Friday, October 19, 2018

Decadent Chocolate Cake!

It has been awhile since I made 
Picture of A Gooey, Decadent Chocolate Cake Recipechocolate cake, so with this thought "floating" around in my mind, I thought I might make a chocolate cake this weekend - if I do, it will be my decadent chocolate cake! 

Thursday, October 18, 2018

2018 Christmas Gift Review & Giveaway - Red Frangipan Adjustable Cane

Red Frangipan Finish Adjustable Fashion Walking Cane with Wooden HandleLast Spring I was given the opportunity to review some wonderful canes from Harvey Canes/House of Canes. Today I'm very happy to let you know about two more of these canes, and announce a giveaway for one lovely cane as well.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

TreeRunner - Not Just for Families with Young Children

Aerial Adventure Parks are becoming popular and this past summer I was given the opportunity for my son, daughter-in-law and grandsons to visit TreeRunner Adventure Park here in Grand Rapids, MI. They LOVED the time they spent there. If you are wondering if these parks are a safe option for the children you love, I'm happy to let you know they are, and they are a fun and unique place where you are able to spend time and build amazing memories with the children you love.

As much fun as you will have with your younger grandchildren/children, let me assure you, TreeRunner is not just for children and families. And, they are not just for summertime fun. When Fall arrives and the leaves change color, TreeRunner is a terrific place to go for some outdoor fun and a viewpoint on the changing colors of the leaves which you do not ordinarily have the opportunity to experience! Today I'm happy to share with you the experience of my adult daughter when she visited TreeRunner with some friends.

Monday, October 15, 2018

2018 Christmas Gift Review & Giveaway - Douglas, You're a Genius!

My grandsons love dogs (in particular Huskies). They also love funny stories. If a book is successfully able to combine the two, I know it is a book they will love - whether the dog is a Husky or not. 

I was recently invited by Random House Children's Books to review a new release which does this, and does it extremely well! Today I am very happy to share with you my review of, Douglas, You're a Genius!.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

It is Family History Month

October is Family History Month, so it is a great time to gather your family stories and share them with your grandchildren. If you have an ancestor who was a famous author, came to the USA on the Mayflower, was a Native American, knighted in England or a member of royalty - tell your grandchildren. If you have an ancestor who was struck by lightening, survived a tornado or who took you fishing and sang funny songs - tell your grandchildren.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

2018 Christmas Gift Review & Giveaway - Headbands from Hipsy

Last Christmas I had the opportunity to review some Hipsy Headbands and am very happy to say this year I have two more to share with you - and give away as well!

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

GSI Outdoors - Microlite 500 Flip, Vacuum Bottle Review

I thought I'd share an interesting stat with you today. Did you know in the USA we used about 50 billion plastic water bottles last year? Did you know on average 250 coffee drinks are sold each day at coffee drive-through businesses in the USA?

If you are a person who drinks water and coffee and who buys these each day, week, month, just think about all the bottles and cups you are throwing away. Now, this post is NOT about recycling. I want to ask you to consider a different approach to your water and coffee consumption.

Consider investing in a quality cup which you will be able to use day-after-day and fill with water and coffee at home. Not only will you be able to say you are not contributing to the tossing of plastic bottles and cups, but you will save a significant amount of money - far, far beyond what you spend to get a nice cup.

My husband and I did this a few years ago and this works very well for us. So, today I'm happy to let you know about one such excellent cup you might consider getting to use for your water and/or coffee each day.

GSI Outdoors makes a number of excellent products, but one I particularly like is their new Microlite 500 Flip which they sent to me for review.

A Prayer for the Storms We Face

With hurricane Michael approaching the Florida Panhandle, I thought I'd share with you the post I put this morning on Grandmas with Heart - 

On this day when we may be facing storms, I thought I'd share another wonderful, encouraging, powerful, true verse from the Bible and make it into a simple Scripture prayer which you may use as you face the storms which come your way - and into the lives of those you know and love. As the physical storm rages around you and/or those you love and/or the storms of life batter you physically and emotionally, please hold to the truth of God's Word.

You'll find the full post at this link.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

God's Grace is the Reason for Everything

This morning I want to share with you the post I put on my other blog - Grandmas with Heart. Don't you just love this quote! It is so true! God has blessed me with His grace; His amazing, great grace. My life is filled with His joy and peace, because of His gift of grace.

I had nothing to give, or offer for my own forgiveness, but God's amazing, unending love sought me out and then He lavished His grace on me. I know this. I am so thankful for this.


You will find my full post at this link. Please check it out and share it with the people you know.

Monday, October 8, 2018

2018 Christmas Gift Review & Giveaway - Ground Saigon Cinnamon from The Spice House

For my birthday, a few months ago, my sister gave me a box of amazing herbs and spices from The Spice House. Ever since I've been able to add special touches to the foods I prepare and have them turn out even better; leaving me quite "sold" on The Spice House!

So, recently I asked them if they might be willing to send a spice for review and make another available for giveaway - they said yes! Which means today I'm very happy to let you know about their wonderful Saigon Cinnamon!

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Worship the Lord - He is Faithful

In the  Grandmother's Bible when you read I Chronicles 16:8-15 - 
"Give praise to the LORD, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done. Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts. Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice. Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always. Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced, you his servants, the descendants of Israel, his chosen ones, the children of Jacob. He is the LORD our God; his judgments are in all the earth. He remembers his covenant forever, the promise he made, for a thousand generations,"  
you will find these verses are followed by a prayer -

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Check out Grandmas with Heart

If you are interested in handing 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 the 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.

You will find Grandmas with Heart at this link - please check it out, take a moment to "like" it and share it with the parents and grandparents you know.

Friday, October 5, 2018

2018 Christmas Gift Review & Giveaway - No Frogs in School

When I was a child, my mother always gave me - and my siblings - books for Christmas and birthdays. When I became a mom, I always gave my children books for Christmas and their birthdays, so I suppose it is just a natural extension for me to continue to do this with my grandchildren, now I'm a grandma.

Recently I spent some time looking through the Sterling Children's Books new release catalog and one book in particular caught my attention - No Frogs in School. It could be it caught my attention, because the title sounds like it goes with a fun story. It could be the illustrations which go with the title caught my attention. It could be, because it reminded me of the day I brought a snake to school - and scared the captain of the football team! It could be for all these reasons, but most likely the last one!


At any rate, I asked my contact at Sterling Children's Books if it was available for review and she said it was - and for giveaway as well. So today I'm very happy to let you know about this fun book.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

The Spice House & Eden's Garden

I have been writing grandma's cookie jar for seven years - since May of 2011. I do not receive payment for writing this blog - I write it to share, what I hope, is useful, valuable and fun information to help grandmas - and grandpas/parents - hand down the faith and build strong relationships with the children they love. From time-to-time I write a review of a product - and often hold a giveaway as well; when I do this, I typically am able to keep the item I review, but I am not paid for reviewing anything.

Buy Essential OilsI have recently learned more about being an "affiliate" site. Other than linking items I review to Amazon, I have previously not considered being an "affiliate", because to do so I have to believe in the product/company and they have to be something I would buy.