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

 

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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I’ve kept 20 pounds off for several months – and that’s a RECORD for me!  In the past I was the quintessential yo-yo dieter, making bargains with myself that I will get back on the horse, but when I start to climb the ladder to mount the horse, I slip and land on the proverbial ground instead.  Keto is different – it’s less of a traditional diet and more of a lifestyle change that uses common horse sense instead of rules, regulations and restrictions.  It’s a smart way of eating.  Yes, there’s portion control – there has to be – but I have not felt deprived like I have before.  I’m never hungry.  If I feel hungry, I can have all the fresh vegetables I want.  I get keto friendly veggie dip – and have a virtual feast at snack time!

But…  what about ice cream – for breakfast???  Hmm…  Lucinda thinks it’s perfect!  😉

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Thanks first to my Heavenly Father, of course, for without HIM – well – I’d not get anything done!  I’m thankful to my friend Dana for adding me to a great group on facebook called Keto 2nd Breakfast – and all the other meals!  I’ve gotten such help and support there – and then I turn around and share what I learn in my group (which is more or less health-related – well, we try)…  A Second Helping of Wellness…  with a Dash of Humor & a Pinch of Faith. 

Then, I’d like to thank the academy, and all the little people, for without the little people, I would not have had the stick-to-it-tive-ness to achieve success!  Okay, now I’m being silly.  Too much coffee maybe?  Oh…  surely not!  There’s no such thing!!! 

Of all the foods that are on the high carb side – I miss ice cream the most.  I pass the Braum’s store and nearly have a fit – I want ice cream – well, a twist frozen yogurt, to be exact…  so bad!!!  But I think there’s a wonderful solution – and I found a post from Amanda Balster in the group – about Halo Top.  I’ve decided that’s a great name for it, because it feels as though Halo Top is Heaven sent!

A 1/2 cup serving is 80 calories, 2.5g fat, 7g net carbs, and 6g of protein.  I call that a WIN!

Thanks Amanda for these photos!  🙂

16195856_10102165268262236_4125207851832379837_n16298581_10102165261994796_4571245357092043781_nEveryone says that all the flavors are good – except lemon.  I don’t know because I’ve not tried it yet.  I’m blogging without trying the product first hand, which I rarely do, but I trust my friends to steer me in the right direction – they always have.  Shoot, I’m just happy to hear about a legal ice cream alternative!  😀

 

 

 

 

 

 

NATIONAL COTTON CANDY DAY

JUNE 11TH IS NATIONAL COTTON CANDY DAY

Today we celebrate the fun food that nearly every child has eaten at one time or the other…  COTTON CANDY!  It’s so much fun because who would think of eating cotton?  But cotton candy almost immediately melts in your mouth and is so yummy and sweet.

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As we get older and have to face the big issues in life, it’s good to take a moment to close your eyes and think about fun moments of childhood.  Today I will close my eyes and think about eating cotton candy at the circus.  Every spot that got wet turned into a sticky mess!

The best technique is to pull a bite-size piece, but even then you have to make sure you didn’t get your fingers wet – lol.  It’s just messy no matter how you eat it – but isn’t that part of the fun?

This sticky mess is known as cotton candy in the United States, India and Canada.  It’s called candy floss in the United Kingdom, Pakistan, Ireland, New Zealand and South Africa.  My favorite name for it is fairy floss.  If you’re in Australia, that’s what you call it.

Most cotton candy is sold from a bag these days, but when I was a kid, we got to watch them make it.  It’s a form of spun sugar with dashes of flavoring and food coloring added.  It’s made by heating sugar and spinning the liquefied sugar out through tiny holes where it re-solidifies in minutely thin strands of “sugar glass”. 

Don’t you wonder who sits up at night thinking these things up?

Though cotton candy packs pounds on the body, it contains mostly air and weighs about an ounce.  When I was a kid, cotton candy was sold on paper batons.  Today it’s sold in plastic bags and you don’t get to watch them make it.

There are similar confections like the Persian Pashmak and the Turkish Pismaniye, but Pismaniye is made with flour and water in addition to sugar. 

For the most part, it’s not the cotton candy that matters, but the memory that encompasses it.  In my life, it was fun at the circus or the state fair with my parents.  Good times – yeah, really good times.  🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.  😀

 

 

 

 

 

 

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

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I’m celebrating with a cookie today!  On this day in 1971, the first episode of COLUMBO was broadcast on NBC-TV.  That was one of my favorite shows!  I remember watching it with a glass of milk and a cookie.

Well, diabetes has brought about a challenge and I can’t just eat any old cookie anymore.  I do have a pretty good recipe for peanut butter cookies.  I’ll make these and watch the very first episode of COLUMBO on DVD!  I tried to post the YouTube video of this episode, but due to copyright it was pulled by YouTube.  Hopefully you have the DVD and can watch it to celebrate.

CHEWY PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES

Ingredients:
•1 cup creamy peanut butter
•1/3 cup honey (I use HoneyTree Imitation Honey)
•1 egg
•1/2 tsp baking soda
•1/4 tsp natural sea salt

Directions:
1.Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
2.Mix all ingredients together until you have a sticky dough.

3.Drop level cookie scoops onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. (Don’t press with a fork until later)
4.Bake for 10-12 minutes.
5.Remove from oven and let cool completely on the cookie sheet.
6.Halfway through the cooling process, press a crisscross into the cookies with a fork, if desired.
7.NOTE: the cookies with become more firm as they cool.
8.MAKES 20 COOKIES.

Nutritional Facts for 1 Cookie
Calories 95
Total Fat 6 g
Sodium 365 mg
Carbohydrates 7 g
Protein 3 g

Hey – make a batch of cookies and enjoy COLUMBO!  Weren’t the 1970’s great???  😉

NATIONAL CREAMSICLE DAY

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What is a Creamsicle?  Creamsicle is a brand name owned by Unilever, for a frozen dessert which resembles an ice pop, with a center composed of vanilla ice cream, and an exterior layer of flavored ice (all around a wooden stick). Popular flavors for Creamsicles include orange, blue raspberry, lime, grape and raspberry. Creamsicles are available in several varieties, including 100 Calorie Bars, Low Fat Bars, No Sugar Added Bars and Sugar Free Bars.

Summer treats and swimming pools are all the rage today!  It’s NATIONAL CREAMSICLE DAY!!!  Cool and creamy, these ice cream frozen snacks are sure to be a hit.  August is the perfect time to enjoy a Creamsicle in your choice of flavors.

Did he say blueberry swirl???  Yum!  I guess my favorite flavor will always be orange and vanilla.  I have some very good memories of the ice cream truck slowly driving around our neighborhood.  The kids would scatter to go get a dime from their moms.  Yes, I said a dime!  LOL!

I was not aware that there was a LEGO Commodore Creamsicle, were you?

 What is patriotism but the love of the food one ate as a child?  – Lin Yutang

Although it’s officially a brand of frozen popsicle, the Creamsicle craze has touched every market — from cupcakes to Jell-O — with its dreamy orange and cream combo.  Here are some recipes from food.com.

 Ice cream is exquisite. What a pity it isn’t illegal.  – Voltaire

As you relax today, make one of these great recipes or buy some Creamsicles to enjoy.

This probably goes without saying, but I would choose the sugar-free Creamsicles.  If I was making one of these recipes, I’d use Splenda in the recipe instead of sugar.

 Ice cream is happiness condensed.  – Jessi Lane Adams

Happiness???  Well, I’m all for that!!! 

 

 

WORK LIKE A DOG DAY

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The only place where success comes before work is in a dictionary.  – Vidal Sassoon

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Go to You Tube today and listen to the Beatles sing “Hard Days Night”.  Watch the movie too if you want to.

WORK LIKE A DOG DAY is a day to show appreciation for those who carry more than their load, and work like a dog.  Why do we say that?  I’ve watched my dog and he seems to spend a great deal of time sleeping or eating.  Really, on this day, be the shining example of promptness and productivity with a positive attitude and a smile!  Who knows, it might inspire everyone around you to be as enthusiastic.

God gives every bird its food, but He does not throw it into its nest.  – J.G. Holland

What will you do for those hard-working people in your life?  My husband recently treated me to a chair massage!  He noticed that I was spending a lot of time typing and suggested that it might be time for me to get my tired, achy muscles massaged.  I appreciated not only the massage, but the fact that he noticed how hard I work on this blog to bring my readers the best possible material and inspiration every day.

The difference between try and triumph is a little umph.  – Author Unknown

Maybe the breadwinner needs a well deserved rest this weekend.  Breakfast in bed at about 10 am on Saturday might hit the spot.  Fix all the favorite breakfast foods and serve them with a single red rose – voilà!!!  Instant appreciation!!!

Hmm…  some people really DO take their dogs to work – and they work!

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How cool to have dogs on a college campus!  I think that is great.  There are people and dogs in our world that do more than the others.  We celebrate today the dogs who work for the police, for blind people, for people with diseases like diabetes and the wonderful people who train them.

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Some dogs really DO work like dogs – then there’s my baby…  he just loves me unconditionally 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!  That’s hard work…  I think my baby needs a bone.  ❤

CASEY (10)
My sweet angel