As this holiday season kicks off your email folder most likely resembles mine, which is filled with requests from every charity known to humankind! With pleas for help written to inspire generosity, I often find that it has the opposite effect when received in bulk. I’m suddenly repelled and take on a Scrooge-like attitude!
Why then, would I put out two holiday singles (Jingle Bells and Home For The Holidays) in an effort to raise money for Polar Bears? Well, they are in deep do-do (melting ice due to warming temperatures) so they have to swim longer distances in order to find their dinner (ice seals) and often drown due to longer swims or starve because their fat reserves run out before they are able to restore them. Imagine the disappointment of doing a marathon swim while you’re starving to death only to find there’s no food once you reach the finish line. Brutal!
Also, after all the years I’ve been singing, I have found that music truly heals. It feels good to share a song you like with friends and loved ones (You can send last minute gifts by clicking “Gift This” button on iTunes), they’ll feel good when they receive it because they'll know you were thinking of them and it brings me joy to sing to you. It will also raise money for research on polar bear population, habitat, maternal den studies, body condition, help aid policy-makers in setting regulations and education/research on the effects of greenhouse gases. Now, that's quite a stocking stuffer!
I’ve chosen to work with National Resource Defense Council (www.NRDC.org) because they work to safeguard the earth – its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends; and Polar Bears International (www.polarbearsinternational.org) because they are on the forefront of Polar Bear research.
I’m an Alaskan girl who loves Polar Bears and now my daughter, Loden, does too. Can’t imagine the holidays without the image of the iconic Polar Bear on greeting cards, wrapping paper, ornaments, etc! Please help us protect them for future generations by purchasing Jingle Bells and Home For The Holidays from iTunes. Sharing is caring, so please feel free to pass on this message before it melts!
Love, Gratitude & Happy Holiday Chill-Out!
Recorded Jingle Bells acoustically with my dear friend, Mike Krompass who is an incredible musician, songwriter, producer and voice impersonator at his studio Twelve Records in LA.
Had a blast at Frank Rosato's Woodcliff Studios, LA recording with my band "In The Black": Herman Matthews (drums), Gabriel Moses (guitar), Michael Mennell (bass) with guest musician Michael Webb on B3 and backing vocalists KW Miller and Michael Mishaw.
Recipe is from one of my favorite sites www.wellnessmama.com
Prep time Total time 5 mins 25 mins Serves 6
Healthy marshmallows made with honey instead of sugar. Can even add probiotics for the health benefits!
4 tablespoons of pasture-raised gelatin powder
1 cup of water 1 Tablespoon of Marshmallow Root (optional) 1 cup of organic/sustainable/gmo free local honey
1 teaspoon vanilla or other flavor optionals (mint extract, lemon, cocoa powder, etc) Optional: 4 capsules of probiotics. Shelf stable recommended
Equipment: A small sauce pan, plus a hand mixer & a metal bowl- or a kitchen aid mixer if you have one
Optional Step: Combine 1 cup of warm water with the 1 tablespoon of Marshmallow Root and let sit for 5 minutes (or as long as overnight in the fridge), Stir well and strain. Make sure that the liquid makes a while cup.
Pour 1⁄2 cup of water(marshmallow mix if you used it) into the metal bowl or mixer bowl and add the gelatin. Whisk slightly to incorporate and let sit.
Pour the other 1⁄2 cup of water and the 1 cup of honey into the small saucepan.
Slowly bring the water and honey mixture to a boil. If you have a kitchen thermometer, you want it to
reach at least 240 degrees. If not, just keep boiling, stirring constantly for 8 minutes.
Slowly start pouring the honey/water mixture into the bowl with the gelatin mix (which will be hardened
Turn on the mixer or hand mixer and keep on medium as the honey mixture is added.
When add honey mix is added, turn the mixer to high and blend with the mixer for another 10-15 minutes
or until it forms a stiff cream the consistency of marshmallow cream (it should form gentle peaks).
Add the probiotics and any flavor ingredients for the last 2 minutes of mixing (except cocoa powder which
can be added to the honey mix in the saucepan).
Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish with coconut oil, or line with parchment paper, leaving some on the sides
to be able to pull up.
When marshmallows are whipped, pour into the lined/greased dish and smooth evenly.
Let sit at least 4 hours (overnight is better).
Flip on to a cutting board and cut with a well-oiled pizza cutter or knife.
Store in an airtight container.
Do NOT store in the fridge as they will melt. Store in an airtight container at room temperature. The probiotics will decrease the shelf life to 3-4 days. Without the probiotics, these will last 2-3 weeks on the counter.
Homemade Marshmallows are a wonderful holiday treat! We make S’mores by adding the marshmallows to gluten free/nut free/vegan graham crackers (We like Kinnickick S’moreables) and chocolate chips (We like Enjoy Life mini chips) then slightly melt them over a fire or in the toaster oven! Yum! XXX