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homemade pretzels

My grandchildren really like pretzels.  Do yours?  They like the straight ones, the curly ones and the large pretzel sticks, which we sometimes eat for lunch with peanut butter to dip them in!  So today when they were over we decided to try our hand at making homemade pretzels from scratch. Read more….

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greenhouse

A very special greenhouse and nursery by the name of Lurgans lies in Orrstown, Pennsylvania, approximately 50 miles away from where we live. And I love to go there!

You might say “50 miles just to go to a nursery, aren’t there any closer?”  Oh yes, there are lots closer, but none nearly so special and so full of beautiful flowers as Lurgans.  You could say it’s well known in these parts!  Everyone that loves gardening loves Lurgans, myself included!

Every year in February, I make a trip to Lurgans, as many others do.  In February they have big beautiful Boston ferns growing in their greenhouse.  You can pick the ones you want, they tag them sold and for $10 they will continue to watch over and care for your fern until you return to get it in May.  I say May, because I always wait until then to make sure the last freeze is over.  Many others [click to continue…]

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Blogging Grandmothers Link Party #15

Welcome to the Blogging Grandmothers Link Party #15

Starts Monday, May 15, 2017 at 12:05 am central time (United States)

Ends Thursday, May 18 at 11:55 pm

Blogging Grandmothers Link Party

Blogging Grandmothers Link Party

Hosted By: Grammy Dee, MiMi Clearissa, Grandma Candy, Gramma Lori,
Grandma Christie, Grandma Donna, Nan Sue, Grandma Teresa, and Mimi Carol

REALLY SIMPLE RULES:

• This party is for grandmother bloggers only [click to continue…]

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South Carolina coast

If you read my recent post about planning for retirement, you know that we had a trip to the coast of northern South Carolina and the outer Banks of North Carolina planned.  That trip officially began!

Our first day was spent on the road traveling through the beautiful state of Virginia and down through North Carolina to the South Carolina coast. Read more….

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Whether you’re still in the prepping stage or have moved on to the painting stage, this simple homemade tool will make your painting life easier!  How?  No more climbing up a ladder and precariously leaning over as far as you dare, stretching with your paintbrush, hoping to get paint on just a few more inches before you have to climb down and move the ladder over.  Only to once again risk life and limb as you climb the ladder and teeter on the next to the top step stretching as far as you can with that paint brush or roller. Read more….

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summer vacation

The weather is warm and school is almost out, which means summer vacation is just around the corner.  For many of us that means a trip to the beach.  Surf and sun, water sports and good food!  It also means the kids need new clothes among other expenses.  And that’s where this giveaway comes in!

I’m offering to one lucky winner a $25 Gymboree egift card to help with the things the kids need, plus a $25 visa gift card to help out with the other expenses.  That’s a prize packet worth $50 to help make your vacation planning a little less stressful and a lot more fun! Read more….

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Blogging Grandmother’s Link Party #14

Welcome to the Blogging Grandmothers Link Party #14

Starts Monday, May 1, 2017 at 12:05 am central time (United States)

Ends Thursday, May 4 at 11:55 pm

Blogging Grandmothers Link Party

Blogging Grandmothers Link Party

Hosted By: Grammy Dee, MiMi Clearissa, Grandma Candy, Gramma Lori
and please welcome our newest co-hosts
Grandma Christie, Grandma Donna, Nan Sue, Grandma Teresa, and Mimi Carol [click to continue…]

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retirement

I wrote a post a year ago about becoming a “stay at home grandma” and now I’m writing one about going back to work.  What am I thinking, right?  I’m thinking about retirement!

I didn’t work for all of 2016 and when I quit my job, I really didn’t think I’d return to work.  I felt like I was completely done with that part of my life.  But with the beginning of the new year and taking a good look at our retirement plans; I came to the realization that it would be very beneficial to us for me to work some to help us reach our goals.   Read more….

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Grow Your Facebook Followers Link Party

I’m so excited to be joining with four other great bloggers to bring you the Grow Your Facebook Followers Link Party!  So lets get started….

Welcome to the party!

Starts Thursday, April 13 at 12:05 am central time (United States)
Ends Saturday, April 15 at 11:55 pm

Grow Your Facebook Followers Link Party
This party is hosted by:

Grammy Dee from Grammy’s Grid

Sue from Sizzling Towards 60

Teresa from Aging Like a Fine Wine

Clearissa from Clearissa Coward’s Command Center

Lori from Love My Big Happy Family

Read more….

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painted tv stand

In a recent foraging trip to the local ReStore my eyes fell upon an old TV armoire and I was instantly in love.  My husband Paul was with me and wasn’t quite as impressed with it as I was, until I managed to share my vision for it in a way that he could appreciate!  Refinishing or painting wood furniture isn’t something we are experienced with, but he agreed, purchase was made and we wrangled the big piece of furniture home. Read more….

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