Long Distance Grandma (LDG)

Hi My name is Cindy and I’m a long distance grandma!

I have 4 grandkiddos – 2 in California and 2 in Nova Scotia, Canada. I’ve always been a LDG, so I know nothing else. Hugs, kisses and cuddles are infrequent and birthday parties, baseball games and school plays are unfortunately missed. I must admit I’m so envious when I see grandmas and pas with their grands at the park, shopping or just doing little everyday things together. I always think to myself, “what a special bond they must have, I wish I could have that.” But I as I think on it a little more, I always conclude – I do have that a special bond. Maybe not as conventional as those I envy over but we do have a very special bond.

“Side by side or miles apart, grandchildren are always close to the heart.”

My oldest granddaughter, almost 17 (YIKES!! where did the time go) has spent a week or two each summer for the last 6 years. Those are such special times for us – we always do fun, crazy things, like the time we zip lined over Royal Gorge (crazy fun) or toured the Denver Performing Arts Center (educational fun), spent the day at the Renaissance Faire (magical fun) and then there’s always the movies and ice cream!

MY ZIP LINE PARTNER

My grandson, now 13, has visited Colorado on family trips a couple times mostly because big sis doesn’t allow him to visit on “her time” in the summer, at least not yet. We were able to visit the Olympic Training center in Colorado Springs, Garden of the Gods and then explored the town of Manitou Springs, drinking spring water at each fountain throughout the town, Rockies games (which is tough on him since he’s a SF Giant’s fan) and ended our time together with, what else but ice cream!

BIG HITTER!

We are able to see our youngest grands, age 8 and 6, quite often, we have all met in Disney World, once for Halloween – I was the Fairy “Grand” mother – and again for a special Mickey Christmas. And most recently our son and daughter-in-law surprised us by planning a trip to Breckenridge for a ski week. Skiing, dog sledding, coloring, puzzles, lots of laughs and fun, for sure! And guess what? Ice cream again the night before they flew home.

DISNEY PRINCESSES

So I may be many, many miles from my grands, but we make the most of our time together and create the most wonderful, beautiful memories. We do have the most special bond!

“A grandchild’s hug lasts long after they let go.”

FAIRY “GRAND”MOTHER
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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

After my husband and I did the 23 and Me DNA testing, we both found out we had some Irish in us. He more than me, so what better way to celebrate our new found heritage than through a day of Irish food!

My daughter started off our morning with Irish Boxty. It’s a traditional Irish dish made with potatoes.

An old Irish rhyme goes, “Boxty on the griddle, Boxty on the pan, if you can’t make Boxty, you never get a man.” LOL

She’s single and it turned out great so…we shall see.

Stay tuned for…

Irish Guinness Brown  bread (my sister’s recipe)

Shepherd’s Pie

Dark Chocolate Guinness Cake with Bailey’s Cream Cheese frosting

Rah Rah Black Sheep

 Is being called the “Black Sheep” a bad thing?  


According to Dictionary.com

Black Sheep – noun

a person who causes shame or embarrassment because of deviation from the accepted standards of his or her group.

Or the Urban Dictionary

black sheep . a term used to describe someone who feels left out in a family. Basically, the outcast of the family because they choose to do other things than live up to their parents’ standards.

Yes, the dictionary’s definition has negative connotations but let’s rethink this.

I must admit there are times in my life where I have felt like the “black sheep” whether it be in my family, at work or even with a group of friends.

Like when…

…I was 13 and my dad passed away, …I married at 18 and started a family,…I went thru a divorce, …I moved away from the family 20 years ago,…I couldn’t help out  a family member financially, … I’m overlooked at my job, …I’m not included in an outing or conversation with friends.

Does it or did it hurt to be ousted, to be left out? Yes!

Were some of the situations out of my control? Yes!

Have I since talked it out and put them behind me? Yes!

Was I really a “black sheep” as defined above? No!

I put that label on myself as did others. Maybe some people continue to consider me the “odd” one, the “troublemaker”, the “different” one of the family or group. Who knows?  All I know is that in those few situations I mentioned above, the people that I really care about and those who truly care about me have talked out whatever differences we had and in mine and their eyes they see I’m not the defined “black sheep”.

In my mind, a “black sheep” is not what is defined in the dictionary.  

My “Black Sheep” definition is…
a person who stands out and stands up for who they are and what that believe in, no matter what others may think.  A leader!

So go ahead and think of me as the “black sheep”! I will wear that title proudly.

Rah Rah Black Sheep!

Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe Ever

It’s Saturday and the family is looking for cookies. So I whip up the family fav…Chocolate chip. Now growing up my go to was the Nestle Toll house cookie recipe that was until I happened to stop by at my Aunt’s house one day about 40 years ago, yes that’s 4-0, FORTY. She had just finished baking cookies and wow I can still remember the smell of freshly baked cookies as I entered her house. Of course I had to have one and after one bite of my cookie I knew I must have this recipe. Crispy on the outside but soft on the inside and ooey gooey chocolate dripping on my chin. oh man, so yummy.

I needed this recipe, but with our kids running around could we find a piece of paper? NO, but she did find an envelope, so I wrote down the recipe with all good intentions of transferring to a recipe card when I went home.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Well as of today 40+ years later, that cookie recipe is still on the same envelope which I still pull out every time I bake these yummy chocolate chip cookies. And yes, Nestle Toll House Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips are still my go to chips. I do omit the coconut and nuts for my family and they are still the best! Plus it will make about 6 dozen and they freeze very well.

The Bite

Since that day 40+ years ago, my aunt has found out she was celiac and couldn’t enjoy her cookie recipe but I have found a product that she can use instead of the flour, its called Bella Gluten Free All Purpose Baking mix. You use it cup for cup as you would regular flour and it’s the best. It’s produced in Colorado but it’s available on Amazon for all of you not in Colorado. Try it…

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If you’d like the recipe to enjoy the Best Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe ever, please comment below and I’d be happy to send it.

I’d love your feedback.

Enjoy!

Happy International Women’s Day

Pass the Umbrella is happy to celebrate and support International Women’s Day. In the United States, the Women’s day movement was first organized in 1908 but became an annual movement in 1910. In 1975 the United Nations adopted March 8th as International Women’s Day. This year’s theme is #BalanceforBetter – let’s all work to make this world gender balanced and a better world in general.

Please share my umbrella in support. Let’s Pass the Umbrella around the world. Simply share and tag your friends in any city, state and country and add where you’re sharing from.

My Journey Begins…

Well here I go, a first in my life, actually publishing my thoughts, ideas, basically whatever is on my mind. Scary but exciting.

To be honest, I heard the phrase “Pass the Umbrella” recently on a reality show – yes I know CRAZY but since I heard it I couldn’t stop thinking of what “Pass the Umbrella” meant to me. The phrase really took over my thoughts.  How could I “Pass the Umbrella”, how could I make a difference?  If I can help just one person  by passing on an idea, an inspiration, anything, how awesome would that be?

Watch for my first “Pass”

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My Journey Begins…

Well here I go, a first in my life, actually publishing my thoughts, ideas, basically whatever is on my mind. Scary but exciting.

To be honest, I heard the phrase “Pass the Umbrella” recently on a reality show – yes I know CRAZY but since I heard it I couldn’t stop thinking of what “Pass the Umbrella” meant to me. The phrase really took over my thoughts. How could I “Pass the Umbrella”, how could I make a difference?If I can help just one person by passing on an idea, an inspiration, anything, how awesome will that be!

Stay tuned for my first “pass” .