At first I was concerned about making truffles with raw eggs, but when I checked the recipe, I found there are no eggs! Just follow the link and you will find the recipe, which looks pretty straight-forward and simple. This is a recipe which you could easily involve your grandchildren in making for their dads . . . of course, they will enjoy eating them with their dads, too! As you make these with your grandchildren, lead them in thanking God for their dad and in praying for him - which of course is the best Father's Day gift ever . . . the prayers of his children! Enjoy!

grandma's cookbook - Lemonade, Tea and Wonderful Glasses!

Clarus BPA-Free Plastic Coffee Mug - 15 Oz.Yesterday I posted about one of my favorite things - square Fiesta Ware plates! I really like my plates because they are different - square shaped - and somewhat "eclectic" - different colors! Just as I like my somewhat eclectic plates, I like my somewhat eclectic cup/glasses! Since I have MS, I prefer acrylic glasses . . . if I drop them, they are not likely to break - this is also a benefit for a grandma with young grandchildren! - and they are lightweight.  So, when I saw Clearly Acrylic's selection of glasses, I was happy to review a few!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

grandma's favorite things - Fiesta Ware!

When I was a child my grandma had Fiesta Ware dishes - whenever we ate at her house I always hoped I would get to eat off the sunny yellow plates! So, when I had the opportunity to review some of Fiesta Ware's new square dinnerware - well, I was very happy to do so!

grandma's bookshelf . . . Monkey and Elephant - AND I Get to Give One Away!

I am delighted for the opportunity to share a very cute book with you today . . . this book celebrates friendship . . . and shows the challenging parts . . . like when one of you is "too sassy" and the other one is "too cranky" . . . along with the wonderful parts . . . "I like you just right!"

I Have a Winner . . .

I'm happy to announce Joni Kiker is the winner in my, I Couldn't Love You More, book give-away (you'll find the review at this link)! Thank you Joni for reading grandma's cookie jar (please message me your address by June 2nd so I can get it to you - lyndafreemanatcd@gmail.com) and thank you Tyndale for sending one copy for me to review and for making another available for me to give away!

Monday, May 21, 2012

This Grandma Has a Happy Heart!

My grandsons, Josiah and Caleb, spent Saturday evening and night at my house . . . slept over and then went to church with us on Sunday morning. Josiah is three and Caleb is almost one . . . which means Caleb is starting to get into EVERYTHING! He can walk if he is holding on to something and when it comes to crawling . . . well, to say he is "zippy" is to put it mildly! This little boy can really "zoom" across the floor when he is crawling! Needless to say, when he is here, we block off access to the things we need to keep Caleb away from, such as the front of the TV/stereo - Caleb LOVES to push buttons :^) - and power cords and anything else he should not be getting into! You all know what I'm talking about . . . baby-proofing the house!


So, Sunday morning as we were getting ready for church, Josiah noticed a spot we hadn't "blocked" and quickly ran to get his "super dream car" to put in front of the outlet because he wanted to "protect" his baby brother! It made me so happy to see Josiah was keeping an eye out for his little brother and wanted to do what he could to be sure he was safe! When I see this three year old paying attention to someone else and caring if he is safe, I'm happy! I told Josiah I was so happy to see he was showing his love for Caleb and showing he has Jesus' love inside him! Don't you just love it when your grandchildren show love and concern for others!!! It certainly gives me a happy heart! :^)

Two Fun Give-Aways This Week . . .

I've been celebrating grandma's cookie jar's birthday all month with lot's of fun give-aways! So far I've given away . . . 

It has been a fun month, so far! And there are more give-aways to come!!! Tomorrow I'm giving away one I Couldn't Love You More book, on May 24th I'm giving away one Lalaloopsy Rag doll, on May 27th I'm giving away one LEGO Cars 2 Spy Jet Escape set! These twelve special give-aways helped make grandma's cookie jar's first birthday a fun one to celebrate! Thank you all of you for reading my blog and for sharing it with the people you know!

I have enjoyed celebrating grandma's cookie jar's birthday with you and look forward to another wonderful year! I have great give-aways planned for the upcoming months and am planning another month of special give-aways with my Christmas gift reviews and give-aways the month of November . . . there will be another American Girl Doll give-away in November! So, please keep joining in the fun conversations, and give-aways each and every month on grandma's cookie jar and please continue to share this blog with the people you know!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

grandma's favorite things - OMHU Cane

As you age, you may find it more difficult to get around - or like me, you may have an illness which makes getting around more of a challenge - in my case, I have MS. If this is the case for you and you are looking at getting a cane, or already use one, I'd like to tell you about a new cane I have.


OMHU canes are quite lovely to look at and, as I've found, provide a steady, comfortable tool to help you get around more easily! OMHU canes have the following features -

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Second-Chance Give-Away on My Other Blog . . .

When I have a drawing on either of my blogs for something I'm giving away, I give the winner two weeks to get their address to me - I post on the blog who the winner is and I message them on FB. If, after the two weeks, I do not hear from them, I have a second-chance drawing. So, I am having a second-chance drawing on May 21st for The Berenstain Bears: God Bless Our Home - you will find my original review at this link on my other blog, About the Children's Department


If you would like to be included in my second-chance drawing, please take a moment to visit About the Children's Department and "share" or "comment" on the post. If you "share" please comment as well to let me know so I can give you your entry. And, by the way, if you haven't already "liked" About the Children's Department by using the "tab" in the "find us on facebook" box ON THE BLOG, please take a moment to do so and you will be entered in all my drawings! Thank you for reading my blogs and for sharing them with the people you know!

crafting with grandma - Crochet a Summer Hat!

In other parts of the world hats are a "staple" for most women's wardrobes, but not so here in the USA. However; as I browse on Pinterest, from time to time I see a pattern for a crocheted hat, which I add to my "boards". So, today I thought I'd share a couple of these patterns with you. 


A girl can't have too many.....Pattern For My Ridge Hat With BrimI like the one with the bow . . . depending on the color and the yarn you choose this could be a sweet hat for any time of year. I will be making one of these! I am going to make the one with the flower . . . I think this could be a great hat for summer! I'll let you know how it turns out! 



If you would like to make one - or both of these hats, just follow the links and you'll find complete patterns. Which one might you make?

Friday, May 18, 2012

I Have Two Winners . . .

I'm happy to announce Cindy Mouthaan won the Kapoosh Knife Block and Jackie Larson Wieda won the Folkmanis Basset Hound Puppet! Thank you Cindy and Jackie for reading grandma's cookie jar (please contact me so we can arrange to get your prizes to you) and thank you Kapoosh and Folkmanis for sending these things for me to review and for making additional items available for me to give away!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

crafting with grandma - Crochet a Teddy Bear!

Sweet crochet bearAs I said yesterday, Children's Day is just a month away! So, if you are looking for something special which you could make for the special children in your life . . . look at this cute little Teddy Bear - which of course I found on Pinterest! If you follow this link, you'll find a crochet pattern and you can make a whole "den" of sweet bears!


This pattern would also be perfect if you are looking for one which you could use to make bears to give a homeless shelter, or children's hospital or to send to missionaries or for your youth group to give away when they are on a mission trip. Involve your older grandchildren in making these bears and as they do pray with them for the children who will receive them!

Free For You . . . One Illustrate My Own Bible Heroes Book!

As you have likely noticed, I LOVE story books for children! I really LOVE Bible story books which introduce children to people from the Bible, so when those people are some of the "unknown" heroes . . . well, I especially LOVE those stories! So, a few years ago I sat down and wrote several Unknown Bible Hero books, but since I'm not really an illustrator, I thought it would be fun to write the books so children could be their own illustrator and illustrate their own book!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Children's Day . . . Make a Castle and Illustrate Your Own Book!

Use this free beginner crochet pattern to design a really neat castle for your kids to play with. This makes for an awesome birthday gift, it'll be a hit at the party.In four weeks, on June 10th it will be Children's Day!!! I love to celebrate Children's Day . . . after all, we do celebrate Mother's Day, Father's Day and even Grandparent's Day, so why not a Children's Day?!!! While every day should be a day where we love and cherish the children in our lives, having one special day where we take a moment to reaffirm to these gifts from God how much we love them and how glad we are they are part of our family . . . well, I'm all for it!


So, for the coming month, I'll be sharing some fun ideas for things you might make or get for the children in your life! Today I want to share a fun pattern for a Whimsical Castle you could crochet!  Of course I found this pattern on Pinterest, so if you follow this link, you will find a free pattern from Bizzy Crochet - which is a blog well worth checking out and following! This pattern is fairly simple and fun and would be a great surprise for your young grandchildren. You could even give the castle to all of your grandchildren and then give them individual characters so they can share and play together!

grandma's cookbook - Lemon Bars!

I discovered a couple days ago I had not shared my favorite lemon bar recipe with you yet. I couldn't believe it, so today I'm remedying this today by sharing a recipe for lemon bars with you! I really do enjoy lemon bars - the butter cookie bottom and soft, tart lemon topping . . . a wonderful treat! My favorite recipe is straight from the Better Homes and Gardens cook book I received when I was first married - nearly 31 years ago! Sometimes the older recipes are truly the best ones . . . so here it is, and enjoy!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

grandma's bookshelf - Let's Have a Tree Party!

I love books and enjoy cute stories which are filled with fun . . . and this certainly describes a new book from Candlewick Press which I had the opportunity to review!

grandma's bookshelf - Hop, Skip & Jump, Maisy!

My grandson Josiah is three years old and he loves "Maisy" books! Why wouldn't he? "Maisy" books have parts which move and are so much fun! So, when Candlewick Press had a new Maisy book for me to review, I happily said, "Yes!"

Monday, May 14, 2012

One More Birthday Month Give-Away - Lego Cars 2 Set!

I don't know about your house, but around this grandma's house, Cars is a favorite movie and all things "Cars" are wonderful! So, when Lego sent me their Spy Jet Escape building set from the Cars 2 collection, well I was very happy to review it - and tucked it away until the boys are old enough for it! I was also delighted when I discovered they sent me two sets . . . so I'm going to give one away!

Another Fun Birthday Month Give-Away . . . Lalaloopsy Doll!

I LOVE soft, rag-doll type dolls, so when I saw the new Lalaloopsy dolls, I was delighted to discover they are soft, rag-doll type dolls! If I had a granddaughter, she would absolutely be getting some of these dolls to love! :^) So, when MGA sent me one for review, well, I just had to share it with you as another give-away for grandma's cookie jar's birthday month!


Lalaloopsy  - Crumbs Sugar Cookie
Made by - MGA
Ages - 4 - 104!

I Have a Winner . . .

I'm happy to announce Amy Ebbert Hardesty is the winner in my Race Through Space game give-away! (You will find the review at this link) Thank you Amy for reading grandma's cookie jar (please message me your address by May 28th so I can have it sent to you) and thank you Ravensburger for sending one game for me to review and for making another available for me to give away!


I'll be posting info about another fun May Birthday Month give-away today . . . so stay tunned!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

grandma's chuckles . . . My Name is Grandma!

Happy Mother's Day to all you moms out there! Being a mom is one of the best things of my life . . . and being a grandma brings back all those wonderful "mom moments" from when my two children were young! If you are not a mom or a grandma, find a child who needs a "mom" or a "grandma" and be an "almost-mom" or an "almost-grandma" to them! All children need the love a mom and a grandma can give and all children benefit from having a mom and a grandma in their lives!


So, on this Mother's Day, I thought I'd share something Josiah recently said, which made my heart happy and made me laugh! He was spending the night a couple weeks back and as he went to bed Dave, my husband, said, "Good-night, Josiah! Good-night, Lynda!" Josiah's eyes got big and he looked at his Poppa and said, "Her (pointing at me) name is NOT Lynda! Her name is Grandma!!!" :^) 


I think "Grandma" is a wonderful name and I'm very happy to have Josiah and Caleb be able to call me by "my name"!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

crafting with grandma - Crocheted Sunflowers!

Crochet SunflowerI love sunflowers! Who doesn't?!! They are so bright and cheerful, so when I found a pattern on Pinterest for crocheted sunflowers, well, of course I had to share it with you! This pattern makes a good sized sunflower, so if you want to put it on your crocheted summer hat, you'd need to reduce the size - use smaller hooks and yarn and see if you can get it to a size which would fit! What could be more summery than a sunflower on a summer hat? Have fun!

crafting with grandma . . . Crocheted Hibiscus Flowers!

crochet hibiscus flowersIf you are looking for a pattern for crocheted flowers to put on the crocheted summer hat I posted, here's one you might like . . . crocheted hibiscus flowers! Of course I found the pattern on Pinterest - if you follow the link you'll find complete directions for making these pretty little "blooms" which would look wonderful on a summer hat! Have fun!

crafting with grandma . . . Crocheted Summer Hats!

Crochet summer hatI don't know about where you live, but here in West Michigan, it is finally getting warm! It is going to be in the 70's all week this coming week . . . summer is just around the corner! It has been a long, cold winter - at least for me - so I'm very happy to see the warm weather arrive! 


As I was browsing on Pinterest, I found a pattern for a crocheted Summer hat and thought it would be the perfect craft to share with you all! It looks so summery . . . I'm sure I'll be making a few of them! If you follow the links to the free pattern, you'll find directions for making infant, child and adult hats . . . you could make them for all the girls in your family! What fun!!!!!


The flower patterns are not included, but I did post a crocheted flower pattern, and will post a few more in a couple days! So, what do you think of these hats? Who might you make one for? 

Friday, May 11, 2012

A Simple Mother's Day Idea Which Will Be Treasured!

love this!Our grandchildren grow up so fast . . . just as our children did. I'm very thankful for photos and for handprints which help me remember them when they were little . . . so when I saw this handprint idea on Pinterest, I knew I had to share it with you!


Handprint Flowers! How sweet! Just think of all the places where you could help your grandchildren make these special flowers for their mothers for mother's day! They could make a bouquet of "flowers" with each child's "flower" a different color - this way mom will be able to easily tell which "flower" is from each of her children! They could then frame their bouquet picture for a gift any mom - and grandma - will treasure! They could make cards, trivets using larger ceramic tiles . . . the possibilities aren't "endless", but they are varied! What might you put your grandchildren's handprint "flowers" on?

Thursday, May 10, 2012

More Fun Paper Dolls!

Paper DollsAs I mentioned the other day, Children's Day is the second Sunday in June . . . this year it is June 10th. If you have a granddaughter, you might like this link I found on Pinterest where you can download and print out lots of fun paper dolls!  Just follow the links from Heritage Paper Doll's site; print the dolls on card stock and the dresses on a sturdy paper - you could also add some special markers, colored pencils and/or crayons so your granddaughter could have great fun coloring the clothes for her dolls! They would make wonderful Children's Day gifts for your granddaughters! You could print a few extra sets so your granddaughters could color them and then give them to friends or to children who they know who need to have their day brightened!


I'll be looking for something which would make a fun downloadable gift for grandsons . . . so stay tuned!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

I Have a Winner . . .

I have a winner in my Perplexus Epic game give-away . . . Mark O'Reilly! Thank you Mark for reading grandma's cookie jar and thank you Perplexus for sending one for me to review and for making another available for me to give away!

Happy Birthday grandma's cookie jar!!!

grandma's cookie jar is one year old today! Thank you for reading my blog, sharing it with the people you know and for joining in the conversations! 

Happy Birthday grandma's cookie jar . . . Let's Make Lemon Cake!

Today is grandma's cookie jar's first birthday!!!! I've been writing this blog for one year - THANK YOU for reading grandma's cookie jar and thank you for sharing it with the people you know! Let's celebrate . . . and what could be a better way to celebrate than with cake?!!! :^)


Okay . . . the truth is I really do not need a reason to have cake because I do truly love cake . . . but since today is grandma's cookie jar's birthday, what could be better than to share with you a recipe for a lemon cake? :^) (I pinned this recipe to Pinterest) I love lemon cake! It is moist, slightly tart and just flat yummie . . . I will be making this cake today!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

I Have a Winner!

I'm happy to announce Mary Goodballet O'Hair is the winner in my MOMumental book give away! (You'll find the review at this link) Thank you Mary for reading grandma's cookie jar (please message me your address by May 22nd so I can have it sent to you) and thank you Worthy Publishing for sending one for me to review and for making another available for me to give away!

Children's Day . . . I Couldn't Love You More - Give-Away!

Do you celebrate Children's Day? We celebrate Mother's Day and Father's Day - some of us celebrate Grandparent's Day, but do you celebrate Children's Day? I do! I love Children's Day! Children's Day is the second Sunday in June - one week before Father's Day. I loved Children's Day for a couple reasons . . . in my family, both of my children had birthday's in January, so Children's Day in June gave us another opportunity to "celebrate" them almost mid-way through the year. As a grandma, I love it because it gives me another "excuse" to "celebrate" my grandsons! I don't really need an "excuse" to celebrate them, but it does give me one if I need it! :^)