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Love is in the Air

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Ah, Sweet February with all the pink things!  How I’ve missed your gorgeous hue!  If you’re looking for something extra sweet (and truthfully, 70% air!) you need to check out this recipe for homemade marshmallows.  I added some strawberry jam into this batch and they turned my favourite color with just a faint scent of summer berries.  Floating atop my white hot chocolate they are the perfect treat for someone you love! Love is in the Air!

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Homemade Marshmallows

  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 Tbsp gelatin
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 Tbsp vanilla (or other extract to your taste)
  • 2/3 cup icing sugar for tossing them into after cutting
  • Oil, parchment then oil the parchment and line a 9×13 shallow baking pan.
  • In mixer, dissolve 1/4 cup water and gelatine.
  • In pot, boil sugar, 1/2 cup water and honey until soft ball stage, using a candy thermometer, 240* (this takes 12-15mins)
  • Pour syrup over bloomed gelatine with your mixer on low.  Then mix on hight until triple in volume. (I drape a tea towel over the mixer during high so that it doesn’t make a mess everywhere!)
  • Pour into pan and let set.  Cut and roll into icing sugar.

You can also make these beauties and pipe them out into rosettes or tree figures.  Tint and flavour your mix however you desire! Get creative and see where your tastes take you!  We love rolling cut squares into tinted or toasted coconut and have even tossed them into cocoa powder and melted them up on some graham crackers.  For Christmas we’ve tinted them green and piped trees and frosted them with sprinkles and icing sugar.  This recipe is so easy and fun to make!

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Chia Pudding Cups…Routine doesn’t have to equal Rut!

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It happens to me every time around this year…I get in a rut with my mornings.  By this time after Christmas the only thing I’m consuming in the morning is coffee, coffee and more coffee.  And if E is lucky we’ll switch up his cold cereal for some oatmeal or if I’m feeling really crazy maybe some reheated weekend pancakes.  It’s sad.  And lets be real, these dark winter months we all need a little less sad!  Insert these pretty little gems!  My Chia Pudding Cups!

Whole grains or seeds of any kind are so incredibly good for us.  They give us a much needed nutrient packed punch, help keep us regular and might be just what the doctor ordered to get out of this rut! Chia seeds are high in omega-3 as well as fiber, iron and even calcium.  They have been known to reduce cholesterol as well as promote a healthy gut.  They are easy to find at most grocery or health food stores.  I get mine from Bulk Barn and store them in the fridge in a mason jar.  I like to add them to an array of dishes such as cookies, granola, oatmeal, on top of salads, in muffins, breads and even mixed into breadcrumbs for coating chicken or pork.  Here’s another great way to get in more of these health-rich seeds; my Chia Pudding!

Here’s how you make it:

  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 2 cups milk or dairy alternative such as almond or coconut milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • Mix all of these ingredients together and let sit overnight.  The chia seeds will absorb the liquid and you’ll be left with a rich pudding, much like tapioca.
  • In parfait cups or mason jars layer the chia pudding with your favourite yogurt and/or fresh or frozen fruit.  Top with nuts, more berries, coconut and a sprig of mint if you’re feeling fancy.  These jars can be served immediately or will keep for a couple of days in the fridge.
  • You can also add in cocoa powder, peanut butter powder or even some almond extract to change up the flavour base.  Mmmmm Peanut Butter Pudding topped with bananas and vanilla yogurt!
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Just Jello…?

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Jello may just be one of the easiest snacks to whip up but are you aware of the amazing health benefits of  gelatin? It’s great for your hair, skin and nails, is high in protein, has immune boosting qualities, great for joints, boosting metabolism, keeping your digestive system on track and can even aid in sleep.  So it truly is anything but Just Jello!

Here’s the recipe I use for jello jigglers.  We made them with lime jello and cut them into shamrock shapes for St. Pattys Day fun!  It’s such a basic recipe but I have to admit the first time I tried to make the jigglers I didn’t realize there was more to it than just a bit less water in the normal jello recipe!  I like to make mine with half jello powder and half gelatin so you get the benefits of the gelatin without the added sugar.

  • 2 pkgs jello
  • 2 pkgs gelatin powder
  • 3 cups boiling water
  • Mix it all up and pour it into a 9×13 baking pan.  Cover and chill until set.  When read to cut into shapes dip the bottom of the pan in hot water for a few seconds to loosen it enough to remove your cookie cutter shapes with ease!

 

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The flu bug has come and knocked little E down a bit and I remember reading somewhere that a couple spoonfuls of the jello (before it has set) can help soothe a cough and sore throat so I thought we’d give it a try.  After researching gelatin a bit further and reading it can aid in good sleep we also had our fill as a bed-night snack last night and one thing or another let all of us get a really good night’s sleep for a change!! I guess there’s a multitude of reasons it’s such a common menu item in hospitals!  E loves jello and in the jello jiggler form we can make it into so many shapes and themes…blue snowflakes for a toboggan day with friends, red hearts for valentines, yellow flowers for spring!

Feel Good Fun….NOT Just Jello!!!