GRANDPARENTS SHARE THANKSGIVING TRADITIONS

Thanksgiving traditions are created from memories.  

Traditions are defined as  the transmission of customs or beliefs from generation to generation.  I was thinking of my Thanksgiving  traditions and asked a few of my friends to tell me about theirs.

When I was growing up I remember that my mother cooked and baked for days preparing foods for Thanksgiving.  I believe that I can still feel the warmth in our home and experience  the wonderful smells coming from the kitchen.  Everyone came to our house to eat including grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins and friends.  My father and the men in our family always liked to deer hunt so they were out in the morning doing that.  After dinner we drew names for our Christmas gift exchange.

When I was in high school we moved to the country and for several years the same tradition continued.  My mother decided to try  hunting and enjoyed it so she started going out herself.  Over the years as my brother, sister and I  grew up and had our own families we were not always able to be together.

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MEMORIES OF THE PILLSBURY BAKE-OFF CONTEST 2014

 Memories of the Pillsbury Bake-off Contest 2014.

Sharing memories of the Pillsbury Bake-off Contest 2014

This time last year, my husband and I were in Nashville Tn for the 47th Pillsbury Bake-off Contest.  I had been chosen as a finalist with my entry: Strawberry-Mascarpone-Hazelnut-Choc. -Tart.   So many wonderful memories.  I am so honored to have been chosen.  To see my blog post on this trip, see HERE.

My  11 year old granddaughter called me one day and said that she was required to do a “How To” demonstration speech in  one of her classes.  She asked to do my Pillsbury entry!  She came to my house one evening and made the tart and I took pictures.  This was an easy recipe to do and I am so proud of the great job she did.

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EARLY HALLOWEEN FUN WITH THE GRANDKIDS

There was a lot of fun and activities at our house last week.  My 3 year old grand-daughter got to spend the day with me on Friday.  I had baked some Halloween cookies, so she helped me make cookie trays and candy bags to give to people.halloween, halloween cookies, grandkids

halloween cookiesShe carefully arranged them and re-arranged them many times.  She also named each person that was suppose to eat that particular cookie. It seemed that her personal cookie tray was getting larger than the others, so I moved some cookies around when she was not watching.halloween cookies, grandkids cooking  

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COOKIE BAKING ORGANIZATION IDEAS

cookie baking organization ideas

Sharing some Cookie Baking Organization Ideas to get your pantry organized and your ovens going.

Happy National Homemade Cookie Day.  I have been busy baking  a variety of cookies for the past 2 days.  I have also baked 16 dozen of cut-out sugar cookies for Halloween but they are not decorated yet.  My grandchildren love when I bake them cookies.

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MY COOKIE RECIPES IN TASTE OF HOME MAGAZINE

taste of home magazine, cookie recipes, published recipesI am always so excited and feel so honored when one of my recipes is published in a magazine.  This week I received 2 magazines from Taste of Home with one of my cookie recipes in each.   


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This is my recipe for Halloween Party Cutout Cookies.  It is in the Taste of Home magazine posted above.  I have not made my cookies yet for this year but here are a few from last year.tatse of home magazine, decorated sugar cookies

 

I use my recipe for decorated sugar cookies, and decorated these very simple. Some of the grandchildren helped with these.  

The second magazine is a cookie swap edition and is full of great looking recipes. I will be trying several of them out this year.  The cookie recipe of mine they published was actually one I created a few years ago as an after school snack for some of my grandchildren.  taste of home magazine, cookie swap 

trail mix, cookie cups, nutella, peanut butter cookie cupsThis recipe only has 4 ingredients.  If you like chocolate and peanut butter together, this will hit the spot.

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SWEET 16 PARTY AND DECORATED SUGAR COOKIES

A few weeks ago one of my friends asked me to do some cookies for her daughter’s “Sweet 16” Birthday Party.  The theme was a Victoria Secret Theme.

Decorated sugar cookies for a sweet 16 birthday party.VS cookies, decorated sugar cookies for girls, pink sugar cookies

 

They turned out cute,  co-ordinated  with her other sweet 16 decorations and cake, and the guests really liked them.

Another grand-daughter was having a “Spa” themed birthday party the following week and wanted some of the cookies too.  She turned “12” so I made these. pink sugar cookies, decorated sugar cookies for girls party

I bought the dog cookie cutter at a kitchen store in our mall and for the other cookies I just used heart shaped and a round cookie cutter.  I did not take great pictures as I did not really plan to post them but they are a cute idea so I wanted to share them.

I used my recipe for decorated sugar cookies.

 

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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