Sunday, May 27, 2012

Let's Get Serious

9 months ago?  Really?  It's been that long since I posted anything!  Well, it's time to get serious about Granny Girls again!  We have had so many adventures in the past 9 months and I want to put them all on here but I need to get real and just start from today.

We have the next 2 months planned.  On June 14th we will have a book swap.  Do you have books you've read and can recommend to us?  Do you have books you know you will never get around to reading?  Maybe you have an e-reader now and can let go of some of your books.  If you are like me, the e-reader will never replace physical books no matter how much I love it but maybe you are looking for a great summer read.  If this is you, join us at 7:00 pm at Little People's Academy (543 N. Ridge Ave) and bring any books you are willing to let go.  You will be able to "shop" and pick up anything you want and find a hidden gem for yourself.

You will want to get a head start for our July meeting on the 12th.  Dixie Murphy will be our guest and will discuss her newly released book "When Greed Turns Deadly".  I am about 50% of the way through it and it is a true page turner.  It's about a double murder committed about 20 years ago right here in Idaho Falls.  2 women were shot while they slept in the home of one of the ladies.  I believe this is Dixie's first book and it is so well written you think you are watching an episode of "48 Hours" or "Hardline".  She will tell us all about her journey writing and publishing this as well as what's happened in the 20 years since the murder.  You don't have to have read the book to join us but I highly recommend it.  You can purchase it at Barnes & Noble or on Amazon for $23.95 or it is available for Kindle or your e-reader through Amazon for $7.99.  I purchased both-the hard copy so Dixie could autograph it and the e-version so I can take it with me in my purse.  This will be held at Little People's Academy at 7:00 pm as well.  Everyone is welcome to come to these events so invite your husband, kids, friends, and neighbors.  It will be one you won't want to miss.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

August Granny Girls Meeting

The Granny Girls' meeting this month is going to be so great! 
Brenda Stanley, the author of the cookbook "The Zucchini Houdini" will be our speaker and she'll demo one of the recipes from the book. 
 In addition to her cooking skills, Brenda has published a novel that she will talk about as well.   
"It is a murder mystery set on an Indian reservation in Utah and is becoming very popular with book clubs in the area.  It was the first book I wrote- at 17.  It is an interesting story about perseverance in the the publishing arena."
Brenda will speak about the process she went through creating both her books and how she published them.

There will be copies of her cookbook to purchase or you may buy them at Barnes & Noble or Town & Country.  She will also sign them and be available for a question and answer segment.
This will be held at Little People's Academy-543 N. Ridge Ave at 7 pm this Thursday, August 11th.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Granny Girls Cookbook

Get your recipes organized and ready to submit.  We have started our first Granny Girls cookbook!  If you have a fabulous recipe for ANYTHING we want it.  We are especially interested in your mom's and grandmother's recipes and any modern updates to them.  For instance, I have the best homemade caramel recipe but it's one of the old style that you stand over a hot stove and stir and stir and stir..... but Hallie has one she claims is just as good that she makes in the microwave.  We want both types.

I made homemade lip gloss with the day care kiddos yesterday and it turned out great so I'm going to put that in.

This is not just for Granny Girls members but is open to everyone you know.  Ask your mom, grandma, aunt, cousin, sister, etc to submit their recipes too.  The more we have the better our book will be.

You will be able to go online and type your own recipe in just like you want it to appear.  To start, go to:Cookbook Publisher
password: lund8226

Let everyone know about this and we'll have the best cookbook ever!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Magic Ring

I just came across this way to start crocheting in the round.  For anyone who makes hats or flowers you've gotta try this.  It makes your work look so much neater.  Click HERE to learn how to make a MAGIC RING.  You'll be glad you did.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Crochet Flip Flops

Since our July meeting is all about crochet, I had to share.  My sister bought the cutest crochet sandals and I said "I can make those!"  These aren't exactly the same but I think mine turned out pretty nice.  What do you think?

Monday, July 11, 2011

July Meeting

It's time for the July meeting of Granny Girls and we have an exciting and educational class prepared.  We loved the crochet class so much and had a lot of requests to do a class teaching you how to read a crochet pattern so that is what we have planned.
Hallie will teach a beginner's pattern, a very fashionable shrug, SuZann will teach an intermediate afghan pattern and Lindsi will teach an advanced pattern.  No matter what your level of skill, there will be something for you and you may be surprised at how easy the intermediate and advanced patterns are.  I've attached a picture of the afghan.  It is a fun gingham afghan that you can make in any color way.  The pattern was done in blues but when I made mine I made it in greens.  I can see this in a soft pink for a baby or bright red and white for a summer picnic.
The class will be at the Vogue again at 7:00pm Thursday, July 14th.  And don't forget to bring something you've been working on for Show N Crow and your spare change for the raffle. 
See you there!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The History Of Aprons

I don’t think our kids know what an apron is.  The principle use of grandma’s apron was to protect the dress underneath because she only had a few.  It was easier to wash aprons than dresses and they used less material, but along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven.  It was wonderful for drying children’s tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears.
            From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven.  When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids.  And when the weather was cold, grandma wrapped it around her arms.
            Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove.  Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron.  From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables.  After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls.  In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees.
            When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds.  When dinner was ready, grandma walked our onto the porch, waved her apron, and the men knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner.
            It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that “old time apron” that served so many purposes.
            Grandma used to set her hot baked apple pies on the windowsill to cool.  Her granddaughters set theirs on the windowsill to thaw.  They would go crazy now trying to figure out how many germs were on that apron.  (I don’t think I ever caught anything from an apron!)