Sure To Please Anniversary Gifts

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          If an anniversary is coming up for a family member, take a look at these online sites  chosen by Ask Granny, that specialise in making an anniversary memorable. Flowers, fruit or candy baskets, gourmet items, whatever you have in mind are just a click away. www.greatarrivals.com    Choose from Hugs and Kisses, Breakfast for Two or the Sweet Romance boxes. Many others to send I Love You messages. www.giftease.com/anniversary   This site has a wide array of anniversary gifts from clothing, jewelry, home décor and food items. www.gettingpersonal.co.uk    Find a truly special gift at this Read More

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Hot New Toys for Christmas, 2014

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         We grandparents have our ears to the ground, searching for Christmas gift ideas that both entertain and educate our grandkids. Here are a few of the hot new toy/gift ideas on the market now. And if you shop early, you may find some bargains. Laser Pegs Building Kits These cool building toys come in various sizes and intermix with regular Legos. Build an insect, mythological creature, robot or a vehicle such as a stealth plane and then light it up. Each kit comes with a triangle power base. Lots of fun to build and exciting to light Read More

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Pumpkins Galore: Fall Crafts to do with the Grandkids

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 Fall is finally here and the frost will soon be on the pumpkins. Kids love to visit the pumpkin patch and find that perfect orange globe. They also enjoy doing crafts with Grandma and Grandpa. So here are some delightful pumpkin craft ideas for this fall. Paper Plate Pumpkins: Easy and fun. You only need a paper plate, black and orange construction paper, scissors, glue and a pencil. Paper Roll Pumpkin: 3-D pumpkin made or orange paper taped or stapled into circles and then glued onto a background paper in the shape of a pumpkin. Very cute. Paper Strip Pumpkin: Read More

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Gifts for Children. Beyond Toys and Games: Gifts That Keep on Giving

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                            Christmas is coming. What to buy for the grandkids this year? That new toy with a million pieces? The newest doll with moving parts and tons of accessories? It’s a dilemma. Kids love toys and there is nothing wrong with buying them—even if we do tend to spoil them a bit. After all, we are the grandparents. But maybe this year you’d like to do something more. Maybe you’d like to extend their understanding of holiday joy to include things that last longer than a day or Read More

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Cooking with Grandchildren. Yummy Apple Snacks to Make with the Grandkids

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If it’s fall, it’s time for apples. They come in so many colours and textures, and all of them are great snacks for the grandkids. Try one of these fun recipes. You’ll enjoy quality cooking time with your grandchildren and end up with some tasty snacks too. For an extended experience, drive out to the orchards in your area and pick the apples. Teach your grandchildren that the food we eat actually comes from farms. Zoe’s Appletizing Apple Dip from Sesame Street This wholesome apple dip is made with your favorite apples, vanilla yogurt, cinnamon and a serving of whole Read More

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Aunt Mirella’s Recipes for Grandchildren. Nos 2 and 3.

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SAFRON RISOTTO Ingredients: Allow 2 cups of Italian Arborio rice for 4 people 1 litre of chicken stock ( A hint from Aunt Mirella )  use a good soup cube to make    the stock, they are excellent and if you need more  stock you can easily make it  ½  a medium- sized   glass of white wine A nob  of butter 1  small finely chopped onion Grated  Parmisan cheese A pinch of saffron Preparation:  Put a large nob of butter and  the finely chopped onion into a heavy saucepan.  Let the onion turn a pale golden colour, not brown  then add the Read More

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