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Monday, March 31, 2014

Minion Easter Basket

Quote of the Day:

Being grandparents sufficiently removes us from the responsibilities so that we can be friends.

 Author: Allan Frome

This is the Easter Basket my grandson Luke will be getting on Easter Sunday. My daughter made these up. Being in Germany, she had to order the plastic eggs. She ordered the yellow and blue and then stuck them together to have blue on the bottom and yellow on the top. She also had to order the bouncy eyes that we can get at any craft store here. She glued those onto the eggs. She used a black sharpie to draw the rest of the image on there. She said she will fill them with jelly beans. I'll be there for that. I can't wait to see how he likes them. 

I will not be posting for the next 3 weeks because I will be going to Germany to see my daughter and her family. Enjoy and thank you for letting me share.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Tennis Ball Storage

Quote of the Day:

Being a grandmother is our last chance to act like a kid without being
accused of being in our second childhood.

 Author: Unknown

This is one of the most clever ideas I've seen. In a child's bathroom you could use it to hang the wash cloth to dry. I like the idea of the letter holder. I'm afraid that no one would ever put the pen back in it's mouth if I used it for that.  Same thing with the keys. If you can think of any other ideas to add to this, please let me know.

Thanks for letting me share.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

A Candy Cupcake Treat

Quote of the Day:

Becoming a grandmother is wonderful. One moment
you're just a mother. The next you are all-wise and

 Author: Pam Brown

We had 3 of our grandchildren this weekend. We  have them every year so that their mom and dad can celebrate their anniversary. We always take them somewhere like a field trip. This year it was the Air and Space Museum and Hampton, Va. 

We also always make some kind of treat that they can share with their mom and dad when they get home. I found this idea on pinterest or facebook. We bought champagne glasses. They are 2 for a $1.00 at Dollar General. We filled the bottom with Reese's Pieces. We made the cupcakes and then put them in the champagne glasses. We iced them while in the glass. That was going to be easier than icing them and then getting them into the glass. After they were iced. we put more candy on the top. They came out looking pretty good and the kids had a great time.

Thank you for letting me share.

Friday, March 21, 2014


Quote of the Day:

As a reward for being a great mother you become a grandma and when you have great grandchildren that's because you are a great grandma!!

 Author: me!! (Suzie Griffith)

I get to go to Germany here very soon to see my daughter and her family. I was able to get Winnie the Pooh designs from Ebay and found Eeyore with the letter L. That would be for Luke. I just loved it. Eeyore is my favorite Winnie the Pooh character along with Tigger. So I was thrilled to find Eeyore with the letter L. 

I know that these embroidery machines are very expensive. But I just love mine. I was looking for an upgrade on Ebay and Craig's list. They are still more than I want to pay. But ones like mine were much cheaper. Mine is a Brother 1200 and I love it. 

This design came from Dakota Embroidery. I just love it. It is so cute on my T-shirt. I'm coming up on my 3rd year anniversary as a Breast Cancer surivivor. So I wear  alot of Breast Cancer Awareness things durinb March as well as October. Thank you for letting me share.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Pearled Bobby Pins

Quote of the Day:

An hour with your grandchildren can make you feel young again. Anything longer than that, and you start to age quickly.

 Author: Gene Perret

Pearled Bobby Pins

This is just way to easy. I'm growing my hair back after chemo-therapy and it's at that in-between stage. I know you all know what I'm talking about. You have to find something to do with it or get tired and just cut it. My husband was really there for me when I was going through everything breast cancer. He likes my hair long. So it's a small price to pay for him. So I found this idea. The short hairs that get in my face can be held back with decorated bobby pins. These are "pearls". But you can use any kind of beads. I looked at several before I decided. Thank you for letting me share.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Fall Back Friday

Quote of the Day:

Always and Forever is a Grandmothers love

 Author: Kathy

For my granddaughter Hailey.

For my grandson Luke.

These letters for their last name are about 5 or 6 inches tall. You can buy them at craft stores such as Michael's or A.C. Moore. They range for about $2.50 to $3.50, at least in my area, Virginia Beach. The smaller letters are about 1 inch to 2 inches tall. Hailey's is purple because that is her favorite color. Luke's is green because that's my daughter's favorite color. At 16 months, Luke doesn't care what color it is. I chose sports decorations for Luke because I know he'll grow and play one of those sports. His dad does avidly. I just stuck with the purple for decorations on Hailey's. I attached pop tabs on the back to use as hangers for the wall. I have this glue called E6000. It is great. I love it. It has never let me down. Thank you for letting me share and enjoy your day. Stay warm out there.

I also maintain a second blog about my journey with breast cancer. I kept a journal the first year of my recovery.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Diaper Cover

Quote of the Day:

A mother becomes a true grandmother the day she stops noticing the terrible things her children do because she is so enchanted with the wonderful things her grandchildren do.

 Author: Lois Wyse

Diaper Cover
This diaper cover is easy to make and I got the pattern from the internet. It was free. It came in 4 sizes for infants. You can see Luke has a pair made from Very Hungry Catepillar material as that was the them for his first birthday. His tie matches his diaper cover and is really cute. My daughter found the pattern by googling. This is another of those, "Mom can you make this for Luke?" Of course I said yes. Thank you for letting me share.

Friday, March 7, 2014

St. Patrick's Day

Quote of the Day:

A home without a grandmother is like an egg without salt

 Author: unknown

These are a couple of things that I did for my grandson, Luke for St. Patrick's Day. On the top I just drew a little banner type thing on my poster board to use as a templett. I cut the gray out of felt. I bought several shamrocks appliques from Etsy. com. I stitched the applique to the felt and then stitched the whole thing to the onesie. You have to be careful washing felt. There are washing instructions out there to be found on google. 

I used my poster board again and drew a faux vest. It really is even, the onesie is not laid out flat. I also drew a tie on my poster board. I used left over material that I had and cut them out. I sewed the tie on first and the "vest" second. You can also do this for any holiday.

I also did this on a shirt to fit Luke's dad. Those are both done in felt rather than left over material. Again, washing instructions apply.
Thank you for letting me share.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Home Made Crab Cakes

Quote of the day:

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

 Author: Author Unknown

David and I order a lot of our food from Schwan's. It's just the two of us now and their food is great. But they quit selling crab cakes. I love crab cakes. So for the first time in my life I attempted to make my own. They came out pretty good. My sister-in-law, who is a great cook, gave them her seal of approval. She said they tasted great. 

I asked on facebook for a great crab cake recipe. The friend that responded from North Carolina, actually sent me her recipe for salmon cakes. This is what I used and substituted crab meat for salmon. I chose the fake crab meat because if I screwed it up, I wouldn't be out as much money as I would if I'd used real crab meat at $20.00 a pound here in the Virginia Beach area. 

Salmon Cakes (Substitute Crab for Salmon)

1 pound of cooked salmon (I cook it myself in a skillet with a little olive oil; let it cool)
1 tbs butter, melted
1 tbs olive oil
5 dashes Tabasco sauce
5 slices toasted whole wheat bread slices
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp Old Bay seasoning
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp cracked black pepper
1 tsp dried parsley
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
2 tbs Miracle Whip
2 tsp mustard
3 eggs
3/4 cups rolled oats

Mix wet ingredients first. Then add the dry ingredients. Add salmon last. Refrigerate for a couple of hours and the patties will form better. Coat skillet generously with olive oil. Cook over med/high heat til brown on both sides.

Her recipe called for 7 dashes of tabasco sauce. I only used 5. I don't like my food real spicy. Her recipe called for 1/2 cup of egg substitute. I used the 3 real eggs. I didn't use my food processor for the chopping up the crab meat. The next time I will. I think that could've been better. It made 6 patties for us. We froze 2 to use at another time. 

Thank you for letting me share.