Monday, July 30, 2012

Mason Jar Monday

Today I have a special gift for my blogger friend Joyce. You can find Joyce over at What Happens At Grandma's and let me tell you, she plans and executes some pretty amazing events for her grand children. You will be amazed at what you find over there.




Whenever I see Jelly Beans I think of Joyce. And not just because she has them on her blog background. Like Jelly Beans Joyce is colorful, sweet, bursting with delicious ideas, and sometimes you will get a surprise because you were expecting one flavor but got another. Jelly Beans are cheerful, bright, great at all kinds of parties and events, and I have yet to meet a person that did not like them. And that’s why when I see Jelly Beans I think of my blogger friend Joyce. So today on Mason Jar Monday I have a Mason Jar gift of Jelly Beans just for you, Joyce.  Happy Monday!

Update: By the way, I was just over at Debra's and she has a Mason Jar for Lisa over there. Stop by to see it. My previous post about Mason jar gifts is here. Oh and when the jelly beans are all gone Joyce, you can have it to do something with it yourself. Can't wait to see what a creative person like comes up with!
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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Grandparent's Say It Saturday

Hello all! Can you believe school has started for some kids already? My oldest grand daughter is starting school next Wednesday and that realization hit me hard! I had looked forward to summer so I could spend more time with her and already it's over! I'm sorry to say I didn't do half the things with her I had planned. I have a few days left so hopefully I can check off a few more items on my list. Where does the time go?

Thanks so much for coming by; we have had a few new linkers and I hope you enjoyed getting to know a little about them. It is fun to find a grandparent blogger we had not known about before isn't it? I think there must be lot of us out there! So with that, here we go! Can't wait to see what you link up this time!

Be sure to add yourself to the Grandparent Blogger Directory if you haven't yet. Remember, if you are of grand parenting age and blog, you are eligible here even if it is not about grand parenting; please just keep it family friendly :)



Add your link here every Saturday at Grandparent's Say It Saturday.
  • Please only link to a post, not to your home page.
  • Please link that post back to Family Home and Life
  • Link up to 3 post
  • While you are here check out other linkers and leave some comments
  • Consider following fellow linkers as well as me
  • No Esty Shops or give aways
  • This link is closing on Monday night.
  • I have a new Grandparent Blogger Directory, I hope you will add your blog there
Be sure to visit Lisa at Grandma's Briefs to join her linky, GRAND Social, on Mondays. Thanks for linking up with me!

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Friday, July 27, 2012

Fun Kids Activity, Easy and Inexpensive Too

Here’s a really fun project (for all those kids that need something to DO) that they really enjoy. It will be fun for a considerable length of time and you won’t hear “I’m bored!” five minutes after they start this one.  

Colored vinegar is poured or dripped onto baking soda, and there is foaming and bubbling which of course the kids love. It also creates some really cool designs.

I poured about 1 ½ to 2 cups of baking soda on each plate. Then in three small bowls I put about ½ cup of white vinegar and added about a dozen or less drops of food coloring to each. I didn’t use red because I had previously used all I had for Red Velvet cake.  I didn’t mention it and the kids didn’t notice red was missing.

Next I put two spoons in each bowl, one for each child so there wouldn’t be arguing over whose turn it was. An eye dropper works great for this but I only had one of them, it wouldn't work with two kids. Then I placed it all on a towel covered table.

I instructed the kids that they must be careful, this would be a scientific experiment and like scientist they would need to concentrate and observe carefully. No jumping up from the table or playing around and being goofy. They were to dip up a little of the color they chose and carefully pour it on the plate - I didn’t want a big mess to clean up.




They started getting brave and used two and then three spoons at a time.


It was a great success and we will be doing it again tomorrow. I saved the left over colored vinegar (in small Mason jars of course!). I buy baking soda and vinegar in large quantities at Costco so it is a very inexpensive project. I don’t mind letting them do this one over and over; it’s less cost than painting!


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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Wow Us Wednesday

Hi all and thanks for stopping by. Here are the linked post I choose from last weeks link ups. They are all good tutorials with good pics so I hope you will take a look at each of them. Comment and tell them I sent you :)


Call Me PMc has a really nice and pretty gift idea using a Mason jar.



What Happen's at Grandmas has wowed us again with her amazing family event ideas.


Bear Rabbit Bear shows us how to make a cute gift or home decor item that's easy to make.


The Magic Bean gives us a free download for her cute rag doll and clothing.

If you have been featured feel free to grab an 'I've Been Featured!' button.


Wow Us Wednesday is a link up for:
  • All items, projects or ideas made by you.... crafts, art, photography, furniture re-dos, organizational feats, recipes, money saving tips, decorating ideas, party plans, you name it!
  • Grandparents if you have a post about a fun grandchild activity or visit, you are eligible too. If it wows us, it belongs here on Wow Us Wednesday! Don’t forget to link back! — a text link at the bottom of your post, or link somewhere on your blog is okay! Or grab my button below.
  • This link will be open until Friday noon if you forget on Wednesday.
  • I am starting an email reminder list for this link party. Please make sure you enter your email when linking to be included. If you entered it last time you don't need to again. Thanks!

  • I love followers! Please consider following me in someway. Also please visit some other linkers and comment there too, ok?
  • Please link up to three post and please do not relink ones from the previous week. Link to the specific post, not your blog home page. No Etsy shops or giveaways, please!

    I would love to feature projects I choose and share them throughout the following week - by submitting a link to this party you are allowing authorization for your project to be featured with a photo from your post. Featured links will include a photo and a link back to the originating site.

Thank you so much for linking up with me. I'm sorry that time has not allowed me to stop by and comment on each link. Please know I appreciate you all!




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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Imaginary Competion

It started at the cutting counter. She was in line behind me and the lady behind her commented on the beautiful choice of fabrics in her cart. “Look how they all coordinate so well, oh I really love this one…” I turned slightly so I could see out of the corner of my eye what she was talking about. The lady with the beautiful fabrics was clearly grandparent age like me but wearing an awful lot of makeup.  “I’m making a quilt for my newest grand daughter” she said and looked at me with a little nod and then raised one eyebrow after looking at the  bolts of fabric in my cart. 

I took note that she was in really good shape for her age in a stylish body hugging outfit; she probably spent a lot of time at the gym. I stood as tall as I could and sucked in my gut. I smoothed down my baggie wrinkled shirt front. I wished the line would move, I was in a hurry as usual. I wanted to get home and get to work. 'Gee, wish I had time to quilt for my grand kids' I was thinking.  'By the time I do everything I have to do in a day, there’s no time left for anything that slow. Work out at the gym? Who needs a work out after a day like mine? Bet I could run circles around her all day!' I felt a bit of an attitude had starting to form.


There were two ladies cutting fabrics today and when it was my turn I was asked what I was making with my fabrics.  Noticing that ‘too much makeup lady’ had now stepped to my right at the counter and was unloading her fabrics to be cut I replied, “I’m making play mats for my grand kids. I have nine of them, grand kids that is. There’s actually fabric here for three different projects, that’s why they don’t all coordinate so well.” Perhaps I was a little louder than necessary. I looked at ‘too much makeup lady’ who had the time to quilt and picked beautifully coordinate fabrics to do so with and smiled, with the bottom half of my face only. She glanced slightly in my direction and did the one eyebrow raise thing again, then gave me the tiniest of smiles. Really I think it was a smirk.
Our cutters were running neck and neck cutting our fabrics and finished at about the same time. My cut fabrics in hand I quickly I wheeled my cart in the direction of the check out at the far end of the gigantic super store. I could hear foots steps right behind me; ‘too much makeup lady’ was hot on my heels. Ha, I thought, I can beat her to the check out. I picked up the pace a little just to make sure I was there first. Oh my gosh! She was walking faster too keeping step with me and started to pass me to my right! Just as I was about to break into a jog she veered off course, taking a shortcut I surmised and I thought that she might beat me to check out after all. Just as I was about to break a sweat I saw her cart coming down the aisle that would intersect with mine.
In the nick of time I shoved pushed right ahead of her. Ha-ha, I thought, you can’t beat me; you are too slow, just like your quilting* projects. There was a long line at checkout and I kept my eyes directly in front of me the whole time. When it was my turn, I glanced around to see where she had gone and noticed that she was also checking out. We nearly collided getting out the door with shopping bags in hand and she looked right at me with eyes narrowed lips thinned to a slit. We started walking towards our cars keeping a close eye on each other’s progress.  She was gaining speed on me and I could not seem to gain any ground! In my car I quickly buckled myself in, put the car in reverse, and without the usual care of double and triple checking behind me I left my parking spot with a little screech heading for the open street.
I didn’t see her anywhere and I was just beginning to feel pretty silly about this whole thing believing I had imagined it all when I saw her speeding down the lane just ahead of me to my left, both hands gripping the top of her steering wheel and leaning forward in her seat. She was looking right at me! I’ve got to block her in and get to the street first was all that I could think of as I accelerated!  She had to brake hard to keep from T boning me on the side of my car. I whizzed by her at double the speed I should have used in a parking lot, but I did it! I made it to the street first and won! Hahaha! I waved out my window as I entered the street; I glanced in my rear view mirror and saw her still sitting there pounding on her steering wheel.

Out in traffic I slowed down to the speed limit and took the chocolate bar from my shopping bag and began to slowly nibble at it, enjoy it's silky smoothness with each bite. With a deep sigh I started humming a little song and began to tap my none gas foot...."if your happy and you know it clap your hands" tap tap.......... life as I know it can be rewarding in so many ways.

* I love quilts, quilting projects and quilters! I truly would love more time to quilt again. Just too busy right now. As you can see this has been posted under Short and Shorter Stories so that means it has a speck of truth and a whole lot of creative license included. I'll let you decided which speck is truth. ;)


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Monday, July 23, 2012

Mason Jar Monday

A while back my bloggy friend Debra from The Homespun posted a beautiful Mason jar of flowers for me.




That was the sweetest thing!  So today I have a Mason jar bouquet for her.



Here you are Debra! Happy Monday all!



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Saturday, July 21, 2012

Grandparent's Say It Saturday

Howdy from hot Arizona! We are into the awfulness that is an AZ summer now for sure. I'm counting down the days till fall. I've been thinking about our upcoming Family Harvest Day too, helps to plan for the future when it won't be so hot outside. I'm so glad you are here, enjoy your day and all the linkers!


Be sure to add yourself to the Grandparent Blogger Directory if you haven't yet. Remember, if you are of grand parenting age and blog, you are eligible here even if it is not about grand parenting; please just keep it family friendly :)



Add your link here every Saturday at Grandparent's Say It Saturday.
  • Please only link to a post, not to your home page.
  • Please link that post back to Family Home and Life
  • Link up to 3 post
  • While you are here check out other linkers and leave some comments
  • Consider following fellow linkers as well as me
  • No Esty Shops or give aways
  • This link is closing on Monday night.
  • I have a new Grandparent Blogger Directory, I hope you will add your blog there
Be sure to visit Lisa at Grandma's Briefs to join her linky, GRAND Social, on Mondays. Thanks for linking up with me!




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Friday, July 20, 2012

Fast Friday and Mr. Rogers

A Fast Friday to you all! I'm headed out the door but wanted to post this remix of Mr. Rogers that was sent to me in an email.

I also wanted to let you know that I have received the Liebster Award from Jamie at Love Bakes Good Cakes. Thank you Jamie! It's an honor! Jamie has a beautiful blog, and a link up on Tuesdays, so please stop by to say hello.




I love Mr. Rogers.......what a wonderful man he was.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Wow Us Wednesday

Thank you everyone for linking with me today. I hope your summer is a good one and your are getting all those items on your list accomplished. My list has been thrown out the window and forgotten by the way. Be sure to include lots of fun and make some memories. Below are my picks from last week’s link up.

Turn a child's drawing into a pillow from There was a Crooked House. Also check out her Dino tail tutorial, kids love these!
Crazy delicious Carmel Cobbler from Call Me PMc.
An easy and fun art activity to do with your kids from Art Club Blog.
A fun stool redo/recycle from Creative Passage.

Really beautiful and easy metal look letters from Pieces to Treasure. These would make good gifts too.

If you have been featured feel free to grab an 'I've Been Featured!' button.



Wow Us Wednesday is a link up for:
  • All items, projects or ideas made by you.... crafts, art, photography, furniture re-dos, organizational feats, recipes, money saving tips, decorating ideas, party plans, you name it!
  • Grandparents if you have a post about a fun grandchild activity or visit, you are eligible too. If it wows us, it belongs here on Wow Us Wednesday! Don’t forget to link back! — a text link at the bottom of your post, or link somewhere on your blog is okay! Or grab my button below.
  • This link will be open until Friday noon if you forget on Wednesday.
  • I am starting an email reminder list for this link party. Please make sure you enter your email when linking to be included. If you entered it last time you don't need to again. Thanks!
    I love followers! Please consider following me in someway. Also please visit some other linkers and comment there too, ok?
  • Please link up to three post and please do not relink ones from the previous week. Link to the specific post, not your blog home page. No Etsy shops or giveaways, please!

    I would love to feature projects I choose and share them throughout the following week - by submitting a link to this party you are allowing authorization for your project to be featured with a photo from your post. Featured links will include a photo and a link back to the originating site.


Thank you so much for linking up with me. I'm sorry that time has not allowed me to stop by and comment. Please know I appreciate you all!



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Monday, July 16, 2012

Clock Redo




I needed a new clock in the bathroom and I had this basic cheap plastic one that worked perfectly. However, I thought it looked rather ugly in my bathroom so I decided to redo it to my taste.


The clear cover popped off rather easily with gentle encouragement from a screwdriver near the tab that holds it in place.

Next I gently lifted the hands off one at a time then on the back using the screw driver again I coaxed the two tabs away from the mechanism and freed it from the back of the housing.

I used a basic ivory color spray paint on the housing then the next day took some sand paper to it to give it the aged look I wanted.

I printed out some pictures on regular paper though card stock would work really well; and cut them out using the original clock face as a template. Then, I took the clock face to Kinko’s and ask them to help me copy it on to a transparency. They always help me like this; it might be the sweet ole gramma look I give them :) I cut out the clock face transparency the size I needed (there was a handy little outline on it after it was copied onto transparency) Printing on a transparency allows it to be placed over any background and I don’t have to try to fill in the numbers by hand hoping to get them in the right spot. There are also clock faces you can download online.



I auditioned different face covers to see which look I liked best.  I’m sure you recognize this one.


I found this beautiful graphic at Graphic’s Fairy; it was this nice blue color.


On this one I copied the graphic in black and white and lightened it to a nice grey.


On this one I used a colored pencil to add yellow into the black and white copy around the edges where the blue had been.
The clock face transparency over some pics just didn’t work but I didn’t really need it anyway.


I even had some fun with my chalkboard contact paper.
A couple of different views to show you the aging or distressing around the outside with the sand paper.

It only cost me a couple of dollars for the copies as I already had the spray paint leftover from another project. I still have one problem to solve though. I can’t decide which one I like the best!
*Join on Wednesdays for Wow Us Wednesday*

I linked this post at Between Naps on the Porch, Craft-O-Maniac, Jellibean Journals,The Graphics Fairy, A Lettered Life, Conerstone Confessions, Tip Junkie, Sunny Simple Life, Handy Man Crafty Woman, The Thrifty Home, Uncommon, Bear Rabbit Bear, The Brambleberry Cottage, Have a Cup of Mrs.Olson, Love Bakes Good Cakes, Chic on a Shoestring, FRENCH COUNTRY, My Turn, The Shabby Nest, Living Life Intentionally, Cheerios and Lattes, Nifty Thrifty Things, Bloom and Grandma's Briefs and The Shabby Creek Cottage.


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Saturday, July 14, 2012

Grandparent's Say It Saturday

Good morning everyone! Grab a cup of of your favorite beverage, get comfy and share with each other. Linker's I am excited to have you and read all your wonderful post. Readers I hope you will read each link and leave some comment love. Thank you all for stopping by for a visit.

A while back a news station here aired the below video and I really enjoyed it. I looked it up and listen to it now and then. But I warn you, this song will stick with you, it's so good!

Sorry Adele, I like this version better!


U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Angie Johnson and Sidewinder perform a cover of Adele's "Rolling in the Deep." Sidewinder is part of the 571st Air Force Band, 131st Bomb Wing, Air National Guard. They are deployed as the U.S. Air Forces Central Command Band


Wasn't that Great?! Be sure to add yourself to the Grandparent Blogger Directory if you haven't yet. Remember, if you are of grand parenting age and blog, you are eligible here even if it is not about grand parenting; please just keep it family friendly :)

Add your link here every Saturday at Grandparent's Say It Saturday.
  • Please only link to a post, not to your home page.
  • Please link that post back to Family Home and Life
  • Link up to 3 post
  • While you are here check out other linkers and leave some comments
  • Consider following fellow linkers as well as me
  • No Esty Shops or give aways
  • This link is closing on Monday night.
  • I have a new Grandparent Blogger Directory, I hope you will add your blog there
Be sure to visit Lisa at Grandma's Briefs to join her linky, GRAND Social, on Mondays. Thanks for linking up with me!


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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Another Versatile Blogger Award

Well I've got another one- Versatile Blogger Award that is! Thank you Grandparents Plus Two. I surely do appreciate it very much! What a time I'm having around here with this award.



Now the rules for this award are:

1. Thank the Blogger who nominated you.

2. Include a link to their site.

3. Include the award image in your post.

4. Give 7 random facts about yourself.

5. Nominate 15 other Bloggers for the award.

6. When nominating, include a link to their site.

7. Let other Bloggers know they have been nominated.

Here are my random facts:

1.      I have major garden envy when I read blogs that include beautiful pictures of their gardens. I use to have a nice garden, but no more and I sorely miss it.
2.      I grew up with horses, went riding daily for hours, and had horses up until about 12 years ago. I am very much at home on horseback.
3.      I like most kinds of music but have a special fondness for Bluegrass because it reminds me of my roots and makes my heart sing. I have included a link to a Bluegrass band that I copied from Play-Grand site; Dejablue Grass Band. Just for fun so you can listen while you read :)
4.      I have two sisters about 20 years older than me and one sister about 20 years younger than me. Let's just say that my father was a 'character' and leave it at that, ok?
5.      If you gave me a $100 to spend anyway I wanted, I would want to get a massage, a pedicure, and go out to eat. But I would most likely put it in the savings account.
6.      I am a teacher at heart and I always thought I would be an art teacher when I grew up, and since I'm only beginning to feel as if I'm about there (grown up that is), it could still happen.
7.      The household chore I hate the most is keeping up with the dishes. There is a sink full of dirty ones right now; I'd rather be blogging :)
And now for the 15 worthy bloggers I so painfully had to choose:
  1. Grams Made It
   10.  Old Man In My House

  11.  Raising Grandchildren

  12.  Play-Grand

  13.  New Grandmas

  14.  Free Ranging Chickens and Grandchildren

  15. Daylily

By the way, you did see the common thread in all these blogs? I happen to think Grandparents are pretty special. Love you guys!

Thanks again Grandparents Plus 2!


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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Wow Us Wednesday

Hello all you fellow linkers :) Thanks for stopping by and linking. Readers, thank you for stopping by and checking out all the great stuff that is linked up here. Here's last weeks favorites:

A recipe for cheese cake that's a little different but looks so good! Love Bakes Good Cakes


Very creative lamp redo's from Craftiments.


A denim chair makeover; be sure to check out the back of the pillow at the Thrifty Needle.


A fun craft idea using vintage graphics ove at twelve-O-eight.


A new take on displaying keepsakes and rock or shell collections at The Philosopher's Wife.

If you have been featured please feel free to grab an 'I've Been Featured!' button.

 

Wow Us Wednesday is a link up for:

  • All items, projects or ideas made by you.... crafts, art, photography, furniture re-dos, organizational feats, recipes, money saving tips, decorating ideas, party plans, you name it!
  • Grandparents if you have a post about a fun grandchild activity or visit, you are eligible too. If it wows us, it belongs here on Wow Us Wednesday! Don’t forget to link back! — a text link at the bottom of your post, or link somewhere on your blog is okay! Or grab my button below.
  • This link will be open until Friday noon if you forget on Wednesday.
  • I am starting an email reminder list for this link party. Please make sure you enter your email when linking to be included. If you entered it last time you don't need to again. Thanks!
  • I love followers! Please consider following me in someway. Also please visit some other linkers and comment there too, ok?
  • Please link up to three post and please do not relink ones from the previous week. Link to the specific post, not your blog home page. No Etsy shops or giveaways, please!

    I would love to feature projects I choose and share them throughout the following week - by submitting a link to this party you are allowing authorization for your project to be featured with a photo from your post. Featured links will include a photo and a link back to the originating site.

 
Thank you so much for linking up with me. I'm sorry that time has not allowed me to stop by and comment. Please know I appreciate you all! 


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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

15 things you may not know about today's grandparents

My friend Lisa from Grandma's Briefs did some research and discovered some interesting facts about Grandparents. Lisa is guest posting her finds here today. You can also read them where they were orginally posted here at Grandma's Briefs. The picture though, is mine.


The majority of today’s grandparents—53% of grandmothers and 54% of grandfathers—are Baby Boomers under age 65.


• The average age of becoming a grandparent in the United States is 48.

• There were an estimated 65 million grandmothers and grandfathers in 2010. By 2020, they are projected to reach 80 million, at which time they will be nearly one-in-three adults.

• The number of grandparents is growing at twice the overall population growth rate.

• A majority of those with grandchildren are women, in part because on average women age 45+ live approximately seven years longer than men. At the time the 2010 Census was conducted, there were about 124 grandmothers for every 100 grandfathers.

• Today’s grandparents are more likely to be college graduates (37%) and fully employed than at any time in the past.

• The grandparent-age share of the nation's income is 60%.

• The mean annual income of grandparent-age households was $68,500—about $500 above the mean income for all U.S. households. Among all grandparent-age households, about one-in-four had an annual income of $90,000 or more.

• They spend $52 billion a year on their grandkids.

• There are an estimated 4.5 million grandparent headed households that include one or more of their grandchildren. That means approximately one in every nine (11%) grandparent households includes at least one grandchild.

• Three-quarters of grandparents are online. Forty-five percent are on social networks, and six percent have started a blog.

• 70 percent of grandparents see their grandchildren at least once a week.

• Forty-three percent exercise or play sports.

• Thirty-eight percent report having sex at least twice a week.

• Ten percent have a tattoo.

Sources: US Census Bureau, MetLife Mature Market Institute, Grandparents.com

Today's question:
What on the list surprises you...and what would you like to add?


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Monday, July 9, 2012

Homesick

Can you be homesick for a place you have never lived? I have a longing for a place deep in my heart and soul. A place I can feel and see and smell as if I were there right now; and I want to go there.  I want to see forests of tall trees, fields growing high with cotton, little meandering creeks and rivers where minnows swim against the gentle current gathered in the shallows.
The roadways are lined with wild flowers and weeds  coated in a reddish dust from tires of vehicles carrying passengers that always wave at you when they pass by even if you never saw them before. I want to pass through small towns where farmers gather to have coffee after morning chores at the local cafĂ© in their overalls and caps. There, talk of crops and livestock are the main topics of the morning. I would also hear phrases like ‘goin like a house a fire’, ‘like a pig in slop’, ‘hatchin out like flies’. If waitresses don’t know you by name then they at least know of your people. The waitress may say, ‘well bless your heart, let me hug your neck’ if you give her a compliment, or ‘I feel like I’m going to fall out’ if it’s extra hot that day.


Saturday, July 7, 2012

Grandparent's Say It Saturday

Welcome to Grandparent’s Say It Saturday were us older bloggers connect and share. I hope your week was good and that you have wonderful plans for the weekend. (Sometimes wonderful plans to me means getting to watching TV in the recliner for a few hours undisturbed) We actually had a cool day and RAIN for the Fourth! An extra reason to celebrate. Below is a cute YouTube video I found and wanted to share with you.


Be sure to add yourself to the Grandparent Blogger Directory if you haven't yet. Remember, if you are of grand parenting age and blog, you are eligible here even if it is not about grand parenting; please just keep it family friendly :)

Add your link here every Saturday at Grandparent's Say It Saturday.
  • Please only link to a post, not to your home page.
  • Please link that post back to Family Home and Life
  • Link up to 3 post
  • While you are here check out other linkers and leave some comments
  • Consider following fellow linkers as well as me
  • No Esty Shops or give aways
  • This link is closing on Monday night.
  • I have a new Grandparent Blogger Directory, I hope you will add your blog there
Be sure to visit Lisa at Grandma's Briefs to join her linky, GRAND Social, on Mondays.


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Friday, July 6, 2012

Honey Mustard Chicken

This is one of our favorite dishes. Though I am using chicken breast here, this recipe also works great chicken thighs or with pork chops; and it’s easy too. (that's my M.O :) I am guessing on the amount of chicken I use because I buy it in those big economy packs but you will need about two pounds. You can use a whole breast or, as I like to do, cut it into 2 pieces to make the breast thinner and cook faster as follows. Placing chicken flat on your cutting surface; put your hand flat on top and then with the other hand cut horizontally through the chicken breast.
here's the line up

Honey Mustard Chicken

Chicken breast, sliced in half horizontally, apx 2 lbs
2-3 tbs of oil

1-3 tbs of butter (optional)
2 cups of white wine
¼ to ½ cups of mustard
¼ to ½ cups of honey

Salt and pepper



Heat oil in a skillet. Salt and pepper then brown the chicken well on each side, cover and finish cooking. In about 10-15 min (if you have sliced a breast in half) your chicken should be done. Remove chicken from the skillet and let it rest, covered. 


If you are using it, add the butter to the skillet and let it melt. Pour the wine into your skillet to deglaze it. It’s a good idea to turn the flame off while you pour in the wine; be careful the wine is flammable! There will be a lot of sizzling and if you quickly cover the skillet with a lid you can save yourself a lot of mess to clean up. Remove the lid, turn your heat down and simmer until the wine is reduced by half. Add mustard (I suggest a good Dijon or a nice grainy mustard) and the honey. I like things with a lot of flavor so I add extra mustard and honey. You can adjust the amounts according to your taste. Mix it all together well and return the chicken back to the skillet and spoon sauce over it. Cover and heat through on low, then serve.



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