Marshmallow Follow Up

 I’ve got the marshmallows made, now I should just whip up some graham crackers to go with them…

Bacon Smoresvia tastespotting

add some chocolate and…bacon…?

ohmygosh yes, those are Bacon S’mores. Made with homemade marshmallows and homemade graham crackers.  Man Made DIY posted this yesterday and talk about perfect timing!

The post on tastespotting has a slew of homemade graham cracker and marshmallow recipes, I haven’t gone through all of them yet but I’ll definitely use them as a research tool for my next batch of tasty mallows!

Here’s some good lookin’ grahams:

graham crackers

via bravetart

Graham Crackers recipevia the artful blogger

graham crackers

via piece of cake

and one more tasty, baconless s’more treat for good measure.

campfire bars

via sweetened with honey

Homemade Marshmallows (recipe)

Homemade Marshmallows recipe

There’s a really good bakery in my neighborhood. Like, really good bakery. They call themselves a “dessert boutique,”  and fair enough, I haven’t tasted anything from there that isn’t awesome. A couple weeks ago I tried their marshmallows.  I had never had anything but a Jet Puffed marshmallow and couldn’t believe how amazing a marshmallow could be. It was a melt-in-your-mouth-sugary-goodness piece of heaven.

I must make these.

I had never thought about how marshmallows were made, I always assumed they were super processed and required loads of machinery to produce the little puff of sugar. I was wrong, they are surprisingly easy!

homemade marshmallows
{source recipe}

  • about 1 C confectioner’s sugar, divided
  • 3 1/2 packets unflavored gelatin
  • 1 C cold water, divided
  • 2 C sugar
  • 1/2 C light corn syrup
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 large egg whites (reconstituted powdered egg whites work, too)
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla

You will also need:

  • stand or handheld mixer
  • candy thermometer
  • 13x9x2 baking pan
  • mixing bowls/spoons
  • pizza cutter
Grease a metal 13x9x2 inch pan and cover in confectioner’s sugar.
In a large bowl sprinkle the gelatin over 1/2 C cold water. (if you have a stand mixer, do this in that bowl. I did this all with a hand held mixer and it worked just fine) Let it sit to soften.
In a saucepan combine remaining 1/2 C water, sugar, corn syrup and salt. Stir with a wooden spoon over low heat until sugar is dissolved. Turn up to medium heat. Without stirring, heat mixture to 240º (about 10-12 mins)

marshamallow recipe 1

Pour mixture over gelatin and mix on high speed until mixture becomes white, fluffy and triples in volume. (this takes about 10 mins with a handheld mixer)

marshmallow recipe

In another bowl beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Combine with the marshmallow fluff and add vanilla.  (The recipe I used called for a whole tablespoon of vanilla. I think it ended up being too much, it wasn’t bad, the vanilla taste was pretty strong, so I’m just guessing when I say 2 tsp. vanilla.)

marshmallow goop

Pour the goopy mallow mixture into the pan. This can be messy because the mixture is really sticky. Sift some powdered sugar over the top, and chill for at least 3 hours or even overnight.

After chilling, run a greased knife around the edges to loosen the marshmallows and flip onto a cutting board. I used a pizza cutter sprayed with nonstick spray to cut them. Toss the marshmallows in powdered sugar to completely cover them.

 Store in an air tight container. They last for up to a week, but they’re so good, there’s no way they’ll last that long!

homemade marshmallow recipe

 These little boutique goodies wouldn’t be complete without the proper packaging. So I made some cute labels and packaged them up all nice.

homemade marshmallows

I’m totally pumped to make more of these now. I think it would be fun to play with other flavors: mint, almond, coconut? These were good, but not as good as my “inspiration mallows.” Those were more melty, and these were more puffy, if that makes any sense. Oh well, I guess I just have to try again!

music monday

Music Monday again. Is it me, or are the weeks moving super fast lately? March is this week, which means spring will be arriving soon!

The song today is “Shempi” by Ratatat. This song is really for Brandon; he’s super into Ratatat’s LP3 album, which is by no means new. It’s been out since 2008, but he’s been listening to it nonstop this week, so that’s what I got on the brain.

Have a great day, and stay tuned, I’ve got some fun stuff coming up this week!

DIY: T-Shirt Scarf

how to make a t shirt scarf

Want a fun weekend project to work on? Make this t-shirt scarf! It’s super easy and it’s made out of an old t-shirt so it’s eco-chic as well! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • a large, old t shirt (I used a men’s XL that I got at a thrift store)
  • sharp scissors
  • ruler (optional) super straight cuts aren’t necessary for this project

how to make a t shirt scarf step 1

how to make a t shirt scarf step 2

how to make a t shirt scarf step 3

how to make a t shirt scarf step 4

Enjoy your weekend with your fun new scarf!

Make it a garden!

The high today, a late February Winter day in Columbus, Ohio, is 53.  53!! And this is old news by now–I think it’s been below freezing maybe 15 days this season? (I’m sure the real number is out there, don’t go claiming only 2 weeks of freezing weather in Ohio on my word)

During a normal season, it’s not until the Spring weather starts appearing that I begin to think about gardens. Since its been Spring for a month already, I’ve got sprouts and dirt on the brain a bit earlier this year. This is probably good since I usually start my attempt at gardening too late. I’m going to be on the ball this year!

We live in a rental house, and I don’t feel like I can just start digging up the yard for a garden.  Two summers ago I bought 4 pots of various sizes for growing stuff. I quickly realized that’s not much room for growing anything substantial, but I didn’t want to invest in a slew of terra cotta pots; they’re heavy, clunky, and while 2 or 3 are cheap, it does add up.

I’ve been having visions of making a vertical garden out of tin cans and decided to google some more ideas which consequently turned into an expansive pinning session on Pinterest. Let’s just say I’m not the first one to come up with idea of reusing materials for gardening…

(all images are linked to their source)

tin can gardens

tin can garden

Welp, here’s my idea…looks good, right?! I love the idea of painting the cans. Makes them look so bright and cheery!

beverage container turned garden

pop bottle garden

Just cut off the tops of 2 liters to make hanging planters.

milk jug planters

Gallon milk jugs are big enough to plant tomatoes.

pop bottle garden

Hanging a bunch of 20oz soda bottles makes a great vertical garden installation!

wine bottle garden

Use empty wine bottles, or other glass bottles, to outline your planters.

from (or off of) the house

Gutter Garden

Using gutters is a great way to grow lettuce. I’m thinking about going to Columbus’s Habitat for Humanity ReStore to pick up some gutters for this. I bet they’ll have a ton of other things to use too…bathtubs? toilets? heh heh. Hey, it’s been done before!

grocery bag garden

You better be already use reusable bags to carry your groceries home, why not use them to grow the food from the beginning?!

The industrial side of gardens

tire tree planter Brightly colored tires for tree planters? why the heck not?!

pallet garden DIY

I discovered the vertical garden from wood pallets last year and thought they were amazing. The above pic from Design Sponge has a DIY on how to make your own!

Apartment Therapy has one, too:

pallet garden DIY

And another from Stacy K Floral:

pallet garden

Like the tin cans, I love that these are painted so bright and fun. There’s something about gardens that are just whimsical. I’m not that fond of cutesy characters inside, but when it comes to the garden, bring on the trolls, gnomes, and other colorful, magical whimsies!

(I also just noticed that the blog post for those pallets was posted on my birthday! Another reason I must like it so much 🙂 )

Take the garden with you

3d Printed Bike planter

I saw these on Inhabitat the other day and immediately fell in love. First because it’s 3d printed, which is pretty cool. The form for my fox project I told you about was 3d printed. And second, because it’s a garden for your bike! Love it!

 wear it!

These garden pendants are totally awesome. Love me some garden gems!

planter necklace

necklace planter

succulent necklace

Two morals of the story here:

  •  I was by no means original with my “let’s make a tin can garden”
  •  Have a container of any size/shape/material? Make it a garden!

the big 0-2

A week ago today my nephew turned 2 years old. So crazy! It’s even hard to believe that he’s now 2 years and 1 week old! This past weekend we headed to Toledo for his awesome birthday bash. The party was Yo Gabba Gabba themed (after his favorite show). My sister worked pretty hard to make an awesome Brobee Cake for the event. It was definitely a success!!

Brobee Cake Yo Gabba Gabba

Don’t know who Brobee is? Welp, that’s exactly what he looks like. I got the plate in the picture for reference.

Brobee Cake Yo Gabba Gabba

Here’s a blurry phone picture of the before, so you can see how she made the shape. All cut free hand!

yo gabba gabba birthday

Mason even had a Yo Gabba Gabba shirt custom embroidered by his Grandma, of course.

yo gabba gabba birthday

Opening presents is hard work! He needed a drink break amidst the craziness.

Happy Birthday, Mason!

Button Scarf (pattern)

purple knit scarf

I made this scarf a while ago, but then I wasn’t sure if I liked the fabric button…

…I’ve decided I do, and it’s blog worthy.

Like all the scarf patterns I’ve put on here, this one is also very simple. It is just a rectangle that is folded over and then buttoned through both layers. Refer to this handy diagram I made for you:

scarf dimensions

I did a seed stitch which is knit one/purl one on every row. That way you end up with an alternating pattern that gives it a nice texture. I used size 11 needles.

I got the fabric for the button at Sew To Speak, but if you have any sort of fabric stash, you’ll definitely have enough for covering a button. I must have had large ambitions of making lots of covered buttons with all the fabric I got for the sole purpose of this project.

If you’ve never covered a button before, don’t worry, its super easy.

covering a button

I would suggest getting the buttons with the little teeth around the edges. The buttons without the teeth require another tool to put it together. Make your life simpler, have less tools! You can get the buttons at any fabric or craft store.

button teeth

Then you just cover the fabric over the button, hook it under the teeth all the way around and snap on the bottom piece. Sew on the scarf wherever you like.

see? What’d I tell ya, easy peasy!

Columbus is Cool | Igloo Letterpress

Columbus has a lot going for it, lots of cool shops and things to do that are unique to the city. Each month I’m going to do/experience something new (to me) that is unique to Columbus and share it with the world here!

handmade valentines

Not only was yesterday Valentine’s Day, but it was also Columbus’s 200th birthday! Woot Woot Cbus! There’s a ton of creative energy happening right now and local businesses are thriving in the limelight.

On Saturday, Brandon and I celebrated Columbus and Valentine’s Day by heading over to Igloo Letterpress in Worthington, OH, which is just north of Columbus, for a Valentine printing party. We got to design our own valentine and then print it on a real letterpress.

The whole process is really fascinating. Our card was pretty simple using just one color and simple text, but imagine doing something with 3 or 4 colors and getting everything to line up perfectly! Well, they know how to do it over at Igloo. Allison, the owner, showed us quite a sampling of the great work they have done and everything was created with such a high caliber of craftsmanship; Brandon and I were very impressed and will definitely be back.

Check out Igloo’s blog for more pictures of the event on Saturday. You’ll also see a pic of yours truly and our fine handiwork!

Here are some of my pictures from the day:

letterpress set up

setting up the letterpress

(the term “leading” comes from literally putting lead shims inbetween the rows of the letters)

working the letterpress

freshly pressed

a freshly pressed valentine!!

handmade valentine

Given my new found fascination with this art, I came across this cool video that gives a “beginners” guide to how a letterpress works, check it out!

Letterpress from Naomie Ross on Vimeo.