Ring In A New Year

December 20, 2010

A grandmotherly breakfast!


Tea in a teacup (with a saucer!)


Fresh squeezed OJ in a goblet


And cereal with milk, banana and blueberries (and a little of Rosie’s Best choco granola!)


And then we were off!


Gram has had a rough few months since my grandfather passed away in August, including a fractured ankle. On her birthday today, she wanted to be taken out to a jewelry store so she could buy an 86th birthday ring!


Her friend Dilys took us to her favorite jewelry store, which was tucked away in the bottom of a building but quite a nice store!

Our crew made quite an entrance –




My grandparents used to love to go to Subway for veggie subs, so that was Gram’s birthday lunch request


I was in charge of ordering all 5 – it was quite the order list!

I got a veggie sub with everything but onions!



Mary Frances got a special pumpkin dip just for me! With ginger snaps for dipping!


The dip was pumpkin with cream cheese and was delish!


To end our birthday lunch, we shared one of MamaPea’s Dough Balls. I tried to stress how famous they are while we consumed, but I’m not sure the others realized what a treat this was Winking smile



Time for me to hit the road!

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1 Heather (Heather's Dish) December 20, 2010 at 1:38 pm

what a fun day…i bet Gram is excited to have her family around her right now :)


2 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat December 20, 2010 at 1:39 pm

You ladies look lovely!! And congrats to you Gram – what an accomplishment! :)


3 Dee December 20, 2010 at 1:39 pm

Your grandma is SO cute! I love that she requested Subway as lunch!


4 Faith @ lovelyascharged December 20, 2010 at 1:41 pm

This is making me so excited to share my grandma’s birthday with her on Christmas!


5 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) December 20, 2010 at 1:41 pm

Happy Birthday to your grandmother. What a special day for you to spend with her.


6 Stacy @ Every Little Thing December 20, 2010 at 1:42 pm

What a cute birthday for your Grandma!

That’s how I make pumpkin dip too, just pumpkin butter mixed with organic cream cheese. Super simple but delicious.


7 Jasmine @ Eat Move Write December 20, 2010 at 1:43 pm

Awwww that is so sweet. I almost teared up when you talked about her losing your grandfather. I can’t imagine. Seeing my grandparents is always fun. I’ve been so blessed to have them all my life. :)


8 Alexa @ The Girl In Chucks December 20, 2010 at 1:43 pm

You, your mom and your grandma look so much alike! Adorable!

I wish my grandmothers were still alive….they would totally have wanted to go buy a birthday ring.


9 Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) December 20, 2010 at 1:43 pm

It was my husband’s bday yesterday and I am posting pictures of what I made for him. We are traveling and Im not at my home kitchen so everything is wayyyy more complicated anyway, but glad to know you ladies rocked the Subway. The bday “meal” for my hubs was what HE wanted and was really low key. Glad your Gram got Subway like she wanted :)


10 [email protected] Grains of Paradise December 20, 2010 at 1:47 pm

Your Grandmother is adorable!!!


11 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday December 20, 2010 at 1:48 pm

I love the rosemary tree 😀


12 Karen December 20, 2010 at 1:57 pm

Such a precious photo of you and your beautiful Gram! Safe travels home, Kath!


13 Alaina December 20, 2010 at 1:58 pm

Wow your sister looks just like your mom!

And your grammy is so cute :-) I can’t remember the last time I drank tea from a tea cup. There’s nothing like it.


14 Kath December 20, 2010 at 9:13 pm

That’s not my sister – that’s me!


15 Kath December 20, 2010 at 9:14 pm

Oh, maybe you just mean in general!?


16 Amalfi Girl (EatRunHaveFun.blogspot) December 20, 2010 at 1:58 pm

That purple sweater is so beautiful! And how adorable that your grandma wanted Subway for her b-day lunch. I think the only word for that is precious. :)


17 Jen December 20, 2010 at 2:08 pm

Happy, happy birthday to your lovely grandmother. She looks thrilled to have you guys there with her to celebrate. I often find that with grandparents, being there is better than any gift that you could send.


18 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey December 20, 2010 at 2:09 pm

<3 your grandma. She is way too cute for word!


19 [email protected] December 20, 2010 at 2:14 pm

Your grandmother is adorable! What a fun lady!


20 Amelia December 20, 2010 at 2:14 pm

The grandmotherly breakfast is so cute. I just ate something similar, but used my mom’s warm-from-the-oven granola that I’m now obsessed with…here’s the recipe (perfect for gifts, because if you keep it around too long you’ll eat it all): http://eating-made-easy.com/2010/12/20/moms-snacking-granola/


21 Kath December 20, 2010 at 9:14 pm



22 Caryn December 20, 2010 at 2:18 pm

So funny to see CS Pierce on your website :) I’m a Baltimore native and it is one of the best places to buy jewels. Congrats to your grandmother and hope you enjoyed your stay in Towson!


23 Kath December 20, 2010 at 9:14 pm

So fun you recognize it!


24 carlee December 20, 2010 at 2:19 pm

WoW! Everything thing looks good! Especially the pumpkin dip and your breakfast!
Your gramma is soooo adorable! Thats sweet why she wanted to go to subway becasue her and her husband used to go there! How precious!:)


25 Leanna Love December 20, 2010 at 2:20 pm

I love grandma plates/glasses. They’re always so beautiful.


26 Susan December 20, 2010 at 2:26 pm

I love those subway veggies subs! But, I am an onion fan! :)


27 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is December 20, 2010 at 2:37 pm

Pumpkin dip! That looks pretty darn good.


28 Katy (The Singing Runner) December 20, 2010 at 2:40 pm

Awwww what a great way to spend the day!

And that pumpkin dip looks great!


29 Jess @ atasteofconfidence December 20, 2010 at 2:43 pm

Happy birthday to your grandma!


30 The Healthy Apple December 20, 2010 at 2:49 pm

Lovin’ that pumpkin dip with ginger snaps…such a gloriously delicious idea, Kath.
Have fun with your grandma!


31 Sana December 20, 2010 at 3:02 pm

I loveeee veggie subs! SO good!


32 Estela @ Weekly Bite December 20, 2010 at 3:10 pm

This post reminds me how much a really do love Subway :)

Safe travels home!


33 Paige December 20, 2010 at 3:17 pm

I love that your grandmother gifted herself a ring on her 86th birthday. She definitely deserves it!

It’s so nice you and your mom got to spend the day with her


34 Meagan December 20, 2010 at 3:24 pm

Subway is delicious. I miss it!


35 Kelly December 20, 2010 at 3:42 pm

Looks like fun! Your grandmother looks so sweet. :) Is that sweater from Banana Republic? I saw some that were similar there and loved them!!


36 Kath December 20, 2010 at 9:15 pm



37 Beth @ DiningAndDishing December 20, 2010 at 3:45 pm

Happy Birthday to your Gram! A ring is a lovely special bday gift. I got one from my parents for my 18th and I still wear it all the time. A great little memory right on my hand :).


38 Lisa (bakebikeblog) December 20, 2010 at 3:53 pm

What stunning stunning China!


39 Dawn Hutchins December 20, 2010 at 4:32 pm

Happy birthday to your gram! Looks like you all had a lot of fun. She is so cute!


40 Shannon (A Better Me) December 20, 2010 at 4:38 pm

What a fun ladies day! Love it! Your Gram is too precious!


41 Mama Pea December 20, 2010 at 4:39 pm

I can’t believe those dough balls are still edible :)

I’m proud Gram got to enjoy one too!


42 Ann @ Day by Day December 20, 2010 at 5:02 pm

That is so cute that she wanted an 86th birthday ring! Did she find one she liked? My grandmother went through the same thing a few years ago. I’m sure having you and your Mom there with her helped out a lot!


43 Melissa @ I Never Imagined December 20, 2010 at 5:17 pm

Wow! In the photo of all 3 of you ladies, your mom looks like your sister, and you look so much like your grandma- you have the same smile!


44 Kath December 20, 2010 at 9:16 pm

I love that you guys know what Larbs looks like when she’s not there :)


45 polly December 20, 2010 at 5:19 pm

oh mu gosh, that pic of your grandma beaming is so CUTE. I love that she got to share in mama pea’s dough balls. 😀 You are a precious granddaughter, Kath. XOXO


46 nicole December 20, 2010 at 5:28 pm

Your grandma seems like a sweetheart, so cute that she wanted a birthday ring. She’s a grandma after my own heart!


47 Laura (Starloz) December 20, 2010 at 5:56 pm

i love than your gran wanted subway, what a champ!


48 Pearl (Crunch and Chew) December 20, 2010 at 6:03 pm

Craving a veggie sub now! It’s always nice to catch up with family :)


49 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg December 20, 2010 at 6:09 pm

I love it that your grandparents used to go to Subway together…so sweet :-)

Hope she had a great birthday!


50 Vanessa December 20, 2010 at 6:13 pm

Aw what a great birthday for your Grandma!! I am loving the purple sweater by the way!!


51 Kori December 20, 2010 at 6:18 pm

This was a very touching day. :) Delicious eats and a precious visit for you I’m sure. You look terrific Kath!


52 Lolly December 20, 2010 at 6:33 pm

Such a heartfelt post! I see three generations of enviable bone structure–all of you—lovely!


53 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin December 20, 2010 at 7:02 pm

Aww, your Gram looks so excited to be getting a birthday ring in that picture! And I bet she loved having her family there with her. Sounds like a wonderful day! :)


54 Halley(Blunder Construction) December 20, 2010 at 7:03 pm

An 86th birthday ring, of course! It’s so special to share that memory, I’m glad to see that your g-ma seems to be in good spirits :)


55 stacey-healthylife December 20, 2010 at 7:09 pm

Your grandma’s so precious.


56 Allie December 20, 2010 at 7:10 pm

I hope you are safe driving home and glad that your grandma had an awesome day! You as well :) Gotta love subway too!!!


57 Krystina December 20, 2010 at 7:24 pm

Happy birthday to your Gram! I find it adorable that she wanted Subway for lunch. :)


58 Brianna December 20, 2010 at 7:33 pm

Kath, I love that sweater! Where is it from?


59 Kath December 20, 2010 at 9:16 pm

Banana – 40% off yesterday!


60 [email protected] December 20, 2010 at 7:39 pm

So cute. HB Grandma KERF!


61 Heather December 20, 2010 at 7:40 pm

your gram is so cute. I love it!


62 Nicci (NiftyEats) December 20, 2010 at 8:42 pm

Definitely a great way to celebrate a birthday.


63 Hannah December 20, 2010 at 8:42 pm

Teehee, I love that you tried to explain the blogosphere-famous dough balls to the old folks! One of my grandmas understands about the internet, but I don’t think my 96 year old other one is quite sure what it’s all about…


64 Cara Craves... December 20, 2010 at 8:51 pm

Looks like a very special birthday!
I am sure your grandma really appreciated it.


65 Lorin December 20, 2010 at 9:46 pm

That looks fun! I asked for mama dough balls for xmas as one of my gifts. I’ve heard so much about it and I wanted to give it a try, I am excited to get it. How have you kept yours for so long, did you put it in the freezer or something?


66 Kath December 20, 2010 at 9:50 pm

It was just sitting out! Probably not so fresh..


67 Lorin December 21, 2010 at 7:46 pm

Oh okay. I just got them today, I am definitely trying it for dessert tonight! I only got 6 though and giving two to my parents so it won’t be hard to eat the rest in the next couple days :).


68 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) December 21, 2010 at 12:19 am

I love your sweater! what a gorgeous color. Veggie subs from Subway are my favorite thing on their menu. Veggies are the bestest. 😉


69 Kiran December 21, 2010 at 1:40 pm

Happy Birthday Gram :) It’s so nice to see 3 generations spending good time together.


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