Weekend with my Grandmother and a HUGE Thank you to https://kitcheninspirations.wordpress.com/

I know I have been absent a LOT lately… absent more than here. I have been dealing with my grandmother’s mortality. Yes, I know that probably sounds silly.

A little back story. My parents didn’t, and still don’t, have the time of day for me for reasons unknown and long ago dealt with. My grandmother though stepped in and is the one person who has always been there for me. The one constant in my life for as far back as I can remember. Even when we were living together or hours away, I knew when I needed her she was a hug or a phone call away. I honestly think she is the only thing that has kept me sane (or at least my version of sanity) all these years.

Just knowing I had that one person in my corner, never trying to change who I am at the core, accepting me as I am… although making damn sure to let me know when she thought I was doing something wrong lol. (Because even now my grandmother has opinions she has no problem sharing with everyone lol… she and Chris were jokingly sparing when he drove out to pick me up on Sunday lol and she kept up with him topic to topic that day) pThis is what my grandmother means to me and I have been really struggling with the fact that in the not so distant future all I am going to have are the memories… good memories mind you but memories.

This weekend we made a new memory compliments of: https://kitcheninspirations.wordpress.com/

My grandmother kept talking about a recipe she had for some kind of date turnover cookies that she used to make and freeze. She would thaw a few at a time for breakfast and really wanted some. My mission this weekend was to make her a bunch.

When she couldn’t find her recipe, I hit Pinterest to try to find one close. I found one almost exactly like my grandmother’s recipe and we made them Sunday morning.

Now I didn’t roll them thin enough and put too much filling in them according to my grandmother lol, but the recipe turned out great and even through the “teaching” moments (because I had never made them before and was bound to make a few mistakes lol), my grandmother loves her breakfast treats!

So I thank you again Kitchen Inspirations for helping me make this memory with my grandmother ❤.

Here is the link to the recipe for the Old Fashioned Date Filled Cookies or Date Turnover Cookies as my grandmother refers to them at the Kitchen Inspirations blog.

https://kitcheninspirations.wordpress.com/2009/12/14/old-fashioned-date-filled-cookies/?blogsub=confirming#subscribe-blog

Sandie

“Eat More” Squares via www.rockrecipes.com

Yesterday I spent a wonderful day with my mother-in-law, doing some online Christmas shopping, eating things we shouldn’t be eating lol, doing a quick tour of the local antique/consignment stores (those that were open) and just enjoying chatting. I didn’t get anything “crafty” done other than cutting a few words out using my Cricut for some wine glasses she wanted to gift friends of hers. That meant we had to go into my craft room which is a complete disaster area right now. I had hoped that was something we could avoid lol… but thankfully she is also a very talented crafter and understands the mess that accompanies the hobby lol!!!


When I made these squares the other week, Chris apparently took the name of them to heart lol. He couldn’t seem to stop eating them lol! I am glad he enjoyed them. I knew he liked the chocolate bar with the same name so I thought for sure he would like squares fashioned after them… and he most definitely did!

Here is where I found the recipe I used to make them: https://www.rockrecipes.com/eat-more-bar-squares/

They were easy to make, as long as you followed the recipe to the “T” in order for them to set properly and he found them to be delicious!

Sandie

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Grinch Cookies via Natasha Kitchen.com

I figured that since I spent the WHOLE weekend getting ALL of the Grinch Mugs ready to go to customers that I would share a recipe with everyone that I made a few years ago and were a big hit.

Grinch cookies just seemed appropriate considering lol!

I will admit that I did have a bit of an issue finding the cinnamon hearts at that time of year but when I eventually did they worked perfect for these Grinch Cookies.

I found the recipe at Natasha-Kitchen. The recipe is easy to make because it starts with a cake mix and look really cute on the cookie plates at Christmas!

Here is the link to the cookies! Grinch Cookies via Natasha-Kitchen!

Sandie

Busy Day Soup via www.sipalaw.net

I saw the recipe for this soup when I was looking on Pinterest, procrastinating about finishing washing the walls.

It looked so good that I wanted to share the recipe with everyone!

The recipe can be found at: https://www.sipalaw.net/2019/07/busy-day-soup.html

Doesn’t this look delicious? Definitely something I plan to add to our fall/winter soup rotation!

Sandie

Cinnamon-Raisin Swirl Bread

I found an awesome sounding Raisin/Cinnamon bread recipe at tideandthyme.com and couldn’t wait to try it!


Raisin/Cinnamon bread has always been Dillon’s favourite bread.  I have literally seen him sit with a fresh loaf and practically inhale the whole thing.  As I was making this, he kept coming upstairs and telling me how good the bread smelled while it was baking, and oh yes, he would take the whole pan lol!
I thought this would be great toasted but I am also going to keep a loaf to make weekend French Toast!

Sandie

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Mars Rice Krispy Squares

I found an awesome sounding  Rice Krispy square recipe at https://oureatinghabits.wordpress.com/2011/08/19/mars-bars-squares/ that I just had to try. Thank you to Our Eating Habits for this recipe idea!

While I didn’t follow it exactly it still turned out great with comments from anyone that tried them. 

I changed the recipe to suit what I had and how I wanted to do the cooking part of the recipe so I could make them in the microwave and they still turned out perfect!

Sandie

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Healthy 2 Ingredient Cookies (plus Optional Add-ins) via Haphazard Homemaker

I came across this recipe last week and keep going back to it, thinking about all the delicious, and healthy, ingredients could be added! I decided this would be a great recipe to share with everyone!

Sandie

“In keeping with my New Year’s Resolution…..Goal….Intention, and because I am a snacker, I thought I’d try to make me some 2 Ingredient Cookies, aka Breakfast Cookies. I am always hungry, which makes me hangry at times. I wanted needed a guilt-free real-food snack that simulated a familiar snack, but didn’t require any odd-to-me substitutes.…”

Please go check out Robin’s blog for the full recipe!

https://haphazardhomemaker.com/2019/01/12/healthy-2-ingredient-cookies-plus-optional-add-ins/

RAKA Award Nominations

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We would like to start by thanking https://mwsrwritings.com for nominating us for this.  We will try to post keeping the spirit of the nomination in mind.  Both Kim and myself will add our own Random Act story to the post.

Here is the original link we received for this nomination where we found the directions on how to participate: https://mwsrwritings.com/2018/09/26/raka-award-nominations-award-share/

Here are the rules taken from the nominating blog!

The rules are simple

1- Tell who you nominate and why.
2= Copy and share the picture that shows the award, posted above.
3- Share a paragraph of something that impacted your own life in the way of receiving kindness or how you extended kindness to someone else.
For instance, ” I once was waiting in a drive thru line for 20 minutes. I was in a hurry but the line did not move much, it felt like. My day was getting worse by the moment. When I got up to the drive thru window, the cashier said someone had paid for my meal already. That really made my day a lot better.”
4- Nominate anyone or share to your own page. If you so choose to Participate. Tag or pingback to the original person who nominated you, or the original post.

Here are the blogs we are nominating for the RAKA

https://mistimaan.wordpress.com/

https://cathrynskitchen.com/

http://iscriblr.com/

https://liba.home.blog/

https://cathysfoodinspirations.blog/

https://cavidaran.wordpress.com/

 

Our Random Acts of Kindness

Sandie

My random act of kindness, like most things in my life right now, reverts to my car accident.  To this day I do not remember getting out of or being helped out of my car once it finally landed on the fence.  I remember the trees coming towards me (and yes, I do know I was heading to them, not the other way around but that is how it felt at the time) and then being halfway up the incline being assisted by a good Samaritan who saw my accident and stopped to help.  He led me up the incline and let me sit and wait in their warm vehicle until help ( and Chris) arrived.  I will be forever thankful for their Random Act of Kindness! It is truly a shame I did not think at the time to get their names to thank them properly.

Kim

It feels like such a fitting time of year to think about the many things in my life for which I’m grateful. There are many; so many that I couldn’t narrow it down to just one to write about. Simple things, like a friend leaving a sticky note on my computer at work that said “You’re awesome” when she knew I was having a rough week. Or a co-worker leaving an inspirational book on my desk, with a particularly relevant section highlighted for me. Or my mom making me soup when I had morning sickness and didn’t feel like eating or cooking. Or the young woman at the grocery store that helped me bag my groceries when I went on my first grocery shopping venture with baby alone. Or another friend that saved coupons for me. The list goes on and on. I am so thankful for all of the little random acts of kindness I experience on a daily basis and I try my best to reciprocate and perform random acts of kindness whenever I can too.

 

Crocheted Jellyfish Toy

I found the cutest crocheted jellyfish toy pattern on Pinterest that linked to https://www.yarnhild.com/en/crochet-ragdoll/. With my granddaughter’s love of aquatic life I thought this would be a perfect project to make for her! I ended up making one for now and one to put away for Christmas!

Sandie

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