GUMDROP DAY

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Happy Gumdrop Day!!!  I’d also like to say happy birthday to my sweet mother in Heaven.

The first thing I thought of when I saw that it’s Gumdrop Day was how my mother used gumdrops to decorate a simple, clear plastic tree-shape at Christmastime.  It was so cute!

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Gumdrops come in both fruit and spice varieties.  Sometimes the spice ones are called spice drops.  Some folks use gumdrops for decorating baked goods, gingerbread houses and other crafting.  I like to eat them out of my hand – and I prefer the spice drops to the plain fruit gumdrops.
In the U.S., three other “old-fashioned” gumdrop candies are also popular:  Orange Slices, Licorice Babies, and Spearmint Leaves.  These are larger than traditional gumdrops or spice drops.
Sometimes my mom would use the same plastic tree to put pastel colored spice drops on for Easter.
 Do I have you tempted to buy some gumdrops?  Let’s take a look at oldtimecandy.com:
Interestingly enough, these are the larger size gumdrops – I couldn’t find the smaller ones here.  I’m a little surprised since this is old-time candy.  😉
SMILE

Don’t be afraid,
Don’t hold a grudge
Just ease back your fears
And smile.
Look at a young child
and wonder what makes them smile,
Lollipops, Gumdrops, Butterfly’s?
Chocolate, Rainbows, Blue sky’s?
What makes you smile?
Sun sets, Sun rise, Blue sky’s?
Roses, Noses Kisses, love?
A Fairy Tale, A happy ending, A white dove?

Bring the  things that you have that your already smiling at.
Family. Friends. Children. Mom. Dad.
Shelter. Food. Money.
Growth. Comfort
Love.
Just relax. And Smile.

Magean Martin

Although gumdrops are usually associated with Christmas, you can make up a batch for Easter for decorating or to have on hand for a sweet treat.  🙂

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http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ree-drummond/homemade-gumdrops

 

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A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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I got dogged for writing about HALLOWEEN yesterday.  I was called a sympathizer for the devil, uncommitted to Christ and a false witness for God.  Well, say what you will of me – but I was raised in an age of innocence when going door to door saying TRICK-OR-TREAT was a wholesome, albeit calorie laden activity.  I was not raised to have anything to do with darkness, I assure you.  When I was a kid – it was all about the candy, homemade popcorn balls and Mrs. Guffy’s famous Ghostie cookies.  THAT’S ALL it was about.  Now…  can we move on because boy do I have a testimony FOR THE LORD that will give the devil a BIG BLACK EYE!

You know I’m diabetic.  I try not to make a big deal out of it, but I’ve been a type 2 diabetic since 1994.  I’m all too familiar with the dreaded HIGH blood sugar, but hardly have a LOW.  Yesterday, however, I was battling low blood sugar!  Since I’m diabetic, we chose not to buy any Halloween candy because we don’t have that many children in our neighborhood who actually Trick-or-Treat door to door.  They get together and go to the mall.

So I’m thinking, “Oh great!  I could legally have a candy bar – and we don’t have any!”  I try to keep glucose tabs in the house or gel, but I didn’t have either one.  Everything in our house is diabetic-friendly.  We don’t even keep a smidge of sugar here.

I hate low blood sugar – I can’t think straight and I feel as though my insides are just going to fall apart – some of you can relate.  I drank a little buttermilk and ate a piece of bread.  Usually bread or a carbohydrate will raise it up.  It just was not working.

Then I did something really radical…  I PRAYED.  Don’t laugh…  but I asked God for a candy bar.

I want you to know that God can use ANYTHING and ANYONE to provide.  He used the fact that it was Halloween to help me out of a real bind.  There are little girls across the street (we call them our angels).  They occasionally bring nice little gifts to our door – ring the doorbell – and RUN away!  It’s so cute!

I’m not joking – about 2 minutes after I sincerely asked God to help me out – the doorbell rang.  We opened the door, and there was a bucket full of snack-size Milky Way bars.  Attached to the bucket handle was a mylar balloon with a happy face on it!  A sweet card was stuck in the side of the bucket.  Our angels came through!

So…  for those who think my post yesterday was somehow evil – you know what?  You don’t really know me, do you?  Isn’t it amazing in this day of faceless, impersonal cyber communication, we feel we have the right to completely judge a person for sharing a few precious Halloween memories from a bygone era???  Really???  Well, shame on you!

When I was a child – I enjoyed the day, the candy, the popcorn balls and Mrs. Guffy’s famous Ghostie cookies.  I refuse to apologize for the post.  I won’t.  God’s Holy Spirit has not checked me about the choice – and He won’t because He understands the MOTIVE behind what I wrote.  All you see is a kid in a costume.  I see myself and my dad having so much fun with my mom’s make-up and jewelry – trying to look like clowns!  Shame on anyone who would wag their finger at me for sharing childhood innocent fun!

I love the Lord with everything in me.  I intend to serve Him in any capacity I can no matter what circumstances I find myself in.  I wanted to share this special example of GOD’S FAITHFULNESS and HIS PROVISION in my life.  Thank You, Lord!  🙂

MEMORIES OF HALLOWEEN

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When I was a kid, we had so much fun at the church Halloween parties!  One year I even helped the youth group set up a haunted house in the parsonage!  It wasn’t really that scary – but the old Victorian-style house lent itself to become a haunted house – and we did a good job making some interesting vignettes using pumpkins and black lights.  OK, we bought some of those really gross masks to use too.

It was a different time then – it was unheard of back then to think anyone would insert a razor blade into an apple – or other horrendous things that happen in today’s world.  I was blessed to live in a time when Halloween was just fun!  The world today is crazy and sick, but today I want to go back in time for just a little while.

We in NO WAY gave glory to the evil one…  quite the opposite!  When people came into our “haunted house” which was not really haunted – they left with a lovely tract that talked about the Savior of the world – Jesus Christ!  We will not know this side of heaven how many people may have actually been helped by us – but it’s not our job to keep track.  It’s our job to find opportunities to minister in any creative way we can.  It’s much like the popular TRUNK OR TREAT that many churches participate in today.

In 1967 I was Raggedy Ann.  The costume was not too bad, but who remembers those masks???  You couldn’t see or breathe – both of which come in handy, even when you’re six years old!  My dad and I were clowns in 1968 – and again, I wore the weird, suffocating mask!

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The black dress I wore with the witch costume belonged to my mom.  Granny LaVella made it for her, and with her blessing, she passed it to me for the costume!  The red skirt I wore as gypsy Lou was made of a very heavy material and blocked the night air beautifully – that and I wore long johns underneath it.  Granny also made it for my mom.  Funny thing is, when mom wore this dress and skirt, they were knee-length on her – on me they were floor length!

Of all the memories I hold dear, the best one is of my parents being involved in my life.  They always made sure I was  warm underneath those costumes because sometimes it got pretty cold out there.  And we walked around the neighborhood – house to house.

When we got home and dumped out our bags, we found some good stuff!  Mrs. Guffy down the street always made homemade popcorn balls for us.  Mrs. Hale made sure we all got a full size Hershey bar – a full size one!

The Verboom’s made sure we got to go trick-or-treating in a neighborhood in Valley Center, a small town about 5 miles north of Wichita.  Our parents were involved in our lives – big time!

Here’s a cute cartoon from 1929, directed by the great Walt Disney himself.  Enjoy!

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What was your favorite costume???  I liked being a witch – but only because I got to use make-up instead of wearing a mask.  I also liked the cool fake fingernails – long and scary – but hardly practical – LOL!!!  Have a HAPPY HALLOWEEN!  😉

 

 

 

 

 

 

NATIONAL CHOCOLATE COVERED CHERRY DAY

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Today is NATIONAL CHOCOLATE COVERED CHERRY DAY!!!

If you are interested in making these decadent desserts, here’s a recipe:

 http://www.food.com/recipe/chocolate-covered-cherries-214787

Of all the candy I like chocolate covered cherries the most!  It’s only right that these melt-in-your-mouth beauties have a special day.

Chocolate covered raisins, cherries, orange slices & strawberries all count as fruit, so eat as many as you want.  – Author Unknown

Melissa Clark of the New York Times describes Tom Faglon’s recipe for these confections as sophisticated because he adds pomegranate seeds on the surface of dark chocolate.

 Research tells us fourteen out of any ten individuals likes chocolate.   – Sandra Boynton

Other variations include cherry cordials with liquid fillings, often including cherry liqueur, as well as chocolate covered candied cherries and chocolate covered dried cherries.

 Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands — and then eat just one of the pieces.  – Judith Viorst

Chukar Cherries in central Washington state dries 250,000 pounds of cherries and creates a much richer taste.

Which brand is best?

If you’ve got melted chocolate all over your hands, you’re eating it too slowly.  You think Kentucky Fried Chicken is finger-lickin’ good???  There’s a Russell-Stover store a few miles from Abeline, Kansas.  We try to stop there close to holidays – and I always go to the chocolate covered cherries!  So – suffice to say, it’s good that we don’t always go there.  Moderation is a must when chocolate is around!  You can enjoy this treat with no guilt as long as you do not over-indulge.

 Abdicate, v.: to give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach.  – Author Unknown

Before we get carried away with the candy, let’s temper it with reality.  It’s to be enjoyed in moderation.  Let’s explore some other ways to enjoy the day with less guilt:

Here’s a great chocolate covered cherry nail look:

 Isn’t that pretty?

I wonder how that would look with gray eyes?  I might try it!

Here’s some chocolate covered cherry SOAP…  I’ll bet that smells really good!

And yeah – there’s a song.  It’s not my favorite type of music – but it’s called Chocolate Covered Cherry.  I couldn’t resist.

Enjoy the day with just a few chocolate covered cherries and have fun doing up your fingernails, makeup, making this amazing soap and listening to this very addictive song!  😀

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CANDY CORN DAY

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Today we celebrate CANDY CORN!  The makers of this ultra-sweet treat will market the fact that it is fat-free, but make no mistake it is not healthy.

The belly rules the mind.  – Spanish Proverb

If you decide to eat it, make sure it is in small portions, especially if you are diabetic.  Here is how a nutrition label reads on a package of Brach’s candy corn:

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 19 pieces (39 g)
Per Serving % Daily Value*

Calories 140

Calories from Fat 0

Total Fat 0g 0%

Sodium 70mg 3%

Carbohydrates 36g 12%

Sugars 32g

Protein 0g

For only 19 pieces you get a whopping 36g of carbohydrates and 32g of sugars, including corn syrup, honey and granulated sugar.  That is literally a sweet treat to be sure!  If you are passing a bowl that happens to have some candy corn in it, it’s fine to take a few in your hand, but if you are contemplating the purchase of an entire package, well, there are more healthy candy choices.

I do, however, suggest that diabetics and others who are counting carbohydrates have fun with the candy corn colors in other ways that will not play havoc on our health!  Take a look at this:

Isn’t that cool?  No weight gain and you can still make a fashion statement!

So you can have the nails and the make-up!  You can become a candy corn instead of consuming them!  How fun is that?

Now here’s a cute idea!  Let’s make a few of these (and you can shoot rubber bands at people in the process – that’s a win/win).  So now we can wear the nails, make-up and put a charm in our hair – well there ya go!  Now we’re cookin’ with grease!  OH…  I found a candy corn bracelet!

If you are artistically inclined, this is a great challenge!  I would be interested to see more candy corn sculptures like this.  It’s interesting that it’s made with one serving of candy corn = 20 pieces (well, 19 + 1).

You get the idea – let’s take our minds off the eating of candy corn and put them on the fun colors and BE the candy corn!  Just have fun with it.  😀