Ingredient Spotlight: Gelatin/Jello

Normally, I’d grab several boxes of Jello from my pantry to take a photo for Ingredient Spotlight, but wouldn’t you know I was all out?  I’m also short on daylight.  The sunshine we had for a few days is gone again, replaced by gray rain.  Again.

The good news is that all this rain has made our grass green.  And I got to munch the first ripe strawberry from our garden last night.  Yum!

I am ready for sunny, warm summertime.  Jello recipes are perfect for summer, because so many of them are light, fruity and cool.  Here are a few of my favorites:  [Read more...]

Homemade Whipped Topping aka Make Your Own Cool Whip

A few weeks ago, on Ingredient Spotlight, we shared frozen whipped topping recipes.  Loy, one of my readers who you get to meet next week, shared a recipe for homemade whipped topping.

I’d never thought about making my own whipped topping before, but the idea was intriguing.  And when I decided to make this cake, I knew this was the time to experiment (aka play) with the recipe.  The result is light, subtly sweet and creamy.  I really wished I could have added a hint of vanilla, but I didn’t want to use extract.  I wanted to keep it pure white and I also was unsure about messing up the proportions of liquid.

Later, I thought about using vanilla infused sugar.  You can do this at home just by putting a vanilla bean in sugar and leaving it there for about a week.  (I must try this soon.)  I think the vanilla flavor would greatly enhance the taste of the whipped topping.

Here’s what you’ll need to make it: [Read more...]

Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows

peppermint marshmallows done

I found this recipe on Little Birdie Secrets and knew I had to make it.  They were fun and easy to make.  I gave my boys the job of crushing the candy canes with a hammer, which made them happy.  The recipe makes a huge pile of marshmallows – perfect for giving some away and still having enough for your own hot cocoa. [Read more...]

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