Easter Peeps Sunflower Cake Recipe

 
 
 
 
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Nanny Tibbits loves to bake a special cake for Easter Fun. Last year she made this Peeps Sunflower Cake. LIttle Emma had fun looking for easter eggs and eating this sunny flower cake  
 
Recipe  for this Sunny Easter Cake below
 
 
 
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12 servings

Ingredients

  •   1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
  •   2 cans (16 ounces each) chocolate frosting
  •   19 to 20 yellow chick Peeps candies
  • 1-1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

 
MyiDirections
  1. Prepare and bake cake mix according to package directions, using two parchment paper-lined and greased 9-in. round baking pans. Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to wire racks; remove paper. Cool completely.
  2. If cake layers have rounded tops, trim with a long serrated knife to make level. Spread frosting between layers and over top and sides of cake.
  3. For petals, arrange Peeps around edge of cake, curving slightly and being careful not to separate chicks. For sunflower seeds, arrange chocolate chips in center of cake. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Peeps Sunflower Cake in Taste of Home February/March 2008, p67

Picture Perfect

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Grandma Monica sent us these two portraits she had taken of Great Great Grandma

Carmen, Great Grandma Alice, Grandma Monica ,Mom Tiffany and babies Lillian and Jonathan

Monica had Photographer Daniel Sayre from Fresno ,California take these photos for her family

What a wonderful photo journal of five generations

Worry Worry Everywhere

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I had  a friend say to me recently She did not want to be a Grandma because she did not want to worry about another child . Her children are in their late teens and early twenties so she has time to change her mind. A parent can spend their child’s whole life worrying . Everyone knows there is plenty to worry about with children these days. I came across this saying ” Worrying is like Praying for what you don” t want to happen” and it makes a lot of sense. As a grandparent worry will be a part of your relationship with your grand children. But as we all know worry does not accomplish anything productive.

How is your worry for your grand child different then for your child? How do you manage your worry for your grand children?

Everyday is So Much Better !

Everyday is So Much Better !

Grandma Susette says when her children left her nest empty she was sad but the next chapter brought her a Grandson .She says seeing your child have a child is an un-explainable experience.She stays connected with her baby Grandson Luis with Face Time. Like she says everyday is so much better with a Grandchild.

Who is Grandma ?

I recently sat down with my Mom and Dad and asked a series of questions. My goal was to document their early lives and loves. During the course of the evening I discovered some unknown things about my Mom. I have put together her answers so her grandchildren can know more about her early years.  I learned she was named after her Mother’s best friend. One of her fondest memories of her childhood was her time spent with her Father at the firehouse where  he was a Volunteer Fireman.Her favorite books were the Anne of Green Gables series by L.M.Montgomery, and her love of poodle skirts as fashion .I would love to get my hands on a photo of her in a poodle skirt to show the grand kids.My favorite discovery was learning she wanted to be an Artist and live in Greenwich Village, New York when she grew up.  She did not follow her dream to Greenwich Village but she did meet her other goal of being a Mom to a lot of children.

To gain this insight into her early years is a wonderful gift to give to her grandchildren.

 

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Who is Grandma ? This  question coming from your Grandchild is the perfect opportunity to teach your grandchild about your heritage, your likes , your family and your life. Here is a list of questions you can complete as a gift to your grandchildren

The following list is borrowed from this link:

http://www.scrapbookscrapbook.com/familytreequestions.html

1. What is your full name including any nicknames you have or may have had in the past.

2. Were you named after somebody else?

3. What is your birth date, marriage date and locations of each.

4. What are your parents’ names and their grandparents’ names,
and any nicknames they may have had in the past?

5. What are their birth dates, marriage date and locations of each.

6. What was it like for you growing up in the time period you did?

7. Where did you grow up?

8. Did your family move often and if so where and what time periods?

9. What kind of house did you live in when you were a child?

10. What is your fondest memory (of whom ever you are wanting to know about)?

11. Did your parents or grandparents come to this state from another state? When?

12. What was the city, county, and state?

13. Do you remember your great-grandparents? What do you know about them?

14. Who was the oldest person you can remember in your family as a child?
What do you remember about them?

15. Was there a chore you really hated doing as a child?

16. What would you consider to be the most important inventions
that have been made during your lifetime?

17.How is the world now different from what it was like when you were a child?

18. What kinds of books did you like to read?

19. Do you ever remember not having enough food to eat because times were hard for your family?

20. What were your favorite toys and what were they like?

21.What were your schools like? How did you get there?

22 .Did you and your friends have a special hang-out where you liked to spend time?

23. Were you ever given any special awards for your studies or school activities?

24. How many years of education have you completed? Do you have a college degree?
If so, what was your field of study?

25. Were there any fads during your youth that you remember vividly?

26. How old were you when you started dating?

27. Do you remember your first date? Describe the circumstances.

28. How did you meet the person that you would later marry? Describe them?

29. Describe your wedding ceremony. Who was there?

30. Did you have a honeymoon? If so, where did you go?

31. What wise advice would you give to a grandchild on their wedding day?

32. How many children did you have all together?
What were their names, birthdates and birthplaces?

33. If you had it to do all over again, would you change the way you raised your family? How?

34. What did you find most difficult about raising children?

35. What did you find most rewarding about being a parent?

36. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

37. What was your first job?

38. How did you decide on your career?

39. How old were you when you retired?

40. What were the hardest choices that you ever had to make?
Do you feel like you made the right choices?

41. Who was the person that had the most positive influence on your life?
Who were they and what did they do?

42. What wars have been fought during your lifetime? How did you feel about them?

43. If you served in the military, when and where did you serve and what were your duties?

44. What major illnesses or health problems do you remember having?

45. Do you have any health problems that are considered hereditary in nature?
If so, what are they?

46. Have you ever been the victim of a crime? What happened?

47. What are your religious beliefs?

48. What activities have you especially enjoyed as an adult?

49. What pets have you had?

50. Is there anything you have always wanted to do, but haven’t?

Technology Bringing Loved Ones Together Every Day

Technology in our society has been given a bad rap. People love to hate technology such as Facebook and Instagram  . They feel it takes away from close family interactions.I have found just the opposite.

My 82 year mother came over last night with her new laptop computer and wanted a few lessons. She  has been on Facebook for a few years and she gains so much from her time spent connecting with family and friend through social media.  With her new laptop computer she can reach out and connect with family with just a few clicks.She is able to see her grandchildren climb mountains, fly airplanes, travel to India, take Ice skating lessons and score a winning goal in a game .The ability to be a part of the busy lives of her grandchildren  keeps her vested in their daily lives.

Another form of technology used to connect with Grand children are sites like Skype and Tango. These two apps are one step better then a phone call. They  connect  you with your grandchild wherever they are through the computer.You are able to see and hear your grandchild.

Instagram is another app you can use on your computer or IPhone to stay connected to your grandchildren.Instagram uses photos and short messages to relay an instant message between you and your grandchild.

Certainly learning to use all of this technology can be a bit intimidating but the perfect solution  is let your grandchild teach you. Spend some time with them in front of a computer and learn from them while enjoying a shared interest.

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Here are a few tutorials on using some of the techonology I have mentioned :

http://www.ehow.com/how_4425591_use-facebook.html

http://www.ehow.com/info_12184355_can-tango-laptop.html

http://www.wikihow.com/Use-Instagram

 

Technology can be a tool to help you be a part of your grandchild’s life very day

 

Love Them to the Moon and Back 🌛

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A Legacy of Love

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My husband is one of 10 siblings from  a large Italian family. His mother Rosina was an exceptional mother. She baked, taught , disciplined and loved her children deeply. My husband lost his Mother Rosina over 30 years ago to cancer.The lose is still very much felt by all the family members.Only a few of her grand children were alive during her lifetime and were able to spend time with her. My sister in law Nancy has taken on the role of Grandmother with  our nieces and nephews. She keeps her Mother’s memories a part of the family traditions. She passes her mother’s  recipes down to the grand children as well as stories and memories. One of the ways Nancy has kept her mother a part of her grand children’s lives is she has made  wedding garters from her mother’s wedding dress for our nieces and our  nephew’s brides.

Nancy explains, “We just packed it  ( the wedding dress) up and left it in the attic.When my first nephew  got engaged I ask  my Dad how would he feel if I cut it up and made garters for all the grand kids, he loved this idea so much he asked to be  the one that gave it to my nephew’s bride.  So far I have made one for all the grand kids that have gotten married, I also made a ring bearer pillow out of the satin and lace of the top of Mom’s dress. I  thought I would only make them for the granddaughters, but heard some gripes from the boys so it looks like I have 20 more to make.  Hope I have enough fabric!”

We had a family wedding this part weekend. Our nephew Justin married beautiful Erika. Nancy made the garter and Erika proudly wore a piece of Grandma Rosina’s wedding dress as part of her something old,But what she really wore was a garter belt with a piece of this large Italian family’s legacy of love.

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A Grandmother’s love is felt for generations after they have left us.How has your grandmother’s love been passed down to your grandchildren?

What are Family Treasures Worth?

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I have been lovingly given my Grandmother’s necklace shown in this photo. I have always admired the piece when my mother would wear it and my mom Fifi has decided I can now own and enjoy the treasured necklace. I understand the value of this necklace.But how can you tell the actual worth of a piece of jewelry, china or any family heirloom? The first thing to do is collect known information about the item’s history. Ask  family members about the piece.. For example, did Grandma buy her beautiful ring or receive it as a wedding gift? What is the estimated date of its creation or purchase? Who in the family has owned the item? Where was it stored?  What is the  value? In other words, what do family members believe it to be worth, or what was told of it from one generation to another? Make note of any stories about the item to pass down with the item to your grandchild. The monetary value may be one thing to determine but the true value is the sentimental value. Who in our family has owned and loved this piece and how can the next generation learn the value of treasures from Grandma. My mom Fifi remembers going to the jewelry store as a young adult with her parents and seeing her beloved father Rocco purchase this necklace for her mother Angela.I cherish the fact this valuable heirloom has been in our family for over 65 years and will be handed down to my grandchild. The value of this necklace is priceless.
What family heirlooms do you own and what will you tell your Grandchild about the treasures ?
Here is a way to be involved with passing treasures to family members: This is from the current Oprah O Magazine

My grandmother’s Project 296 is named for her Ohio address. She invites one of her children per weekend to help tackle a closet or a section of the basement. (Only one—any more, she says, and they’ll stay up late talking and lose focus.) With their help, she’s digitized her photos and recipes and made books that tell family stories, like the reason we eat oysters on Thanksgiving. And she’s assigned colored Post-it notes to each kid’s family, which we can use to claim furniture we’d like to inherit. I’ve got my eye on the four-poster bed my mom slept in as a girl.
—Abbe Wright

 

God Made Them Each Uniquely Different

I would like all my grandchildren and children to know that Jesus loves them. I would like them to know that there is no one who is exactly like them because God made them each uniquely different with them having their own unique gifts.  I would like them to feel loved and be able to face the challenges of this world.  I want them to know the love of family and friends and to be able to love us in return.
Love them all, Grama Sandy
 
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 This is a photo of Sal and His new baby sister Carla.

These are two of Grama Sandy’s Grandchildren.

 

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