Layered Ice Cream Treats, Fancy and Plain, to Explore With Grandchildren Ready for Spring and Summer


When our children were small, this Grandma took gourmet cooking lessons. Now I cannot find those fabulous recipes I compiled as we used to keep recipes on cards, long lost.  But, one that is easy to remember is the layered ice cream pie that went into Baked Alaska. Our gourmet chef teacher liked to make […]

Choose Between Ina Garten’s Peanut Swirl Brownies or A Brownie Mix with Peanut Butter Swirl


This Grandma loves to think she is giving grandchildren healthy desserts if one ingredient is healthy.  Yes, peanut butter qualifies.  A twitter post had Ina Garten’s peanut butter swirl recipe from the Food Network.  This caught my eye.  A long (we never say old) dear friend introduced me to Ina Garten and her recipes.  I […]

Adult Guilty Pleasure With Velvetta Queso Dip and What To Do With the Leftover Velvetta After Making the Best Mac And Cheese For Grandchildren


Our grandchildren love California Pizza Kitchen’s mac and cheese. This Grandma went on a hunt to try to replicate it and found a recipe that the grandchildren said is better than the mac and cheese they get at California Pizza Kitchen. Here is the post and the recipe: It has gotten to the point where […]

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Mini Dessert Sandwiches From a Famous Chef Add to Grandma’s Collection of Decedent Unhealthy But Delicious Treats With Which To Spoil Grandchildren

.Chocolate and Peanut Butter Mini Dessert Sandwiches

This Grandma always looks for decedent unhealthy but delicious treats with which to spoil grandchildren. Who would have thought I would find something outrageously tempting in a recipe in People Magazine. Trying to find the recipe on line without purchasing Jacques Pepin’s cookbook, “Jacques Pepin Heart & Soul in the Kitchen,” is impossible. He calls […]

Healthy Grandchildren in 2016 With and Baked Chicken Tenders

Baked Chicken Tenders

The news about the Zika virus passed by mosquitos is all over the news. The news about the children in Flint, Michigan being exposed to lead is all over the news. Unfortunately, the news media is making all of us grandmas concerned about everything in our environment and society that can hurt our grandchildren. Where […]

Baby Carrots Are the Best Junk Food For Grandchildren and Not What We Think They Are

Health Benefits of Carrots

This Grandma has to admit that she believed that perfectly good large carrots out of the ground were whittled down to make the tiny baby carrot. I believed that the waste went to waste and I was wasteful in taking advantage of the convenience of using a package of baby carrots in my recipes. I […]

Cookie Exchanges Are Abundant in Holiday Season With Cookie Recipes For Every State and Every Grandma To Make Or Buy the Best for Grandchildren


Last evening a dear long (we never say old) friend said she was invited to a cookie exchange. She declined, as this Grandma would, as we are of the grandmas who make reservations or bake cookies with our grandchildren for our grandchildren only. Then, this morning, on the Today Show, the talk was of cookie […]

Grandmas Love National Cookie Day Every Day And Here Are Cookie Recipes and Two Back Stories About Cookies To Share With Grandchildren Including the Coveted Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe


Our youngest daughter’s first word was “cookie.” This Grandma is convinced it was due to GG (her grandmother) caring for her regularly while I finished graduate school and worked. What grandma does not love giving cookies to grandchildren! December 4 is National Cookie Day and The New York Times on line concentrates on cookies and […]

Mashed Potato Pancakes That Can Follow the Thanksgiving Baked Potato Bar For Chanukah as Well as All Family Get Togethers

Baked potato

This year at Thanksgiving, being weight conscious and gluten free conscious, the mother of our youngest daughter came up with the idea of a baked potato bar. It was an instant hit and an easy addition to the traditional holiday dinner. Here is the recipe this Grandma compiled after reviewing many on the internet. The […]

Experiment with Baking No Mixer Easy Cupcakes on National Chocolate Cupcake Day

Moist Chocolate Cupcakes- Super Easy- Budget

Yes, it does seem that every day is a special day. Cupcakes are special, but it seems that chocolate cupcakes make it to have their own special day each October 18. According to, we really do not know the origin of the day but we do know the origin of cupcakes: “Cupcakes can be […]

Skinny Oreos Add to the Oreo Boom but the Best for Grandchildren and Their Parents are Chocolate Covered Oreos We Make At Home Or Send Off Beautifully Wrapped For the Holidays

Chocolate-Dipped Oreo Pops

A skinny version of Oreos debuts in the U.S. next week, its maker says. Four Oreo Thins contain 140 calories, compared with 160 calories for three regular Oreos. How do they shave off 20 calories? By putting in less filling. Already, those who take Oreos apart, a great deal of us, are complaining how hard […]

Fast Food Stable and Staple in Our Grandchildren’s Diet

Blue Apron

The New York Times reported on September 16, 2016 that “About one-third of American children and teens eat pizza or other fast food every day, a government report released today shows. That’s unchanged from the 1990s.” The 1990’s is when we grandmas went into the workplace in droves and fed our children fast food in […]

Egyptian Eye or Egg in A Hole Makes a Great Grandchild Meal For Breakfast or Anytime

Egyptian egg

Visiting my older grandchildren, my oldest grandson wanted to make breakfast. He learned a new recipe from his other grandmother. He said he was going to make an Egyptian Eye. This Grandmother never heard of such a thing. It was delicious. Soon after, The New York Times, had a recipe for egg in a hole. […]

Hot Dogs Do Deserve Their Own National Day of Celebration


Hot dogs happen to rank among this Grandma’s favorite food. As a freshman in college in Boston, a bunch of us got an urge for a Nathan’s hot dog. Back then, the only place to get one was Coney Island. On a Saturday night, we drove back and forth from Boston to Brooklyn just to […]

Using Fresh Fruit and Graham Crackers to Bake bon appetit’s Apricot, Cherry, and Graham Cracker Crumble with Grandchildren


Summer fresh fruit is the best, but sometimes a grandchild is reluctant to try some new fruit no matter how much we grandmas might try to entice them to do so. This Grandma has found that the best way to get grandchildren to try new fruits is to bake a dessert with the fruit. My […]

Pizza Hut is the New Favorite of Grandmas With Its New Hot Dog Stuffed Pizza Crust Pizza

Hotdog Stuffed Crust Pizza

When this Grandma saw the commercial on television, I could not believe it. Pizza Hut created a new pizza that is a combination pizza and hot dogs in a blanket. It looked amazing! Why, do you ask? Because I am a grandma who loves to give my grandchildren their favorite foods in the world. More […]

We do Not Have to Wait Until National Chocolate Pudding Day to Enjoy Chocolate Pudding Dump Cake With Grandchildren

National Chocolate Pudding Day

It seems that every day is another national holiday and we don’t know the origin of National Chocolate Pudding Day, but who cares. National Chocolate Pudding Day is observed each year on June 26th. According to National Day Calendar: “Historically, chocolate pudding is a variation of chocolate custard, using starch as a thickener instead of […]

The Best Frozen Desserts for Grandchildren For Summer to Make or Pop Out of the Freezer

The Best Frozen Desserts for Grandchildren

This Grandma makes reservations. When Real Simple staffers sampled more than 120 bars, sandwiches, and ice pops and came up with the six best, I paid attention. However, they were adults tasting for adults. What I liked was that they concentrated on organic. Here is Grandma’s top picks of the six for grandchildren: Grandchildren love […]

CombineTwo Grandchildren Favorites for Chocolate-Strawberry Waffle Ball on a Stick

Chocolate-Strawberry Waffle Ball on a Stick

This Grandma loves using fresh fruit in recipes with grandchildren. Children love donuts, and anything sweet on a stick. Chocolate covered fruit is an easy treat and takes five minutes. Use Kraft Real Milk Baker’s Dipping Chocolate and follow the instructions. If you want to do a little more elaborate recipe, Food Network Kitchen, has […]

Celebrating the Red, White and Blue. . . .Foods to Make With Grandchildren for the Fourth of July

ten festive red, white and blue recipes for Fourth of July

Parenting Magazine had a great article on ten festive red, white and blue recipes for Fourth of July. The children or grandchildren they are targeting must be less finicky than my grandchildren. Here are is the best one of their ten ideas and a few of mine for celebrating the Fourth with red, white and […]