Saturday, October 21, 2017

2017 Christmas Gift Review & Giveaway - November 21, 2017 - Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Puppet

Around this house we are definitely fans of basset hounds, but I do have to say, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a pretty dog! Today I'm very happy to let you know about a new puppet from Folkmanis Puppets, their Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Hand Puppet.

Friday, October 20, 2017

2017 Christmas Gift Review & Giveaway - November 20, 2017 - NIV, Beautiful Word Coloring Bible

Giving a Bible as a Christmas gift is not only a great idea, but it makes for a truly meaningful gift which whomever you give it to will use every day. And, if the person on your gift list is someone who enjoys coloring . . . especially a teen or adult who has taken up coloring, the NIV, Beautiful Word Coloring Bible, which Zondervan sent me for review, makes the perfect gift!

Jurassic Quest & a Family 4-Pack Giveaway on October 27, 2017

Do the children you love think dinosaurs are cool? 
My grandsons are great fans of dinos - especially my six-year-old grandson! So, when I learned Jurassic Quest was coming to Grand Rapids, MI, I had to find out if it was possible to review it. I'm so happy to say not only are they allowing a review, but are providing one family 4-pack of tickets for me to give away (for use in Grand Rapids, MI only - November 3-5, 2017)

If you have not heard yet about Jurassic Quest, you may be wondering what it is, so please allow me to introduce you to an opportunity for your family to create amazing memories . . . with dinosaurs!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Three Day Extension to grandma's cookie jar Cookie Recipe Contest!

Yes, I'm going to extend the time for submitting and sharing your favorite cookie recipe by three days . . . until October 22, 2017! Then on Monday, October 23, 2017 we will begin the first round of voting for our favorite cookie recipe.

So, what is your favorite cookie?  Toll House? Peanut Butter? A big Monster Cookie? When you make cookies at your house, what do you bake most often? Oatmeal cookies? Sugar Cookies? Your own special recipe?

2017 Christmas Gift Review & Giveaway - November 19, 2017 - We Wish for a Monster Christmas

I was recently invited by Sterling Children's Books to review some new titles - one sounded so fun I had to accept . . . and I'm so glad I did!

We all know the old Christmas Carol, "We Wish You a Merry Christmas", well . . . the book I'm writing about today is a clever and fun "take" on this old song . . . with the addition of monsters . . . something my grandsons will enjoy for sure!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

What is Your Favorite Cookie?

What is your favorite cookie? Toll House? Peanut Butter? A big Monster Cookie? When you make cookies at your house, what do you bake most often? Oatmeal cookies? Sugar Cookies? Your own special recipe?

Today - yes today, October 18, 2017, is the last day to share your favorite cookie recipe in our grandma's cookie jar Cookie Recipe Contest. Starting tomorrow we will be voting on the recipes submitted (and so far we only have four) and whichever recipe receives the most votes the person who shared it will win a photo cookie jar!

2017 Christmas Gift Review & Giveaway - November 18, 2017 - Mickey Mouse Puppet

I am so happy to share with you today about the very special giveaway - a Folkmanis Mickey Mouse Puppet! This is no small puppet . . . this Mickey Mouse measures 22 x 15 x 22 inches (LxWxH)! I actually wanted to keep it, but my grandsons are past the age where they want to play with Mickey Mouse and I knew if I put it in my Christmas Gift Review & Giveaway, some child would receive it and be so happy to have it. So, today I'm announcing one of my favorite giveaways for this year . . . one Folkmanis Mickey Mouse Puppet!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Please Share Your Favorite Cookie Recipe & Applesauce Cookies

It is my firm belief most, if not all, of the people who read grandma's cookie jar are people who bake cookies - at least from time to time. So, I thought it would be fun to have a favorite cookie recipe contest . . . and arranged for a special prize for the person who shared the winning recipe.

But, with only today and tomorrow to go, for submitting a recipe, only four people have shared a favorite cookie recipe. 

If you have been planning to share your favorite cookie recipe, and I hope you have, but just have not done so yet, you only have today - October 17, 2017 and tomorrow - October 18, 2017 to share your recipe.

Monday, October 16, 2017

2017 Christmas Gift Review & Giveaway - November 16, 2017 - God's Great Love for You

I clearly love books and am always happy for the opportunity to review and give away excellent book - today is a very happy day as the book I'm writing about is excellent - and, in my opinion, is one of the best giveaways for this year's Christmas Gift Review & Giveaway!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Pray For Your Children & Grandchildren Today

3 John 1:4 is so true for all of us who are focused upon being intentional Christian grandparents (and parents, too!) Today if your children and grandchildren are walking with God, take time to thank God for how He is working in their lives and pray and ask Him to draw them closer to Him.

Today if your children and grandchildren are not walking with God, take time to thank God for how He is working in their lives and pray and ask Him to draw them closer to Him. God hears, listens and absolutely answers our prayers!   

2017 Christmas Gift Review & Giveaway - November 15, 2017 - Photo Cup

My morning routine typically begins with cooking breakfast and making coffee for my family. I love sipping my coffee from a mug or cup with photos on it of the people I love. Over the years I've collected a number of photo mugs, but recently the photos have started rubbing/chipping off. Very sad to see this.

So, I thought maybe I'd give the plastic photo cups from Shutterfly a try and ordered a couple. Today I'm happy to let you know about these cups.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

2017 Christmas Gift Review & Giveaway - November 14, 2017 - 'Twas the Evening of Christmas

Last week I was invited to review some new book releases from Zonderkidz - they arrived this morning and I love these two books so much, I had to share one of them with you today! This book is a lot of fun - and a great way to review the account of Jesus' birth - perfect for Christmas for sure!

Friday, October 13, 2017

It Arrived . . . & You Have Time to Enter grandma's cookie jar's Cookie Recipe Contest!

I know what I will be doing tomorrow. My grandsons are coming over tonight for a sleep-over, and since my new photo cookie jar arrived today, tomorrow we will be making cookies! I think we will make peanut butter, chocolate chip cookies - they are the Toll House recipe, but I use half the butter called for and replace the other half with peanut butter. Makes a very tasty cookie!

So, this is a great time to ask you to please enter grandma's cookie jar's Cookie Recipe Contest by sharing your favorite cookie recipe - just post it below. Why is this a great time to ask you to please share your recipe? Because there are only five more days for you to share your recipe - the contest closes on the 18th of October and whoever submits the winning recipe will receive a photo cookie jar of their own!

You have time to enter . . . please do!

2017 Christmas Gift Review & Giveaway - November 13, 2017 - Goodnight, Little Bot

Around this grandma's house, robots are well liked. The younger grandsons like stories about robots and my older grandson is interested in building robots, so when Sterling Children's Books invited me to review their new book about a little robot, I was pretty sure my grandsons would enjoy the book.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

2017 Christmas Gift Review & Giveaway - November 11, 2017 - NIV Journal Bible for Girls

I absolutely believe Bibles make amazing gifts - any time of the year, but especially for Christmas. Last year in my Christmas Gift Review & Giveaway I was able to review and giveaway the new NIV Journal Bible for Girls from Zonderkidz, and I'm very happy to say I have another one to give away this year!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

2017 Christmas Gift Review & Giveaway - November 11, 2017 - Two Hipsy Headbands

I'm very happy to share with you today about a product which is "new" to me - headbands. Yes, I know they have been around for a long time, but I have never used them, because each time I've tried them - throughout my life - they "pop" off the back of my head. I must have an oddly shaped head or something!

However; I recently learned about a company making the most amazing variety and designs when it comes to headbands and just had to try them. Happily, their product does not "pop" off the back of my head, so today I'm writing about Hipsy.com and announcing a fun giveaway as well - and a special code you will be able to use anytime . . . no expiration, to save 50%!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Eight Days to Go!

You have eight more days to share your favorite cookie recipe in grandma's cookie jar Cookie Recipe Contest! So far three of you have recipes - thank you! I'm quite sure more than three of my readers have a favorite cookie recipe . . . please share your recipe!

It is very simple to enter this contest . . . 

2017 Christmas Gift Review & Giveaway - November 10, 2017 - Assassin's Code: Book 1 (The Shakespeare Plot)

I often review books for younger children - picture books, but recently received a chapter book which I'm happy to let you know about today - and announce a giveaway for one as well!

Monday, October 9, 2017

2017 Christmas Gift Review & Giveaway - November 9, 2017 - Cap'n Rex & His Clever Crew

I love giving books to the people I love as gifts for Christmas and birthdays - probably because my mom did this when I was growing up. So, when Sterling Children's Books invited me to review a fun new book about dinosaur pirates, I was very happy to say yes! After all, a book which combines dinosaurs and pirates has to be fun!

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Cookie Service Project & Cookie Recipe Contest - You Still Have Time to Enter!

Yesterday my grandsons and I made 118 cookies - yes, 118! They made the cookies to take to church and leave in the volunteer's lounge as a thank you for them!

We made oatmeal cookies (thank you Jennifer McLeod as they are probably the best oatmeal cookies I've ever had!), Toll House and Cinnamon-Brown Sugar-Butter cookies . . . giving the volunteers a variety from which to choose!

Saturday, October 7, 2017

2017 Christmas Gift Review & Giveaway - November 7, 2017 - Shutterfly Mousepad

I love photos of my family - I know, I've written about this more than one time! But, today I'm happy to announce about another item in my 2017 Christmas Gift Review & Giveaway - a Shutterfly Mousepad!

Shutterfly makes wonderful mousepads! They offer them in three shapes - the traditional rectangle and the new circle and bracket shapes. Plus, there are 66 designs available from which you may choose the mousepad which is perfect for you - or someone on your list. 

Friday, October 6, 2017

Cookie Jars! (And grandma's cookie jar Cookie Recipe Contest)

How do you "store" the cookies you bake? Do you have a
cookie jar? If so, what does it look like? Please comment below - or even better, share a photo of your cookie jar!

I like . . . no, it would be more accurate to say, I "love" cookie jars! I think they add a touch of fun to any kitchen! So, today I thought it would be fun to share with you a photo of my cookie jars. While I do not have a lot of them, I do love the cookie jars I have.

Fun Facts about Grandparents & Why What We Do Matters!

I sincerely believe grandparents need to focus on passing on a heritage of faith to their grandchildren. I believe with all my heart it matters for us to be intentional when it comes to handing down our faith to the grandchildren given to us by God. There are reasons I believe this - some of them are . . . 

Thursday, October 5, 2017

2017 Christmas Gift Review & Giveaway - November 5, 2017 - Ally-Saurus & the Very Bossy Monster


Last Summer I was invited to review a new book about a little girl who likes to pretend she is a dinosaur and her friends with equally wonderful imaginations. Since my grandsons have creative imaginations as well, I was very happy to say I'd participate in the review of Ally-saurus & the Very Bossy Monster.

I held a giveaway for this book, but sadly the winner did not claim their prize. So, I decided to include it in my 2017 Christmas review and giveaways to give the book more exposure and honestly, it would absolutely make a wonderful gift for a child you love!

Fun Cookie Fact & grandma's cookie jar Cookie Recipe Contest!

Did you know . . . 86% of grandparents bake cookies!!!  Chances are you are part of the 86%! If so - or if you are a mom who bakes cookies - please join in the fun of grandma's cookie jar Cookie Recipe Contest! All you have to do is post your favorite recipe in the comment section below and your recipe is entered! You have until October 18, 2017 to share your recipe and then the voting begins. The person who submits the recipe which receives the most votes will win their own photo cookie jar - a perfect prize for a cookie recipe contest!

You'll find all the details for the contest at this link, but please share your recipe today! (And, please let the people you know about the contest, so they will be able to share their cookie recipes, too!)

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies & grandma's cookie jar Cookie Recipe Contest!

Yesterday when my youngest grandson was at my house, I made cookies - chocolate chip, peanutbutter cookies . . . one of my family's favorites. When my son and two other grandsons arrived, they went straight to the cookies . . . their smiles told me they approved!

Today I want to share the recipe which put such wonderful smiles on their faces, and announce a grandma's cookie jar cookie recipe contest . . . yes, I'm having a cookie recipe contest with a truly appropriate and wonderful prize!

First, my cookie recipe!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

2017 Christmas Gift Review & Giveaway - November 3, 2017 - Yankee Candle Honeycrisp Apple Cider Candle

Today I'm very happy to share with you two candles sent to me by Yankee Candle Company - one to review and one to give away in my 2017 Christmas Gift Review & Giveaway!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Scott Wesley Brown's New Song - Grandprints & the Legacy Grandparenting Summit!

If you have been reading grandma's cookie jar for very long, you know I am part of the Legacy Coalition. It is our heart's desire to see grandparents stand up and commit to be intentional Christian grandparent who are focused upon handing down a heritage of faith to their grandchildren and help churches become intentional when it comes to equipping their grandparents to be intentional. To this end, we offer the Legacy Grandparenting Summit - an opportunity to hear from amazing speakers and singers who will encourage and equip grandparents to be intentional in handing down their faith.

This year Scott Wesley Brown is one of the people who will be singing at the summit - and he will be singing his new song - Grandprints - which he wrote especially for the Legacy Coalition's Grandparenting Summit! Just listen to this amazing song . . . 

Sunday, October 1, 2017

2017 Christmas Gift Review & Giveaway - November 1, 2017 - Dough Knights and Dragons

I'm happy to begin my 2017 Christmas Gift Reviews & Giveaways with a fun new book from Sterling Children's Books! They sent me Dough Knights and Dragons for review, and my grandsons - and I - all loved it!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

2017 Christmas Gift Reviews & Giveaways Begin Tomorrow on October 1, 2017!

Yes, tomorrow - October 1st - is the day I begin my 2017 Christmas Gift Reviews & Giveaways! I'm very happy to say I have some wonderful items lined up for this year and look forward to having a lot of fun as I review and hold giveaways for these items.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Being Intentional - On Purpose

What does it mean to be an "intentional Christian grandparent"? The definition on dictionary.com pretty much relate to the idea of doing things on purpose. So, if we are "intentional Christian grandparents", then we do things with our grandchildren, "on purpose" and since we are Christian grandparents, we do these things on purpose to hand down our faith. 

Thursday, September 28, 2017

grandma's cookbook - Chocolate, Mini-Chocolate Chip Soft Pretzels

This Saturday my grandsons and I are making soft pretzels - some to enjoy and some to share with neighbors. Our original plan was to make a double batch of pumpkin cinnamon pretzels, but the plan has changed, slightly. We are making one patch of the pumpkin cinnamon pretzels and one batch of chocolate, mini-chocolate chip pretzels! A tasty change for sure!

You'll find the recipe for the chocolate pretzels at this link - we are adding the mini-chocolate chips . . . just for fun!

We will have lots of fun making, sharing and eating soft pretzels this weekend for sure!


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Puerto Rico - Pray & a Box Service Project

Image may contain: 4 people, people sitting, table and indoorAs you all know, a week ago a horrible hurricane hit the Caribbean, including Puerto Rico. Today, a week later, 95% of the people in Puerto Rico are still without power, water and so many of the things we take for granted.

A friend with family in Puerto Rico posted to facebook today - he wrote; "No power, no water . . . but still we gather. I love my island, my people and it is great to see this (my home church, the church I grew up in and got married in) gathering together for worship, for fellowship and for seeking/praising the Lord. Circumstances don't change who God is; He is faithful and He is true. Los queremos mi gente! Que Dios los bendiga y les de fuerza!"

How often do we get upset over small things (or even big things) and let them push us from the One Who loves us the most? Look at these dear people - they have lost everything and yet, they gather to praise God! Yes, it is so true - "Circumstances don't change Who God Is! He is faithful and He is true."

I Have a Winner & My 2017 Christmas Reviews & Giveaways Begin in Four Days!

I'm happy to say Latanya is the winner of Maurice the Unbeastly (You'll find my review at this link.) Thank you Layanya for reading grandma's cookie jar (please email your address to me - lyndagcj@gmail.com - by October 4, 2017, so I am able to have it sent to you) and thank you Sterling Children's Books for sending one for me to review and for making another available for me to give away.

In just four days, on October 1, 2017, my 2017 Christmas Reviews & Giveaways begins! Please join me for all the fun!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

A Visit to the Grand Rapids Children's Museum!

My family is blessed to live in a place where there is a wonderful children's museum nearby. The Grand Rapids Children's Museum is in downtown Grand Rapids, MI and is a place where families are able to touch, explore, experience, learn and have fun! They say they, "celebrate childhood learning and exploration!" and this is absolutely true.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Celebrating with Buckets of Water!

This past weekend we celebrated a milestone in my youngest grandson's life . . . he recently achieved being completely potty trained! A significant happening in the life of children - and a happy day for parents and grandparents for sure!

Since I love celebrating, and this is a big moment in life, we have always held a "Hooray! I'm a Big Boy Now Party" for my grandsons when they became potty trained. This grandson was quite happy to have his special party - and wanted to celebrate by dumping a bucket of water on his dad's head!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Have Fun Handing Down the Faith with Science, the Bible & Fun!

My grandsons love science projects - especially any with big, surprising results . . . like when we combine baking soda and vinegar! So, knowing I could get their attention with science projects, I wrote 52 lessons with the goal of introducing the boys to real people like Josiah, Caleb, John, Jehoshaphat, Daniel and of course, Jesus. I use science projects to introduce the point - and to help my grandsons remember the point. We keep prayer journals. We play silly games. We have fun together - hence the name; Science, the Bible & Fun!

I want my grandsons to know, love and walk with God, so to help them with this I'm intentional about doing things with them to help them learn to read their Bibles, pray and walk with God. You can do the same with Science, the Bible & Fun - check it out at this link.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Christmas & Generations Quest

Today, where I live in Michigan, it is expected to be in the 90's . . . yes, I said the 90's in late September in Michigan. No, this is not typical! (In an average year it would be around 70 degrees outside.)

So, while it is very warm out today, my thoughts are going towards Christmas. I'm thinking about the gifts I want to give my family this year. My grandsons are young (nine, six and four) and so to them, not surprisingly, great gifts tend to be tech focused or with a heavy emphasis on super heroes! And since they love rocks and fossils, should they receive any of these, they would be quite happy for sure!

It is likely my grandsons will receive gifts which put a smile on their faces, but along with those smiles I want to give them something which will have lasting value. Something which encourages their walk with God, because while tech, super heroes, rocks and fossils hold meaning for them today, anything I do which helps them grow in their walk with God has the potential to last for their lifetime.

World Alzheimer's Day

Ordinarily when I write on grandma's cookie jar, I write posts to encourage and put a smile on your face. Today is World Alzheimer's Day; this post is to educate.

Consider this fact about Alzheimer's - since 2000 deaths by heart disease have decreased by 20% while death by Alzheimer's has increased by 89% . . . yes, 89%. Few of us have lives which have not been touched by Alzheimer's - my own dear parents are dealing with it as my dad has this disease.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

grandma's cookbook - Pumpkin Soft Pretzels & Serving Others

A couple years ago I shared this recipe for Pumpkin Soft Pretzels when my grandson and I made them. Today I'm sharing it again - next weekend the boys and I are making them again . . . a double batch this time, so they will be able to combine making the pretzels (and eating them) with a service project . . . sharing them with the neighbors!

The recipe is easy to make - only takes 30 minutes - and the end result - pumpkin soft pretzels - are delicious, soft and completely delightful!

If you would like to try it, you'll find the recipe at this link.

Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Maurice the Unbeastly - I'm Giving One Away!

I have three grandsons - ages four, six and nine, so around this grandma's house, stories about monsters and beasts are not uncommon and are enjoyed. So, when I was invited by Sterling Children's Books to review a new book about a beast, I knew my grandsons were likely to enjoy it. 

Today I'm happy to share my review with you - and let you know my grandsons loved this book!

I Have a Winner!

I'm happy to say Gaye Valle is the winner of Rufus Blasts Off! (You'll find my review at this link.) Thank you Gaye for reading grandma's cookie jar (please email me your address at lyndagcj@gmail.com by September 27, 2017, so I am able to have it sent to you) and thank you Sterling Children's Books for sending one for me to review and for making another available for me to give away.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

HomeFront Magazine & Kindness Rocks!

I recently "met" (on-line) and became friends with Debbie Kinne Guinn - the editor of HomeFront magazine. (I was invited to write an article for the November issue.) 

HomeFront magazine is a wonderful resource for parents and grandparents - they describe themselves as; "HomeFront is a monthly magazine and parenting curriculum combined into one – based on the 10 Environments highlighted in the book Spiritual Parenting by Dr. Michelle Anthony. It is filled with recipes, craft ideas, stories, and more to inspire, equip, and support you on your parenting journey. Each magazine is divided into two sections: Family Time and Inspire, Equip, Support.

Monday, September 18, 2017

"God Knows Something We Do Not Know"

As I have mentioned before, I really love the feature on Facebook called, "On This Day". I love seeing the photos from previous years and being reminded of the fun things my grandsons said and did.

Yesterday I was reminded how last year, when my oldest grandson was seven, we were talking about prayer and how sometimes it seems like God does not hear and answer our prayers. My grandson said; "God does hear and answer our prayers, it is just He knows something we do not know, so He does not answer our prayers the way we think He should.

Yes, he was seven at the time!

This is a truth we all need to remember, and one I'm so thankful my grandsons know at this point in their young lives.

No Donuts for Talk Like a Pirate Day This Year

For the past several years, my son, daughter-in-law and grandsons have participated in National Talk Like a Pirate Day, by dressing up like pirates and stopping by their local Krispy Kreme where they were rewarded with free boxes of donuts.

We always remember this fun day, because it is also my oldest grandson's birthday, but this year Kripy Keme is not participating in National Talk Like a Pirate Day.

I will miss the photos of my son and family all dressed up as pirates, but maybe next year!