Fireside Sketch – Wednesday Wisdom


A man bought a parrot, to which he gave the run of the house.
It was quite tame, and jumping one day onto the hearth it perched there and kept up a pleasant chatter.
The house cat eyed it, and asked who it was and where it came from.
It said that the master has just bought it.
“Then most audacious of creatures” said the cat, “fancy a newcomer like you making such a noise, when I who was born in the house, am not allowed to miaow!
If ever I do, they are cross and chivy me away” “O mistress of the house” answered the parrot, “my advice to you is to take a long walk. You see there’s a difference. The family does not dislike my voice as it does yours.”


∼This fable satirizes ill-natured critics who are always trying to find fault with others∼

Fables of Aesop

Gluten Free Salted Peanut Butter Cookies

Perfect day for cookie baking!!!

Made with just a few ingredients, these Peanut Butter Cookies are fudgy, sweet & salty, gluten free and naturally sweetened.

peanut butter cookies
Serves: Makes 18 to 20 Cookies
  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • You can also use 3 tablespoons of just honey or just molasses.
  • sea salt or table salt, for sprinkling
  1. In a small mixing bowl, combine peanut butter, egg, honey and molasses; whisk until completely incorporated and smooth.
  2. Place bowl in the fridge for 10 minutes.
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; place in freezer for 5 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 350.
  5. Remove peanut butter mixture from fridge and baking sheet from freezer.
  6. Shape peanut butter mixture into 1-inch balls.
  7. Place peanut butter balls on previously prepared baking sheet.
  8. Slightly flatten each ball with a fork, making a cross pattern on the cookies.
  9. Sprinkle with salt.
  10. Bake for 8 to 9 minutes, or until slightly browned on the bottom.
  11. Remove from oven; let stand on baking sheet for two minutes.
  12. Transfer to wire racks and let cool completely.
  13. Serve.

Why is this ok?

“Someone” is marrying Charles Manson!!!!???  Personally I don’t think that a convicted mass murderer should have the right to marry, get an education or any other privileges that many of us are not entitled to. He took the lives of 7 and changed the lives of their families forever, not to mention the lives of those who “followed” him.

I found the following article written by Dane Fallon,

As Charles Manson obtains a marriage license to wed a 26-year-old, many people have pointed out that while a mass murderer has the right to legally marry, gay couples in 17 American states can not.

The 80-year-old, in jail in California for the murders of seven people, plans to marry Afton Elaine Burton, who has spent the past nine years trying to help exonerate him.

Burton is convinced Manson’s innocent, and she runs multiple sites that support him. She says they’re going to have the wedding next month, and adds, “Y’all can know that it’s true! It’s going to happen.” Manson’s 26-year-old soon to be wife Burton also says, “I love him, I’m with him. There’s all kinds of things.”
Charles Manson has his marriage license to wed 26-year-old Afton Elaine Burton. Terry Thornton, the California Department of Corrections spokeswoman, confirms that the license has been transferred to the prison. The license says the couple has 90 days to get married, otherwise they will have to reapply for a new one.

Manson’s 26-year-old fiance claims the wedding would’ve happened earlier, but Manson had some ‘situations’ in February. These ‘situations’ have been revealed as three violations, being possession of a weapon, refusal to turn over a urine sample, and making threats to the prison staff.

Manson is able to invite 10 guests that aren’t inmates to his wedding. He can also invite an officiate to perform the ceremony. Seeing he’s a prisoner for life with no parole date, Manson is not allowed to have family visits, therefore he can’t have his children present.

Charles Manson has received a license to marry 26-year-old Afton Elaine Burton.

What are your thoughts on Manson getting married?

Do you think a convicted murderer has the right to have a wedding?


A Case for Patience – Wednesday Wisdom

Julie Rhodes


A half-starved fox, who saw in the hollow of an oak tree some bread and meat left there by shepherds, crept in and ate it.
With his stomach distended he could not get out again.
Another fox, passing by and hearing his cries and lamentations, came up and asked what was the matter.
On being told, he said : “Well, stay there till you are as thin as you were when you went in: then you’ll get out quite easily.”

∼This tale shows how time solves difficult problems∼

Fables of Aesop


Desperately craving something sweet !

It’s no secret that I love chocolate…and peanut butter.
My favorite cookie is oatmeal raisin and I dislike baking cookies, so these are the perfect cookie for me!

These perfect little cookies are perfectly perfect for those moments when you are desperately craving something sweet and chocolatey, but don’t have a lot of time (or patience) to make a full-blown batch of cookies.

This little cookie really is as easy as it sounds, and a great recipe to make with kids if you have any little hands eager to help in the kitchen. I’m sure they’ll love eating the “dough” straight from the bowl like I do! The only suggestion I have is when you drop the dough onto the wax paper-lined sheets, they will pretty much set in whatever shape they are already in, with minimal spreading. After I realized this I used the back of the spoon to smooth them out and flatten them a bit to give them more of a “cookie” shape.


Perfectly Perfect Chocolate, Peanut Butter, Oatmeal Cookies 😀 😀 😀


2 cups sugar
4 tablespoons cocoa
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup milk
1 cup peanut butter
1 tablespoon vanilla
3 cups oatmeal


1. Add the first four ingredients (through the cocoa powder) to a 4-quart saucepan.
2. Bring to a rolling boil and let boil for 1 minute.
3. Remove from heat.
4. Stir in the peanut butter and vanilla until smooth, then stir in the oats.
5. Drop by heaping tablespoons onto wax paper-lined baking sheets.
6. Let cool until set.