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Pumpkin Oatmeal CookiesAutumn is my favorite time of year, my only wish is that it could last longer!  I love the crispness in the air, the beautiful leaves, fall festivals and the smells of cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin baking.

I’m ringing it in a little early this year because I’m so anxious to share this delicious recipe for pumpkin oatmeal cookies with you.  It has all of the right autumn ingredients that bring lovely scents to your home and cause mouths to water! Read more….

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For the Love of our Disappearing Old Barns

Old BarnsDo old barns call to you as they do to me?  I love barns, I’ve always loved barns.  I can’t begin to recall the number of times I have said to my husband, “I want a barn”. 

I know that I’m not the only one with these feelings of affection, otherwise there wouldn’t be calendars and books about them.  So what exactly is it, why do we love old barns?  What do they say to us? Read more….

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Letter BSometimes when grandchildren are going to be spending the day with me, I’m very organized and plan out details of their visit.  Other times, I just wing it!  This past week when three of them were going to be spending the day with me, plus having a sleepover,  I was organized!

When planning their visit, I was thinking about the things we could do together, and I decided to plan some activities and crafts around the letter B, specifically “B is for bird”.

My plans included: Read more….

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Warm Chicken Salad

I’m sharing a recipe with you today that my hubbie, Paul, thinks is great.  It’s actually just a simple little recipe.  Each time I share a recipe I think, “why am I sharing this, is this good enough to share, or just because we like it will anyone else like it?”

I’m going to once again throw those fears to the wind and just share it with you anyway!  It’s a recipe for chicken salad that you Read more….

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toilet seat coversI had some bizarre thoughts today about, of all things, toilet seat covers!  I know, crazy!  Most of you are probably thinking, “who cares about toilet seat covers?”  But I have to tell you that I do, I care about toilet seat covers, or should I say the lack of toilet seat covers!

This all started today because I went to breakfast with hubbie, Paul and yep, no toilet seat covers.

On the west coast of the United States there are toilet seat covers in just about every little restaurant or gas station, from the nice, to the lets just say not so nice.  But here on the east coast it’s a different story.  I feel like I’ve been smiled upon from above when I go to a store, restaurant or gas station and find seat covers in their bathrooms.

So what do you do?  You learn to strategically place strips of toilet paper on the seat so as none of your bare body will touch it when you sit down.  With me ladies this has become an art form! Read more….

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Back to school in the 60'sSchool is rolling around once again!  And it seems with each passing year the start date is moved up a little bit earlier.  My grandchildren in California return to school on August 9th!

In the 60’s, every school year started the day after Labor Day.  We didn’t have to wonder when it was going to start, we knew.  Security.

Lots of things were different about school in the 60’s.  I’m a baby boomer and proud of it and I like remembering when: Read more….

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Back to school giveaway

It’s almost that time; the first day of school is just around the corner!

Are your special little ones headed off to school this year?  Maybe they’re excited, or maybe they’re a little scared?  This giveaway is full of books that will help your child or grandchild to feel a little less scared and a little more excited about going off to school.

But wait, this giveaway isn’t just books!  It contains lots of other things your child will need at school this year; and give you a little break on the expense! Read more….

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Gorgeous Grandma

My Gorgeous Grandma Ora Mae.

 

When I saw that this Saturday, July 23rd , is Gorgeous Grandma day it caused my thoughts to turn to my maternal grandmother.  My memories of my grandma are very few, because my gorgeous grandma died suddenly of a heart attack when I was only 4 years old.  Up until that day she was a very active and important part of my life.

My grandmother’s name was Ora Mae.  I think that’s a beautiful name.  It’s an old name; I’ve never known anyone else named Ora.  She was born at home in 1901, one of nine children.  Home was a farm in a rural area of Maries County, Missouri.  Read more….

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Raspberry CobblerRaspberries were never one of my favorite fruits because of those little seeds, but when I read that July 19th was Raspberry cake day I decided to use them not in a cake, but a cobbler.  And I wanted to pick fresh ones.

Raspberry picking adventure….

So my husband Paul, our collie Gunnar, and I went raspberry picking.  I had a ball tramping along through the woods, picking berries as I went.  If you haven’t picked raspberries before you might not know that the bushes they grow on are covered with thorns, so it takes a little strategy to get them to give up their berries! Read more….

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lemonade standDo your kids want a lemonade stand, but you’re balking at the idea because you don’t have anywhere to store it between uses?  That was my thought when I decided to build this portable one for my grandkids.

I’m at a place where I want to declutter my home and my life.  I am so tired of “stuff”.  Do you feel that way?  The longer you live in one spot the more “stuff” you seem to acquire. 

We had been planning a yard sale for a few months timed in conjunction with a community wide yard sale held every year.  I wanted the kids to have a lemonade stand, so I started thinking about a way to make one that could easily be put away for another time.  Read more….

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