Skateboarding Peeps with Camp Grandma

It’s time for Easter decorating at Camp Grandma with the grandkids. Peeps 7 Family
Peeps 1 familyPeeps 3 familyThey have been learning to skateboard at the park, now that the snow is melting.

This was their chance to create Skateboarding Peeps and other funny bunnies on candy wheels.

I showed them some cute and clever Peep pictures from the Sweet Simple Stuff blog for ideas.  Be sure to visit and enjoy her creative ideas too.

Now the grandkids were on their own, to show how creative they could get with the Peeps, Lifesavers, Starbursts, cookies and candy melts.

They put Peeps on snow shoes, Peeps on a couch, Peeps in cars, as well as skateboards.

They discussed wanting to do something nice for a neighborhood family.

So they chose which ones they wanted to put in their Easter baskets.

Then off they went to share the rest of the Peep creations with a local family.

They were thrilled and thought these were the best Easter treats ever.

It was heartwarming to know that Camp Grandma brought some smiles to another family as well.

For your Peep Easter treats, start with some Candy Melts for the frosting glue.  Then add some frosting to the Life Saver Wheels and Nutter Butter cookies.  Let them dry upside down. Carefully cut wedges from the Starburst candy for carrots and frost/glue a green sparkle candy for the leaves.  Add frosting glue to the Peeps to stick them on the cookies.

SkateBoard and Peeps ingredients

SkateBoard and Peeps ingredients

SkateBoard wheels glued with Candy Melts

SkateBoard wheels glued with Candy Melts

Attach Peeps, Starburst Carrots on SkateBoards

Attach Peeps, Starburst Carrots on Skate Boards





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Sending Easter Holiday wishes from Camp Grandma.
Please share how you’re enjoying this holiday time, I love getting new ideas from you.

Come Clean! Fresh As A Baby’s Bum?

Your bum doesn’t care if your travels bring you to a rustic privy or a palace.  What matters is how clean and fresh it feels, after nature called for that moment of relief.  Am I right?

Whether your bottom is lovingly described as a bootie, a bum or a butt, it wants to be pampered and feel soothed at all times.

I wanted to know what brand would stand up to the clean and sooth test.  Cottonelle has bragging rights to the following reasons why I use it:  It’s thick and two-ply, so my family won’t use a roll-a-day.  Also it’s strong and huggable softness goes a long way in comfort.

Cottonelle picI always used a wet wipe to make sure my precious grandbaby’s bum was freshly clean.

So I decided it was about time I treated my bum to that same freshly clean feeling too.
CottonelleThe perfect companion for Cottonelle’s Clean Care toilet paper is Cottonelle’s Flushable Cleansing Wipes.

I compiled a list of reasons why I use it at home and take along on our travels:
- Flushable
- Break up after flushing
- Sewer- and septic-safe
- Alcohol-free
- OneTouch dispensing tub

Cottonelle Toilet Paper and Cottonelle Flushable Cleansing Cloths were designed to work together for a clean you can actually feel.

Join the #LetsTalkBums fun on Facebook and discuss the Cottonelle Care Routine with other clean minded people.

Check out this bargain – Receive a 1.50 coupon for Cottonelle Clean Care TP & Flushable Cleansing Cloths to experience the fresh, clean feeling for yourself.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Cottonelle, but my love for the flushable Cleansing Cloths is all my own!

How To Start A Blog

Have you always wanted to write your own blog?
PC_front 1 (2)Would you like to reach out to others with tutorials, promote books, or work from home?

I was confused by all the bits and pieces of information available all over the blogging world.  By trial and error, I gathered all the correct information on how to set up a successful blog and now I can share this with you.  Let’s get started with the easy steps that will have you up and running your beautiful blog in about 15 minutes. Are you ready?

Step 1:  You need a hostWeb hosts are online services that store your blog and allow visitors to access it.  Although you can start a free service with Blogger or Word Press like I did, I definitely wouldn’t recommend it.  You get what you pay for and if saving time is important to you, having a self-hosted site saves time and headaches.

Why did I choose Bluehost?  WordPress has been recommending Bluehost since 2005.  I found their 24/7 customer support, reliability, unlimited space and automated backups worth bragging about.

So you can reference these instructions, begin by clicking here to go to Bluehost as you build your site.  Click the Get Started Now button.
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Step 2: Choose your domain.  Enter your domain’s web address, (example: on the left side under New Domain.  Make sure the extension of your choice (.com) is selected from the drop down menu beside it.

If you’ve already registered a domain name elsewhere, enter it on the right.  It won’t mess anything up, since this only identifies your account.

Then click the Next button.
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Step 3: Enter your account information.
Your e-mail address is where your login information will be sent for your records.
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Step 4: Choose a hosting package.
Your Package Information is where you choose your Account Plan from the dropdown menu based on how far in advance you want to pay.  I found this was a very reasonable monthly fee for owning a blog or website.  Don’t you agree?

I skipped the other add-ons except the Domain Whois Privacy, which will keep your personal information private. The Domain Whois Privacy option is highly recommended and only shows up if you registered a new domain in Step 2.  It won’t be an option if you are transferring your domain.
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Step 5:  Enter your billing information.
Fill in your billing information, confirm that you have read the fine print and click the Next button.
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Step 6: The Upgrades.
I recommend reviewing all the upgrades, but I skipped them all for my blog.  Continue on to complete your purchase.  Then go to your e-mail, where you will find a welcome message from Bluehost.  Now you will have your control panel (cPanel) login information.  Be sure to keep this for future reference.

Step 7: Login to your cPanel.
In the Welcome e-mail is the link to your cPanel or you can go back to the Bluehost site. Now click the Login button in the top right corner of your screen.   Enter your cPanel (control panel) login information from the welcome e-mail and click the blue Login button.

Step 8: Install WordPress.
Click the WordPress icon under Website Builders.
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Step 9: Start the WordPress installation.
Now you will see a window that looks like this.  Click the Start button to begin the WordPress installing process.Blue Host 7
Step 10: Choose where to install WordPress.
Leave this section as is with your domain showing in the dropdown menu.  The only reason to change this is to create a subfolder, which is rather unlikely if you’re starting your very first blog.
Simply click Check Domain.
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Step 11: Enter your WordPress user information.
Check the box next to Show Advanced Options. Enter your Site Name or Title.
Now choose your personal Admin Username and your password.  This information will be what you use to login to WordPress once it’s installed.  Be sure to save this information for whenever you login to WordPress.  Now enter your e-mail address so your site information will be sent to you.  Read and agree to the terms.  Click the Install Now button.
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Step 12: Success.  You have officially installed your new WordPress site.
You are finished.  Please keep this information to access your site, that will also be sent to you via e-mail, in a safe file.  When you click on the Site URL link, it will take you to your beautiful new and live website.  Now when you click on the Login URL link, you will be directed to the WordPress login page.  You can enter your saved username and password and have access to the backend of your WordPress site.

Congratulations!  You and anyone you give access too, can type your domain into a browser and your WordPress site will appear.
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I hope you found this post useful for starting your own self-hosted blog.  I’m looking forward to sharing comments and discussions about blogging with you.  An affiliate link is with this post.

When Pokémon and Birthday Cakes Collide

My grandson loves to play Pokémon and requested this theme for his birthday cake.

Pokémon Black and White Versions- Isshu Region Pokémon (complete)

He agreed to narrow down the choices of his favorite characters to three for his cake.

After researching more about Pokémon, I found that some of the main images in the game are water, leaf, and fire.

Fortunately, these symbols were easy to make out of fondant.

Pokemon birthday cake

For the two chocolate cakes, I used a 9 x 13 inch pan.  Then half of the second batter was poured into a small metal bowl and the rest poured into a round cake pan.  The large cake was cut in half to make two rectangle shaped pieces.  The round cake was trimmed for the middle section.  Now the round bowl piece was set in the center of the three sections for the Poké Ball.

I love the Savory Sweet Life blog’s Buttercream Frosting recipe and one thin layer was spread on the cake shapes.  The cake was then put in the freezer, while I made the fondant.

Rice Krispie treats work great for molding the character shapes.  Since fondant is expensive and can sometimes be hard as a rock, I found the perfect recipe.  Marshmallow Fondant is great to work with and the How She Does It website gives a detailed step by step tutorial for a “no-fail’ recipe.Pokemon Cake 1

His friends are all Pokémon lovers and they enjoyed choosing which parts of the cake they wanted to eat.

Was it a labor of love?  Absolutely.

But this grandma works for hugs and birthday boy smiles.

What is the most unusual birthday cake you’ve ever seen?

Goblin Valley Topplers – Heroes or Idiots on Probation

One of our favorite destinations in Utah is this 170 million year old Jurassic playground, the Goblin Valley State Park.  Families, hikers and tourists can walk and climb among the hoodoos that resemble goblins or mushrooms. Goblin Valley Panorama
Unfortunately, some Boy Scout leaders became part of the 9,000 cases of park vandalism documented since 2009.  They decided “in a spirit of public safety, they had some fun and maybe saved a life” by toppling a goblin rock off its delicate perch.
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Instead of becoming heroes for showing their video that quickly went viral, they began receiving death threats and hate mail.  The embarrassing publicity reflected on the Boy Scouts of America, forced the removal of their Scout Leader titles.
goblin_valley_state_park-As part of their legal agreement, they each paid a $925 court-mandated plea in abeyance fee.  This means that during their one year probation, they must behave like normal people.  How difficult this may be for them remains to be seen.

The state is still determining how much they will need to pay for adding signs around the park.  Apparently park visitors need to see in writing, that becoming famous for causing destruction and then paying an expensive fine isn’t very smart.

Do you think the Goblin Topplers should have spent time in prison for their destruction?  Must the state park build fences, to save historical sites from future vandalism?

The Boy Scouts of America teach the “Leave No Trace” principle of leaving areas as you found them. The Goblin Valley Topplers want to be reinstated as Scout Leaders.  Please share your thoughts.

A Minecraft Birthday Cake

Minecraft is my grandson’s favorite computer game. Minecraft bug
What is Minecraft?  Kids use creative thinking, geometry, and some geology as they learn to build imaginative block structures.

Steve, Enderman, Diamond Axes, and grass were the characters and items requested for his birthday cake.

MineCraft Birthday Cake

Steve and Enderman were molded with Rice Krispie treats and covered with fondant.  The TNT is mini red Twizzlers.  Pretzels covered with chocolate pieces created the Diamond Axes.  Toasted coconut filled in the area and Kit Kat wafers added the bridges.  A Fruit Rollup had his name written with the Wilton edible writing pen.

I started with two chocolate cakes baked in 9 x 13 inch pans for the blocks.  Crushed Oreo cookies mixed with graham crackers were added to the frosted sides to look like dirt.  Green buttercreme frosting with a Wilton Grass tip, gave the blocks that grassy look.

Inspiration and helpful ideas came from this Coolest Birthday Cake website.  I’d love to hear about your clever cake ideas, since there will be more grandkid birthdays coming soon.

Legend of St. Patrick Driving Snakes Out of Ireland

There are statues and frescos dedicated to the legend of Saint Patrick driving the snakes out of Ireland.
Saint Patrick with SnakesStudio 5 ksl bubble-blow-craft So is a legend something to be believed as a true story?  A legend is any popular or larger than life story that is handed down from one generation to another.

So this explains why naturalists emphatically state that Ireland never had any snakes that needed driving into the Irish Sea.

Other history buffs say that the legend or story got its start because pagans had tattoos of snakes.  Saint Patrick got rid of the pagans by teaching Christianity. This theoretically explains how he drove  the snakes out of Ireland.

Well, I never did and never will like to handle real snakes.

Playing with snakes made out of green bubbles, is my kind of fun.

How to make cork boats, blow green bubble snakes, and create an erupting volcano are shown in this KSL Studio 5 video.  Brooke Walker, the host of Salt Lake City’s ‘Studio 5,’ and I had a blast playing with these science projects.

Camp Grandma is all about crafts and learning the scientific reason why bubbles grow so huge.

This recipe makes long lasting bubbles that stay firm and won’t break.

The “snakes” will keep growing as long as you keep blowing.

What craft is your kids’ favorite?