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What does it mean to be a Grandmother?

The actual, physical act of becoming a Grandmother was easy enough.  I did not have to do anything, really, other than support my daughter as she went through the labour.  The emotional act of becoming a Grandmother is another story.

I have many emotions, several of which conflict with each other.  During the labour and the birth, I was at once proud of my daughter and her husband, and fearful for her.  I had gone through the same type of hard, long, drawn-out labour that she’d gone through.  For some reason, I was never fearful for myself.  I was afraid for my daughter, for the exhaustion she was obviously experiencing.  I was surprised that I was more concerned for the welfare of my daughter than I was for the new baby!

Now, I have embarked on a new journey.  One which started, I suppose, when I first gave birth to my oldest daughter, who now has a child of her own.  What does it mean to be a Grandmother?  How does one go about acting like a Grandmother?  What does a Grandmother look like?  What name should I go by?

Many questions surface, with many emotions.  I want to explore these emotions as they occur.  Because, I really don’t think I am the only one who thinks this way, who feels these same things, and who have what I call identity issues.  You, reader, are invited to participate in this exploration, to help sort out the new role called Grandmother.

Welcome, to the Grandmother Club!

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Posted by on 21 January 2013 in Grandmothers, Uncategorized

 

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How to cook some goofy grub part 6

Lastly, we have the Pizza category.  Now, don’t fall asleep on me, yet!  Take a good look at the next entries.

 

Pizza

Here is the recipe for a “Fruit Flavor Lifesaver Candy, Butterscotch Lifesaver Candy, Tootsie Roll Candy, M and M Chocolate Candy, Orange Flavored Tic Tac Candy, Spearmint Flavored Tic Tac Candy, Peppermint Flavored Tic Tac Candy, and Cinnamon Flavored Tic Tac Candy Pizza”:

  1. Place a round piece of pizza dough on a table.
    2. Put the tomato pizza sauce on the pizza dough.
    3. Put the fruit flavored Lifesaver Candy, the butterscotch flavored lifesaver candy, the tootsie roll candy, the M and M Chocolate Flavored Candy (may use M and M Peanut Candy, also), the orange flavored tic tac candy, the spearmint flavored tic tac candy, the peppermint flavored tic tac candy and the cinnamon flavored tic tac candy on the pizza.
    4. Put mozzarella cheese on pizza.
    5. Bake at 350 degrees F for thirty minutes to forty minutes or until cheese is melted and turned golden brown.
    6. Enjoy a really great pizza.

First Class Scout, Order of the Arrow member, Troop Musician, Troop Bugler, Appalachian Mountains’ Sasquatch Patrol, Troop 1554 // October 19, 2014 at 3:33 pm // Reply

 

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Horsey Face 2014 by BadBird Photography — used with permission

 

 

Here is the recipe for “Marshmallow and Sweet Gherkin Pickle Slice Pizza”

  1. Take an uncooked circular cut pizza dough and put tomato sauce, marshmallow, sweet gherkin pickle slices on the uncooked circular cut pizza dough.
    2. Cover the marshmallow and sweet gherkin pickle slices with store bought barbecue sauce.
    3. Cover the marshmallow and sweet gherkin pickle slices and barbecue sauce with shredded mozzarella cheese.
    4. Bake at 350 degrees F in an oven for about thirty (30) minutes or until cooked completely where the cheese is completely melted and slightly browned. Do not burn the melted cheese (You can, it will still be okay to eat the burned pizza cheese, but it isn’t the best tasting pizza that has ever been cooked.)
    5. Enjoy the “Marshmallow and Sweet Gherkin Pickle Slice Pizza”.

First Class Scout, Order of the Arrow member, Troop Musician, Troop Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Appalachian Mountains’ Chimpanzee Monkey Patrol, Troop 870 // October 19, 2014 at 2:51 pm // Reply

 

Kerner, S., & Ogren-Hrejsa, O. (2018). How to Cook Some Goofy Grub. Retrieved from Boys’ Life: https://boyslife.org/outdoors/1264/goofy-grub/

 
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Posted by on 6 August 2018 in campfire, camping, food, Grandmothers

 

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How to cook some goofy grub part 5

Beverages — most of these come from replies to the Boys’ Life article, How to Cook Some Goofy Grub

 

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Broken Bridge photo 2016 by Gramma Nettie

I think we should have a Fog warning, here!

Here is the recipe for a “Fog on Lake Huron”, “Fog on Lake Winnipeg” and “Fog on Lake Wobegon”

Mix the following ingredients together:

Four (4) fluid ounces of Canada Dry Cranberry Ginger Ale carbonated beverage
Four (4) fluid ounces of Lipton Citrus Green Tea
Four (4) fluid ounces of pasteurized apple cider
Four (4) fluid ounces of homogenized milk (whole milk, 2% white milk, 1% white milk or skim white milk is okay and safe to use with this recipe and will not change the resultant refreshment beverage.
This recipe will make one (1) Sixteen (16 fluid ounces) fluid ounces of a “Fog on Lake Huron” or will make two (2) eight (8 fluid ounces) fluid ounces of the “Fog on Lake Huron”, “Fog on Lake Winnipeg” or “Fog on Lake Wobegon” refreshment beverage. This refreshment beverage is great with popcorn, ginger snap cookies, soft gingerbread cookies and soft gingerbread, ham and cheese sandwiches, turkey sandwiches, hotdogs, hamburgers, slices of pepperoni pizza, slices of cheese pizza, steamed lobster, sirloin steak that is cooked over a campsite charcoal briquette cooking fire, cream filled angel food cake (“Hostess twinkees”, “Hostess Swiss Rolls”, “Hostess cupcakes”), Carmel coated Golden Delicious apples, Cotton Candy, hard pretzels, oven baked soft pretzels, blueberry cobbler pie, peach cobbler pie, blackberry cobbler pie, mince meat pie, raisin pie, corn pudding, baked beans and hotdog slices, baked beans and ham, baked beans and bacon slices, pancakes, waffles and crepe’s.

First Class Scout, Order of the Arrow member, Patrol Leader, Appalachian Mountains’ Orangatang Monkey Patrol, Troop 870 //October 18, 2014 at 3:53 pm // Reply

 

 

Here is the recipe for a “Fog at the Chapel in the Woodland Forest” refreshment drink.

Mix the following ingredients together:

Two (2) fluid ounces of Welch’s (PURPLE) Pasteurized Concord Grape Juice
Two (2) fluid ounces of pasteurized apple cider
Two (2) fluid ounces of Coca Cola Classic soft drink (carbonated beverage)
Two (2) fluid ounces of homogenized milk (whole milk, 2% white milk, 1% white milk, or skim white milk is okay to use. The resulting refreshment drink will not be affected if any of the different types of homogenized milk are used to make a “Fog at the Chapel in the Woodland Forest” refreshment beverage.
This recipe will make Eight (8) fluid ounces of a “Fog at the Chapel in the Woodland Forest” refreshment beverage. This refreshment beverage is great for use with popcorn, Caramel Candied Golden Delicious Apples, oven baked soft pretzels, hard pretzels, square saltine soup crackers (square soda crackers) and Turkey Sandwiches.

First Class Scout, Troop Musician, Soaring and Diving Ring Billed Sea Gull Patrol, Troop 457 // October 17, 2014 at 6:38 pm // Reply

 

 

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Whiskey on a Log 2016 by Gramma Nettie — she is called Whiskey because she cannot hold her Licker!

Here is the recipe for a “Blue Angel” refreshment drink:

Mix the following ingredients together to make a total of Twenty-Four (24 fluid ounces) fluid ounces [Three (3) Eight Ounce Containers] of a “Blue Angel” refreshment drink:

Four (4) fluid ounces of Blueberry Juice
Four (4) fluid ounces of Maraschino Cherry Juice
Four(4) fluid ounces of pasteurized apple cider
Four (4) fluid ounces of half and half cream
Four (4) fluid ounces of Heavy Cream
Four (4) fluid ounces of homogenized milk (whole milk, 2% milk, 1% milk or skim milk is safe and okay with this recipe and will not affect the resulting refreshment drink that is known as a “Blue Angel” refreshment drink.
This recipe will make the quantity of three Eight fluid ounces (8 fluid ounces) drinking containers of a “Blue Angel” refreshment drink.
The “Blue Angel” refreshment drink is really great with popcorn, hard pretzels, oven baked soft pretzels, slices of pepperoni pizza, slices of cheese pizza, Sirloin Steaks that are cooked over a charcoal briquette campsite cooking fire, hamburgers cooked over a campsite cooking fire, cream filled angel food snack cakes (such as “Hostess Twinkees”, “Hostess Swiss Rolls”, “Hostess Cupcakes”, almost any variety of Girl Scout Cookies (Thin Mints, Tag-a-longs, Dosie Does, Peanut Butter filling cookies), Doritos, Tacos, crab cakes, steamed lobster, broiled trout, New England Clam Chowder, or Dinty Moore Stew.

First Class Scout, Order of the Arrow member, Troop Bugler, Leaping and Flying Alaskan Tundra Caribou Patrol, Troop 427 //October 17, 2014 at 4:36 pm // Reply

 

Here is the recipe for a “Fog in Santa Land”:

Mix the following ingredients together:

Five (5) fluid ounces of pasteurized apple cider
Five (5) fluid ounces of fresh orange juice
Five (5) fluid ounces of homogenized milk (whole milk, 2% milk, 1% milk or skim milk is okay to use in this recipe. The final resulting refreshment drink will be safe and okay to drink)
This recipe will result in sixteen (16) fluid ounces of the above named refreshment drink (“Fog in Santa Land”). This refreshment drink is really great with popcorn, hard pretzels, oven baked soft pretzels, slices of pepperoni pizza, slices of cheese pizza and roast beef sandwiches. This refreshment drink is really great with SPAM lunchmeat sandwiches.

First Class Scout, Troop Musician, Order of the Arrow member, Patrol Leader, Sea Biscuit, the Shetland Pony Patrol, Troop 427 //October 17, 2014 at 1:33 pm // Reply

 

 

 

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Fog on the Mountain 2017 by Gramma Nettie

Here is the recipe for “Fog on the school’s orchestra, concert band, stage band, light rock music band, heavy rock music band, Billboard “American Top 40 showmanship band, marching band and chorus classes’ picnic school bus”:

Mix the following ingredients together:

Four (4) fluid ounces of pasteurized apple cider
One (1) tablespoonful of yellow mustard
Four (4) fluid ounces of homogenized milk (whole milk, 2% milk, 1% milk or skim milk is quite adequate for this recipe)
This recipe makes Eight (8) fluid ounces of the above refreshment drink. This refreshment drink goes great with popcorn, ham and beans, pork and beans, cooked beans with sliced hotdog pieces cooked in the beans. The above refreshment drink also goes great with beans and bacon slices as well as ham and cheddar cheese sandwiches and ham and Swiss cheese sandwiches.

foodie man // July 21, 2014 at 2:26 pm // Reply

 

This one is sure to amaze. I call it “Paper Cup Cocoa”.

Take a paper cup (it must be paper) and fill it 3/4 full of water. Make a hole in the coals big enough for the cup to sit in without touching the cup. Place the cup in the hole and wait. In a few minutes the water will simmer and then boil. Lift the cup out (I use a leather glove) and mix your cocoa. Try other things as well. If you can cook it in a pan or a Dutch you can cook it in a paper cup. Your friends will think your nuts until they see the results.

Ranger Danger // June 22, 2010 at 2:04 pm // Reply

or the recipe of a “Mountain Fog” drink, do the following:
Add equal parts of Coca Cola Classic Soft drink with equal parts of homogenized whole milk:
To an eight (8) fluid ounce drinking cup, add:
1. four (4) fluid ounces of Coca Cola Classic soft drink.
2. four (4) fluid ounces of homogenized whole milk.
Mix the combination together. Enjoy a “Mountain Fog” camping refreshment. Goes great with Jiffy Pop Popcorn cooked over a campfire.

  1. flyboyy // August 9, 2009 at 4:51 pm // Reply

 

 

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Fog on the Mountain 2016 by Gramma Nettie

 

(Kerner & Ogren-Hrejsa, 2018)

Kerner, S., & Ogren-Hrejsa, O. (2018). How to Cook Some Goofy Grub. Retrieved from Boys’ Life: https://boyslife.org/outdoors/1264/goofy-grub/

 
 

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Grandmotherly sayings

Grandmotherly sayings

Here are a few of the sayings my momma said as I was growing up.

 

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1888 Harpers ad 10 001 (Chavez, 2012)

1. Life ain’t fair

2. Never assume, because if you do it makes an ass out of you and me (ass-u-me)

3. Were you born in a barn?

4. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

5. The Good Lord looks after fools and red-headed women.

What were some of the sayings you have heard?  Comment below!

 

Resources

Chavez, A. (2012, April). Antique Advertisements from the 1800’s. Retrieved from Knick of Time: http://knickoftime.net/2012/04/antique-graphics-antique-advertisements-from-the-1800s.html

 

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How to cook some goofy grub part 4

Another Dessert category!  What’s not to love about ice cream!  from Boys’ Life Magazine

 

 

 

icecream

Ice Cream Football

THE CHALLENGE: Make ice cream without a freezer

EQUIPMENT:

  • 2 (1-quart) zip-top bags
  • 2 (1-gallon) zip-top bags
  • 1 (8-pound) bag of ice, crushed or in cubes
  • 1/2 cup rock salt
  • Newspaper
  • Heavy-duty tape

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

You need milk, cream and sugar to make ice cream, plus rock salt and lots of ice. As long as the ingredients keep moving and stay cold enough, the mixture will turn into ice cream.

The Scouts measured the ingredients into a quart-size zip-top bag, and squeezed out all the air and sealed the bag. They placed this bag inside the other quart bag and sealed it. Then they put this double-bagged ice cream mix inside a gallon zip-top bag.

They then filled the gallon-size bag with ice, sprinkled the ice with rock salt and sealed the bag. They placed this bag inside the other gallon bag and sealed it again.

Now for the football part.

The Scouts wrapped the bags in layers of newspaper and secured the bundle with duct tape. The resulting “football” was ready for about 20 minutes of passing — to keep the mixture moving — before being spiked into the ice chest.

THE RESULT: The ice cream was cold and delicious.

 

 

Kerner, S., & Ogren-Hrejsa, O. (2018). How to Cook Some Goofy Grub. Retrieved from Boys’ Life: https://boyslife.org/outdoors/1264/goofy-grub/

 

 
 

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How to cook some goofy grub part 3

Thirdly, is the Whatever category.  Just don’t think too much about it, it’s all about fun.  From Boys’ Life Magazine

 

 

 

salad

Jiffy Pop Salad

THE CHALLENGE: Turn pop corn into a meal.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 package Jiffy Pop popcorn
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1 1/4 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 8-ounce can water chestnuts, drained
  • 3/4 cup crumbled cooked bacon
  • 1/4 cup shredded carrot
  • 1/4 cup minced chives

Jiffy Pop Salad combines popcorn, bacon and celery mingled with mayonnaise for an unusual flavor combination.

The Scouts popped popcorn over the camp fire, blended it with the remaining ingredients and served immediately.

THE RESULT: Not surprisingly, this recipe isn’t a huge hit with all the Scouts, although it got good reviews from some of the tasters.

 

 

 

bread

Solar Oven Bread

THE CHALLENGE: Bake a loaf of bread … without fire or electricity.

EQUIPMENT:

  • Jar, painted black on the outside
  • 2-foot by 4-foot sheet of cardboard
  • Aluminum foil
  • Clear plastic bag

INGREDIENTS:

  • Premade, refrigerated bread dough (or make it homemade)

Cooking with the power of the sun is ideal for campers who want to try something fun and different.

Our solar oven called for bending a 2-foot-by- 4-foot sheet of cardboard into the shape of a funnel and covering the inside with aluminum foil. When the funnel is angled toward the sun, heat builds up in the base of the funnel.

The Scouts made bread dough and kneaded it for about five minutes before putting it into a two-quart jar, spray-painted black to make it absorb more heat. They could have also used premade, refrigerated dough.

Before putting the jar into the funnel, the Scouts slipped it into a clear plastic bag, then blew air into the bag and closed it with a twist tie. This extra step created a “greenhouse effect” around the jar, allowing for additional heat build-up.

If all went well, the dough would rise inside the jar and, perhaps, bake.

THE RESULT: The Scouts kept their eyes on the solar oven all afternoon and had given it an occasional nudge to keep it in the path of the sun’s rays. Its temperature had peaked at 310 degrees. Not only had the dough risen, it had baked to perfection, filling the jar.

 

Kerner, S., & Ogren-Hrejsa, O. (2018). How to Cook Some Goofy Grub. Retrieved from Boys’ Life: https://boyslife.org/outdoors/1264/goofy-grub/

 
 

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How to cook some goofy grub part 2

Second in the series is whatever category you want to call this one.  It’s all good.  Again, from Boys’ Life Magazine article How to Cook Some Goofy Grub.

 

fudge

Pinto Bean Fudge

THE CHALLENGE: Don’t think about it — just keep stirring.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 1/2 cup mini marshmallows
  • 1 can pinto beans, drained
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  • 1 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • Butter for greasing pan

Pinto Bean Fudge is for real, thanks to a long-ago camper who discovered that a can of pinto beans can be substituted for a pound of butter when making fudge.

To make it, the Scouts combined sugar and milk in a large pan and boiled it for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. They then added the remaining ingredients (including the beans!) and stirred until the marshmallows melted. Finally, they poured the finished fudge into a shallow, buttered pan and tucked it in the cooler to chill.

THE RESULT: Delicious, with no hint of an aftertaste from the pinto beans.

 

 

chicken

Dingle Fan Chicken

THE CHALLENGE: Can something called a “dingle fan” cook chicken at all?

EQUIPMENT:

  • Long pole (a broom handle works well)
  • 6-inch length of chain
  • Heavy string
  • Wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Paper plate
  • Skewer or short stick
  • Large and small rocks
  • Instant meat thermometer
  • 2 “S” hooks or additional wire

INGREDIENTS:

  • Whole chicken
  • Seasonings
  • Butter for basting

Dingle fan roasting is for campers who have better things to do than fuss over their food. Rather than endlessly basting and turning a piece of meat over a fire, campers can let this fan-powered rotisserie do the work.

The Scouts wedged a long wooden pole between two rocks so that it angled very near — but not directly over — the flames. Next, they attached a short length of chain to the end of the pole using the wire and “S” hooks.

The next step was to make the dingle fan by sticking a paper plate on the end of a metal skewer. The fan would be attached to the chain, from which a raw chicken would hang. (Be sure to leave enough space between the fan and the flames, since that plate could catch fire if it’s left too close.) A small rock or other was attached to the free end of the skewer to counter-balance it and make it level.

If everything was set up correctly, the heat from the fire should hit the fan, causing the chicken to slowly rotate throughout the cooking process.

All we needed now was a chicken, innards removed, seasoned and buttered and bound in string.

Once dangling from the chain, the chicken wouldn’t need tending other than basting it occasionally with butter. After about two hours, it should be fully cooked, but the Scouts planned to check it with the meat thermometer to be safe.

THE RESULT: Even after falling into the dirt a couple of times, the Dingle Fan Chicken was a thing of beauty. The fan had worked. The chicken was golden and crispy on the outside and perfectly cooked on the inside.

 

Kerner, S., & Ogren-Hrejsa, O. (2018). How to Cook Some Goofy Grub. Retrieved from Boys’ Life: https://boyslife.org/outdoors/1264/goofy-grub/

 
 

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Cool Grandma

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Posted by on 26 June 2018 in Grandmothers