Archives for February 2012

Tumbler Tactics for Granny- Guest Post

 

Tumblr is a multi-media blogging and social networking platform. Every social media website offers something different to the online community, more than anything else – Tumblr is a blogging platform. It is set up to make it easy and accessible for average people to get started sharing their posts right away. Even if you are hesitate with new technology, you can handle the functionality Tumblr.

 

 

Following on Tumblr

 

 

On every Tumblr page there is a button where you can “follow” the user. This is very useful for keeping up with friends, family or anyone from which you do not want to miss a single post. The posts from the blogs you “follow” will be displayed on your homepage. You can also follow tags. For instance if you wanted to follow everything having to do with the television show “The Golden Girls,” you would add that as a tag to follow, then any blog that tags a post as “The Golden Girls” would display on your feed. Use this feature to aggregate all your grandmotherly interests.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Creating Posts

 

 

Tumblr is an online publishing platform so, without taking certain precautions, everything posted on Tumblr is out there for the world to see. You may wish to guard your privacy even more than you would when using Facebook or other platforms that are slightly more private. However, you still want to be yourself. Half the fun of blogging is sharing a (safe) bit of your personal life with anyone who may want to follow you. You can, and should, share a variety of different types of media on your Tumblr account. Create a post by “reblogging” something you see on Tumblr or using the tabs on your home page. There is a tab for each type of media (photos, videos, text, etc.) that you may want to make, and posting is very user friendly.

 

 

 

Tagging

 

 

 

One of the best ways to gain a following is to use tags on every one of your posts. It is just like labeling recipes or indexing things in a card catalog. If you are writing about the Oscars, tag it with “Oscars.” If you are writing about the president, tag it with “Barack Obama.” New readers will find your blogs based on these tags. If they like what they see, they will follow you and will certainly read your future posts. Tags can be applied through a box to the right when you are creating a post, just remember to separate them with commas.

 

 

 

Gaining a Following

 

 

 

Some of the best ways to gain a following is to have a theme to your blogs. Emphasize the fact that you are a motorcycle-loving granny, or share the crazy things that happen while you are working at the animal hospital – whatever is a major part of your life. The most popular Tumblr pages are very focused, and readers come back time and again to see what their favorite posters have written.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cautions

 

 

 

While posting on Tumblr is fun and can be a great way to share your opinions and your life in general, you must be careful not to post too much. Remember anything you post will be out there for your boss, friends and even grandchildren to read. Just use common sense and you should be fine.  

 

As you can see, Tumblr is a fun way to stay connected with family and old friends, as well as connecting with new people. Take time to check out all the features and soon you will be a well-connected, Tumbling grandma who can share her knowledge of this exciting social networking site with your kids and grandkids.

 

 

Danielle has used Tumblr to connect with other people who share interest in home protection, and emergency medical support.

 

 

Learning the Art and Science of Baking :: Free eBook (For Grandmothers Too) :)

 

 

 

Dennis Weaver would like to share his baking book with you, How to Be a Better Baker

 

 

 

 

Absolutely Free!

 

 

It’s illustrated, and it’s 250 pages. =)

 

 

 

If you study the material in this book, you won’t just be a better baker; you’ll be an expert baker

 

 

 

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And I’m a pretty good teacher. Some might even say that I’m an expert. I’ve taught baking classes. I’ve written extensively. I’ve designed hundreds of recipes. I’ve worked in a bake shop. I’ve started a baking company. And I’m the general manager at The Prepared Pantry.

 

 

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Bible Scriptures For The Week: The Commandments And Wisdom

 

 

Hi there 🙂

 

 

 

This week I’ve been reading on the commandments and wisdom. =)

 

 

 

Psalm 111:10

 

 

 

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.

 

 

Proverbs 6

 

 

1 My son, if thou be surety for thy friend, if thou hast stricken thy hand with a stranger,

 

2 Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth.

 

3 Do this now, my son, and deliver thyself, when thou art come into the hand of thy friend; go, humble thyself, and make sure thy friend.

 

4 Give not sleep to thine eyes, nor slumber to thine eyelids.

 

5 Deliver thyself as a roe from the hand of the hunter, and as a bird from the hand of the fowler.

 

6 Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:

 

7 Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler,

 

8 Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.

 

9 How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?

 

10 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:

 

11 So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.

 

12 A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a froward mouth.

 

13 He winketh with his eyes, he speaketh with his feet, he teacheth with his fingers;

 

14 Frowardness is in his heart, he deviseth mischief continually; he soweth discord.

 

15 Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly; suddenly shall he be broken without remedy.

 

16 These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:

 

17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,

 

18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,

 

19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

 

20 My son, keep thy father’s commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother:

 

21 Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck.

 

22 When thou goest , it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest , it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest , it shall talk with thee.

 

23 For the commandment is a lamp;

 

and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life

 

 

 

 

Wisdom

 

“For wisdom is a safeguard, as money is a safeguard,
but the excellency of knowledge is that wisdom giveth life
to them that have it.”
Ecclesiastes 7:12

 

 


“Teach me good discernment and knowledge,
For I believe in Your commandments.”
Psalms 119:66

 

 

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge;
Fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
Proverbs 1:7

 

 

“For the LORD gives wisdom;From His mouth come knowledge and understanding.”
Proverbs 2:6

 

 

 

The Proverbs 4

 

 

The Beneficence of Wisdom

 


1

Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father,

and attend to know understanding.

2

For I give you good doctrine,

forsake ye not my law.

3

For I was my father’s son,

tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother.

4

He taught me also, and said unto me,

Let thine heart retain my words:
keep my commandments, and live.

5

Get wisdom, get understanding:

forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.

6

Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee:

love her, and she shall keep thee.

7

Wisdom is the principal thing;

thereforeget wisdom:
and with all thy getting get understanding.

8

Exalt her, and she shall promote thee:

she shall bring thee to honor, when thou dost embrace her.

9

She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace:

a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee.

10

Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings;

and the years of thy life shall be many.

11

I have taught thee in the way of wisdom;

I have led thee in right paths.

12

When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened;

and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.

13

Take fast hold of instruction;

let her not go:
keep her; for she is thy life.

14

Enter not into the path of the wicked,

and go not in the way of evil men.

15

Avoid it, pass not by it,

turn from it, and pass away.

16

For they sleep not, except they have done mischief;

and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall.

17

For they eat the bread of wickedness,

and drink the wine of violence.

18

But the path of the just is as the shining light,

that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.

19

The way of the wicked is as darkness:

they know not at what they stumble.

20

My son, attend to my words;

incline thine ear unto my sayings.

21

Let them not depart from thine eyes;

keep them in the midst of thine heart.

22

For they are life unto those that find them,

and health to all their flesh.

23

Keep thy heart with all diligence;

for out of it are the issues of life.

24

Put away from thee a froward mouth,

and perverse lips put far from thee.

25

Let thine eyes look right on,

and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.

26

Ponder the path of thy feet, Heb. 12.13

and let all thy ways be established.

27

Turn not to the right hand nor to the left:

remove thy foot from evil.

 

God Bless you this week! 🙂

 

 

Monthly Food Column – How to Make a Pie as Easy as a Peanut Butter Sandwich

(Okay, maybe not quite that easy but pretty darned easy)

 

By: Dennis Weaver @ The Prepared Pantry

 

 

People are intimidated by pies. They shouldn’t be. You can make pies as good as the bake shop—even fancy pies. And they’re yours. And you’ll save a bucket of money.

 

 

 

 

If you have ever had trouble with pies in the past, you won’t again. This is your answer.

 

 

How to Bake the Perfect Crust

 

 

It’s the crusts that intimidate people. Throw away the recipe—the recipe for the crust is definitely more complicated than a PB sandwich. You have to cut the butter or shortening into the flour with a pastry knife. You have to keep the dough cold, work quickly, and don’t handle the dough too much.

 

 

Forget all that. Grab a mix. A mix is darned near foolproof. Just add water. Beat it with the paddle in your stand-type mixer for no more than a minute. You’re done.

 

 

 

How to Make Your Pie Crust Pretty in 3 Easy Steps

 

 

 

 

A good crust is not necessarily a pretty crust. Here’s how to make it pretty.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sprinkle a little flour on the counter and roll out the dough until it is a little thinner than 1/4 inch thick. You may need to sprinkle a little flour on the rolling pin. (Do yourself a favor and buy two of these shakers. Fill one with flour and the other with powdered sugar. (You’ll be amazed how often you use them.)

 

 

 

Transfer the dough to the pie pan. Trim the edges using a sharp knife or a bench scraper.

 

 

 

Make the edges pretty. It’s easier to show you than to tell. Once you’ve done it. It’s simple. Watch the video Here. You’re done.

 

 

If you need a pre-baked crust, fill the crust with ceramic pie weights , or a pie chain weight and bake. If not, load it with a filling. Sometimes, you’ll need a top crust. Add it, trim it, and flute it in the same way. (Make sure you press the bottom and top dough sheets together with a fork before forming the edge so it doesn’t leak.)

 

 

 

Cut vent holes and bake. Even easier, cover the top with streusel. Use this easy streusel mix.

 

 

You’ve still got to bake your pie.

 

 

There are two faults with baked pie crusts: The top edges can burn and the bottom can be soggy, under baked. You can solve both those problems with equipment.

 

 

 

Use dark pie pans. Dark pie pans absorb and distribute the heat. Your bottom crust will be browned and crisp. (These are pretty amazing pans. You can slide your pie out of the pan and onto a plate for cutting and serving.)

 

 

 

Cover the top edge of the pie with a pie shield. Those top edges take a beating in the oven. By the time the bottom crust is baked, the top is burned. A pie shield stops that. Use one every time you put a pie in the oven. You’re ready to go!

 

 

 

Grab some recipes and start making some easy pies. Once you’ve made a couple pies, they’ll be as easy as peanut butter sandwiches—almost. You’ll be the designated pie baker at family reunions, church socials, and with friends. No more expensive trips to the bake shop.

 

 

 

Fresh Peach (or Strawberry) White Chocolate French Silk Pie Recipe

 

If you have fresh peaches, consider this incredibly good French silk pie. If it is not peach season, consider making this pie with strawberries or mangos.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A French silk pie is usually made with dark chocolate; this one uses white chocolate. They are usually made with raw eggs. In this recipe, they are cooked.

 

 

 

1 nine-inch deep dish pie shell, baked and cooled

3 large eggs

2/3 cup granulated sugar

1 quarter-ounce packet non-flavored gelatin

1 tablespoons water

10 ounces white chocolate wafers or other quality coating or eating chocolate

1/2 cup butter cut into pieces and softened

1 cup whipping cream

1 teaspoon vanilla flavor

1/3 cup granulated sugar

2 cups fresh peaches peeled and diced peaches for garnish and topping

 

 

 

Mix the sugar and gelatin powder together. Add the eggs, sugar mixture, and water to a large sauce pan. Cook the egg and sugar mixture over low to medium low heat while beating constantly with an electric mixture. Continue cooking and beating until the mixture starts to thicken and reaches 165 degrees being careful not to scorch the eggs. Remove from heat.

 

 

 

Immediately mix the butter into the hot egg mixture with the electric mixer until smooth. As soon as the butter is melted and while the mixture is still hot, add the white chocolate wafers. Continue beating until it is completely mixed together and cooled to room temperature.

 

 

 

Whip the first measure of whipping cream in your stand-type mixer with the whip attachment until stiff peaks form. Add the vanilla flavor. Add the peaches.

 

 

 

Change from the whip attachment to the paddle attachment. Scrape the white chocolate mixture into the bowl with the whipped cream. Turn the mixer onto the slow speed setting and gently fold the chocolate mixture into the whipped cream. Mix for less than a minute, until the white chocolate is mixed into the whipped cream. Scrape the filling into the prepared pie pan. Set aside and let chill.

 

 

 

When you are about ready to serve, whip the second measure of whipping cream. As the cream is whipping and after the peaks start to form, drizzle in the sugar and add the flavor. Beat until stiff peaks form. Top your pie with peaches and whipped cream.

 

 

 

Dennis Weaver is the founder of The Prepared Pantry.

 

He is the author of How to Be a Better Baker, a 250 page book about the art and science of baking. You can download a free copy of How to Be a Better Baker here.

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

Purex Crystals Review – A Fresh Outlook On Doing Laundry

 

 

Good morning, 🙂

 

 

I recently tried the new Purex Crystals. Someone in our local Walmart was talking to me about the crystals when I was in the laundry
aisle. She said it smells fabulous! I was hesitant about trying it because it’s relatively expensive. 😉

 

The following week, I grabbed it and tried it. It REALLY DOES smell fabulous! However, I just use it on my sheets and towels, due to the high cost. It makes my towels and sheets oooh so soft and leaves a wonderful, clean fresh scent. =)

 

 

The directions says to use 1 capful….I throw 2 capfuls in my loads. I love it! —  I like the “fresh spring waters” scent the best =)

 

 

The Purex Crystals is safe for all washing machines and also safe for children’s sleepwear.

 

 

                                                                                                                 If you haven’t done so check them out!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bible Scriptures For The Week

 

I’m sorry for the lack of Bible scriptures as of late, I’ve been busy with getting the blog all set up like I wanted. Still in the process of that! 😉

 

It’s been a slow go at getting everything back on my blog after getting it all transferred to the domain and WordPress. I’ve had issues with patience! LOL

When reading my Bible this morning, I looked a few scriptures up relating to having PATIENCE. 🙂

Luke 8:15

But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.

Romans 5:3

And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience

Romans 15:4

For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope

Hebrews 6:12

That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

Also Some Scriptures On Strength

1 Chronicles 16:11 Seek the LORD and his strength; seek his presence continually!

Exodus 15:2 The LORD is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation; this is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me. Love this one! 🙂

 

 

Have a great week!! =)

 

 

Grandparents and Toddlers – Make It A Joyful Time

 

Some Parents and Grandparents dread the toddler years. Furthermore, some dread those years so much that it makes the situation worse. A child can sense if you are anxious or angry with them a lot more than you may think. So Grandma, you need to loosen up a bit, and I’m talking to myself as well here in this blog post. 😉


 

 

For my grandson, the toddler phase is just beginning. He’s healthy and all over the place just as normal as can be. And I sure wouldn’t change him for anything in the world. I love him so very much.

 

 

I’ve witnessed some very bad tantrums with my grandson already. And none of them will be the last one, I’m sure. I STILL remember when I was very little; the tantrums that I myself had…and they were pretty bad! lol

 

 

The key for Grandmothers to getting through the toddler years, (or some call those years the terrible 2’s and 3’s), is stepping back and taking a more positive approach. Also your attitude plays a HUGE role. Instead of thinking to yourself, “this is going to be a bad day,” you need to say (outloud) to yourself, “this is going to be a joyful day with my grandkids.” And mean it!

 

 

Think of some fun things that your grandchildren would love doing. Maybe it’s going to the park and (if your grandchild is a boy), trying out the new remote control truck they received for Christmas. Or maybe (and this is for the older ones) they got a new bike and they want YOU to go bike riding with them. Grandma, when was the last time you were on a bike? (for me, it’s been years) LOL However, what a goal that would be for me…going bike riding with my grandson! 🙂 How awesome that would be! Or maybe a trip to the zoo.

 

 

Below are a few tips for the toddler years

 

1. Go to your local library or get online and look up some books for some support for grandparenting through the toddler years. Or, look up getting through the terrible 2’s or 3’s. You WILL undoubtedly find a lot of books that will give you a lot of insight and the support you need.

 

 

2. Grandparenting groups would also be a good idea. You would be able to talk to many others that are going through the same thing. And you know what they say; “Two heads are better than one.” In this case, you will surely get a wide array of ideas on approaching the toddler years, and getting through them more effectively and easily.

 

 

3. What about toddler proofing your home? There are still some areas in (my home) that I have not child proofed! lol You know those plastic covers for electric outlets? That would be a great start for me, however I’ve not even done that. Also tying those cabinets together would be a grand idea. You know I bet there is some kind of gadgets for that now. And sure enough, I performed a quick search and found this. lol

 

 

4. Hang out outside. Let your toddler run around and run off a lot of the energy you wished YOU had! 😉 Let them play around in the dirt and perhaps help you with some gardening. It’s worth a try, don’t you think? Most toddlers (especially girls) would LOVE the idea of planting flowers or maybe even vegetables. Or what about getting a big group of kids to go walking. This would be ideal for the park. Also, get more social with this and have other Moms come along.

 

 

5. Try purchasing some brand new art supplies. This would be something that Grandma would even enjoy doing. Maybe drawing some pictures of the outdoors, or just plain coloring pages in a coloring book. Also, try looking up some fun crafts that you and your toddler would enjoy and could do together.

 

 

6. What about music? Try to make music fun and dance or just march in place to some toddler-friendly music. This would give both YOU and your little ones some good exercise.

 

 

7. Read books. Toddler-age kids love to be read to. Not just at bedtime or nap time. They enjoy books at any time. Make it fun for them and make faces as you read various stories.

 

 

Whatever you and your toddler does or enjoys doing together, always make it a learning process. Consistently teach them something new. Try to aim for teaching your grandchild something new at least every week. That sounds like a good reasonable goal to strive for. And above all else, have fun! 🙂

 

Article Written By Tammy Embrich

 
Tammy is passionate about her Grandmother status and loves to share photos, advice, Grandparenting Articles and Tips

 

Tammy also has been successful in the work at home industry for many years. She is an Internet marketer, article marketer, and ghostwriter. She offers free job leads for the job seeker, as well as other work at home resources, work at home articles, tips, and more at http://www.onestopwebemployment.com

 

Amazing Candle Review and Giveaway (Ends March 1st)

 

 

I was thrilled when I received an email to do a review and giveaway on this adorable, innovative birthday candle. It’s nothing like I’ve ever seen before! It will sure to be a big hit at any child’s birthday party. The candle comes in 4 vibrant colors;  blue, pink, yellow and red.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday I realized I had to go to the store and get a cake mix and frosting in order to review this candle. LOL, I was going to make my hubby a cake for Valentines day anyway…a chocolate, round, double layer, his fav.

 

 

 

 

 

 

In fact, this candle would definitely look totally awesome on a Valentine cake! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When my husband and I lit the candle, I know the flame shot up 7 to 8 inches, at least. It was totally awesome to watch. After approximately 10 – 12 seconds, the flower part of the candle opened up and the big flame lit the small candles and then started turning around in a circle and played the tune of “happy birthday.” It brought a huge smile to my face.

 

 

 

Not only young children would love this candle, but individuals of ALL ages, and especially Grandparents and the elderly. =)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This amazing candle will definitely get a lot of oohs and ahhs at your child’s party. There’s no doubt about it.

 

 

However, (as it states on the box instructions), there needs to be supervision while using them . Always have an adult light them and instruct your child to wait until it’s safe to blow the candles out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Specials going on right now at the amazing candle website

 

 

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The lucky winner of this giveaway will win 2 of these amazing candles in the colors of their choice. Blue-Pink-Yellow and red.

 

 

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I now have a new countertop. For others that have seen pics of my kitchen were used to seeing a cranberry color. It’s no longer cranberry LOL It’s called “blackstar granite” It is laminate granite with a glossy finish. I love it 🙂 I will be doing a blog post after I’m completely finished with the decor of my kitchen for my craft blog.

 

 

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Happy Valentine’s Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I just wanted to wish all my readers a wonderful Valentine’s day!

Hope you do something special for your spouse and your grandchildren.

 

Whoso loves, believes the impossible.

~~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Grandma And Daddy

Hey there my little guy, :-)

 

This pic is just for you to look at when you get a little older. This is Grandma in her perm days! LOL And I can sure see YOU in Daddy there. 🙂

 

Love you sweetheart!