Pucker Up For Lemonhead Candy!

unnamedDid you know that Lemonhead Candy is over 50 years old? The Ferrara Company started making them in 1962! I don’t think I ever had this candy when I was a kid, but I sure do love it now, especially the chewy ones.

Ferrara has been in business since 1908. The same creativity and innovation that they started out with is the reason why they are still the #1 non-chocolate candy manufacturer in the United States. This year, the brand (packaging and logo) not only received a fresher, updated look, Lemonhead also welcomes a new product into the family with the debut of Lemonhead Gummies.

Lemonhead Candies are totally gluten free, (see ingredients here) so they will make a great treat to give away to your little gluten free goblins this Halloween.

BUY IT!: You can use this Candy Locator to find your favorite Ferrara Candy in a store near you.

Win It!: One lucky reader of Fabgrandma.com will win a $50 Taste It Sampler Pack of Lemonhead Candies!

The prize pack consists of everything you see in the picture above:

lemon head drawstring gift bag, lemonhead tshirt, lemonhead stand up bag, chewy lemonhead stand up bag, lemonhead gumies, lemonhead theater boxes, small 25cent boxes in different flavors. That’s a lot of Lemonheads!

To enter, use the Giveaway Tools Entry Form below:

Let The Home Improvements Begin!

I was not compensated for this post, nor did I received any products. I am just a happy Home Depot customer.

When we bought our house in December of 2011, we knew we would be making some improvements and doing a bit of remodeling. The house is in a liveable condition, it just needs some “New”. Our original plan was to work for two more years, save money, then come home from Arizona and start doing some of the little projects that would make our home prettier, more up to date, and more energy efficient. But, as you know, life happened.

Now that I have been approved for disability, and have a little money to spend on the house, we are finally getting started with home improvements. This may not sound exciting to many of you, but for me, it is wonderful!

Our existing front door looks like this:

The existing front door

The existing front door

I don’t know about you, but even though it works like a door should work, it is just UGLY. We also have an existing storm door. The closer thing at the top of the door has pulled out of the door frame so many times that the screw holes are stripped out, and it won’t stay there. We even used wood glue, and epoxy glue, and it came out again and again.

The storm door will not stay shut

The storm door will not stay shut

In addition to that, the door catch broke off, so the door will not stay shut at all. When Parker, my grandson comes over, I have to keep the entry door closed so he will not fall out of the house onto the porch.

The windows, while functional, are old. They are not a good quality window to start with, and they seem to have not been caulked when they were installed about 20 years ago. They have also been screwed shut, so that they can not be opened, and do not have locks on them so that if we took the screws out, we would not be able to lock them.

The windows are screwed shut.

The windows are screwed shut. You can see the screws in the corners of the windows.

And, someone used duct tape on the window sill in the bedroom for some reason, and when it was removed, it left this ugly stuff that will not come off.

The bedroom window sill is ugly too.

The bedroom window sill is ugly too.

We decided to make the first two projects on our home improvement list to replace the windows and the front door and storm door.  Because we had such a hard time finding a local person who would actually come out and give us an estimate and then show up to do the job, we decided to go to Home Depot for our needs. It has been such a pleasure so far working with them.

The entry door display at Home Depot

The entry door display at Home Depot

First, we went to the Home Depot in Cedartown to look at doors and windows. We talked to JT the first time we were there. He showed us several varieties of entry doors and storm doors, and told us the first thing we would need to do would be to schedule an appointment for someone to come out and measure for the doors. We went ahead and made the appointment. To make the appointment for measuring for the door, we had to pay a $30 deposit, but if we decided to buy our door from them, that will apply to the balance due.

We also decided to start the process of getting windows installed. We did not have to pay anything up front before they came to measure, and show us samples of different windows.

Don from Home Depot making his sales pitch in our living room.

Don from Home Depot making his sales pitch in our living room.

In a couple of days, Don arrived to give us the window presentation. We were surprised at how good they looked, and how much heat they can filter out in the summer. The windows we picked out will help tremendously in holding down our power bill in both summer and winter. Home Depot not only sells them, they also come out and install them. At the time the sales person is at your house, you pay a 25% deposit towards the purchase. You don’t pay the balance due until you are completely happy with the install. We placed our order with Don after he measured our existing windows. He said someone would come out in a day or two to verify the measurements.

Sure enough, someone showed up to re-measure the windows and verify the number of windows ordered, and the color and style. This guy, whose name I did not get, said as soon as he got home and input the measurements in the system, the windows would be ordered, and that would trigger a call to set up an installation appointment.

A few days later,  someone from Home Depot showed up to take some measurements for the door. He was only there for a few minutes, but he wrote down several notes about our door and took a picture of it to include in the online account, where we can go at any time to see the progress of our order. After this guy left, John called and told us that the next step was to go back to Home Depot and order the doors.

John at Home Depot ordering our door.

John at Home Depot ordering our door.

The process for buying a door and installation is a little bit different from the window process. After discussing the differences between a fiberglass door and a steel door, we decided to order the fiberglass one. It is more energy efficient than steel, and won’t dent,or expand in heat. We picked out which door we wanted, then we picked the storm door, and finally we decided on which hardware we wanted for the entry door. We had to pay in full for the price of the doors and installation at the time we placed our order.

This is what my new storm door will look like

This is what my new storm door will look like.

When we got back home today, we had a phone call from Home Depot, scheduling the installation of our windows. So, I’ll be able to show you the new windows on October 7. Can’t wait!

Something else I liked about working with Home Depot, is that all of the people who come out to your home have to be bonded and they will have a Home Depot ID tag. I like that as a safety factor.

Thrifty Thursday: Apple Barrel Antiques, Bremen, GA

Fabgrandpa and I decided that we needed a corner cabinet to put by the sofa in the living room. So, we did what we usually do when we are looking for a particular piece of furniture. We went thrifting!

Black corner cabinet

Black corner cabinet

We stopped by our favorite place, The Pea Patch in Tallapoosa, Georgia, but they did not have anything that would work for us the day we were there. The next stop was Apple Barrel Antiques in Bremen, Georgia. We have been to this place numerous times, and have bought things in there before.

This day, we found the corner cabinet we were looking for. It is a little black cabinet, with built in bookends. It is rather small, but fits the space we had. It will give us a place to put some photos out, something we haven’t done yet. I think it was a steal at $32.

I also picked up a jar of bobbins, all filled with black thread. That is something you rarely see in a thrift shop. Maybe spent too much, but I am a sewing freak. $20

Jar of black bobbins

Jar of black bobbins

The last thing I bought there was a McCall’s Needlework & Crafts Magazine from 1962. The cover is so classic 1960’s, with the model wearing a sleek red knit pant suit, red flats, with a huge bow in her pouffy hairdo. I could not walk out of the store without it. A real treasure at $1.49

McCalls Needlework Magazine 1962

McCalls Needlework Magazine 1962

What did you thrift this week?

Red Gold Tomatoes Are A Great Start To A Slow Cooker Recipe

I received product from Red Gold in order to write this post.

Red Gold Tomatoes

Red Gold Tomatoes

With Fall beginning, and cooler weather here in Georgia, it’s time for us to get out more and go do things away from home. I like to start dinner in a slow cooker before I leave, so that all I have to do is make a salad or some toast and it’s ready to eat.

Basil, Parsley and Oregano from my porch garden

Basil, Parsley and Oregano from my porch garden

On Saturday, my grandson Owen had a birthday party. Because they just moved back to Georgia from Maryland, I was able to actually go to his party for the first time. Before I left, I started some Italian Mushroom Stew in my slow cooker.

Sweet Italian Sausage

Sweet Italian Sausage

It isn’t hard to make this hearty stew. A few Italian sausages, a can of Red Gold Tomatoes with Garlic and Olive Oil, some mushrooms, a bell pepper, and garlic, and you are done!

Slow Cooker Meals are so handy!

Slow Cooker Meals are so handy!

Italian Mushroom Stew Recipe (Gluten Free)

3 garlic cloves

1 green bell pepper

1 lb button or portobello mushrooms

2 tablespoons olive oil

1/2 lb frozen green beans

fresh basil leaves

fresh parsley leaves

fresh oregano leaves

1 (16 oz) can Red Gold Tomatoes with Garlic and Olive Oil

1 package of Italian Sweet Sausages

2 carrots

1 (16 oz) can chicken broth (gluten free)

1 cup rice, uncooked

Dice the garlic cloves, bell pepper and mushrooms. Heat the olive oil in a skillet, add vegetables, and cook until garlic is browned. Pour into slow cooker. Add frozen green beans to slow cooker. Remove casings from sausages. Slice into 1/2 inch slices, and cut each slice in fourths. Add to skillet, and cook until sausage is browned. Drain off grease, and add cooked sausage to the slow cooker. Add the Red Gold Tomatoes, two cans of water, and the can of chicken broth. Chop up the fresh herbs and add to the slow cooker. Stir to mix ingredients together well. Cover and cook on low at least four hours.

Twenty minutes before serving, cook rice in two cups of boiling water. Serve hot stew over rice.

Red Gold Is Giving Away Two Slow Cookers A Day!

To win one, you have to go to the Red Gold Facebook Page. They are hosting the giveaway from Sept. 17  until Oct. 8, during which time they will give away two slow cookers a day for— that’s 44 Crock-Pots. Just go to Red Gold on Facebook to enter.

In addition to the giveaway that Red Gold is hosting on their Facebook page, they are giving away a Red Gold Prize Package right here on Fabgrandma.com. The prize pack includes a 6 pack of Red Gold Tomato Products, a Red Gold Apron, a wooden spoon, and some tasty recipes. To enter the giveaway use the Giveaway Tools form below. Good Luck! There is only one winner.

This Is Where I Leave You In Theaters September 19



Fabgrandpa and I have not been to many movies in the last few years. As a matter of fact, I can not remember the last one we went out to see. However, for some reason, I am really looking forward to This Is Where I Leave You coming out in theaters, and hope that we can get to a theater to see it. The story line just speaks to me:

When their father passes away, four grown siblings, bruised and banged up by their respective adult lives, are forced to return to their childhood home and live under the same roof together for a week, along with their over-sharing mother and an assortment of spouses, exes and might-have-beens. Confronting their history and the frayed states of their relationships among the people who know and love them best, they ultimately reconnect in hysterical and emotionally affecting ways amid the chaos, humor, heartache and redemption that only families can provide—driving us insane even as they remind us of our truest, and often best, selves.

This Is Where I Leave You stars Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver, Rose Byrne, Corey Stoll, Kathryn Hahn, Connie Britton, Timothy Olyphant, Dax Shepard and Jane Fonda

It could be because of the plot, or because of the many actors in the movie, both new and old, that I like to see on the screen. Jason Bateman and Adam Driver are two of my favorites!

One lucky reader of Fabgrandma.com is going to win a prize pack for This Is Where I Leave You. The prize includes a $25 gift card, and a copy of the novel “This Is Where I Leave You” by Jonathan Tropper, that the movie is based on.

Win this prize pack!

Win this prize pack!


Meet Julius Jr. At A Simon Mall Near You! Also, A Giveaway

kidgets club julius jr

The Simon Kidgits Club is a fun and informative program that focuses on health, wellness, education, safety and entertainment for children ages 3-8. The Simon Kidgits Club has kept children and parents alike amused for over a decade with various events and activities while providing incentives for club members, such as special offers, rewards and games. For more information about the Simon Kidgits Club and Back-to-School events, visit simon.com/kidgits.

Kids can get creative while making character masks to wear for a ‘Julius Jr. and friends’ photo opportunity. They will also have the chance to dance and sing along in the viewing area with screenings of an upcoming episode and Julius Jr. music videos. At the following location everyone’s favorite monkey, Julius Jr. himself, will be stopping by to meet and interact with kids as well! Check here to see if there is a Simon Kidgit Club and Julius Jr. Mall Tour appearance in your area!

Even if there is not an opportunity to meet Julius Jr. in your area, your kid can still win a gift basket of Julius Jr. toys, a Julius Jr. book as well as other items for DIY activities. Use the Giveaway Tools form to enter!

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