“You are beautiful no matter what they say
Words can’t bring you down….oh no
You are beautiful in every single way
Yes, words can’t bring you down, oh, no
So don’t you bring me down today…” – Christina Aguilera
The sadness overwhelmed me to be honest. After I read the post (I was lying on the floor avoiding cleaning) I got all misty eyed and MDP came in and asked why was I crying. I told him about the post and he commented that it was sad and knowing me so well said you want to go get in the car and find and hug that woman don’t you. And I smiled because he is right.
Everyone is beautiful. Society, media, and marketing spend a heck of a lot of time trying to convince us we are not. Wrinkles are setting in? Oh no better spend thousands to get that fixed. Not a size 4? Better diet your ass down to one? Can’t do it? Wow, what a loser you are for not having the willpower. What you need are great supplements and pills that will help you. Supplements to suppress your appetite. Suppress your appetite? If you are truly hungry then you need to EAT!!!! Being hungry is your bodies way of telling you it needs food to keep it functioning. You have cellulite? Better not wear shorts and gross everyone out. Everyday this is what we are told. No wonder women (and men) don’t feel beautiful.
We have sections of magazines rating who wore it better….who cares? Why is this a thing?
One of the reasons I joined Live More Weigh Less (not the challenge (that’s free) but the full program (way not free) was not for weight loss. I think we all know where I stand on that. If I lost weight great but whatever. What I wanted out of the program was to be more feminine and to put more fun in my life with my female friends (I do just fine with guy friends). Now it probably makes me a crappy feminist to say that I wanted to be more feminine but the difference is I want that because I want that, not because society does. When I taught school I was uber feminine. I wore adorable heels with bows on them from Anthropologie. Pencil skirts with a little flare at the bottom. Lots of lace and bows. And plaid. When I stopped working in the outside world, that kind of just went away. I convinced myself in that if I’m staying home why do I need to wear make-up or get dress up? I became a frump.
I had tried to de-frump in the past with not a bunch of luck. I was trying too hard. Trying to do too much. Reality was I’m not going to wear a pencil skirt to bake cookies in. BUT I can wear a little make-up (I have to wear moisturizer…or I should, why not tinted?) and I always play up my best asset, my eyes, so there is always a little mascara on. A little color on the cheeks and I’m good to go. It takes like 3 minutes. If that. But I always feel better when I do. Even if I’m just wearing sweats I always feel a little more pulled together so to speak.
If you are doing the challenge with me, my female friends, and some of the female readers of this blog know that you are probably going to be asked to do things you don’t want to do. When I was on the program I was asked to have a dance party (for myself) in my living room for a week for a few minutes a day. I was like ummm, no. That is stupid and I will feel dumb. I did it anyway because I was like obviously I signed up to get out of my comfort zone and that was definitely not in the zip code of my comfort zone. The first two days I mostly was like this is stupid, I feel silly, and of course told the dog to stop judging me. But by day 3 I found myself kind of looking forward to dancing around badly to 80’s music (Pat Benetar and the Go-Go’s) and by day 7 it was just something I did for fun during the middle of the day and do it pretty much every week day to break up the routine. The dog still judges me though.
Point being I challenge you to realize that this is indeed a CHALLENGE. You wouldn’t have decided to sign up if you had not thought to yourself there wasn’t something you wanted to change or be better in your life. I have a pretty amazing life and I appreciate that more than you know even though not everything is hunky dory. But there is always room for improvement and room to be challenged.
One area that people feel challenged and afraid to try is homemade marshmallows. I had asked on Facebook (are you following me?) what flavor would you like to see and a good portion of people said peanut butter. So okay. Peanut butter it is. Which just happens to go amazingly with Peanut Butter Cups…to make a really kick ass S’more.
Marshmallows are pretty easy as long as you have an electric mixer, if you don’t I’m pretty sure you need one…. KitchenAid KSM150PSMC Artisan Series 5-Quart Mixer, Metallic Chrome. Also if you are looking for powdered peanut butter, Bell Plantation makes some called PB2 PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter Bundle – 2 Items: Powdered Peanut Butter 16 oz. and Powdered Chocolate Peanut Butter 16 oz, I use it in my smoothies mostly but it worked really well here.
- PEANUT BUTTER MARHSMALLOWS
- Bloom Stage
- 4 1/2 tsp. unflavored powdered gelatin (2 packets)
- 1/2 cup cold water
- Syrup Stage
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup Lyle’s Golden Syrup, divided…if you cannot find that use corn syrup
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/8 tsp. salt
- Mallowing Stage
- 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract (or in my case vanilla bean paste)
- 4 TBSP powdered peanut butter (Bell Plantation makes a kind called PB2 that is what I used)
- Lightly coat a 8x8 inch baking pan with cooking spray. Use a paper towel to wipe and coat the surface of the pan evenly.
- Add gelatin to a bowl of cold water. Whisk together and let soften for about 10 minutes.
- In a 1 1/2 quart saucepan, stir together the sugar, 1/4 of the corn syrup, water and salt over high heat.
- Boil, stirring occasionally until the temperature reaches 240 degrees F on a candy thermometer. (Make sure the tip does not touch the bottom of the pot)
- While boiling, pour remaining 1/4 cup of corn syrup into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Microwave gelatin on high for about 30 seconds. Stir again and pour into the mixer bowl. Set the speed to low and keep it running.
- When the syrup reaches 240 degrees F, slowly pour it into the mixer bowl.
- Increase speed to medium and beat 5 minutes.
- Increase speed to medium high and beat 5 more minutes.
- Increase speed to highest setting and beat 1-2 minutes.
- Beat in vanilla bean paste and peanut butter powder. Mix until fully incorporated.
- Pour into prepared pan, using an offset spatula to quickly smooth it out.
- Adapted from Marshmallow Madness by Shauna Sever
- To make the S’mores:
- Simply cut the marshmallows (you should get about 9 really large ones), two graham crackers for every marshmallow, and a peanut butter cup for each one as well.
- Torch the marshmallow or microwave for 15 seconds to melt the marshmallow. Serve and enjoy.
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