Wednesday, April 30, 2014

just for fun - Silly, but Real Laws in Arkansas

Get ready to laugh! As I looked up some silly, but real laws in Arkansas, I realized once again we were likely to get a
good laugh from these laws and have something funny to share with our grandchildren . . . to spread the laughing! After all, laughing is good for our health!

Did you know in Arkansas . . . 

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Simple, Fun & Memorable - Make Your Own Erupting Snow!

I just posted a link on my other blog for a cool project where you make your own "snow" . . . it looks like so much fun, I have to share it with you, too!

I was browsing on Pinterest and saw this link for making Erupting Snow - just follow this link and you'll find the ingredients and directions for making "snow" and for having it "erupt"! Simple and fun, this is a project children will love, remember and want to show to others!

There are so many possibilities for connecting this cool project with Scripture as you enjoy it with your grandchildren, consider the following:

Monday, April 28, 2014

just for fun - Today is Blueberry Pie Day!

Mmmmm! Blueberry Pie Day! What a delicious day to celebrate!!! I am personally a fan of blueberries; I like them pretty much any way they can be fixed and just plain, "as they are" is delicious, too!

Three Days Until My Special Month of Birthday Give-Aways Begins!

In just three days my Special Month of Birthday Give-Aways begins for this year! So far I've announced 14 give-aways . . . you still have time to get in on the drawings for all of them! 

On Thursday, May 1, 2014 I'm giving away one Yankee Candle Sugared Vanilla Large Crackling LumiWick Vase Candle; you'll find all the details at this link about the candle and how to be included in the drawing!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

just for fun - Today is, "Tell a Story Day"!

I love the "holiday" for today - Tell a Story Day! Around this grandma's house, we LOVE telling stories! My grandsons are excellent storytellers and they make up some of the best . . . and funniest stories ever! In fact, for my birthday last year, Josiah gave me one of the best presents ever . . . an original story he made up and illustrated for me; "Super Josiah Saves Grandma from All the Robot Spiders in History"! 

Yes, most of our stories have Super Josiah, Super Caleb and/or Super Shane in them and you can pretty well count on at least one monster or alien showing up in the stories as well! After all, they are boys and they are five, two and nine-months, so I suppose it is one of those inevitabilities of life!

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Special Birthday Give-Away - Chateau of Secrets

I'm sorry for the delay in getting my post up today. Last night Josiah and Caleb spent the night and this morning they both had unhappy tummies and just wanted to snuggle with grandma . . . so of course we snuggled! But, now they seem to be feeling better, so on with the post!

I truly enjoy reading books, but over the past number of years, I have found fiction books for adults to be so predictable they were no longer enjoyable for me to read. After reading the first chapter I could usually tell what was going to happen in the book . . . the girl was in love with guy #one, but he is likely a "cad", they will break up, she will feel bad, but in the end she will meet guy #two who is likely "perfect" and they will, "live happily ever after". The settings may be different, but the stories usually follow this predictable story-line.

However; a couple weeks ago I was invited to review - and give away - a new book - Chateau of Secrets. When I read about the book I was intrigued and said I'd review it. I'm very happy I did!

Friday, April 25, 2014

Special Birthday Give-Away - Close as a Breath

Young children always have lots and lots of questions about the world around them and we as grandparents/parents often find ourselves answering these many questions.  So, today I'm very happy to announce another special give-away for my Birthday Month of Special Give-Aways of a book where a little girl asks a lot of questions!

just for fun - Silly But Real Laws in Arizona!

Get ready to laugh! As I looked up some silly, but real laws in Arizona, I realized once again we were likely to get a good laugh from these laws and have something funny to share with our grandchildren . . . to spread the laughing! After all, laughing is good for our health!

Did you know in Arizona . . . 

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Great Photo-book Offer from Snapfish . . . Buy One, Get Two Free!

Both Mother's Day and Father's Day are not far away, so if you are looking for a great idea for a gift which will be sure to be treasured, check this offer from Snapfish for two free photo-books when you buy one!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Remember What Truly Matters

It is all so easy for life to become busy; too easy. We have family, work, church, places where we volunteer and the list goes on. All of these require time from us and there is only so much time in a day. It is easy for us to be so focused on these things; things which are important, yet we end up losing sight of those things which truly matter.

As grandmas, we all know how very fast children grow up. It is easy when we are moms; especially when our children are young, for us to feel tired, worn out and like our children will never grow up. But they do. And they grow up quickly. We grandmas know this, because our children grew up; quickly.

So, as we are blessed with the opportunity to spend time with our grandchildren, remember how fast they grow up and keep our focus on what truly matters; having them grow to be people who know and love God.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

crafting with grandma - Minion Bowling "Pins"!

Children's Day is just a month and a half away (the second Sunday of June), so if you are looking for a fun idea which you could use for your grandchildren, take a look at these fun Minion Bowling "Pins" which I found on Pinterest!

crafting with grandma - Mother's Day Gift Idea - Paper Flowers!

I have grandsons; and they are still young - ages five, two and nine months. But, if I had older granddaughters, I absolutely would teach them how to make these beautiful flower balls for their mother for Mother's Day! (They might also make a lovely, thoughtful and unique gift for an end-of-year teacher gift!)

I found these beautiful flower balls on Pinterest - of course - so, all you have to do is follow this link and you'll find complete directions along with a photo tutorial!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Only Ten Days Until the Start of the Special Month of Birthday Give-Aways - Pass it On for Bonus Entries!

Yes, in ten days my third Special Month of Birthday Give-Aways begins! This year I'm giving away a variety of things . . . books, a candle, an American Girl Doll, Special items you can have your photos on from Shutterfly, some Folkmanis puppets, a Cusinart Griddler and more!

If you have not entered the drawings for these fun prizes, please be sure to do so . . . there is still time to get in on all the give-aways! So far I've announced 11 prizes and I still have a few more to let you know about in the coming days and weeks! 

I thought it might be fun to offer an opportunity for you to receive five bonus entries for the prize of your choice . . . you can do this by getting a friend to "like" grandma's cookie jar for the first time on facebook using this link (not just liking the post). If you recommend grandma's cookie jar to a friend and they "like" it on facebook, please comment to let me know your and their name and the prize you would like your extra five entries to go towards. (They have to show up as someone who has "liked" grandma's cookie jar for you to receive the bonus entries - and they will receive five bonus entries, too - they will also need to comment to let me know which prize they want their bonus entries to count for).

Thank you so much for reading grandma's cookie jar and for sharing it with the people you know!

Special Birthday Give-Away - Mud Puddle Hunting Day

Spring has arrived in Michigan! I can tell this by the way the flowers are starting to bloom, the trees are budding, the temperatures are warmer, the snow has melted and most especially by how my grandsons are very quick to jump and splash in every puddle they come across! Ah, yes! Spring and mud puddles do tend to go together, so what could be more fun than jumping and splashing in puddles? Possibly reading a book about mud puddles! So, today I'm very happy to announce another special give-away for my Birthday Month of Special Give-Aways!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

FREE Photos!

If you are like me and took some photos of your grandchildren for Resurrection Sunday . . . or even recently and just have not had them printed up yet, check this great offer from Shutterfly! They are offering 101 FREE prints through now and Tuesday, April 22, 2014!

"That's Why the Egg is Empty!!!"

We celebrated Resurrection Sunday yesterday with my family. The boys decorated eggs and I sat down with Josiah and Caleb and went through the Resurrection Eggs - Josiah enjoyed discovering what was in each egg and listening to why it was there. When the last egg was opened, he was surprised it was empty and thought I had lost the item which belonged in it. I told him Jesus' tomb was empty because He was risen! Josiah got a big smile on his face and said, "That is why the egg is empty!!!"

Saturday, April 19, 2014

crafting with grandma - Mother's Day Gifts!

Mother's Day is just a few weeks away, so if you are starting to think of things you could help your grandchildren make for their mother, check this wonderful site I found on Pinterest for 51 excellent ideas!

Follow this link and you'll find free printables and dozens of ideas which use simple items you can find around your house or on a nature walk . . . or buy at the store for just a little!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Special Birthday Give-Away - The Amazing Spiderman 2 Prize Pack

Question for you:  are there any Marvel Comics fans in your household? If so, I think you'll be THRILLED with this special opportunity for everyone and a fun prize package for one of you! 

The Amazing Spiderman 2 comes to theaters this May - so if your grandchildren enjoy superheroes like my grandsons do, you are likely to have some excited grandchildren as the release of The Amazing Spiderman 2 draws near! I thought it would be fun to share the preview trailer with you for The Amazing Spiderman 2 and then let you know about a free Family Discussion Guide which you can download and use with your grandchildren! First, the movie trailer . . . 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

grandma's chuckles . . . I'm doing, "A Really Good Job of Being Grandma!"

Last week was Spring Break, so Josiah and Caleb spent a few days and nights at our house! We had fun hanging out, baking cookies, doing science projects, reading books, making up new stories, playing games and just being together!

On Wednesday night when Josiah went to bed, he told me, "You do a really good job of being grandma!

While it is extremely easy to, "do a really good job of being grandma" to these three sweet boys, my heart is oh, so happy!

grandma's cookbook - Lemonade Ice Cream Pie

I've been debating for a few days what I want to fix for dessert for our Resurrection Sunday dinner . . . I've known for a couple weeks I'm fixing a ham, mashed potatoes, corn on the cob, roasted asparagus and homemade bread, but had not decided on a dessert. However; today I decided . . . Lemonade Ice Cream Pie! This pie is so tasty - and simple to make . . . I think I'll have Josiah and Caleb make it and thought you might like the recipe as well!

You just need four ingredients . . . 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Special Birthday Give-Away - Pig Puppet from Folkmanis!

Over the years I've been blessed with the opportunity to review - and give away - a number of amazing puppets from Folkmanis. I love their puppets because not only are they great puppets, but they are the most wonderful, plush toys, too! If you get a puppet from Folkmanis, you can be certain attention has been given to design, style and quality; and no matter who you give it to, they are certain to love it!

So, when I was given the opportunity to review - and give away - some of the new puppets from Folkmanis again this year, I was very happy to do so!

crafting with grandma - Two Minions Completed!

I'm crocheting purple minions for my grandsons this year - last year I crocheted Perry the Platypus' for each of them. So far I have two completed and am almost finished with the third and final one. I thought I'd show you a photo and give you a link to the pattern in case you want to make one . . . Children's Day is the second Sunday in June; you have plenty of time to make them by then if you want to!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Special Birthday Give-Away - Puddle Pug!

I love picture books and I love stories which are cute and fun; so when an author and illustrator are successful at combining these, I'm a happy grandma! Plus, when they also include a point and message, well, then I'm a very happy grandma! I can assure you I am a very happy grandma after reviewing a new book from Sterling Publishing . . . and am happy to share it with you today!

just for fun - Silly, But Real Laws in Alaska!

Get ready to laugh! As I looked up some silly, but real laws in Alaska, I had to stop for a moment because I was laughing! I truly do not understand why anyone would feel the need to actually make a law for many of these; but honestly, I'm glad they did because now we all can have a good laugh and share these silly laws with our grandchildren . . . to spread the laughing! After all, laughing is good for our health!

Did you know in Alaska . . . 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Special Birthday Give-Away - Shutterfly Stainless Steel Travel Mug

If you have been reading grandma's cookie jar for very long, you have likely noticed how much I love photos of my grandsons and am always thrilled to get something with their sweet faces on it! So, when Shutterfly gave me the opportunity to order and review one of their new 20 oz Stainless Steel Travel Mug, I was very happy to do so!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Celebrate Resurrection Sunday!

In one week we will be celebrating the most important day in history - the day Jesus rose from the dead! If He did not rise, our faith would be in vain, but He did and because of this we can receive forgiveness for our sins and know the joy which comes from walking with Him!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Special Birthday Give-Away - Cuisinart Griddler

I am very happy to announce, Cuisinart sent me one of their Griddlers for me to review . . . and they are making another available for me to give away! What is a Griddler, you ask? Well, it is a very versatile, counter-top appliance which you can use to fix practically any meal all day long!

Just for Fun - It's Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day!

Today is Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day! Who knew there was such a "day", but apparently there is! I looked on-line and found the following information about Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day . . . 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Twenty Days Until the Start of My Third Special Month of Birthday Give-Aways!

Yes, in twenty days it will be the month of May and the start of the month of May is the start of my Special Month of Birthday Give-Aways! So far I've announced the following special give-aways . . .

Today is Pet Day - Here Are Some Pet Facts . . .

Today is Pet Day! Most of us have, or have had, a pet and consider them to be part of our
family. When my husband Dave and I were first married, we had a Basset Hound; named her Mindy. When we had children, Mindy was a "mother hen" to them! She was definitely a part of our family for a long time!

When we lived in California we got our children hamsters (I will NEVER do that again as they were hideous; they ate their babies!!!), a cat and turtle (named Tippsy!) When we moved back to Michigan (from California), we had bunnies for a short time (Snowflake and Indiana Bunny), a parakeet which talked, danced and sang (especially to Carmen's song, I Love Jesus!) and then my sister gave us an English Springer Spaniel (Scout). We also got another Basset Hound (Giggles). Scout and Giggles were loved parts of our family and we have many wonderful memories of these sweet dogs.

Since most people have dogs as pets, I thought it would be fun to share some Fun Dog Facts. Did you know . . .

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Special Birthday Give-Away - Candy Snowman Felt Stocking Kit

I have three grandsons, and for each of their "first" Christmases, I made them their own Christmas stocking with the felt applique kits from Plaid/Bucilla. Each stocking has a snowman on it: Josiah's has a snowman driving a train, Caleb's has a snowman with animal friends and Caleb's has three snowmen sliding down a hill covered in snow!

Plaid/Bucilla sent me those kits for review and I found them to be easy to assemble; it does take some time to do so with all the sequins and seed beads, but the finished result is lovely! They also sent me an additional Snowman Christmas Stocking kit to give away, so since it does take awhile to assemble, I thought it would be fun to include this kit in my Special Month of Birthday give-aways so you will have time to make it for your grandchild/child for Christmas!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Special Birthday Give-Away - Pure Radiance Candle from Yankee Candle

There is something comforting about having a candle burning in your home. Especially when the fragrance is balanced and does not overpower. Yankee Candle has a wonderful new line of candles which do exactly this; their new Pure Radiance Candles, and I am delighted for the opportunity to let you know about them today - and announce a give-away as well!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

just for fun - Silly, But Real Laws in Alabama!

There are times when you read something and you just have to shake your head and laugh . . . such is the case when I read some real, but completely silly, laws. These laws leave me wondering why anyone ever thought there was a need to actually make a law regarding such silly situations, but apparently there are those who did!

So, I thought it would be fun to share some of the silly laws with you so you can share them with your grandchildren . . . they are sure to leave you all laughing! Did you know in Alabama . . . 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Special Birthday Month Give-Away - Magnet from Shutterfly!

I happily admit it; I love photos of my grandsons! No, it is more accurate to say, I LOVE photos of these three, sweet boys! I also love magnets, so combining the two brings a smile to my face! I love photo magnets because while I have only just so many walls and places to put photos in my house, the refrigerator has room - at least at this point! - and this room is a great place for photo magnets!!! So, when Shutterfly gave me the opportunity to make and review a new magnet, I was very happy to do so!

There are several things I love about Shutterfly magnets . . . 

I Have a Winner!

I'm happy to say Janet Watts is the winner of When Calls the Heart - Lost & Found! (You'll find the review at this link) Thank you Janet for reading grandma's cookie jar (please message me your address by April 14, 2014 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!

I Have a Winner!

I'm happy to announce Cassandra Eastman is the winner in my book give-away! (You'll find the review at this link) Thank you Cassandra for reading grandma's cookie jar and thank you Sterling Children's Books for sending one for me to review and for making another available for me to give away!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Two Give-Aways Tomorrow!

Tomorrow I am having a drawing for How to Lose a Lemur and When Calls the Heart - Lost & Found - (you'll find the post for How to Lose a Lemur at this link and the post for When Calls the Heart - Lost & Found at this link.) So, today I thought I'd take a moment to remind you about the give-aways and let you know you still have time to get in both of these drawings!

grandma's cookbook - Broiled, Herbed Chicken Breasts & Tater-Tot Casserole

With it looking like Spring is finally arriving here in Michigan, I have been in the mood for meals which are light, tasty and quick! So, I have been working on preparing meals which are healthy and home-made; not from a box or can and using fresh ingredients. I found some lovely, boneless, skinless chicken breasts for $1.88 a pound and thought this looked like a great buy! When I was ready to cook them, I placed them on the broiler pan, added garlic, pink Himalayan salt, pepper, thyme, marjoram and rosemary, then broiled them. The end result was a moist, tasty, flavorful chicken which I served in pretzel buns or just on their own with a spring greens salad! Tasty and simple!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Special Month of Birthday Give-Aways - Two Personalized Place-Mats from Shutterfly!

I am so happy today to let you know about a wonderful, orange package which arrived at my house yesterday; inside was two personalized placemats from Shuttterfly! These were not just "any" personalized placemats, but placemats with my grandsons' photos on them! And not only did I get to make these for my grandsons, but I'm giving away a set of two to one of you as well!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Second-Chance Give-Away - When Calls the Heart - Lost & Found

I recently reviewed, and held a give-away, for the DVD, When Calls the Heart - Lost & Found. In my review I said, "While the story is fairly "predictable", I enjoyed watching this movie! I really love how this movie will give families the opportunity to talk about what they might do in a truly difficult situation and how they could help others in need." You'll find my full review at this link.

Unfortunately, I did not get the winner's information, so today I'm announcing a second-chance drawing for this DVD (USA only)! If you are over the age of 18 and would like to be in the drawing for When Calls the Heart - Lost & Found, which will be on April 7, 2014, you may enter by commenting below to let me know about a place you have traveled to which you would love to visit again; for me it has to be the Redding, CA, area! By staying in Redding and traveling a different direction each day, you will see some of the most amazing and beautiful places on earth! To the East you can literally climb to the top of an active volcano - Mt. Lassen! You can also hike through the Subway Caves; "one of the largest, most easily accessible lava caves in the world", which is really something fun to do! 

If you travel to the North, you can visit Mt. Shasta, Castle Craigs, Lake Shasta and hike around Burney Falls (President Theodore Roosevelt called it the 8th Wonder of the World and it was the scene for several Tarzan movies!) 

To the West you will find the Trinity Alps, the Redwoods and the Pacific Ocean and to the South you'll find Sacramento with a wonderful zoo! Lots of fun and amazing things do to and see in the amazing Northern California!