I picked up this book at the library today (the crafts and sewing books are just around the corner from my office — the perk of being housed in the library): 30 Elegant and Easy Projects by Jocelyn Worall and it in there was this wrapping paper made out of an old paper grocery bag that was randomly sewn. Very pretty and I thought I’d give it a try. If I were a bit more motivated I’d have all sorts of color thread but since I’m a lazy paper crafter red would do. Whatcha think?
I didn’t do anything fancy because I wanted to highlight the sewing/stitches. I wish my sewing machine’s a bit fancier tho — more stitch patterns. Mine only has zig-zags and regular.
Here’s a bit of yummy goodness too. Marshmallows (Amy, I make them cause the ingredients are better than buying them at the store)! Let me tell you, if you want to do this recipe with no coconuts, do yourself a favor and layer some parchment paper or foil on your baking/casserole pan and then dump the mix onto the paper/foil. This way when the marshmallows are done you can just flip the pan over and everything will come out easily. Then you can dust the white goodness with powdered sugar. Don’t be like me. I have to cut first and then gently pull each one out. PAINFUL!! Oh, when you cut, use a wet knife. Besides the sticking (cause I wasn’t thinking), this thing is good. My colleague gave me this recipe. It’s from Barefoot Contessa. If you want to substitute the corn syrup you can, I think it’s better for you. I did half corn syrup and half the substitute. I had leftover syrup for the last time I made marshmallows and I wanted to use it up.
Oh, to make the marshmallow go from watery goop to poofy white fluff you need to really consistently mix. I used a hand mixer the first time around and the marshmallows turned out ok (I have to say this one is fluffier) but it was rough holding it still for 15-minutes. Now I have a Kitchenaid stand-mixer and I just set it on high (as Barefoot recommends) and leave it going for 15 min-ish. The results:
Have a great one! Hope you’re staying warm if your in this part of the world. It was 5 degrees here today!!