Sports Theme Brownies – Cookie Cutter Review

I found these adorable sports themed cookie cutters by Fox Run on Amazon and had to share them with you.  My grandchildren love brownies, so I decided to try them on the brownies versus sugar cookie dough.  The cutters are thin, so I was worried about them being able to make the impression in the brownies and how difficult it would be get them out.  They worked perfectly.  Great idea for sleep overs, parties or anytime treats. 

The package contained a football, baseball, soccer ball, hockey stick, baseball bat, baseball glove, and football helmet.  My grandson said the brownies, “Were the coolest”.  That  means they were a hit.   


Here’s my grandchildren enjoying their treat.  I packaged the brownies so they could take them home, but a few didn’t make it out the kitchen.  I would recommend the cutters, they’re worth the money.  Fox Run also has cutters in other themes, Noak’s Ark, farm animals, dinosaurs, zoo animals you name it.  Limitless cookies and brownies are on the horizon.  Oh, I would recommend hand washing and drying immediately to preserve them.  They’re made of a tin, and will probably rust if not dried quickly.   Did I mention they’re eligible for free shipping?  Yep, they are!   



How Do You Choose Grandparent Names

Did your children decide on their grandparent’s name or did your parents make the decision on what they wanted to be called?  My grandson ultimately made the decision for me.  I had initially selected the name Gran, but it didn’t stick. 

I was visiting my grandson one week-end, and when I walked into the house he said Mawmaw.  Where’s Gaga (referring to his grandfather)?  At that moment, Gran went out the window.   I must admit, I was surprised he called me Mawmaw.  I’ve often wondered how he came up with those names for us.  Especially, since I had been calling myself Gran for almost 2 years.  His grandfather had been calling himself granddaddy.  Isn’t it amazing how things can change in a split second. 

Now, I must admit that I wasn’t exactly thrilled with the name Mawmaw.  I didn’t think it was a fit for me and it sounded so old fashion.  I felt somewhat disappointed.  Afterall, I’m not your typical grandma.  I’m a high heel wearing diva who’s into blogging, texting, social media, and a need for wine.  I just wasn’t feeling Mawmaw.  I chose the name Gran because I didn’t want to end up with an old fashion out of date name.  Gran was traditional, but still had a sophisticated ring to it.  My daughter stated, “Mom you have to be whatever he calls you”.  I wasn’t sure if I was disappointed because I had spent 9 months selecting a name and it was suddenly gone or because the name sounded so country and out of date.  The only other person that I knew as Mawmaw was my 60 year old Aunt.   My grandson had thrown a wrench into the plans.  My siblings had chosen their names, and I wanted that opportunity too.     

Our grandchildren use a variety of names for us.  In my family there’s Poppy, Nana, Granny, and Granddaddy.  As I was discussing the name change with co-workers, I was surprised to find out that many of their grandchildren called them MawMaw.  It was actually a popular name.  Who knew!

As I continued to think about it, it suddenly didn’t matter what he  called me as long as he called my name.  My grandson had changed my life forever.  I looked at the change totally different.  What’s in a name?  I realized that my grandson had a mind of his own, and he was demonstrating his personality, his individuality, and how he felt about me.  I was a Mawmaw, and he believed it was a fit for me.  He didn’t see me as a diva, texter, blogger or wine taster.  I was simply his Mawmaw.  He has made it clear over the course of the years with his cousins, that’s my Mawmaw.  I have happily accepted the nomination.  I’ve held that title for 5 years, and I’m proud to wear it.  I now have a grandson and granddaughter.  I will continue to strive to be the #1 Mawmaw, because that is what is truly important. 

What do your grandchildren call you or your parents?  Leave us a comment, we would love to know.  

We Have A Winner

Congratulation to entry #23, Terri.  You’re the winner of the Mother 2 Mother book give away, A Flower in the Snow.

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Happy New Year

Hard to believe another year has come and gone.  When I look back over the year, I can truly say it was a good year for me.  Through the rough times, I remained employed.  I’ve had a roof over my head, plenty of food, watched both of my babies celebrate their birthdays, gained new followers on Mother 2 Mother, and most importantly I strengthened my faith. 

I’m not one to make New Year Resolutions, but I will continue to strive for the best me.  I’m always a work in progress.  I look forward to the New Year and all it has to offer.  I want to thank each of you for helping to make my blog a success by remaining a loyal follower.  I will continue to post content in 2013 and hope that you will continue to follow me on my journey.  

I wish each of you a Happy New Year.  May each of you be blessed. 

My Bucket List

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Another year has come and gone.  I started my Bucket List 3 years ago.  Each year I pull it out to see what I’ve accomplished during the year.
I’ve given birth to a beautiful daughter, survived a divorce, given the United Stated government 35 34 32 years of service, raised a daughter as a single mother, sent her through college, watched her get married and give birth to a beautiful son  son and daughter.  I’ve traveled, made new friends and kept old ones, purchased a home, a luxury car and I’ve been able to bank a few dollars. I’ve survived my father’s death and become closer to my siblings. I’ve strengthen my faith in God, I’m giving back to the community, and I can truly say that I’m working to be an example.  


Even at this stage of my life, I still have work to do. I’ve been thinking about retirement in the next 2 3 5 years and what I want to accomplish before and after I reach that milestone. I decided to make a Bucket List. Here are a few items that I’ve added or achieved to date:

  •  Drive Across Country 
  • Travel Abroad – Africa, Italy, Hong Kong, London, Thailand  
  • Cruise To Alaska  (Decided to mark this off my list.  I don’t cruise well). 
  • Open a Brick and Mortar for Sugar Kisses Boutique  (Decided to mark this off my list.  Not willing to work this hard anymore). 
  • Plant A Vegetable Garden 
  • Learn A Second Language – Spanish  
  • Skydive  (Decided to mark this off my list.  I’m not willing to take this risk)
  • Attend the Kentucky Derby 
  • Eat Lobsters In Maine 
  • Visit Martha’s Vineyard 
  • See the fall foliage in the New Hampshire area 
  • Spend a week in New York shopping and seeing a Broadway show 
  • Go horseback riding on the beach
  • Add a sunroom to my hone
  • Travel to Hawaii, Barbados, Dominican Republic, Jamacia, Virgin Islands
  • Plant flower beds along my new fence line
  • Build a greenhouse

 I’ll be adding to my list as I contemplate the next phase of my list. Have you created a Bucket List? Let us know what’s on yours.  If you haven’t created a list, name a few things that you would add to yours. 

Christmas Tree Brownies

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Christmas tree brownies.  What a great idea.  You’ll need one box of brownie mix, candy cane sticks, green gel icing, and peppermint M & M’s.
1. Bake the brownies according to the box.
2. After brownies have cooled, cut into triangle, tree shape with a steak knife.
3. Break off the curve of the candy cane, and stick the candy cane stick at bottom of brownies for the tree stem.
4. Apply icing and place M & M’s on brownie.
Here are the Christmas tree brownies made by my 5 year old grandson and his 4 year old cousin.  Sorry about the glare, the picture was taken with my cell phone.  They had a great time spreading the icing and trimming the trees.  I used the colorful  milk chocolate M & Ms instead of the peppermint.  Making these treats is a great way to occupy children who are anxiously waiting for Santa.  My grandson was leary of leaving brownies for Santa, but I can assure you Santa will enjoy them.

What treats did you make for Santa?  Please leave us a comment, we may want to adopt your idea for Santa next year. 

Let It Snow!

First snow of 2012.  Yes, we had a white Christmas.  Unfortunately, I missed it.  I celebrated the holiday at the beach this year.  Rainy, but no snow.   I love fresh snowfall as long as I don’t have to drive in it.  The earth is covered with a fresh white blanket.  Days like this, I always make a pot of chili or vegetable soup.  Nothing like curling up with a hot bowl of either and watching old  movies.  That fluffy whiteness has a calming effect on me. 

Hope you’re enjoying your Saturday.  Stay tuned for my Christmas post, and I hope yours was as enjoyable as mine. 



Winner of Give Aways

Congratulations to Priscilla B., #29.  Priscilla is the winner of the Ladybug Tutu give away!  Number was generated by Random.org.

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Congratulations to Mary, #9.  Mary is the winner of the Sylvan Books give away.

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Sausage Wreath Recipe

Mini Sausage Wreath


Mini- Sausage Wreath

Ingredients:

– Mini sausages
– Refrigerated crescent dough rolls
– Red bell pepper
– 1/3 cup butter
– Rosemary for seasoning
– ½ cup BBQ sauce
– ½ cup whole berry cranberry sauce

Directions:

1.  Preheat the oven to the temperature specified on the crescent dough rolls package.
2.  Unroll the crescent roll dough and separate at the perforations to create 4 rectangles. Press together the remaining perforations in each rectangle.
3.  With a knife or pizza cutter, cut each rectangle into 8 strips (for a total of 32 strips).
4.  Wrap each mini sausage in a strip of dough. Lay out the crescent-wrapped sausages in a wreath formation with their sides touching on an ungreased cookie sheet.
5.  Bake for 11-15 minutes or until golden brown.
6.  While the wreath is baking, combine the BBQ sauce and cranberry sauce in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir until heated through. Serve with wreath for dipping.
7.  Melt butter and brush the butter on top of the wreath. Sprinkle with rosemary.
8.  Cut a red bell pepper into a bow shape for garnish.

Recipe courtesy of freefunchristmas.com

A Flower in the Snow Book Give Away

I love reading, and I’ve tried to instill reading into my daughter’s and grandchildren’s life.  Reading aloud to children helps with vocabulary, literacy and gets them to use their imagination as they’re listening to the story and looking at the pictures.  Thirty four years later, my daughter is still an avid reader and my 5 year old grandson still loves MaMa to read bedtime stories.  We love reading on cold and snowy days too. 

When asked to review the children’s book, A Flower in the Snow, by Sourcebooks, I was thrilled.  In essence, the book is about friendship. Luna and her polar bear friend, Bear, discover a beautiful gold flower growing in the snow.  But when the flower fades, Bear goes on a search around the world for another to bring to Luna.  It’s only when he returns home that the true strength of their friendship is revealed. 

The book is hardback and beautifully illustrated with vivid colors.  It is appropriate for ages 4 – 8 and has 32 pages.  The story teaches children that friendship is more important than things.  It also teaches children that it’s okay to miss someone and feel sad when they’re away.  To check out this book and others visit, A Flower in the Snow on the Sourcebooks site.  The book is available for $16.99. 

Mother 2 Mother is giving away a copy of A Flower in the Snow.  Here’s how you can win.  Leave us a comment on this post telling us who you will giving this adorable book to.

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Give away is open to both US and Canada residents 18 or older.  Give away will end December 21, 2012 at mid-night.  A copy of the book will be sent directly by the sponsor.  Participants with invalid email addresses will be disqualified.  Winner will be announced on Mother 2 Mother and contacted for a mailing address.

*Give away is sponsored by Sourcebooks, but the review of A Flower in the Snow is my own.