Archives for September 2011

Prepared Pantry- Monthly Food Column – Discover a New Dimension for Your Cookies, Scones and More

I recently had the pleasure of receiving an email with an invite to partner with The Prepared Pantry. 🙂

I will be posting their “Weekly Food Column” for my readers on a weekly basis. Excellent resource! Stay tuned for more exciting weekly details, links, and photos! You will like…

What Can You Make With Cinnamon Chips?

From The Prepared Pantry — Dennis Weaver

Add Pizzazz…

We were in Salt Lake, stopped at a bakery, and bought their cinnamon chip bread. It was great.

When we got back to the office, we called a food broker and said, “Find those cinnamon chips.” He did. It took him about a month. He found them at a small chocolate maker in New England. They made them the same way that they make their chocolate chips. But these were mini chips—which we liked. That way, we got a burst of cinnamon in every bite. They weren’t available to consumers. They sold them by the pallet to commercial bakeries. (We figured they had to be good or the commercial bakeries wouldn’t use them.)

We loved them. We put them in cookies and cakes; pancakes and bread. We decided to package them in consumer-sized packages. And they took off. We sell a lot of these chips. We sell them online but our local customers—they’re really passionate about their chips. They are our best selling product in our store in Rigby, Idaho.

Favorite cinnamon chip recipes get passed around in our local community. Some have been published in our local paper. Cinnamon chip zucchini bread and cinnamon chip banana bread are the most popular recipes. The zucchini bread recipe is so popular in the Idaho Falls area that we advertise it on the radio.

You’ll find both the zucchini bread recipe and the banana bread recipe in this article along with a link to more recipes. More importantly, you’ll learn how to use these chips in your favorite recipes. Nearly any recipe that calls for cinnamon is a candidate for cinnamon chips.

How to Use Your Cinnamon Chips in Your Recipes

Put cinnamon chips in breads, scones, muffins, cookies, and pancakes. Add them to almost any recipe that calls for cinnamon—you’ll add a burst of cinnamon in every bite.

To add cinnamon chips to breads, muffins, cookies, and pancakes, use the following amounts:

· For yeast breads, add 3/4 cup per loaf
· For sweet breads, add 1 cup per loaf
· For cookies, add 1 1/2 to 2 cups per 4 dozen batch
· For muffins, 1 cup per twelve muffins
For a sheet cake, 1 to 1 1/2 cups per large cake
· For pancakes, add 2/3 cup for each pound of pancake mix

Always add the cinnamon chips right at the end of the mixing or kneading process.
Do not over mix. These are mini chips and may melt with extended mixing.

The Recipes
Here you will find the banana bread and zucchini bread recipes I mentioned earlier. For more cinnamon chip recipes, download this free guide to cinnamon chip baking

Cinnamon Chip Banana Bread

Everyone loves banana bread. But we’ve found that it’s hard to get enough flavor with only bananas. It needs a boost from banana flavor. We added a touch of lemon to contrast and make the banana flavor sharper.

We added cinnamon chips to provide a burst of cinnamon in every bite.

This is scrumptious bread. Like most quick breads, it improves after being refrigerated overnight.


1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup quick oats
2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon Korintje Cassia Ground Cinnamon
1 1/4 cups mashed bananas (about 2 large bananas)
1/3 cup butter, melted
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon Marsden and Bathe lemon flavor or equal
2 teaspoons Marsden and Bathe banana flavor
3/4 cup cinnamon chips
1/2 cup chopped walnuts


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare an 8 1/2 x 4 1/2-inch loaf pan by greasing the pan well and flouring it or lining it with parchment paper.

Carefully measure the flour and then combine with the oats, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside.

Mix the mashed bananas, melted butter, sugar, eggs, and flavors together.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and combine. Add the cinnamon chips and nuts.

Scrape the batter into the loaf pan and bake for fifty minutes or until the bread tests done with a skewer or toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf.

Place the pan on a cooling rack. After five minutes, remove the loaf from the pan and continue cooling on a wire rack.

Baker’s note: We debated adding the lemon flavor; we’re glad that we did. It really sets the banana flavor off and even with 1/2 teaspoon is noticeable.

Cinnamon Chip Sour Cream Zucchini Bread

This recipe came to us from Kara Orgill who visits our store and is an excellent baker.


3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
3 large eggs
2 cups granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup vegetable oil
2 cups grated zucchini squash
1 1/2 cups cinnamon chips


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt together. Set aside.

In a smaller bowl, whisk the eggs, sugar, and vanilla together. Fold in the sour cream, oil, and zucchini.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Stir in the cinnamon chips. Do not continue stirring.

Pour the batter into two well-greased 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 inch loaf pans. Bake for 55 to 65 minutes or until done. Cool for ten minutes on a rack before removing the loaves from the pan.

Where can you buy cinnamon chips?

When we first started selling these cinnamon chips, they were hard to find. We were and may still be the only retailer for our little chocolate maker in New England. But other producers have jumped in. Cinnamon chips are now available in some grocery stores and
online. Hershey makes them for the fourth quarter.

Which are the best?

We would like to think ours are. The online reviews, on our site and elsewhere, suggests that ours are best. But try them and see. Wherever you buy them, be sure and get mini chips. They work much better than larger chips.

This food column is written by Dennis Weaver, owner of The Prepared Pantry

For more great ideas for using cinnamon chips by Dennis get the free e-book The Magic of Cinnamon Chips

Copyright © Dennis Weaver :: The Prepared Pantry :: Grandma’s Home Blogger Place :: All Rights Reserved

Grandbaby’s Big Birthday Bash Photos

I’ve been a slow moving Grandmother with this one…However, I finally have pics downloaded for the big 1st birthday for my grandson! Took me long enough. LOL

I’d like to share them with you, a few of my readers have been asking me about them…sorry for the delay. 😉

My Sister Inside

With Cake – (he didn’t want to dig in too much) LOL

Gifts Inside

This One You Can See My Hand In The Bottom Left Corner Doing The Video Camera lol

Family, My Hubby In Green T-Shirt and Me Behind Him With My Hand On His Shoulder (not Great Grandma in the white) lol

The 3 ladies on the left are my Sister-In-Law (my hubby’s sister and her 2 daughters)




You must first expect to succeed if you want to succeed.
When you expect good things to happen, strangely enough, they will happen.

Expectation energizes your goals and gives them momentum.

Your life will always respond to your outlook, so set your goals high. The dreams you choose to believe in will come to be.

You can’t expect to succeed beyond your wildest expectations unless you begin with some pretty wild expectations.

© 2010

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    Instructions On Being A Fun Grandma

    I worry about that word “fun” A LOT, am I doing it right? lol 😉

    Why do I worry about this?? Well, my grandchild gets bored very easy! I mean VERY easy. :/ He’s inquisitive, too intelligent for us grandparents, (I guess that’s how they come these days), and he takes pride in letting us know that he’s in charge. LOL! So, keeping our little guy occupied is quite challenging.

    The toys we have here at Grandma’s house are yesterday’s news, that is most of the time. He’d much rather play with a box, an old magazine, a tag on a piece of clothing, or Grandma’s already folded laundry. I guess we need to update and get some new toys. 😉 LOL

    He giggles to himself as he takes my folded laundry and tosses it back into the basket, piece by piece. I just mumble to myself, “You little s***.” And you know what he does with that comment? He laughs, and not quietly! He hasn’t mastered that comment, (or I should say word) yet, but it won’t be long. 😉

    Instructions on being a fun grandma? I do have a few…

    There really isn’t those specific instructions in a book per se, at least I haven’t found them yet. lol However below I’ve included a few tips. Perhaps you other Grandmothers out there share the same with your grandchildren. And IF you have additional tips, PLEASE send them my way!! 🙂

    * Dance around and act silly – I do a lot of this lately. This would be something that my grandchild would watch on video and snicker at when he gets older. Did I say “snicker?” Hmm, I meant ROTFLMAO!!

    * Play the pick up game – This is where he tests me. He plays the pick up game mostly while in his high chair eating a snack or lunch. See, I have to bribe him with a ton of toys on the tray just so he don’t freak out when I put him in the chair. So, what does he do with these toys Grandma bribes him with? You guessed it, he drops those yesterday’s news toys on the floor and fusses (just a little, not loud fussing) to see if I’ll pick them up. Of course Grandma hesitantly picks the toys up after specifically telling him “I’m NOT picking those up!” As long as I play the pick up game with him, he’s having fun, and of course I’m being a fun grandma, maybe not a smart one, however a fun one. LOL

    * Play Peek-a-boo – All babies love peek-a-boo! I have lots of fun with this one, as I get him giggling loud. I use cloth diapers that I place over my head and face. And he just loves it. 🙂 These are the same diapers I used for spit up rags.

    * Sing Christmas songs – Who would have thunk it? Singing Christmas songs is being a “fun” grandma. Especially Jingle Bells. You know the lyrics…”Dashing through the snow, in a one horse open sleigh, or the fields we go, laughing all the way.” (And I HAVE to LOL hard after that last line) This gets him smiling and laughing. When I start out with that first line;” Dashing through the snow,” he knows what’s coming and he grins real big. Again, FUN Grandma! lol

    * Getting down on the floor – All kids love it when you get on the floor with them. And guess what?? Dada has taught my grandchild to hit and to pull hair. So, being the fun Grandmother that I am gets down on the floor and lets him hit me and pull my hair. What us Grandmothers won’t do for our grandchildren?! * snicker..snicker *

    These 5 activities I guess is being a “fun” Grandmother, at least it’s working so far. But you know what? All kidding aside…I can’t wait until my little guy can say, “You are the best grandma ever!” 🙂

    Holiday Planning Tips for WAHMs

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    Ahhh, the Holidays…… The Thanksgiving turkey comes out of the oven golden brown, with an enticing aroma that fills the entire house. All the china is in pristine condition and not a single piece in the set is missing. The family is gathered for holiday pictures, the children are poised perfectly; hands to themselves, not a hair out of place and their smiles are shining brightly for the camera. Then just as the photographer is about to capture the shot… you wake up!

    Let’s be realistic ladies. Without proper planning, the holidays are anything but a holiday. Just look at the list of things that need to be done: Shopping, cooking, cleaning, decorating, sending holiday mail, the list goes on and on.

    Let me clue you all in on a few key questions that you should ask yourself in order to have a holiday season free of stress and worry, and instead filled with fun and laughter:

    What types of holiday celebrations do you want? For example: Do you want to have an immediate family only holiday affair or an extravaganza including immediate and extended family plus a few friends? Once you’ve thought everything through and decided on the type of holiday gathering you would like, you can then start making your plans.

    If you are ready to get a head start on organizing yourself, your family and your holiday check lists, then keep reading:

    Holiday Cards: Start early! I use a holiday card list that I derive from saving names and addresses from holiday cards my family has received in past years. I created a simple, computerized list that is easy to edit and print onto address labels. Be sure to stock up on stamps so that when you have your cards signed, stuffed and addressed you can affix a stamp to them and make one, simple trip to the Post Office.

    Holiday Gifts: There’s nothing like getting a HUGE credit card bill in the mail at the start of the New Year. Many of us tend to want to be generous when shopping for holiday gifts. While your generosity will be appreciated at gift giving time, keep in mind that it is very easy to succumb to “impulse buying” and go all out on your holiday shopping. While your intentions may be good, your pocketbook may be singing a different song. Set a budget and stick to it – your bank account will thank you for it after the start of the New Year.

    Wrap it up: Wrap your gifts and place nametags on them immediately after you bring them home, then store the gifts in a secure spot. This will cut down on those late night wrapping sessions that I am sure we ALL have experienced a few times, if not every year.

    Baking & cooking: If you will be cooking during the holidays, it is important to plan your meals ahead of time. Be sure to stock up ahead of time on all the necessary non-perishable baking ingredients such as flour, sugar and spices. Create a list of your holiday menus and a list of the ingredients you will need to prepare each of those meals. Also, try to think of a few dishes that can be prepared ahead of time and then frozen as an extra timesaving measure

    Delegate: This is one of my favorite tips. Be sure to enlist the help of your family or friends. Sit down and discuss what needs to be done then ask for volunteers. If no hands are raised, simply assign small tasks to each of them. Whether it is arranging for a babysitter so that you can escape for a child free day of shopping, passing the shopping list onto another family member or friend so that they can pick up the items for you, or letting the children decorate your home. Be sure to get the whole family involved in the holiday preparations so that you will not be overwhelmed.

    Enjoy: Whatever you decide to do, remember to relax and enjoy yourself. You and your family will have much fonder memories of this holiday season if you are not spending it pulling your hair out.

    Article By: Aurelia Williams is a Certified Life Coach that specializes in helping women achieve balance and less stress in their busy lives. Get a free consultation here.

    Zumba Gold for Ages 50 and Older and Grandmothers Too – Guest Post

    Anyone who wants to dance with the stars but doesn’t have a partner doesn’t need to give up on the dream. Instead, sign up for a Zumba Gold class.

    Zumba Gold, a version of the hot Latin-inspired dance-fitness craze modified for those older than age 50, takes advantage of the sustained movement of salsa, samba and cumbia. This exercise also relies on the moves of belly dance, flamenco and cha cha.

    The aerobic exercise produced by those who participate in Zumba Gold likely is a good step toward controlling heart disease or its onset. Heart disease is the nation’s No. 1 killer.

    A regular fitness regimen, such as Zumba Gold, also helps control high blood pressure, diabetes and the formation of blood clots, which also can be factors present in heart disease.

    Joining a Zumba Gold class also affords a senior the chance to get out and be social. As men and women age, it’s easy to become more sedentary and as a result, more lonely. Getting out and being active is not only good for the heart, but good for a healthy disposition.

    Zumba Fitness, considered the world’s most successful dance-fitness program with more than 10 million participants worldwide, started in 2001 in Cali, Columbia when fitness instructor Alberto Perez forgot his usual aerobics music. Improvising, he developed a new dance-fitness style, that can be specially tailored for audiences from children to seniors.

    Some consider Zumba Gold “exercise in disguise” because of its highly social element and the feeling of attending a dance party. Many people report they slip into the energy and the rhythm of it so effortlessly, they forget the time.

    Zumba Gold takes the dance rhythms at a slower pace, at a lesser intensity and with easier choreography to accommodate the varied physical abilities of beginners and seniors. Depending on the intensity, an hour of Zumba Gold can burn between 500 and 1,000 calories.

    Unlike many other forms of exercise, Zumba Gold does not require special clothing or equipment. All participants need is comfortable, loose-fitting clothing and aerobic or court shoes.

    Some places that have offered Zumba Gold classes include the YMCA. Depending on who is offering the classes, they can be paid individually or by multi-class sessions.

    Danielle is an advocate of Zumba and their affiliate programs, such as Zumba Gold, ever since experiencing positive impacts on her own health through participation in a local Zumba class. Read about her focus on health and active living at



    A life without purpose is like a ship without a rudder. Goals are dreams that are written down.

    The purpose of a goal is to focus your attention. Your mind will reach toward achievement only when it has a goal.

    There is no achievement without goals.

    Establish a goal worth working for. Your goal will keep you going in tough times.

    Always have something ahead of you. Continuously visualize your next step. Keep moving after you achieve your goal and set another. Momentum is maintained by always having something to look forward to. Constantly give yourself something to work for.

    Do what you can do well, and do well whatever you can do and you’ll achieve any goal that you set for yourself.

    You can plant your dream with a goal.

    © 2010

    Review – Faith Filled Food For Moms and Grandmothers

    I was happy to oblige when Shari emailed me about a review, as she is an inspiration to all women, Mothers and Grandmothers. Shari has overcome many years of painful addiction May her website and testimony be a blessing to all. Thank you Shari for giving me this opportunity! 🙂

    Encouragement to Moms AND Grandparents alike!

    I’ve enjoyed reading through the pages of Faith Filled Food For Moms and Grandmothers, as it truly inspired me. I’m not sure if any of my readers know this, but I deal with depression every single day of my life. Yes, it’s true! Currently, it may be menopause making it worse. However, I originally inherited some of my Father’s characteristics. He’s faced anxiety and depression for about the last 40 years of his life.

    Do I want pity…NO, not at all! I’m trying to tell you how Shari’s website was a blessing and an inspiration to me, as well as it was for many others. It was created with Moms, Grandmothers…and ALL women in mind that currently have broken spirits, loss of loved ones, depression, addictions, or anything else negative in their lives.

    I especially enjoyed reading through the Blended Families series, starting with Part 1 🙂

    A scripture and an excerpt from that page below:


    Hang in there!

    “For I know the plans I have for you.”declares the Lord,“plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 19:11

    None of us would ever choose the heartaches and ups and downs of a blended family and yet I would not change the growth that it has forced me to have. God knows every inch of our hearts. He chose me to be the stepmom to my stepkids just as surely as he chose me to be the mom to my biological kids.


    Shari offers some awesome content, inspiration, and life experiences through her website Faith Filled Food For Everything from “health and fitness,” “parenting,” “laughter,” “food,” “women and recovery” and much more.

    Shari also shares a page about Earning Extra Cash. Check that out a little later. 🙂


    About Shari and a little from her experiences.

    Shari Lynne is a happy stay at home mom to 7 children (3 of which are home still). She’s also blessed with 3 wonderful grandchildren, and thrilled to be caring for one of them every day. Life is filled with rewards! 🙂

    However, life wasn’t always this joy-filled and happy for Shari. The pain and abuse started early on. Shari let the demons of drugs and alcohol into her life.

    Shari began using alchohol and drugs at the tender age of 11. Wow, I can’t even imagine! Fast forward to 25 years old. I admire the courage she had to begin taking the steps to turning her life around. Shari began the healing process. What inspiration!

    Through her recovery, she learned that not all pain is bad. Some of that pain she endured was good; it impacted her life in such a way that it impelled her to make a change. It has also molded her into the strong person she is today. 🙂

    “But be encouraged because as many tears that were shed, there was greater laughter and joy that came from the freedom of healing! “

    Some Excerpts From The Testimony Page


    “I began to rebel. I started smoking, drinking and taking drugs when I was 11 years old. I started running away from home.”

    “On so many occasions I just wanted to die. I was so dead inside. I had no hope. I continued drinking and taking drugs through out these years. I moved out the day I graduated.”

    “Well I have been sober now for 27 years. By the Grace of God.”

    “My prayer is that my recovery would give hope to the hopeless”


    You can read the full story and testimony Here!

    And Remember…

    Be All That God Created You to Be No Matter the Season

    May Faith Filled Food For Moms be a daily resting place where you find the ”Food”you need to be the best you can be. Let’s encourage one another and build each other up!

    Awesome website Shari! 🙂

    Copyright © Tammy Embrich :: Grandma’s Home Blogger Place :: All Rights Reserved

    Grandma Fitness @ 5:00 AM

    Hi there,

    I’ve gotten back into my morning workouts. Been negligent in this area for the past couple of months. 😉

    I always feel better when I workout!

    Just wanted to share with you the workout I do every morning. Watch the short video below…

    :: Cher Fitness ::

    A New Attitude
    My first tape has worn out and I had to purchase a new one! LOL

    Working out with videos in your home is great. However, whenever you get a chance, and the weather is good, get out and take a brisk walk. The weather right now is ideal for this with fall approaching. 🙂

    I have to keep working out to keep up with my grandson! lol