Saturday, August 21, 2010

Marshmallow Puffs

Football season has begun and that means that Fall is just around the corner!  The change of season always gets me in the mood to bake.  My dear friend, Earen, taught me how to make Marshmallow Puffs several years ago and now I make them for holiday breakfast treats or when I have out-of-town guests staying overnight.  These wonderful treats are so easy to make but impress my guests every time.  In fact, this post is in response to a request from my sister-in-law who has partaken of these delectable treats.

Marshmallow Puffs


Ingredients:
1 pkg "Big & Flaky Crescent Rolls" (6 rolls)
6 jumbo marshmallows
2 Tablespoons butter, melted
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 Tablespoons sugar

Frosting:

1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup (or more as needed) powdered sugar
1 Tablespoon (or more as needed) milk

Directions:
  1. Open crescent roll package and divide dough at perforations, giving you 6 triangles. 
  2. Combine cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl.
  3. Dip one marshmallow into melted butter and then roll in cinnamon and sugar mixture to coat completely.
  4. Place marshmallow at the long tip of one of the dough triangles.  Roll marshmallow inside dough until you reach the other edge of the triangle.  Pull the right and left corners of the dough up to cover the sides of the marshmallow and pinch the edges closed (*VERY IMPORTANT to make sure that the dough completely covers the marshmallow and is sealed around the edges). 
  5. Place the large round dough ball on a greased cookie sheet or a well-seasoned pampered chef baking stone.
  6. Repeat this process for each of the marshmallows until you have 6 dough balls.
  7. Bake at 375 degrees for 6-8 minutes or until the puffs are slightly golden and puffy.
  8. Remove and cool for about 3 minutes.
  9. Mix frosting ingredients together (sometimes I have a little extra melted butter and cinnamon and sugar that I used to dip my marshmallows in so I'll just add the remaining amounts to my frosting); frosting should be soft and spreadable; add additional powdered sugar/milk as necessary.
  10. Place about a tablespoon of frosting on the top of each warm Marshmallow Puff.  Allow frosting to melt down the edges of each puff.
  11. Serve warm.  
**Leftovers, if there are any :-), can be refrigerated and then heated for about 15-20 seconds in the microwave before eating.
**If you can't find the "Big & Flaky" crescent rolls, the regular size crescent rolls will work but you have to stretch the dough a little more to cover the marshmallows and you will need 8 marshmallows instead of 6.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

How many of you know who Billy Graham is?

OK, so that's not exactly Bible trivia, but today I thought I would write about something I heard in the sermon last Sunday . . .
 When my pastor (& husband :-) asked this question on Sunday, all but 3 people raised their hands (they were teenagers that didn't grow up in the era of Billy Graham Crusades).  My husband then asked, "How many of you actually know Billy Graham?  If someone mentioned your name to Billy, would he know who you are?"  No one raised their hands.  My husband went on to say that this is the difference between knowing who Jesus is and KNOWING Jesus.  You may attend church every Sunday and be able to say that Jesus is the Son of God and died on the cross, etc, etc.  But when you stand before Him on judgement day, will He know you?  Read Matthew 7:21-23.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Sephora....Two Thumbs Way Up!

In a day and age when companies are offering fewer perks and tightening their return policies in an effort to trim expenses, it's refreshing to find a company that still goes above and beyond the call of duty in customer satisfaction.  Ttoday, I've decided to give some serious "props" to that company that stands out in the crowd . . . Sephora.
Since I live in a relatively small town with limited options for shopping, I have started doing a lot of shopping on-line.  When I discovered that Sephora carried most all of my usual beauty products and that they offered free shipping on orders over $50, I decided it was worthwhile to order a few things I needed but didn't have time to drive out of town to get.  They also advertised "Free Returns" so I felt confident that if something didn't work out, I could probably return it without too much hassle.   I placed my order and signed up for their "Beauty Insider" program which earns you points for every purchase you make and leads to lots of freebies.  I must say that I didn't have high hopes when I signed up for this free program . . . with other companies' frequent buyer programs, I've only occasionally earned a free bottle of nail polish, which I had to drive 30 miles to pick up in the store. 

Anyway, my first package arrived from Sephora, along with 3 free samples that I chose from about 12 options.  My first pleasant discovery was that there was actually a free return label included with my order so if something didn't work, I could put that label on a box or envelope and mail back that item completely free of charge.  Or, if I wanted to return it at a store, I could do that.  And, there have been a few items that didn't work for me and they took them back, no questions asked.  Thus began a wonderful new shopping relationship with Sephora. 

As my "beauty bank" continued to grow with points, I was offered deluxe sample sizes of various products that I could get with my points plus I started receiving about 3 offers/week via email of free items and discounts on my next order.  My birthday came and I received a free gift - sample size mascara, small eye shadow and eye liner.  Then my beauty bank reached V.I.B. status . . . I became a Very Important Beauty Insider which now gives me even more freebies, a holiday gift card, 10% off my first purchase and other perks.  When I placed my next order, I received so many free items that I was in awe. . . I've included a picture of all of my freebies below.  Maybe the next time you need new cleanser or foundation, consider purchasing from Sephora.  They treat customers like they appreciate them and that deserves "Two Thumbs Way Up!"


Friday, August 6, 2010

Pores, Pores, Pores!

*Answer to the last Bible Quiz at the end of this post*
Summer time seems to bring out the pores in me!  My guess is that it's a combination of heat and some extra humidity.  Today as I was examining my face, I decided it was time for my favorite pore tightening treatment....

A frothy, egg white mask.  Just crack open an egg and separate the yolk from the white.  Then stir up the egg white a little bit with a fork and then apply the egg white to your face and allow it to dry.  When it hardens completely, you won't be able to crack a smile and your kids might want to run and hide because you will look like a wax mannequin.  But never fear!  Rinse it off with warm water and your skin will feel firmer and your pores instantly tighter. 

*Bible Quiz Answer:
The three articles that were stored in the Ark of the Covenant were 1) a golden jar containing some manna; 2) Aaron's staff that had sprouted leaves; 3) the stone tablets with the 10 Commandments written on them.  Now if you really want some meat to chew on for the week, think about how we can see a fulfillment of each of these things in Christ.  Mind boggling!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Wednesday Bible Quiz

What are the three things that were kept inside the Ark of the Covenant?
*Answer in Friday's Post*

Monday, August 2, 2010

Don't just soap it....foam it!

Foaming soap dispensers are very popular these days.  Personally, I love the ones from Bath & Body Works but Dawn and Dial have some too that work great.  These dispensers are wonderful because they help cut down on the amount of water needed to wash your hands and/or dishes.  Of course, the manufacturers of most of these soap dispensers tell you that you must buy their special refill soap to reuse these dispensers.  Not so!  Here's how to use those dispensers with regular soap, saving you lots of soap and $$. . .

Using a ruler, measure 1/2" from the bottom of the dispenser.  Fill the empty soap dispenser with regular soap up to this 1/2" mark.  Then add water to fill the dispenser so it is 3/4 of the way full.  Replace the lid on the dispenser, shake a few times and you have a foaming dispenser filled and ready for use.  I've used various dish soaps (i.e., Dawn, Palmolive, Joy) as well as Dawn Hand Renewal with Olay Beauty and they work great!  The only soaps that might not work too well in this context are the heavily lotioned soaps.

Happy Foaming!