Thursday, November 30, 2017

Make a Real & Powerful Difference in the Lives of Your Grandchildren!

It truly matters for us to tell our grandchildren - and to show them - how much we love them no matter their age or location. Make it a priority today to call, email or visit your grandchildren just to tell them how much you love them - it will make a real and powerful difference!

(This is from my new facebook page for Grandmas with Heart. A group of grandmas - Linda Ransom Jacobs, Sherry Schumann, Cathy Jacobs, Deb delVillar, Naomi Murray and myself - have joined together to produce resources which will equip and empower grandmas (and grandpas and parents) to hand down a heritage of faith. We are working to find publishers who will "get on-board" with us so this project will be able to move forward - it would be tremendously helpful for as many people as possible to "like/follow" the Grandmas with Heart facebook page  (https://www.facebook.com/Grandmas-with-Heart-130560861034115/and our twitter account (@gm2heart) Please help us spread the news!)

I Have a Winner!

I'm happy to say Shaun is the winner of one photo blanket of their choice from  Collage.com (You will find the review at this link). Thank you Shaun for reading grandma's cookie jar (please email me - lyndagcj@gmail.com - by December 5, 2017 - so I am able to send your prize to you) and thank you Collage.com for sending blankets for me to review and give away!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

New Logo!

I thought it might be nice after five years to update grandma's cookie jar's logo . . . so, it is just a bit different . . . what do you think?  
I made it for free and am able to use it for free as long as I give credit to the site where I made it . . . which I'm happy to do. I made this logo at - https://logomakr.com. If you need a logo, not only will you be able to design and make your own logo, but use it as well - as long as you give credit!

By the way - do you like it better in blue or red?

What is Your Favorite Cookie & Please Help Spread the News!

What cookie do you make the most for your grandchildren? At my house the favorites are straight up peanut butter and peanut butter toll house!

This is from my new facebook page for Grandmas with Heart. A group of grandmas - Linda Ransom Jacobs, Sherry Schumann, Cathy Jacobs, Deb delVillar, Naomi Murray and myself - have joined together to produce resources which will equip and empower grandmas (and grandpas and parents) to hand down a heritage of faith. We are working to find publishers who will "get on-board" with us so this project will be able to move forward - it would be tremendously helpful for as many people as possible to "like/follow" the Grandmas with Heart facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Grandmas-with-Heart-130560861034115/) and our twitter account (@gm2heart) Please help us spread the news!

Crafting with grandma - Snowman Ornaments . . . Clothespin Snowman!

Last year my grandsons made a simple, but fun - and very cool - snowman ornament. The only supplies they needed were clothespins, white paint, permanent ink markers, orange felt and scraps of cloth.

They painted the clothespins white and let them dry. Once they were dry, they drew simple faces, glued on a felt carrot nose and then we tied a strip of cloth on them for scarves. Voila! Snowmen ornaments!

These ornaments clip on to the tree branches and make a fun addition to any tree!

I Have A Winner & Another Giveaway Tomorrow on November 30, 2017

I'm happy to say Tina (with a granddaughter) is the winner of  one  Nanea - American Girl Beforever Doll (You will find the review at this link). Thank you Tina for reading grandma's cookie jar (please email me -  lyndagcj@gmail.com - by December 4, 2017 - so I am able to send your prize to you) and thank you American Girl for sending one for me to review and give away!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Share God's Word - You Are Able to Depend Upon It!

There are many things in life which we are not able to depend upon, but God's Word is NOT one of those things! It absolutely WILL accomplish what He planned for it; so be intentional and faithful about sharing it with your grandchildren!

(This photo is from Grandmas with Heart - please check them out at this link and share them with the people you know.)

Crafting with grandma - Snowman Ornaments . . . Spool Snowman!

It is reasonably safe to say by now I've established I LOVE Christmas! It is also reasonably safe to say you all likely know I enjoy making ornaments . . . and if there is a snowman involved I will be very happy! So, when I was browsing on Pinterest and saw some cute, easy ornaments with snowmen options, well . . . I had to share them with you!

I Have A Winner & Another Giveaway Tomorrow on November 29, 2017

I'm happy to say Gala is the winner of one Folkmanis Donald Duck Puppet (You will find the review at this link). Thank you Gala for reading grandma's cookie jar (please email me -  lyndagcj@gmail.com - by December 3, 2017 - so I am able to send your prize to you) and thank you Folkmanis for sending one for me to review and give away!

Monday, November 27, 2017

Your Example is Powerful & Makes a Real & Lasting Difference

The best gift you will give your grandchildren is the example of what it looks like to live life as someone who loves God with their all and loves others - grandparents are the second-most influential people in the lives of their grandchildren (second only to parents), so your example is powerful and truly does make a real and lasting difference!

(This photo is from Grandmas with Heart - please check them out at this link and share them with the people you know.)

Crafting with grandma - Snowman Ornaments . . . Melted Snowmen!

When it comes to making Christmas ornaments, I love two things - a project which is simple enough for my grandsons to enjoy and a project which results in a fun snowman! Today I'm very happy to share with you one of my favorite ornaments which meets both of these "requirements" . . . melted snowman ornaments!

I Have A Winner & Another Giveaway Tomorrow on November 28, 2017

I'm happy to say Jennifer McLeod is the winner of one Shutterfly 50x60 Sherpa Fleece Photo Blanket (You will find the review at this link). Thank you Jennifer for reading grandma's cookie jar (please email me -  lyndagcj@gmail.com - by December 2, 2017 - so I am able to have your prize sent to you) and thank you Shutterfly for sending one for me to review and give away!

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Time Spent on a Grandma's Laptop is Time Well Spent!

If you live near your grandchildren make time to spend some "laptime" with them in the coming week - put your arms around them and tell them how much you love them! Tell them how thankful you are God gave them to you and how you know He knew what He was doing when He created them! "Laptime" like this has value which lasts a lifetime.

Crafting with grandma - Snowman Ornaments . . . Knit Snowmen!

Even though we do not yet have snow here in Michigan, I thought it would be fun to share another snowman ornament craft with you. 

Five years ago on grandma's cookie jar I held an ornament contest. Many of you shared your favorite ornament craft with us and one of you was Lori Layne. Lori shared a craft and said, "I made this ornament last Christmas. It is a simple knit and fun to send in the mail to those you love!"

Lori sent me the link for a free Ravelry pattern;  free Ravelry download A fluffy snowman card, knitted in garter stitch using a textured double knitting and oddments of 4 ply. If you would like to knit a gathering of snowmen ornaments, check this link!

I Have A Winner & Another Giveaway Tomorrow on November 27, 2017

I'm happy to say Latanya is the winner of The Twelve Days of Christmas in Michigan or whichever available State you might choose (You will find the review at this link). Thank you Latanya for reading grandma's cookie jar (please email your address -  lyndagcj@gmail.com - by December 1, 2017 - so I am able to have your prize sent to you) and thank you Sterling Children's Books for sending one for me to review and give away!

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Beard Hats - the Hat for 2017!

Each year I make a special hat for my grandsons . . . we do live in Michigan and it does get cold here during the winter . . . I want their sweet heads to stay warm! 

Crafting with grandma - Snowman Ornaments . . . Handprint Snowmen!

Christmas is just around the corner - if you, like my six-year-old grandson keep track of the number of days until Christmas - it is 30 to go as of today, November 25th! So, if you are looking for an idea for an ornament which your grandchildren can actually make, I thought I'd go back into my "archives" of ideas and found this fun ornament I originally found on Pinterest!

I Have Two Winners & Another Giveaway Tomorrow on November 26, 2017

I'm happy to say Jan Harpe is the winner of both 
Howard Wallace, P.I and Shadow of a Pug - Howard Wallace,  (You will find the review at this linkand Kellyr78 is the winner of one Minnie Mouse Puppet (You will find the review at this link). Thank you Jan and Kelly for reading grandma's cookie jar (please email your address -  lyndagcj@gmail.com - by November 30, 2017 - so I am able to have your prizes sent to you) and thank you Sterling Children's Books and Folkmanis for sending these for me to review and give away!


Friday, November 24, 2017

Give the Gifts Which Matter Most!

On this day where we may think about sales and gifts we want to purchase, take time to focus upon giving the gifts which matter the most - give the gift of your time to those you love; give joy and happiness; give patience, but most of all give love! Share God's great love and be certain to voice and show your love to those who God has gifted to you!

(This photo is from Grandmas with Heart - please check them out at this link and share them with the people you know.)

I Have Two Winners & Two Giveaways Tomorrow on November 25, 2017

I'm happy to say Alicia Anne is the winner of  one  Shutterfly Photo Pillow (You will find the review at this  link) and Gaye Valle is the winner of one year of Generations Quest (You will find the review at this link) Thank you Alicia Anne and Gaye for reading grandma's cookie jar (please email your address -  lyndagcj@gmail.com - by November 29, 2017 - so I am able to have your prizes sent to you) and thank you Shutterfly for sending one pillow for me to review and give away!

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!


I'm trying something new this year with the turkey - I'm baking a boneless turkey breast (almost 10lbs) in my convection oven. I made an herb butter which I spread on the top and then covered with sliced apples. I put the skin over these and will grate a little orange peel on it before I put it in the oven.

I Have a Winner & Two Giveaways Tomorrow on November 24, 2017

I'm happy to say Tracy Taylor is the winner of Pirates of the Caribbean Battleship Board Game (You will find the review at this link). Thank you Tracy for reading grandma's cookie jar (please email your address -  lyndagcj@gmail.com - by November 28, 2017 - so I am able to have your prize sent to you) and thank you USAopoly for sending one for me to review and give away!


Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Pray for Your Grandchildren . . .

Making it through the growing up years can be difficult for
our grandchildren, but it is much easier when they are surrounded by friends who love and want to follow God. Pray for them to make friends with others who will encourage them to love and follow God - and pray they will be a friend who encourages others to do this as well.

(This photo is from Grandmas with Heart - please check them out at this link and share them with the people you know.)

Give a Gift This Year Which Can Draw You & the Ones You Love Closer to God!

It is the time of year where we look for the "perfect" gifts to give to the people we love - gifts which are "fun" and will bring a smile to the face of the ones who receive them. 

I know I am looking forward to seeing happy faces as my family opens their gifts. However; along with the gifts which are "fun", this year consider giving a gift which has the potential to help draw you and the ones you love draw closer to God!

I Have a Winner & Another Giveaway Tomorrow on November 23, 2017

I'm happy to say Sid Ogg is the winner of the book You Must Bring a Hat! (You will find the review at this  link) and Gaye Valle is the winner of one CD from Kutless - Alpha / Omega (You will find the review at this linkThank you Sid and Gaye for reading grandma's cookie jar (please email your address -  lyndagcj@gmail.com - by November 27, 2017 - so I am able to have your prize sent to you) and thank you Sterling Children's Books and BEC Recordings/Flyby for sending these for me to review and give away!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Guest Review - THE STAR MOVIE REVIEW: A FILM FOR EVERY MEMBER OF THE FAMILY

I typically do not post articles on grandma's cookie jar which are written by others, but since I thought you might be interested in learning about the new movie, THE STAR, I decided to make an exception and share with you the following review . . . 
I was asked recently if I’d like to review THE STAR movie, based off of the very first Christmas, from the animal’s perspective surrounding Christ’s birth. This was something I had never done before, but was excited about giving it a try.

I Have a Winner & Two Giveaways Tomorrow on November 22, 2017

I'm happy to say Virginia is the winner of one Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Hand Puppet (You will find the review at this link.) Thank you Virginia for reading grandma's cookie jar (please email your address -  lyndagcj@gmail.com - by November 26, 2017 - so I am able to have it sent to you) and thank you Folkmanis for sending one for me to review and give away!


Monday, November 20, 2017

We Have a Winning Cookie Recipe!

I'm happy to announce Sarah Yurga is the winner in our cookie recipe contest and is the winner of her own photo cookie jar from  Personalization Mall!

Check this link for the details about this wonderful cookie jar - it would make a terrific Christmas gift . . . especially filled with cookies!

Sarah, please email me at lyndagcj@gmail.com, so I am able to connect you with the person who will help you get your photo cookie jar.

Thank you to everyone who shared a cookie recipe and everyone who voted!

Be the Bridge - Connect Your Grandchildren with Your Family Faith History

You have a family faith history - if your family is one where generations have loved and followed God, then you have a long family faith history. If you are the first in your family to love and follow God, then your family faith history has just begun, but either way, you have a history of how God has shown His faithfulness to you. 

If you do not pass on your family faith history, how will your grandchildren know the ways God has shown His love and faithfulness? Be sure to tell them your family faith history - consider getting a journal and start writing it down - so future generations will not forget!

(This photo is from Grandmas with Heart - please check them out at this link and share them with the people you know.)

I Have a Winner & Another Giveaway Tomorrow on November 21, 2017

I'm happy to say Carmen VanDeursen is the winner of the NIV, Beautiful Word Coloring Bible (You will find the review at this link.) Thank you Carmen for reading grandma's cookie jar (please email your address -  lyndagcj@gmail.com - by November 25, 2017 - so I am able to have it sent to you) and thank you Zondervan for sending one for me to review and for making another available for me to give away!


Sunday, November 19, 2017

How Has God Been Faithful to You?

How has God showed His faithfulness to you as you go through life? Tell your grandchildren! It is one of the most powerful things you can do to hand down faith!

(This photo is from Grandmas with Heart - please check them out at this link and share them with the people you know.)

I Have a Winner & Another Giveaway Tomorrow on November 20, 2017

I'm happy to say Nicole Lancaster is the winner of the very fun book, We Wish for a Monster Christmas  (You will find the review at this link.) Thank you Nicole for reading grandma's cookie jar (please email your address -  lyndagcj@gmail.com - by November 25, 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!

Saturday, November 18, 2017

I Have a Winner & Another Giveaway Tomorrow on November 19, 2017

I'm happy to say Elizabeth Brooks is the winner of one  Folkmanis Mickey Mouse Puppet (You will find the review at this link.) Thank you for reading grandma's cookie jar (please email your address -  lyndagcj@gmail.com - by November 24, 2017 - so I am able to send it to you) and thank you Folkmanis for sending one for me to review and give away!

Friday, November 17, 2017

grandma's Clay Pot Snowman

Christmas is just one month and eight 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 - even smaller ones - to give to their teachers.

Over the years I've made a number of different types of snowmen to decorate with and give as gifts, but this clay pot snowman is my personal all-time favorite snowman! 

Thursday, November 16, 2017

God Knew What He Was Doing . . .

Far too often this world makes our grandchildren think they are "less than", or need to be something other than who God created them to be if they are to find true "happiness". But, the truth is God knew what He was doing when He created them - He did not make any mistakes at all! They are exactly who God created them to be and they are full of value - be sure to communicate this truth to them on a regular basis.

(This photo is from Grandmas with Heart - please check them out at this link and share them with the people you know.)

I Have a Winner & Another Giveaway in Two Days on November 18, 2017

I'm happy to say Tarter95 is the winner of God's Great Love for You (You will find the review at this link.) Thank you for reading grandma's cookie jar (please email your address -  lyndagcj@gmail.com - by November 22, 2017 - so I am able to have it sent to you) and thank you Zonderkidz for sending one for me to review and for making another available for me to give away!


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Remember; Those Small Things are Often Really Big Things!

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, think about the things in your lifetime which meant the most to you. It is very possible, many of those were "small" things - the time someone called you when you needed encouragement, the smile on your child's/grandchild's face, the time your spouse surprised you with flowers, the hugs from your grandblessings! These things - and many more - are "small" things, which mean so much to you.

I Have a Winner & Another Giveaway Tomorrow on November 16, 2017

I'm happy to say Paula Michele Hafner is the winner of one  Shutterfly Photo Cup (You will find the review at this link.) Thank you Paula for reading grandma's cookie jar (please email your address -  lyndagcj@gmail.com - by November 21, 2017 - so I am able to have it sent to you) and thank you Shutterfly for sending one for me to review and for making another available for me to give away!


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

He is Faithful!

Life has it's difficult times for all of us, but through it all, God is always faithful! Share with your grandchildren how God has been faithful in the past, what He does to show His faithfulness now and how you know He will be faithful tomorrow.

This photo is from Grandmas with Heart - please check them out at this link and share them with the people you know.

I Have a Winner & Another Giveaway Tomorrow on November 15, 2017

I'm happy to say Tina (who posted about the gingerbread tradition) is the winner of 'Twas the Evening of Christmas  (You will find the review at this link.) Thank you Tina for reading grandma's cookie jar (please email your address -  lyndagcj@gmail.com - by November 20, 2017 - so I am able to have it sent to you) and thank you Zonderkidz for sending one for me to review and for making another available for me to give away!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Which Cookie Do You Like Best?

The voting just closed in the third week of round one of voting - Sarah's White Chocolate Pretzel Cookies received the most votes. We are ready to move to our final week of voting - whoever submitted the cookie recipe which receives the most votes will win the photo cookie jar from Personalization Mall!

You may vote for either White Chocolate Pretzel Cookies - submitted by Sarah Yurga (you'll find it at this link) Shirley's Peanut Butter Cookies - submitted by Tina (you'll find it at this linkJennifer M's Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies or 
Leela's Dark Chocolate Chunk Peanut Butter Pecan Cookies  (you will find both of the recipes at this link). 

So, which of these cookie recipes do you like the best?

Redeem the Days - Hand Down a Heritage of Faith!

We grandmas know something our adult children do not . . . we know how quickly children grow up. Our grandchildren are growing up - very quickly. Take time today to pray for them to grow to be people who love and walk with God and make it a point this week to share with them what you do to love and walk with God.

This photo is from Grandmas with Heart - please check them out at this link and share them with the people you know.

I Have a Winner & Another Giveaway Tomorrow on November 14, 2017

I'm happy to say Sarah Yurga is the winner of Goodnight, Little Bot (You will find the review and details for entering the giveaway at this link.) Thank you Sarah for reading grandma's cookie jar (please email your address - lyndagcj@gmail.com - by November 19, 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!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Kutless - Alpha / Omega - My Review & a Giveaway on November 22, 2017

I was recently invited to review a new CD from Kutless - Alpha / Omega. I did not really know much about this band - or thought I did not - but thought they were probably a "metal" type band, which members of my family enjoy, so I said I'd do it. (I thought I could always have them help me by listening to it and letting me know what people who like Metal thought of it.)

I was in for a huge surprise - a wonderful surprise when I listened to it . . . I sing most of the songs on the CD in church! Songs like "Your Great Name", "Strong Tower" and "Your Love Awaken Me" are some of my favorite worship songs! Not metal - worship!

So, today I'm extremely happy to let you know what I think of Kutless Alpha / Omega and announce a special giveaway as well!