IF ONLY LIFE COULD BE MORE LIKE MAYBERRY

A few weeks ago one of my daughters and I were talking about The Andy Griffith show and Mayberry. She said to me “Mom after your generation no one will even know what Mayberry was about”.  I started thinking about it and am hoping that is not true. But do most of the younger generations know who Lucille Ball, Vivian Leigh or John Wayne are??

Everyone around my age (62) grew up watching a show on television that transported us to a magical town called Mayberry.

It was a quaint, little old fashioned town, made up of kind, hardworking people with good morals. There was no serious crime and families were close. People were kind to their neighbors. Children showed respect to their parents and romance was not the sex scenes we now have on television. I know that for myself, I wanted to live my adult life in a place like this.

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COOKING WITH THE GRANDCHILDREN

I have always loved to be in the kitchen creating recipes with my grandchildren. They know how I love to cook, bake, and enter cooking contests and I think that excitement has been passed on to them. They have been the inspiration for many of my contest recipes.

When they are small, we move a stool over to the kitchen counter or bring their small table into the kitchen. As they grow older, they have taken over the kitchen at times. They will even call me to tell me an idea they had for a recipe.  See how much fun we have baking and cooking together!

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HAPPY NATIONAL SUGAR COOKIE DAY

What a “sweet” day this is for sure!  Baking and decorating sugar cookies is one of my favorite things to do.  I grew up doing this with my mother, carried on the tradition for my children, and now do this for my grandchildren.006 (2)

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s1Here is a previous blog post I did on decorated sugar cookies and the recipe I have used for many years.    Sugar Cookies for all Occasions

Have a great day and hopefully eat a sugar cookie with someone you love

SUMMERTIME ACTIVITIES TO DO WITH YOUR GRANDCHILDREN

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 If your grandchildren are younger, chances are you get to spend some extra time with them.  Once they start school and activities, their free time is very limited.   This is the first summer I have not worked in 42 years, since I am now retired, so I am hoping for some extra time with my grandchildren.    I have some ideas of what I would like for us to do this summer.

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BABY-SHOWERS…MODERN DAY TRENDS

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I believe that everyone will agree the baby showers of today are nothing like what we had with our children.  They were hosted by a close friend or family member and consisted of serving cake, punch, and finger foods; playing games, and opening gifts.  Men did not attend the showers.

It is common now for the expectant parents to both attend a cook-out or dinner to celebrate the shower. 

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TURNING THE BIG “60” IN STYLE-WEEKEND PARTY

 

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Most people dread turning  “60” but this was a celebration I was happy to see.  Last week my husband Bob (alias Grandpa Bob or Papaw Bob) turned 60 and we celebrated with a 3 day party at a lake resort we love with 80 of our closest friends and family members. 

My son and his family flew in from Co; my daughter and her family came from NC;  my brother and sister-in-law came from KY.  

Two and a half years ago, Bob was going thru a serious illness  and we are so thankful that our prayers were answered and he beat this.  I wanted to give us something positive to hold onto, so at that time I started planning this party.  There were a lot of behind the scene details I had to work out and I felt like I had planned a wedding, but I am so happy with the results.

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