It’s quick and easy to make your own gummies!

If you wish to make gummies yourself, all you need is jello, gelatin, water and a little time.



  • 1 box jello (3 oz), flavor of your choice
  • 3 envelopes of gelatin
  • 1/4 cup water


Mix the dry ingredients together in a saucepan.  Add water and stir until it resembles a dough.  Warm over medium heat until melted, then pour into molds or in a pie pan.  Refrigerate or freeze (takes about 10 minutes in the freezer), then unmold or cut into pieces with a knife or sharp cookie cutters, and serve.

Enjoy, and chew well!

Basic Sourdough Cookies

This humble, soft cookie is tasty, slightly tangy, and versatile.

Not sure about yours, but my sourdough is really going rather well in the warmer temperatures.  One day this past week I had plenty of bread already and was looking for something different to make with sourdough, and tried these cookies.  They were a success, so much so that I made another, slightly varied batch the next day.


Basic Sourdough Cookies


  • 1/2 cup (or 1 stick) butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup sourdough starter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 – 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup salt

These are the basic ingredients, and the cookies are very tasty just like this.  For variations, add any of the following or experiment with what you like best:

  • chocolate chips
  • raisins
  • walnuts
  • coconut flakes
  • pecans


Cream sugar with butter, sourdough starter, egg and vanilla extract, in that order.  In a separate bowl, sift together the dry ingredients (minimum amount of flour, baking powder and baking soda, salt).

Mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, then adjust the amount of flour necessary depending on how liquid your sourdough starter is, and how absorbent your flour, making a somewhat spongy dough.

Preheat oven to 350ºF and grease two baking sheets.

Drop dough by the teaspoon on the greased baking sheets, leaving a bit of space so the cookies can rise.  Bake for about 10 minutes.  Remove from baking sheet onto a rack and let cool.

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Basic Sourdough Cookies with Chocolate Chips

Man’s Best Friend: The Great Pyrenees

They are very cute!

Once they where known as the royal dog of France. And I think they are very cute!

  • From:France
  • Height:26-28 in (60-70 cm)
  • Weight:88-110 (40-50 kg)
  • Coat:White,possibly with tan patches;dense,wavy
  • Grooming:Once or twice a week
  • Exersise needs:40 min romp in the yard
  • K-9 Qualites:Loving,smart and strong-willed


They are sort of nocturnal because they had to protect the sheep at night.




And their white coats blend in with the sheep so they can catch predators by suprise.


The breed is said to be part of the mix that was used to create the Leonberger.

However, the breed can typically be trusted with small, young and helpless animals of any kind due to its natural guardian instinct.

On average, their lifespan is 10 to 11 years.


In nature, the Great Pyrenees is confident, gentle (especially with children) and affectionate.

QUOTE: John Taylor Gatto

John Taylor Gatto was an American author and school teacher who taught in the classroom for nearly 30 years.

“As a writer, politician, scientist, and businessman, [Benjamin] Franklin had few equals among the educated of his day-though he left school at ten. (…) Boys like Andrew Carnegie who begged his mother not to send him to school and was well on his way to immortality and fortune at the age of thirteen, would be referred today for psychological counseling; Thomas Edison would find himself in Special Ed until his peculiar genius had been sufficiently tamed.”

~John Taylor Gatto


John Taylor Gatto – State Controlled Consciousness

He climaxed his teaching career as New York State Teacher of the Year after being named New York City Teacher of the Year on three occasions. He quit teaching on the OP ED page of the Wall Street Journal in 1991 while still New York State Teacher of the Year, claiming that he was no longer willing to hurt children.

If You Were the President of the United States of America…

What would be the five most important things you would do if you were in charge?

Our girls like the Brain Quest material for some supplementary schooling material, and for fun.  This year, we purchased their “America” quiz card set containing “850 questions and answers celebrating our history, people and culture (Ages 9 & up)”.  Our girls very much enjoyed going over these, and it was amazing to see what kind of information they have picked up from various sources.  On the second-to-last card, one questions was “How old must you be before you can run for the office of President of the United States?”  While they did not know the answer to this question, our 2nd daughter stated that it was a terribly scary thought to imagine oneself as president of this country, with all the responsibility involved and such.  So we got to talking and each girl ended up writing down the five most important things they would do if they were in office.brain quest america quiz questions

Abigail (age 11) wrote:  I would

  • Change the fashion.
  • Bring back family meals.
  • Bring back horse travel.
  • Empty the prisons.
  • Turn former prisons into homes.

Rebekah (age 9) wrote:  I would

  • Ban cars.
  • Shut down all schools in favor of home schooling.
  • Not allow garbage in the woods.
  • Feed pets home-made food.
  • Have people eat family meals.

Sarah (age 7) wrote:  I would

  • Destroy tree-shredders.
  • Ban public schools and home-school children.
  • Have family dinners.
  • Ban supermarkets and bring back small shops.
  • Do not allow ripped jeans.

How about you?

LINK:  Middle School Reading Lists 100 Years Ago vs. Today

Reason #73 as to why we prefer homeschooling.

Proper nutrition (and hygiene) is as essential for the mind as it is for the body and spirit.

“Human totalities are involved in metabolic exchanges with the world that includes also the air we breathe and exhale, the things we read, the ideas we accept as our own as well as what we see and hear.”  Horst Hutter, “Shaping the Future”

Below is the link.  Section 3, Reading Level is most revealing.

“…I decided to examine if the common accusation that today’s education standards have been dumbed down is really true. To make sure I wasn’t unfairly weighting this survey in favor of the past, I went to one of the Twin Cities metro area’s finest districts, namely, Edina Public Schools”

Source: Intellectual Takeout

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