Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!

Hope everyone is celebrating with family and friends. I love Christmas! It makes me feel like a little kid again. As much as I complain all December about shopping and hassles and trying to do everything before Dec. 25, once it gets here it's all worth it.

This year I decided to do some homemade gifts. After seeing a recipe for homemade marshmallows and hot cocoa on Good Things Catered I figured, what the hell. I love marshmallows and hot chocolate and figured it was the perfect gift for friends. So I went to work. Here are the results!

The recipes can be found here: 25 Days of Treats .

Homemade Marshmallows
These were much easier to make than I thought they would be, albeit a bit sticky. In the end though totally worth it because homemade marshmallows are so much lighter and fluffier than store bought. I really wasn't expecting much a difference so I was pleasantly surprised by the results.

You definitely need a candy thermometer for this one to measure the heat on your sugar mixture.
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I'd say you also need a stand mixer - if possible. Because the gelatin mixture beats for a LONG time. I can't imagine holding a hand mixer that long.
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At the end of all this whir and blur you get a beautiful moutain of white fluffiness.
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The hot cocoa recipe made enough for four gifts (about 1 cup of mix for each jar). This was perfect since I had four people to gift these goodies to.
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I packaged them in these great square jars - cocoa on the bottom, mallows on the top. I decorated with a ribbon and a label with serving instructions.
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They were well received too and everyone was impressed that you could make homemade marshmallows!

I'll have lots of updates after our glorious Christmas dinner. It's a feast. The menu includes:

Appetizers:
Brie En Croute with Cherries and Pistachios
Steamed Shrimp
Smoked Salmon Dip
Crudite

Dinner:
Bacon-wrapped filet mignons
Steamed whole lobsters
Roasted Brussel Sprouts
Roasted Asparagus
Porcini Mushroom Risotto
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Caesar Salad

Dessert:
A Red Velvet Cheesecake with Cream Cheese Icing (I can't wait to unveil this!!)

I hope you get a chance to sit back and relax today and take in everything that makes your life wonderful. I sure am. God bless and Merry Christmas to all!!

2 comments:

Joelen said...

What a fabulous holiday spread and your hot cocoa looks like a perfect gift! Here's wishing you very Merry Christmas from our family to yours :)

That Girl said...

I am SO impressed by homemade marshmallows!