Grandparent training

In four  months we will be holding our first grandbaby.  I can’t remember being more excited about anything.  So Mike and I have decided we need a bit of training to prepare for our new role as grandparents.  On Monday we had a crash course.  Why start with a baby?  We jumped right in and had four girls for an afternoon of baking cookies and making candy. 

Normally while cookies are either chilling or baking, I use those few precious moments to rest my aching feet and back.  But when you have energetic girls in the house, they want entertainment not quiet time.  So that’s when ‘Grandpap’ came to the rescue.  Mike took the girls to our screened porch and they had an English tea party.  They practiced a dialogue complete with the proper accent and pinkies lifted high.  I was the guest of honor for their presentation.  Notice in the following pictures Mike even added a cravat to his shirt.   As you enjoy the pictures, imagine the following script:

Mike: “It’s frightful weather today”

Savannah: “The weather is ghastly, just ghastly.”

Madison:  “It was quite the storm last night.”

Savannah:  “Yes indeed, it ruined my daisies.”

Sydney:  “Dreadful weather, what?”

Meghan: “Quite. Very quite.”

Tea Party

The girls

Meghan 4; Mike; Savannah 9; Madison 6; Sydney 7

We ended the day by presenting their goodies at our Church’s Culinary School.  Yes, we are meeting monthly and having guest instructors share their talents.   This month we featured a Baking Class.  Three ladies taught their specialities:  perfect pie crust, potato candy, and Italian pizzelles.  All the attendees brought their favorite Christmas goodies with the recipe to share.  I was a proud ‘Gramma’ as my girls spoke about how they made their treats:  peanut butter blossoms, peanut butter balls, and mint oreo truffles. 

I’ll share recipes if you ask.


12 responses

  1. Sounds like fun! And what a great idea having baking classes at church. May have to see if we can get that implemented in our church.
    Hope you are doing great and wonderful!

    1. It was such fun and yes, we are doing great! When we were planning this baking class, I thought of you. So sad you are too far away to share with us. Our Culinary School has been a huge success. It’s a wonderful social time and great interaction between the generations. (Titus 2:3-5) Hope it works in your church.

  2. I love hearing about your life Sheila and now seeing these pictures. What a cute but moving post. Now I can’t wait until you share your precious grandbaby with us in pictures – oh what a miracle God’s children are.

    Yes, do share the recipes please – I love to bake and am always looking for new recipes for CHRISTmas.

    God bless,

    1. Thanks Starr, I do love being around children. They bring such joy!

      Here is the Oreo Truffle recipe straight from their webpage.
      1 8oz cream cheese (softened)
      1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
      2 cups Oreo cookie crumbs mint or plain (use food processor)

      1. Melt the chocolate chips stirring until smooth.
      2. Blend the chocolate and cream cheese until smooth.
      3. Stir in the cookie crumbs. Blend together.
      4. Shape the dough into 1 inch or smaller balls.
      5. Roll the balls in additional cookie crumbs.
      6. Refrigerate then enjoy.

  3. Peanut Butter Balls recipe from by Gale Gand (with a few of my changes)

    18 ounces unsweetened Peanut Butter
    16 ounces confectioners’ sugar
    1 1/3 cups graham cracker crumbs
    3/4 cup unsalted butter softened
    12 ounces milk chocolate melted

    In a large bowl, combine peanut butter, sugar, crumbs, and butter. Mash together until combined. Form the mixture into balls. Transfer to the refrigerator until hardened about 30 minutes. Dip the balls into the melted chocolate. Let chocolate set before serving.

    My mom used to make these for Christmas and we loved them. They taste just like Reese’s Peanut Butter cups. Our other favorite was Potato Candy…yummmm melt in the mouth delicious.

  4. Peanut Butter Blossoms (my recipe)

    1/2 cup butter
    1/2 cup Peanut butter
    1/2 cup sugar
    1/2 cup brown sugar
    I egg
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla

    Cream the above ingredients together. Then add the following:

    Sift together: 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
    3/4 teaspoon baking soda
    1/4 teaspoon salt

    Scoop teaspoon size of mixture, roll into ball, roll in granulated sugar, then place on cookie sheet spaced apart. Bake for 8 minutes in 375 degree oven. Quickly add a hersey’s kiss in the center of each cookie then close oven for additional 2 minutes of baking.

    Cool and enjoy. These are my kids’ fav.

  5. tea…cookies! great pic of the grandpa-pa in training….where are the crumpets? hope you have a great christmas, & can imagine how exciting it is to await a new grand-child!
    i have a book called “kylee’s kwotes” whenever she says some new trendy word, or word mis pronounced….its for a someday gift for her to have when she completes school. spending the night at grammys house is always fun as she plans out our day, night & the next morning of crispy creme factory or dunkin to have a treat. on our pantry shelf we have what i have created in a little box from a drink carrier from sonic a “grandpa’s snacks” container…so when kylee comes over(cassandras little girl now 8) she checks whats in grandpa’s box for her to sample…like bbq chips, candy and whatever may be in their for her visit. grandpa cant read,play games since he can no longer grandma is ready to pass out when kylee leaves. but, is worth seeing her grow up! as i never had grandparents really involved ever in my life to share memories with, or share secrets of a new boyfriend in school…so many little things in life! well better close as i have some more reading to do on my emails…talk to you later…

    1. They did have their cookies with their tea. I loved your gramma ideas. I’ll try to remember those as little Eli grows. So what’s this about ‘grandpa’ not seeing? What have I missed?

  6. Those pictures of Mike make me smile. You guys are going to be the perfect grandparents!

    1. Thanks Lisa, we are certainly excited. I’ve waited a long long time to be a Gramma. Mike does have fun with the kids. He becomes a kid which means I’m the only one with any discipline. Would love to see you and your family soon. Will you be in AZ for Christmas?

  7. A culinary school at your church; wow that’s a first. But I love it.

    And congratulations on the grandbaby. My, our lives have changed so much in the last few years, haven’t they?


    1. You should come up for one of our classes. We have a great time. So miss seeing you!

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