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Recipe swaps, fun and games, news items, quizzes, just need advice?... Almost anything goes. Please join us! Humbly beginning as "Grandparent To Grandparent", we found that we loved, respected and wanted to include all of our wonderful JAP friends. By unanimous decision, it was agreed to change our name and logo to be an all-inclusive, all-welcoming merry band of misfits. =)

As always, please be kind, gentle, respectful and non-judgmental. Above all, grab a cup of coffee and enjoy! Welcome!


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Dec 14, 2017

I'm Snowed In!

We had quite a winter storm yesterday, and I'm snowed in with all of my men until the snow plow makes its way to my road.. Gingerbread Men, that is!

Today, I'm going to make these awesome Gingerbread Men (...and ladies!) If you turn them upside down, they make great reindeer, too! I love this recipe because they stay soft and fresh for literally weeks. So easy, too. No sticking and breaking with this recipe. Great dough to work with. It's been my go-to recipe for over 20 years. 50 perfect gingerbread men, 50 new friends!

50 Perfect Gingerbread Men

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Dec 12, 2017

Another quick and easy Christmas cookie tray idea...

Need to fill in your cookie trays with something cute, easy and no bake? These little Santas are as cute as can be and whip up in a hurry. I make these every year with Nutter Butter cookies and just a couple other ingredients. Cute!

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Nov 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Just stopping in quickly to wish everyone a wonderful day today! Whether you are spending a very quiet day or a busy, hectic one, I hope you all are blessed with peace, love and good health.

Ours will be big, about 25-30, but I won't be doing the heavy duty cooking this year. I've been assigned green bean casserole and a pumpkin pie. I can handle that. =) Then, we'll be off to my sister in laws for the big event. My kids will be coming in soon for the night. All is peaceful and good.

What's going on at your house today? Are you all set? What are you the most thankful for this year? Thanksgiving is my all-time favorite holiday. Not only do you enjoy the finest meal of the year, but you get an opportunity to take inventory of all that you have been blessed with during the past year before the hectic Christmas season begins, when being thankful is all but forgotten.

This year, I'm most grateful for my health and walking pain free. What a blessing! I'm also so thankful for all of you who have become such amazing friends. =)

What's up today and what is at the top of your list of things you're thankful for this year?

Happy Thanksgiving, all! Love to you all. =)

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Nov 10, 2017

Experimental Surgery, Opioids and Scarves... Wait, What??

As many of you know, I had a long awaited, experimental spinal surgery on September 19th. I took a risk with a new procedure, because quite frankly, I had run out of all other options. By some sort of miracle, I stumbled upon an incredible surgeon who thought he could help; the only surgeon, perhaps in the mid-west, who did this particular procedure.

To make a long story short, the procedure was a complete success. I knew that very night when the nurses walked me up and down the halls every two hours, all night long, that the original pain was gone. Just the surgical pain remained. But, I also knew that I would have to basically learn to walk (...correctly now) all over again. Years of walking with my spine twisted had to be replaced with a new center of gravity and perfect posture.

To be honest, untwisting my spine and hips was pretty painful. Again, luckily, I had the perfect surgeon. He seriously believes in positive energy, optimism, positive outlook and a super healthy diet to help heal the body from surgical trauma. As a person who is allergic to many narcotics, I had to take his word and trust him.

He would prescribe an opioid for only the first 10 days. Then, before surgery, he instructed me that I would have to be very restricted for the first six weeks. He suggested that, as a method of pain control, he wanted me to think of two things that I've always wanted to learn... things that would keep me quiet while the bone grafts did their thing. By keeping the brain busy in concentration, you don't obsess about the pain. It's pretty much as simple as that.

My first choice was to learn conversational Spanish by taking an online course. But, hysterically, the opioid that I was given for the first 10 days also works as an amnesiac. Haha!! There would be no memorizing anything for me, that quickly became clear. My second quiet activity to learn was to crochet. I could knit anything, but I could never crochet. So, that's what I did.

Learning many new stitches, I filled my hours with with making warm winter scarves. And, to my surprise, by keeping my mind fully focused on learning a new skill, I quickly weaned off of my narcotics and transitioned to cold packs and crocheting. Sounds crazy, doesn't it?

My pain levels are much better now, but I ended up making 8 scarves that I'm going to now donate to our local battered women's shelter. I also made one for me and one for my surgeon who taught me the power of positivity and the power that the brain has to heal the body and to control pain. Below, is a photo of just a few of my "painkillers". =)

Thanks to all of you for your prayers, encouragement and well-wishes! You are all such incredible friends. Hope everyone has a wonderful afternoon! Now, back to the kitchen... I'm back to bread baking once again!

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