We are on Snow Day #2. We got about a foot of snow yesterday and as I am typing this, it is still coming down. I will never get tired of seeing the snowfall outside my window. It is so peaceful.
Yesterday the kids and the puppy were out in the snow all. day. They had so much fun. I think that there is still a snow fort in front of my house leftover from the epic neighborhood snowball fight.
With snow days, comes lots of hot chocolate. On normal cold days, or really any day in the winter, my children consume a lot of steamed hot chocolate. But on a snow day, I just make a big pot of hot chocolate and keep it on the stove for them and their friends.
At the beginning of the holiday season, I set up a hot chocolate station when I set out my Christmas mugs. I have jars of marshmallows, candy canes, different kinds of chocolate, chocolate shavings. Anything that I think will be fun for hot chocolate.
Over Thanksgiving, I was talking to my friend and I mentioned that we had a bunch of teen boys over the night before. We are really lucky to have a lot of teenage kids that live on our street and they tend to hang out at our house. I love it. I always wanted to be the house where kids wanted to hang out at.
My friends asked me how I got them to come to my house.
I think that 98% of the reason they come to our house is that our snack situation is top-notch. Being what I do for a living, there is no shortage of baked goods around. I usually have frozen cookie dough in my freezer at all times and can bake off some cookies at a moment’s notice.
Kids are super impressed by homemade bread. They don’t get that it isn’t hard to make, but man, you want to feel like a domestic goddess? Give a 15-year-old a homemade roll.
I am also one to try all the new snacks that come to the grocery store. A weird chip flavor? Throw it in the cart. You want to try that weird tropical fruit? Let’s go. Questionable nutritional value? Every now and again.
One, it will never have occurred to them that you can make a marshmallow, they assume they only come in a bag.
Two, a homemade marshmallow is truthfully one of the most delicious things you have ever put into your mouth. They are light and fluffy and just so much better than what you are used to.
I made these for adding to hot chocolate, but now that we have a gas stove, I decided to toast them over the flame and I will now only eat them that way. I put one on a skewer and the edges caramelized and got crunchy. I scrounged a piece of dark chocolate and a graham cracker and made the best s’more I’ve ever had in my life.
Tips for Making Cinnamon Vanilla Bean Marshmallows //
- You can see step-by-step photos for making marshmallows in this post.
- I like to make mine in disposable foil pans. This project makes a mess, the powdered sugar/cornstarch gets everywhere but is worth it.
- These make an EXCELLENT gift. I like to make a few batches and put them in airtight containers and add them to my Christmas gift baskets.