Wednesday, March 12, 2014

I have got several emails asking me where I have been :) Well to make a long story short on Dec 20th of this hear I became a Nana :) This little fella here is the king of my world....I wanted all of you to meet him :)

Lukas was in the hospital a few weeks ago about  scared us to death but as you can see he is doing much better now....I have been a bit absent because I am a full time Nana....Lukas stays with me about 12 hours a day during the week while his mom works then of course he is here for Sunday dinner on Sundays....In the South this is a tradition....

He is finally starting to nap a bit so I am going to try to get back to posting :) I am looking so forward to spring....I must say I have never been so happy as I am now in my life...Funny how when you walk away from something that is not Gods plan for your life....you are blessed with such amazing things...Thank you for all the well wishes and more pics will follow..

Shelly :)
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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.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Oregano Oil , Lemon Essential oil Swanson Vitamin.Com Review

With the flu going around and quite frankly killing young healthy people I ordered a huge order from   Swanson Vitamins.I paid for this order myself and I will be reviewing some of the items I received as I use them....


I have been looking for more natural ways to keep my family healthy. I feel for years society has used pharmaceuticals first and natural as a last resort when things should have been the other way around...Now we are stuck with cooties that are resistant to antibiotics so we are screwed to say the least....

This is part of my quest to take my familys health in a new direction....This was at first a very expensive adventure until I discovered  Swanson Vitamins... Ordering from them is new to me as well so I would love to hear what your experiences has been with this company as well as the products I talk about.....

The first product I want to review is Oregano Oil.....I have gotten influenza that has turned into pneumonia 3 winters in a row so needless to say I am quite the germaphobe to say the least...yep I am that women who is in the grocery store with a mask disinfecting the buggy before I touch it....and I would never think about going until late at night when no one is there....lol

When I found out just a few drops of oregano oil in 8 oz of water a day will help fight off the flu I was game....I have noticed that not only have I nor my family not contracted the flu....my energy is up....an abbessed tooth I have been battling has healed....even a few bumps I had under my arm that kept flaring up no matter what I did has went away..... I nor any of my family have taken a flu vaccine ( we will save the whys for another post) So far so good and I do feel I will be continuing it myself....My husband I just slip a few drops in his morning smoothie ....

Lemon essential oil.....This one was buy one get one free on the Swanson site so I have plenty to play with....you can use a single drop as a hand sanitizer.....both my husband and I put some into a 1/4 dram bottle and we keep one in our pocket....it is such an amazing scent and by far better than those bottles full of gooey alcohol full of who knows what toxins you buy as hand sanitizer....it is 100 % natural.

I also made a cleaning spray for my counters using 1 pt of water and 20 drops of lemon oil....it cleans my counters amazing has a wonderful natural clean scent and disinfects ....that makes me happy because my grandson is here a great deal he is 1 month old and I just do not like to use a lot of chemicals....I also add a few drops in when I boil his bottles ...I have one of the floor mops that has a reservoir to add your own cleaner and the mop pads you wash.....I made up a cleaner for my floors using 1 quart distilled water to 2 drops lemon oil....they look amazing and again I know I have not used anything that would harm my granddarling....plus the citrus fragrance is simply amazing in the house....

I have many more products I am trying out from my order so check back soon for reviews on everything else.I know money is tight for most of America and I myself will not buy anything until I have read some reviews on it.....

Shelly Mae
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Friday, September 13, 2013

FAGE TOTAL !!!! I lovvvvvves it !!!!





I am southern from the land of creamy mashed potatoes and where mac and cheese is considered a vegetable.....I love this yogurt and I love that it is healthy. I am a label reader and no GMO mess going on here..FAGE believes in simple, delicious foods and FAGE Total includes only two or three ingredients: milk and live active cultures or milk, live active cultures and cream

Rich in protein, low in calories and fat, you can enjoy FAGE Total as a healthy part of your diet. I know my family loves it and everyday I continue to find a new way to use FAGE Total. Thank you BzzAgent for introducing me to yet another wonderful product.

ShellyMae

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....
 
 
 

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Adventures of Little Ann.....Napping.... 9/4

 
Little Ann
 
 
Little Ann is a Redbone Lab mix so loving the idea of a designer dog I thought about what I was wanting ....I wanted a dog with energy to get me more active...and nothing screams southern more than seeing an old Redbone sitting on your porch...
 
 
You do however have some unique ways of working with them.
 
The first shock to me was the ease of house breaking. We wanted a dog that could be inside when there is snow on the ground and be as comfortable as they are outside. She has been very good with that this week.She is only 10 weeks old and there was not one accident in my house today!!
 
She has two speeds....Wide open and asleep lol