With all of the excitement of Christmas, only three things got crossed off of our Advent list.
Brent helped the kids build a huge fort in our basement on Christmas Eve day:
Once they had the fort built, they made birthday cards for Jesus inside:
And the part I was most nervous for ended up being pretty easy - homemade marshmallows! We followed this recipe exactly.
Basically, you bring water, sugar and corn syrup to a boil and let it get to 235 degrees.
While the sugars are cooking, you add the unflavored gelatin to some water in the mixing bowl and let it soak for a few minutes.
As it whips, for 10 minutes, it gets white and fluffy.
It immediately gets poured into a greased pan to set up overnight.
This is the part I was most nervous for - I was afraid the marshmallow was not going to come out of the pan. In preparation for it, I made up a little mixture of corn starch and powdered sugar. I had read that it helps your knife not stick to the marshmallow and it prevents it from sticking to the cutting board.
Surprisingly, the marshmallow popped out pretty easily when I flipped the pan upside down and onto my cutting board.
I dipped our pizza cutter in the corn starch/powdered sugar mixture and sliced right through the marshmallow. After I cut these long strips, I cut smaller pieces off of them to make them about the size of a large marshmallow.
After the small pieces were cut, we tossed them in the corn starch/powdered sugar mixture so they wouldn't stick together.
And that was it - they taste like marshmallows! You can flavor them if you wish, so peppermint may be fun to try next year. I was thinking that this summer, I would cut them a little larger to use on our S'mores - but other than hot chocolate and S'mores, I couldn't think of anything else you would use them for. Maybe popcorn balls? Any ideas?