Painting Pumpkins

“Grandpa, look at our hands.  They’re the same !” -Holden and Grandpa Painting Pumpkins- journal entry: It is October.  Pumpkins are ready.  All are harvested and lined up in the garden.  Children have opinions about pumpkins.  Once they have picked their favorites, I get out the paint and the glitter …

Bottled Peaches

“An apple is an excellent thing until you have tried a peach.” -George du Marier- journal entry: I am not the only one who feels this way.  Everyone talks about it.  The feeling they get when they are finished bottling peaches.  The way the peaches look.  Lined up.  Beautiful.  There …

Grandma’s Pink Cupcakes

“Pink, pink, pink . . . give me everything in PINK.” -Miss Piggy- journal entry: You may think that anyone can decorate cupcakes.  I am here to tell you that I didn’t think I could.  I knew I could frost cupcakes and put sprinkles on them.  I wasn’t sure about …

Please Stay For Dinner !

“By failing to prepare, one is preparing to fail.” -Benjamin Franklin- journal entry: Here is a GIANT rule.  Keep enough food on hand to prepare for the unexpected.  Not just the unexpected ‘bad times’ but the doorbell guests at dinnertime.   Or  those moments when Grandpa looks around for dinner and …

Ten Minute Trifle

“I’d give up dessert but I’m no quitter.” -Author Unknown- journal entry: Fast and easy are the buzz words.  Ten minutes is good but five is better.  Free is good but ‘not too expensive’ is okay.  That’s what we have here.  Easy, easy, easy and pretty, pretty pretty. Do this: …

Teeny Tiny Cupcakes

“Everything in the world is so big to a child.  Big people.  Big dogs.  Big cups.  Big food. Little things are such a relief now and then.” -Grandma- journal entry: To celebrate anything it seems that we need lots of food.  At a celebration, grandmas make lots of fun things …

Please Eat the Animals !

“Animals are my friends . . . and I don’t eat my friends !” -George Bernard Shaw- journal entry: Well . . . you better eat these animals. They are tiny enough to fit in the palm of a little person’s hand.  I love to use cookie cutters. Did you …