February 15th

Happy Day after Valentine’s Day. I hope everyone had an enjoyable day yesterday.

National Gumdrop Day

It’s National Gumdrop Day! Gumdrops are a tasty, chewy candy made with gelatin and coated with sugar. Gumdrops can come in fruity flavors like grape, cherry, orange, and lemon or spiced flavors like cinnamon, clove, mint, and anise. Not all brands of gumdrops have the same gumdrop flavor so pick your favorite brand.Many people believe that a man named Percy Trusdale invented the gumdrop in 1801, but there is very little evidence to support this claim. What we do know is that gumdrops have been a popular confection for at least two hundred years. The board game Candy Land features both a Gumdrop Pass and a Gumdrop Mountain! This board game has been enjoyed by many families during family night activities. Make sure you have plenty of gumdrops on hand.
To celebrate National Gumdrop Day, use colorful gumdrops to decorate a cake or buy a bag of them to share with your friends!
Many craft projects can be made from gumdrops making for good indoor projects. You can build animals from gumdrops or make a gumdrop tree.
My grandmother use to have a plastic tree frame made for holding gumdrops. That was a fun activity for us kids to decorate it with a bag of gumdrops. Then as we’d pop in and out of the house we’d pick the gumdrops of to eat, of course she always had a bowl of gumdrops next to the tree so it could always be kept full.
Gumdrops have always been one of my favorite treats and many children find them satisfying for that small sweet tooth to snack on between meals.
HOMEMADE GUM DROPS
For those of you who want to make their own gum drops try this recipe that you can find online.

ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups sugar, divided
  • 1 1/3 cups applesauce
  • 2 (3 ounce) packages red or green gelatin mix
  • 2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

Directions

  1. In a large saucepan, combine 2 cups sugar, applesauce, red or green gelatin, unflavored gelatin and lemon juice; let stand for 1 minute. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil for 1 minute. Immediately pour into a cold 11-in. x 7-in. x 2-in. pan coated with nonstick cooking spray. Refrigerate for 3 hours or until firm.
  2. With a spatula, loosen gelatin from sides or pan. To remove, invert on to waxed paper. Using kitchen scissors or small sharp cookie cutters dipped on hot water, cut into 1-in. squares or shapes. Place on waxed paper. Dry at room temperature for about 8 hours or until slightly sticky. Roll in remaining sugar. Store in an airtight container.

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Enjoy the rest of your week. Remember February is half over. Don’t forget to check out bargains at the store on after Valentine’s Day Sales.

Taxes:

Now most people will be concentrating on taxes for the rest of the month.

I know I will spend tomorrow finishing up my taxes sot hat I can go to the accountant on Friday.

Make sure you check and find out any new changes that you can count. Have all receipts for your deductions.

If you aren’t sure what you can claim read the book which you can get online, at the post office or any library. You can also call the IRS toll-free number which is in all phone books or online.

Well I’m going to enjoy my afternoon. I’m going to my son’s house this evening so I hope all of you will also have plans that you can enjoy for the day.

Until next time 🙂

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