Grandparents Day is TODAY! Are you celebrating? Cooking with kids is a great way to do it!

Today is Grandparents Day – yes, I know it’s one of those artificial holidays that most people say are for commercial reasons only – but once you become a Grandparent – you celebrate EVERY day – so we consider this to be a special day for us. Also be sure to check out – it is a site especially for grandparents!

We have seen our grandsons a lot this week and it is especially joyful when that happens – and how happy they make us feel. They all love to dance, love music, and love the water – so whether it’s singing, dancing, swimming or splashing – they are happy and giggling all the time. Simple things make for happiness – taking a walk with Grandpa, for example. 185   And of course cooking together is a favorite! Here is a recipe for Cinnamon Coffee Cake that we love to make together.



  • 2/3 cup butter unsalted
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs    beaten
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup buttermilk


  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. Cream together butter, 1/2 Cup brown sugar and 1 cup granulated sugar.
  2. Add the beaten eggs and mix well.
  3.  Sift together all dry ingredients.
  4. Add to creamed mixture alternately with the buttermilk.
  5. Pour into greased and floured 9 x 13-inch pan.
  6. Sprinkle topping over the batter.
  7. Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight ( this is the hard part – the kids want it NOW! We do this when they come for the weekend)
  8. Remove foil and bake at 350° for 35 minutes or until cake tests done.


About Grandma

I have reinvented myself many times during my life -teacher, lawyer, business woman, CEO, Entrepreneur, Board member, Professor, Mom, Wife, Farmer, Chef, Musician, Author and now my best role of all – Grandma to multiple grandchildren, grandnephews and nieces worldwide.

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