Get the recipe and watch how Mendl’s Courtesan au Chocolate from The Grand Budapest Hotel is made here.
These marshmallows were pretty and delicious. The recipe I used is from the December issue of Bon Appetit magazine, and can be found here on their website. Next I want to try these rose water marshmallows created by Mimi Thorisson of Manger, my most favorite food blog ever!
It’s amazing to me how easy it was to make marshmallows. It sounds so complicated, but really it’s as simple as making a sugar syrup and mixing it with gelatin. Here are some pictures of how mine turned out:
My coconut layer didn’t turn out quite as fluffy as the orange one. I think this was because I let the sugar syrup go over the temperature it was supposed to be at.
They look oh-so-pretty rolled in powdered sugar and placed in a glass dish!
I may sound cliche, but I can’t help myself: this is my favorite time of the year! There are just so many warm feelings (and food) being passed around. This is usually also the time of year when I am most productive. It makes me wonder why we don’t just keep that festive spirit around all the time, think of all the stuff that would get done! Of course, I understand that there are also those people out there that wish the festivities would stick to one day, NOT the whole month of December (my husband is one of them). While I respect that, it’s not going to keep me from stringing lights, making origami trees and stars, planning a cookie baking session with my sisters and making gifts. On second thought, it’s probably a good thing we don’t stretch the holidays year round considering all those cookies.
This week I loved:
Seth Godin says don’t be afraid to start something new because “it’s been done before”
Take this global poverty quiz. For me it put this coming holiday season, and my spending in general into perspective. Part of living a simple life is to give more, and I think I really need to re-evaluate my spending priorities!
A study on lasting relationships, which just confirms what we all already know, kindness is the key.
This beautiful hiking journal makes me want to hike, backpack, and journal more!
I am doing The Road to Christmas Bible study by Love God Greatly. To get the materials just sign up for their emails.
This post is a little late, since the grapes are all gone here, but I still wanted to share my grape juice with you. It is the easiest thing I’ve ever canned, and tastes delicious (although nothing like the store bought kind)! We always drink this mixed with seltzer to make sparkling grape juice on the holidays with my family.
Directions: Wash and preheat jars. Place 1 cup washed and stemmed grapes into each clean, hot jar. Add 1/4 – 3/4 cup sugar, and fill each jar the rest of the way with boiling water. Stir a couple of times, wipe rims, and screw on clean lids. Process in a hot water bath for 20 minutes. This juice gets better with time. To use just strain the grapes out and serve.
I made bread today since we ran out yesterday. Fresh bread is the best thing, right out of the oven with butter melting into it. I used Pennies & Pancakes oatmeal bread recipe, only I reduced the sugar to 2 tsp. It turned out great. (Except for the spot that burned in the top. It rose so high it touched the heating element in my little oven!) I have been sick for a couple days and my Mother-in-law sent some delicious homemade chicken noodle soup home for me. I finished it up today with a slice of this bread, and it was so good!
This week I loved:
A simple place to live by Courtney Carver is about what the meaning of home really is.
A really neat pen pal story between a ten-year old american girl and an enemy of the United States, the dictator of Panama.
I would love to try this new drink.
This is a post from last year, but I thought it was lovely, and found it when looking up information about Keen’s bern baby bern boots.