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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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CambriaCambria is a sleepy little village on the central coast of California nestled among Monterey Pines.  As you travel along Highway 1 to reach Cambria you will see beautiful rolling hills on one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other. This lovely location has been a favorite vacation spot of my sisters and their families for years. Read more….

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young readers

Congratulations to Laura, winner of this giveaway for 10 early reader books!

Summer is here and along with it parents and grandparents alike are looking for ways to keep the kids busy!

Along with the busy activities planned for the summer, be sure to keep your children’s interest in reading and their reading skills intact or growing.

This giveaway contains books valued at $100, and the winner will be able to encourage their children to read by surprising them with 10 new books, all for the young reader. Read more….

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Peach MuffinsSummer is upon us with it’s rich variety of delicious fruits and vegetables.  Of all the summer fruits sweet, juicy peaches have always been one of my favorites.

And because they’re one of my favorites, I have had such a graving for some.  So even though the selection of peaches was not what I would refer to as inviting, I couldn’t help myself and bought some on my last trip to the grocery store. Impatience didn’t pay off (once again) and the peaches were just okay, lacking that sweet juiciness I love. Read more….

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Between the Lines: Aging Like a Fine Wine

Between the LinesI am so excited to be a part of the special “Between the Lines” blog series organized by Katherine over at KatherinesCorner.com highlighting bloggers age 50 and over!  Katie asked that we share a little about what our blog is about, ourselves and challenges of blogging at our age.

My bloggy beginning….

I was completely unfamiliar with blogging until my daughter-in-law started one.  Her beginning was very humble; she was hoping to be able to acquire free diapers for her and my sons new baby.  Her blog has grown tremendously and she inspired Read more….

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12 Must Haves for Every New Grandparent!

GrandparentAre you going to be a new grandparent soon and wondering what you should have at your home to make it your little bundle of joy’s home away from home?

We have been blessed with 6 adorable grandchildren and I’ve learned a few things along the way about the things needed to make your home ready for a new grandbaby.  Especially if you’re hoping the little one will spend plenty of time at your house!

I’ve put together my list of suggestions right here for you to browse through!

1.  An area in a corner of a bedroom or other quiet room that can be devoted to a pack-n-play or crib.  We have a guest room, which is actually my Mom’s room when she decides to spend time with us.  I have devoted [click to continue…]

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Mediterranean DietFor years now we have all heard the merits of the Mediterranean Diet lauded from television shows, magazines or newspaper articles.   So what is it exactly, what benefits does it hold for us and last, but not least, what does it mean we eat??

Mediterranean cooking is a simple cuisine; one whose basic tenet is that food should be served as close to its natural state as possible.  Greek Olive Oil is one of the Mediterranean diet staples and it’s used in everyday dishes ranging from appetizers to dinner to dessert! Read more….

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Spaghetti saladHow is the weather in your corner of the world?  Here in the East we have had a rainy spring!  I appreciate the rain, I know we need it, but enough now!!!  I need some sun!  And today I’m looking at, wait for it…. sunshine!

Sunshine and warm weather bring about a more active lifestyle and make me want to eat lighter meals.   I started digging through my old recipe binder and found a Spaghetti Salad recipe that I can’t even remember the last time I made.  I know that I received the recipe when we lived in California and that was 20 years ago!

Anyway, I wanted to give it a try again, so off I went to get Read more….

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