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Devotional: Grandma’s Visit

July 26th, 2010

After you’ve heard “Grandma’s Visit,” check out this devotional thought. (If you haven’t heard the episode, check out the Media Player. You can also find a station in your area.)



By Catherine Wilson

In “Grandma’s Visit,” when the Parker family got to know their strange relatives, it sounded a little too familiar to me. I took some unusual vacations when I was a kid. While other kids were going to Disney World or to a cabin on a lake, I was going to my Grandma and Grandpa’s house. When I got there, the table was always set with raw hamburger, cabbage boiled in lemon juice, hummus, spinach turnovers, and mashed garbanzo beans. These are the kinds of foods that my grandparents ate on a regular basis! After watching all the adults eat this strange dinner and eating all the plain rice that I could stand, it was time for me to do the dishes. Who would call this a vacation?

My grandpa has since died and my grandma can’t cook by herself anymore. And guess what? I really miss those big meals at Grandma and Grandpa’s. At the time, I spent way too long complaining to myself about the weird food. Now I look back and miss the good conversations, and the fun games that I played with my cousins.

You’ll never guess how I connect with my Grandma now. I’ve decided that I really like all that “weird food” now (well, except for raw hamburger). When I go see my Grandma I ask her to help me make stuffed cabbage, hummus, and spinach turn-overs. I never would have thought of those “weird foods” as something I would like, not to mention make it for myself and my friends!

I’ve realized that I love my family, especially the “weird” stuff. That’s really what makes them unique and special. Just like the Parkers, it took me a while to realize how cool my weird family was.

Do you have any unusual family traditions? What does your family do to stay connected? Let us know in the comments below.


248 Comments on “Devotional: Grandma’s Visit”

  • luke on July 26th, 2010 - 1:37pm


    You should bring in someone that is like Regis Blackgaard. You have brought in a few people like him, but they haven’t stayed. Yes it would not be a good idea to keep evil in Odyssey, but he did add a little spice to the plot line.

  • Sarah on July 26th, 2010 - 4:48pm


    That is actually really helpful to me because at the end of this week my family is going to see family in an extremely small town with nothing too do. And we have to drive 11 hours to get there and I am not looking really forward to it at all. But I don’t want to take for granted the time with my grandparents because I don’t know how long they have.So I want to make the best of this trip. So thanks a bunch!!!

  • Babby girl on July 26th, 2010 - 5:26pm


    Im the first to comment anyway i think that adventure was the coolest weird how everything turned out the wedding and everything

  • mike on July 26th, 2010 - 7:10pm


    Thats funny and sad:):( i kind of have same story to:)
    its where i take back what i felt and said.

  • madison on July 27th, 2010 - 7:06am


    My family eats lots of weird food Salmon coverd in Mustrd and bread crumbs with Cous Cous (Cous cous is a species of pasta from North Africa. Rather than being in the form of noodles cous cous is granular), Quinoa said:Keen Wa, Black bean buretos, Nochi (potato dumplings), and many more! Healthy food is good!

  • Elissa on July 27th, 2010 - 8:01am


    Finish what you….. is not working! It says file not found.

  • cat on July 27th, 2010 - 9:06am


    wow was it good

  • Noah on July 27th, 2010 - 9:20am


    hey! The devotions are finally back 😀

  • franklin on July 27th, 2010 - 9:51am


    I like the show its great.

  • shadow girl on July 27th, 2010 - 11:14am


    well I dont think my family has any traditions, but our family only stay’s connected a week. My dad works a week on and a week off, on a oil rig.

  • Fumiko on July 27th, 2010 - 11:29am


    What’s so weird about raw meat? We eat it all the time… Just kidding.

  • roxy on July 28th, 2010 - 9:00pm


    um,this doesn’t have anything to do with this podcast but,i wish u guys would put out podcasts more often….

  • Arod13 on July 30th, 2010 - 6:43pm


    you should put more downloadable episodes

  • moraih on July 31st, 2010 - 1:55am


    i have been listening to this show for the past 7 years and every time i listen to it i feel like it gets better every time i love every show and every character and i am so happy that it has principles for life lessons to help people succeed[=

  • dominique on July 31st, 2010 - 9:17am


    i love that kind of food

  • Catherine on July 31st, 2010 - 9:44pm


    I just read this over with my mom, and it has special meaning now because I just saw my Grandma for what will probably be the last time ever. And, I found out that this devotion was actually going to be posted on the day I was visiting my Grandma. I made sure to ask her some questions about our family history that I may never have the chance to ask again.

  • cr on August 3rd, 2010 - 4:18pm


    So sorry to hear about your Grandma, Catherine.
    We miss you!

  • ehcapa girl on August 2nd, 2010 - 3:27pm


    i agree with roxy i wish u could put more podcasts out

  • Tyrel on August 2nd, 2010 - 3:33pm



  • Tyrel on August 2nd, 2010 - 3:35pm


    put out podcasts more often….

  • hl on August 4th, 2010 - 11:25am


    Sorry to hear about your Grandma, But I’ll be praying for you Catherine.
    God Bless

  • David on August 5th, 2010 - 8:36am


    Raw hamburger is not safe to eat. Don’t try that at home!

  • Thomas on August 5th, 2010 - 2:29pm


    My Grandma makes the BEST pasty ever 🙂

  • LORYN on August 5th, 2010 - 8:44pm


    I love visiting my grandparents! my dads parents live about 5 minutes away so we see them alot but my moms parents live 4 hours away.

  • loryn on August 5th, 2010 - 8:46pm


    I LOVE AIO SO MUCH! i have been listening to it for 12 years and i am 12 years old lol 😉

  • loryn on August 5th, 2010 - 9:50pm


    Sorry to hear about your grandma Catherine 🙁 thats really sad

  • Brookie on August 6th, 2010 - 10:28am


    In any of our card games we do not allow 666 we have to get four 6’s! 🙂

  • Brienzi on August 8th, 2010 - 2:35am


    I wish my grandparents lived in Indonesia with me. It is really hard to say good bye knowing the next time we see them will be in one and a half years.
    I’m really sorry about your grandma Catherine, at least I can see my grandparents a few more times.

  • Girlychef on August 9th, 2010 - 12:30pm


    What happened to the popupisodes 🙁 I really liked those!!! Why did you stop after only three of them!! We really don’t have any traditions. 🙁

  • Brookie on August 10th, 2010 - 9:57am


    I agree with DAVID eating raw hamburger is not safe to eat! I would be blaaa!

  • SAGE-O on August 12th, 2010 - 1:30pm


    I love Adventures in oddesey!

  • Girlychef on August 13th, 2010 - 2:10pm


    Raw Hamburger!! You could get sick from that! Any way sorry to hear about your grandparents. 🙁

  • hl on August 16th, 2010 - 7:30pm


    I also liked the popupisodes… Bring them back!!! Please.
    God Bless

  • Jackson5fan on August 17th, 2010 - 11:00am


    I really like this show!

  • Stevie on August 20th, 2010 - 7:08pm


    Hi yall,
    I agree that raw meet is dangerous, Girlie Chef should know since she is a chef. 🙂
    I don’t have many family traditions other than us listening to Odyssey all of the time!!!
    Does that count, it soo should if it doesn’t because Odyssey is awesome.
    God Bless

  • natedog on August 21st, 2010 - 11:47am


    I love it.

  • Jackson5fan on August 23rd, 2010 - 11:24am


    my great grandma just died at the age of 103, we are chines….. 🙂

  • Zoe on August 27th, 2010 - 4:08pm


    I LOVED today’s adventure it was so funny and I wish I could be in a play that was that funny. 🙂

  • BEKY on August 28th, 2010 - 6:08pm



  • BEKY on August 28th, 2010 - 6:09pm



  • mandie on August 30th, 2010 - 6:03pm


    ewww….. raw hamburger meat..duznt it maik you sick or something like that?…my family duznt rele have any unusual traditions ..but theres 1 dish that i absolutely hAte i cant remember what its called its like spaghetti but with weird noodles and sauce that you eat with tortillas and sour cream ….. what my family do 2 stay connected is sometimes we hang out and go to the park or have big bbqs with friends.. <3 AIO!!

  • emma on August 31st, 2010 - 8:00am


    wow those r soo good! adventures in oddesy rocks:)

  • yulianna on August 31st, 2010 - 8:31am


    Its Nice to help other familys.For instance im 14 i wake up 6 in the morning I take care of our animals cook breakfast for my Family of 6 and then take care of the house.Its a good thing Im homeschooled.It feels good to have a big Responceblity!They God made us.Well see ya Yulianna

  • alexis on September 3rd, 2010 - 3:48pm


    I love my grandparents.They spoil me so much!I’m so sorry about your Grandmother Catherine, i can’t imagine living without my grandparents.They live 8 hours away! but its worth the drive.

  • yulianna on September 8th, 2010 - 4:08pm


    I know how you feel.My Grandma died last year.
    My Grandpa died about 20 years ago.My Uncle died at the age of 19. Plus I haven’t seen any of my cousins.They all live in Hungary.
    I know how you feel.All I have left is my Dads Mom and Dad.Well thank you.

  • Girlychef on September 14th, 2010 - 8:35pm


    Dear Mandie yes Raw meat can make you SICK like you can end up in the hospital sick! That does not sound fun so raw meat has to be cooked to at lest 160 degrees F

  • elizabeth on October 18th, 2010 - 3:53pm


    Awsome! I love the episode!

  • Girlychef on November 1st, 2010 - 11:15am


    I think at least 160degrees i am not totally sure

  • Girlychef on November 23rd, 2010 - 1:36pm


    there are different temps for different meats 😀 😛 😀

  • lady eowyn on December 2nd, 2010 - 9:12pm


    Why any sane person would eat knowingly eat raw meat is beyond me. Besides, it tastes NASTY! Mashed garbanzo beans doesn’t sound to bad. I like garbanzo beans. 🙂 I wonder what nationality the writer’s grandparents were. That would shed some light as to why they had a taste for raw meat. BLEAH!!! 😛
    Lady Eowyn

  • braley on January 8th, 2011 - 11:19am


    God tells us to do everything without complaining and what are those things?

  • Jessie on January 16th, 2011 - 4:25pm


    I can’t believe how God guides us to lessoning to the show. Give THANKS to the Lord!

  • cAthy on October 7th, 2011 - 7:18pm


    this is a really good story

  • jacob on December 8th, 2011 - 12:04pm



  • mark on October 19th, 2012 - 12:07pm


    i love yall

  • stormshadow on October 21st, 2013 - 9:05am


    answers to trivia

    3.imagination station
    4.rodney rathbone
    5.tom riley
    6.jerry whitaker
    7.chris anthony
    8.connie kendall
    12distant cousins
    13 1,999
    14.whits flop
    15jenny whitaker

  • DARCI on October 28th, 2013 - 6:41am


    @YULIANNA!!!!! Hey! I am so sorry about ur family! I will be praying.

  • Julianna on January 13th, 2016 - 6:05pm


    Hello all! This is the cooking club for all you cookers, bakers, eaters, people who watch cooking shows, etc. Enjoy!!

  • gianna on January 29th, 2016 - 12:00pm


    Is anyone here? I look cooking!

  • Gianna on January 29th, 2016 - 3:26pm


    I meant LIKE not LOOK!

  • Julianna on January 29th, 2016 - 7:55pm


    Hi Gianna.

  • Giana on January 30th, 2016 - 8:08am



  • Gianna on February 3rd, 2016 - 1:31pm


    Hi, I love baking and cooking better than eating! (of course, you have to eat of you’ll starve).

  • Julianna on February 5th, 2016 - 4:26pm


    Gianna, Lol. What do you like to bake and cook?

  • Gianna on February 5th, 2016 - 5:46pm


    Ah, well, today my grandmotheer was leaving to go back to PA, and I made apple cinnamon bread. It is heavenly and it was like a good bye treat. My grampa was unable to come because of his work schedule.
    I am famous for cinnamon bread. I haven’t made it for a few months.
    I like to make pumpkin bread too. Lol. These are all fall treats. They are tastey, though.

  • gianna on February 8th, 2016 - 11:10am


    I watch cooking shows. I watch Cook’s Country on Create, one of the PBS channels. Oh, I also watch America’s test Kitchen too.

  • Gianna on February 9th, 2016 - 1:37pm


    Has anyone ever tasted brussel sprouts? They taste like cabbage! 😛

  • Julianna on February 10th, 2016 - 6:11pm


    gianna, I love homemade anything, especially bread or desserts!!

  • GIANNA on February 11th, 2016 - 11:13am


    Oh I love making cookies! I don’t make my treats out of a box mix… It’s never as good! I make birthday cakes for people’s birthdays! Even mine! Lol! 🙂

  • Julianna on February 11th, 2016 - 7:03pm


    I like doing recipes out of a cookbook. Sometimes they come out weird or messy, but still good.

  • Gisela on February 12th, 2016 - 10:49am


    Yes, I my recipes in a cookbook too. A few days ago, I made pound cake. The day before Ash Wensday. It is wonderful! It’s secret ingredient is honey.

  • Gisela on February 12th, 2016 - 1:26pm


    Julianna, this is Gianna, just I changed my name. 🙂

  • Julianna on February 12th, 2016 - 4:48pm


    Oh my word! I just received a cookbook and it is huge!! It is 4 volumes because of braille. lol.
    Gianna, Okay. I saw that on the newest post. but thanks. I love pound cake!! I love sweets!!

  • Gisela on February 13th, 2016 - 8:28am


    I like sweets too. I like making Cookies A LOT.

  • starwarsfan8 on February 13th, 2016 - 2:27pm


    Hello? I totally LOOOOOOOOOOVE cooking!! 🙂 can I be on here??

  • GISELA on February 14th, 2016 - 11:52am


    They make cookbooks in braille? Cool! 🙂
    The pound cake was called Vanilla Pound Cake. It had a whole tablespoon of vanilla! If only there was a way to exchange recipes. I would give you that one!

  • GISELA on February 14th, 2016 - 11:54am


    Oh, yah, do you have allergies? I am allergic to all nuts except peanuts. For Christmas, I got a cookbook of cookies and HALF of them had tree nuts! 🙁

  • Julianna on February 15th, 2016 - 11:19am


    Starwarsfan, Yeah. Welcome!!
    Jesella, really? I love nuts!! I am a nut. Lol. I made turkey pop pie and it looked like a cupcake, but it had a filling of potatoes and carrots. I can’t eat fish. And I don’t drink milk. Those are the only things that make me sick. Most of the time, if I eat something that doesn’t agree with me, I get a little sick.

  • Gisela on February 15th, 2016 - 3:58pm


    Oh. Pizza Hut Pizza makes me sick! Yuck! It’s so greasy. We had it for dinner tonight. I don’t really like fish. It’s fishy. I don’t really drink milk by itself, but I add it recipes! How do you cook if you are blind? I don’t mean to be rude, but I was just wondering. Were you born blind or did you have an accident? Only answer if you are comfortable. I read a fictional diary of a blind girl and it was interesting! It didn’t answer many of questions though. Did you listen to the episode, Pen Pal

  • Julianna on February 15th, 2016 - 6:22pm


    Jesella, No prob! ask away! I was born blind. I can use a microwave with gloves. I like pizza, but homemade. Restaurants sometimes use too much grease. I can use milk in a recipe, but never by itself. What is that episode about? I’m no good with names. What is the diary you read called? Did you tell them in the book club?

  • GISELA on February 16th, 2016 - 8:19am


    Welcome, Starwarsfan8!

  • GISELA on February 16th, 2016 - 10:15am


    Julianna: It is when Robyn gets a Pen Pal and she is blind. Robyn doesn’t know what to think, but Melanie and her become good friends. In the end, they are all the best of friends. Oh, did you listen to The Perfect Witness? It was a mystery and it was incredible!
    Oh, the diary isn’t in braille, but I should post about it in the book club. Can you eat cheese? It has milk in it. Oh, I LOVE MAKING HOMEMADE PIZZA! It is SOOO good! I will tell you about the diary in the book club!

  • Julianna on February 16th, 2016 - 4:49pm


    You could probably get it Braille, Jesella. I forgot to mention that there is a web site where you can get practically any book in digital braille format. I will look up those episodes. remember the characters Lisa and Jenny? My friend and I made homemade pizza and we ate each other’s by mistake!! WE were supposed to eat our own. Okay. I just went there. I will go back later.

  • Gisela on February 17th, 2016 - 9:49am


    That’s funny.

  • Julianna on February 17th, 2016 - 3:38pm


    Lol. So, how cold is it in Ohio. Or where you live? It’s going to rain tonight.

  • Gisela on February 18th, 2016 - 1:23pm


    Really? Well, here in Ohio, it’s freezing!!! There is about six inches of snow and it is about 30 degrees!!!! Where do you live? Hawaii? I highly doubt it.

  • GISELA on February 24th, 2016 - 10:04am


    Julianna? Starwarsfan8? Anyone here?

  • starwarsfan8 on February 24th, 2016 - 1:10pm


    why are’nt comments coming through!!???

  • starwarsfan8 on February 24th, 2016 - 1:22pm


    @Gisela: I am here now!!

  • Julianna on February 24th, 2016 - 3:34pm


    Jesella, I live in hot California. Lol. We don’t get snow. Lol.

  • Gisela on February 25th, 2016 - 7:47am


    California? Cool. I HATE snow. We get tons of it. 🙁

  • starwarsfan8 on February 25th, 2016 - 12:23pm


    Gisela: you hate snnow?? we have about a foot right now. or more.

  • starwarsfan8 on February 25th, 2016 - 12:25pm


    Gisela: your Catholic right? If you are have you heard of Catholic family land?? It’s in Ohio!

  • Julianna on February 25th, 2016 - 5:26pm


    Jesella, Lol. so… I have seen snow before. I went skiing.

  • Gisela on February 26th, 2016 - 6:54am


    Starwarsfan8, Yes, I am a Catholic. Where did you hear of Catholic land? And, I hate snow. We have like a foot of it.

  • gisela on February 26th, 2016 - 1:20pm


    I have just baked herb bread. It is so good! I wish you all could try it…

  • Julianna on February 26th, 2016 - 4:34pm


    I know all the Catholic prayers? I wish I can eat herb bread. What herbs did you use Jesella?

  • starwarsfan8 on February 27th, 2016 - 8:13am


    It is awesome!!! It’s like a camping place for Catholic familys where you camp for a week. It’s in Ohio!

  • gisela on February 29th, 2016 - 11:34am


    Julianna, well, I used: Italian Seasoning, Dried Garlic, and ooh, I can’t remember the others. I sprinkled the round loaf with parmesan cheese and more Italian Seasoning on the top. The little bit of cheese melted on the top, and it was wonderful. I really wish you all could use it…

  • Julianna on February 29th, 2016 - 4:52pm


    Jesella, I love parasean cheese. I can not spell it.

  • gisela on March 1st, 2016 - 9:31am


    Yes, Julianna, it is quite good. You were comment 100! Congrats!

  • Julianna on March 1st, 2016 - 4:55pm


    Jesella, Thanks. I was first comment twice. Congrats on one thousand comment in the book club.

  • starwarsfan8 on March 1st, 2016 - 5:27pm


    102nd comment!!! :mrgreen:

  • Gisela on March 2nd, 2016 - 8:02am


    Thanks! I just knew, I wrote 100 comment? But I was 999 comments. Whoever came after would have been comment 1000. And I commented again. The thing is, I hate scrolling down the page. 🙁

  • gisela on March 3rd, 2016 - 2:20pm


    Julianna: Wait, another kid did math and you were comment #1000!

  • starwarsfan8 on March 7th, 2016 - 10:45am


    Hi ❗ ❗ 🙂 :mrgreen:

  • starwarsfan8 on March 7th, 2016 - 10:54am


    I just made a chocolate cake for my sisters birthday! It turned out great and is the first cake I’ve made.

  • Julianna on March 8th, 2016 - 4:26pm


    hi guys.
    starwars8, Yummy! I love chocolate cake! Did you put any frosting or toppings on it. how old is your sister?

  • Gisela on March 9th, 2016 - 7:16am


    @ Starwarsfan8
    Delicious! I will be making a cake for Easter. I am still planning it.
    Should I make it vanilla with chocolate costing or chocolate cake and chocolate frosting? The choice is mine, and I can’t decide!
    I think I will make chocolate. Sounds good? I will making the very day before Easter, so I do not have to choose now.

  • Gisela on March 9th, 2016 - 7:19am


    Yesterday, I made chocolate chip scones! They were sweet, but not too sweet, and yummy! And you know what? It only called for two ingredients!
    1. Buttermilk Pancake Mix
    2. Cream
    I guess buttermilk pancake mix has more than one ingredient IN it.

  • marie on March 9th, 2016 - 9:09am


    Starwarsfan8, that sounds delicious! I am starting to crave chocolate cake!!:)

    Gisela, great breakfast idea!!!:)

    My aunt made homemade pizza and it was soooooo good!!!:)

  • gisela on March 9th, 2016 - 10:24am


    I love homemade pizza! It is way better than the stuff in the restaurants. (Well, that’s just my option.)

  • starwarsfan8 on March 9th, 2016 - 11:27am


    @juliana: Yeah it was yummy 🙂 I just put chocolate frosting on it. She is 9.

  • Julianna on March 10th, 2016 - 2:24pm


    Jesella, Vanilla cake with chocolate frosting! do that one! I love that recipe. Yummy. Homemade pizza is delicious!

  • marie on March 11th, 2016 - 1:43pm


    Ya! it is much better than frozen pizza!!

  • Gisela on March 12th, 2016 - 7:50am


    Julianna: I am going to do that one. I always do chocolate cake with chocolate frosting on Holidays, but it’s time for a change. Now, I am going to check if we have enough ingredients when I make it the day before Easter!!
    Oops, not chocolate costing!! Chocolate frosting!!

  • Gisela on March 12th, 2016 - 7:52am


    Today, I made everyone eggs for breakfast. We didn’t have bacon with or anything, just eggs and toast. I love eggs!

  • Gisela on March 12th, 2016 - 7:53am


    In December, I made homemade macorroni and and cheese. It was so yummy! Wooton would love to sing about it. Lol.

  • Gisela on March 14th, 2016 - 6:30am


    Frozen pizza? Yuck! That’s disgusting!! Last Thursday, (or was it the Thursday before?) I made the best ever homemade pizza! The crust was heavenly, and easy! We put a little sausage, (from a great brand) and LOTS of cheese. I love tons of cheese on my pizza!

  • starwarsfan8 on March 14th, 2016 - 1:31pm


    @Gisela: Chocolate frosting would be good but if it was white for easter that would be cool. 🙂 😛

  • marie on March 15th, 2016 - 11:39am


    I was just thinking about a cake idea… vanilla cake, white frosting and Easter color sprinkles… (I like baking!)

  • Julianna on March 15th, 2016 - 6:40pm


    Marie, Great idea! Yummy!

  • Gisela on March 16th, 2016 - 6:22am


    Cool idea, Marie!! 🙂

  • marie on March 16th, 2016 - 9:18am


    @Julianna, Thanks!!:)

  • marie on March 16th, 2016 - 9:20am


    another idea is a vanilla cake, chocolate frosting with a Cadbury egg on top! I think I spelled Cadbury wrong… its those chocolate eggs you get when Easter comes around… anyone heard of them?

  • Julianna on March 16th, 2016 - 10:26am


    Marie, I think I know what they are. Great idea as well. Hmm, hard to choose which one is better. lol.

  • marie on March 21st, 2016 - 1:15pm


    Julianna, thanks again!!:)
    Do you like baking or cooking better? In my opinion I like baking!!:)

  • Julianna on March 21st, 2016 - 2:32pm


    Marie, I like baking better. So do my sissy, cousin, grandma, and mom.

  • GISELA on March 22nd, 2016 - 11:39am


    @ Marie,
    Baking. I don’t know why, maybe because it doesn’t involve raw meat? I hate working with raw meet.
    I made Macaroni and Cheese a month or two ago! Wooton would have sang about it! Lol, lol, lol. Too many lols! Lol. Lol again! There I go! Here’s a different meaning of laughter: ROTFL it means: rolling on the floor laughing! Okay, ROTFL!

  • marie on March 22nd, 2016 - 3:23pm


    Gisela, I totally agree!! Raw meat just feels wrong!! Sometimes I make spaghetti and working with raw meat is a PAIN!!

  • marie on March 22nd, 2016 - 3:24pm


    I have heard that saying before!!(ROTFL)

  • Gisela on March 22nd, 2016 - 3:50pm


    I have decided.
    I will bake a chocolate cake with vanilla frosting. The outer part will look like Easter until you dig in. I will have our mini pink, yellow, light blue and light green sprinkles which are shaped like flowers. It will look Springish and Easterish.

  • Julianna on March 22nd, 2016 - 4:03pm


    Jesella, Lol. ROTFL! Lol.
    I love macaroni and cheese. And I was listening to that song. I can sing it through. I wish you could hear it. I don’t like working with raw meat either! Lol.
    My ode to macaroni,
    In the days of dark and dread,
    You kept me warm,
    You kept me fed. Lol!!

  • marie on March 22nd, 2016 - 5:26pm


    Gisela, you won’t believe it and people think I am crazy, but I HATE cheese!!

  • marie on March 22nd, 2016 - 5:33pm


    Gisela, these are some of my favorite meals and desserts I like to make…
    1. Spaghetti
    2. Chicken Wild Rice Soup (family favorite)
    3. Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
    4. Chocolate Chip Cookies
    5. Brownies
    6. Chocolate covered strawberries
    I have to think more but that’s a little bit about what I like to make!!

  • Julianna on March 24th, 2016 - 9:02am


    marie, I don’t like cheese too! I love all the foods you mention. Meat loaf is one of my favorite dinners!

  • marie on March 24th, 2016 - 9:12am


    Julianna, I haven’t had meatloaf in a LONG time!!:)

  • marie on March 24th, 2016 - 10:37am


    Here’s a idea for a party w/ friends!!
    Chocolate covered strawberries w/ white chocolate drizzle!!

  • Julianna on March 24th, 2016 - 12:52pm


    Marie, I just made chocolate strawberries! Lol.

  • marie on March 24th, 2016 - 4:41pm


    Julianna, oh my I am dying for chocolate strawberries!
    I haven’t had time to make any because the strawberries we got were bad so, ya…

  • marie on March 24th, 2016 - 4:42pm


    I don’t like any kind of frosting… only cool whip!!

  • Julianna on March 28th, 2016 - 3:49pm


    I put cool whip on hot chocolate or berries.

  • Gisela on March 29th, 2016 - 8:54am


    I like meatloaf, but I don’t like making it!! I made it by myself once and added panko breadcrumbs instead of the normal bread crumbs! It actually turned out better, so now we use panko bread crumbs instead of normal ones!

  • Gisela on March 29th, 2016 - 8:55am


    @ Marie,
    REALLY? I HATE bakery frosting, but homemade is good.

    By the way, my cake was a success! Everyone loved it.

  • Gisela on March 29th, 2016 - 8:58am


    I don’t usually get to make chocolate strawberries, but before Christmas, I made chocolate dipped pretzels! They were good. I melted chocolate chips on the stovetop, coated all the pretzels in chocolate, and placed them on a tray into the freezer for 15 minutes!! The reason I put it in the freezer is because the chocolate coating needed to harden…

  • marie on March 29th, 2016 - 2:26pm


    Julianna, that sounds delicious!!:)

  • marie on March 29th, 2016 - 2:28pm


    Gisela, ya, I don’t like sugar frosting or any others just cool whip…
    Good job on the cake!! Wish I was there to try it!!

  • Julianna on March 29th, 2016 - 3:30pm


    If you guys don’t see me on the newest podcast, my computer is very slow. And I mean VERY slow. Oh well. See you on the newest podcast when a new one comes up.

  • Gisela on March 30th, 2016 - 6:40am


    Julianna, yay for you! A new podcast early!!
    Thanks, Blog Mods!!! I won’t be visiting the Penny Wise one anytime soon. 🙂

  • marie on March 30th, 2016 - 1:47pm


    One idea that I forgot to share for Easter (a little late but you can still hear it) is Mint frosing with marble cake and bright pink, yellow and blue sprinkles… Just a thought…

  • starwarsfan8 on March 31st, 2016 - 7:03am


    hi!! 😛 🙂 😀 😆 😉

  • marie on March 31st, 2016 - 10:10am


    Starwarsfan8, Hi!:) Do u like cooking or baking better?

  • Julianna on March 31st, 2016 - 3:30pm


    I just use sour milk in an ice cream sundae! Yuck!

  • Gisela on March 31st, 2016 - 3:35pm


    Ooh, Marie, cool idea!! 🙂

  • Gisela on April 1st, 2016 - 9:11am


    Julianna: Eew! Yuck!

  • Gisela on April 1st, 2016 - 10:30am


    Julianna, I saw your April Fool Trick. I fell for it!!! Lol. Rotfl.

  • Julianna on April 1st, 2016 - 3:23pm


    ROTFL, gianna.

  • starwarsfan8 on April 2nd, 2016 - 3:01pm


    @Marie: baking!! hbu?!? 🙂 😛 😀

  • marie on April 4th, 2016 - 7:34am


    Me and 1of7 once made peanut butter and chocolate chip muffins! Mmmmmm!! they were so good!:)

  • leia on April 4th, 2016 - 11:17am


    I just finished making rice crispy treats… YUM!! :p

  • marie on April 4th, 2016 - 1:33pm


    Leia, I love rice crispy treats!! my dad tries to eat them all but I race him for them! rotfl!:)

  • Julianna on April 4th, 2016 - 3:44pm


    Have you guys ever wondered what a Wod Fan Chock Sod tastes like?

  • Marie on April 4th, 2016 - 4:44pm


    i just had some chocolate covered strawberries!! Mmmmmmm!!!?

  • leia on April 5th, 2016 - 11:33am


    Julianna, well I have actually wondered that so I invented my own and I make it some times… It taste really good. 🙂

  • leia on April 5th, 2016 - 11:33am


    Marie, 😀

  • starwarsfan8 on April 5th, 2016 - 2:20pm


    @Leia: Wow, that is pretty impressive! 😀

  • marie on April 6th, 2016 - 8:20am


    has anyone tried dried strawberries?:) #reallygood!

  • leia on April 6th, 2016 - 8:48am


    Marie, no but I have had dried bananas… I love those! 🙂

  • Gisela on April 6th, 2016 - 9:16am


    Rice Crispy Treats? YUMMMY!

  • marie on April 6th, 2016 - 10:11am


    Leia, dried apples are really good too!:)

  • Julianna on April 6th, 2016 - 2:41pm


    I don’t like bananas.

  • marie on April 7th, 2016 - 7:32am


    Julianna, WHAT!! You don’t like bananas?

  • marie on April 7th, 2016 - 9:08am


    Julianna, well I don’t like any kind of cheese!! I prefer the fruits and veggies not CHEESE!! What’s your fav food?

  • Gisela on April 7th, 2016 - 11:07am


    @ Marie,
    Bananas aren’t my favs.

  • leia on April 7th, 2016 - 1:51pm


    Marie, you don’t like cheese!? Not even cheddar? I LOVE CHEESE! But I love fruits and veggies too! 😉

  • marie on April 7th, 2016 - 2:54pm


    Leia, not even a little cheese… Bananas aren’t my fav fruit but their good… my fav fruit is blackberries, strawberries or pineapple!!:)

  • Julianna on April 7th, 2016 - 3:43pm


    Marie, chocolate anything!

  • marie on April 8th, 2016 - 8:06am


    Julianna, same here!!

  • leia on April 8th, 2016 - 10:20am


    Marie, my fav fruit is probably pineapple. 😉

  • marie on April 8th, 2016 - 11:06am


    Leia, I LOVE pineapple!!:)
    I also love pineapple flavored sorbets!!:)

  • Julianna on April 8th, 2016 - 5:20pm


    Has anyone ever had a parfait.

  • marie on April 10th, 2016 - 6:52am


    Fav desserts, #gettinghungry!:)

    1. Fruit Pizza
    2. Buster Bars
    3. Brownies w/ homemade icing

  • marie on April 11th, 2016 - 8:23am


    I forgot, does anyone like cupcakes? Well, my favorite is a Chocolate brownie cake with Vanilla Bean frosting!! Super good!!:)

  • Gisela on April 11th, 2016 - 10:17am


    My fav fruit is peach’s or nectarines!!

  • marie on April 11th, 2016 - 12:37pm


    Julianna, yes!! I have had one before but the one I tried was with Greek yogurt and fruit that didn’t taste good!!:(

  • Julianna on April 11th, 2016 - 3:39pm


    Marie, One time, I was making carrot cake cupcakes with my sister, and she forgot to hold on to the bowl and the batter flew all over the counter. But we still made them with whipped cream frosting.

  • Gisela on April 12th, 2016 - 9:36am


    @ Marie,
    I love cupcakes!!
    @ Julianna,

  • Gisela on April 12th, 2016 - 9:36am


    Last night, I made oatmeal chocolate chip muffins for this morning’s breakfast.

  • leia on April 12th, 2016 - 2:45pm


    Gisela, yum that sounds tasty! 😛

  • marie on April 12th, 2016 - 3:44pm


    Julianna, lol.

    Gisela, sounds good!!

  • Julianna on April 12th, 2016 - 4:07pm


    Hey does anyone like trying new recipes?

  • Tigers10 on April 14th, 2016 - 8:51am


    Why is everyone talking about food?

  • Tigers10 on April 14th, 2016 - 8:53am


    I hate oatmeal ! Except in cookies. Lol

  • Tigers10 on April 14th, 2016 - 8:57am


    Cheese is one of my favorite foods. YUUUUUUUUUUUUUUM

  • Tigers10 on April 14th, 2016 - 9:00am


    MARIE: What you don’t like cheese not at all !!?!!! I loooovvveee cheese almost every kind. If there wasn’t any cheese in the world I think I’d die.

  • Gisela on April 14th, 2016 - 1:27pm


    I might make homemade granola bars!! I am doing a lot of baking so my grandmother can take some to my grandfather and 2 aunts in Pittsburgh. (her home town). Penny’s parents live in Pittsburgh!

  • Gisela on April 14th, 2016 - 1:29pm


    You don’t like cheese? That’s NUTS!! I LOOOOOVE cheese!! Cheddar, Colby, mozzarella, Colby Jack, parmesan, I LOOVE all cheeses!

  • marie on April 14th, 2016 - 1:42pm


    Gisela and Tigers10, I HATE cheese!!!:) lol

  • Julianna on April 14th, 2016 - 6:31pm


    I am eating vegetable soup with bread. I remember when connie told Whit to eat chicken soup.
    Quote, from Whit, I have eaten so much chicken soup, I think I am going to sprout feathers! Lol.

  • Tigers10 on April 15th, 2016 - 5:10am


    I really like peperjack cheese. Hmmmm did I spell that right?

  • starwarsfan8 on April 15th, 2016 - 9:33am


    cheese, don’t like it unless it’s parmasan, gouda, blue cheese and other kinds of fancy cheeses. Don’t like chedder.

  • starwarsfan8 on April 15th, 2016 - 9:35am


    I am starting a Lord of the Rings chat place, search elf the first one. 🙂 🙂 😐

  • Gisela on April 17th, 2016 - 11:17am



  • marie on April 18th, 2016 - 10:55am


    Gisela, I don’t know why I hate cheese, but the 2 main reasons are…
    1. I HATE cheese! lol.
    2. I have Celiac and that’s sort of with gluten but I also get a reaction from dairy.

  • leia on April 18th, 2016 - 11:46am


    Gisela, what is your favorite kind of cheese! 😀

  • Julianna on April 18th, 2016 - 3:27pm


    What do you guys think about Wooton and Pennys wedding cake? Just throw out ideas!

  • Tigers10 on April 19th, 2016 - 8:22am


    I couldn’t live if I was alergic to dairy I knew a boy who was.

  • starwarsfan8 on April 19th, 2016 - 10:54am


    MY sister is allergic to dairy.

  • Tigers10 on April 19th, 2016 - 1:01pm


    STARWARSFAN8: Tell your sister I’m completely sorry for her I’d hate to be allergic to dairy.

  • Julianna on April 19th, 2016 - 4:32pm


    I can’t drink milk.

  • Tigers10 on April 20th, 2016 - 12:31pm


    JULIANNA: how does it feel not being able to drink milk?

  • Julianna on April 20th, 2016 - 3:32pm


    Sometimes I can drink a few sips in the morning, but it is better not to. It’s okay. I’m not a huge fan of milk. I am not what its milked up to be lol.

  • Julianna on April 20th, 2016 - 3:34pm


    In the devotion, I liked all the food listed except for the raw hamburger.

  • Tigers10 on April 20th, 2016 - 7:17pm


    JULIANNA: Im glad you don’t like milk very well now I don’t feel sorry for you. =:)

  • Tigers10 on April 21st, 2016 - 7:45am


    My mom made her famous nacho cheese yesterday yummmmm. I guess it’s not that famous but it is to me. lol . Actually our church youth group loves it to. =:)

  • marie on April 21st, 2016 - 8:55am


    I have a dairy intolerance…

  • Arwen on April 23rd, 2016 - 2:12pm


    @Tigers10: What does your mom use to make nacho cheese sauce? My mom makes REALLY good nacho cheese wiith pepper jack cheese, cream cheese, chedder cheese, salsa, and heavy cream. She melts it all together in the crock pot and it’s really good!! 🙂 🙂 😀

  • Tigers10 on April 25th, 2016 - 12:33pm


    ARWEN: My mom uses velveta cheese ,milk , salsa,and lots of love. lol. Your moms nacho cheese sounds really good! I love peperjack cheese. O, I. Forgot my mom also uses hamburger, and she normally uses her homemade salsa.

  • marie on April 25th, 2016 - 2:39pm


    Where is everyone?
    Anyways I have Celiac and that means I can’t eat gluten, my body can’t process it. Anyway my friends have it to and they gave me some recipes for Fudge, chocolate cake, cookies and all other things! My friend texted me the Fudge recipe so if anyone wants the recipe I am glad to give it to you…:)

  • Julianna on April 25th, 2016 - 3:40pm


    I love fudge!

  • Tigers10 on April 26th, 2016 - 4:58am


    I like fudge just not a lot.

  • Gisela on April 26th, 2016 - 10:02am


    I love fudge!! 🙂

  • Arwen on April 26th, 2016 - 2:36pm


    222 comments! @Marie: i know several people with celiac. 🙁 It must stink. 😡

  • marie on April 26th, 2016 - 3:27pm


    I know! I do too! Does anyone want the recipe?:)

  • marie on April 26th, 2016 - 5:03pm


    I know it does stink… I’ve been suffering with Celiac for over 8 years and I didn’t even know it! I can’t eat gluten and dairy though. I had pancakes for supper and they were gluten free but they had milk in them and now i’m on my bed fealing sicker than a dog…:(

  • leia on April 27th, 2016 - 9:17am


    Hello fellow chefs in training… lol 😉

  • Gisela on April 27th, 2016 - 9:21am


    Aww, that’s too bad, Marie!! I know someone who can’t eat Gluten. AND DAIRY! That must be so hard!!

  • marie on April 28th, 2016 - 8:48am


    Ya it is hard and I was so nervous (because you can’t cross contaminate food) because I was looking forward to going to Junior High Camp this year and then I found out I had Celiac and, ya.
    But I found out I can go!!
    I’m happy my disease didn’t get in the way…

  • Tigers10 on May 3rd, 2016 - 8:45am


    Sorry I haven’t got on here for awhile.=:)

  • Gisela on May 3rd, 2016 - 4:21pm


    Ah! Can you still eat a lot of food?

  • Julianna on May 4th, 2016 - 2:30pm


    Do you guys like breakfsst pizza. Lol. I made it before.

  • GISELA on May 5th, 2016 - 7:18am


    Never tried!! What is it?

  • leia on May 5th, 2016 - 9:22am


    Julianna, I don’t think I’ve ever had that before… Is it good?

  • Marie on May 5th, 2016 - 10:48am


    Gisela, sort of, I can eat the same stuff but without gluten it sometimes tastes different….
    I can’t go to restrants anymore besides Chipotle…(that is my fav!)

  • Julianna on May 5th, 2016 - 3:47pm


    jesella and Leia, It is fruit on English muffins with cream cheese. It is like pizza, just different toppings and sauce. Lol. Or you can use yogurt.

  • leia on May 6th, 2016 - 10:47am


    Julianna, that sounds really good! I am going to have to try that soon. 🙂

  • Gisela on May 6th, 2016 - 2:35pm


    I’ve went to Chipotle!! It was good. 🙂 I heard there is such a thing called gluten free flour. Did you ever try that?? Or even hear of that?
    Ooh, yum, it sounds good!!

  • Julianna on May 12th, 2016 - 3:55pm


    who like to make cookies?

  • marie on May 13th, 2016 - 12:56pm


    Gisela, ya! I’ve heard of that!

    Julianna, my mom just made cookies but they weren’t gluten free! I was disappointed…

  • Gisela on May 13th, 2016 - 1:14pm


    I love cookies!!

  • Gisela on May 13th, 2016 - 1:19pm


    And I love making cookies! What kinds of cookies have you tried? I’ve made chocolate chip, chocolate chocolate cookies (it has chocolate batter and chocolate chips) chocolate chip bar cookies, oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, oatmeal raisin cookies and my family famous (no really, it’s famous. My great grampa invented this recipe for the bakery he worked in) cut out cookies!! They are plain cookies with these colored sprinkles that melt on it to create colors on whatever shape cookie! It’s great.

  • marie on May 14th, 2016 - 8:20pm


    Mmmmmm! Gisela, those cookies sound delicious!!!:)

  • Julianna on May 16th, 2016 - 4:45pm


    Marie, lol. that happened once. Yuck!
    Jesella, I love any cookie! but I can’t eat rich food. It doesn’t work with my body. Yummy cookies, though. I am a baker, so I have made sugar cookies with my sister.

  • Gisela on May 18th, 2016 - 9:05am


    Rich foods (or sweets) make me feel sick in the stomach sometimes. Once I tried brownies and they were silky but if you ate more than one tiny slice, you’d feel sick.

  • Black Widow on May 19th, 2016 - 8:37am


    Gisela, ya, I got sick from those too!!?

  • Tigers10 on May 19th, 2016 - 3:42pm


    I used to feel sick if I ate more than 5 Doritos at a time.

  • Julianna on May 19th, 2016 - 6:45pm


    I drank hot chocolate with milk and whipped cream.

  • Black widow on May 20th, 2016 - 11:52am


    Since I have Celiac I can’t have gluten, and I also can’t have dairy cause my intestine is still healing… anyways I ate pancakes, fruit, whip cream, and chocolate chips, for dinner on Wednesday and got really sick from the whipped cream…:(:(:(:(!

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