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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EASTER TREATS FOR GRANDKID’S EGG-HUNT

One of my daughters hosted a large Easter Egg Hunt at her home along with a fishing derby and fish fry.  They have a beautiful, large lake on their property.   Everyone brought food and the weather was perfect with beautiful sunshine.

Sugar Cookies are the treat they always want me to make.

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Here is the tried & true recipe for the Decorated Sugar Cookies .

I also put together the cupcake/candy treat bags.

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Here are the instructions to do these cute bags.  I use the same method as for the  Halloween Treat Bags but change the candy for the occasion. 

Off to the egg hunt with some sweet treats for the sweeties.

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RETIREMENT..TODAY WAS MY LAST DAY OF WORK

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Retirement is a word I am happy to say.  I have been a Registered Nurse for over 42 years.  I now have a new status.  Retired.

When I became a nurse, we wore white dresses with white hose, white shoes and our caps.  Hair was pinned up, make-up was light and jewelry was only a  gold wedding band.  To people looking back at this, it may seem like the dark ages, but I remember how proud I felt.  It was a real honor to be recognized as a nurse.  We stood up at the desk when a doctor came on the floor and we carried the charts making rounds.  I think it was a real show of respect.     Continue reading RETIREMENT..TODAY WAS MY LAST DAY OF WORK

A GRANDPARENT’S LOVE….VALENTINE’S DAY

There are so many different kinds of love we experience in our life.  Being a grandparent has given us the opportunity to have been  through all of these.

We start with the love of our parents, our siblings, grandparents and  other extended family members.

Later in life we have our spouses or significant other, our children and  then the wonderful, extreme love of our grandchildren.  No two kinds  of love are alike but they are each so overwhelming and unforgettable.

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HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY

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I LOVE to make decorated sugar cookies for my grandchildren.

My kitchen has been a busy place baking cookies and making these cute  little candy treat bags. The candies and cupcakes are lined up for the task.1

071Click here to see directions Easy Halloween Treat Bags

I mail a box to my grandsons in Colorado and North Carolina. I add some Valentine window clings and it is a fun, inexpensive treat from grandma and grandpa. The other children live nearby.

Decorated sugar cookies are always a sweet treat that make everyone happy.  Here is my recipe Decorated Sugar Cookies

Fix a little treat bag of cookies and deliver to a co-worker, a neighbor, the   mailman, or any special person in your life.                                     

 

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