Thursday, January 30, 2014

Homemade Marshmellows !!! Great roasted over a fire :)


 

Anyway, here's my recipe for Homemade Marshmallows. These are NOTHING at all like the store bought things. These are actually delicious! This one is not only the best recipe I've found (and tweaked quite a bit to perfect it), but it's also the easiest and most versatile. Warning: This is in no way, shape or form a healthy treat. It's tasty, but not at all healthy.


Homemade Marshmallows
Note: If you want really soft, creamy, melt-in-your-mouth treats, go with the lesser amount of gelatin and go on the higher side of the liquid. If you plan to roast them on a stick over a fire, you'll want them firm, so use more gelatin and less liquid. They're easy to make (and don't forget delicious!), so you'll have a good excuse to experiment a few times to get them the way you like best4 1/2 to 6 envelopes of gelatin (I buy beef gelatin in bulk. 1 envelop is about 2 1/2 tsp.)

3/4 to 1 cup water
4 cups sugar (I use evaporated cane juice)
1 1/3 cup light corn syrup
1/2 to 3/4 cup water
1/2 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. Vanilla extract (The real thing --- imitation vanilla just won't give it such a great flavor)

Line a 9" x 13" pan with plastic wrap and oil it lightly. In a large mixing bowl, sprinkle gelatin over 3/4 to 1 cup water. While that soaks, combine the sugar, corn syrup, remaining water and salt in a saucepan. Bring the mixture to a rapid boil, stirring constantly. Boil for 1 minute.
Pour the syrup over the gelatin in the mixing bowl. With an electric mixer, beat on high about 10 minutes. After it begins to cool a bit, but not thick yet, stir in the vanilla extract. Continue beating until soft peaks form. The time will depend on your mixer and how much gelatin and liquid you used. This should take anywhere from 15 min. to 30 minutes.

Once it's thick, spread it into your prepared pan. Don't wait until it's too gloppy to spread nicely. Then take another sheet of plastic wrap, oil it lightly and spread it over the top. Give it at least a couple of hours before you try cutting them. If you have the will power to let them set up overnight, all the better.

Before you cut them, mix up some corn starch and powdered sugar. I never measure this. I just put about 1/2 cup each into a sifter, and sift into a bowl. Actually, I use more corn starch because 1/2 and 1/2 is kind of sweet. Do a taste test.  If I need more, I mix up more.
There are a couple of ways to cut them, but they're all a bit messy. Try them and do whatever works. Dip a sharp knife or scissors in cold water between cuts. I cut a strip about an inch wide, dip in water again, then snip off marshmallows into the bowl of powdered sugar and corn starch. Scissors work best for me. Sometimes instead of the cold water, I dip the scissors into the powdered mixture. Roll the marshmallows in the powdered mixture, then set on a paper towel to dry out a bit before you store them. If they're sticky when you pick them up to store away, roll them in more powdered mixture.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Hmmmmmmmmmmm 9/5/2013

Now let me get this straight....We have Obama and Russian President Vladi­mir Putin in RUSSIA after Putin just pretty much called out our boy on a few things....!!! That is what we call that one in the south...." Getting Called On The Carpet " .......


I wonder what was being said under their breath during this picture ? Click here to read the original article from The Washington Post....
 
 
 

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Jiaogulan

I have been growing this wonderful herb for a few years now....It has some amazing health benefits.The Chinese called it the "Immortality Herb" .I have read that many have trouble growing this herb for for me it grows like a weed....I do allow it to freeze down every winter....I think it almost needs the rest...I found an amazing web site that has a forum all about its use.....http://www.benefits-of-jiaogulan.com/

I am thinking about rooting some this week to trade in a month or so.....So if you have any neat medicinals you would like to trade for it shoot me an email or leave me a comment here....

I think with things like they are and " Obama Care" around the corner we need to do as much as possible to take care of ourselves....I am looking to increase my medicinals in my garden...This plant sure has its place in my little green world forever !!

Shelly Mae
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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Nelson Ga is making a stand !!!

You will not remove guns from the South !!!!!! To us it is a way of life....They did this not to make people buy a gun.....This also would be against their rights....This was to protect peoples right to bare arms....High Five Ga !!!!


What does it mean to be a prepper ?

I get asked this question a great deal....Prepping really has become a term that for main stream people that it is hard to understand....with the movement at hand some even think of it in a negative light....

I have been at all ends of the economy....I have had times I was really broke and times I had a great deal of extra money....I have never fell far from my country roots as to how I look at life and think about tomorrow....This is not about the end of the world or some big doomesday event....but I can assure you if one of those things do take place you will be one step ahead of many if you have taken a little time and planned accordingly....

It was not long ago that this was a way of life for everyone....I come from a farm community and one thing about farmers is they do not make a regular check like most Americans....They get paid a few times a yr when they sell their crops....So to survive the lean times they buy in bulk when they have money to make it for when they do not....

I myself a few years ago was dead in the middle of all the tornado's that hit and left us without even being able to buy gas for weeks....stores could not run without electricity and trucks was not able to get it......I  at that time fell from my country roots and I did have enough to make it but I was not as prepared as I should have been and it hurt...I vowed to never again allow myself to be in that position...

Keep in mind that each community only has three days worth of supplies for its people.....now take into account the fist ones to hit the stores are not just going to get their portion and go....I am not hating I would buy it out as well if I got their first....but if they trucks can not get in then each community has only 3 days of supplies....Think of that next time you flip off a trucker on the road....we truly depend on them.

I am also very budget minded....If you use coupons and just work the sales you can get all you need for 1/3 of what it would be just getting things as you need them.....Over a yr that really adds up....if you are like me you are going to use the same things and same brands pretty much rain or shine....only stockpile what you use....get it at the best price possible...and rotate through it....

One of the ways I do this is I look at all the sales papers....I shop the loss leaders....in other words those amazing sales they get you into the store from then they plan on most people getting all their other groceries while there to recover the loss.

My favorite is buy one get one free....then most times I can use a coupon on both ends of that and get it even lower....I keep a list of how much I use of something in a yr and that is my target amount....Once you start this you can get to the point like me that I pretty much stick to only the sale items and use my grocery budget to buy in bulk....I get as much as I can afford

One for instance is my Scott Toilet paper....I live in the country and I have a septic tank that I have never had any issues with I swear because of using only Scott....yes it is expensive so this is one thing I really watch to come on sale....Typically a 24 pack will run about 18.00 or so.....I recently had $3 off one 24 pk coupon....I found it on sale for 2 for 20.00 used the two $3 coupons and this made it 2 for 14.00...Toilet paper does not go bad and I have a whole room I use to store things so space was not an issue....I plan for 2 rolls per person in my home per week...So say you have two people 52 weeks a year...208 rolls....I felt I covered this with 8 packs with just a few under....So 8 24 packs at 18.00 per pack is 144.00....If purchased as you need it and paying full price.....8 packs with coupons and finding on sale at 7.00 each cost me 56.00....I saved $88...


That is just one thing....If you do this across the board in many areas and you add up the savings per year.....plus factor in the gas when you do not realize you are out of something and have to make an unplanned store run....it really ads up to thousands saved each year and you still have the same brands you love....

I will give you another instance....Hunts Ketchup...I am not one for the big bottles and refilling bottles I know I could save more buying that way but I like my handleable bottles thank u much....well this is another thing I am going to use come hell or high water....1 bottle of Hunts is 1.39 lets just say 1.40....I often find .50 off coupons for this....my store doubles them to 1.00.....I have a ketchup eating bunch....so they use about a bottle a week....I also use in my spaghetti sauce and so forth...I recently found it buy 1 get one....that made them .70 each....I had a 50 cent coupon that doubled to 1.00 so yep....I got 80 bottles in cases so they are easy to store....and I MADE 30 cents each on them....paying full price for 80 bottles would be...$112 a year....I actually made 24.00 off them....so that is a savings of $126 a year....

Think about how many things you use....and each thing can be done this way....I promise you if you work your sales all of the things you use you can at least get half off and this leads to more money in your pocket each month anyway you look at it...

So for me it is not about the end of the world....but about shopping smarter so that I get everything I need for less....to some they would look at it as saving a few dollars but when you truly look at it over a years time shopping smarter will save you a ton of money....and it is always nice to have things on hand when you need them...And if something God forbid happens like it did here and it did in New York with Sandy....and Katrina....You will not need to be fighting in the stores for the last loaf of bread....You will have enough for the ones you love and you can focus on getting you family safe and sit back and let all of the not prepared scrap it out....

This about covers how I think about my supplys....and budget....for me it is a life style....I also love to camp so I have other supplies as well and I do not much worry about the Proverbial Poo Hitting the Loo as much because I have what I need....

I had a Mormon friend that told me once that they preached to do this in the Mormon community because they felt if troubles came a family that at least had their needs would not be as stressed....I sure know that in this economy having a job is not assured for anyone....and I know here in Alabama unemployment is 265 a week.....now think about this....if that happened to you would it not be great to not have to spend money on these things and you can focus that little bit on your Mortgage or Gas to look for a job ?

I have some that think I am an extremist....to me I can not understand as much money problems as most are having this is not just a way of life for people...I think God helps those that helps themselves....I try to do my part....

I would love to hear what "Prepping" means to you....it can be very overwhelming at first but just start with what you can afford and before you know it you will also be ready for any poo storm life has to toss at you....I consider it just as essential as insurance...

ShellyMae :)
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