Tuesday, November 20, 2018

I Have a Winner & Another Giveaway Tomorrow

I am happy to say Paula Michele Hafner is the winner of Where's Waldo? The Spectacular Spotlight Search. (You will find all the details at this link.) Thank you for reading grandma's cookie jar (please message me at lyndagcj@gmail.com by November 27, 2018, so I am able to have it sent to you) and thank you Candlewick Press for sending one for me to review and for making another available for me to give away.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Help Your Grandchildren Watch for God's Blessings in 2019

I shared an idea on my other blog - Grandmas with Heart - this morning about how to help our grandchildren/children learn to be thankful people in 2019. I said;

I Have a Winner & Another Giveaway Tomorrow

I am happy to say Jenny Quimby is the winner of DC Comics: Secret Hero Society Detention of Doom. (You will find all the details at this link.) Thank you for reading grandma's cookie jar (please message me at lyndagcj@gmail.com by November 26, 2018, so I am able to have it sent to you) and thank you Scholastic books for sending one for me to review and for making another available for me to give away.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

I Have a Winner & Another Giveaway Tomorrow

I am happy to say Tina Hendrickson is the winner of one Red Frangipan Adjustable Cane with Wooden Handle. (You will find all the details at this link.) Thank you for reading grandma's cookie jar (please message me at lyndagcj@gmail.com by November 25, 2018, so I am able to get it to you) and thank you Harvey Canes/House of Canes for sending one for me to give away.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Please Pray

Image may contain: Ted Jones and Tonia JonesI am sharing this request, because I know so many of you are prayer warriors. My cousin has been through a terrible battle with cancer. We thought it was gone, but it returned as an extremely difficult leukemia. She just completed a series of chemo - four weeks of constant chemo, two weeks off, followed by four weeks again of constant chemo.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Free Thanksgiving Spices from The Spice House when You Spend $20

One week from today is my oldest grandson's favorite holiday - Thanksgiving. He told us last night it was his favorite holiday, because he gets to eat turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy!

I am planning to fix a smoked turkey, roasted turkey with apples, mashed potatoes, mashed squash, stuffing, squash rolls and gravy. My daughter-in-law is bringing the veggies, my daughter is fixing applesauce and my mom is making the pumpkin pie.

A fairly traditional menu, but I am absolutely looking forward to it - as is my grandson!

What are you planning to fix for Thanksgiving this year? If you need a few spices to add to your menu, take a look at this wonderful offer from I received in my email this morning from the Spice House . . .

I Have a Winner & Another Giveaway in Three Days

I am happy to say Tina is the winner  of Douglas, You're a Genius!. (You will find all the details at this link.) Thank you for reading grandma's cookie jar (please message me at lyndagcj@gmail.com by November 22, 2018, so I am able to have it sent it to you) and thank you Random House for sending one for me to review and for making another available for me to give away.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Hand Down the Faith with Mystery Bags - Origami Christmas Star

On my other blog I wrote about how a few years ago I involved my three grandsons in making my Christmas cards. The boys helped draw the design on the cover, I wrote the inside greeting and then the boys prayed with me for the people who received our cards. We prayed the coming year would draw the people who received the cards closer to Jesus.

Yes, the drawings looked like a seven year old, four year old and two year old helped to draw them . . . after all, the boys were seven, four and two at the time, but the cards were the best Christmas cards I ever sent, because the boys helped make them and most importantly, they prayed with me for the people who received them.

Monday, November 12, 2018

2018 Christmas Gift Review & Giveaway - The Illustrated Word: An Illuminated Bible Coloring Journal

I was recently invited to review three Art Journals from Ellie Claire and today I am delighted to share with you my opinion of these Art Journals, highly recommend them for a thoughtful, unique and lovely gift and announce a giveaway for one of them.

I Have a Winner & Another Giveaway in Three Days

I am happy to say Leela is the winner  of  Reagandoodle & Little Buddy. (You will find all the details at this link.) Thank you for reading grandma's cookie jar (please message me at lyndagcj@gmail.com by November 19, 2018, so I am able to have it sent it to you) and thank you Harvest House for sending one for me to review and for making another available for me to give away.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Tomorrow is Origami Day

Origami DayMy seven year old grandson LOVES origami. He often grabs paper at my house and an origami book I have and next thing I know, he has created another origami masterpiece! At least to this grandma they are definitely masterpieces!

I Have a Winner & Another Giveaway in Two Days

I am happy to say Mary Beth Dawson is the winner of  the  Hillsong Kids - Can You Believe It!? DVD from Hillsong Kids. (You will find all the details at this link.) Thank you for reading grandma's cookie jar (please message me at lyndagcj@gmail.com by November 15, 2018, so I am able to have it sent it to you) and thank you FlyBy for sending one for me to review and for making another available for me to give away.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Enjoy God's Gift of Your Unique Grandchildren

I came across this quote a few months back and thought when it snowed, I'd share it with you all. So, since it is snowing out my window this morning, I'm happy to share it with you. 

Each of our grandchildren are wonderful, precious gifts from the hand of God! Not only did He gift us with each grandchild, but He made each of them unique and special in their own way. Our grandchildren may all look alike, or you may have one with brown hair, one with red hair and one who has blond hair (as do I). 

Thursday, November 8, 2018

I Have a Winner & Another Giveaway in Two Days

I am happy to say Paula Michele Hafner is the winner of Ground Saigon Cinnamon from the Spice House. (You will find all the details at this link.) Thank you for reading grandma's cookie jar (please message me at lyndagcj@gmail.com by November 15, 2018, so I am able to have it sent it to you) and thank you Spice House for sending one for me to review and for making another available for me to give away.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

2018 Christmas Gift Review & Giveaway - Hillsong Kids - Can You Believe It!? DVD

I was recently invited to review the new Hillsong Kids - Can You Believe It!? DVD and today I'm happy to share my opinion of it with you - and announce a giveaway for one as well.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

2018 Christmas Gift Review & Giveaway - Folkmanis Reindeer Puppet

For several years now, I have been blessed with the opportunity to review and give away some of the most incredible, plush and beautiful puppets. Today I'm very delighted for the opportunity to let you know about more puppets from Folkmanis - and yes, announce a giveaway as well!

Monday, November 5, 2018

grandma's Christmas Cookie Recipe Contest - Snicker Chocolate Chip Cookies by Jackie!

Six years ago we held a cookie recipe contest, so today I thought it would be fun to share with you once again one of the tasty recipes from our contest. If you did not try this six years ago, be sure to do so today!

This recipe was submitted by Jackie Wieda and is for Snicker chocolate Chip Cookies! Jackie said; "I have to make a batch of these every year because my husband just loves them!" You will find this recipe is simple to make - bake up a batch to surprise and delight your family today!

I Have a Winner & Another Giveaway in Three Days

I am happy to say Jennifer McLeod is the winner of the book, No Frogs in School. (You will find all the details at this link.) Thank you for reading grandma's cookie jar (please message me at lyndagcj@gmail.com by November 12, 2018, so I am able to have it sent it 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.

Friday, November 2, 2018

It is Peanut Butter Lovers' Month

I love peanut butter and think every month is a month to celebrate the tasty treat, but since November is apparently peanut butter lovers' month, it is a great time to share a simple way to turn a favorite recipe into an even better recipe . . . peanut butter toll house cookies!

I Have a Winner & Another Giveaway in Three Days

I am happy to say Bakersdozen is the winner of a special box of Red Heart yarn (You will find the review at this link.) Thank you for reading grandma's cookie jar (please message me at lyndagcj@gmail.com by November 7, 2018, so I am able to send it to you) and thank you Red Heart for sending yarn for me to review and  give away.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Thankful Thursdays - Give Thanks in All Circumstances - 1 Thessalonians 5:18

As we enter the month of November and "head" towards Thanksgiving Day, I thought it would be encouraging to focus upon being thankful. So, since today is Thursday and Thanksgiving Day is on a Thursday, I thought I'd observe, "Thankful Thursdays" on my other blog - Grandmas with Heart - and share a verse or two each Thursday to help us focus upon being thankful and encourage us to model to and teach our grandchildren to be thankful as well. It seems like a good idea to share these posts with you as well.

2018 Christmas Gift Review & Giveaway - Mickey The True Original Collector's Chess Set

All three of my grandsons enjoy playing chess . . . especially when they play against me, because they always win! So, when USAopoly said they would send me one of their new to review, I was very happy to be able to include it in this year's Christmas Gift Review and Giveaway . . . yes, I am able to give one away!

I Have a Winner & Another Giveaway Tomorrow

I am happy to say Mary Beth Dawson is the winner  of  HOLY ROAR (You will find the review at this link.) Thank you for reading grandma's cookie jar (please message me at lyndagcj@gmail.com by November 3, 2018, so I am able to arrange for you to receive your CD) and thank you Bowyer & Bow/FlyBy  for sending one CD for me to review and for making another available for me to give away.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

2018 Christmas Gift Review & Giveaway - Around the World in 80 Puzzles

My grandsons enjoy a challenging puzzle, so when I saw, Around the World in 80 Puzzles on the list of books from which I was able to choose a few to review from Candlewick Press, I knew I had to ask for it. Now I've had the opportunity to review it, I am ever so glad I did; and even more so they sent it for my review.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

You Are Making a Difference

This morning on my other blog - Grandmas with Heart - I posted about how if you are handing down the faith to your children/grandchildren, you are making a difference! So, in light of the book review I posted for Reagandoodle & Little Buddy, I thought I'd share this post with you as well.

2018 Christmas Gift Review & Giveaway - Reagandoodle & Little Buddy

I was recently invited to review a book which will initially pull at your heart-strings and then has the potential to challenge you to make a difference in the life of children who need to know they are lovable. Today, I'm very happy to let you know about the book and invite you to consider if you are a person who could foster a child from your community.

Game Review - Disney Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs: A Gemstone Mining Game

I was recently invited to review a new game from USAopoly, and while this game is not available for giveaway, if you are looking for a fun game for someone on your Christmas gift list, definitely consider Disney Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs: A Gemstone Mining Game.

Monday, October 29, 2018

2018 Christmas Gift Review & Giveaway - Interrupting Chicken and the Elephant of Surprise

Don't you just love it when you discover a new picture book which has an excellent story, illustrations full of color and fun details and a healthy touch of humor? And, when the book is written in a way to help the children you love learn something it is even better! Well, I'm so happy today to share a book with you which has all these things and was sent to me for review by Candlewick Press.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

2018 Christmas Gift Review & Giveaway - Flip Flap Dogs

My grandsons love dogs. While they are especially fans of huskies, they love any dog, so when I saw a new book with dogs in it from nosy crow/Candlewick Press, I knew it would be a hit.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Trust God

What impossible situations are you depending upon God for today? Do you have a family member who is not walking with God? Are you, or someone you love facing a health crisis? Do you need a job? A home? A repaired relationship with family?

We all have "impossible" situations in our lives; things which truly are impossible for us. But the wonderful news is nothing is impossible for God. 


You will find the full post at this link.

2018 Christmas Gift Review & Giveaway - DC Comics: Secret Hero Society Detention of Doom

Around this grandma's house the Marvel Universe is at the top of my grandson's favorites list, but I do believe, while they are loyal Marvel Universe fans, they will very much enjoy the book Scholastic sent me to review.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Be Alert! Watch for What God Does

If you are like me you have many things which fill your days - time spent growing in our walk with God, time with family, things to keep us busy at home, possibly a job, volunteering at church and the list goes on. And, since the Holiday Season is nearly upon us and there are less than two months until Christmas, we are likely to become even more busy. While we may be busy, it is essential for us to make time for those things which matter the most - such as praying, growing in our own walk with God and in handing down the faith.

Check this link for the rest of this post.

2018 Christmas Gift Review & Giveaway - Dog Man: Lord of the Fleas

I have enjoyed reading all my life and I believe books are wonderful things. But I know it may be more challenging to find books young boys will read, than it is to find books young girls will read. Since my grandchildren are all boys, I have had an interest in books which may interest boys.

Today I'm very happy to have the opportunity to review another book from graphix/Scholastic - one I'm quite sure my grandsons will enjoy!

Thursday, October 25, 2018

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

Okay, yesterday I wrote about the "Dilemma of Halloween" 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 of which we want to be part. 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 on October 31st.  You will find my full post at this link.

2018 Christmas Gift Review & Giveaway - HOLY ROAR

I was recently invited to review a new CD from Chris Tomlin and since I enjoy his music, I was quick to accept the invitation. Today I am very happy to share with you my review of this new CD - Holy Roar.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

The Halloween Dilemma . . .

Do you wonder how to respond to Halloween? Do you wonder how it may impact your children and grandchildren and the best way for you to respond? If so, take a look at the post I put up this morning on my other blog - Grandmas with Heart. You will find it at this link.

2018 Christmas Gift Review & Giveaway - If You're Groovy and You Know It, Hug a Friend

I have long been a big "fan" of picture books. If you are able to combine a fun story with colorful illustrations, well, I am likely to like the book. I do not believe it is ever truly possible to outgrow an excellent picture book - just because the book was written for children ages three to five, it does not mean a grandma will not also enjoy the book. In fact, I am fully convinced all picture books should include "grandmas" when it lists the ages for whom the book is written!

With all of this in mind, when I had the opportunity to select a few books from Scholastic to review and include in this year's Christmas Gift Review, I just had to ask for the book I'm reviewing today . . . and I am SO happy they sent it to me!

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

2018 Christmas Gift Review & Giveaway - Mac Undercover - Mac B. Kid Spy

A few days ago I posted about my "Grandma's Count-Down-to-Christmas Gifts" and how this year I'm going to give my grandsons books when they come to my house between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Some of the books will be puzzle books, some will be picture books and some will be fun chapter books which we will read together - even though two of my three grandsons are able to read for themselves.

Today I'm very happy to share with you my review of a fun chapter book sent to me by Scholastic Books - and announce a giveaway for one as well!

Monday, October 22, 2018

2018 Christmas Gift Review & Giveaway - nalgene Grip-N-Gulp Blue Seahorse

Now days people seem to be more aware of how beneficial it is for us to drink water throughout the day and are teaching this to our children and grandchildren. Many schools encourage children to bring their own water bottle with them to school, so they are able to drink water all day while at school.
So, I thought it would be fun to review a water bottle for children and asked nalgene if they might send one or two for me to review . . . I'm happy to say they did, so today I'm sharing my opinion of the two they sent - and announcing a giveaway for one of them!

2018 Christmas Gift Review & Giveaway - The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge

I intended to post this review yesterday, so today I'll share two of my Christmas Gift Reviews - and Giveaways! First another unique book from Candlewick Press - The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

2018 Christmas Gift Review & Giveaway - Where's Waldo? The Spectacular Spotlight Search

With Christmas just a touch over two months away, I'm very happy to share with you today an idea and a review of one of the most fun books you could give to pretty much anyone five and older on your gift list. First, the idea. I typically have "count-down to Christmas gifts" which I give my grandsons between Thanksgiving and Christmas when they are at my house. When they were younger, these gifts were things like Matchbox cars, fun rocks, etc - simple, small things just for the fun of it. 

This year I'm giving the boys a fun book for each of their "count-down to Christmas gifts", but it will be one book for the three of them to share each time. While this may not sound like a very great gift, the books will be fun stories or puzzle books - books they all are likely to enjoy. I will also add a fun rock and/or candy . . . because I'm grandma!

So, now for the book review . . . and yes, I get to give one away, too!

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!