Archives for October 2011

Bible Scriptures For The Week 10-31 Through 11-7

As I open up my Bible this morning, I opened it up to:

Jesus’ Teaching on Prayer

Luke 11: Verses 1-4

1 And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.

2 And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.

3 Give us day by day our daily bread.

4 And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.

Matthew 6:9-13 The Lord’s Prayer – King James Version

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

The New English Version

Our Father in Heaven, Hallowed be your Name, Your kingdom come, Your will be done,
On earth as in Heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins As we forgive those Who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation But deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, And the glory are yours Now and forever. Amen.

I will always be sharing scriptures with you from the King James version. 🙂

This week I’m seeking comfort through the Word and prayer…

Isaiah 40:1-9

Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God. Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished , that her iniquity is pardoned : for she hath received of the LORD’S hand double for all her sins.

The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted , and every mountain and hill shall be made low : and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain: And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.

The voice said , Cry . And he said, What shall I cry ? All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field: The grass withereth , the flower fadeth : because the spirit of the LORD bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass. The grass withereth , the flower fadeth : but the word of our God shall stand for ever. O Zion, that bringest good tidings , get thee up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, that bringest good tidingtidings, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up , be not afraid ; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God!

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I found the following scriptures quite powerful and comforting. If we ourselves are comforted of and by God, how much more that we can comfort our children, brothers, sisters and spouses? 🙂

2 Corinthians Chaper 1: 1-4

1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, unto the church of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints which are in all Achaia:
2 Grace be to you and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;
4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

Please feel free to share any scriptures with us that you find comforting. 🙂

Monthly Food Column – Grandpa’s Orchard and Fully Loaded Apple Pies

By: Dennis Weaver Of The Prepared Pantry

My grandfather had a big orchard. At least it seemed so to us boys. We spent hours in that orchard—climbing trees, checking out bird nests, eating green apples, and doing what boys do. The outer row of trees had peach and plum trees and I don’t remember what else. We didn’t spend much time in that row. The inner rows always beckoned, more secretive and better to explore.

There was a giant, gnarled apricot tree with spreading branches that was easy to climb. There was a whole row of apple trees—Jonathans, Winesap, and I don’t remember what else. In the far corner of the orchard was a pillar of a pear tree with branches so thick and tall that it was difficult to climb and with a tangle of low plum bushes behind and along the fence. Beyond the plums and pears were the sand lots with sagebrush and scattered ponds with lots of frogs and an occasional jack rabbit. It was a boy’s paradise.

I remember picking apples at the end of the season with Mother and my brothers. “It’s going to snow,” she said. “We have to get all we want.”

The skies were leaden and we kept sticking our hands in our coat pockets to warm them up. The wind found its way through the orchard to bite our noses and turn our cheeks red. But the apples were incredibly good–cold, crisp, and sweet. We picked bushels to take home and store in our covered porch where we could have them until late in the winter.

I learned how to bake apple pies from my mother. I don’t recall her using a recipe. She would roll out the dough and line a pie pan. She would toss peeled and sliced apples in cinnamon, sugar, and flour. She would load up the pie pan and place chinks of butter over the apples before covering it with a top crust. In my memory, her pies were the best.

Rarely do I use a recipe when I make an apple pie. I just load and bake as my mother did. But I’m prone to add ingredients that my mother often didn’t have—bright red cranberries either fresh or dried, golden raisins, sour cream, or caramel sauce—whatever sounds good at the moment. I have a choice of cinnamons; she had whatever was at the store. She would put one of her boys at the sink peeling the apples; I use an Apple Master. I don’t think my pies are as good as the memories of my mother’s pies but I like them and I like making them.

How to Make a Fully Loaded Apple Pies

You can freelance your apple pies or you can start with a recipe and then add what you want to it. Here you will find a list of suggested ingredients like sour cream, dried cherries, and walnuts. You’ll find quantities but you can add more or less—it’s your pie.

The top crust always seems better if it’s slathered in butter and coated with a sprinkling of sugar and cinnamon. You’ll find a choice of cinnamons here.

A Basic Apple Pie Recipe

This is a good recipe to use as base. It makes a nice rounded pie. Add more goodies to it. If it stacks higher, so much the better. Be sure and use a dark pie pan so that the crust bakes and is not soggy. We recommend a pie crust shield to protect the edges from burning so that you’re not tempted to remove the pie from the oven before the apples are tender and bottom crust is baked. Use an Apple Master to peel and slice your apples. Not only will it save you a lot of time but your slices are uniformly thick so that they bake uniformly. A just-add-water pie crust mix will save you more time and give you a tender professional crust every time.

Apples and cinnamon are essential companions. You have a choice of three cinnamons. Ceylon or Sri Lankan cinnamon is very mild and fruity. Korintje cassia cinnamon is what we are most familiar with—but the quality ranges widely. Vietnamese or Saigon cinnamon is very aromatic and flavorful with a taste of cinnamon oil. For apple pies, we use Vietnamese most often.

Ingredients

For the crust:

9-inch double crust pastry from a just-add-water pie crust mix or equal.

For the filling:

8 cups apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
1 tablespoon lemon juice
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
4 tablespoons butter
For the topping:
2 tablespoons melted butter
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 tablespoons granulated sugar

Directions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Toss the apple pieces with the lemon juice and set aside.

Prepare and press the pie crust into a dark pie pan setting aside the dough for the top crust. Trim the crust. Do not bake the crust.

In a large bowl, mix the sugar, flour, and cinnamon together. Add the apples and toss them with the dry ingredients to coat. Scrape the apple mixture into the unbaked pie shell. Cut the butter into chunks and spread on top of the filling.

Roll out the top crust. Brush the top edge of the bottom crust around the rim with water to help the two crusts seal. Place the top crust over the pie. Trim the crust and seal the two crusts with the tines of a fork or with your fingers.

Mix the remaining 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon together with the remaining sugar. Brush the melted butter over the top of the pie. Sprinkle the cinnamon and sugar mixture over the top of the pie.

Cover the edges of the pie with a pie crust shield to keep it from burning. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes or until the pie is bubbly and the crust is golden.

Suggested additions with which to load your pie:

2/3 cup sour cream
2/3 cup Bavarian cream
2/3 cup walnut pieces
2/3 cup dry cranberries
1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
2/3 cup caramel sauce
2/3 cup dry cherries
2/3 cup golden raisins

Dennis Weaver is the founder of The Prepared Pantry and the author of How to Bake, a 250 page book that you can get for free. You can get a dough press and other baking tools and supplies at the company’s store as well as a free e-book of yummy desserts at the company’s site.

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

Learning Fun with Felt Review – Betty Lukens.com

Introducing Learning Fun With Felt, Comes In Their Own Storage Bag!

Ages 3 +

Best known for their Through the Bible Felt Sets

I was thrilled to open my email to find a special invitation. This time it was Betty Lukens from Bettylukens.com/. She was so very gracious to contact me for a review and send me 2 different felt boards from her Learning Fun with Felt line. I chose the Fun On The Farm and Basic Learning: Colors, Shapes and Numbers. However, there are many more to choose from!

Let me tell you, the photos from her website does not do the products justice! The vivid colors of the felt board and various felt pieces are absolutely brilliant. Each set has a generous magnitude of felt pieces.

These felt boards would most definitely keep a child entertained for hours. And the most important attribute of these excellent Fun With Felt Boards is they are so educational!

The Colors, Shapes and Numbers board is excellent for learning the various shapes such as; oval, square, circle, and the triangle. Also with this board, learning numbers and colors would be a breeze…all while having fun and quality time with your children.

Excellent for homeschooling, busy moms and teachers. 🙂

And the Fun On The Farm board is great for teaching the fundamentals of farming and also learning the various names of animals. My grandson (when he reaches 3 years of age) will definitely like this board the most. He is 15 months old and he just loves to ride on the mower and tractor with Daddy. I can’t wait until next Christmas! He will have so much fun with these Felt Boards. 🙂

Any of these educational line of products would be awesome Christmas gifts for all the special little ones on your list this year! Do your holiday shopping online today at Bettylukens.com/

Even I had so much fun playing with them, all the while smiling to myself…and I’m 50! lol 🙂

As stated on their website…“Our felts are durable and washable so that they can be enjoyed for many years to come. All our products are manufactured right here in the US of the highest quality 100% polyester felt.”

Betty Lukens, Inc Has Been In Business For Over 30 YearsQuite Impressive!

Visit Bettylukens.com/ today!

Thank you so much Betty for giving me the opportunity for doing a review for your wonderful products! 🙂

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

Bible Scriptures For The Week

Hi there, 🙂

I need more of an incentive to read my Bible, and I think starting a series of Bible scripture posts would be an excellent one, since my heart and soul is in this blog. Thanks to my grandson! 🙂 I can’t think of a better incentive or reason!!

My goal is to read daily, and then do a recap on the scriptures I’ve read on a weekly basis.

Some depression has lead me to start reading my Bible again, and yes…it is helping!

Below are a few short scriptures that has been a comfort to me (this morning) 🙂

Psalm 119:76

May your unfailing love be my comfort, according to your promise to your servant

Matthew 5:4

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Jeremiah 1:8

“Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the LORD

Here are a few more scriptures that has touched me recently…

Psalm 25: 1 – 7

Unto thee, O LORD, do I lift up my soul.

O my God, I trust in thee: let me not be ashamed, let not mine enemies triumph over me.

Yea, let none that wait on thee be ashamed: let them be ashamed which transgress without cause.

Shew me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths.

Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.

Remember, O LORD, thy tender mercies and thy lovingkindnesses; for they have been ever of old.

Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions: according to thy mercy remember thou me for thy goodness’ sake, O LORD

And here are some scriptures that I’ve shared on the Moms Of Faith blog for which I am a guest blogger.

Proverbs Chapter 1- Verse 6 – 16

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:

For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.

My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.

If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause.

Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and whole, as those that go down into the pit.

We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil.
Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse.

My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path.

For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood.

I hope my readers here appreciate these scriptures as I post them. 🙂

God Bless each and everyone of you!

We Have A Winner!

I just wanted to let you all know that the giveaway for the Review and Giveaway – Boogie Wipes and Saline Soothers For Cold and Flu Season is now officially over.

Darlene Demell is the lucky winner of those saline soothers wipes! Congratulations to you Darlene, I just emailed you and confirmed that you were the winner.

Thanks so much everyone for your participation. 🙂

Monthly Food Column – Little Caramel Apple Pies, Quick, Easy, Luscious

By: Dennis Weaver & Julie Rencher Of The Prepared Pantry

You can have a batch of little apple pies in the oven in 20 minutes. That’s easy. But we wanted to make them extra special using the best fresh apples of the season. You can do that too.

Step 1: Mix and roll out the pie crust. You’ll need a just-add-water pie crust mix to make a good crust in a hurry. Elapsed time: 4 minutes.

Step 2: Use a dough press to cut out six circles for the little pies. Elapsed time: 2 minutes.

Step 3: Use an Apple Master to core, peel, and slice your apples with a few twists of the handle. Add the browns sugar, cream, and starch or other ingredients from the recipes below. Toss. Elapsed time: 5 minutes.

Step 4: Place the circles in the press one at a time. Press about 1/3 cup apple filling into the center. Brush the edges with water and fold and crimp with press. Place them on a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for about 12 minutes. Elapsed prep time: 5 minutes.

Step 5: Mix up your icing using powdered sugar, a little water, and flavor. It you would like a hard shell on the frosting, add a couple tablespoons of meringue powder. Once you have moved the little pies from the pan to a rack to cool, frost them. Elapsed time: 4 minutes

Premade filling or scratch?

Using a premade apple pastry filling is really quick and easy. You can knock about five minutes out of the sequence above. And the apple pastry filling that we sell is very good. But you can knock your family’s socks off with a homemade filling.

We wanted to make little apple pies using the best fresh apples we could find. We prepared the apples, added plenty of brown sugar and butter for the caramel, and made the pies. Too much juice. You couldn’t pick them up and eat them without making a mess.

So we added starch. We used Instant Clearjel. It’s precooked and does not require further cooking. As long as you cook your pies all the way through, you can use cornstarch.

We used Granny Smith apples for these pies but you can use any good cooking apples.

We wanted a Carmel Apple Pie. We made one using caramel ice cream topping. Along the way, we created a Brown Sugar Apple Pie, a Cinnamon Apple Pie, and a Sour Cream Cranapple Pie.

And here are the recipes:

Caramel Apple Pie Recipe

This is a very simple recipe to make. The filling is simply apples, caramel ice cream topping, and a little starch. We heated the ice cream topping so that it was easy to toss the apples in the topping. We used firm Granny Smith apples and no further ingredients were needed.

Not counting the water and frosting, this is a three ingredient recipe.

2 cups just-add-water pie crust mix for six turnovers
1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoons cold water
2 cups baking apples peeled and thinly sliced with an Apple Master or other means
1/2 cup good quality caramel ice cream topping
1 tablespoon Instant Clearjel

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Mix the pie crust mix and water. Roll out the pie crust until it is just less than 1/4-inch thick.

Use a dough press to cut out six circles for the little pies.

Warm the ice cream topping in the microwave just until it flows easily. Place the prepared apples in a large bowl. Sprinkle with Clearjel.

Pour the caramel filling over the apples and toss the apples until coated.

Place the circles in the press one at a time. Scoop about 1/2 cup filling into the center. Brush the edges with water and fold and crimp with press.

Place the completed pie on the baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining five dough circles. Poke four sets of vent holes in each pie to allow steam to escape as the pies bake.

Bake for about 12 minutes or the pies begin to brown. Remove to a wire rack to cool.

For the icing:

You may use whatever flavor you prefer: vanilla, brown sugar caramel, orange, lemon, butter rum, butterscotch, or more. For these pies, we used caramel.

Make your icing by mixing 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar with 1 1/2 tablespoons meringue powder. Add 2 to 3 tablespoons water and 1/2 teaspoon flavor. Mix until smooth and spreadable adding more water as necessary.

Do not make the frosting too thin. Drizzle the frosting over the completed apple pies using a disposable pastry bag or a zipper-type plastic bag with the corner cut.

Brown Sugar Apple Pie Recipe

This is a scrumptious apple pie. It’s a simple pie to make. The filling is made with brown sugar and cream plus Instant Clearjel to thicken the sauce. You can use cornstarch to thicken the filling as long as your little pies are cooked all the way through.

2 cups just-add-water pie crust mix for six turnovers
1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoons cold water
2 cups baking apples peeled and thinly sliced with an Apple Master or other means
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon Instant Clearjel
1/3 cup heavy cream

For the icing:

You may use whatever flavor you prefer: vanilla, brown sugar caramel, orange, lemon, butter rum, butterscotch, or more. For these pies, we used caramel.

Make your icing by mixing 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar with 1 1/2 tablespoons meringue powder.

Add 2 to 3 tablespoons water and 1/2 teaspoon flavor. Mix until smooth and spreadable adding more water as necessary. Do not make the frosting too thin.

Drizzle the frosting over the completed apple pies using a disposable pastry bag or a zipper-type plastic bag with the corner cut.

Cinnamon Apple Pie Recipe

Cinnamon was made for apples. We love the bright, distinctive taste of Vietnamese cinnamon and highly recommend it.

We first made these with 1 1/2 teaspoons of cinnamon and most of us thought it was just right. Some thought that it was too much cinnamon and we cut it back.

2 cups of just-add-water pie crust mix for six turnovers
1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoons cold water
2 cups baking apples peeled and thinly sliced with an Apple Master or other means
1 teaspoon Vietnamese cinnamon
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon Instant Clearjel
1/3 cup heavy cream

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Mix the pie crust mix and water according to package instructions. Roll out the pie crust until it is just less than 1/4-inch thick.

Use a dough press to cut out six circles for the little pies.

Make the filling by mixing the brown sugar and cinnamon with the Instant Clearjel. Add the cream and stir until combined. You should have a thick sauce.

Place the prepared apples in a large bowl. Pour the cinnamon filling over the apples and toss the apples until coated.

Place the circles in the press one at a time. Scoop about 1/2 cup filling into the center. Brush the edges with water and fold and crimp with press.

Place the completed pie on the baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining five dough circles. Poke four sets of vent holes in each pie to allow steam to escape as the pies bake.

Bake for about 12 minutes or the pies begin to brown. Remove to a wire rack to cool.

For the icing:

You may use whatever flavor you prefer: vanilla, brown sugar caramel, orange, lemon, butter rum, butterscotch, or more. For these pies, we used orange.

Make your icing by mixing 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar with 1 1/2 tablespoons meringue powder. Add 2 to 3 tablespoons water and 1/2 teaspoon flavor.

Mix until smooth and spreadable adding more water as necessary. Do not make the frosting too thin.

Drizzle the frosting over the completed apple pies using a disposable pastry bag or a zipper-type plastic bag with the corner cut.

Sour Cream Cranapple Pie

Sour cream in a apple pie makes for a rich, creamy pie. This one has tart, ruby-red cranberries poking through the filling.

2 cups just-add-water pie crust mix for six turnovers
1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoons cold water
1 1/2 teaspoons good quality Cassia cinnamon
2 cups baking apples peeled and thinly sliced with an Apple Master or other means
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon Instant Clearjel
1/3 cup dry cranberries
1/3 cup sour cream

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Mix the pie crust mix and water according to package instructions. Roll out the pie crust until it is just less than 1/4-inch thick.

Use a dough press to cut out six circles for the little pies.

Make the filling by mixing the brown sugar and cinnamon with the Instant Clearjel. Add the cream and stir until combined. You should have a thick sauce.

Place the prepared apples and cranberries in a large bowl. Pour the sour cream filling over the apples and toss the apples until coated.

Place the circles in the press one at a time. Scoop about 1/2 cup filling into the center. Brush the edges with water and fold and crimp with press.

Place the completed pie on the baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining five dough circles. Poke four sets of vent holes in each pie to allow steam to escape as the pies bake.

Bake for about 12 minutes or the pies begin to brown. Remove to a wire rack to cool.

For the icing:

You may use whatever flavor you prefer: vanilla, brown sugar caramel, orange, lemon, butter rum, butterscotch, or more. For these pies, we used lemon.

Make your icing by mixing 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar with 1 1/2 tablespoons meringue powder. Add 2 to 3 tablespoons water and 1/2 teaspoon flavor.

Mix until smooth and spreadable adding more water as necessary. Do not make the frosting too thin. Drizzle the frosting over the completed apple pies using a disposable pastry bag or a zipper-type plastic bag with the corner cut.

What You’ll Need:

Your favorite cooking apples
An Apple Master to quickly peel, core, and slice your apples
A Large Dough Press to easy assemble your little pies
A just-add-water pie crust mix
Caramel Ice Cream Topping
Flavor for the frosting
Meringue powder, optional
Instant Clearjel or cornstarch
Vietnamese cinnamon or other cinnamon
Really good cranberries, If you prefer, you can use a premade apple pastry filling.

Your dough press can also be used to make calzones and pocket sandwiches. You can download a free e-book that tells you how to make pocket sandwiches with great recipes.

Dennis Weaver is the founder of The Prepared Pantry and the author of How to Bake a 250 page book that you can get for free. You can get a dough press and other baking tools and supplies at the company’s store as well as a complete prepared pastry fillings including Bavarian cream and Raspberry. A free baker’s library can be found on the company’s site.

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

Fall and Halloween Activities You Can Do With Your Grandchildren

This article can apply to parents as well of course 😉

The fall season and Halloween offers so many fun things to do with your grandbabies (of all ages). You will have fun doing any of the following below. The idea here is to spend quality time with your little ones, big ones, and all the ones in between.

When your grandchildren grow up, you may not get the chance to spend time with them anymore. Some kids no longer desire to be with Grandma so much after they’ve grown up. And yet, some do. You’re a lucky grandma if your grandchildren are grown and they still want to spend lots of time with you. 😉 Enjoy them!

Fall Activities

* Plant Fall Mums In The Garden

Fall mums have a effortless knack of gracing flower beds with an ambiance of a healthy glow of warm colors of gold, yellow, purple, and reds. Somehow, this floral mixture of warmth around a home boldly states “welcome” and your grand young ones will take pleasure with helping you plant them. And the best part about these delightful gems…they come up year after year IF they’re properly cared for and no harsh frost bites them.

* Apple Picking Time

I remember going to the orchards when I was a little girl. Picking apples was so much fun. I distinctly remember going on a field trip with my class from school. We all got to pick which apples we wanted. And you know what we did when we got back to the school? We candied them. DUH?! lol The field trip was relatively early in the morning so we’d have plenty of time. Do this with your grandkids. They will definitely have fond memories for a life time.

* Rake Leaves

I really can’t remember the last time I raked leaves. It’s been quite awhile! LOL. However, I do remember one of the first times I did this. It was with my dad. 🙂 It was one of the best memories that I have with him. I also remember all the tied black bags. lol Create a memory with your grandson or granddaughter and rake leaves. 🙂 You will also be teaching them a bit about responsibility and work. And hot chocolate will add a nice touch after the leaves are raked. 🙂

Halloween Activities

* Pumpkin Carving

Now of course the first activity that comes to mind is pumpkin carving. Every child deserves the pleasure of the oldest Halloween tradition known to man. The scraping of the seeds, and cleaning the pumpkin out completely to get it ready for what?? Well, a candle of course!

When you carve a pumpkin and place a candle in it, then it’s called a Jack O’Lantern. 😉 Get it? The lantern resembles a form of light. That’s why we place a candle in the pumpkin. Granny figured this part out all on her own. he-he! 😉 Try and be creative with yours Grandma and carve something not so traditional. Look up pumpkin carving online and see what you can find.

You can also choose not to carve and paint instead. 🙂 Or…you can do a little of both. The latter sounds like a winner. 🙂

* Front Yard Decorating

Creativity is key with Halloween yard decor. You can be as scary as you like…depending on the age of your grandchildren of course. A lot of adults really enjoy this activity. In fact, some of them don’t leave any stones unturned and bring music into the spooky scenes. (Get it? R.I.P. stones unturned) lol – I just crack myself up! You can add the skeletons and the whole bit. And Grandma, don’t forget the spiders!😉

* Handmade Costumes

Now I don’t care who you are…this is every Granny’s fantasy; To be able to sew their grandbaby’s Halloween costume! Unless sewing is just isn’t your bag?? 😉 This leaves Grandma in charge to make the costume as creative as possible. Now really…this activity is more Granny’s bag than grandchild. However, it will be an awesome memory, especially if Granny (Boo-Boos) and messes it all up. And shame on you Grandma if you do! 😛

A few pumpkin carving websites below, just in case you really want to get creative 😉 lol

http://www.zombiepumpkins.com/
http://www.carvingpumpkins.com/
http://www.extremepumpkins.com/

Seriously, I hope you all have an awesome Halloween with your little ones! I’d love it if a few of my guest bloggers would share their experiences. Would be spooktacular cool! 🙂

Above all else…be safe!

Grandma’s Depression Clouds – Stop Disrupting My Life!

This grandma puts on a happy face and swallows the dark cloud that remains over head many, many days. Most of my adult life, depression has been lurking about, trying to disrupt my life in various disguises. I don’t like talking about it, however, sometimes writing about it helps.

Most people that are close to me don’t really know this about me except my dear husband, simply because I don’t talk about it. He has always been so supportive and always tries to help in some way or another. Don’t get me wrong, I do have a lot of happy days too. So it’s not ALL doom and gloom. lol

However, recently with going through menopause, the depression has been more evident than usual. In fact the last few month has been hard for me. It’s hard to describe. Something just takes over me and it feels like a dark cloud just looms over my head and I can’t get rid of it. My workouts and keeping busy does help some. And I’m back with it once again this morning. This week is a new beginning for me. Last week I missed 3 days. A lot of times it’s so hard just getting myself out of bed.

Over this past weekend, there was a moment when I was alone in the house and I began to look around at all our home furnishings and family pictures. Do I really have a right to be depressed?! I mean, we’re certainly not rich by no means, but we are lucky to have what we have; a nice house, a nice car, our bills paid (although house taxes were rough this year), lol, and also able to go on various vacations. And I sure can’t leave out my grandson! What in the world do I have to be depressed about?? Just like this evening, the kids are coming over for supper. Am I looking forward to it? Yes! But when these happy times are over, I seem to get right back into this gloom and doom.

There are things in my childhood and teenage years that have happened that I’ve kept buried deep inside. Well, always except for telling my dear husband. There, I said it, but that’s where it stops! LOL My hubby always gets my dumps.

I ask myself why I have inherited my Father’s unfortunate genes?? He has suffered depression and anxiety for well over half his life. I’ve always said though; God has a reason for everything. I sure wish I knew what that reason was ahead of time so maybe these clouds can stop disrupting my life! However life don’t work that way though, does it?. 😉

God always gets me through another day.

Just a vent for the week!

Monthly Food Column – How to Make Apple, Zucchini, Pumpkin, and Banana Pancakes

From Dennis Weaver Of The Prepared Pantry

When I was a kid, my mother used to grate Jonathan apples, with the skin, and add them to her pancake batter along with a teaspoon of cinnamon. The grated apples would soften a bit as the pancakes were cooked. There would be a taste of apple in every bite and glimpses of red poking through. They were my favorite pancakes.

Years later, I discovered that I could mash bananas and add them to my pancake batter. Still later, I added pumpkin puree. And then grated zucchini. Finally, I found that all were especially scrumptious with cinnamon chips.

Every cook should have this collection of recipes stashed in the kitchen. They are very good pancakes—exceptional. And no matter how much syrup you drizzle over the top, knowing your pancakes are loaded with natural fruit or veggies, makes all that syrup seem a little less guilty.

The Recipes

These pancakes are easy to make. The batter is much the same—you just add grated apple or zucchini, mashed bananas, or pumpkin puree to your batter. They cook the same way. But they are a terrific change of pace and they’re healthy. Because they’re loaded with cinnamon chips, they are very good.

Cinnamon Chip Apple Pancakes

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
2 tablespoons dry buttermilk powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cups grated tart apple
1 large eggs
1 tablespoons oil
3/4 cups water, more or less
1/2 cup cinnamon chips

Preheat the griddle to medium hot. Just before cooking, spread a little butter on the hot griddle.

In a large bowl, whisk the dry ingredients together.

In a medium bowl, whisk the grated apple, eggs, oil, and most of the water together.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Stir, adding more water as needed to reach the right consistency. Fold in the cinnamon chips. Do not over beat. There should be some lumps remaining in the batter.

Pour circles of batter onto the hot griddle. Cook until bubbles start to set in the top of the batter and the edges start to look dry.

Flip the pancakes and cook until both sides are a golden brown. Serve immediately.

Cinnamon Chip Zucchini Pancakes

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
2 tablespoons dry buttermilk powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cups grated zucchini
1 large eggs
1 tablespoons oil
1/2 cups water, more or less
1/2 cup cinnamon chips

Preheat the griddle to medium hot. Just before cooking, spread a little butter on the hot griddle.

n a large bowl, whisk the dry ingredients together.

In a medium bowl, whisk the grated zucchini, eggs, oil, and most of the water together.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Stir, adding more water as needed to reach the right consistency. Fold in the cinnamon chips. Do not over beat. There should be some lumps remaining in the batter.

Pour circles of batter onto the hot griddle. Cook until bubbles start to set in the top of the batter and the edges start to look dry.

Flip the pancakes and cook until both sides are a golden brown. Serve immediately.

Cinnamon Chip Banana Pancakes

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
2 tablespoons dry buttermilk powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cups mashed ripe banana
1 large eggs
1 tablespoons oil
3/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons water, more or less
1/2 cup cinnamon chips

Preheat the griddle to medium hot. Just before cooking, spread a little butter on the hot griddle.

In a large bowl, whisk the dry ingredients together.

In a medium bowl, whisk the mashed bananas, banana flavor, eggs, oil, and most of the water together.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Stir, adding more water as needed to reach the right consistency. Fold in the cinnamon chips.

Do not over beat. There should be some lumps remaining in the batter.

Pour circles of batter onto the hot griddle. Cook until bubbles start to set in the top of the batter and the edges start to look dry.

Flip the pancakes and cook until both sides are a golden brown. Serve immediately.

Cinnamon Chip Pumpkin Pancakes

1 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 tablespoons dry buttermilk powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon dry ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1 cups canned pumpkin
1 large eggs
1 tablespoons oil
3/4 cups water, more or less
2/3 cup cinnamon chips

Preheat the griddle to medium hot. Just before cooking, spread a little butter on the hot griddle.

In a large bowl, whisk the dry ingredients together.

In a medium bowl, whisk the canned pumpkin, eggs, oil, and most of the water together.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Stir, adding more water as needed to reach the right consistency. Fold in the cinnamon chips.

Do not over beat. There should be some lumps remaining in the batter.
Pour circles of batter onto the hot griddle. Cook until bubbles start to set in the top of the batter and the edges start to look dry.

Flip the pancakes and cook until both sides are a golden brown. Serve immediately.

Dennis Weaver is the founder of The Prepared Pantry and the author of How to Bake a 250 page book that you can get for free. You can get cinnamon chips and other baking supplies at the company’s store as well as a complete selection of pancakes mixes including gourmet pancake mixes like Lemon Meringue and Raspberry Sour Cream.

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Grandma Needs To Declutter!

This is a live pic of my work desk this morning 10-10-11! Yes, I need to take a shovel to my desk and reorganize. This will be on my schedule either (should be today)! or tomorrow. LOL 😮

1 Excuse…honestly I had my grandson all day Saturday and Saturday night and all I got was 30 min sleep. I spent my Sunday resting. And really honestly, no excuse at all! 😉

It’s of course overwhelming me!!! How can I get anything done? lolololol!

I will take a new pic on Wednesday and see if there is an improvement??

I edited the post and made it “before” and “after” 😉

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