There are people and events in our life that we just will never forget.  One person who meant the very world to me, my Grandmother aka “Nanny”, Mae Iris Whitton, is one person that my heart still aches to see on a daily basis – and it is so hard to believe she has been physically gone from my life for so long already….like my Aunt Marlene said on facebook on Christmas morning, that “there is not much to one year.  Not much to 20 years either now that I think about it.”  That is true, but when it comes to a lost loved one, it can feel like yesterday when you lost them and your heart still aches just as hard as it did when you lost them no matter how long it has been and that feeling never goes away.

Pies Nanny would have been proud of!

My grandmother is one reason that I go on with my life the way that I do.  I strive to be like her – non judgmental, loving, and kind.  I think about what she would think or what she would say about something I have accomplished or agonized over.  I wish so much that she were here with me today.  She loved to bake cookies, pies, and cakes and would love to see all the desserts I have made and posted about on my blog if she were with us still.  The first dessert I ever made was a rhubarb pie and Nanny just raved and raved over the pie I had made.  :o)  Our last years together we enjoyed baking and decorating sugar cookies and making stuffed teddy bears for a special charity that I was very involved with.  I haven’t made a teddy bear since she’s been gone and I can’t bake sugar cookies ever without thinking of her.

Nanny & Me

When I started this blog 4 years ago, I started it with the thought that it would be a “live diary” for my children and future grandchildren to have to remember me by.  My grandmother would write in a journal every day of her life. She wrote what the temperature was every morning when she got up and would write about what she did and who she saw that day in particular. I always loved to read through her journal when I would visit so I could see what she had been doing and who she had seen – and she gladly would let me. When Nanny passed away her story from her point of view had ended.

A few years later I decided that where her story had ended, I felt mine must begin. I wanted my children to be able to go back and always read what I had written. My happy stories, my sad stories, my thoughts, my memories and my recipes, but most of all, my love for them and how great it is. My blog title may be Grumpy’s Honeybunch, but I am Justin & Christopher’s mom first. They are my babies no matter how old they become and will always be in my heart and this story is for them.

I haven’t celebrated my blog anniversary with a giveaway before, but tomorrow (December 27th), being the 4th anniversary of my blog I decided that I wanted to celebrate and involve several special people who have also become very special in my heart and if it weren’t for blogging, we would have never met.  Those who were able have joined me in this celebration and have contributed a party appetizer bite to celebrate on their blog.  Please visit the link there to see their celebration post and leave a comment to enter the giveaway (details at the end of this post).

However, there is one person that I must tell you about first: Linda aka Grannyloohoo.  Author of  For Goodness Sake and Talking Stash.  She is the first and foremost person in the world of food that I had contact with whom I had never met.  We met through allrecipes.com and I became a member of a forum that she belonged to that were foodies and members of allrecipes.com.  Granny quickly became someone special in my heart.  There was something about her that drew me to her from the get go.  Even Grumpy knows who I mean when I say “Grannyloohoo”.  She’s the one he was talking about when he said I should make something “scrumpdillyumptious” like she did after I showed him a photo of peach pie she had made!  Linda and I have exchanged emails several times and I have grown to feel like she is family to me.  If I had the opportunity to meet one person from my foodie world and cook a meal AND dessert for – it would be Grannyloohoo.  I would also wrap my arms around her and feel like she is my family.  I only hope she knows just how dear she is to my heart and how happy I am that we met.  She has been there every step of the way over the last 4 years…when Justin was married, when my sons lost their uncle in a tragic accident, when I had to have neck surgery, when Grumpy was laid off and went back to school, right up to today – she is there for me to turn to when I need to talk about something I can’t talk to everyone about.  She is caring and beautiful inside and out!  I guess if I were to have a bucket list, meeting Grannyloohoo would be at the very top.

There are many other bloggers out there that I met in the beginning of days that I still keep in touch with and feel a special closeness to.  However, if it weren’t for Granny who started the whole ball rolling by introducing me to a world of online foodies, I would never have met any of the rest of them.  Thank you to all of you who participated and to those who were unable to participate – I love you all and am so happy to have you as a special part of my foodie life!

Now for the giveaway!  My favorite way to eat is appetizer/small plate style so I asked my friends if they would join in by creating an appetizer to post about and collect comments to help me with the giveaway celebration.  There is a link collection at the end of this post that will take you to each blogger’s post where you can see what appetizer they made for me and leave a comment for an entry in the giveaway.

Details and how to enter the giveaway – Good Luck!

  1. Leave a comment on this blog post telling me who is your inspiration in life and what special part that person plays in your life.
  2. Visit the blog links that will take you to my blogging buddies page where they have joined in the celebration party and leave a comment on their post.  Each comment will count as 1 entry.
  3. Giveaway will end on January 7th at 5 PM EST.
  4. Winner will be announced on January 8th via blog post on The Life & Loves of Grumpy’s Honeybunch.
  5. Winner will be chosen via random drawing – drawing to be done by Grumpy.
  6. Value of giftdcard will be $50 and can be ONE of the choices listed below:
    • Sears
    • Kohls
    • Amazon
    • Target
    • Wal-mart
    • Chili’s
    • Uno’s
    • Marshalls/TJMax
    • Bed, Bath & Beyond
    • Macaroni Grill
    • Olive Garden
    • Starbucks
    • Barnes & Noble

 

Mini Popovers Brie Bites with Seckel Pears
Non-stick cooking spray
2 beaten eggs
1 cup milk
1 tablespoon cooking oil
1 cup all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Spray mini muffin tins with cooking spray and set aside.
In a medium bowl, use a wire whisk to beat eggs, milk, and oil until combined.  Add flour and salt; beat until smooth.
Fill the prepared cups half full with batter.  Bake for 20 minutes, remove from oven, slit tops of popover and place a small chunk of brie cheese inside slit.  Place back in the oven and bake 5 minutes more.  Serve with pears (or fruit of your choice).
Makes 24 mini popovers or 12 regular (muffin sized) popovers.