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Sunday, August 31, 2014

It’s Me, Louise; I’m Baaaccckkk!

No, the kids’ visit didn’t transform me into a bunny, lol…I just couldn’t resist making a grand entrance after being away for nearly a month:)

I may as well hop right into one of the first places we went to while they were here, The Clinton County Fair! Silly me, I didn’t realize that the heart of the fair didn’t begin until later in the day. As a matter of fact, most of the exhibits and concession stands were closed when we arrived. However, we made the best of it and had a wonderful time!

The kids even decided on a car for me, well, kinda sorta…

How has everyone been while I’ve been gone? From the looks of the few blogs I’ve gotten to visit the last couple of days, it seems I sure did miss a whole lotta deliciousness! Don’t fret, the kids and I had our own moments of yumminess too!

There was the scrumptious birthday cake that Noah baked and decorated himself. His mom’s birthday was a few days after they left but we celebrated way in advance! Noah topped it off with Oreo cookie crumbs which were just perfect!

Whenever Michele comes to visit, she bakes bread. Yes, she is the bread baker in the family. She tried to persuade me to “learn” how to bake bread but I had a fashion show to attend:)

Tabi was more than delighted to pose with the bread once the show was over.

It took us a little more time to convince Noah…

We never did get around to making eggplant parmesan, but the kids sure did love their eggplants stuffed with slivers of garlic and roasted on the barbecue. Deeeeelicious!

Yes, indeed, we had a wonderful visit. And yes, it was waaaaaayyyyyy to short. If I had to guess, I’d say the trip to New York City was the most adventurous. We did a whole lotta walking, window shopping and eating. I couldn’t even begin to cover our 17 miles of exploring in just one post so I’ll just leave you with some of my favorite highlights. (I know it was 17 miles because Michele has this bracelet thingy that keeps track of her daily foot mileage. She reset it as soon as we parked:)

We just had to go to FAO Schwarz and play the Big Piano just like in the movie, Big starring Tom Hanks. If by some chance you have never heard of the Big Piano or the movie Big, you really need to visit this link:) I took a video of the kids trying to play Twinkle Twinkle Little Star on the piano. It came out GREAT! I figured I'd spare you, lol...

Would you believe, between all of us, we don’t have one good picture of our visit to Tiffany’s. Tabi has a few on her phone but nothing spectacular! As a matter of fact, our visit to Tiffany’s was pretty uneventful and a bit disappointing anyway. Now, don’t get me wrong, there was more than enough jewelry to choose from; one more beautiful than the other AND, there was an army of sales personnel willing to plop your item or items into that Tiffany blue bag and send you on your way. However, Tabitha was gung ho on shopping on her own and imitating that “famous” walk around the counters admiring all of the bling just like Audrey and George did. She wouldn’t even let Noah accompany her.

Her mother and I and Noah had to watch her prance from counter to counter from afar. Every now and again she would stop to “drool,” give us a quick glance and politely wait for one of the soldiers to come over and assist her. They never did. I suppose they just don’t take an almost 12 year olds shopping wishes seriously. Little did they know Grammy was waiting in the side lines with card in hand just waiting to buy her little grand-daughter whatever her little heart desired.

Our experience on the third floor was just a tad more pleasant. When Tabitha spotted an initial charm that was delicate enough for her petite frame and blingy enough for her personality, she managed to get the attention of one of the sales people long enough to ask him to show it to her. Us spectators were thrilled, as was Tabitha:) It was a short lived excitement, however. He canjoled her by telling her that nothing in Tiffany’s is less than $125.00 and that she should save her money for a future purchase. Then, he proceeded NOT to take the charm out of the show case, NOT to show her the choices of chains to hold said charm and proceeded to walk away leaving her for a group of loud, well dressed, “others.” We had enough! We left! Needless to say, I think Tiffany’s needs to reevaluate their approach to their future customers. As for Tabitha, she’s fine. A lesson of life. She’s set on once again returning to Tiffany’s when she’s 16. We’ll see:)

As we walking our way around Central Park, Noah noticed an artist sitting in his chair surrounded by some of his sketches. Noah was entranced. Noah has recently started art classes and just loves the freedom of expression. (most 10 year olds do, I suppose:) Anyway, it was such fun watching Noah and the man communicate because neither could understand the other. Noah was trying to ask the man if he would draw him holding a penguin (Noah loves penguins and baseball:) And the man kept on saying, "show picture, show picture." Of course, by this time Tabi and Michele’s phones were kaput and I hadn’t gotten my new iPhone yet so communicating with aid was also out of the question.

Not to worry. The kids posed together and had their pictures drawn by the very nice, patient, talented man on the streets of Central Park as Mom, I and a few passerby's watched:)

It came out GREAT did’t it???

There are so many days I would love to share with you but alas, all good things must come to an end. The past month as been incredible. One I will always cherish and one I’m sure the kids will have a vague memory of when they get older, lol… I’m sure Noah will always remember his first pro baseball game;

And Tabitha will hopefully fondly remember the time she came to Grammy’s house and couldn’t go to her first pro baseball game because she had been rushed to the hospital two nights before burning up with fever and learning that she had strep throat! We baked cookies instead and had them waiting for Noah and his Mom and Dad for when they returned:)

Tabi suggested I share the recipe with all of you:) Notice the recipe uses only egg yolks. (those tiny specks in the cookies are from the vanilla sugar we used) Enjoy everyone and I’ll “see” you on Wednesday.

P.S. I’ll be around catching up on all your delicious blogs later today and tomorrow. Be sure and save some goodies for me!!! Louise

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  1. Welcome back, Louise! You must've done a lot of stuff in one month; I'm sure the kids love having you around! I wanna age gracefully like you too, & spend my golden years with my grandchildren........... xoxo

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    1. Hi Shirley,
      It seems that each and every day there was something to do or someone to visit. The only days of rest we had was when Tabi was sick and that was just before they were leaving. Thank heavens she was better by the first day of school:)

      I pray you too can age gracefully and spend quality time with your family and future grandchildren. It's the best!!!

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  2. Welcome back! Sounds like you had a great time, and have the pictures to prove it. That picture of the MG Midget took me back -- I had one of those in the 70s. Fun car, but terrible. The electronics were just awful (the Lucas company, which made them, was notorious for that). Plus the catalytic convertor had a problem so the engine would just die while cruising on the highway at 70 miles an hour. Not fun! Really fun to drive, though. Oddly enough, with a pair of snow tires, it was the best snow car I've ever had -- it could plow through anything!

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    1. Hi John!
      My sister had one of those cars in the 70s too. She actually blew the motor on it! I tried to explain to the kids that I was hoping for something a bit more classy and comfy but the sports car appeal simply grabbed them especially since we visited the car after spending way too much time with a bunch of slow moving cows, lol...It sure was a fun car to be a passenger in too. Would you believed my sister would never let me drive it, not once!!! Thanks for visiting, John...

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  3. Welcome back! I'm glad you had such a nice time.

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    1. Hi Poppy,
      Thanks it's good to be back!

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  4. It sounds like a wonderful visit on everyone's part…all except the strep throat and hospital visit. Karen

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    1. It was a fantastic visit Karen! Thanks for dropping by...

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  5. So glad to see you again. Your vacation sounds wonderful. ALways great to see the grandchildren, isn't it!

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  6. Welcome back, Louise!
    Oh my, you sure had fun with your grandchildren.
    It's wonderful that you've spent time with the kids, and I'm sure that they are looking forward to their next trip to grandma's!
    The cookies looks very tender and delicious! And Michelle is a wonderful baker, that is one lovely bread!
    Thanks for sharing the photos of Tabi and Noah! Other than the bummer with Tiffany's, I'm glad that everyone had a wonderful time!

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    1. Hi Joyce!
      so glad you enjoyed this post. It was wonderful sharing and reliving the visit through you "guys." The cookies were amazingly good. A great way to use leftover egg yolks too which is why we chose them! Michele's bread was gone before the end of the day. It really was heavenly and made me realize even more that I really need to attempt bread baking. Now, that I think of it, I better ask her for the recipe, lol...

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  7. Dear Louise, The happiness in your voice cannot be contained and that is simply wonderful!!! I am so glad you had a beautiful time with your family visiting. It sounds like there is so much to tell and you picking a few moments to share since they are all full of joy.
    I do think Tiffiany's should be a more "classy" and friendly with there future customers and give them a good memory and a reason to return.
    I am so very happy to have you back. Blessings dear and hugs, Catherine xo

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    1. Hi Catherine:)

      I couldn't wait to share the kids' visit with all of you. It was quite special this year:) I hd to contain myself at Tiffany's but believe me, it was not easy. It was difficult letting Tabitha experience such a disappointing shopping expereince but, my daughter and I agreed it was in her best interest. I had to bite my tongue though. Not something I'm use to doing, lol...Thank you so much for visiting Catherine and for your lovely words and thoughts:)

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  8. So happy to see you back Lousie...missed you and your lovely post ....I'm sure you spent quality time with the kids...just love those delicious cookies and the lovely fluffy bread...lots of love and hiugs to you...

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    1. Hi Gloria!
      Thank you we did have a wonderful time:) Everyone agreed that the cookis were yummy even Marion, lol...

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  9. hello louise! great to hear that you had a wonderful time with michelle and your grandchildren. i'm amazed reading and seeing the cake that noah baked for his mum. He's the junior chef in the house? sorry to hear abt your experience at Tiffanys . What a shame to learn abt the way how the employees have behaved and perceived, good to hear that tabi was not upset over that and okay!! Im sure you are now missing them terribly, .and i'm sure they miss you the grandma too! hope marion is fine. Take care louise!

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    1. Hi Lena!
      Noah loves to cook. As a matter of fact, he may just enjoy it more than Tabi which is fine by all of us. Tabi loves baking though so I guess they re about even, lol...Tiffany's was not a good experience is mot ways but I think Tabi learned a valuable lesson and I reinforced keeping my temper which is not usually easy for me, lol...Their loss...

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  10. Good Sunday to you dear Louise,
    We missed you! Glad that you are back. I loved this post. As Catherine said, I can hear it in your story telling that you had such a wonderful, loving time with your family. Your grandchildren are so sweet and adorable. You must be the proud Grammy for sure. You all did a lot while they were visiting and that dear Louise is what leaves the memories etched in our hearts. Loved the cake that Noah made, and Tabi looks lovely in her scarf and hat. Going to the city was a real show stopper and Tiffiany's did not have a nice salesperson. They could have been a little kinder. But I believe that when Tabi saves her money and goes back at another time, she will come back with a beautiful piece of jewelry. Noah's picture shows him beaming from ear to ear to see the ball game. It was a shame that Tabi got sick, but all is not lost when you are at Grammy's..cookies are made..They look scrumptious! Well, Louise you sure had a memorable visit. Hope that will keep you until the next one...Thanks for sharing your story with us and glad that you are back...Have a blessed rest of the Labor Day Weekend..
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    1. Hi Dottie!
      I missed all of you too, Dottie. Little things that happened during the course of the Kids' visit reminded me of so many of you. I was so happy to be able to share this post. and, I'm delighted that you enjoyed it. Yes, we made lots of memories, some of them tastier than the others but all good:) Thank you so much for visiting, Dottie. It's nice to be back:)

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  11. Welcome back Louise!! There is no better time in life than enjoying with family. Love that you had a good time.

    Velva

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    1. Thanks, Velva! Our visit was very special, thank you so much for your kind words:)

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  12. Hi dear Louise ,
    It wonderful to have you back and so glad the kids didn't turn you into a bunny ... 'But , what a cute bunny' (giggling) . Your joy and happiness is bubbling over and a very proud grandma you are . Noah did a wonderful job on the cake , icing on his chin , so cute , Tabi is a beautiful model and she will get more gorgeous as she grow . Wait a few years , her daddy will be beating the boys off with a stick .I think hubby has started lining the up by the door (giggling) . How very rude of the salesperson , off with his head . Tiffany's may be in for a rude awakenings , bad news travels fast .
    I am so glad the visit went well my friend and I know it was too short , but next time will be even better . Thanks for sharing a little bit of your heaven .
    Have a great Labor Day from my family to yours .
    Waiting to hear more ;-D ~~Nee~~

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    1. Hi Nee!
      When we saw that bunny at the fair I just knew I would be sharing it today. I missed you guys too and thought of you all often. (like when we saw the bunny, lol) You're so funny about Tabi liking boys. Not only will her Daddy be chasing them away, Noah and I will be right behind him! It was wonderful to share with all of you Nee. Thank you so much for all your kind words and thoughts. You enjoy your Labor Day too:) Love that poem!

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  13. Those are some adorable grandchildren you have! The lesson from Tiffany's is a hard one to swallow, but Tabitha might now realize that appearance matters. Had she permitted Grammy to tour the counters with her, she'd doubtless have gotten more attention. Michele is a great bread baker indeed, and I'm glad to see Noah holding his own in the kitchen, too. Hope you had a good time at La Festa; the weather in Connecticut was less than hospitable. I should have gone to meet you instead!

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    1. Thanks Marjie, they sure are special kids but then all kids are special aren't they:) Yes, we have some cooks and bakers in the family. I guess that means one day I will be taking off the apron, lol...The Italian Feast was overloaded with food. I must admit, I did go off my "diet" for a rice ball and a cannoli. It sure would have been nice to meet you guys there. Well, there's always next year:)

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  14. Welcome back, Louise! Looks like you had an amazing visit and I am envious of that gorgeous loaf of bread! By the way, are you sure we didn't inadvertently brush shoulders in Central Park? I love it there and have been spotted hanging out near the Shakespeare statute from time to time! :-)

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    1. Hi T.W!
      It was an amazing visit and the bread was indeed heavenly! Unfortunately, we hit Central Park at the end of the day which was nice but also not the best time to appreciate all its glory because we were even too tired to enjoy the park benches. However, I have been there many times in the past and most likely did not "brush shoulders" with you, lol...One day I would like to return to Shakespeare's statue on the Ides Of March:)

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    2. Actually, I was at the Shakespeare statue this year to mark his 450th birthday. Me and a Robin sang to Will! I also like the Alice and Wonderland Statue very much, but have always stopped short of climbing on it with the other kids!

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  15. Aww Louise the kids look awesome and happy!
    Im sure you and them had a fun a nd happy time!
    Im absolutely happy you come back Louise I missed you dear:)))the cookies look delicious!!
    xo

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    1. Thank you Gloria. You are so sweet, it's nice to be back:)

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  16. What a lovely visit you had! I love the drawing of your grandkids--wish I'd thought to get one of my daughter. What a disappointment Tiffany's must have been. We pretty much skipped 5th Avenue and anywhere fancy. When I ended up needing a second dress (I'd only packed one), we just went to Macy's and I even downloaded coupons to my phone ;-). I am actually going back (sans daughter who is in school so Grandma is going to stay with her) in a couple weeks because my husband has another business trip. Poor me ;-) Oh, if you can get around to it, I'd love to know how you make the eggplant with garlic slivers (for when eggplant parmesan gets old)

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    1. Hi Inger,
      I usually skip 5th Ave and that park of town when I visit the city but, that's where all the action was for the kids:) Tabitha had her eye on Macy's when we went down to the Empire State building but we convinced her to pass on it. I kinda wish we hadn't. How lucky are you to be going back. I'd love to make another visit too before old man Winter arrives, lol...I'll be posting the method for the eggplant tomorrow. Let me know if you need it sooner:)

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  17. From this post, I could see how much you enjoyed yourself with your grandkids….hope one day I would get the chance to spend wonderful time with mine:D It's nice to read about your adventure.

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    1. Hi Jeannie,
      I am so glad you enjoyed this post. It was such fun to share the family visit with my readers:)

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  18. Hi Louise.. Good to see that you had a lovely time w yr family. Family makes vacation anywhere is special even if you spend time at home too. Welcome back!

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    1. Hi Jenn!
      Thank you. It was a wonderful visit. It just didn't last long enough, lol...It's nice to be back:)

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  19. OMG Louise your photos have me grinning? I know being a grandchild is the best feeling ever, but seems like being a grandma is just as fun :D
    What a wonderful visit, thank you for sharing it with us - but am I selfish in saying I am happy to have you back home with us? :D

    Cheers
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    1. So glad you enjoyed this post Uru. Being a grandmother is definitely FUN! I enjoy every single moment and then some:) Thanks for stopping by Uru...

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  20. great to have you back - sounds like you were busy with your family in a fun way - I had no idea you could visit the big piano - I do remember it in Big. and your Tabi sounds like a style queen - love the fashion show - if those Tiffany's servers had seen her they would have realised she just needed some bling to complete the outfit - such a shame they couldn't show her some courtesy.

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    1. It's nice to be back, Johanna. The kids got such a kick out of the Big Piano. I actually have video where they were joined by some bigger "kids" too, lol...

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  21. Hello Louise, really glad that you had such wonderful great time with your grandkids (other than the unpleasant encounter at Tiffany's). Hope that Tabitha has recovered from high fever. I could the joy and happiness in your post. The bread and crackled sugar cookies looked yummy. I like the picture of the kids holding the eggplants ... and that drawing too ... fond memories. Karen.

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    1. Hi Karen!
      Thank you so much for visiting. Everyone is doing just fine. As a matter of fact, the kids have returned to school in excellent health:) You really should try the cookies. They were delicious!

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  22. Welcome back Louise! Looks like you had a fab time on holiday. Your granchildren look so happy, they really had fun.
    Love your crackled sugar cookies. I made them some time ago and they really are good, they look very tasty too.
    Soo.. looking forward to more of your posts now!!

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    1. Hi Alida!
      It's good to be back! Yes, it was a wonderful time with the kiddies. They are growing so fast, lol...We had such fun. I don't remember you baking those cookies. I didn't ay of them but everyone agreed that they were indeed tasty:)

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  23. Oh, I'm LIVID!!!!! I've never been to NYC - thus, I haven't been to Tiffany's either - and now I have ZERO interest in going! That's just awful, but I'm delighted to hear Tabitha was more mature than the clerk and took it in stride, as she did her missed ballgame too. What a beautiful, smart, special young woman! Did you get to keep the drawing?

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    1. I must say, Channon, I hd a bit of a bubble burst too when Tabi had such a poor experience at Tiffany's. I'm a huge fan of the movie. She handled the situation with style and grace. Oh yes, I just had to buy the drawing! I'll be sending it to Michele and the kids next week.

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  24. Hey. It is so nice to see you back. Looks like you and the kids had fun. I love the large piano.

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    1. We did Lady Lilith. There were lots of "big kids" enjoying the piano too:)

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  25. Welcome back, Louise!

    I see that you had lots of fun (and yummy) time with your two beautiful "babies". They look so happy and confident striking different poses for you :D

    Zoe

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    1. Hi Zoe!
      I did have so much fun with my two little "babies" who just happen to be growing way to fast!!!

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  26. It looks like you had a wonderful time together! The loaf of bread is beautiful and perfect and those crackled sugar cookies have me drooling. Welcome back!

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    1. It was a wonderful time Pam, just a bit too short but then I'm not sure forever would be long enough, lol...Michele makes a mean bread, I should have asked her to "teach" me, lol...The cookies are definitely worth a drool or two also:)

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  27. It is good to see that you are back Louise. It sounds like you had a wonderful time with you grandchildren. I can't believe your experience at Tiffany's, they need to learn better customer service.

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    1. Hi Dawn,
      It's wonderful to be back but I must say, I already miss the kids:) The way I figure it, it's Tiffany's loss. They could have had a few new customers for life:) Thanks for dropping by, Dawn…Love that Taco Meatloaf!

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  28. Wow welcome Back Louise.. Thanks for leaving a beautiful comment at my place dear :) so good to see you there plus i am drooling at your space.. so many great collection you have.. i will try keep in touch with a lovely lady... and pix are awesome.. perfect clicks in the post.. Love ~ Monu

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    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed this post, Monu, it was such fun to share:) Pop by anytime:)

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  29. those kids are stinkin' cute. love the cookies, and that loaf of bread--wowza!!

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    1. They were soooooo much fun, Grace...The cookies were a bit hit and Tabitha baked more bread last night!!! Thank you so much for dropping by Grace...

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  30. What happy kids! And I'm all with Noah using oreo crumbs...brilliant! Those cookies look amazing, too!

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    1. Hi Angela,
      It seems Noah's recipe is catching on out in Idaho also. Who knows, maybe one day he will be the "Cake Boss!"

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  31. Glad you are back. It looks like you had a great time with your grand kids. Love the cake:). I need to bake those sugar cookies. They look delicious.

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    1. You really should try those Sugar Cookies, Geraldine, they were quite a hit around here. It's good to be back:) Thanks for visiting...

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  32. Oh Louise, It sounds like you had a fabulous time! Your grandchildren are adorable! Sorry Tabitha missed her ball game…but I bet she had more fun staying home with you and baking cookies! And they do look lovely…she did a great job!
    I love NYC…it’s a great place to go with your grandchildren. I am sure they both enjoyed the giant piano keys at FAO!
    I just had my 3 grandchildren visiting with me last week…it always goes by too fast! Have a great week!!

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    1. HI Kathy!!!
      We did have a fabulous time Kathy but as you know, it sure does go by quickly!!! The kids had a ball and have every intention of returning to NYC, as do we, lol...Tabi is doing GREAT now. As a matter of fact, she sent me a picture of the bread she bked last night!!! Thanks fo stopping by Kathy...

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  33. hey louise... thanks for your loveliest comment at my side sweety .. dot know dear why this is so :( may be if we keep trying we will do it.. n if you are sharing mine.. i am thinking to share yours :) what do u say ? :) happy sunday sweety love ~ monu teena

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Through this wide opened gate,
none came too early,
none returned too late.

Thanks for dropping in...Louise

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