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Homemade Gourmet Marshmallows with Emma August 19, 2011

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Today my friend Emma came over for a girls day! We spent our afternoon chatting, making homemade gourmet marshmallows, tying knots for necklaces, and more chatting. I’ve made marshmallows before, but it ended with powdered sugar all over me and my kitchen, every dish dirtied, and funky shaped sugar blobs. This time I tried a few new things and it went so much more smooth! We didn’t even make as big of a mess as I did last time!

You could buy some marshmallows and skip right to the decorating part, but then you’d miss out on all the sugary fun! You’ll need:

  • 4 envelopes unflavored gelatin
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 11/2 cups light corn syrup
  • 11/2 cups water (divided in half)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 11/2 cups confectioner’s sugar

Generously grease a 9×13 dish, line with aluminum foil, and generously grease the foil. You think you’re overdoing it? You’re definitely not.

Put the granulated sugar, corn syrup, salt, 3/4 cup water in a medium saucepan over high heat. Bring it to a boil and boil for 8 minutes.

Meanwhile put the other 3/4 cup of water in the bowl of a stand mixer. Empty the 4 packets of gelatin into the water and let set for 5 minutes.

Once the sugary mixture has boiled for 8 minutes, slowly pour it into the water/gelatin mixture. Using the whisk attachment, whisk on high for 13 minutes. Add vanilla and whisk for 2-3 additional minutes. Empty the marshmallow into the greased dish and let set in the refrigerator for 1.5 hours.

When the time is up, slide the marshmallow onto a baking sheet and remove the foil. This isn’t the tidiest project. Now’s not the time to care about that. Spray a pizza cutter and start cutting the marshmallow into cubes. Fully cover the cubes in confectioner’s sugar so it’s not sticky.

You could stop here if you just wanted plain ole mallows, but why would you do that if you’ve spent all this time on making homemade ones? Melt almond bark in a small saucepan and assemble your toppings. We used: Graham crackers, peppermint, Heath bar, sprinkles, cocoa powder, cinnamon sugar, and Andes mints. We also tried granola and poppy seeds. Don’t use those last two ideas, they weren’t as good.

Get an assembly line set up. Dunk the marshmallow top in melted almond bark, then dip in toppings. When you get them all done, out them in the fridge again so the almond bark can set.

Meet our sweet cast of characters:

After tasting most of the toppings, cocoa powder definitely gets my vote. Emma thought of it and I’m so glad she did. The cocoa powder is unsweetened and bitter, but the marshmallows provide all the sweetness needed. Yum!!

I had a blast spending the afternoon with Emma and I can’t wait til our next girls day! Maybe once our blood sugar levels get back to normal we’ll take on something less sweet.

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Getting to Know You, Getting to Know All About You August 9, 2011

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Everyone has quirky traits about them. I’m not talking about nervous ticks or habits, more like random behaviors you have adopted along the way. You don’t necessarily hide them, but you certainly don’t put them on display. I’m talking about the things that make you weird. How you eat peanut butter straight out of the jar, twist your Oreos counterclockwise, or always put your parking brake on even when you are level ground in your own garage.

I have lots of these. Ask my sweet Lovey. We both agree I’m a little weird. But two things have happened in the past few weeks that have made me feel just a little less weird and a little less like an island.

First, its important to know that I started a new job. I don’t think I’ve mentioned that here yet. I’m working with a jam up team of crazy cool people in Fellowship Kids, at our church- Southside Fellowship. I’ve been there for about 2.5 months, so I’m just now getting to that fun point of getting to know people. It’s no longer best behavior and surface questions. I’m getting to the part that includes family backgrounds, current heart issues, and especially day-to-day habits.

Ever since high school, I have always drawn little squares next to my to-do list items. Some people do dots or little hyphens. I draw an entire box. How else would I be able to check it off? Drawing that little check in the little box…. Ahhh- what a sense of accomplishment! Strikeouts? Those are for boring people. I thought I was the only person in the world that did that. I mean who else is going to actually draw an entire box just to put a check mark in it later?… My officemate. I happened to oversee her to-do list one day and went nuts. ‘You draw boxes too??’

Fast forward a few weeks. I go out to lunch with another coworker at Chick-fil-a. We order, get our drinks, and head to the condiment station. We grab our napkins and go for the straws. I was fully expecting to have to give an explanation of why I drink out of a kids bendy straw in the purple wrapper, rather than the adult straw in the red wrapper. Except our hands bumped as they both tried to grab a purple kids bendy straw at the same time.

I’m not sure I’d call it validation, but it’s sure nice to know that you’re not the only person in the world that draws check boxes or uses kids straws. I’m so thankful that God allows us to experience commonalities in life, even if they are trivial. Thank you Jesus for that ‘you do so-and-so? Me too’ moment. Thank you for the reminder that we aren’t alone in this and that you made us to be relational and connected.

 

CSA 6 and Beautiful Friends June 27, 2010

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Another week of gorgeous veggies, another week of yummy nutritious meals. This week, we got what I now know are patty pan squash (these are yellow, we got green and white last week), beans, potatoes, tomatoes, and eggs.

Because we didn’t know what to call this type of squash last week, we made up our own recipe. And it was DELICIOUS! So if you ever happen to have patty pan squash on hand- here are two ways to make them.

The Lindsay & Josh experimental method: Slice the squash. We used our new mandolin and it worked wonders. Lightly coat in olive oil and sprinkle on some salt, pepper, fennel fronds, and Mrs. Dash Onion & Herb. Or just use whatever is in your spice rack and sounds good. Then grill them. Really tasty!

Robin the Farmer’s method: Cut it in half and spray nonstick stuff on the cut side. Lay them cut side down on a baking sheet and bake until soft. Turn them over, put a little pat of butter and cheese on top and broil until cheese is melted. We are going to try her method this week.

In other news, my sweet friends Katie and Chris are getting married at the end of July! Katie is a dear, dear friend since third grade, and Chris is a good friend since college. Chris (of Chris Isham Photography) shot our wedding and did an amazing job. They had a couples shower Friday night and it was a blast. Here are a some shots of the evening-

Katie and Chris- Can’t wait to share in new memories, and watch how God works in your journey as one.