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Kitchen Tools Prize Pack {Monthly Giveaway Series}

It’s giveaway time! Can you believe it’s already October? I feel like we just celebrated the New Year, but the holiday season is quickly approaching! With the holidays comes a lot more cooking and baking. Since we’re all going to be spending some extra time in the kitchen, you should have some cute tools to work with, right?

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Since you’ll probably be doing a bit more baking than usual this Thanksgiving and Christmas, you will need a good set of mixing spoons! The Goose’s Nest is giving away a beautiful set of wood burned mixing spoons from their shop. These spoons come with a paisley pattern, that is reminiscent of henna. They are gorgeous! 

icm_fullxfull.47041438_9g3eoleojmkgkwwwck8oYou can find The Goose’s Nest at their Etsy shop, on Facebook and Pinterest

And because Gracie and I love our readers so much {and we’re feeling awfully generous during our birthday month!}, we gathered up some of our favorite items for the kitchen. The winner will receive a box full of adorable kitchen goodies including: measuring cups and spoons, silicone spatulas, a silicone whisk, an adorable red apron, and blue mason jar inspired coffee mug.

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Don’t waste any time! Enter the giveaway via the Rafflecopter widget below to make sure your kitchen is fully stocked for the season! The giveaway will run until midnight on Tuesday, October 20th.  Good luck! :)

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Almond Vanilla Homemade Marshmallows

Hi there! I have a fun recipe for you today! Except that it’s more like a science experiment than a recipe. {But don’t worry, you can still eat it!}. 

Over Christmas I decided to try making homemade marshmallows. I’ve been admiring them for several years now, but was always too afraid to try. It’s proof that fear gets you nowhere. Overcoming your fears gets you delicious, fluffy marshmallows. Long story short, it took me two tries to get a good batch of marshmallows. I followed a recipe the first time, but they turned out more like jelly candies. I tweaked the recipe a bit for my second attempt and I ended up with a batch of fluffy goodness. 

Homemade Marshmallows - so much easier to make than I thought!

You too can have your very own delicious marshmallows! It’s actually really easy! You’ll need to be sure to have a candy thermometer and a stand mixer. A hand mixer will not do the job here. Don’t see the words “candy thermometer” and run away. I promise it’s easy! :)

Homemade Marshmallows - Almond Vanilla Flavored

 

Homemade Marshmallows - Almond Vanilla Flavored

 

Almond Vanilla Homemade Marshmallows
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Ingredients
  1. Crisco/Butter
  2. Powdered Sugar
  3. 3 envelopes of unflavored gelatin
  4. 1 c ice cold water
  5. 1 1/2 c white sugar
  6. 1 c light corn syrup
  7. 1/2 tsp salt
  8. 1 tsp vanilla
  9. 1 tsp almond flavoring
  10. food coloring {optional}
Instructions
  1. 1) Grease your pan with either Crisco or butter. I used two 9 x 9 disposable pans. After your pan is well greased, put in a few scoops of powdered sugar and shake around until the pan is well coated.
  2. 2) Put the 3 packets of gelatin and half of the water in the mixing bowl for the stand mixer. Set aside.
  3. 3) Mix the sugar, corn syrup, salt, and remaining water in a sauce pan. Heat over medium high. Place the candy thermometer on the side of the sauce pan and cook until the temperature reaches 240 degrees. This will take about 10 minutes. Make sure you reach the correct temp! When you do, remove the syrup mixture from the heat.
  4. 4) Turn the stand mixer on low and slowly add the syrup to the gelatin mixture. Turn the speed up to the highest setting and allow it to whip the mix for about 12-15 minutes. At this point it should look like marshmallow fluff. Add the flavorings and whip for an additional minute.
  5. 5) Pour the mixture into your greased and powdered pans. Spread evenly with a greased butter knife. If you want to add any swirls of color add a few drops of food coloring here and there. Spread the color throughout the mix with your knife.
  6. 6) Coat the top of the mixture in the pan with powdered sugar. Allow to sit over night.
  7. 7) The next morning you can remove the marshmallow from the pan. Grease a pizza cutter and cut the marshmallow into squares. You could also use a cookie cutter to get your desired shape. {I did hearts for Valentine's Day}. Coat each cut side in powdered sugar.
  8. 8) Store in an airtight container for up to two weeks.
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Homemade Marshmallows - Almond Vanilla FlavoredThese are not anywhere near healthy. They’re basically pure sugar…but they are delicious and a special treat! I love mine in my coffee, but they’re also great in hot chocolate or just eat them up without a drink. You could even dip them in melted chocolate or make s’mores. {yum!}.

Homemade Marshmallows - Almond Vanilla FlavoredAre there any recipes or projects you’ve wanted to try but have been too afraid to? I dare you to try them! You just might surprise yourself. :)

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InstaFriday

It’s {finally} Friday! Which means its time for another installation of InstaFriday! You can follow me @likeasaturday .

I’ve been a little low on my Instagram “quota” these days. We’ve had a rough start to 2013 and there haven’t been a whole lot of Insta-worthy moments. But! There is always something bright and cheery happening in the world, no matter how small, and I plan to focus on these things. {Which usually consist of the dog}.

macy parrot

Macy decided to sit on Tim’s shoulder like a parrot. She didn’t really look all that comfortable, yet there she stayed. She’s a strange pup. {and I love it}.

macy snuggles

She’s also a spoiled pup. I walk into the living room and she has burrowed herself into blankets and pillows and looks at me like “Please do not disturb.”.

under construction

Here’s a little sneak peek to another update I’m working on. I love sprucing up the house at the start of a new year. :)

veggie tacos

Ok…now do yourself a favor and try this recipe. Sweet Mary Moses! These tacos are delicious!! and super easy to make! and packed full of healthy goodness!

I hope you all have a splendid weakend! I’m off to Austin to help with a little wedding planning {and who am I kidding – to eat good food! and have fun with my sistas!}.

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