Sunday, October 31, 2021

Just for Fun - Caramel Apple Day & Knock-Knock Joke Day!

Today is the "day" for two things my grandsons will surely enjoy . . . Caramel Apple Day and Knock-Knock Joke Day! First, let's think about Caramel Apple Day! Of course a simple tub of caramel and sliced apples are an easy . . . and tasty way to enjoy and celebrate this day or the classic apple on a stick, dipped in caramel, but I found a couple additional fun ideas for apple  tastiness which would not only be fun to eat and make, but would also make a great gift to give to others! Check these ideas . . . 

Saturday, October 30, 2021

Check out Grandmas with Heart

If you are interested in handing confident faith to your children  and/or grandchildren, take a minute to check out another blog I write - Grandmas with Heart. On this blog you will find a new post - or two - each day which will encourage you to hand down confident faith and provide ideas to help you do so. You'll also find a new photo meme with each post which you are welcome to download and share with your friends.

Eden's Garden Essential Oils

I tend to be a fairly skeptical person when it comes to things like essential oils, but a friend once shared how essential oils made a huge difference in the life of their son with serious medical issues. Since I have MS and asthma, I thought I'd look on-line to see if essential oils might be helpful. Today I'm delighted to share with you how oils may be used by you and the ones you love as well . . . and please know, the company I'm recommending is not a multi-level marketing company.

Friday, October 29, 2021

Thank You - and Get Your Free Kindle Copy of The DNA of Grandparents & Parents Who Hand Down Confident Faith

As we come up to the time of year where we typically think more often about the things for which we are thankful, I want to say I am thankful for you. Thank you for taking time to read grandma's cookie jar and share it with the people you know.

Schedule Time with Your Grandchildren

We are coming into what is often one of the more busy times of the year - so many things to do, places to go, events to attend, and the list goes on. While many of these things on our to-do and to-go-to lists are likely to include family, others do not, so take time to make time, for your grandchildren in particular.

Thursday, October 28, 2021

October 31st - An Opportunity to Share the Love of Jesus! Don't Waste It!

 

This post is also a repeat - I share it each year in case you did not see it, or want to find it again this year.

Yesterday I wrote about the "Halloween Dilemma" and how we need to be wise. I wrote about how it gives us the opportunity to have a conversation with our grandchildren about who Jesus is and why the focus on evil and gore at Halloween is not something we want to be part of the things we do this time of year. But, having said this, I do believe Halloween does offer us an unique opportunity to share the love of Jesus with our neighbors and all the children who knock on our doors October 31st.

Applesauce Cookies - a Tasty, Fall Classic

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 share a recipe with you for applesauce cookies.

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

The Halloween Dilemma

 

I originally posted this two years ago, but decided to share it again, so if you did not see it, or want to see it again, it is easy to find.

When it comes to Halloween, I have always felt a bit of a dilemma. As a child, it seemed harmless. I dressed up as princess, a Japanese girl in a kimono, etc . . . simple costumes with no focus on gore or evil. My siblings and I trick-or-treated our neighbors' homes and always felt like we really "scored" with our buckets of candy! After all, it was really all about the candy!!!

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

"Because My Grandma LOVES Them!"

I live on an acre, out in the country, in West Michigan, in the farmhouse my grandparents built back in the 1920's. In my front and side yard are six very large maple trees. In my back yard, behind the double-stall garage is the most enormous maple tree I've ever seen - it reaches far above the roof of the garage and spans beyond the sides of the garage - on both sides! It is enormous! We also have one very, very tall sycamore tree, three birch trees and several other trees - including about a dozen pine trees.

crafting with grandma - Make a Crocheted/Rope Basket!

I was browsing on Pinterest this morning and found a link for directions for making a rope basket - I thought this might be a great item which you could help your granddaughter make and then fill with special treats for a great gift she could give her mom, parents, or friend this Christmas! Or, you could make a few and then have your grandchildren fill them with treats for their parents, a teacher, or an elderly neighbor! 

Monday, October 25, 2021

The Reason for God - Absolutely a Must-Have Book

Many grandparents/ parents find themselves in a place where they are needing to answer questions relating to why they should believe God is real, the Bible is true, God and science go together, and God is good from their grandchildren/ grown children/children. While some may know the answers, many do not. This is why today I am so very happy to share with you a book which answers these very questions - and does so with excellent, thoughtful answers. Tim Keller is the author of The Reason for God and this is a must-have book for every grandparent/parent.

Craft - Thankful Turkey Mobile

With Thanksgiving around the corner our focus tends to turn to being thankful. Today I'm happy to share a simple craft with you which you could make with your grandchildren to help them think about being thankful.

Sunday, October 24, 2021

Memorable Ways to Focus Upon Developing Eyes of Gratitude

Thanksgiving is just a month from tomorrow. In the days leading up to this day where we tend to particularly focus upon being thankful, take time to be thankful - to look around you with "eyes of gratitude"; and consider challenging your grandchildren to do the same.

To help you with this, try one - or more of the following ideas . . .

crafting with grandma . . . Beaded Safety Pin Pins!

I love beaded safety pin pins . . . they are so fun to make and fun to wear! My daughter made several pins for me when she was younger . . . I still have and wear them! So, I thought it would be fun to share a couple patterns with you! First though, the basics on making beaded safety pin pins . . . 

Saturday, October 23, 2021

crafting with grandma - Simple Snowman!

winter craftOkay, please don't interpret my posting of snowpeople crafts as a message which says I'm looking forward to snow . . . I most certainly am not! However; I really do love non-snow snowpeople and as I browsed on Pinterest I saw this idea for a simple snowman even preschoolers are able to make . . . and one which reuses creamer bottles!

Reader's Christmas Crafts!

Nine years ago I had a Christmas Ornament/Decoration Contest, and wonderful ideas were shared, so I thought it would be fun today to go back and see those great ideas once again . . . 

Friday, October 22, 2021

A Fantastic, Free Apologetics Resource for You

It would be challenging to read my posts and not see I am completely convinced we must teach the ones we love the "whys" - why we are able to believe in God and trust His Word with confidence. So, today I am very happy to write about a fantastic, free resource i found last evening on the Gospel Coalition's website - One-Minute Apologetics videos!

I Have a Winner!

I'm happy to say Mary Beth Dawson is the winner of Mission: Ends of the Earth (Please email me by October 29, 2021 to let me know the address where the game may be sent - lyndagcj@gmail.com

Thursday, October 21, 2021

crafting with grandma - My Favorite Non-Snow Snowperson!

Christmas is only 64 days away . . . can you believe it?!!! If you are looking for a cute, fun, and simple craft you could make to give as gifts, take a look at my little non-snowperson . . . I've given this to lots of people over the years and it has always been a favorite  . . . to give and to receive! 

grandma's cookbook . . . Cherry Jam Thumbprint Cookies!

If you enjoy baking cookies with your grandchildren and want to try a recipe which you may not typically make, consider this recipe for Cherry Jam Thumbprint Cookies (I found it at this link and "tweaked" it just a bit) . . . 

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

A Place Where Disciples are Hand-Made

I posted this yesterday on my other blog - Grandmas with Heart - and thought I'd share it with you today. 

I love this quote from David Kinnaman (from the Barna Group.) While certainly the church has a role in communicating truth to children and teens, we will most effectively do so in the context of close relationships. Yes, churches are able to build these types of relationships with children and teens, but parents and grandparents are ideally placed by God to do so.

crafting with grandma - Wood Pumpkins!

Apparently in some places it is difficult to find real pumpkins this Fall, so if you have not been able to find a real pumpkin, or if you just might like to make a very cute, easy and inexpensive wood pumpkin, then this post is for you! These pumpkins look so fun and like an item children could make - as long as the cutting is finished, so all the parts are ready for them to complete. Or, if you are participating in any Fall craft sales, these little pumpkins are sure to be a big hit!

We Have a Winner!

I'm happy to say Leela is the winner of Bible Animals Click Clack Match! (Please email me by October 27, 2021 to let me know the address where the game may be sent - lyndagcj@gmail.com) Thank you Bible Games Central for sending a game for me to review and for making another available for me to give away.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Game Giveaway Tomorrow!

 

Tomorrow, October 20, 2021, is the day for the drawing for a winner of the Bible Animals Click Clack Match game! If you have not yet signed up for this giveaway, today is the day to do so! 

October is National Popcorn Poppin' Month!

Who knew there were so many months which celebrated specific foods???!!! Well, if any food is to be celebrated, popcorn should definitely be on the list! I LOVE popcorn! Popped, caramel, it really doesn't matter, I LOVE popcorn!

Monday, October 18, 2021

Prayers that Stir the Hearts of Grandparents

One of our Grandmas with Heart, Sherry Schumann is the author of the book;  Prayers that Stir the Hearts of Grandparents, so today it is my honor and delight to let you know about this wonderful book.

crafting with grandma - Nativity Ornament

Nativity Ornament Wood Craft TutorialIt is so easy for children to focus on the "getting" part of Christmas . . . what gifts will they "get"? What activities will they "get" to do? How many parties will they "get" to go to? The list goes on. But, Christmas is really about giving, God gave His Son to us! Well . . . I guess it is also about "getting" as we are the ones who "get" to receive the gift of Grace and forgiveness from God!

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Fantastic News from the Christian Grandparenting Network

We are so happy to share the wonderful announcement of how Sherry Schumann is stepping into the role as president of Christian Grandparenting Network as of this past September 1st! Sherry asks us to pray for her as she serves in this new endeavor.

Tomorrow is Chocolate Cupcake Day!!!

Ultimate Chocolate Cupcakes by @browneyedbaker :: www.browneyedbaker.comTomorrow is Chocolate Cupcake Day!!!! Do we have any doubt tomorrow will be an amazing day???!!!! Chocolate Cupcake Day!!! WooHoo!!! I am most definitely celebrating this one!!!

Saturday, October 16, 2021

It's Cookie Month!

Well . . . around this grandma's house every month is Cookie Month, but technically, October is Cookie Month! What a delicious month to celebrate because who doesn't love a tasty, soft, yet slightly crunchy cookie?!!!! 

crafting with grandma - Fun, Excellent & Inexpensive Gifts - Frosted Mason Jar Candles!

Here on grandma's cookie jar I review lots of fun products - and often get to offer items for give-away - but, I am like many people in how my budget is tight, so when it comes to Christmas gifts, I may have to be creative if I want to give gifts to my family. So, with this in mind, I'm happy to share with you some fun, excellent, and inexpensive ideas for gifts you can make on a tight budget . . . gifts your family and friends will love to receive!

Friday, October 15, 2021

Two Fun Games - Giveaways for Both

I currently have two games I'm giving away from Bible Games Central, so I wanted to take a minute to be sure you know about these giveaways.

crafting with grandma - Fun, Excellent & Affordable Gifts - Clothespin Ornaments!

These handpainted clothing pins look like a fun activity for children and parents. Also you can look at http://www.playhousegifts.com/home for similar handcrafted christmas decorations created in Germany by Steinbach and Ino Schaller. You will find wood nutcrackers and Paper Mache Candy Containers.Please let me say first of all, I shared this idea a few years ago, but I really love it and it is so affordable and fun, so I thought I'd share it again! This is an ornament idea which you can get your grandchildren to help you with . . . even younger ones can paint - or color with permanent ink markers - and you'll end up with something cute which will look even cuter on the tree!

Thursday, October 14, 2021

grandma's chuckles - God Can't Get to Heaven in a Rocket!

Don't you just love a child's view of God?!!! They have the most profound questions! I remember nine years ago when my then four year old grandson and I were talking before bed and I told him how God loved him sooo much He even had his name written on His hand! My grandson told me his full name, then said; "My name is a big name, but God's hand is big! His hand is big enough for my name!" The smile of delight on his face made my heart so happy!

Hugs Help

When my grandsons were little, they would at times get a rascally twinkle in their eyes and tell me, "Hugs and kisses are weird!" I typically pretended to be shocked and tell them, "Hugs and kisses are NOT weird; they are wonderful!" They always laughed and repeated their rascally saying, while laughing, a LOT, but I typically ended up receiving a hug and kiss - happy grandma for sure!

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

We Must Teach the "Whys"

When was the last time your pastor taught from the pulpit about why you are able to believe the things you believe about God and the Bible? Was it last Sunday? The Sunday before? A Sunday last month? A Sunday last year? Ever?

crafting with grandma - Fun, Excellent & Inexpensive Gifts - Advent Calendars!

As you know, since I've said it a time or two :-), I LOVE to celebrate Christmas! At my house the tree goes up after Thanksgiving dinner and then gifts go under it. Each time my grandsons are at my house between Thanksgiving and Christmas, they get to open a gift! Like I said, I LOVE to cejlebrate Christmas!

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Crochet Some Cozy Slippers

When I was eight my grandma gave me a, "learn to crochet" kit for Christmas. So, after Christmas I walked down the street to her house for her to teach me to crochet. My hands would not cooperate, so being an obnoxious eight-year old, I told her, "I hate crocheting and crocheting is for old people." This did not make my grandma very happy. I never thought again about crocheting until 20 years later when I saw a cute pattern I wanted to make. So, I asked my sister to show me how to crochet - which she did - and now I crochet a lot! Occasionally my husband asks me; "Now, who did you say crocheting was for?!!!"

crafting with grandma - Minimal Sew, No Crochet, No Knit Infinity Scarves!

 Over the years I've been writing grandma's cookie jar, I've shared a number of crochet patterns with you - since I enjoy crocheting! From time to time, some of you have commented about how you like the patterns, but do not crochet; so, this one today is for you! A great idea for making no sew, no knit, no crochet infinity scarves which you can keep and give as gifts!

Monday, October 11, 2021

Mission: Ends of the Earth & a Giveaway!

I have one more game from Bible Games Central to tell you about today - Mission: Ends of the Earth for ages eight and up . . . and it is available for a giveaway as well!

crafting with grandma - Fun, Excellent & Inexpensive Gifts - Puzzle Candy Cane Ornaments!

fun christmas craftsIf you have puzzles in your house, you likely have puzzles with missing pieces. If this is true for you - or if you have a friend or family member with a puzzle with missing pieces which they are willing to let you have . . . take a look at this great idea for making awesome, puzzle candy cane ornaments!

Sunday, October 10, 2021

The Good Shepherd

I have another game to share with you today from Bible Games Central - The Good Shepherd for ages six and up.

crafting with grandma - Fun, Excellent & Inexpensive Gifts - Key Snowpeople Ornaments!

Embellished keys - easy Christmas craftOkay, I know it is a huge inconsistency  for me. I truly do not like snow. It is cold, wet, cold, unpleasant to drive in, and did I mention it is cold? However; in spite of how much I do not like snow - it is after all, cold - I love snow people! I decorate with the cute snow people all year long because I really love snow people! One of my favorite photos of Josiah is from several years ago when he and his momma built a snow-bear - sooo cute!

Saturday, October 9, 2021

Bible Animals Click Clack Match & a Fun Giveaway!

Today I'm happy to let you know about another game from Bible Games Central - Bible Animals Click Clack Match for children ages six and up and a giveaway as well.

grandma's cookbook - Christmas Cookies!

Since Christmas is two months away, I thought it would be fun today to share some cute Christmas cookie recipes with you which I found on Pinterest! I especially like the melting snowman cookie - it's so cute! Follow this link and you'll find fourteen cookies with links to complete recipes for each of them!

Friday, October 8, 2021

Bible Match it Link It - & Special Discount Offer

I'm happy today to let you know about another game from Bible Games Central - Bible Match it Link It. This game does not give an age for children to play, but depending on the child, I think most four year olds and up will be able to play at least one of the four ways you are able to play with this game.

grandma's chuckles - "I Look Rediculeeous!"

Image result for clipart for cowboy heartsSix years ago I shared the following with you - it brought a smile to my face this morning when I remembered it, so I'm sharing it again.

"On Wednesdays I pick my grandsons up from school, hang out with them, and then take them to my church for the mid-week children's program . . . Kids 'N Action. This program has a bit of a Western 'flair' and children work through the Book of James in five years (one chapter a year) memorizing each chapter and learning about how they can put their faith into action.

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Emoji Bible Stories Card Game

 A few days ago I was invited to review five new games from Bible Games Central and am happy to share one of the with you today - Emoji Bible Stories Card Game for ages six and up.

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Teach the "Whats" & the "Whys"

I know I write often about how much it matters for us to be grandparents (parents) who hand down confident faith by teaching the "whats" and the "whys", but there is a reason I do this - because it is true. Yes, we absolutely must teach the ones we love what we believe - what the Bible says. We want them to know what they believe, so we teach them. But, if we stop there, we have not fully handed down confident faith. We have not equipped them to stand firmly when they are asked why they believe what they believe - and they will be asked.

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

My grandsons enjoy cookies, but one of their favorites is chocolate chip, peanut  butter cookies. When they were younger it was not unusual for them to go straight to the cookie jar when they arrived at my house - which was typically followed with very happy smiles on their faces!

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

I Love You . . . All of the Time, All of the Time

I originally wrote this post six years ago - today I was reminded of it and thought I'd share it with you again . . . it is still all true . . . all of the time!

crafting with grandma - Sweet Wire Angel Ornaments

wire angel tutorialChristmas is just two months away!!! Yes, just two months and the time is certain to fly. Since it is getting chilly outside - been in the low 50's for the past few evenings (which in the Spring seems like a heat wave, but here in the Fall is downright chilly!), so my thoughts turn towards Christmas! If you are planning to make any gifts for people on your list . . . and/or items to decorate your own home, now is definitely the time to be working on these projects!