Easy Homemade Marshmallow Cream "Fluff"

Making your own homemade Marshmallow Cream “Fluff” is simple! The light, fluffiness is delicious when you pair it up with peanut butter or spread it over your favorite dessert.
 
 
Ingredients Needed:
3 egg whites
2 c. light corn syrup
1/2 tsp. salt
2 c. sifted confectioners’ sugar
1 T. vanilla extract
 
Directions:
Using an electric mixer, in a large mixing bowl, combine egg whites, corn syrup, and salt. Beat for approximately 10 minutes on medium-high until thick. Reduce speed of mixer to low and gradually add the confectioners’ sugar until completely mixed. Then add the vanilla extract and beat until well blended. 
 
Yields approx: 2 quarts
 
Storage: Store covered, in plastic container in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Freeze for up to 2 months.
 
 

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Personal Responsibility In Our Children

I’ve been thinking more and more recently about my children being “self-sufficient” & “personally responsible” adults in life. Scary, I know, considering Alyssa is 18 yrs old and I probably should have been thinking about this much earlier than now. But, alas, I haven’t!

 

A series of events have lead to this post, the most recent being yesterday:

While I was working Alyssa (my oldest daughter) text me from school saying that she was hungry. “OK?” I thought. I respond “I’m working”. She then proceeds to whine *yes, I could hear the whine through the text* about how she had been up since 6:00am, forgot her lunch, it was now 4:00pm and she wouldn’t be done with practice until 7:30pm and she was *starving*.

My first thought was that of frustration. I mean seriously?!?! Is she for real? Did she really go ALL DAY without eating anything and now expects to have the energy to practice {colorguard}…. oh AND expects ME to stop working to bring it to her?
{I know the following should have been my first thought, but it wasn’t, so sue me!}
My second thought was concern; after all, she IS a diabetic. Going all day without eating isn’t good for anyone, but it especially isn’t good for a diabetic. The horror of a low blood sugar then comes to mind.
But, I think the biggest thought was “Where is your personal responsibility?” and I responded as such! {I am a serious contender for mother of the year right now} “You should have planned ahead and packed your lunch and some snacks. You are 18, Alyssa! What are you going to do when you are on a college campus next year and you don’t have mom to run something to you?” Her response you ask? “I dunno!”
Agghhhhh!!!!! I HAVE CREATED A LITTLE MONSTER! Now I do have to say, Alyssa is GENERALLY a pretty responsible & mature kid. She is actively involved with school, church, and her community. She maintains good grades, is Captain of the Rifle team for colorguard, coaches cheerleading, works with special needs children, helps me with her siblings, etc., etc. etc. She has been an active participant and day to day giver of her medical care for the past 10 years. But all of the sudden a light bulb went off for me……
So much of her “responsibility” is because MOM keeps her on schedule and gives her reminders. *oh, snap* Is she really going to be a self-sufficient adult? Is she going to “survive” without mom there to keep her on track? Well, duh, I KNOW she will… but could I have prepared her better? I still have 7 months before she leaves for college. It’s crunch time!!
What about you? How have you prepared your children to leave the nest and fly on their own? HELP!

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Five things Friday

Five Things I Love In My Life….

 
I am sure most people are expecting: God, my children, husband, car and job. Nope. Not this girl. Those are UNDERSTOOD loves of my life [errrrrrr, at least they should be]! I’m going with the five things that I can’t image getting through a day without. The things that keep me going and are always close at hand.

My iPad. I am an “i” junkie and I don’t know what I would do without my iPad. I use it (and my iPhone) for nearly everything I do.

 

Diet Coke. Highly addictive and (most likely) preserving my insides as formaldehyde is known to do, it is a rare sigthing to see me WITHOUT one in my hand – just ask anyone who knows me. I know, I know…. pathetic and dumb. Thanks Mom, for getting me hooked on this stuff!
 
 
 
Wool Peacoat. Yes, I know its a crazy thing for a girl in the deep south Louisiana bayous to have on her “can’t live without” list, but I am cold natured. I am always freezing and have always been this way. Rarely do I not have a jacket or hoodie of some sort on, but once the temps drop below a average of 70 out comes the peacoat – so pretty much October to March I live in the thing.
 

 
 
Crocs. Lord help me, but I am addicted to these things. I have all of these styles and a variety of colors. I will admit, the bubblegum pink Nadia boot was an “off” decision but man are they warm! I purchased them for a trip that I would be making to Washington, D.C. in January – 4 years ago. While not exactly the prettiest things I have ever seen, they certainly served their purpose [keeping my feet warm & dry in the snow]. SNOW! ME! *shudder*
 
 
 
Facebook. Yea, I am one of the guilty millions who is addicted. There are many things I like [and dislike] about Facebook, but the one thing I love the most is being able to get “news” out to a multitude of people at one time without draining my iPhone [see… the use of another idevice] battery a million times a day. I love connecting with my friends & family who I don’t get to see on a regular basis and I will admit, I like to stalk peoples lives! I am a people-watcher by nature I guess, so Facebook allows me to do that without getting caught staring at people! 
 

So there you have it! A look into the world of Julie! 
 
Hugs from the Deep South!
 




 

  

 


Homemade Chili (Stove or Crockpot)

Always on the search for a good recipe, a long time ago, I set out to find a match for Wendy’s chili because it is one of my favorites. Since I am the self-declared “Google Queen” I started there. I then went to my other favorite option Pinterest.
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I tried several different recipes claiming to be “Wendy’s copycat recipes”. Let me just say that if Wendy’s chili taste like some of these recipes posted and claiming to be a match in your neck of the woods…. I am SO SO sorry for you! Yuck-o!
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However, after many failed attempts I finally came across one that I liked. Unfortunately, I can not link to its original author because it was just an uploaded cell phone screen shot as a pin, with no link back. *I hate that* (If someone can show me the original website that published this particular recipe, I would be more than happy to link it to them.)
Anywho, I tried it and I loved it. Now that one of my dear friends and assistant Samantha has posted on her Facebook recently asking for a good chili recipe, I figured now would be a great time to share this delicious recipe.
So…. this one is for YOU Sam!!

Wendy’s Copycat Chili

Ingredients:
2 lbs fresh ground beef
1 qt tomato juice
1 (29oz) can tomato puree
1 (15oz) can red kidney beans, drained
1 (15oz) can pinto beans, drained
1 1/2 cup onion, chopped
1/2 cup diced celery
1/4 cup diced green bell pepper
1/4 cup chili powder (use more or less to taste)
1 tsp ground cumin (use more for added flavor)
1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp sugar
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

Stovetop Instructions:
In a large skillet, brown ground meat with onions, celery, and bell peppers. Drain fat & liquid. Place the meat mixture in a 6-qt pot along with all remaining ingredients. Cover the pot and allow chili to simmer for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, stirring every 15-20 minutes.

Crockpot Instructions:
In a large skillet, brown ground meat with onions, celery, and bell peppers. Drain fat & liquid. Place the meat mixture in crockpot along with all remaining ingredients. Cover the pot and allow to cook on low for 3-4 hours.

Blessings from the South!

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Make A Joyful Noise

Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise. ~ Psalms 98:4

Tonight, our family had the honor and joy of watching my youngest daughter participate in our church Christmas program with her GAP (Girls Artistic Performance) group. This group of young ladies, in grades 4th-8th grade, praise The Lord with singing, hand bells, puppets, sign language, and more. 

This years’ program was entitled:
Here is Jada-Grace with her group (Photo from my cell phone, but I have also fuzzed out the other girls in the photo to protect their identity)
Here is a quick video I shot with my cell phone during final rehearsal this afternoon: 


Blessings from the South!


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Easy Chicken Pot Pie

Another Cool Weather Favorite…..
Easy Chicken Pot Pie
Ingredients
2 cans cream of potato soup
1 bag frozen vegetables (peas/corn/carrot/green bean mix)
1 small onion
2 cloves garlic
4 chicken breasts,cooked and cubed
Salt & Pepper
1 frozen pie crust
1 egg, beaten
Preheat oven to 400°F
1. Sautée the onion and garlic in oil.
2. Microwave the veggies until just under tender.
3. Add the chicken, cream of potato soup, vegetables and S&P to taste.
4. Transfer to a casserole dish or four ramekin dishes.
5. Unroll the pie crust on top of the casserole dish or cut to size of ramekins.
6. Brush the egg on top.
7. Cut a few slits in the crust and bake at 400°F for about 40 minutes or until crust is golden brown.
Note:
If you prefer a soupier consistency, add milk or cream. However, don’t add too much, or it will spill over the top and cause the oven to have crusty burnt pieces things on the bottom of the oven. In this case, you will probably want to place the ramekins on a cookie sheet while baking.
Enjoy!!

3 Fruits You Might Be Eating The Hard Way

[Image credit: FoodBeastTv]
We all know how to eat an apple the correct way, right? Wrong! Last week, FoodBeast posted a video entitled “How to Eat an Apple Like a Boss” that quickly went viral. From what the video shows, one should eat the apple from the top down, thereby eliminating the almost 30% waste from eating the apple from the outside into the core. So that got me to searching [yes I Google everything] to find what other fruits we may be eating incorrectly.

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Crazy Bananas shows us that most people start peeling the from the longer stem, but if you peel from the bottom, it will be easier and the banana wont have all those stringy pieces left on it. Since this is also the way a monkey would eat a banana, it makes perfect sense to me.

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What about the pomegranate? Well there is a truly easy way to get all of the scrumptious seeds out using water. All you have to do is cut the fruit in half then submerge the fruit in cold water. This will allow it to pull right apart with very little mess. Perfect right?