Surrender And Marshmallows And Other Holiday Thoughts


I think I’ve figured out why I like being Isla’s mom so much.

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It’s because she challenges me. LOL jk, I hate challenges. No, that isn’t it (although she does).

It’s actually because she has a way of forcing me out of my self-appointed role as the controller of all things. Not many people can do that. Parenthood right now is such that I cannot follow through with 55% of my day to day/week to week plans. I simply cannot. Gifts can’t be wrapped, meals cooked, hair washed, floors swept, or TV watched when you’re literally being pulled to each and every corner of your disgusting house to “help” or “puh-lay” or “lo-shun” your toddler.

Isla loves lotion now. That’s a new thing.

I am getting so much better at the surrender though.

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Today found us staying in with a vaseline scalp treatment for her itchy little winter head instead of going to get a new tire and car wash. We made homemade marshmallows to package for some of the special people in our lives this year for Christmas. I want to share this recipe I’ve used for years now with you in case there’s someone in you’re life who you don’t know what to buy for. Or you’re low on cash and creativity. Or you simply have some cute jars but don’t know what to fill them with.

I use this recipe from The Clever Carrot. It’s corn-syrup free and such a hit. The only adaptations I’ve made in previous years was adding flavors. Last year I added hibiscus syrup to the mallow mixture, and they were so pretty. I’ve never made these and they flop. They’re so delicious and cute.

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Guys? Whip these up during your child’s nap time. Let them sit on your kitchen counter overnight (covered with a tea towel) and then the next day, when they’re napping again, cut them up, toss them in powdered sugar and corn starch, and put them in a jar. Then give them away to someone who could use a jar of fresh marshmallows.

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If you’re wondering why this batch looks a little brown, it is because I added more vanilla than usual, AND because I didn’t allow the marshmallow liquid beat for the full 10-15 minutes, making them creamy white. They still taste phenom! But…you really should follow Emilie’s instructions better than I did. She has set us all up for success with this recipe. 🙂

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Here’s to surrendering to the holiday madness and to not getting your house clean, but instead to making one cool thing when you get that precious window of time. Surrendering to an early bed time tonight. To a surprisingly cute dollar store jar. To vaseline hair.

Happy Holidays, friends!

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Katie Cassity
About me

Hey! I’m Katie, wife to Matt and mama to Isla. If you like some things (donuts), but dislike other things (Trisha Yearwood’s Food Network show) then we will probably get along swimmingly! In March of 2015 I gave birth to Isla, and I credit my early postpartum survival to a select few things that I will share in due time. As I continue to sharpen my survival skills along this journey through motherhood, my hope for this blog is that Britney and I will develop a village here where we can connect with you, and you with other readers. Parenting is way hard. Let’s band together to find the humor.

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