Share Your World — 1/31/22

It’s already the last day of the first month of the new year. Can you believe that? Anyway, it’s time for another edition of Share Your World from the lovely and talented Melanie. She’s tossed us some interesting ones today. Here goes…

What is one topic you love to talk about?

Just one topic? Where’s the fun in that? Let’s see, how about myself? No, that’s a bit too narcissistic. Okay then, sex, religion, and politics. Oh wait, those are the three things you’re not supposed to talk about in “polite” company. Okay, fine. Let me bore you to death talking about my young grandchildren. Hey, I’ve got thousands of pictures of them on my iPhone, too. Wanna see?

Suppose there was a magical wizard standing right in front of you and you could turn your life into anything you wanted, what would you do?

I’d say to this so-called magical wizard, “My life is just fine right now the way it is, thank you very much. Now please step out of my way.”

Could you adjust to life without any internet?

I somehow managed to live the first 40+ years of my life without the World Wide Web. So I think I could also manage to live the relatively few remaining years of my life without the internet if I had to. In fact, my life might be more peaceful without it.

What do you think is unique about the human ‘animal’ (homo sapien)?

Humans are more dangerous to each other and destructive to our environment than any other animal.

Share some encouraging words that you’d say to someone who was feeling down.

Would you like to try one of my magic marshmallows?

27 thoughts on “Share Your World — 1/31/22

  1. SadiRose January 31, 2022 / 10:13 am

    Are your marshmallows kosher? If so, I’m in!

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    • Marleen January 31, 2022 / 12:18 pm

      Good question! Inquiring minds want to know.

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    • Fandango January 31, 2022 / 12:59 pm

      Good question. I think they are dairy.


      • Marleen January 31, 2022 / 2:44 pm


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  2. newepicauthor January 31, 2022 / 12:47 pm

    I have never had a magic marshmallow, but they do look interesting.

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    • Fandango January 31, 2022 / 1:07 pm

      Tasty to eat with a very, very mellow high.

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  3. Sadje January 31, 2022 / 9:23 pm

    A grandparent can never tire of talking about their grandkids.

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  4. bushboy January 31, 2022 / 11:12 pm

    I picked up a hitch hiker one evening. She said she was a witch. Pfftt I said. She said she could turn me into anything! Pfftt I said again. She reached over and put her hand on my upper thigh. I turned into a motel 🙂

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  5. Nope, Not Pam February 1, 2022 / 2:15 am

    Marshmallows are good 🙂

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  6. Marleen February 1, 2022 / 11:07 am

    A few paragraphs down, this is said but never (as far I saw therein) explained:

    What you may not know is that a large number of marshmallows contain traces of milk. As a result, the confectionary item is technically categorized as a dairy food product.

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    • Marleen February 1, 2022 / 11:09 am

      What is dairy?

      Dairy is a term used to describe any food that comes from animal milk, such as cream, cheese, yogurt, and butter. Though dairy is the term for ANY animal milk products, most folks reference dairy in relation to cow’s milk products. Sheep’s milk or sheep’s milk cheese is a dairy product, but we don’t often think of that when discussing dairy in the U.S.

      Brands of dairy-free marshmallows

      Since most brands of marshmallows are safe for a dairy-free diet, it’s not hard to find them at your local grocery store. Here are some dairy-free marshmallow brands you might want to look for.

      She lists dairy free plus (*) gluten free brands.

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      • Marleen February 1, 2022 / 11:11 am

        … the most common source of dairy; so as long as it is not obtained from a non-kosher species (cholov beheimah temei’ah) and is not categorized as milk from an unsupervised or unverified source (cholov akum), milk is always kosher.

        {Yet, it is generally marked as kosher if it is — in order to signify that it has indeed been supervised as to source and so forth (including not being contaminated) as the FDA has an interest, too, but to a lesser extent.}

        What Is The Meaning Of A Hechsher?

        A Hechsher is a rabbinical certification or endorsement, particularly concerning food products, that meets traditional Jewish dietary laws. It is also referred to as a Kosher Certification.

        What Does Kosher Mean?

        The English term ‘kosher’ is derived from the Hebrew “kashér,” which means proper, pure, or suitable for consumption.


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      • Marleen February 1, 2022 / 11:35 am


        Marshmallows are made from sweeteners like corn syrup, sugar, and dextrose. They also contain stabilizers/emulsifiers like modified corn starch and tetrasodium pyrophosphate. Gelatin is added to help the marshmallows form their classic structure. Finally, natural flavoring and coloring are included as ingredients.

        Outside of regular marshmallows, there is a marshmallow product called marshmallow creme. The texture of this is thinner than a traditional marshmallow because it is meant for scooping or spreading. Instead of gelatin as an ingredient like regular marshmallows, this product usually contains dried egg whites and cream of tartar.

        While marshmallows and marshmallow creme have the color of milk and possibly a texture of a heavily whipped cream, they do not contain dairy. While marshmallows are dairy-free, it is wise to check the ingredients before you buy if you are looking to avoid dairy.

        As you can see above, marshmallows do not exactly contain healthy ingredients. You can make them slightly healthier by making your own marshmallows. Check out the video below for instructions. While these are a bit of a pain to make, they do taste better than store-bought products. ***

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        • Marleen February 1, 2022 / 11:40 am

          They don’t tell us here. I’d sssume it’s not kosher, nor halal.

          There are kosher gelatins, but you have to seek them out (they aren’t the norm). I’ve looked into them a few times, and it would take quite a while to explain the options. Meanwhile, you can just pick one when you do a search… and try it.

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          • Marleen February 1, 2022 / 12:17 pm

            Here’s what we can glean:

            Each batch is whipped, cut, and gussied up by hand using coconut oil infused with solventless hash—100% premium, single-origin Red Congolese sativa, to be exact— ensuring a tasty, pure, and rapidly bioavailable edible that actually tastes as good it looks.

            Current flavors include Birthday Cake, Brown Butter Sage, Strawberry Shortcake, Peanut Butter Pretzel, S’Mores, and more, with availability …

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        • Marleen February 1, 2022 / 12:07 pm

          Here is a frosting I had quite often (for occasions like birthdays or whatever), as a child. I’ve also made it a few times, as an adult. Curiously, the cream of tartar is no longer in the list of ingredients. Yes, we whipped fresh eggs; we didn’t use egg powder (I’ve never bought such a product).

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          • Marleen February 1, 2022 / 12:55 pm

            That (white mountain) frosting, made with egg whites (not whole eggs) and, when I’ve made it, cream of tartar as well, came from the Betty Crocker Cookbook (I have an old copy of the book I either received or bought early when married).

            When made with cream of tartar, the marshmallow frosting will get a slightly crunchy surface to the outer peaks after a couple hours (which I actually liked as a little girl). But the recipe below has a completely different frosting; also looks good.

            Mom always made the white frosting with this cake, sort of; same name. I like the updates whoever does this website made to the cake portion (I, too, would at least get rid of the “shortening” in the original recipe and did do when I’ve made said cake myself).


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        • Fandango February 1, 2022 / 12:51 pm

          You are giving me probably more than I ever wanted to know about marshmallows. 😉


          • Marleen February 1, 2022 / 12:56 pm

            I know, I know… I almost included: “Okay, I’ve said enough now.” 🤣

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          • Marleen February 1, 2022 / 1:02 pm

            I know you really don’t want to hear about all the ins and outs of gelatin (or even only, or especially, kosher gelatin); that would be really long. And I’m sure Sadirose, specifically, already knows… as she probably knows everything except the cake recipe.

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  7. Melanie B Cee February 1, 2022 / 12:49 pm

    Thank you Fandango for Sharing Your World! Marshmallows? Well that kind probably would raise someone’s spirits for a while. As long as the infusion wasn’t over the top. One of my siblings bought some infused gummies while he was in Oakland, and I guess they were mega-cannibis infused. He has insomnia and someone told him they would help him sleep better. Instead he had an allergic reaction….and less sleep obviously. Interesting answer though! Give Marilyn my share, okay? 😄 she needs ’em more than I do! Grandkids ARE the only subject in the world for grandparents. My siblings have both turned into old men sharing photos over the occurrence. It’s cute to watch. I tend to forget (my apologies) that magic and you don’t share space…you’re far too logical. How about if it were Mr. Spock asking you that wizard question? 😉 No need to answer, you do have a beautiful life as is! A lot of us here are ‘pre-wi-fi’ generation members, but we’re becoming rarer. I’ve had an encounter with one young man (maybe 19) who honestly didn’t know what to do without his computerized cash register. The power had failed at his workplace, and he didn’t know how to make change at all. It was rather sad actually. I’m glad I was born ‘before’ actually. The ability to disconnect was amazing. Have a wonderful week Mr. Fandango!

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  8. Marleen February 1, 2022 / 1:08 pm

    Wi-Fi is like magic. So is cooking, at times. I once was following a recipe, with my sister-in-law, for something she loved (banana something or other) from her childhood. At one of the step-points, I tried to tell her we had to go in order. She didn’t think it made sense it would matter. Oh, it mattered (we did it the way she felt like); she was disappointed.

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  9. leigha66 February 6, 2022 / 6:27 pm

    Yummy marshmallows in hot chocolate… hmmm?

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