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Enjoy Hot Chocolate & Ornament Tradition With Adoptive Grandkids


Ornament Tradition and Christmas Past

December is here! Christmas is coming! It’s always fun to trim the Christmas tree, especially if you have grandchildren or children to help. I enjoy finding small inexpensive ornaments that can be personalized to give to each one of my grandchildren. I write the name and the year on an ornament for him/her. By doing this each year they each have a new ornament to add to the tree. It is fun to sit and look at the tree with them and count the number of ornaments they have. The number of ornaments, of course, is the number of years they have been a part of our family. Then we can talk about how fast the time seems to have gone by for Grandma, how fast they are growing up and remember the things we have done together at Christmas time and other special occasions and how thankful and blessed Grandma is to have them in her life.


Drink Hot Chocolate While Reminiscing

While admiring the beauty of the Christmas tree and reminiscing it is also nice to enjoy a cup of hot chocolate together. Here is a recipe for “Hot Chocolate Mix” given to me years and years ago by an aunt of Grandpa’s.


1 (8 qt) box powdered milk
1 (6 oz) jar powdered non-dairy creamer
1 lb powdered sugar
1 (2 lb) box Nestle Quick

  • Mix all ingredients together.
  • Store in airtight container.
  • To serve put 3 heaping teaspoons mix in a mug
  • Add boiling water and stir.


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Halloween Popcorn Balls to Make with Foster-Adoptive Grandkids


Grandpa’s Favorite Popcorn Ball Recipe

Popcorn Balls have been a traditional treat for Halloween. Grandpa’s favorite way to make them is the easy way he and his family made them when he was a young boy.

  1. They would pop popcorn to fill a big dishpan (probably about 6 qts).
  2. Then they would melt a bag of marshmallows with one stick of butter or oleo in a pan on the stove, stirring so it wouldn’t scorch.
  3. They added a little vanilla for flavor.
  4. I like to add a little orange food coloring or substitute a 3 oz. pkg. of orange gelatin to make them a festive color for Halloween.
  5. This mixture is then poured over the popcorn and mixed through.
  6. They would grease their hands to form the popcorn mixture into balls. (You can spray your hands with cooking spray or moisten your hands with water as an alternative if you prefer).
    If your grandchildren are helping you, make sure the mixture is cool enough to not burn little hands.
  7. Place popcorn balls on waxed paper to cool completely.

Depending on the size you make them, you should end up with at least 2 dozen popcorn balls.

Whistle While You Work… Or Sing A Song

Enjoy these treats with your little spooks and goblins and maybe sing a Halloween carol such as the one my children brought home from school many years ago when they were elementary students.

Pumpkin Bells
Author Unknown

(the tune of “Jingle Bells”)

Dashing through the streets
In our costumes bright as day!
To each house we go
Laughing all the way!
Halloween is here
Making spirits bright!
What fun it is to trick – or – treat And sing pumpkin carols tonight!


Oh, Pumpkin bells
Pumpkin bells
Ringing loud and clear!
Oh what fun Great Pumpkin brings when Halloween is here!
Oh! Pumpkin bells
Pumpkin bells
Ringing loud and clear!
Oh what fun Great Pumpkin brings when Halloween is here!