Let the Celebrating Begin!

I'm bustling about doing laundry, tracking down my suitcase, and collecting the gifts I clean forgot to wrap. My brother Ryan arrived safe and sound last night from Amsterdam - YAY! In just a few hours I'll meet up with him, Mums and Pa and we'll drive four hours to my baby brother Dana's house for some serious merry making with him, my sis-in-law Rachel and assorted rellies. I CAN'T WAIT!!! :-)

In the meantime I continue to hustle with breaks for hazelnut hot chocolate (thank you, boss's wife!!) and homemade peppermint marshmallow (thank you, La Donna!).

Happiest of Christmases to you, dear ones! :-) I leave you with a fairytale fashion post that inspired me today:

Joyeux Noel

Peppermint Marshmallows
(From Recipezaar)


1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
1/3 cup cornstarch
2 (1/4 ounce) envelopes unflavored gelatin
1 1/3 cups sugar
2/3 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup crushed peppermint candy
1/8 teaspoon salt

  1. Into a small bowl, sift together the confectioners sugar and the cornstarch; line a 13X9 inch baking pan with non stick foil and spray foil with non stick cooking spray; sift 2 tablespoons of the sugar/cornstarch mixture into the pan, tilting to coat the pan; set the rest of the mixture aside for later.
  2. Place 2/3 cup water in a large bowl; sprinkle with gelatin; let soften for five minutes.
  3. In a medium heavy bottomed saucepan, heat sugar, corn syrup, candy pieces and salt over medium heat until sugar and candy pieces are dissolved, stirring occasionally; slowly mix into bowl with gelatin.
  4. Beat gelatin/sugar mixture on high speed with electric beater until light and fluffy, about 15 minutes; spread into prepared pan and smooth top; dust with 2 tablespoons of the reserved sugar/cornstarch mixture and let set at room temperature for 2 hours.
  5. Lift marshmallow block from pan using foil; with a wet knife, cut into six squares.
  6. Spread remaining sugar/cornstarch mixture onto a baking sheet; invert marshmallow blocks onto baking sheet and cut each square into 9 smaller squares.
  7. Toss marshmallows in sugar/cornstarch mixture ans set on a pan to set for an additional hour; store loosely covered at room temperature.


  1. Have the absolutely best holidays. Eat well and enjoy every bite.

  2. I've never made marshmallows, but have seen so many great recipes on line. These sound particularly good, thanks for sharing the recipe! Have a wonderful time with the fam- Merry Christmas!

  3. Thank you so much, Chaya! We are having a marvelous time!

  4. Me neither, Lauryl! I've never eaten homemade ones until now either, and they were really, really good. :-)

  5. I just watched Iron Chef America make peppermint marshmellos and I was wishing for the recipe! Thanks so much!!!

  6. Ah, that's great, Londyn! You're very welcome :-) I'm having such fun looking at your blog and getting inspired :-)

  7. Hazelnut hot choco? Where has that been all my life?

  8. Perfect flavors for the Holidays or for cold weather :)

  9. Absolutely, Karine! They are perfection!