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Monday, December 30, 2013

Pineapple No Bake Cheesecake

Quote of the Day:

A home without a grandmother is like an egg without salt

 Author: unknown






Pineapple No Bake Cheesecake

 Prep Time: 15 minutes
 3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
 3 tablespoons granulated sugar (see note below)
 12 ounces fresh pineapple, pureed
 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
 1 (8 ounce) tub frozen whipped topping, thawed
 In a medium bowl, stir together the graham cracker crumbs, sugar and melted butter. Evenly divide the crumbs between your individual serving dishes and press into the bottoms of the dishes to form a crust layer. In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and sugar on medium-high speed until smooth and creamy, about 3 minutes. Add in pineapple and vanilla and mix to combine, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Using a rubber spatula, fold in the whipped topping until well combined. Evenly pipe or spoon the filling into prepared individual serving dishes. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 3 hours before serving. If desired, garnish with additional whipped topping and fresh pineapple.

You'll notice that mine look pink and has a strawberry on it. My family does not like Pineapple. So where you see the call for pineapple I used strawberries. I made 10 of these and they were served at our Christmas dinner. To get the cheesecake into the glass I used a Wilton Icing Bag and squirted it in there. I just spooned in the cool whip.  It was wonderful and family members liked the idea of individual treats in a wine glass.

I also maintain another blog about my journey with Breast Cancer. Breast Cancer - Open In Front

Friday, December 20, 2013

Dinosaur Hoodies

Quote of the Day:

A grandparent is old on the outside but young on the inside.

 Author: Author Unknown



Dino - Hoodies

Evan Michael, and Jacob are getting the Dino - Hoodies for Christmas. I took my poster paper and designed a pattern for my dinosaur humps. I had a yard of fleece one in green and one in red folded in 1/2. I put my pattern on the fold and cut out my humps. I pinned the material opened out to the hooded sweatshirts and then stitched it down. Then, I started stitching the outer edge of the humps. As I went along, I put just a little bit of fiber fill in them. This way they would stand up better. I can't wait to see how they go over on Christmas Day. Enjoy and thank you for letting me share.


Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Extended Card Table Fort Ideas

Quote of the Day:

A grandparent is a gift from above one to cherish, one to love

 Author: unknown







You may notice that I have posted this before. But as you can see, I have been making quite a few of them. Each of them have windows and pockets inside. The blue one is for my daughter and named "calming cave" that she intends to use in her class room. You'll notice I changed up the pockets on the inside of this one to pockets from old pairs of jeans. The pink is going to be for girls. You'll notice the first one is for Luke and I wish I had thought of adding "Ft." in front of his name. It was a clever idea. 

If you would like to make one of these, it takes me about 3 hours. I start with 5 yards of material. I cut the material to match the top of the card table. I then cut 4 pieces to go around each edge. One of the 4 pieces I cut in 1/2 and that will be my opening. I stitch the sides to the top first. Before I stitch the opening to the top I used biased tape to give a finished look. Once all of that is done I stitch each of the sides to each other. I then cut out the windows. The mesh I use is just old door coverings you can use to leave your doors open and keep bugs out. These are about $5 at any store. I also use biased tape to finish the mesh before I stitch it to the holes I'm left for the windows. I also used the mesh on some of my forts to create a sense of being closed in but still able to see out by adding it to the pieces I used for the opening.  When I have everything stitched together, I stitch biased tape along the bottom edge to finish it off. 

I know that Luke loves his. Emily tells me that he plays hide and seek with their husky and hides in there. I hope that the "calming cave" does what she wants it to do for her students. She is an elementary special education teacher as I was. I hope the girls that will be getting Ft. Arthur for Christmas will like it. I know my grandsons that are getting Ft. Davis will love it. 
Thank you for letting me share.

I also maintain a second blog. I am a breast cancer survivor and this is my journal that I kept the first year of my recovery. Breast Cancer- Open in Front




Monday, December 16, 2013

Wrapping Christmas Presents for Gammie

Quote of the Day:

A grandparent has the wisdom of long experience and the love of an understanding heart.

 Author: unknown




This is such a clever idea. I just loved it when I saw it. If you don't know already, our daughter is stationed with her Air Force husband, Brian. We received her box of Christmas gifts this week and this is what we got. Our grandson, Luke, is 15 months old. These are his handprints on the gifts. You can bet that I will opening my gift very carefully to save his handprint. They also look really cute underneath our tree. I just love this idea. 



Friday, December 13, 2013

A Family Tradition


Quote of the Day:

A grandmother pretends she doesn't know who you are on Halloween.

 Author: Erma Bombeck



The Family Quilt

Every June we have the Hayes Family Reunion. This is on my mother's side of the family. It is growing every year and we have so much fun when we go. The quilt hanging on the wall is the first quilt I believe. That year was 2011 and when I got there everyone was wearing pink because of my breast cancer. During that reunion we all made blocks for our particular family and which Hayes "arm" we came from and we are legion. Then in 2012, this quilt, made by my cousin, Sonya, was to be raffled off. But instead they gave it to me. During the last family reunion we were asked to trace our handprint on our blocks and put our name on it. I can't wait to see that quilt next year. 

We haven't stained the quilt holder yet, because we aren't sure it's on it's permanent wall. But it is a very special family heirloom and tradition that I value with all of my heart. Enjoy you holiday.

I also maintain a second blog that is my journal for my breast cancer. You can find this one at Breast Cancer - Open in Front


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

How to make Buckeyes

Quote of the Day:

A grandmother is a little bit parent, a little bit teacher, and a little bit best friend.

 Author: Author Unknown

I was born and raised in the Buckeye State of Ohio. If you are from Ohio, you've probably had some of these:


These are candies and the some of the best treats every created. 
BUCKEYES

 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) margarine (softened) 1 1/3 cups peanut butter (crunchy or smooth) 3 cups powdered sugar 1 package chocolate bark (melted) Method: Beat butter and peanut butter in large bowl until blended. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating until well-blended. Cover. Refrigerate until firm enough to shape. About 30 minutes. Shape into 1 1/2 inch balls. Melt chocolate bark according to package directions. Best results are when peanut butter balls have had time to come to room temperature and dry a little on the outside. If they are straight out of the refrigerator, the peanut butter gets condensation on it, and the chocolate doesn't stick. Using a tooth pick or wooden skewer, dip each ball into chocolate--coating 3/4 of the ball. Place on wax paper, uncoated side up. Let stand until chocolate sets up. Store in airtight container at room temperature. Makes about five dozen candies. 

These treats are very rich and I can only eat one or two at a time. Enjoy and thank you for letting me share.

I also maintain a second blog. I am a breast cancer survivor and this is my journey to recovery. Breast Cancer - Open in Front

Monday, December 9, 2013

Get into the Spirit

Quote of the Day:

A grandmother is a baby-sitter who watches the kids instead of the television.

 Author: unknown
















A Stony Creek Christmas

God has truly blessed us. We are fortunate enough to have a home that we plan to retire to with some acreage out in the country. We love it out there. I can't speak for my husband, but this is my personal haven and sanctuary. All of our decisions about my breast cancer were made here. I feel close to God here. And although we don't spend as much time here as we'd like, we love to decorate it as much as our everyday home. It is truly beautiful to me. Christmas adds pressures that you don't feel the rest of the year. Can we afford everything I want to get the children and grandchildren? Will they like what we have bought for them? Will they be disappointed at all? I try to get into the Christmas Spirit and you should too. I have to say that alal the things that I have been making and will make for my grandchildren does give me a great sense of accomplishment. Listen to some Christmas music, and decorate your heart out. Cry at the the ornaments that you have had for years or the ones you just got that will become heirlooms. Enjoy the season.




Friday, December 6, 2013

Grandparents day at school.

Quote of the Day:

A grandma is a mom with extra frosting.

 Author: unknown








Wednesday November 27th was Grandparents day at my grandchildren's school. Hailey asked me to attend with here. I was so thrilled that she wanted me to come. They had grandparents decorations in all of the hallways. I was able to find the things that Evan Michael and Jacob did as well. It was a wonderful day and Hailey was really pleased that I came with her. We ate breakfast together and then went to her classroom for a short while. Then there was a program in the cafeteria.  I know it's hard for some of you to attend occasions like these, but if it is at all possible, don't pass up these opportunities. You'll never regret it. Thank you for letting me share.

Special Needs: Adoption Journey of an Older  This book is by my brother-in-law. It is getting great reviews. He and my sister have adopted 3 special needs children after their own had grown. If you are considering or know someone considering adoption, consider a special needs child. They need forever homes. too.

I also have a second blog. I am a breast cancer survivor and this is my journey through the events that changed my life.  Breast Cancer - Open in Front

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Thanksgiving Turkey Coasters for your table.

Quote of the Day:

A grandmother is a baby-sitter who watches the kids instead of the television.

 Author: unknown








Thanksgiving Turkey Coasters

My niece Savannah made these coasters for their Thanksgiving Day table decoration. They were just adorable. The circle in the center is just a piece of cork. The rest is very thin foam material. It is a kit that you can buy at Oriental Trading Company. This is a party store and I have used it as a teacher. The prices are very reasonable and I bought pencils and erasers for my students for Christmas when I still taught. They have a section in their store online for crafts for kids. The following link will take you there. 
Oriental Trading Company - Crafts and supplies   Enjoy and thank you for letting me share.

Special Needs: Adoption Journey of an Older Couple this book is by my brother-in-law. It is getting great reviews. He and my sister have adopted 3 special needs children after their own had grown. If you are considering or know someone considering adoption, consider a special needs child. They need forever homes. too.

I am a breast cancer survivor. I have a blog that tells of my journey with this disease. You may know someone that would like to look this blog over. 

Monday, December 2, 2013

Activity for you and your children or grandchildren.


Quote of the Day:
A grandparent is a gift from above one to cherish, one to love                         
Author: unknown






Teddy Bear Race Cars

This is a repeat of one of my posts, but I wanted to share because I made it into an activity to do with my neice and nephew when we got home for the Thanksgiving Holiday. This time I used M&M's instead of the smarties. I let the kids do the work. I just did the cutting and put the icing on for them to stick the candies to the mini Milky Way bar. I also cut the bottom off of the bear this time. That way my candy bars didn't smash so much. We had such a good time and thet were so proud of what they did. Thank you for letting me share and enjoy. I hope you had a great Thanksgiving.