Friday, November 30, 2012

A Yummie Recipe and Opportunity to Help a Family!

Tastefully Simple (est. 1995) - The food you love, the time you deserve. (tm)I have a recipe for Sugar & Spice Whoopie Pies which I'd like to share with you and I'd like to invite you to join me in helping a refugee family by placing an order with Tastefully Simple for delicious food your family will enjoy! I'm hostessing a catalog "party" with Tastefully Simple and all the hostess prizes will be donated to a refugee family! This family of seven was originally from the Congo and had to flee to South Africa because of the violence they all experienced. Sadly, in South Africa they continued to be threatened, so they were accepted as refugees here in the USA. This family has experienced great trauma and difficulty, but are trying to start over and experience a life where they are not threatened. 

Just Two Days Until I Give-Away, Amelia!

PreSale  - Amelia, Your Victorian Girl™
Yes, in two days I'm giving away one Amelia doll from the Girl for All Times collection of dolls! (See my review at this link) Amelia is similar to American Girl Dolls, except she "tells" the story of English history as seen through the 
"lives" of the Marchmount girls! If you win this lovely doll, who will you give her to?

I Have a Winner!

I'm delighted to announce Ellen Bratzel is the winner of Caroline, the new American Girl Doll! (you'll find the review at this link) Thank you Ellen for reading grandma's cookie jar (please message me your address by December 7, 2012 so I can send it to you) and thank you American Girl for sending her for me to review and give away!

I wish I had dolls for all of you, but please "stay-tuned" because I'll be announcing another American Girl doll give-away the first of the year!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

crafting with grandma - Crocheted Nativity Set

Years ago I made a crocheted nativity set from a pattern I bought from Annie's Attic. I looked on Pinterest and found one which is similar so if you would like to make your own set, you could try this one. The pattern from Annie's Attic made large figures, but I used small hooks and crochet cotton for small figures which I put in my tree each year. I like being able to keep the focus of my tree on the Reason for the Season!

crafting with grandma - One-Eyed Monster Hats!

I have two, too-sweet-for-words grandsons (although I'm never at a loss for words to talk about them!), so when we make up stories and play, our stories and playtime often involve monsters! 

Recently when the boys were here Josiah ran up to me and said, "Grandma! There is a scary monster in the hall!!!!" I asked him what color it was and he said, "Pink! and Red! and Pink and Red!!! And every color in the world!!!!" I asked him if it was teeny, tiny or ginormous, humongous! He said, "The most ginormous EVER!!!!" I asked him if it had tiny, little teeth or big, spiky, sharp teeth! He said, "The biggest, spikiest, sharpest, EVER!!!! I asked him what sound it made and he wanted me to tell him, so I said, "RRRROOOAAARRR!!!" Josiah said, "That's NOT a scary sound." I said, WWWWOOOOFFFFF, WOOOOFFFFF!!!". He said, "Dogs say 'woof, woof' and dogs are NOT scary." So, I said, "Booga, boooga, boooga, wacka, wacka, wacka, boogga, booogga!" He said, "That's it! That's the scariest sound EVER and that's the sound the monster makes!!!" Then he ran off with a happy smile!

Just Two Days Until I Give-Away a Cuisinart Coffee-On-Demand!

My day begins at 5:30 . . . yes, in the AM. And yes, this is EARLY!!!! But, I get up five days a week at 5:30 to fix breakfast for my hubby before he goes to work. So, I can assure you, I am so thankful for my Cuisinart Coffee-On-Demand as it makes fixing coffee so easy . . . even at 5:30 am . . . as one of you will be finding out! In just two days, on December 1, 2012, I'm giving away one Cuisinart Coffee-On-Demand!

I Have a Winner!

I'm happy to announce Wendy R is the winner in my Wall Coasters give-away (you'll find the review at this link) Thank you Wendy for reading grandma's cookie jar (please message me your address by December 6, 2012 so I can have it sent to you) and thank you Active Products, Inc for sending one for me to review and for making another available for me to give away!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

grandma's cookbook - Christmas Pretzels!

creative dipped pretzels for the holidaysIf you are looking for something fun, simple, inexpensive and tasty which you could make for some of the people on your Christmas gift list, take a look at these Christmas Pretzels I found on Pinterest!

They are very simple to make. Just melt chocolate, dip pretzels into the chocolate and then roll in chopped nuts, m&m's, sprinkles, candies, or whatever you want! Allow to set and then wrap in plastic wrap, add some ribbon and voila! A tasty gift! 

Just Two Days Until I give Caroline Away!

In just two days I'm giving away one of the new American Girl Dolls, Caroline! If you win, who will you give her to? Caroline is truly lovely with long, blond curls, light blue eyes and a pretty pink dress with tucks and ribbon . . . American Girl has absolutely paid attention to the details and design of Caroline and not only will she certainly be loved by whatever girl receives her, but she is a doll of "heirloom quality" and after she is tucked away, she will one day most surely delight a daughter or granddaughter all over again in the years to come!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

A Blog Worth Checking Out - Loving Mommahood

Loving MommahoodThe daughter of one of my friends has entered the "world" of blogging with her new blog, Loving Mommahood. She writes it to share her "frugal lifestyle, reviews on books, hit or miss recipes, crafting, life with my hubby and kiddos and everything in between!"

grandma's movie review - Ice Age Continental Drift Give-Away!

The Ice Age movies have made Manny, Diego and Sid very recognizable characters, so their return with Continental Drift and the release to Blu-ray on December 11th is sure to be greeted with anticipation!  

In this movie you find Manny, Diego, Sid, Ellie and her "brothers" as well as some new characters, including a boat-load of pirates. In keeping with the "pirate" theme, Fox sent me a fun resource of Top Pirate Films for Kids . . . just follow this link for a look at several great films with pirates! They are also making available one Ice Age Continental Drift Blu-ray for me to give away and a fun Ice Age Ice Cube Tray!

I Have a Winner!

I'm happy to announce Tracy Stevens Taylor is the winner in my Friends prize pack with two over-sized cappuccino mugs and a picture frame just like the one on Monica's door give-away! (You'll find the review at this link.) Thank you Tracy for reading grandma's cookie jar (please message me your address by December 1, 2012 so I can have it set to you) and thank you Warner's Brothers for inviting me to share this with my readers! 

Monday, November 26, 2012

A Fun and FREE Christmas Gift for You to Keep & Give!

Free Christmas printables -- from 5x7 size all the way up to poster sizeI love the word "sale"! "Clearance" is even better, and what isn't there to LOVE about the word, "Free"?!!! I was browsing on Pinterest the other day and found a link for Free Christmas printables which would make wonderful decorations for your home and which you could use to give as gifts, too!

Thank You for Reading grandma's cookie jar!

Grandma's cookie jarWe've been having a very busy November here on grandma's cookie jar! So far, I've given away 22 things . . . and I still have five more give-aways to go! You all voted in our grandma's Christmas Cookie Recipe Contest and Rachel Foland won with her Butterscotch Chocolate Chip Biscotti! We topped 1000 of you who follow with Facebook . . . thank you everyone who reads grandma's cookie jar! So may fun things in one month! 

I Have a Winner!

I'm happy to announce LeAnn Fraas is the winner of the Boca Java coffee! (You'll find the review at this link) Thank you LeAnn for reading grandma's cookie jar and thank you Boca Java for sending coffee for me to review and for making additional coffee available for me to give away!

Cyber Monday and Boca Java!

Today is Cyber Monday and many, many people will be placing orders on-line for Christmas gifts and to just take advantage of the opportunity to save. Boca Java sent me some of their coffee to review and they told me they have a wonderful Cyber Monday sale I'm happy to let you know about. 

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Fun Gift Idea . . . All Under $5!!!

{DIY sugar cubes}Do you have a list you are wondering how you are going to be able to get a gift for each person on your list? If so, look at these wonderful ideas I found on Pinterest . . . all of them are easy, include a tutorial and cost less than $5!!!!

I Have a Winner!

I'm happy to announce, Jennifer Paige is the winner in my Where Is Sock Monkey Board Game give-away! (You'll find the review at this link) Thank you Jennifer for reading grandma's cookie jar (please message me your address so I can send it to you) and thank you Cardinal for sending one for me to review and another one for me to give away!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Christmas Gift Ideas . . . Signals!

AUTUMNAL JAMAWAR SHAWLYou may or may not be familiar with an on-line company, Signals, and the variety of gift possibilities they have, but I wanted to share a few ideas from them with you today! Signals sent me the following items to review -

Christmas Gift Ideas . . . Mega Bloks - I'm Giving One Away!

There are four and a half weeks until Christmas, so you are likely looking for gifts for the people on your gift list. I have a few things from Mega Bloks I'd like to let you know about . . . and a fun give-away, too!

Mega Bloks has a new line of building toys for the youngest sweet ones on your gift list! They say, "Over 25 years of creativity and fun for young children keeps getting better! Introducing Mega Bloks® First Builders™, our new line of preschool construction toys. Perfect for fun learning, physical development and creativity, our big blocks are easy for little hands to assemble for simple stacking and building. Stimulate your child’s imagination and discover the joys and wonder of construction play with Mega Bloks® First Builders™."

Friday, November 23, 2012

grandma's Christmas Cookie Recipe Contest Winner!

I'm happy to announce Rachel Foland is the winner in grandma's Christmas Cookie Recipe Contest! Her Butterscotch Chocolate Chip Biscotti won. Thank you everyone who shared their recipes and congratulations Rachel! You will be receiving your prizes (I will contact each company on Monday - I need you to message me your email) Keep watching for the next grandmas "contest"!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Before I wrap a few gifts and make rolls, I want to take a moment to tell you, Happy Thanksgiving and thank you! Thank you for reading grandma's cookie jar . . . I most sincerely appreciate each of you!

I Have a Winner!

I'm happy to say, Jessica Schueler is the winner in my Novi Stars - Una Verse doll give-away (you'll find the review at this link) Thank you Jessica for reading grandma's cookie jar (please message me your address by November 30, 2012 so I can have it sent to you) and thank you MGA for sending one for me to review and for making another available for me to give away! 

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

grandma's cookbook - Apple Brownies!

Fall Apple Brownies-SO trying this!!!If you are looking for something special - and simple - to add to your Thanksgiving dinner . . . or for anytime :-) . . . check these Apple Brownies I found on Pinterest!

I'm Giving Away A Girl for All Times Doll, Amelia!

PreSale  - Amelia, Your Victorian Girl™Two days ago a box arrived at my home. Inside was Amelia, the new doll from A Girl for All TimesAmelia is a beautiful doll; as they say, she is a "deluxe doll comes dressed in a historically inspired Victorian school dress of blue cotton, with striped collar and cuffs, ruffled pantalets and undershirt. Sturdy school boots and a straw boater hat complete the outfit."

Amelia has jointed arms and legs, and attention has been given to the details . . . down to the tiny buttons on her outfit . . . including her boots! Girls here in the States may not be as familiar with these dolls, yet, but as they do, they are sure to be fans of these lovely dolls! I like the story which goes with the dolls . . . it follows the "line" of Marchmount girls back during Tudor times in England. Amelia is "just an ordinary school-girl in Victorian London who is looking forward to her thirteenth birthday when she will inherit the family travelling trunk bequeathed to every first born girl, by her great great great . . . well so many greats she loses count . . . grandmother Matilda."

If you win Amelia, who would you give her to? She is another doll which is a "heirloom quality" doll - she will be loved by the girl who receives her and can be saved and passed on to a daughter or granddaughter in years to come for another girl to love all over again!

Friends Give-Away!

Were you a "fan" of the TV show, Friends? Well, if so, you are likely happy about the release of Friends: The Complete Series Blu-Ray Box Set November 13, 2012. I've been invited by Warner's Brothers to share with you a 30-Days of Friends Trivia Challenge . . . and there's a give-away, too!


First of all, the prize package . . . Friends prize pack with two over-sized cappuccino mugs and a picture frame just like the one on Monica’s door! This is a fun prize for you if you were a fan of the show, or for someone on your gift list who was!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Cute, Easy Thanksgiving Turkeys!

Gobble, gobble! Make a paper tube turkey craftI am one very happy grandma! On Thursday my children and grandchildren and parents will all be at my house for Thanksgiving dinner! I'm fixing a turkey breast in the slow cooker with cut apples, rosemary and thyme, mashed potatoes, gravy, dressing (I put mashed potatoes in my stuffing!) and I'm making rolls! My mom is bringing the pumpkin pie and corn and my daughter-in-law is bringing applesauce or cranberries! It will be a wonderful dinner . . . even if we are NOT having marshmallows and fish which my sweet Josiah says is his "favorite" food! :-)

I'm Giving Away One American Girl Doll - Caroline

In just ten days I'm giving away one of the new American Girl Dolls, Caroline! If you win, who will you give her to? Caroline is truly lovely with long, blond curls, light blue eyes and a pretty pink dress with tucks and ribbon . . . American Girl has absolutely paid attention to the details and design of Caroline and not only will she certainly be loved by whatever girl receives her, but she is a doll of "heirloom quality and after she is tucked away, she will only day most surely delight a daughter or granddaughter all over again in the years to come!

I Have a Winner!

I'm happy to say, Chelle is the winner of the K'NEX DoubleShot Roller Coaster (you'll find the review at this link) Thank you Chelle for reading grandma's cookie jar (please message me your address by November 27, 2012 so I can have it sent to you) and thank you k'nex for sending one for me to review and for making another available for me to give away!

Monday, November 19, 2012

grandma's Christmas Cookie Recipe Contest - Time to Vote for the Winner!

Yes, it is time to vote among the finalists for the winner of grandma's Christmas Cookie Recipe Contest! We had wonderful recipes to choose from, thank you everyone for sharing your recipes with us! The finalists are . . . (drum roll, please!) :^)

FREE Card November 19 and 20, 2012!

I am very happy for the opportunity to let you know about how you can get a FREE card today or tomorrow from Treat, Shutterfly's new greeting card brand! They say, "Treat makes it easy for people to create and send one-of-a-kind greeting cards. Treat cards are perfect for holidays, birthdays, congrats, thank yous and every occasion in between. It’s crazy fun. It’s super easy. And it’s totally personal. Create and send a totally personalized greeting card from Treat for FREE. Whether saying thanks for Thanksgiving, wishing a best friend a holiday birthday, or simply sharing the holiday cheer with a just because card, Treat lets you create a one-of-a-kind card that is sure to impress."

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Thanksgiving Turkey . . . Kids Can Make!

Turkey with Hand and Footprints - Great for the kiddos to celebrate Turkey Day!Thanksgiving is just four days away! I can hardly wait! Josiah told me mashed potatoes, gravy and fish with marshmallows are his favorite foods! Well, we are NOT having fish with marshmallows, but I can be sure to have the other two for him! Plus, we are having stuffing - and I put mashed potatoes in my stuffing . . . Josiah said even though he does not know what stuffing is, if it has mashed potatoes in it, then he probably will like it! - turkey breast - which I'm fixing in my slow cooker with cut apples, pumpkin pie, rolls, corn, apple sauce . . . the traditional Thanksgiving fare!

I Have a Winner!

HANDPRINT ORNAMENT SETI'm happy to announce Mary Beth Dawson is the winner of the Handprint Ornament (you'll find the review at this link) Thank you Mary Beth for reading grandma's cookie jar and thank you Signals for sending one for me to review and another for me to give away!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

I Have a Winner!

I'm happy to announce Robin O is the winner in the Scan 2 Go Circle Race Track (you'll find the review at this link). Thank you Robin for reading grandma's cookie jar (please message me your address by November 24, 2012 so I can have it sent to you) and thank you MGA for sending one for review and making another available for me to give away!

Friday, November 16, 2012

grandma's cookbook - Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough TrufflesOkay, if you are like me, just reading the title of this post is enough to send you gathering ingredients to make these treats! After all, what isn't there to love about Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and when you add in Truffles, well it is sure to be a hit!

Last weekend when my grandson was here, we made Chocolate Chip Cookies . . . he, of course, is a cookie dough "snatcher" and as he snatched the dough he said, "This is the best part! Some people may not agree with me, but the dough is the best part!"  So, when I saw the recipe for these truffles on Pinterest, well, they had to go on my list of fun things to do the next week when he was here . . . which is today! :-)

I Have a Winner . .

I'm happy to announce Natalie Whiteley is the winner in my Hit the Habitat Trial game give-away (You'll find the review at this link) Thank you Natalie for reading grandma's cookie jar (please message me your address by November 23, 2012 so I can have it set to you) and thank you Jax Games for sending one for me to review and another to give away!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

grandma's Christmas Cookie Recipe Contest - Please Vote!

I'm happy to share the three recipes in the final week of the preliminary voting for grandma's Christmas Cookie Recipe Contest! Again, since I had trouble with the poll gadget in earlier voting, you can vote for your favorite by commenting below to let me know which one you like the best. You can vote once and I need to see a name with each vote - I can not count "anonymous" votes. The cookie with the most votes by Monday morning November 19, 2012, will move on the the finals next week!

I Have a Winner!

I'm happy to announce Nita Carter is the winner in my Perplexus Rookie give-away! (You'll find the review at this link.) Thank you Nita for reading grandma's cookie jar (please message me your address by November 22, 2012 so I can send it to you) and thank you Perplexus for sending one for me to review and an additional one for me to give away!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

grandma's Christmas Cookie Recipe Contest - Peanutbutter Mice by Nikki!

I'm very happy to share the ninth recipe in my Christmas cookie recipe contest - Peanutbutter Mice by Nikki Lancaster! Nikki says this is her children's favorite cookie! Thank you Nikki for sharing the recipe with us - voting begins on Thursday, November 15, 2012!

I Have a Winner!

I'm happy to announce Anne Pickering is the winner of my Cross Classic Century Ltd. Violet Gingham Ballpoint Pen! (You'll find the review at this link) Thank you Anne for reading grandma's cookie jar and thank you Cross for sending the pen for me to give away!

I Have a Winner!

I'm happy to say, ShaRhonda Crow is the winner in my Thank You God for Everything Recordable Book by Hallmark give-away! (You'll find the review at this link) Thank you ShaRhonda for reading grandma's cookie jar (please message me your address by November 18, 2012 so I can have it sent to you) and thank you Hallmark for sending one for me to review and for making another available for me to give away!