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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Family Reunon

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)

Our family reunion was last weekend. My mother is the now the Matriarch of the family. We took our granddaughter with us and we all had a wonderful time seeing family members and meeting new ones. The imaginations in our family is pretty out there and we had some great costumes and fun and games.

We also took our granddaughter to see some sights on the way from Virginia to Ohio. This is the Mothman which the movie The Mothman starring Richard Gere is based on. This is Pt. Pleasant W. Va. She is also pictured with the view of the Ohio River and the murals done on the flood walls there. Definitely worth the stop if you are near Pt. Pleasant. 

On the way home, we made some stops so she could see some of the country. This is the Viet Nam Veterans Memorial in Princeton, Va. Each of the local counties had the names of those lost in the war. 

We also made a short stop in Appomattox, Va. We didn't take her through the whole thing but this cemetery at the side of the road was a good idea of what took place here 150+ years ago. Those buried in the background are all confederate soldiers except one who was a U.S. soldier. You may not be able to see, but the confederate flag stands at each confederate grave and the starts and stripes stands with the U.S. Soldier. I have to say, with all the events taking place in the U.S. today, it's refreshing that the one U.S. soldier was taken care of and is still being taken care of. 

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Welsh Cakes

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.

My husband is fourth generation Welsh to the United States. I have been researching his family tree back to Wales. I came across the following recipe and had to try it:


Prep Time – 10 minutes
Cook time – 3 minutes
Yield – 15 Approx

1 3/4 cups or 225 g self raising flour
pinch of salt
1/2 cup or 100 g margarine
1/4 cup or 50 g sugar
1/4 cup or 50 g currants / raisins
1 egg
2 Tablespoons milk to mix.

** If you choose to use baking powder instead of Self Raising Flour, be careful not to add too much in case you taste the baking powder. I don’t want you to spoil the delicious flavour of the Welsh Cakes!

1. Mix flour and salt, rub in margarine, stir in sugar and currants.
2. Mix to a fairly stiff dough with the egg and milk.
3 . Roll out about 5 mm (¼ inch) in thickness and cut into rounds, (use a 6.5 cm or 2 1/2 inch cookie cutter) Gather up the trimmings and re roll to make more Welsh cakes.
4. Cook on a medium hot greased griddle pan for about 3 minutes on each side. Place the hot Welsh cakes on some sugar, both sides then serve buttered, hot or cold

I do not like raisins and I didn't have any currants, so I substituted the blackberries that I had just picked from our yard. You see on #3 that you are supposed to roll it out like pie dough. Because of the blackberries I just made the little cakes by hand. They turned out to be very good. I loved them with the sugar and butter added. The link to where I found the recipe is Welsh Cakes

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Useless Keys Project

Quote of the Day:

Always and Forever is a Grandmothers love

I actually saved this picture so that I could remember this idea. The top is made of pop can tabs and the keys are attached to a small chain that I'm sure I can buy at Michael's, Walmart, K Mart or Target. We just recently moved and it was amazing the number of useless keys we had. It never occurred to me to save them for this type of project. Now I have to remember where I put them.
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Thursday, June 9, 2016

Infant monthly blanket

Quote of the Day:

All Grandmothers like letters. Even if they just consist of a squiggle and a dirty finger mark.

 Author: unknown

This took some work, but it was worth it. I am pretty proud of it. I started with pre-quilted material and bought 2 yards. Some of the material for the applique numbers came from a dress that I made for this baby's big sister, Arianna. When it came to the 10, 11, and 12, I made paper templates to make sure they were placed correctly. 

You'll notice that all of the numbers are to the right side of the quilt. The baby will lay on the left side and I have a frame without the glass or back that you can put around the appropriate number for the month in age the baby is.

I added the octopus applique. It turned out really cute. I then had to wash it because I used washable pencils to make a lot of drawings on the quilt. Once I washed it, I added a pink polka-dot bow and stitched it onto the quilt.

It's not very plain in the top picture but this applique is at the very top on the right hand side. It can be seen better in the next picture.

And here is Julia Renee who will actually be one month on Sunday. Her mother did me a favor so I could use this picture here and now. 
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Thursday, June 2, 2016

Blueberry Cheesecake Poke Cake

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

My daughter posted a video on Facebook with this cake being made. It looked so easy. We were having an event last weekend that involved bringing a dish.
So I chose this dish, to try it out. I found the actual recipe and pinned it to my Pinterest. Now I did substitute spice cake instead of white, because that is what my Mom had on hand and I used 2 cake mixes. I also used blackberries because my Mom is not a fan of blueberries.  You do use cheesecake pudding. I didn't even know that existed. It was wonderful. I loved it. It was also a hit at the family dinner. Julianne Bayer is the author of this recipe and the link is also included at the end of the recipe. 

Blueberry Cheesecake Poke Cake
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This Blueberry Cheesecake Poke Cake is a fresh vanilla cake filled with cheesecake pudding and a sweetened blueberry sauce. Best of all, it is topped with a cream cheese whipped cream.
Serves: 12-15 slices

  • 1 box White or vanilla cake mix
  • Ingredients on the box (water, oil, eggs, etc)
  • 1 pkg Cheesecake (or vanilla) pudding (3.4 oz)
  • 1 ½ C Milk
  • For the blueberry sauce
  • 12 oz Blueberries, rinsed
  • 3 tbsp Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Flour
  • 1 tbsp Water
  • For the whipped cream
  • 1 pkg Cream cheese (8 oz) at room temperature
  • 1 pint Heavy whipping cream (16 oz)
  • 2 C Powdered sugar

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  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Prepare cake according to the instructions and ingredients listed on the box. Beat on medium speed until well combined.
  3. Bake cake in 9 inch by 13 inch pan for 20-22 minutes. Check for doneness by inserting a toothpick into the middle of the cake. If the toothpick comes out clean, your cake is done. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes.
  4. To prepare the blueberry sauce, start by rinsing the berries. In a medium-sized sauce pan, combine blueberries, sugar, flour and water; stir well. Cook over medium-high heat until mixture starts to bubble, stirring often. Turn down heat and let simmer to allow the blueberries to soften. Cook until sauce thickens; maybe 10-15 minutes. Stir often so the bottom does not burn. Allow to cool for 20 minutes, refrigerate if necessary.
  5. While the cake is still warm, take the end of a wooden spoon or another round object and poke holes all over the top of your cake. Allow to cool for another 20 minutes.
  6. Prepare the pudding filling by combining cheesecake pudding with milk and whisk until the pudding is dissolved. Pour pudding over top of cake, filling the holes. Refrigerate at least 10 minutes until the pudding is firm.
  7. Pour blueberry sauce over top of the cake and refrigerate until cake and toppings are cooled.
  8. Remove the cream cheese from the refrigerator 15-20 minutes before preparing the whipped topping. At the same time, put your mixing bowl and wire whisk in the freezer to help it get very cold. This is optional, but something I usually do.
  9. Beat cream cheese on medium-high speed for 2-3 minutes until cream cheese is smooth and free of lumps. Scrape down the sides of the bowl occasionally.
  10. Add 3 tablespoons of the heavy whipping cream and beat it into the cream cheese until the cream cheese resembles a liquid mixture.
  11. Then, add the remaining heavy whipping cream and beat on medium-high speed. Once the cream starts to thicken, slowly add the powdered sugar and beat until stiff peaks form. Spread over cooled cake. This cake must be refrigerated.

Blueberry Cheesecake Poke Cake

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