Rainbow Bread to Enjoy On Our Way to Reach “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”

Times are hard right now for all of us. There is a perfect song for this time,“Somewhere over the Rainbow” from Wizard of Oz. If you have not introduced the movie with the great Judy Garland to your grandchildren, Common Sense Media, my go to review website for movies, books and more, says it is […]

For A Sweet Relief From Seriousness of the Pandemic, Ice Cream Bread To Try Out For Yourself With The Leftover Rainbow Sprinkles You Cannot Now Share With Your Grandchildren or Zoom Make it With Them And More No Bake Ideas

Pandemic Pounds.  That is what I call the extra weight I am carrying around due to a sweet tooth and being home all the time to overdo.  Yes, we add bakery items to our Instacart Publix shopping list.  As an aside, we may never go into a supermarket again as we are getting used to […]

Valentine’s Day 2020With GG’s (Great Grandmother) Cookie Recipe or David’s Cookies

This Grandma realized several years ago that greeting cards  and stamps for mailing are getting so expensive that it is not much more to send something more than a card for holidays, including Valentine’s Day.  I wrote a previous post about this in 2017 with ideas other than greeting cards. “When Valentine’s Day Gifts Are […]

Introducing Salad to Grandchildren Putting Fruits and Vegetables On A Pedestal First and Other Art Installation Projects

Honoring fruits and vegetables by putting them on a pedestal never occurred to this Grandmother.  It took an artist exhibiting at the Whitney Museum in New York to creatively come up with this idea.  Darren Bader’s work stands alone in the gallery. “Fresh fruits and vegetables—“nature’s impeccable sculpture,” according to Bader—are presented as formal objects […]

February 5, 2020 is World Nutella Day with Secrets and Nutella Recipes Galore to Share With Grandchildren

This Grandma is always surprised at some national day selections and was surprised that there was a National Nutella Day.  I was wrong.  The celebration, this year 2020, is February 5, and the day is actually World Nutella Day. For those of you who do not know what Nutella is, even if you have noticed […]

Cookie Dough Ice Cream Bowls Made Hard . . . Or the Easy Way . . . With Grandchildren of All Ages

Our grandchildren love raw cookie dough.  It was so difficult when we first had the raw egg scare and then the uncooked flour scare.  See previous 2017 post, “Safely Making Homemade Cookie Dough and Adding It to Safe Homemade Ice Cream.”  That previous post included a recipe for homemade cookie dough and then adding it […]

Fake Food Now Extends to Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese When the Real Thing is Grandchildren’s Favorite

Grandpa and I just returned from Sicily and Malta, where farm to table is the norm.  The food was natural and fresh with no preservatives, not like the United States where fake food is an art.  Even just today in the newspapers, articles included discussion of hormones in meats and how most fast food chains […]

The Explosion Cake With A Special Surprise To Make For or With Grandchildren

This Grandma makes reservations.  As a working mother, I rarely cooked and never baked.  My Mother, GG Frieda, was an outstanding cook and even more outstanding baker.  She made all holiday meals and baked fresh bread and cakes for them until just before she died.  I watched her for hours at a time, but never […]

Fast and Easy Chocolate Mug Cake to Make in the Microwave With Grandchildren

According to the recipe for Chocolate Mug Cake reprinted in the New York Times, March 28, 2019, “if you google ‘mug cake,’ you’ll get more than 100 million results.” Amazing that google can connect with that many results in one search—and for mug cake! This Grandma loves fast and easy for any recipe to make […]

Feeding Grandchildren Dessert First Is Good Science For Grandma and Now A Scientific Study Confirms it is Good for All of Us

When our eldest daughter told us she was pregnant, I attended a conference where there were many friends and acquaintances who were already grandparents.  I asked each for what I called “grandma lessons.”  Once of the first and best was to feed grandchildren dessert first.  After all, spoiling grandchildren is a requirement for being a […]

All Grandmas Have A Magic Recipe That Even Children Not Their Own Grandchildren Love and Here is a Favorite For Magic Cookie Bars

Our oldest grandchildren were excited to visit us in Florida for spring break, and were even more excited that our younger grandchildren’s grandmother was going to be with all of us too.  They wanted to know most of all if she would have time to bake.  I was curious.  I know that my specialty is […]

Layered Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Double Stuffed Oreos, and Triple Fudge Brownie Mix is An Overload of Sweetness To Bake With Grandchildren

It took a radio host to advise listeners that March 6, 1912 was when Oreo cookies were introduced to the world.  The original Oreo creator would be surprised at the Oreo options that exist today.  It reminded me of a recent visit with our older grandchildren, where our preteen granddaughter wanted to experiment with a […]

July Is Ice Cream Month and What is New to Celebrate With Grandchildren Of All Ages

If you had to choose a month of the year to be Ice Cream Month, July would be it.  National Ice Cream Day is celebrated on the third Sunday in July. The celebrations were signed into law by President Ronald Reagan on July 9, 1984 with Presidential Proclamation, according to Wikipedia.  Wikipedia also tells us […]

Two Best Baked Apple Recipes With No Added Sugar For Toddlers To Adults

We know sugar is our enemy.  As a post menopausal woman, I was advised that my body could not process sugar but could process fat, and that I should cut sugar from my diet for weight maintenance.  I now do not worry as much about how much fat is in a food, but I monitor […]

Pizza For Breakfast Is Finally Getting the Respect It Deserves and This Grandma’s Case For a Breakfast Feast Grandchildren Would Want For Breakfast, Part II

If you follow this blog, you will already know that this Grandma is obsessed with the concept of “Pizza for Breakfast” as a special grandma treat when with grandchildren.  That was one of the first “Grandma Lessons” I received from a very experienced grandma at a conference I was attending.  I proceeded to write several […]

Best Easy Make Ahead Baked French Toast For Holiday Brunches And Five More Special French Toast Recipes For Grandchildren Visits

One of the most requested breakfasts from our grandchildren is for this Grandma to make french toast, especially on a school day, where Grandma has the time and inclination to make a “fancy” breakfast while parents are too harried.  I learned several years ago to add a small amount of milk to the beaten eggs […]

Safely Making Homemade Cookie Dough and Adding It to Safe Homemade Ice Cream

Making homemade slime was the activity of choice among grandchildren recently.  It was messy and disgusting, but that goes in grandma’s house.  Take a look at this previous post, “Being Cool Slime . . . ing with Grandchildren Might Not Be Without Its Messes But is As Simple As You Want To Make It.” Now, […]

Using Williams Sonoma Products to Cook With Grandchildren For Thanksgiving and Discovering Some Gluten Free Gems Too

Thanksgiving is the time for old favorite recipes, this Grandma has found.  Everyone seems to crave the annual favorites.  However, sometimes it is fun to experiment a bit, and this Grandma has found that Williams Sonoma has some short cuts for us with easy recipes for grandchildren to help make. Williams Sonoma Butternut Squash Bisque […]

How to Celebrate the Month of November’s National Sandwich Day With Grandchildren

November 3 each year is National Sandwich Day.  There seems to be a day for everything celebrated in our country, and we can use each special day in a special way with grandchildren.  National Sandwich Day can be a favorite to be celebrated more than just one day, the entire month of November, as it […]

Great Grandmother’s Jello Mold is Part of the Fabric of Our Traditions And Jello Even Works for Your Family Traditions for the Upcoming July Fourth Holiday

When this Grandma was a child, Jello was a favored dessert.  We had different flavors and ingredients put into different size Tupperware molds.  My favorite was cherry Jello, with canned fruit cocktail in it.  When I think of the calories and probably the lack of nutrition, I cringe.  I fed my children Jello, mostly when […]