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Sunday, December 8, 2013

Welcome to America's First Settlement

When you visit Pensacola plan to go to one of their festivals
Crawfish Festival in Pensacola

Crawfish photo is from Wikipedia cc
Pensacola is home for the Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival
This photo collage from Wikipedia cc gives you a quick view of the city which includes the TT Wentworth Museum where the mummified cat is kept.

To the person who bought my Carrot Cookies Recipe - I thank you!
Carrot Cookies Recipe Postcard
Carrot Cookies Recipe Postcard by gramabarb
View Carrots Postcards online at zazzle

Explorer's Guide North Florida & the Florida Panhandle: Includes St. Augustine, Panama City, Pensacola, and Jacksonville (Second Edition) (Explorer's Complete)

Thursday, November 14, 2013

This Postcard Box Works Well for Your Charity.

I've been looking for a recipe box that my postcard recipes will fit in without scuffing the edges when you take them in and out of the box. I found one that is big enough and the quality is delux and attractive to put on display.
This was for the Philippine typhoon in 2013. This Charity fund drive has ended and the box moved.

Please continue to donate to Doctors without borders as they do amazing work all over the world.
Read about Doctors Without Borders

This recipe box continues to be a favorite.
Here is what my Recipe File Box looks like and you can see that the Zazzle postcards fit perfectly.

Here is where you can purchase your Recipe Box
Semikolon A6 Index Card File Box, 4 x 6 Inches, Dividers A to Z, Ciel Sky Blue (3220009)

The postcard box makes a beautiful counter top display.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Seven Recipes went to Monterey Park, California.

Monterey Park's motto is "Pride in the past, Faith in the future"
It won't take you long to see that they live up to their motto!

Photo Source

Be sure in include Friday in your schedual to visit Monterey Park, California because you won't want to miss their weekly Farmer's Market.
Take a peek at this video to see why:
Excellent history video of Monterey Park makes you feel like you are there. You will love all the stories. Take time to listen you will be glad you did.
Don't miss the 1950s segment as it has some great photographs too.

I am thrilled that someone from Monterey Park bought seven of my recipes! Thank you so much!
They are:
Carrot Cookies Recipe
Lemon Recipe
Sausage & Leek Soup Recipe

GramaBarb's Carrot Pineapple Cake Recipe
AnnaRuth's Carrot Applesauce Cake
Orange Shortbread Recipe
Chocolate Pudding Recipe

All your recipe postcards can be stored in this box which comes in assorted colors.
I bought one and Amazon ships this product internationally

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Don't miss Picturesque Eppingen, Germany

Have you ever seen a half-timbered building?
You probably have and didn't know that is what they are called. The more you learn about them the more you become amazed by them. You will surely feel like you are in a live fairy story in Eppingen, Germany.

Historic City Center
photo source Wikipedia
I found a quick 30 second tour of some of the Half-timbered buildings:

There is an excellent list of things to do while visiting Eppingen and it is called
16 Things to do in Eppingen
Scroll to the heading Fachwerkpfad - Timberframe Path Click on the pictures and you will see examples of half-timbered construction upclose all set along side a park pathway. For me this is a "do not miss" on my list of things to do in Eppingen.
I am so happy that someone bought 2 of my recipes
GramaBarb's Lemon Recipe
GramaBarb's Carrot Cookies Recipe

Thank you!

Monday, October 7, 2013

2013 Resident of the Year Winner

Once a year BC Seniors Living Association for all of British Columbia, Canada award a senior who meets the standard of LEAP "Let's Embrace Aging Passionately". This year I was awarded to honor and travelled to Whistler, BC to recieve the Certificate at the BCSLA Conference Banquet. I had the pleasure and honor of sitting at the head table with the Mayor of Whistler, Nancy Wilhelm-Morden

The Banquet was held at The Fairmont Chateau in Whistler

Here is a group photograph of the dignitaries at our Head Table....
Whistler Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden with husband Ted Morden
Jerilyn Lee - GM of Terraces on 7th
MLA Linda Larson with husband Larry Larson
Dave Sinclair - President of BCSLA
Thanks for a great evening!

Linda Larson presented me with the Certificate. Linda Larson was elected MLA for Boundary-Similkameen on May 14, 2013. Linda is the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health for Seniors, and a member of the Cabinet Committee on Secure Tomorrow. She is also a member of the Select Standing Committees on Health and Legislative Initiatives.
Here is the video my son recorded of her speech.
Barbara Vance BC Senior of the year Introduction Speech by Linda Larson MLA

Barbara Vance Acceptance/Thank You Speech, Winning BC Senior of the year, at the Fairmont Whistler Hotel. Sept 30th 2013

Barbara Vance's story is featured on the Retirement Concepts web site. Terraces on 7th Retirement Residence
Nancy the Mayor has been sent GramaBarb's Lemon Recipe Postcard.
Linda Larson - MLA, has been sent GramaBarb's Carrot Pineapple Cake Recipe Postcard

October 1, 2013
I attended the National Seniors Day 90 second dance at Whistler, BC
Read about the short fun event in the Pique News, Whistler
British Columbians Living Longer by John French

I am at the 90 second dance waiting for Chantilly Lace by the Big Bopper to start playing so I can "cut a rug".

Thank you!
Photography by Mark Vance
Whistler Panorama source

A Bubblews article about Senior GramaBarb Winner of the LEAP Award for 2013

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

San Antonio, TX is Famous for the Alamo

Put some of Granny's Chocolate Chip Cookies in your backpack for snacks while visiting San Antonio, Texas. There is much to see and do in the city of San Antonio (the home of my Chocolate Chip Cookies)
A Collage of San Antonio

photo source

During your first visit to San Antonio a tour of the Alamo is #1 on the list of things you must see.
Memorial to the Alamo defenders

Photo source

Learn what happened at the Alamo from the Ballad of the Alamo by Marty Robbins:
Davy Crockett(starring Fess Parker)in the Alamo Battle Scene
Davy Crockett died at the Battle of the Alamo on March 6, 1836.

A city view from the Tower of the Americas

San Antonio Then and Now (Then & Now)
Thank you for Following Granny's Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe to San Antonio, TX
Granny's Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe Postcard
Granny's Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe Postcard by gramabarb
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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

A Town with Five Villages in Connecticut

My sister's Carrot Applesauce Cake Recipe went to East Windsor, CT. I wonder which of the 5 Villages the recipe is now residing?
1. Broad Brook is a village with a population of 4,069 according to the 2010 census.
Broad Brook's center show piece is the Broad Brook Opera House

2. The Warehouse Point is the oldest village and is the home to 2 popular museums: The Connecticut Trolley Museum and the Connecticut Fire Museum.
The Connecticut Trolley Museum in East Windsor, is the oldest incorporated museum of it's kind in the country.
3. Scantic Village is where you will find the The East Windsor Academy Museum.
4. The Melrose Village was home to the Melrose School, now called the Melrose Library, is a one-room schoolhouse that was active until the early 20th century.
5. Windsorville Village you find it to be rural East Windsor
If you love trees this is the place for you :)

Flying over East Windsor, CT and the Connecticut River we say farewell
(This hobbiest does a pretty good job of giving you an aerial view from RC airplane)

Thank you for visiting East Windsor, CT with me.

The history of ancient Windsor, Connecticut, including East Windsor, South Windsor, and Ellington, p

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Where is the "Sunniest City in the U.S.A"?

Of the possible 4,456 hours of daylight each year, the sun shines in Yuma, Arizona for roughly 4,019 hours, or about 90% of the time.

I want to thank whoever bought my Gramabarb's Carrot Pineapple Cake recipe in Yuma,AZ and giving us the opportunity to visit your interesting city.
You will often see the advertising for Yuma to include the words On The Rivers Edge and that is because it is on the narrowest spot on the Colorado River, ideal for early explorers to cross the mighty Colorado! Please watch this important video about the Colorado River and the history and growth of Yuma, AZ.

Yuma Crossing - 1886

While in Yuma watch for the bird called Cactus Wren. It is often seen in the city and is the State Bird of Arizona.

The Cactus Wren will often nest in the Teddy-bear Cholla

The plant has a soft appearance due to its solid mass of very formidable spines that completely cover the stems. From a distance, the stems appear soft and fuzzy, giving it the name "teddy bear".
Photographs and info Source

Welcome to Yuma,AZ webpage for more information.

Early Yuma (AZ) (Images of America)

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Where is Volkmarsen, Germany?

Willkommen! Volkmarsen is a small town in Waldeck-Frankenberg district in northern Hesse, Germany

As of 2012 it has a Population of 6,792.
Read a brief account of the history:
History of the City of Volkmarsen
Landmark to visit is the Ball Castle in Volkmarsen
Watch this video Kugelsburg Volkmarsen Flugvideo
For those of you interested in your family history in Germany this link is worth reading when doing your research on the German-Jewish culture.
"German-Jewish life in our region over the centuries"
- An exhibition with a difference -

Please read: Association Against Forgetting
Thank you for following two recipes to Volkmarsen, Germany.

Design by: gramabarb
GramaBarb's Carrot Pineapple Cake

Design by: gramabarb
Lemon Recipe from Grama Barb's Kitchen

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Welcome to Deseronto a Town with Rich Mohawk History

We are following a recipe from my Aunt Louise's Kitchen who is our family Canadian history buff. So featuring the history of her recipe destination is very appropiate.
"This is for you Aunty Weezy!"

The Town of Deseronto is situated in Ontario, Canada on the shore of the Bay of Quinte on the northern shore of Lake Ontario.

The town was named for Captain John Deseronto (alt.Deserontyon) (c1740s-1811) , a native Mohawk who was also made a captain in the British Military Forces. The land was then granted to Loyalists and Mohawks who had supported the British during this war. In 1784, a group of twenty Mohawk families led by Captain John Deserontyon (c.1740-1811) became the first settlers. Deserontyon's grandson, John Culbertson, inherited his property in what is now the town site.

Overview of The Town of Deseronto

To read more about Captain John Deserontyon's biography please go to this document:

A history book of this era that you will want for your library.
Rebellion in the Mohawk Valley: The St. Leger Expedition of 1777

Thank you for visiting and Following this Recipe!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Jacksonville, Florida is a City of Parks

The city of Jacksonville, Florida operates the largest urban park system in the United States numbering over 337 parks.
Hemming Plaza is Jacksonville's first and oldest park dating back to 1857.

The Treaty Oak is an octopus-like Southern live oak (Quercus virginiana) in Jacksonville, Florida. The tree is estimated to be 250 years old. The local lore about the "Treaty Oak" was written about by a popular journalist intent on saving the tree from developers. The story worked and the name stuck. It is now part of the Jessie Ball duPont Park.

The whole story of the Treaty Oak Tree in Jacksonville with video

A visit to Jacksonville is not complete until you stop and enjoy Friendship Fountain Park located on the banks of the St. Johns River along the Southbank Riverwalk.

Friendship Fountain Park at night

The recipe that led the way to Jacksonville, FL was:

Thank you!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Syracuse, NY Embraces Winter

Following 3 Recipes to Syracuse, NY in the Winter. One of the recipes is a delicious Winter Soup

The news headline that caught my attention when I wanted to know "Whats happening in Syracuse?" was Record April snow falls in Syracuse to take the lead in the Golden Snow Globe
Did you know that every year there is a contest for the 'snowiest city in the US'? This year,2013, Syracuse won the award. Kids are still making snow angels:

photo source

Nature lovers embrace winter by going to great lengths to help wild birds survive the cold and deep snow as you will appreciate when you watch this video.
It is a place where they attach a 'plowcam' to the front of the snowplow to record the event.
A bike ride on the Creekwalk in Syracuse to Onondaga Lake is a perfect way to end our visit to Syracuse, NY

Onondaga Lake Park in the northern suburbs of Syracuse and attracts over one million visitors each year.

Two more recipes that traveled to Syracuse and I am so happy they did! Thank you!

Design by: gramabarb
Carrot and Beet Cake Recipe

Design by: gramabarb
Carrot Cookies Recipe

Thank you for visiting Syracuse with me!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Rockville, MD is a Place to Go Ape!

When Chef David's recipe, Crab Cakes with Chili Lemon Aioli, traveled to Rockville, MaryLand I wondered what we will do once we get there. It didn't take long to find my favorite destination (if I was 25 years old that is!). A park where you really can "Go Ape"!
I was impressed with the wide variety of "Go Ape" activities there are and all are off the ground up in the trees!
It is not surprising that the Rockville motto is: "Get Into It"

(Rockville photo source is Wikipedia)
Rockville was first settled 1717 and it was founded 1803.

Stone marker on the corner of Vinson St. and Maryland Ave. It was originally placed there in 1803 when Rockville's streets were laid out. "BR" stands for "Beginning of Rockville". Thank you, Rockville, MD, for purchasing the delicious Crab Cake Recipe! We enjoyed our visit.