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By Sandra Elzie

On a recent visit to Virginia, I spent a week with my daughter and family….and especially dear to my heart was some time spent with my sixteen-year-old granddaughter, Brittany.

Not to brag…..much….but she’s brilliant, beautiful (takes after her mother…and thus her grandmother :)  ) and very talented.  She’s an honor student, loves to play the guitar, writes her own songs, sings, is an award-winning swimmer & tri-athlete….well, I could go on and on.

While there, they gave me a plaque that I absolutely love…and want to share with you..


Recipe For a Good Grandma


  • 1 pint Trust
  • Sprinkle of Respect
  • Dash of Caring
  • 2 lbs of Hugs
  • 2 cups Understanding
  • 3 spoonfuls of Listening
  • 2 spoonfuls Love
  • Dash of Thoughtfulness
  • 1 cup Laughter
  • 1 bag of Fun


Take love and loyalty and mix thoroughly with hugs.  Blend in kindness and understanding, add listening and caring.  Sprinkle abundantly with laughter.  Garnish with forgiveness and thoughtfulness.  Bake with sunshine.  Serve daily with generous helpings.


I got to thinking that this recipe isn’t just for making a good grandmother, but a good wife, mother….and friend.  In fact, it’s a good guide to just being a fun person to be in the same room with!   I hope your personal pantry is fully stocked with these ingredients…and I hope you use them to mix up your own special recipe of love today for those around you

Marilyn Baron - September 26, 2013 - 12:24 am

Great recipe. I hope to use it one day when I have Grandchildren.

Pam Asberry - September 26, 2013 - 10:24 am

What a sweet post! I know you are proud of your beautiful daughter and granddaughter!

Sia Huff - September 26, 2013 - 12:24 pm

I love the recipe, Sandy. Those are the best kind of gifts. Knowing you’ve touched your granddaughter in such a way.

Maxine Davis - September 26, 2013 - 2:22 pm

Love the post, Sandy. Your daughter’s family sounds wonderful. That is a great recipe to live by; I hope I can remember to do as it says.

Sandra Elzie - September 27, 2013 - 6:06 am

Sorry I was off the grid the past few days. Thanks to each of you for commenting. As I said, this recipe isn’t just for Grandmas, but being a wife, mother and friend.

Share with someone today!

Susan Carlisle - September 29, 2013 - 1:20 pm

What a wonderful recipe. You have a lot to be proud of.

Carol Burnside - September 29, 2013 - 1:23 pm

Lovely! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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