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Friday, December 31, 2010

A Huge Thank YOU!!!!!

As this year comes to a close.( in Australia it is 2011 already).I reflect on this past year and thank God for all he has given me this past year.  I want to take this time to thank my friends and family for all their support in my endeavors this year.  I want to thank all my followers this last few months for your support.  I have met some wonderful women on this blog through Creative Every Day Month....I have seen some wonderful art, the talent out there is more then I could ever imagine.  I learned alot about true friendship this year as well....I have been hurt this year in many ways, but at the end of the day, I reflect on the beauty of it all and know that through the hurts I am a better person for it.  I truly hope this year brings you many Blessings and that what ever trials you have gone through that they can be left in 2010 and make 2011 the best year ever.
Thank you for your support

Love to you all

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Homemade Marshmallows

I’ve been wanting to make a homemade marshmallows for a long time now, but never really had a reason. I love marshmallows, but don’t eat them very often (but if I have a open bag in the pantry I will eat every last one) — store-bought Stay-Pufts (or their generic counterparts) are just not as pretty as the homemade ones I have seen in Williams Sonoma, with their weird, dry texture and powdery coating (they they were good in a cup of freshly made hot cocoa, but again that didn't stop me from eating them). And believe it or not, I’d never had a homemade marshmallow in my life.

After flipping through a handful of my favorite food blogs, past a billion fudge and holiday cake pop recipes, I came across a tutorial for peppermint marshmallows, on a great blog site. I’d found my project.

I started  researching homemade marshmallow recipes. They were all similar, for the most part, but there were some different aspects. Most importantly, some contained egg whites. Having never made homemade marshmallows, I’m certainly not an expert — but I’d never heard of adding egg whites to marshmallows. I decided to make two marshmallow recipes, one with whites, one without, to see if there was a big difference.

 Two Recipes go head to head: Homemade Marshmallows

The first recipe I made was Alton Brown’s from the Food Network which did not use egg whites. This recipe was REALLY sticky and I got marshmallow everywhere, but the finished product was tender and puffy; not as springy as the ones you get from the stores. What I liked best about this recipe is that the marshmallows were moist, not like the parched, cottony ones I’d grown up with (but again I still ate them).

The second recipe was from Gourmet Magazine, which used egg whites to add a little more airiness to the finished product. The reviews on this recipe promised fluffy, flavorful marshmallows and it delivered. Adding egg whites didn’t make a huge difference to the level of puffiness in my homemade marshmallows, but they were very good regardless. These too were tender and moist.

Which Marshmallow Recipe Won you may ask?

If I had to pick a favorite from these two recipes for homemade marshmallows, I’d have to say that I liked the Gourmet recipe best. It wasn’t necessarily more light and airy, but with the addition of the egg whites, these homemade marshmallows had a better, firmer texture, and were less sticky than Alton’s version. 

If you’re not careful when making marshmallows, it gets everywhere. You’ll find marshmallow on your clothes, in your hair, and stuck to the counter, cabinets, and sink. There’s no way around it, really, unless you’ve got some serious marshmallow making skills. I defiantly don't have the skill.

After looking around for a healthier version... I found this recipe using a healthier sweetener – brown rice syrup – instead of corn syrup, though you’re free to use whichever you have on hand. Of course I favor my own over the two above, but I invite you to try them all you will pick your favorite!

Coat your marshmallows with powdered sugar and cornstarch, or they will stick to everything in sight.

Homemade Marshmallow Recipe

Yield: about 36 marshmallows


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons unflavored gelatin (just under four envelopes)
  • 1/2 cup very cold water
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cups brown rice syrup or corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 egg whites, at room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1. Grease the inside of a 9″ x 9″ baking pan. In a bowl, mix powdered sugar and cornstarch until well blended. Coat the inside of the greased baking pan with 1/2 cup of the sugar and cornstarch, reserving the remaining amount for coating the finished homemade marshmallows.

2. Pour the cold water into the bowl of a stand mixer and sprinkle gelatin onto the surface of the water. Set aside.
3. In a heavy, high-sided pot, combine granulated sugar, brown rice or corn syrup, warm water, and kosher salt. Heat over a low flame and stir until sugar is completely dissolved. Turn heat up to medium and continue to cook, without stirring, until the mixture reaches 240 degrees on a candy thermometer. The sugar will bubble up, but if you’ve got it in a pot with high sides, it shouldn’t boil over. If it threatens to escape, remove the pot from the heat for a few seconds and stir the contents before returning to burner.

4. Once the sugar reaches 240 degrees, remove from heat. Immediately pour into gelatin and beat with a stand mixer using the whisk attachment until it becomes white, light and fluffy, about 10 minutes. You can use an electric hand beater, but it will take longer to fluff up, about 15-20 minutes. If you use a hand beater, be aware that the fluff will try to crawl up the beaters in its attempt to make a mess. Once done, the marshmallow fluff will have nearly tripled in bulk. Add vanilla and beat until well integrated into the fluff.

5. Beat egg whites in a small bowl until they reach stiff peaks. Scoop the whites into the marshmallow fluff and beat just until combined so that you don’t flatten the whites. 

6. Pour marshmallow fluff into the prepared pan and use a greased spatula to smooth out the top. Sift cornstarch and powdered sugar mixture onto the top to completely cover the marshmallows, and leave to sit over night, uncovered, to stiffen up.

7. Once the marshmallows have firmed up, cut them into 1″ x 1″ squares. Toss the individual marshmallows in a bowl of the remaining cornstarch and powdered sugar so that they are completely coated, otherwise they will stick to everything they come in contact with. You can also use sharp cookie cutters to cut out the marshmallows.

8. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks.

You can dip them into chocolate as YUMMY!

Cut them nice and small then add them to your hot chocolate.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Blog Hopping and Snowman Pops!!

I love to read others blog, I probable read about 20 a day, there are so many good recipes, ideas and writing. I came across this one blog that has so many great ideas with food.  I love snowmen so I thought I would share this idea that they had featured on their site. They are made with white chocolate and oreas, now I can't think of anything better then that.. head on over and take a look at this wonderful blog.

Created by The Idea Room
Have a great evening.

Sunday, December 19, 2010


This time of year I reflect on my family, they all live on the west coast so I am not able to see them like I would love to.  Yesterday was my granddaughter 1st birthday and it makes me so sad that I had to miss it. So this post is dedicated to her and my other two sweet babies.  I worked this morning to put a collage of them together with one picture of me and two of my sweet grand kids.  I can't begin to express in words how much I love these babies.  Each and everyone brings such joy to me. I miss them more then words can say.
There is nothing like the love of a Grand child they capture you heart from the beginning. I love my daughters so much and they are the most wonderful beautiful girls in the world, but these sweet grand babies have captured my heart.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Chocolate Rocky Road..YUM!

Doesn't this look yummy, I love chocolate and dried fruit, what a great combination.
Found this recipe by Jamie Oliver
I will be making this for Christmas gifts. It was a hit during a test run.

This is more for the adult candy eaters due to it's "secret" ingredient....a red chili pepper. Chocolate with a little bit of heat from a chili is my personal favorite! (or you can leave this out)

You can use any combo of fruit and nuts you like. I used cashews, pistachios, craisins and golden raisins. 
Chocolate Rocky Road

2 (4 oz) bars good quality bittersweet chocolate (70% cocoa solids)
1/2 fresh red chile, seeded and diced (or leave this part out)
1 heaping cup mixed unsalted nuts, such as almonds, hazelnuts, pistachios, or pecans
1 tablespoon sunflower or pumpkin seeds (optional)
3/4 cup mixed fruit, such as golden raisins, dried mango, dried sour cherries or cranberries, larger bits chopped

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Break up the chocolate and melt in a heatproof glass bowl over a saucepan of simmering water; don't let the bowl touch the water. Once the chocolate is melted, take the bowl off the heat and set aside. Meanwhile, put the chili on a cookie sheet with the mixed nuts and place in a hot oven for 5 minutes, until the nuts are toasted and shiny. When cool, mince the chili and rough chop the nuts and mix with the dried fruit in a bowl.
Save out a large handful of the fruit/nut mixture and set aside; add the rest to the chocolate. Stir everything until it is completely coated and spoon the mixture on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and smooth out. Sprinkle reserved nut/fruit mixture on top and leave in a cool place for 30 minutes to set.

Once set, break up into large pieces and pile up on a serving plate or pile into gift this before it gets eaten up!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

It is freezing..

I know so many more people are dealing with the cold this morning and even snow many inches deep.  But when your from Arizona, 18 degrees is beyond normal.  Yesterday the doors on the car where stuck.  I never owned a coat when I lived in AZ.  But now I have about 4, along with the gloves, hat and Uggs.  I figured if it is this cold at least show me some snow..(but I have my limits, maybe 2in most).
SO tell me in your comment, how much snow do you have right now, what do you have to do each day to get through the snow day.

These are pictures of the mountains of NC.

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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Great Gift for Christmas..

I have always loved homemade gifts and with this Christmas being a little tighter then past, I thought I would share this great Sugar Scrub gift for the girls.
 This can be made in less then 30mins.

Items needed for making Sugar Scrub

  • Sugar – I used Organic sugar
  • Almond Oil
  • Essential oils – I used Orange because it’s the cheapest. I also used jasmine.(you can get these at Whole Foods or any other health food store.)
  • Glass Jar or plastic- I found mine at The Dollar Store, mason jars work great too.
  • Ribbon and tags
Combine 3 Cups Sugar with 1 Cup Oil. Drop in several drops of desired scented oil. Mix. Scoop into jar and seal.
I hope I gave you some quick, inexpensive ideas for the teachers in your life. For more daily inspiration, I hope you’ll visit Splendiferous Girls Artsy Ideas.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010


Today I wanted to use my chip board, I haven't worked with it in a long time.   I love this brand of chip art by Melody Ross, she is so inspiring.  I find many of her items at Archivers in Raleigh, NC. oh how I love this store. I wanted to incorporate something that had to do with my new venture. I added Splendiferous to the butterfly with stamped flowers on the edge..
I added some stamps and paint and a little glitter, what would a project be without glitter.
I decided to add a chain so I could hang it from the tree.

I started a new blog/business (I am still doing this one as well, it's an off shoot)..I have had a vision for a year now to start woman's weekend retreats in the mountains and beaches of NC combining Art, yoga, good food, laughs and stories.  A place to grow in art and self in a safe trusting environment.  I would love all your support.  Please visit my new site at
Splendiferous Girls Club

Thank you for all you support, please continue to visit this site as well.

Monday, December 6, 2010


As hard as it is to do, and even if it seems completely impossible, truly and fully forgiving others is necessary to feel at complete peace with yourself; holding onto past hurts or wrongs we feel were done to us, keeps us from what is truly out there waiting for us. Forgiving ourselves is equally important, and worth any work it takes to do it.

Forgiving whatever has happened to you in the past and whoever was involved in this hurt does not mean you must agree with all that has happened. It does not mean that you are giving up. It does not mean that you are weak, wrong or that you are admitting fault in anyway. It just means that you are letting it go so that your hands are not so filled with past hurts that they can not grasp onto the goodness that God has waiting to be held by you. 

Forgiving yourself means that you are acknowledging that you may have chosen to do things differently, but that now you know better and you are treating yourself with kindness and moving forward in a new and better way.

Forgiveness is simply releasing all of the bitterness that builds up over time when we hold un-forgiveness in our hearts, when we refuse to forget, or beat ourselves up because we can not forgive our own mistakes.

Forgiveness is so beautiful and freeing. So worth it. Please just think about it. By forgiving others and releasing that burden you are giving others the opportunity to forgive you.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

New Site...

Beyond the Screen Door this is an online home decor store, I saw this on another blog and thought I would share it.  I love the colors how fun would this be to change up our stockings.


Love this tree skirt...
Check out this Christmas eye candy at Beyond the Screen Door!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010's really ...Day 30

Can you believe today is day 30, it has been a ride.  I have learned so much, I have seen some incredible artist make some amazing things.  I can say without a shadow of doubt it has been a blast.  Hate to see it end, I will keep creating, hopefully daily ( I could slip up at times)...during all of this I have found out what I have always loved what brings me comfort, what some of my gifts are.  I too have decided to start like I have posted before a new internet art business venture (more to come stay posted).  It is all so exciting for me..

Well today I decided to do a project I saw awhile ago.  I was so tired of my little trash box under my desk. I wanted to make (I'm on a budget so buying didn't seem to be an option right now).  I went in the shed and got an old white bucket that my husband use to use...I did ask first to make sure he wouldn't miss it.
Old Trash Can
New prospect. I cleaned it out (couldn't identify what was inside..).  I took some fun colors of paint, oh how I love to pull out the paint, then I just randomly painted 4 lines across the bucket.  There was no pattern or neatness to it, I just went for it.
As you can see I really didn't care how I laid out the colors...I then had to wait for it to dry again.  This part wasn't easy since I am a little impatient.  So I decided to wrap and mail a jewelry order I needed to fill.
I then ran to the post office to mail. My bucket was ready for the next step.  In this step I cut up paper or you could do fabric as well.  I cut them into a scallop stripes (again not real worried about neatness..I am very organic when I create).  I used mod podge on the strips of paper..and went podgie on it ( meaning abundant use of mod podge)
Again I had to let that dry, and since I have a real hard time sitting down for more then 5 mins. I started another project.  Our entry way was a little dull.  I went and got some branches out of the yard  ( I got this idea from the new Country Living Magazine).  I put the branches into a little vase like thingy and huge some silver ornaments from the branches.
I thought I heard the bucket calling me to let me know she was dry. I wanted to add something to the handle to pretty it up a bit, I added some colorful yarn.
After putting a new little bag into the new little bucket/trash can she is all done.  I added a few words and put her into her new little home right under my desk.  It was fun and free (already had all the supplies), now I can get rid of that ugly offense box, but this girl is done.
Thank you so much to all my visitors, all your comments have meant alot.  I hope you continue to visit. Remember things are in the works, so stop by soon to get the latest updates.
Again thank you for your support.  Sherry

Monday, November 29, 2010

Day 29...

Can you believe today is day 29?  Where did all the time go?  It has truly been an amazing experience, I have loved every minute.  This weekend we went to our local antique flea market, there were so many amazing things.  I found some items from an old Victorian house.  One is the little round pendant below, the bigger piece that looks like a flower is the back of a brass door pull. I then attached a vintage button to the front and then attached the vintage little chain with pearls to the bottom.

 The pictures didn't turn out to well, but I like how it turned out, very understated. 

I haven't felt good today at all, for some reason I am burping up the taste of fish ( gross I know) since the middle of the night..I have not had fish in about a month nor any Omega 3 fish oil.  It is so weird (and no I am not pregnant ;-o..), it is making me so nauseous, I just feel so crummy.  The doctor said I could have walking pneumonia, yes I said it right, not sure how burping up the taste of fish would ever give him the idea I had walking pneumonia (this was via his assistant on the phone).  But what helps is sitting on my couch and looking at the beautiful Christmas tree and the fireplace.  It is so peaceful and cozy, can't wait for the hubby to get home, and the fish taste to go away...I am done with it.  Tomorrow will be a healthier day I am sure of it.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Girls Creative Day,....Day 28

My step-daughter has been asking for a long time now to help her with her visual altered art journal.  So today we got some old magazines out and started cutting and painting.  My mom for my birthday got me an old Woman's Day Magazine from the year I was born.

I decided to create my page using pictures from this magazine.  Mya used some other magazines from around the house.  She really enjoyed her project and is very proud of it..she can't wait to finish it.
Working hard to cut her pictures out.

She loves art and she sure can put decorative touches to her room, she got these wonderful quality's from her daddy that's for sure.

Got to love these items, it's funny when I was looking through this magazine it brought back so many memories but at the same time it was so funny to see some of the styles coming back around.
Well as the week almost comes to an end, I again reflect on what I am thankful for and also what I have accomplished through this challenge and what I have learned about myself.  It actually brought forward something that I have been thinking about doing for awhile now and with the help of some true friends, my dear husband and the Lord by my side. This will be wonderful..Stay tuned. ;-)..Until tomorrow, enjoy the rest of this wonderful weekend.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Part 2 of Challenge day 27.....(SARK)

So I stubble upon a blog SARK Journal (I've read many of her books) and she offered what she called a Game Play.  

She had categories, the one I picked was "Miracle Walk" the description being  A "Miracle walk" is where you go out of your house or wherever you are, put your hands out, palms up and say; "Miracles, find me now." And then walk until you see or find one- or more! Be aware that miracles may be disguised or in unlikely places. 

My day started with alot of anxiety, I could not have another day in the house without getting the morning wore on my anxiety got the best of me.  Husband recommended we go to the Raleigh Flea Market, to pick up a couple of trinkets to use later in my art. I always seem to loose myself there.  I thought this would be great (my husband sure knows me).  I did pray this morning; that I wanted God to help take away this anxiety. (give me a miracle)...

We get there it's a bit nippy out but I am just so thankful to be outside.  I start to loose myself in all the wonderful things around me.  This time of year there are so many vendors out, making it a real treasure hunt.  It seems everyone was in such good spirits.  Every booth we stopped at I had a conversation just about small stuff (there's so much "Fun in the Small Things").  My first encounter was with an older man asking where I got my coffee..which doesn't seem big..but he was such a nice man, endearing eyes.  Then my daughter and I stopped at another booth, because she see's a little porcelain doll that catches her eyes, (she had a budget of a 1.00, but the softy that I am (when it comes to a girl wanting a doll, she got more out of she got the doll).  The gentleman that was manning that booth was so sweet and nice, he gave Mya 4 decks of old baseball cards to give to Luke in is stocking this year.

We head down to the pretzel stand for a little energy boost and that man is so incredible nice.  SO you might ask...where did you find your miracle???  I found it in every person that crossed my path, each one was a little piece of what God wanted me to see today, each person showed me what kindness could mean.  This I am so grateful for...GOD is good!  May you find small miracles all around you in your day.

My 1st day 27 Challenge is below...thank you for stopping by. 

Blooming Cards..Day 27.

I have a girlfriend in California whose birthday is in December.  I decided to make a card and use it as my project for the day.  It's really amazing how time just seems to pass you right by the older we get.  She texted me yesterday saying "Can you believe we met 16yrs ago today.  It just about knocked me flat on my tush.  Where did this time go.  We have gone through the my marriage and divorce then my remarried, a birth, and the death of her husband and so much in between with each other.  It hardly seems like 16yrs.  If you read my blog on friendship, she is the friend that miles and across country keeps us separate, but when talk it feels like no time has lapsed at all.  I love this girl, she was my rock in so many ways and I hers.  She knows the good and the bad of still loves me so unconditionally, she has never judged ANYTHING about me.  I am truly blessed to have this friend in my life.  I Love you girl..

The card is simple but I know she will love and appreciate it.  Wish I could deliver it in person.

The picture isn't that good, but I used sparkles in center of the flowers..Ms. Rhonda loves sparkles. ;-)

Friday, November 26, 2010

So creative..Day 26th..

WOW....what an amazing Thanksgiving we had, so much food and laughs. Woke up still full...I had to roll out of  Well today I didn't really know what to create, the kids were kinda in one of those what do we do today, so my husband told them to go create something.  Mya came down with this picture of a elf and princess and a crown.  This is a picture of Mya and her drawing.

My step-son Luke made a Battle Droid he love Lego's.

Luke came to me asking for a web-site because he wanted to start trading Lego's Star Wars men online with his friends, and to make new friends.  So we have been working together to build his own blog (for his age (9) I figured a blog was easier to work through).  It took us a few hours to do, so I am using this as my creative project today..He would love it if you scooted on over and took a look and maybe if you wouldn't mind he to would more then be so excited to have a few followers.  The title is "Fun 4 Lego".  Thank you for stopping by, have a great creative day. Until tomorrow keep creating and have some more pie and turkey. ;-)

Thursday, November 25, 2010


As you could imagine just like the rest of the world, the house smells wonderful...yummy!!! I've between cooking cooking and more cooking, but I found time between all that and I ran into my little blue room and created this page in my altered journal.  On this day I reflect on what I am truly Thankful for.  I am truly blessed to have such an amazing family, friends.  I am in great health God continues to bless my family everyday I am so thankful.  Find the joy and peace in the small things.  Happy up for fuel for Black Friday!!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Friend what does it mean...Day 24 of Challenge

Friend..what does that word mean to you?  I have been dealing with this alot lately, what is a true friend. everyone's definition is different. For me it has many meanings.

I think I have alot of people I consider an acquaintance (someone who you see here and there but never really hangout with) then there are the people you might hangout with here and there, but never really form a strong bond, you like these people but you really don't have alot in common so you usually hang with a group don't hang out separately or talk much on phone.  Then there is your closest friend/s the one you can without a shadow of a doubt confide in, trust with everything, they have your back no matter what. They tell you honestly if you butt looks to big in the jeans/dress.  They are happy for you when something good happens in your life, they are not jealous or envious.  You can be states away and when you talk there seems to be not time missed.  

I have had many friendships in my life and alot of those friendships have dissipated (through divorce), and so many are still going strong regardless of distance or time.  I have made new friendships that are amazing, but have been hurt by people that I have felt to be strong friends.  I try not to dwell on it to much and realize that everyone's definition is different so when it hurts I try to remember this.  

During this time of Thanksgiving I am thankful for my strong friendships and I am so grateful for my sweet girlfriends.  I decided to journal about this today.  I am not real crazy about how it turned out, but I got some of my definitions on paper...will continue to work on this.  Have a blessed Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Cherish, Day 23..

I have been reflecting on alot lately, my mind is in constant motion at times I get dizzy just thinking about what I think about.  My poor husband just stares at me with a look of wonder..(not because he is mesmerized by 
me ;-), but I truly think he says "How does she make it through the day without help in doing the everyday things like walking, driving  I have so many things I want to do and feel like there is NEVER enough time, do you ever feel that way??

I have had this idea  for about a 9months now and I can see how it could work (women's yoga/art retreats). I have been researching it and it seems all the fun ones are always in different states.  I would love to incorporate my two loves Yoga/Art and offer it to women in my area.  But my little mind sometimes get's in the way i.e..can I do it, how much would it cost to start it up, would women come, how do I market it?  In between thinking of all those things, I am thinking about a 100 other ideas.  I think in the world they call this ADHD..;-).  To stop the little engine in my mind I went up to my little blue room sat at my desk and just stopped an took a  moment to breathe deep. With a little bit of a clearer mind, I found this little heart I had made awhile ago with the word "Cherish" on it.  So I asked myself, "what do you cherish"?  I cherish my husband, my wonderful children, my amazing grand-babies and my step kids.  I too cherish my closest friends, everyone means so much to me.  Most of all I cherish the one who has made all this possible in my life and that is The Lord.

SO.. I thought I would make a little necklace out of this heart and add some beads and a ribbon in place of a chain.  This will always be a reminder of the things I cherish.  I am off now to do about 20 of the things on my list before Thanksgiving..until tomorrow reflect on what you cherish..

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