Archives for October 2010

Candy Corn Cupcakes


2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup shortening
3/4 cup water
2 large eggs
3/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 ounces melted unsweetened baking chocolate
Candy corn
Halloween/Fall paper liners (get them at a party supply store)
Chocolate frosting


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake pans with paper liners.
Combine all ingredients into mixing bowl. Mix at low speed for 30 seconds, and scrape bowl. Mix at high speed for 3 minutes.

Fill liners 1/2 to 2/3 full of batter. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Cool 10 minutes in pans then remove from pan, and place on wire racks to cool completely.

Frost when chocolate cupcakes are completely cool.

Top with candy corn to make a smiley face

Enjoy! ~ πŸ™‚

Black Forest Twinkie Delights


Hostess twinkies or any off brand twinkies
White frosting
Black food coloring, you can also mix red, yellow and blue coloring to get the dark black color. However, black is of course much easier and faster. πŸ˜‰
Orange sprinkles


First…test black food coloring. Put a small amount (just a few drops) into a small amount of white frosting.

Mix food coloring in white frosting. Make sure it’s mixed well and no grey is showing.

Ice twinkies with the black frosting, making swirls to make it look fluffy. Sprinkle with any orange sprinkles or anythng you like. You can get really creative with these gems. I topped them with the candy corn and pumpkins

Enjoy! ~ πŸ™‚

All Clicks Are Doubled This Month! Breast Cancer Awareness

Dear To My Heart

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month…

Below is a brief story of my mom and how breast cancer took her life.

My mother passed in 2006 from breast cancer. She braved surgery to remove the cancer (along with her breast), and we all thought that was the end of it. With luck on our side (and Mom’s), we sure thought she was cancer free.

Well, little did we know that the cancer remained dormant for an entire six years before showing it’s ugly face (this time) in the liver.

We took Mom to the emergency room with severe abdominal pain. The pain had to have been really bad for Mom to #1 cry, and #2 succumb to going to the emergency room. Our mom was NOT one to complain. She never did want to be a bother to us or anyone else. My mom was literally the strongest person I’ve ever known.

The cancer became evident while doing an Xray in the early morning hours after arriving at the hospital. That’s how Mom’s oncologist was able to (get ahead) with treatment and then go on to challenging himself to spare her life.

Well…it DID spare her life for 2 1/2 years. To me, that’s amazing in itself giving the fact that the tumors were thriving in the liver.

Mom never experienced pain like that again since that emergency room visit. Her oncologist stated “There was a guardian angel that sent her to the hospital, even if it was just to give her more time.” πŸ˜‰

After the 2 1/2 years of consistent treatment, Mom developed some horrible side effects from the type of chemo she was tolerating. Congestive heart failure set in and she ended up in the hospital 3 times to have a massive amount of fluid drawn from her lungs.

Our family (along with Mom herself) agreed there was no quality of life left to go on with more treatments. Alas, she passed 8 months after the crucial decision.

And to this day, I still wonder what would have been if we agreed to go for more treatments. I guess some sort of guilt still haunts me. However, the comforting thoughts of Mom no longer suffering and peace gets me through.


Find out the latest news on breast cancer at The Breast Cancer Site

There are walk events to support the cause and get that much closer to finding a cure!

Read the heart-felt Stories Of Hope, or send an ecard to remind friends to click and share!

Help Fund Research and Click Every Day to Give Mammograms To The Women That Are in Need – Click Below!

The Breast Cancer Site

There is Always a Good Side

Be an optimist and try to see the opportunity in every misfortune, not a pessimist that sees misfortune in every opportunity.

The optimist sees the doughnut, the pessimist sees the hole. You can develop success from every failure. Discouragement and failure are two stepping stones to success.

No other elements can do so much for you if you’re willing to study them and make them work for you. View every problem as an opportunity.

When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.

Β© 2010

We Have A Winner!

There were 42 entries (including bonus entries) It was a successful giveaway!

Again, I’d like to thank CSN Stores for sponsoring.

And the winner is *DRUM ROLL PLEASE*…….


I will be emailing you shortly with details for your $75 Gift Certificate. πŸ™‚

I’m genuinely sorry for the late post, as I was busy today with my grandbaby. πŸ™‚

Thank you to all that participated, tweeted, and blogged in my first giveaway! It was a fun project.

Yes, My First Giveaway – A Great Start To October! – $75.00 Cash Towards (your choice) Over 1 Million Products From OVER 200 Stores!

I’ve watched a plethora of bloggers hosting their own giveaways on Twitter, message boards, Facebook, and many other social networks, and for quite some time now. I’ve stood by quietly on the sidelines until now! Recently I was contacted by a wonderful network of websites offering OVER 1 Million products from a stylish bar stool, chick handbags, the most coveted brands of cookware, adorable crib bedding sets, and many, many more products.

See Below For All Outlined Contest Details And Rules

I thought, why not host a fun first-time giveaway that offers luxurious, practical products that all grandmothers and moms could use and enter to try and win!

The winner will receive a $75 gift certificate towards any of the products that are listed within any of the Over 200 stores owned by CSN. Save NOW on EVERYTHING for your home and more at CSN Stores.

Below are just a few pics of some of the products that I found extra nice, especially the purses. πŸ˜‰

Bar Stool Set

Baby Crib Bedding Set


I’m going to make this giveaway contest SUPER EASY to enter and I also will be considerably fair about who I pick as the lucky winner. This will be a random-pull-out-of-a-hat pick and I will be entering the contestants going by how many bonus entries they have πŸ˜‰

Details Below:

Numbers #1 and #2 are the only essential requirements needed to enter the giveaway. Beyond #2 will be considered as bonus entries and will further your chances of winning.

1) You must follow Grandma’s Home Blogger Place through Google Friend Connect (to the right of this blog, under followers), leave a comment, introduce yourself, and leave your email and name.

2) You must make a separate comment and leave a URL to a product you’d like to have at CSN Stores

3) Tweet about the giveaway and leave a comment with your tweet link.

4) Make up a blog post about the giveaway and leave a comment with a link to your blog post.

Giveaway Contest Ends On October 14th – 12AM!

Please Note: Anyone who submits emails or replies/comments that relates to adult, tobacco, gambling, or firearms will be immediately disqualified. No exceptions!


I want to thank CSN Stores for inviting me to participate in this awesome opportunity – Many thanks!