Friday, February 2, 2018


I came across this in my "to post" list
and I don't think I ever posted it.
IF I did forgive me.
This seems like yesterday but must be
five or six years old.
This is a long post for me-
so grab your coffee, tea, or
drink of choice.

Anyway--Here you go-

How To Be A Good Nana!

1. The first thing you must do
is get some grandchildren.
If you haven't any of your own
will surely be willing to let
you buy mean
borrow theirs for a day.
We rustled these up and
hauled them
slipped off and went home
with mom and dad though..
Yep--the littlest one escaped
2. The second thing you must do,
after bathing the little suckers,
is read them a bedtime story.
This has become a favorite.
If you don't have it-
you MUST buy it..
You CANNOT be a
without this book.3. It MUST have pop up pages.
That way it takes twice as long to
read because
SOMEONE must poke
their finger in every hole
in the pop-up and ask
Yes-Pop ups are a must!
Notice what she is eating?
It has become fondly known
at this
The Three Bears Cereal!All too soon
6AM rolls around because
THEY find you.
THEY hunt you down
THEY know
WHERE you sleep!
Ah~ Yes! They thought the
hour would never arrive..
It is
Time for what?
Are you paying attention here?
It is time for???
Yes..That's it!
Three Bears Cereal

First (I think I have lost
track of the number of steps
it takes to be a good Nana..
Never on)
First-You must have
a big pot of boiling water.
I got this out of the sewer..
Oh wait! No! I didn't~
It is BROWN because it has
a pinch of salt and
CINNAMON in it..
You might think that
magic ingredient
but it is NOT!
We will get to that
Ok- Pot...boiling water..
DUMP the Oatmeal in!
How much? Seriously?
I dunno- I never measure..
I just dump til it looks
somewhere between mucus
and cement. Works for us.Stir for about ONE MINUTE
(providing you are using
One minute Oatmeal-got it?)
THEN you add the secret is....READY?
Vanilla...GOOD Vanilla..
None of that cheap all-alcohol
vanilla - I drink that but don't use
it for cooking. Kidding...just kidding..
I drink the almond flavor.Boil a few seconds more..Slap 3 Princess dishes on the counter.
If the boys were here you would also
see Thomas The Train bowls!
Oh-yeah...there's a second
It is butter...Real honest-to-goodness
All those chubby people you
see when you are shopping?
Yep...all eating Wisconsin butter..
(I resemble that remark)Just one little pat will do ya.
Next up...sugar...good raw sugar..
brown..and wonderful..and?? C'mon~
Sugar is ? Sweet...Yep..Sugar is sweet..
and so are you...
Wait-I am getting sidetracked here.
Make it into a nice heart shape..
To match the heart shaped bowls..
Get it? (that is SweetCheeks new
byline...GET IT?
Yep..I GOT IT!
And then...and then...
To make it
You take a heart-shaped
cookie cutter..AND
you stamp a heart in the
center of it.
Now, I ask you..
Is that CUTE..or what?A word of caution to the
New Nanas..
It wrecks the
hearts and makes the kids cry.
Trust me on this.

On Saturday mornings..
they eat on their own little tables..
First is Lulu...someone has colored
on her table and she is not too
happy about that fact...but she is
a hearty eater and decides to
forego complaining to work on
the task at hand.Ria very daintly picks at hers.
SweetCheeks immediately eats
the sugar off hers and tells me
on hers.
Yes..Seriously..Nana..Yoah DID!
(Liar, liar..pants on fire)
I didn't forget but I will get you
a LITTLE more sugar.
Sigh...big sigh..OHKAY THEN!Now comes
You must PACK THEM UP..
and take them home!
Any questions?
Look for more tutorials in
the future.
Next up we will discuss
spit painting on the
breakfast nook window.
Doesn't THAT sound like fun?
And...thank ya for stopping by~
your photo name


Kathy said...

So, so cute! And by the way, that's how I eat oatmeal -- I mean Three Bears Cereal. I'll be over in an hour for you to make me a bowl. And I'll pretend I'm your granddaughter.

Hibiscus House said...

Oh my goodness can you hear me laughing? This is just too cute! I love it. Thanks for the funny, heartwarming tutorial. xo Dolly

Susie said...

Diana, This is so funny and so many truths. Crying over the milk melting the heart hit the nail on the head with that one. Nanas have to be entertainers, don't they? I know you miss that days with your three princesses. Hug them for me. Blessings to all, love, xoxo, Susie

Vee said...

What a blessing grands are and how lovely that they go home after a while. You make oatmeal in an interesting way. I doubt I’ll ever be able to eat it again after the description. Course, I am not putting butter on it preferring cream. I’m sure there’s plenty of that in Wisconsin.

Mac n' Janet said...

Great post. No grandkids here I'm afraid and none to borrow so I have to enjoy them vicariously through other people's posts.

Theresa said...

It is truly a blessing to have those little ones visit, isn't it? They wear me out but it is a good tired:) AND they say the darndest things:) Enjoy your day dear friend, HUGS!

Stacey said...

This is so sweet! I have to get me some grandkids first. :)

This reminds me of about 25 years ago when my sweet aunt was visiting. We were making breakfast and I told her that Spencer didn't like scrambled eggs. She had me show her how I make them and then she informed me that I didn't use enough cheese. She then added the cheese....the dish turned out to be more like melted cheese with a little bit of eggs mixed in. Needless to say, he loved it!

Cristina Garay said...

Good to see those little faces again! They grow so fast. Saving these somewhere in my brain for when I get to be a grandmama. Thanks Diana!

Adam said...

clever breakfast

Preppy Empty Nester said...

Darling post, Diana. I sent your link to two of my dear friends that recently became grandmas. Enjoy your weekend!

Sandi said...

"I just dump til it looks
somewhere between mucus
and cement."

You should write a cookbook! Seriously. I would totally buy a cookbook that said things like that!

I have a great-nephew, my sister's grandbaby, who I borrow all the time. He is one and wonderful! :-) My boys are only 10 and 12, so no grandkids yet. But I am getting ready!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

I want you to make ME a bowl of Three Bears Cereal, Nana Diana! PLEEEEEAAAAAAASE?

Diane said...

What a fun post Diana, love all the pictures.

Hugs Diane

Junkchiccottage said...

Soooo cute and fun. Love the heart oatmeal. I just need a cute princess bowl now for mine. Happy Friday.
Have a good weekend.

bobbie said...

I'm not the only one with good sense of humor!!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

This made me laugh out loud! Oh yes being a good Nana or in my case Grammie is a lot of work but oh so worth it!

Wild Oak Designs said...

Very funny!! Yup that's what a Grammy does too!! Well...except for oatmeal....I make pancakes....

Shirley said...

Good Morning Diana, I enjoyed reading your blog and catching up with you. It has been a while since I have visited. Thank you for my chuckle this morning. I just made up my mind that I was going to read here for a while. Your girls have grown up so very much and bright eyes is precious. Of course, you can't leave out the boys. Take care. Hugs and Prayers from your Missouri Friend Shirley

Lisa said...

Your post alway bring a smile to my face (except the sad ones). I love your witty attitude. I have never added butter to my Oatmeal. Mom always coated it good with wite sugar and can cream! It was the best. Now I just buy those little single packs already flavored. I also like to add a few blueberries to a bow, add the packet of mapel brown sugar oatmeal and ONLY 3 tablespoons of water. Microwave for 1.30 and add whip cream to the top. Why? The texture is like a cobbler. You can eat it with a fork. My favorite now days.
I love how you did the heart shapes. Your a cool Nana!!!!

Lisa said...

Oh for the LOVE!!!!! Can I have anymore TYPOS????

Nonnie said...

All the ways we work to make life sweet for those babies and memories at the same time. You're such a good Nana, especially giving the rest of us such good ideas. Your kids are blessed and so adorable.

bill burke said...

You are funny Diana, a great commentary of being a Nana. I'm sure they are thrilled to have you as their special Nana.

Linda said...


Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

I need to get #1 accomplished and then I can move on to the others lol I have 5 children, my twin daughters are married now - so what's the hold up??? P>S> Let me know if my "no reply" has looks to be!

Terri said...

Love it! I actually have that barbie bowl, and some plates from when my oldest granddaughter was little. She's almost 21 now!

Chatty Crone said...

They are adorable and so is this post. You sure do go to a lot of work for that oatmeal. Now I don't have any little ones to feed oatmeal too anymore, but I make steel cut oats - they take about 25 minutes- and I add skim milk - I love it! teehee Good post. sandie

Red Rose Alley said...

YUMMY OATMEAL! I've never put vanilla in mine, how interesting. But I do the butter and sometimes pecans and raisins, which the little ones might not like. But does the vanilla really add something extra? I'll have to try that. I like the idea of the heart-shaped sugar. Oh, I can't wait to read children's books to my grandbabies, Diana. Won't that be something? The three pictures of the girls eating their oatmeal are treasures. It's fun to see them when they were so small. : )

love, ~Sheri

Janice Kay Schaub said...

Made me miss Tristen. One thing I learned from one of his other grandma's (who is not really one) is that she had made him some tea and he said "Oh thank goodness a real cup of tea like Nanny makes" apparently Laura (his current guardian_ does not know how to make tea. LOL

NanaNor's said...

Hello sweet friend, You just make me laugh, because I put the cinnamon on my oatmeal after I cook it-hubby doesn't like it on his or I would try your trick. You are such a great Nana! It takes one to know one.
How you have a great weekend.

Sally said...

Such a great Nana! I love oatmeal, and have to try your version!

Your grand's are adorable!!


Lea said...

Oh, my goodness, that oatmeal looks divine. I will have to try adding vanilla, sounds so good. Have a great weekend!

Beatrice Euphemie said...

You really do make it look easy, Diana - love the tutorial and those darling little ones. They grow up so fast......xx K

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

I had to read this to Joe because he was wondering why I was laughing so much! This is the perfect example of why I am still blogging ,my friend!! Thanks so much for sharing your charm and wit!!

Cecilia said...

Lol, that is the most adorable post I have ever read! Three Bears Cereal! Thank you for the big old smile and chuckles. Looking forward to more tutorials because someday...

Rose L said...

I am not an official grandma but am Nana Rose to my best friends 2 grandchildren. They are a treasure. I get to babysit as I live 6 miles from them and Sue lives 4 hours away! They are fun and think I am silly.

Bonnie Schulte said...

Thanks for this fun post, been there, did that, and how wonderful it is, to read, this still is the grandma way..Too soon it passes by, memories are so sweet.

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

Very sweet post Diana. I am sure you are the best Nana ever. The heart is darling. The cinnamon is such a yummy addition. I hope your weekend is fabulous, just like you sweet friend. xo

Missy George said...

Very sweet post. I was blocked after number one. .

My family is very selfish with their grandchildren...
UnFortunately for me...You make it look easy.. you are a great Nana!

Carla from The River said...

I just loved it, you make me smile. This was so fun, a perfect tutorial!
Happy February,

Penny @ Penny's Vintage Home said...

No even one of my grands will put a spoon of oatmeal to their lips....they don't know what they're missing!

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

MMMmmm, now I want some Three Bears Cereal! But I am not sure I could make it as good as you...what a fun Nana you are! Precious post....glad you found it to share.

Debbie said...'s been quite a while since I've had three bears cereal like this! looks pretty yummy to me!
Have a wonderful weekend, sweetie!
Love you.

Pam Jackson said...

OH....will you be my nana and fix my oatmeal...haha. I cheat, I buy packs of oatmeal already fixed and I add hot water. Darn, I think I need to go fix some now. I liked the comment about getting grandkids!

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Oh how cute, Diana! You are such a great Nana!! I have two Goldilocks and the Three Bears books, and my little Harper and I actually re-enacted it before bedtime last weekend. We gathered up a Mama, Papa and baby bear, and used a blonde-haired doll for our Goldilocks. Harper wanted Goldilocks to sleep in bed with her. Your pop up Goldilocks version looks like a winner, and so does your three bears cereal. xx

bj said...

Love it all...
and I never EVER put milk on my OLD FASHIONED oats...I think Deeds is spending the night tonight and we just might have oatmeal with a heart and two pieces of buttered toast in the morning....xoxo

Kay G. said...

Between mucus and friend, you have described oatmeal PERFECTLY!
By the way, do you know "Somebody and The Three Blairs"? It was a favorite at our house. Our son always liked a bit of a twist!

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

How wonderful to see those sweet girls back when they were smaller (I tried littler but I don't think that a word?) My husband likes his oatmeal just like the girls, except 5-minute oatmeal because he likes to see me work overtime to make it when it could be just a minute.

krishna said...

Aww Diana!! you are a wonderful nana.. love n kisses..

Holly @ Down to Earth Style said...

You are a very sweet Nana! Makes me look forward to being one some day too.

Annesphamily said...

How did these little girls grow up so quickly? Where ph where does time go? You are a very good nanan. Have a wonderful weekend. HUGS

Tanna said...

Oh, Diana! They are SOOOOO precious! There is just nothing in the whole world like grandchildren! Best job I ever had, I always say! So glad you enjoyed your Littles this week! blessings ~ tanna

Anonymous said...

A very cute post and precious pictures. I can remember Karen's youngest son would refuse to eat his Little Debbie swiss cake IF the choclate icing stuck to the paper when unwrapping it! lol
Oh, if that was the worst thing to happen in a day's time!

Henny Penny said...

This is adorable!! Both my sweet little granddaughters will turn 20 this year, and I miss them so much. Time flies! That oatmeal really looks good.

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

Hi again, Diana. I love the sweet dishes you have for the grands! Everything tastes better in pretty dishes!

Kim said...

Now I'm hungry!! Your post is way more fun than the boring football game my husband is watching next to me. ;)

Jettie said...

They know when I am in the hospital, I always request oatmeal with my biscuit. Theirs is a bit 'lumpier' than yours but the taste is very good. Funny thing is, I never ate much oatmeal, but for some reason, when I'm there, I want my comfort food.

Marilyn @ MountainTopSpice said...

Oh what fun! I've never made heart loved oatmeal, but it looks soo good, and your tutorial was just hilarious, with all the funny side remarks, lol... I have no grandchildren yet, but I'll keep your tips close at hand whenever that day arrives, lol!

Creations By Cindy said...

I am laughing out loud! Love, love, love this post. GREAT tutorial sweet Nana! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Julie's Creative Lifestyle said...

Hi Diana, oh you must of had so much fun when you grandkids were younger. The oatmeal is really cute with the heart on it! I love your recipe for it too. Take care.
Julie xo

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

Hahaha! I DO need to get me some of these. Someone needs to tell my son and daughter-in-law that hahaha! I'll definitely have to work on my oatmeal getting it to that wonderful somewhere between mucous and cement stage! Love all of the sweet memories you're creating!

Deborah Montgomery said...

Yes, I agree, gotta get me some of these! Too cute. xo