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32 Delicious Marshmallow Recipes that No Marshmallow Lovers Should Miss

32 Delicious Marshmallow Recipes that No Marshmallow Lovers Should Miss

Marshmallows make any snack or dessert a party, so here are 32 marshmallow recipes that will make anytime fun time. Some are so delightfully easy, you’ll wonder why you didn’t think of it already. Some are so simple, you’ll want to do them before the day is done. Some are so elegant or out-there, you’ll be eager to impress your family or friends at your next get together. Just remember, any time can be marshmallow time.

1. Funfetti Marshmallow Treats

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    Homemade and full of fun, these sweet bits of confection have sprinkles inside and out.

    2.  Funefetti Sugar Cookies

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      With just a little extra marshmallow fluff in the house, you can stuff it between any two cookies and have yourself a birthday party treat. With a dash of something extra, you can show off you creative side. This recipe can be taken and changed around any way you want.

      3.  Rocky Road Cookie Bar

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        With marshmallow cream, these bars stick with all the good, sweet and nutty stuff.

        4.  Lucky Charms Rainbow Sandwich Cookies

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          Delight the children, or the child in you, and whip up some rainbow charmed treats. The cereal tastes good even without them, so you won’t be wasting the box.

          5.  Cookies and Cream Brownies

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            This is a familiar favorite cookie with a seriously decadent dessert wrapped around it. Be prepared for a sugar high.

            6.  Strawberry and S’mores Tart

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              Elegant and simple, this desert will look like hard work, but it is just as simple as can be. Great for a summer indulgence.

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              7.  Sweet Potato Fries

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                It’s me putting this together, so you know sweet potato something is coming at you. It was either this or the double baked sweet potato halves. And after my experience with sweet and spicy sweet potato fries, this one got the best of me.

                8.  Toasted Marshmallow Shot Glasses

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                  So adorable, I’d do this at a mixer in a heartbeat. How fun. With some of your favorite chocolate or coffee liqueur, this would be an unconquerable conversation starter.

                  9.  Toasted Marshmallow Golden Graham S’mores Bars

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                    Could you imagine getting this stack of awesome served to you. Your mouth would fall open and water. This is definitely a good way to spoil some guests and serve up a taste of home.

                    10.  Maple Bacon S’mores

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                      So this has to be a thing. Bacon. Have you heard about it? Bacon everything? At first I wasn’t sure, but then I thought wouldn’t this be fun to get people talking. And if they liked it, wouldn’t that be a fun surprise. So with those thoughts, I think this would be a sure-fire way to get a social get together going.

                      11.  Mallow – Dongs!

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                        Take me back to childhood! Who doesn’t remember and love these bites of wonderful. It is so indulgent, you will feel like you are spoiling yourself.

                        12. Twisty Peeps Pops

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                          Cute and simple and fun is the way to go, so turn your marshmallows into pops. Start with this simple twist on Peeps.

                          13.  Marsmallow Paninis

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                            It is ooey-gooey goodness, so you have to go there. Stick a couple of triangles in some cold ice cream and voila! Perfection.

                            14.  Pina Colada Marshmallow Fruit Dip

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                              At first I wasn’t so sure, because I thought this was ice cream, but then I realized it was a fruit dip, and a fantastique one too. Ooh-la-la!

                              16.  S’more Sleazy Cookies

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                                Apparently easy is sleazy, so way to go and get bad. This would be fun with some young ones who’d enjoy playing with their food before they eat it.

                                17.  Parks & Recreation S’more Waffle

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                                  Love the show or not, I love this waffle. Desert me please!

                                  18.  Fluffernutter Brownie Cupcakes Swirl

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                                    Peanut butter, marshmallows and chocolate where born to be together, weren’t they?

                                    19.  S’mores Ice-cream Pie

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                                      This dish could set you you apart from other hosts and hostesses. What a memorable dish. It would be delicious no matter what, but with a little extra care, and it would be oohed and ahhed over in memory.

                                      20.  Marshmallows for Marshmallow Lovers

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                                        If you get a hankering to go all the way homemade, here is a simple recipe to get you going. You can customize and experiment with it. Then, you can start getting more adventuresome. There are some really unique twists on just the marshmallow itself.

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                                        21.  No Bake Marshmallow Rice Krispies Birthday Cake

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                                          Delight the kids with this treat, then think of all the neat things you could make molding this treat into all sorts of shapes. Go beyond the squares. Think outside the box.

                                          22.  The Ooey-Gooey

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                                            The name says it all, doesn’t it. Makes me melt.

                                            23.  Marshmallow Wheels

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                                              You can do so much with this recipe. You start with making fresh marshmallows, then dip them and dress them however you see fit. Customize it for the holidays or for personal taste.

                                              24.  Turtle Chex Mix Marshmallow Treats

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                                                Crunchy party mix all sticky with vending machine weaknesses make this crumbles of yumminess. This would be perfect for your next nosh-feast movie night.

                                                25.  Fluffer Nutter Bites

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                                                  These inviting bite-sized delights are tasty and good for you. No, they are not. But wouldn’t that be great? Because it will be hard to stick to the one bite at a time rule.

                                                  26.  6-layer Chocolate Cake with Marshmallow Filling

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                                                    If you want to show yourself off as a kitchen diva or dude, this recipe would do it. Layer up some inspiration and become talk-of-the-town in finally a good way.

                                                    27.  Mississippi Mud Brownies

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                                                      Just wanted to lick the screen because of that glistening chocolate, don’t you? I don’t think any of these recipes are finger food, but I don’t think you’d wait to grab a fork to snatch up one of these.

                                                      28.  S’more Shot Glasses

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                                                        Take one part sweet desert and one part cute glass and you have a very endearing presentation. You almost forget they are in shot glasses.

                                                        29.  S’more Pies

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                                                          Served hot or cold? Slight warm or chilled? I’d have to heat this one up for a few seconds so I could delight in the way it pulls away with each gooey bite full.

                                                          30.  Red Velvet and Marshmallow Cookies

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                                                            This is a recipe that has been made over and over, and it’s a great reminder that you can do so much with it. You have a base, the cookie, some marshmallow cream, and then drizzle or dip it in some sort of chocolate. Get creative with color, and you’ll have something you wouldn’t mind gifting someone at a special holiday.

                                                            31.  Sweet & Salty Guinness Chocolate Pie with Marshmallow Meringue

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                                                              I dare you to try this one out. It sounds like it would be difficult to pull off, but it is that much more interesting because of it. It probably tastes divine. The beer has to give it some sort of signature taste, but in some cases, the beer or liqueur just adds a little note. Serving with a pretzel is a cute way to stay with the theme.

                                                              32.  Snowy Street Marshmallow Ice-cream

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                                                                Just the name alone is enough to make you want to put it on your menu. The recipe plays off of rocky road ice cream, but it is all about vanilla and white chocolate.

                                                                I hope these recipes inspire you to go on and beyond with your love of marshmallows. They really are only the tip of the iceberg because some people have been able to fill up blogs and books with just recipes about your favorite confection. The love of the marshmallow seems to know no bounds.

                                                                Featured photo credit: Kitchen Konfidence via kitchenkonfidence.com

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                                                                Published on November 14, 2018

                                                                Why You Suffer from Constant Fatigue and How to Deal with It

                                                                Why You Suffer from Constant Fatigue and How to Deal with It

                                                                With our busy, always on lives, it seems that more and more of us are facing constant tiredness and fatigue on a regular basis.

                                                                For many people, they just take this in their stride as part of modern life, but for others the impact can be crippling and can have a serious effect on their sense of wellbeing, health and productivity.

                                                                In this article, I’ll share some of the most common causes of constant tiredness and fatigue and give you some guidance and action steps you can take to overcome some of the symptoms of fatigue.

                                                                Why Am I Feeling Fatigued?

                                                                Fatigue is extreme tiredness resulting from mental or physical exertion or illness.  It is a reduction in the efficiency of a muscle or organ after prolonged activity.[1]

                                                                It can affect anyone, and most adults will experience fatigue at some point in their life. 

                                                                For many people, fatigue is caused by a combination of lifestyle, social, psychological and general wellbeing issues rather than an underlying medical condition.

                                                                Although fatigue is sometimes described as tiredness, it is different to just feeling tired or sleepy. Everyone feels tired at some point, but this is usually resolved with a nap or a few nights of good sleep. Someone who is sleepy may also feel temporarily refreshed after exercising. If you are getting enough sleep, good nutrition and exercising regularly but still find it hard to perform, concentrate or be motivated at your normal levels, you may be experiencing a level of fatigue that needs further investigation. 

                                                                Symptoms of Fatigue

                                                                Fatigue can cause a vast range of physical, mental and emotional symptoms including:

                                                                • chronic tiredness, exhaustion or sleepiness
                                                                • mental blocks
                                                                • lack of motivation
                                                                • headache
                                                                • dizziness
                                                                • muscle weakness
                                                                • slowed reflexes and responses
                                                                • impaired decision-making and judgement
                                                                • moodiness, such as irritability
                                                                • impaired hand-to-eye coordination
                                                                • reduced immune system function
                                                                • blurry vision
                                                                • short-term memory problems
                                                                • poor concentration
                                                                • reduced ability to pay attention to the situation at hand

                                                                Causes of Fatigue

                                                                The wide range of causes that can trigger fatigue include:

                                                                • Medical causes: Constant exhaustion, tiredness and fatigue may be a sign of an underlying illness, such as a thyroid disorder, heart disease, anemia or diabetes.
                                                                • Lifestyle-related causes: Being overweight and a lack of regular exercise can lead to feelings of fatigue.  Lack of sleep and overcommitting can also create feelings of excessive tiredness and fatigue.
                                                                • Workplace-related causes: Workplace and financial stress in a variety of forms can lead to feelings of fatigue.
                                                                • Emotional concerns and stress: Fatigue is a common symptom of mental health problems, such as depression and grief, and may be accompanied by other signs and symptoms, including irritability and lack of motivation.

                                                                Fatigue can also be caused by a number of factors working in combination.

                                                                Medical Causes of Fatigue

                                                                If you have made lifestyle changes to increase your energy and still feel exhausted and fatigued, it may be time to seek guidance from your doctor.

                                                                Here are a few examples of illnesses that can cause ongoing fatigue. Seek medical advice if you suspect you have a health problem:

                                                                Anemia

                                                                Anemia is a condition in which you don’t have enough healthy red blood cells to carry adequate oxygen to the body’s tissues. It is a common cause of fatigue in women.

                                                                Having anemia may make you feel tired and weak.

                                                                There are many forms of anemia, each with its own cause. Anemia can be temporary or long term, and it can range from mild to severe.[2]

                                                                Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

                                                                Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a condition that can cause persistent, unexplained fatigue that interferes with daily activities for more than six months.

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                                                                This is a chronic condition with no one-size-fits-all treatment, but lifestyle changes can often help ease some symptoms of fatigue.[3]

                                                                Diabetes

                                                                Diabetes can cause fatigue with either high or low blood sugars. When your sugars are high, they remain in the bloodstream instead of being used for energy, which makes you feel fatigued. Low blood sugar (glucose) means you may not have enough fuel for energy, also causing fatigue.[4]

                                                                Sleep Apnea

                                                                Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder where sufferers briefly stop breathing for short periods during sleep. Most people are not aware this is happening, but it can cause loud snoring, and daytime fatigue.

                                                                Being overweight, smoking, and drinking alcohol can all worsen the symptoms of sleep apnea.[5]

                                                                Thyroid disease

                                                                An underactive thyroid gland means you have too little thyroid hormone (thyroxine) in your body. This makes you feel tired and you could also put on weight and have aching muscles and dry skin.[6]

                                                                Common lifestyle factors that can cause fatigue include:

                                                                • Lack of sleep
                                                                • Too much sleep 
                                                                • Alcohol and drugs 
                                                                • Sleep disturbances 
                                                                • Lack of regular exercise and sedentary behaviour 
                                                                • Poor diet 

                                                                Common workplace issues that can cause fatigue include:

                                                                • Shift work: Our body is designed to sleep during the night. A shift worker may confuse their circadian clock by working when their body is programmed to be asleep.
                                                                • Poor workplace practices: This may include long work hours, hard physical labour, irregular working hours (such as rotating shifts), a stressful work environment, boredom or working alone. 
                                                                • Workplace stress – This can be caused by a wide range of factors including job dissatisfaction, heavy workload, conflicts with bosses or colleagues, bullying, or threats to job security.
                                                                • Burnout: This could be striving too hard on one area of your life while neglecting others, which leads to a life that feels out of balance.

                                                                Psychological Causes of Fatigue

                                                                Psychological factors are present in many cases of extreme tiredness and fatigue.  These may include:

                                                                • Depression: Depression is characterised by severe and prolonged feelings of sadness, dejection and hopelessness. People who are depressed commonly experience chronic fatigue.
                                                                • Anxiety and stress: Someone who is constantly anxious or stressed keeps their body in overdrive. The constant flooding of adrenaline exhausts the body, and fatigue sets in.
                                                                • Grief: Losing a loved one causes a wide range of emotions including shock, guilt, depression, despair and loneliness.

                                                                How to Tackle Constant Fatigue

                                                                Here are 12 ways you can start tackling the causes of fatigue and start feeling more energetic.

                                                                1. Tell The Truth

                                                                Some people can numb themselves to the fact that they are overtired or fatigued all the time. In the long run, this won’t help you.

                                                                To give you the best chance to overcome or eliminate fatigue, you must diagnose and tell the truth about the things that are draining your energy, making you tired or causing constant fatigue.

                                                                Once you’re honest with yourself about the activities you’re doing in your life that you find irritating, energy-draining, and make you tired on a regular basis you can make a commitment to stop doing them.

                                                                The help that you need to overcome fatigue is available to you, but not until you tell the truth about it. The first person you have to sell on getting rid of the causes of fatigue is yourself.

                                                                One starting point is to diagnose the symptoms. When you start feeling stressed, overtired or just not operating at your normal energy levels make a note of:

                                                                • How you feel
                                                                • What time of day it is
                                                                • What may have contributed to your fatigue
                                                                • How your mind and body reacts

                                                                This analysis may help you identify, understand and then eliminate very specific causes.

                                                                2. Reduce Your Commitments

                                                                When we have too many things on our plate personally and professionally, we can feel overstretched, causing physical and mental fatigue.

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                                                                If you have committed to things you really don’t want to do, this causes irritability and low emotional engagement. Stack these up throughout your day and week, then your stress levels will rise.

                                                                When these commitments have deadlines associated with them, you may be trying to cram in far too much in a short period of time.  This creates more stress and can affect your decision making ability.

                                                                Start being realistic about how much you can get done. Either reduce the commitments you have or give yourself more time to complete them in.

                                                                3. Get Clear On Your Priorities

                                                                If working on your list of to-do’s or goals becomes too overwhelming, start reducing and prioritizing the things that matter most.

                                                                Start with prioritizing just 3 things every day. When you complete those 3 things, you’ll get a rush of energy and your confidence will grow.

                                                                If you’re trying to juggle too many things and are multi-tasking, your energy levels will drop and you’ll struggle to maintain focus.

                                                                Unfinished projects can make you self-critical and feel guilty which drops energy levels further, creating inaction.

                                                                Make a list of your 3 MIT (Most Important Tasks) for the next day before you go to bed. This will stop you overcommitting and get you excited about what the next day can bring.

                                                                4. Express More Gratitude

                                                                Gratitude and confidence are heavily linked. Just being thankful for what you have and what you’ve achieved increases confidence and makes you feel more optimistic.

                                                                It can help you improve your sense of wellbeing, which can bring on feelings of joy and enthusiasm.

                                                                Try starting a gratitude journal or just note down 3 things you’re grateful for every day.

                                                                5. Focus On Yourself

                                                                Exhaustion and fatigue can arrive by focusing solely on other people’s needs all the time, rather than worrying about and focusing on what you need (and want).

                                                                There are work commitments, family commitments, social commitments. You may start with the best intentions, to put in your best performance at work, to be an amazing parent and friend, to simply help others.

                                                                But sometimes, we extend ourselves too much and go beyond our personal limits to help others. That’s when constant exhaustion can creep up on us.  Which can make us more fatigued.

                                                                We all want to help and do our best for others, but there needs to be some balance. We also need to take some time out just for ourselves to recharge and rejuvenate.

                                                                6. Set Aside Rest and Recovery Time

                                                                Whether it’s a couple of hours, a day off, a mini-break or a proper holiday, time off is essential to help us recover, recharge and refocus.

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                                                                Recovery time helps fend off mental fatigue and allows us to simply kick back and relax.

                                                                The key here, though, is to remove ourselves from the daily challenges that bring on tiredness and fatigue. Here’s how.

                                                                Can you free yourself up completely from work and personal obligations to just rest and recover?

                                                                7. Take a Power Nap

                                                                When you’re feeling tired or fatigued and you have the ability to take a quick 20-minute nap, it could make a big difference to your performance for the rest of the day.

                                                                Napping can improve learning, memory and boost your energy levels quickly.

                                                                This article on the benefit of napping is a useful place to start if you want to learn more: How a 20-Minute Nap at Work Makes You Awake and Productive the Whole Day

                                                                8. Take More Exercise

                                                                The simple act of introducing some form of physical activity into your day can make a huge difference. It can boost energy levels, make you feel much better about yourself and can help you avoid fatigue.

                                                                Find something that fits into your life, be that walking, going to the gym, running or swimming. 

                                                                The key is to ensure the exercise is regular and that you are emotionally engaged and committed to stick with it.

                                                                You could also walk more which will help clear your head and shift your focus away from stressful thoughts.

                                                                9. Get More Quality Sleep

                                                                To avoid tiredness, exhaustion and fatigue, getting enough quality sleep matters. 

                                                                Your body needs sleep to recharge.  Getting the right amount of sleep every night can improve your health, reduce stress levels and help us improve our memory and learning skills.

                                                                My previous article on The Benefits of Sleep You Need to Know will give you some action steps to start improving your sleep. 

                                                                10. Improve Your Diet

                                                                Heavy or fatty meals can make you feel sluggish and tired, whilst some foods or eating strategies do just the opposite.

                                                                Our always on lives have us reaching for sweets or other sugary snacks to give us a burst of energy to keep going. Unfortunately, that boost fades quickly which can leave you feeling depleted and wanting more.

                                                                On the other hand, whole grains and healthy unsaturated fats supply the reserves you can draw on throughout the day.

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                                                                To keep energy up and steady, it’s a good idea to limit refined sugar and starches.

                                                                Eating small meals and healthy snacks every few hours throughout the day provides a steady supply of nutrients to body and brain. It’s also important not to skip breakfast.

                                                                Eating a balanced diet helps keep your blood sugar in a normal range and prevents that sluggish feeling when your blood sugar drops.

                                                                11. Manage Your Stress Levels

                                                                Stress is one of the leading causes of exhaustion and fatigue, and can seriously affect your health.

                                                                When you have increased levels of stress at work and at home, it’s easy to feel exhausted all the time. 

                                                                Identifying the causes of stress and then tackling the problems should be a priority. 

                                                                My article on How to Help Anxiety When Life is Stressing You Out shares 16 strategies you can use to overcome stress.

                                                                12. Get Hydrated

                                                                Sometimes we can be so busy that we forget to keep ourselves fully hydrated.

                                                                Water makes up about 60 percent of your body weight and is essential in maintaining our body’s basic functions.

                                                                If we don’t have enough water, it can adversely affect our mental and physical performance, which leads to tiredness and fatigue.

                                                                The recommended daily amount is around two litres a day, so to stay well hydrated keep a water bottle with you as much as possible.

                                                                The Bottom Line

                                                                These 12 tips can help you reduce your tiredness and feeling of fatigue.  Some will work better than others as we are all different, whilst others can be incorporated together in your daily life.

                                                                If you’ve tried to make positive changes to reduce fatigue and you still feel tired and exhausted, it may be time to consider making an appointment with your doctor to discuss your condition.

                                                                Featured photo credit: Annie Spratt via unsplash.com

                                                                Reference

                                                                [1]Oxford English Dictionary: Definition of fatigue
                                                                [2]NHS Choices: 10 Reasons for feeling tired
                                                                [3]Verywellhealth: What is chronic fatigue syndrome
                                                                [4]Everyday Health: Why does type 2 diabetes make you feel tired
                                                                [5]Mayo Clinic: Sleep apnea
                                                                [6]Harvard Health: The lowdown on thyroid slowdown

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