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July 23, 2015

National Hot Dog Day
Hot Dog History
The 10 Best Hot Dog Brands in America
10 Twists on Hot Dogs
Hot Dogs Across America
Hebrew National All American Kosher Hot Dogs

Vanilla Ice Cream Day
In my opinion...
Best?  My Grandpa's Homemade! Here's our family recipe - I have more memories than I can keep track of with the sound of the ice cream maker churning in the garage during family get togethers. YUM!
Vanilla Ice Cream
1 quart half and half
¾ cup sugar
*1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
Place in an ice cream maker.
*Could also substitute in peppermint extract and peppermint candy pieces.

Next Best?  Kirkland Vanilla

Best Soft Vanilla in my town?  Rizuto's 

Vanilla is my favorite - it's simple, uncomplicated, and delicious.
Are you a fan or a 'hater' of vanilla?  

Gorgeous Grandma Day

When I was younger my Grandma Ashley would let me lay on her lap and she would "tickle" my face and back while I was there. Confession: At age 41, I still have days I wish I could lay on her lap and have her do that! *wink*

My Grandma Wells was a square dancer and she had tons of square dancing skirts and I remember spending time at her house playing dress up with those skirts and seeing how far they could twirl out. I loved them!

My Mama is a great, and gorgeous, Grandma. She has invested herself (and my Dad's money - haha) into her grandkids - whether they live down the road from her or across the country.  I am so grateful for my children's Grandma and grateful I can call her Mama.

I hope you have a Grandma person in your life that gives you some good memories.  It doesn't have to be a Grandma by relation, families come to us in all sorts of ways!


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of or prompted by feelings of tenderness, sadness, or nostalgia.

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