Dec. 12th, 2016

Hot Cocoa

Dec. 12th, 2016 04:27 pm
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Just a quick hello. I made marshmallows (unfortunately with gelatin, so no good for vegetarians). There wasn't quite enough corn syrup left in the bottle, so I substituted in a quarter cup of honey. So they have a faintly honey flavor, which is delicious. Recipe from Barefoot Contessa but if you try it, do read through the mass of instructions for a similar recipe at Local Milk. She covers a lot more of the fiddly details you want to know before you have a pot full of scalding hot sugar boiling on the stove.

Candy making is so exciting in that "I hope the baby doesn't wake up just yet / I hope I chose a large enough pot / I hope cooking spray will keep the molten marshmallow from sticking to everything, especially me" kind of way.

Hot cocoa mix is just 1 cup cocoa powder, 2 cups powdered sugar, 1 tsp salt, 2 tsps cornstarch. Mix and add a heaping tablespoon to a mug of hot milk.

The days are short and chilly, by our southern standards. 45 degrees at night! I spend hours under my favorite quilt, which isn't the quilt I'd expect. It's all creams and browns (eight year old me would be so confused) and it's not even quilted, just tied with embroidery floss. It's so floppy and soft because of that, very snuggly, not like most my other quilts. I think I need to make my next quilt a tie-quilt to see if that step is the difference, or if it's something else.

Knitting lots for holiday gifts. Pictures in the new year, I expect.

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