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Backyard S’more Party

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All hard work should be rewarded with a little bit of fun, right? After many hours of labor, sweat, and dirt under my nails…I was ready to head out back and spend some quality time on the patio soaking in spring. This past weekend, we had an impromptu back yard get-together with some dear friends. It was such a wonderful time to kick back and relax, catch up with each other, and laugh {a lot}. 

Backyard S'more Party

One of our favorite backyard activities is roasting marshmallows over the fire pit for s’mores! I’m not the most outdoorsy person in the world, but given enough sugar and chocolate…I could live outside. ;) 

Backyard S'more Party

I put together a mini-s’more bar for the festivities. To make things a little more interesting and to satisfy all palates, I stocked up on a variety of chocolates. We had your basic milk and dark chocolate, but I also found some dark chocolate with sea salt and milk chocolate filled with caramel. We’re talking gourmet s’mores, here. Dee-licious!

Backyard S'more PartyI made individually wrapped “kits” by putting the needed ingredients for one s’more {2 graham crackers, 1 piece of chocolate, and 1 large marshmallow} in a small kraft paper sack and labeled by the type of chocolate. I wrapped them up instead of just placing the ingredients on plates because…bugs. Ick. No bugs landing on this chocolatey, sugary goodness! {hint: these would also make great party favors!}

Backyard S'more PartyWhile I love a good sugary treat, I can not stand messes. Especially sticky messes. Stickiness on hands, tables and door knobs makes me twitch. Since these treats are inevitably sticky and gooey, I attached and individually wrapped Wet-Nap to the back of each bag with a piece of washi tape. Everything is cuter with a bit of washi, and we were all able to enjoy our evening without any big messes to clean up. 

Backyard S'more PartyI like my marshmallows charred. :) Do you prefer yours lightly toasted, black or somewhere in the middle?

Backyard S'more Party

Backyard S'more Party

Backyard S'more Party#manhand

Backyard S'more PartyOur little s’more party was the perfect way to spend a warm Saturday  night. It was wonderful to relax a bit and laugh with friends we hadn’t seen in a while. It was all very low stress to put together. I think sometimes we worry so much about creating all of these perfect, elaborate details for our get-togethers and making sure our home is perfectly spotless before we have anyone over. Sometimes you just need to take the easy and relaxed route so you don’t miss out on meaningful time with the important people in your life.

Backyard S'more PartyNow, if you’re still needing a little instruction in the way of building your s’mores, I would suggest this clip from a fine film known as The Sandlot. It’ll teach you everything you need to know. ;)

To keep your s’more party clean and less sticky, you can use this coupon for $.55 off any Wet-Nap product {while supplies last}. I bought mine at Walmart where they were only $1.97 each, so you could get yours for just $1.42 {hello, affordable!}. 

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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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