I’ve only made mallows a few times, but they are always such a hit! Not to mention that they go so well with hot chocolate…or dipped in chocolate…or whatever other creative way you can think to use them!


This year, I made a fresh batch for my new coworkers, and then paired them with homemade hot chocolate mix and a candy cane, as you can see above.. Maybe one of these days I’ll share my mom’s homemade cocoa recipe…but for now, use your favorite cocoa to copy these sweet gifts!

I use Ina Garten’s very simple marshmallow recipe. Make sure you have a candy thermometer! If you’ve go that, then it’s a piece of cake…or marshmallow… Enjoy!



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Cocoa, Crackers, and Crunchy Peanut Butter

Last night I got home late from rehearsal, and had not eaten dinner yet.  It was cold, dark, and rainy outside, but I didn’t feel like having the usual sandwich or soup.  Instead, I resorted to my favorite childhood dinner: homemade cocoa and crackers with peanut butter.

Please don’t start thinking I was malnutritioned as a child.  These dinners usually happened on Sunday nights, after my mom and I had eaten a large, late lunch.  We would curl up in the basement to watch Dean Cain and Teri Hatcher in “The New Adventures of Superman,” promptly followed by “Touched by an Angel.”  Those were indeed good times.  And my “dinner” last night was a refreshing throw back, making me feel perfectly at home.  It was so refreshing, in fact, that I felt the need to write about it this morning.

Happy Tuesday!

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#12 — Homemade Christmas Gifts

2008: This Christmas, I made a few homemade gifts. For one, I covered a few jar lids with fabric and tied a ribbon around, then filled them with my mom’s homemade cocoa. These were truly appreciated! My second gift was homemade aprons for my mom and step mom, as modeled below by my beautiful mother. And lastly, I made my lucky boyfriend a scarf. Success with crafts!

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