August 08, 2021

Reader Emails

Posting "Reader Mail" recently was pretty fun, and I'd like to do that now and again. I'd had the idea to do posts about news from readers (things people may want to share--like an engagement, a new baby, buying a house, paying off debt, adopting a pet, etc), as well as bargain finds from readers (cool things you may have picked up at a garage sale or thrift store), or other topics that I write about on my blog. (Over the last decade, my blog has gone from mainly weight loss and running to a smorgasbord of DIY, thrifty finds, recipes, mental health, pets, and other stuff.) So rather than making several separate posts like that, I may just post emails from readers now and then if it relates to something I generally write about. (And don't worry, I will always ask permission before sharing something.)

Anyway, here are a few reader emails to share!

This first one is a recipe from a woman named Lynette. She had seen my posts about all the peaches I bought and wanted to send me her favorite peach recipe. It sounded so good to me that I made it the very next day! It turned out to be delicious (my family ate it all within 24 hours) and I asked her if I could share it here. Here is what she wrote about it, and the recipe itself:
"It is a simple recipe but oh so good. And it is almost impossible to ruin. I accidentally scorched the marshmallow mixture once and I really did not want to throw it away. I carefully avoided the scorched areas and to my surprise, the recipe was still perfect. If you do not try it this year, I encourage you try it sometime. I love that it uses fresh peaches because you can really taste the peaches."

Peaches and Cream

44 large or approximately 4-1/2 cups mini marshmallows
2T lemon juice
2T orange juice
1-1/2 cups fresh peaches, peeled and sliced peaches (I usually slice the peaches into wedges and then slice into small bite-size pieces)
1 cup whipping cream, whipped

Melt marshmallows and juices over low heat. Refrigerate until partially thickened. Add peaches and whipped cream. Pour into 9-inch pan with graham cracker crust. Refrigerate.

For the graham cracker crust, I just use 1 pkg + 2 crackers of graham crackers (made into crumbs), 1/4 cup melted butter and 1/4 cup sugar. I apologize as I am not sure of the exact measurement of graham cracker crumbs.

If you try this recipe, I hope you like it as much as I do.

Best wishes,

Well, I tried it and loved it! I did a terrible job on the crust (it did not stay together--from what I read online, I don't think my butter was melted enough) but that didn't change the taste at all. I imagined this in a pie plate, but I chose to use a square baking pan instead (just easier to portion out). I hope that it looks how it was supposed to, haha--but it was easy to make and it was definitely the perfect summertime dessert! Thank you for sharing. (I bet this would be good with pretty much any summer fruit--strawberries would be delicious)

Here is a printer-friendly version of Lynette's recipe!

This next email is from Elaine in Nebraska. She actually sent this for a Transformation Tuesday post, but she didn't have a "before" photo. I only post transformations with before and after photos, but the organizer in me loved this "after" photo of her spices--so I wanted to share this regardless. Despite the fact that I love to organize, my spices are a total mess right now--this inspired me and I hope to get mine organized like this soon. Thank you for sending this, Elaine! It looks so nice and neat.

"Hi Katie-

I'm heeding the call for transformation pictures. Alas, no "before" pictures, but it's not too difficult to visualize a jumble of spice jars of varying sizes and ages. I wasted so much time trying to find what I needed when cooking a meal, and finally had had enough. I ordered these spice racks, but the labels that came with them really didn't match everything that I had, so I went with 1-inch labels from an office supply store and made my own labels with my label maker. Under each label, I wrote the "best by" date in pencil, so I have a clue as to how old my spices are, and can update as needed. Lastly, I alphabetized them! Such a small but rewarding project to finally tame those spices! 

--Elaine from Nebraska"

This email is from Karen, who wanted to share a thrifty find that she and her husband bought. I love finding used items that are perfect for what I've been looking for; I've furnished pretty much my entire house from Facebook Marketplace!
"We got this single floor lamp from Craigslist for $75.00, and put it in our living room. We got this pair of buttercream yellow floor lamps from Craigslist and put one on either side of the bed, and we only paid $75.00 for the pair. We didn't talk anybody down--we paid the asking price. We love all of them!

- Karen"

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