Thursday, September 30, 2021

crafting with grandma - Christmas Heart Ornaments!

Cinnamon ornaments- they make your tree smell AMAZING!!!Christmas is just around the corner and as I was browsing  Pinterest I found an idea for a sweet smelling ornament which would make a fun project for you to make with your grandchildren! It just uses applesauce and cinnamon - the reason it is sweet smelling - and a little time to make dozens of heart ornaments! Just think of all the wonderful things you could do with these little hearts . . . 

Book Review - Fantastic Fiona

I have another book review to share with you today - Fantastic Fiona! Yes, this is another book from Richard Cowdrey and Donald Wu, published by Zonderkidz, about the spunky hippo and it is a lot of fun!

crafting with grandma - Photo Ornaments

In keeping with my, "let's get ready for Christmas" posts, I thought I'd share with you another idea I found on Pinterest for making your own custom, photo ornaments! These ornaments are simple, inexpensive and would make a great project for you to work on with your grandchildren so they can give them to their parents!

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Book Review - Fiona Helps a Friend

Yesterday I received a box from Zonderkidz with three fun, new books for me to review - today I'm very happy to let you know about one of them (and will share the others over the next couple days.) The book for today is - Fiona Helps a Friend by Richard Cowdrey and published by Zonderkidz.

crafting with grandma - Special Christmas Ornament

Yes, I know, there are still three months before Christmas, but it will get here before we know it, so if you are thinking about making a special ornament this year with your grandchildren, check this great idea I found on Pinterest for an ornament you could make which shows the reason why Jesus came to be born as a baby in the manger!

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Free Books to Enjoy with Your Grandchildren

One of the things we want to do on this blog is to let you know about resources you are able to use to equip yourself in handing down the faith as well as resources you are able to give to or use with your grandchildren. Today I am so happy and honored to let you know about a couple wonderful books for children, written by a sweet friend, Angels All Around and Angels on Guard. These books are free on Amazon - yes free!

crafting with grandma - Crocheted Denim Purse!

I looked through some old posts this morning and saw one for a great crocheted purse - using old denim jeans! The link no longer worked, but I found another link with instructions for making a very similar purse - since it would make a wonderful gift and with Christmas just three months away, I decided to share it as you will have time to make one for someone on your gift list!

Monday, September 27, 2021

Learn, Be Prepared, Hand Down Confident Faith with the little answer book - And Get the Kindle Copy for Free

Today through Wednesday, September 29, 2021, you are able to download your free Kindle copy of my book - the little answer book.

Why might you want this book? consider the following . . . 

crafting with grandma - Free Pattern for Crocheted Mittens!

While today - and the coming week - are all supposed to be in the 70's here in West Michigan where I live, winter and cold weather are really just around the corner. So, this morning when I was browsing on Pinterest and found a FREE pattern for crocheted mittens, I knew I had to share it with you!

Sunday, September 26, 2021

Book Review - I Wonder: Exploring God's Grand Story: an Illustrated Bible

I recently received the new, I Wonder: Exploring God's Grand Story: an Illustrated Bible, written by Glenys Nellis, and illustrated by Alessandra Fusi, from Zonderkidz and am very happy to let you know about it today.

grandma's cookbook - Fall Cookies!

Today is a beautiful day! The sun is shining, it is in the 70's - a beautiful Fall day! So, when I found a recipe on Pinterest for Pumpkin Sugar Cookies, it sounded like the perfect recipe to share with you today!

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Get Your Free Kindle Copy of the little answer book

Over the month I have made three books available for free in their Kindle version - today I am happy to announce one more Kindle book giveaway - the little answer book

Book Review - The World is Awake for Little Ones

Yesterday I received an absolutely lovely board book for children ages four to eight by Lindsey Davis from Zonderkidz - The World is Awake for Little Ones. Today I am very happy to let you know about it.

Friday, September 24, 2021

Get Your Free Kindle Copy of the little answer book for children


Today and tomorrow (September 24th and 25th, 2021) you are still able to get your free Kindle copy of my book; the little answer book for children! If you have not already received your free Kindle copy, you will find it at this link.

crafting with grandma - Crochet a Nativity Set!

Funny Amigurumi by Pebie: New free pattern. Nativity set I: Jesus, Mary and Joseph  ✿⊱╮Teresa Restegui✿⊱╮: In just three months it will be Christmas! It will be here before we know it, so if you are looking for a project you could work on with your grandchildren, consider this pattern I found on Pinterest for a crocheted Nativity Set. If you have older grandchildren who know how to crochet, or would like to learn to crochet, consider having them help you make this set to give to their parents, their other grandparents, shut-ins, elderly neighbors, their teachers, pastor, the church secretary . . . the list goes on!

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Free Cards to Help You Stay in Touch

In this day of email, facetime, zoom, and google connect, there is no shortage of ways to connect with our grandchildren. But, they still tend to love to receive snail mail which is actually for them. Yes, old-fashioned snail mail is a wonderful way to stay in touch with our grandchildren - no matter their age or where they live.

grandma's cookbook - Salted Caramel Apple Hand Pies

Salted Caramel Apple Hand PiesIf you are looking for a recipe you could make with your grandchildren to celebrate the crisp, days of Fall and brighten the day of others, consider this recipe I found on Pinterest for Salted Caramel Apple Hand Pies!

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Pumpkin, Cinnamon Pull-Apart Bread

Children are back to school, so it is Fall; today I'm very happy to share a recipe with you for  Pumpkin, Cinnamon Pull-Apart Bread! Doesn't this sound like the perfect bread for a Fall breakfast, brunch or special dinner?!!!! I can't wait to try this with my family . . . not only will it taste delicious, but I know it will make my house smell like fall - all pumpkiny and wonderful!!!!

World Gratitude Day

TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK GIFT IDEAS | We have you the perfect guide if you're looking for a cute gift that is cheap, easy, clever and delicious! The perfect way to say thank you and show you appreciate someone. <3 Perfect for Teachers, Moms, Family, Neighbors, Church Leaders and friends.Yesterday was a day for the world to pause and think about the many things for which we have to be thankful. But every day is a day for us to be thankful, so, since I missed it yesterday, today is also a good thing to stop and take account of the many blessings in our lives and to express our thanks to God and to others.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

crafting with grandma - Painted Yard Sticks

Add some color to your garden- let your children use their imaginations by painting on sticks/branches :):As I look out my window the leaves on the trees are still green, but I know it won't be long and they will be bright yellow, deep red, and flaming orange as Fall arrives in all its colorful glory! We have a lot of trees in our yard . . . a LOT and these are trees with leaves which will change color . . . then drop. If I only received a penny for every ten leaves, I'd still be a very wealthy person!!!

Trust God to Draw the Ones We Love to Him

Fall is nearly upon us - at least the trees in my yard are starting to show their Fall colors. Fall is a time when we are able to see God's amazing creation in it's colorful glory . . . at least here where I live as the trees are ablaze with color! Isn't it comforting to know the God Who created everything loves our grandchildren (and adult children, too) - even more than do we, and He wants them to love Him even more than you and I want this for them? 

Monday, September 20, 2021

Get Your Free Kindle Copy of the little answer book for children

Apparently my link for downloading your free Kindle copy was not working for my book, the little answer book for children - so, I have fixed the link and starting tomorrow, September 21, 2021 and going through September 25, 2021 you will now be able to get your free Kindle copy.

Be Encouraged & Don't Give Up

Don't you just love it when your grandchildren try something new, stick with it, and are able to experience the joy which comes from doing this? 

My oldest grandson chose to learn the saxophone a few years ago. He caught on right away, is looking forward to being in the jazz band at school next year, and loves playing his saxophone. His band teacher even calls him, "Mr. Saxophone"! My middle grandson went on a bike ride/race with his dad this past weekend in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It was his first time to try something like this and he rode 20 miles, climbed more than 2000 feet, didn't quit (even though professional bikers say this is the most difficult course for a one-day race in the USA) and may even be the youngest rider who has ever completed the course! He was so happy when he reached my house and told me about the race! My youngest grandson completed the entire school year last year at home due to covid. This year he is back in class - he was concerned he wouldn't be able to do the things he needed to do at school, but he loves school! He is having a great time making friends, learning more math - his favorite class - and is at the top of his class in his testing. He is so happy to know he is able to do well at school!

I Have a Winner!

I'm happy to say, today we have a winner in the Clever Cub books giveaway - Leela! (Please email me your address, so I am able to have them sent to you.)

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Fun Facts about Grandparents & Why What They Do Matters!

Clearly, from the things I write about - especially in the past week or so - I sincerely believe grandparents need to focus on handing down confident faith to their grandchildren. There are reasons I believe this - some of them are . . . 

Friday, September 17, 2021

Tell the "Whys" - God Makes Sense

I love the Okapi - it is one of the most unique animals God created. It looks from the backside like a strange Zebra, but is actually more closely related to the Giraffe. It does have a longish neck and a prehensile tongue, like the Giraffe, but it is a totally unique creature all its own.

crafting with grandma - Easy 10-Minute Homemade Pumpkin Soap

Make your own DIY Pumpkin Spice Soap in less than ten minutes! Smells just like fall - what a great gift idea!: I believe one of the important things we need to teach our grandchildren is to be people who are tender-hearted, kind, and who are quick to encourage others. We do this by modeling what it means to be gracious people who watch for opportunities to lift the spirits of those with whom we come in contact. As they see us do this, they will better understand how they are able to be people who brighten the day of those around them.

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Get Your Free Kindle Copy of the little answer book for children

Today is the first day of the Child Discipleship Forum and as one of the Founding Partners, I made the kindle version of one of my books - the little answer book for children - available to download for free. It is free for you to download today through the 20th as well!

grandma's cookbook - Pumpkin, Cinnamon Muffins

Love these bakery style Cinnamon-Sugar Pumpkin Muffins! I make this recipe year round.: Fall colors are just around the corner and it won't be long until the area of Michigan where I live is awash in color! I believe Dr. Seuss must have wrote many of his books in the Spring or Fall when trees really are red, yellow, orange (or even pink in the Spring)!

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

It is Not Too Late to Get Your Free Kindle Copy of Don't Worry: It is Impossible to Spoil Grandchildren

If you have not yet downloaded your free Kindle copy of Don't Worry: It is Impossible to Spoil Grandchildren, you still have today, September 15, 2021 and tomorrow, September 16, 2021 to do so. This book will help you put together the pieces for handing confident faith to the children you love. 

grandma's cookbook - Caramel Apple Toppings

If you are looking for a tasty, fresh and fun dessert to enjoy with your grandchildren - and entire family - this Fall, check this idea I found this morning on Pinterest for a Caramel Apple Bar! Yes, apples, caramel dip, and an entire selection of tasty items in which you may dip these slices! I know! Tasty and fun!

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

crafting with grandma - Clay Pot Snowman

Christmas is just three months and eleven days away . . . not very long actually. So, if you like to make gifts for people you love, and like to help your grandchildren do the same, check this idea for clay pot snowmen. It is a fun craft and one you could have your grandchildren make - or smaller ones to give their teachers.

grandma's cookbook - Make Apple Pie Bites!

Along with talking about important things like, passing on a heritage of confident faith to our grandchildren, I like to share fun recipes, crafts and info which is just "fun" on grandma's cookie jar. Today I'm very happy to share a tasty and easy recipe for making Apple Pie Bites which I found on Pinterest. 

Monday, September 13, 2021

FREE Kindle Book & It is Not Too Late to Be Part of the Child Discipleship Forum


Why are children leaving the church after high school? What if the strategy to change this started in Children’s Ministry? If you have been reading my blog for long, you know these are questions which greatly concern me and questions I have been addressing for some time.

Trail's End Links - Because I am a Grandma

This post today is because I am a grandma - a grandma with two grandsons who are Cub Scouts. My grandsons are selling delicious Trail's End Popcorn (and other tasty snacks), so, because I am their grandma, I am sharing the links with you. If you would like to buy some Trail's End treats from them, you will find them at the following links - Caleb's linkShane's link

Sunday, September 12, 2021

A Grandparents Day Gift for You

Happy Grandparents Day! To help you celebrate, today through this Thursday, September 16, 2021, you are able to download the kindle copy of Don't Worry: It is Impossible to Spoil Grandchildren for FREE!

Happy Grandparents Day!

Today is Grandparents Day - it is an actual holiday which is celebrated each year on the second Sunday in September. It began when a 9-year-old boy, Russell Capper, sent a letter to President Richard Nixon in 1969 asking him to set aside a day to celebrate grandparents. In 1977, senators and congress passed a joint resolution for a National Grandparents' Day. Congress passed the resolution. In 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed the proclamation and the first National Grandparents' Day was celebrated on September 10, 1978.

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Grandparent's Day - A Gift for You & Let's Focus on What Matters the Most!

This Sunday, September 12, 2021, is Grandparent's Day, so to celebrate we are giving you a gift - the kindle copy of my book - Don't Worry; It is Impossible to Spoil Grandchildren - you will find it at this link - it is available to download for free September 12 - 14, 2021.) Those of us who are grandparents can use this day to renew our commitment to pass on a confident heritage of faith to our grandchildren. Is there anything more important we could spend our time doing? 

Friday, September 10, 2021

Using Bacon

Do you have things in your life which you think you will never use? Things you had to learn or do, mostly when you were younger? Well I do . . . or at least I did, until one morning a few years back.

grandma's cookbook - Six Minute Microwave Caramels!

As I browsed Pinterest this morning I found a fun and easy recipe for tasty caramels! You'll find the full recipe at this link - it is definitely a fun treat I'm going to try for my grandsons - since the recipe says it gets really hot, I'll make them and let my grandsons enjoy them!

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Hand Down Your Faith & Connect with the Children You Love

If you have been reading grandma's cookie jar for very long, you know passing on a heritage of confident faith to my grandsons is something I care very, very much about. I want my grandsons to grow to be boys, then teens, and one day young men who love, know, and walk with God, faithfully, with all their heart.

"Grannie Ellies" Make a Difference . . . So Do People Grandparents!

A couple years ago I posted about an article which had been "floating around" the internet where it talked about elephant grandmas - today I want to share it with you again. Apparently research showed baby elephants are more likely to survive if there is a grandma elephant in their herd. Newsweek Tech and Science reported on this; they said - "Turns out grannies are very important to baby ellies. New research conducted over four decades in Kenya’s Amboseli National Park shows female elephants with a living mother have better chances at reproduction and give birth to babies more likely to survive." They studied 3,000 elephants in Southern Kenya for 42 years and discovered, “having an experienced mother, one who knows how to respond to their calf's demands and how to keep them close by, makes a huge difference in whether a baby elephant survives—having a grandma adds much needed extra help.”

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

crafting with grandma - Let's Make Apples

Fall is apple time . . . especially if you live in West Michigan as do I! But whether you live in an apple-growing area or not, these little apples are fun to make and are a fun decoration for any time of year!

crafting with grandma - Easy, Fun, Duck Tape Place Mats!

I'm always looking for crafts younger children are able to make . . . I am delighted to share with you a really simple and fun craft for a place mat using Duck Tape, plastic zippy bags and your own designs, photos or treasures!

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Crochet a Cute Llama!

Today I thought it would be fun to share with you a new pattern for an adorable llama you could crochet with some soft Red Heart yarn!

grandma's cookbook - Lemon Bars

My family loves my lemon bars, so today I'm sharing with you a recipe for 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 - 40 years ago! Sometimes the older recipes are truly the best ones . . . so here it is, and enjoy!

Monday, September 6, 2021

Book Review & Giveaway - Clever Cub

A couple days ago I received a package in the mail with four new books from author Bob Hartman. So, today I am happy to let you know about them - and announce a giveaway as well!

crafting with grandma - Crocheted Raggedy Ann & Andy Dolls

I have always been a "fan" of Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls! In fact, the first doll I bought my daughter was a Raggedy Ann doll! After all, what isn't there to love about these sweet dolls which have been loved "friends" of children for decades??!!! Sweet, huggable and oh, so lovable, Raggedy Ann dolls are classics for a reason!

Saturday, September 4, 2021

Tomorrow is Cheese Pizza Day!

Oh yes, Cheese Pizza Day . . . certainly a day worth celebrating, so in honor of this tasty day, I'm re-posting a recipe I shared back when I began grandma's cookie jar for homemade, personal pizzas!