Saturday, November 16, 2019

cooking with grandma - Oatmeal Pancakes

oatmeal pancakes recipe from www.quakeroats.comMy grandsons enjoy pancakes. Since they will be at my house tomorrow morning as they are sleeping over tonight, I am thinking I will fix oatmeal pancakes for breakfast - why not add the oats since they are very good for us!

Friday, November 15, 2019

crafting with grandma - Thumb-Print Heart Charm

If you are looking for an idea you could help your grandchildren with to make for their mom for Christmas, look at this idea I found on Pinterest today for thumb-print heart charms.

You'll find the recipe and directions for making these wonderful charms at the following link - it looks pretty simple and like something even young grandchildren are able to make with a little help.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

crafting with grandma - Snow People!

Christmas is just around the corner, so, if you are looking for something cute which you are able to make inexpensively 
and still have a wonderful gift for people on your gift list; check this cute snow person I found on Pinterest!

Monday, November 11, 2019

Praying Deeper Through the Psalms for Children is Available and WILL Make a Difference

I am so happy to be able to let you know the new book, Praying Deeper Through the Psalms for Children, is now available! My three grandsons collaborated with me and illustrated this book so, as my middle grandson says: "children will use it and learn how to talk with God.

As Christian grandmas (and grandpas/parents, too) we want to hand down the faith. We want the ones we love to learn to read God's word, learn to pray, learn how to develop their own walk with God, but often we wonder how to do this. We look for resources to help us and happily, now there are many available for us (just scroll down and look at the right side of this blog to see the resources written/developed by some of the Grandmas with Heart), but this book, Praying Deeper Through the Psalms for Children is unique in how it is written/designed as a tool for you to use with the children you love.

Friday, November 8, 2019

Christmas Gifts Which Make a Difference - Generations Quest (Get it Free November 24-30, 2019)

On my other blog, Grandmas with Heart. we write a lot about handing down the faith - for an excellent reason as it is what God has called us to do as grandparents and parents. I often hear from grandparents and parents about how they want to hand down the faith, but just do not know how to do it. This is why we post every day (at least twice) to this blog - to provide free, ideas, information and resources which will equip, encourage and empower you to hand down the faith.

It is also why several of the Grandmas with Heart are working to write books and develop resources to help you have the "tools" you need to hand down the faith. One of these tools, written by me, Lynda Freeman, is the resource, Generations Quest. I could write a lot about what Generations Quest is and how to use it with your entire family to hand down the faith no matter their age or location, but this is what it is in a, "nutshell" . . . 

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Thankful Thanksgiving Turkey Book

Thanksgiving is just three weeks and two days from today! I have figured out my menu . . . well almost - either enchiladas, tostadas, tacos, nachos or roasted turkey, fluffy mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, homemade squash rolls, veggie, pumpkin pie and apple dessert! (Have you decided on your menu yet?)

At any rate, as I browsed on Pinterest this morning, I found a great idea for a craft which will help my family think about the things for which they are thankful! I'm going to have my grandsons help me make a Thanksgiving, Thankful Turkey Book (you'll find all the simple directions at this link) and then after our dinner, each person will have time to decorate a page in the book to tell/show what they are thankful for this year!

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Make a Basket of Apples

Fall is apple time . . . time for apple pie, apple crumble, apple sauce, apples on their own . . . time for apples! But not all apples are for eating, so today I'm going to share with you a simple little apple which is fun to make and make a great decoration for any time of year!

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Seven-Ingredient Cinnamon Rolls

My grandsons are most often quite the "fans" of cinnamon rolls, especially when I use my special cinnamon sprinkles I make with Spice House cinnamon, their vanilla sugar, their maple sugar and some regular sugar. This weekend when my grandsons are over for their sleepover, I am going to see about making some! I looked on-line and found a simple recipe for homemade cinnamon rolls - I will double the recipe!

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Fun Science Project

My grandsons love science projects . . . one reason I included science projects in my curriculum - Generations Quest - Cultivate the Faith! They are such an engaging, "hands-on" and memorable way to help my grandsons learn important things. So, I am always on the watch for new projects which I can try with my grandsons.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Memorable Ways to Focus Upon Developing Eyes of Gratitude

Thanksgiving is just a month and a few days away. 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 . . .

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

It is National Make a Dog's Day

Today is National Make a Dog's Day and since my husband and I have three "grand-dogs" we love, I guess today is a fun day to celebrate! If you have a dog you love or are thinking about adding a dog to your family, today is a day to celebrate!

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

crafting with grandma - Sweet Wire Angel Ornaments

wire angel tutorialChristmas is just ten weeks away!!! Yes, just ten weeks and the time is certain to fly. Since it is getting chilly outside - been in the 40's and low 50's for the past few days (which in the Spring seems like a heat wave, but here in the Fall is downright chilly!), so with the chilly weather and the calendar where they are, 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! 

With this in mind, I was browsing on Pinterest - and found a wonderful angel craft! It is wonderful for several reasons: it is inexpensive. Definitely wonderful! It is simple to make. Definitely wonderful! It is adorable. Definitely wonderful!

Thursday, October 10, 2019

I Have a Winner

I am happy to say Teresa Maddox is the winner in my you choose book giveaway. (You will find the review at this link.) Thank you Teresa for reading grandma's cookie jar - please email me at by October 15, 2019 so I am able to have Santa's Prayer sent to you.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

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

I originally wrote this post four 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!

My grandsons are over - had a sleep-over last night. Caleb went to sleep in my arms and as he was settling down I said, "I love you . . . all of the time!" To which he said; "All of the time!" and I said, "All of the time!"

When I tell the boys I love them - which I do often - I usually follow it up with, "All of the time!" This is the truth. I love them when they are cute, sweet and so much fun to be around! "All of the time!" 

Monday, October 7, 2019

Get Your Free Kindle Copy Today

Today, October 7, 2019 through Friday, October 11, 2019 you are able to get for free the Kindle copy of my new book - The DNA of Grandparents & Parents who Hand Down the Faith. You will find it at this link - please download your free copy and tell the parents and grandparents you know, so they are able to get a copy for free as well.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Two Book Reviews & One Book Giveaway - You Choose!

I recently received two wonderful new books for children from Sterling Children's Books which I and my grandsons reviewed - I am very happy to let you know about them today and announce a fun giveaway - if you win, you will be able to choose one of the two to be yours!

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

It is National Homemade Cookie Day!

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 on Homemade Cookie Day.

I live in Michigan - apple country! We have apples, lots of apples at roadside stands and in the stores, so of course I have apples at home! I found this recipe on-line - consider making a batch for your family.

Monday, September 30, 2019

Get Your Free Kindle Copy of The DNA of Grandparents & Parents who Hand Down the Faith

One week from today on October 7, 2019 you will be able to receive your own Kindle copy of my new book - The DNA of Grandparents & Parents who Hand Down the Faith. In this book I look at what it takes to develop a walk of faith, how to live as someone whose faith is real and ways to reproduce and hand down the faith to the generations who come behind you. I wrote about people from the Bible, people from time and people from today and how they did these things to develop a strong Spiritual DNA. Look at some of the things people are saying about my book!

Friday, September 27, 2019

But God Was Working

In my new book, The DNA of Grandparents & Parents who Hand Down the Faith, which you will be able to download the Kindle copy for free October 7-11, 2019, I am honored to share part of another friend's amazing Faith & Prayer History. 

Ragaee Daniel is from Egypt and he shared how he ended up in an Egyptian jail for being a Christian; when he tried to tell the jailer about Jesus, he was told he would never see the sun again. Ragaee went on to tell how he prayed and God answered with a miracle and freed him from the jail! It is exciting to hear about his powerful faith and prayer history!

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Hand Down the Faith with Praying Deeper Through the Psalms for Children

When I was a child I always received books as part of my birthday and Christmas gifts from my parents. When I became a parent, my children always received books as part of their birthday and Christmas gifts from their dad and me. Now I am a grandma and my grandchildren receive a lot of books from their poppa and me. Books make wonderful gifts - any time of the year and for any special time . . . or to make any time special.

So, with Christmas just three months from today (yes, just three months from today) I would like to encourage you to consider purchasing a special book which will help the children you love learn to pray the Psalms and journal their prayers for themselves. This book - Praying Deeper Through the Psalms for Children - will help you hand down the faith to the children you love and it will be released in October. 

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

You are Absolutely Able to Make a Difference

October 7-11, 2019 you will be able to download the Kindle copy of my new book - The DNA of Grandparents & Parents who Hand Down the Faith for free. In this book I look at how just like with our physical DNA which gives us the code we need to develop, live and reproduce, we are able to have a "spiritual DNA" where we develop a faith of our own, live as people of faith and reproduce by handing down the faith. To do this I looked at people from the Bible, people from time and people from today who developed, lived and reproduced a strong Spiritual DNA.

Two of the people from time whose stories I share in my book are Fanny and Eunice Crosby. You are likely familiar with Fanny Crosby - she wrote more than 9000 hymns - yes, more than 9000 - many of which we still sing in our churches today; such as Blessed Assurance and To God be the Glory. Fanny was blind and since her dad died when she was a baby and her mom had to work, she was mostly raised by her grandma, Eunice, who had her memorizing five chapter from the Bible every week - yes, every week! By the time she was fifteen she had memorized the Pentateuch, the Gospels, Proverbs, the Song of Solomon, and many Psalms; there is a reason her hymns were so solid, Biblically. And, stop and think for a moment. Since Fanny was blind, for her to memorize five chapters from the Bible a week, someone had to read those chapters to her. Someone had to spend the time necessary to help her memorize. This someone was her grandma.

Friday, September 20, 2019

Get Your Free Kindle Copy of The DNA of Grandparents & Parents Who Hand Down the Faith

I am so happy to announce the release and the Kindle copy giveaway of my new book - The DNA of Grandparents & Parents Who Hand Down the Faith. In this book I look at how our physical DNA is a truly amazing and essential part of who we are, as it holds the "code" or instructions for the things which make us unique as well as for the things we share. It connects us with the generations who came before us; as well as with those who come behind. It is the core of who we are physically. 

Yes, our physical DNA tells our cells and bodies how to Develop, Live and Reproduce, but let's think for a moment about another type of "DNA". A Spiritual DNA. More specifically, our "Faith and Prayer DNA". What are a, "Faith and Prayer DNA" you ask? Well, just as our physical DNA provides the code for how our bodies develop, live and reproduce, our "Faith and Prayer DNA" gives us the code or instructions which help us learn to develop a strong walk of faith, live as people who believe and reproduce by handing down to our children and our children's children a strong and healthy walk of faith. 

The DNA of Grandparents & Parents Who Hand Down the Faith will introduce you to people from the Bible - including Hannah, David, Jeremiah, Elisha, Jesus, Job, Joseph, the Kings of Judah, the Prodigal Son's Father and our own Heavenly Father, people from time - such as George Muller, Billy Graham, Fanny & Eunice Crosby, Elisabeth Elliot, Joni, Corrie Ten Boom, Martin & Katherine Luther, Charles Spurgeon and Dwigh L. Moody and people from today - including my friends Teresa Holmgren who shared how God answered her prayers for a child and then for a grandchild, Brad Burkhead who shared what it is like when your grown children and grandchildren move to Africa to be missionaries, my friend Ragaee Daniel shared how God saved him from an Egyptian prison, and my friend Janae Dean shared the powerful account of how God gave life back to her son when he was dead; all these accounts show us what it looked like for them to develop this strong and healthy "Faith and Prayer DNA". It also looks at how you are able to hand down the faith to the children you love in a way which will positively impact the generations who come behind you.

Mark your calendars and please, please tell every grandparent and parent you know - October 7-11, 2019 you will be able to get the Kindle copy of my new book - The DNA of Grandparents & Parents Who Hand Down the Faith - for FREE! Look what people are saying - 

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Talk Like a Pirate Day Fun for 2019

Tomorrow, September 19th, is, "Talk Like a Pirate Day" and not only are you able to have fun talking like a pirate, if you dress and talk like a pirate, there are some freebies out there which are available for you to claim. Sounds like a winning combination forrrrrrrrr sure! (Notice my, "pirate 'rrrrrrrrr'!!!")

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

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 long neck and a prehensile tongue, like the Giraffe, but it is a unique creature all its own.

The Okapi is only found in the Democratic Republic of Congo; it lives deep in the rain forest and is so shy, we didn't even know for sure it was a real creature until 1901. Okapi do not live in herds, they are solitary creatures and are considered extremely tasty by its neighbors - the leopard and people from the DRC. 

So, how do we still have any Okapi in the world today? They do something extremely unique - they communicate with infrasonic calls . . . leopards and people are not able to hear these beautiful animals communicate, so the mama Okapi and able to "talk" to their babies in safety.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Just for Fun - Did You Know . . .

It has been a while since I shared some, "Just for Fun" strange, but true, facts, so I thought I'd share a few more with you today!  Did you know . . .

Salted Caramel Lollipops

I thought it would be fun and "Fall-ish" to share with you a tasty recipe for Salted Caramel Lollipops!!! 

The recipe is pretty simple, although it does take some stirring. Just follow this link and you'll find an ingredient list and complete directions. I did have to make a couple corrections . . . when you add the cream and butter to the sugar mixture, you need to bring it back to 300 degrees, not 260 - it makes a HUGE difference. And, you need to continually stir for this final cook time.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Caramel Apple Bites

Easy_Halloween_Snacks_Candy_Caramel_Apple_Bites_mummy_dogs_tryitmomFall is upon us! In this area of Michigan, Fall = Apples! I enjoy caramel apples, but do not like biting into them, so when  I saw this recipe for caramel apple bites on Pinterest, well, I had to share it  with you . . . and I will be making it with my grandsons, soon!

Friday, September 6, 2019

Help Please!

My grandsons and I have been working on a project - my first reason for this project was to help them learn to pray the Psalms. My second reason for it was to develop a resource, a tool for other grandmas (and grandpas and parents, too) to use to help their grandchildren - preschool through middle school - learn to pray the Psalms as well.

The project is almost complete. When it is there will be 52 weeks of prayers for children to pray from the Psalms. The passages match the passages in Praying Deeper Through the Psalms for Grandparents & Parents, Too! (Formally known as Deeper In 4 Grandparents & Parents, Too! Praying the Psalms for the Children You Love).

Thursday, September 5, 2019

It 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! 

Just follow this link and you'll find the complete recipe . . . as I said back then, this is a recipe which is "pretty straightforward, but it is one your grandchildren can literally "get their hands into" and really help prepare a meal for the family to enjoy! Top baked pizza crusts with whatever toppings you like - each grandchild may top their own pizza with their favorite toppings - each one is likely to be unique . . . just like the person who made it! Bake again for about seven minutes and enjoy!"

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

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 which I found on Pinterest . . . 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!!!!

Monday, September 2, 2019

Get Your Free Kindle Copy of Generations Quest - Cultivate the Faith!

Today, September 2, 2019, through Friday, September 6, 2019, you are able to download the Kindle version of Generations Quest - Cultivate the Faith! . . . completely for free! It is our Grandparents Day gift to you - whether you are a grandparent or parent!

Please feel free to get your free copy and then plan to use it over the coming year as you hand down the faith. You will find 52 Bible adventures with science projects and activities written to provide you the tools you need to sit down with the children you love to focus upon handing down the faith.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Back-to-School Fun with Free Printables

A sheet of lunch box notes.Here in Michigan - where I live - school started yesterday. My grandsons are all going to new schools this year as they are moving in a few weeks. 

So, as I was thinking about "back to school", I found a couple links for free printable lunch box notes which I thought I'd share with you again today. These notes are great little things to tuck in a lunch box or pocket or backpack to remind children they are loved! Just follow this link and you'll find three sets of printables - use one, two or all three!

Friday, August 23, 2019

I Have a Winner

I'm happy to say Laura Waltz is the winner in the giveaway for four Fandango tickets for Overcomer.  You will find my review - at this link. Thank you Laura for reading grandma's cookie jar (please contact me asap and the tickets are only good for Overcomer as long as it is in the theater - by August 28, 2019, and I will email the codes to you).

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

I Have a Winner & Another Giveaway in Two Days

I'm happy to say Jenny Quimby is the winner in the giveaway for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: A Puzzle AdventureYou will find my review - at this link. Thank you Jenny for reading grandma's cookie jar (please contact me - by August 28, 2019, so I am able to arrange to get it to you) and thank you Big Picture Press for sending one for me to review and for making another available for me to give away!

Monday, August 19, 2019

The Movie Overcomer & Giveaway for Four Fandango Tickets to See Overcomer

I was recently invited to share the news about a new movie which releases on August 23rd - Overcomer. Today I am happy to do so.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Cooking = Family Memories to Treasure!

What do you remember from when you were a child? Which family memories stand out to you when you remember being young? For me, I remember times when my family got together . . . there were always amazing things to eat as my family had excellent cooks in it! My grandmas and my mom could all cook! There are few things in life as wonderful as time spent with family . . . when you can add in tasty things to eat . . . well, it is the "cherry on top"!

Thursday, August 15, 2019

grandma's cookbook - Apple-Cinnamon Pull-Apart Loaf

I live in West Michigan - in the heart of apple country. There are apple orchards all around this area - one is just down the street from where I live. So it is no wonder we tend to enjoy apples around here!

Monday, August 12, 2019

grandma's cookbook - Fluffly Rolls

Mmmm! I love rolls! Fresh from the oven, soft, with butter melting on them . . . what could be more enjoyable? As a child, one of my favorite parts of Thanskgiving dinner was knowing I was going to be able to enjoy a couple of my grandma's rolls! So, as I browsed on Pinterest the other day, I noticed a recipe for rolls. The picture alone was enough to put a smile on my face! I'm planning to  make these in a couple weeks for my oldest grandson's birthday - his choice of menu, but I thought I'd go ahead and share the recipe with you today!

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Summer Fun . . . Ice Eggs!

Ice EggsI found an idea on Pinterest which sounds like so much fun for the next hot summer day . . . Ice Eggs! So . . . what, you ask, are ice eggs? Well, they are "eggs" you make with water in balloons which you then freeze! What might you possibly do with ice eggs, you also ask? Well . . . apparently there are lots of things you can do with ice eggs . . . including playing games such as "ice bowling" and you can freeze "surprises" in them for your grandchildren to discover!

grandma's cookbook . . . Ice Cream on a Stick!

Ice Cream Scoop on a Stick
If you have an end-of-summer party planned and are looking for something simple and fun which you might enjoy fixing for dessert, take a look at this fun - and tasty - idea I found on Pinterest for ice cream on a stick!

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: A Puzzle Adventure - Review & Giveaway

Big Picture Press recently sent me a book which is so much fun - my grandsons LOVED reviewing it - they say all children will love it - and I'm very happy to let you know about it today . . . and announce a giveaway for one as well.

I Have a Winner

I'm happy to say LeAnn F is the winner in the giveaway for the extremely fun book, DUCK!You will find my review - at this link. Thank you LeAnn for reading grandma's cookie jar (please contact me - by August 14, 2019, so I am able to arrange to get it to you) and thank you Candlewick Press for sending one for me to review and for making another available for me to give away!

Friday, August 2, 2019

Vacation Memory Jar

Summer is the time for many special times and memories . . . some of which are created on vacations! If your grandchildren went on a vacation this summer, or just did something special during the summer - consider helping them make their own Vacation Memory Jars! 

grandma's cookbook - Peanutbutter Bars

Peanutbutter Bars! Mmmmm! Just the name has me thinking about the supplies I have and if I need to buy anything to make a batch! After all, what's not to love about chocolate and peanutbutter?!!! I was browsing on Pinterest and found a recipe for peanutbutter bars, so I thought I'd share it with you.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Equip Your Grandchildren for the New School Year with God's Love, Joy & Peace

My grandsons will be heading back to school in just three weeks, so to help them focus and prepare in these final three weeks, we are going to focus upon and pray one of our blessings . . . 

Friday, July 26, 2019

Hand Down the Faith with Mystery Bags - God's "Explosive" Joy

It has been a busy summer - my grandsons spend the day at my house on the days when both their parents are at work - and there have been many of these days. I am a happy grandma.

But, this has meant less time for posts. Today I want to share a post with you which I originally posted to my other blog - Grandmas with Heart - earlier this week.

My grandsons have been at my house for the past four days for our yearly, "Days of Fun". Yesterday we did, "Will it Explode/Make a Mess" and the boys tried the Diet Coke/Mentos experiment, Elephant Toothpaste experiment and the exploding Watermelon (using rubberbands) experiment, and yes, a mess was made in all three experiments!

We are talking about how these experiments remind us of how when we make the choice to love, know and walk with God, our lives will have many surprises and His joy will flow - or explode - out of us!

If you would like to try any of these experiments with your grandchildren, you will need the following supplies . . .

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

I Have a Winner

I'm happy to say, Rochel S is the winner in the giveaway for the book, Beware of the CrocodileYou will find my review - at this link. Thank you Rochel for reading grandma's cookie jar (please contact me - by July 30, 2019, so I am able to arrange to get it to you) and thank you Candlewick Press for sending one for me to review and for making another available for me to give away!

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Duck! - Book Review & Giveaway

I was recently given the opportunity to review a new book from Candlewick Press and am extremely happy to do so today! Not only am I able to let you know about this book which you will want to have in your own library - and give to your grandchildren as well, but I am able to announce a giveaway as well.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

I Have a Winner & Another Giveaway in Five Days

I'm happy to say, Lori Layne is the winner in the giveaway for the book, A Small Zombie ProblemYou will find my review - at this link. Thank you Lori for reading grandma's cookie jar (please contact me - by July 25, 2019, so I am able to arrange to get it to you) and thank you Knopf Books for Young Readers for sending one for me to review and for making another available for me to give away!

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

crafting with grandma - An Airplane to Make and with which to Play

Magnetic Airplane ClipMy grandsons loves to work on crafts if they are techie or about something with wheels, so, I'm always looking for ideas we can do when they are over here. I have to say, it is easier to find crafts girls will enjoy than it is to find crafts boys will enjoy, so when I saw this cute little airplane on Pinterest, well, I had to share it with you!

Saturday, July 13, 2019

I Have a Winner & Another Giveaway in Five Days

I'm happy to say, Kellyr78 is the winner in the giveaway for the book, my first Pop-Up DinosaursYou will find my review - at this link. Thank you Kellyr78 for reading grandma's cookie jar (please email me your address - by July 20, 2019, so I am able to arrange to have it sent to you) and thank you Candlewick Studio for sending one for me to review and for making another available for me to give away!