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yum | homemade chocolate-dipped marshmallows

I can willingly admit (with only a little bit of shame) that Peeps are one of my favorite spring time treats. I just can’t stay away from those sugar coated bunnies and chicks. But, this year I decided to resist temptation by making my own Spring Time Marshmallow Treats!

yum | homemade chocolate-dipped marshmallowsNow, you probably all know about my slight obsession with homemade marshmallows. I love to break my recipes for Candy Cane or Bourbon Brown Sugar for the colder months but today’s variation is perfect for a sweet Spring time treat or as a yummy addition to your Easter baskets.

yum | homemade chocolate-dipped marshmallows

Homemade Marshmallows:

Ingredients:

  • 4 envelopes unflavored gelatin
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 1/2 c. water (divided in half)
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Powdered sugar
  • Semi-sweet and white chocolate
  • Sprinkles

Directions:

  1. Spray a 9×13 pan liberally with non-stick spray, line with parchment paper, then spray again. Don’t skimp on the spray!
  2. Pour 3/4 cup water into mixing bowl and sprinkle in gelatin. Let sit for at least 5 minutes.
  3. Combine sugar, syrup, salt, and the remaining 3/4 cup water into a medium sized pot.
  4. Boil and stir to dissolve sugar. Without stirring any further, heat to 238F (use candy thermometer). When it’s ready, it will start to look bubbly and foamy on top.
  5. Pour done syrup slowly into mixing bowl. Work up to a high mixing speed and continue to beat for about 12 minutes until stiff, fluffy, and white.. I usually like to put a towel over my mixer to contain the steam and any potential splatter while I’m increasing speed.
  6. Add vanilla. Mix 1 more minute.
  7. Spread into prepared pan and let sit for 3 hours uncovered.
  8. When done setting, spread top with powdered sugar and then release onto a clean surface covered in more powdered sugar. Cut into squares with a sharp knife and dip all sides into powdered sugar.
  9. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper
  10. Melt chocolate and prepare sprinkles in separate bowls.
  11. Carefully dip marshmallows into chocolate, then sprinkles, and place on cookie sheets to dry.

yum | homemade chocolate-dipped marshmallowsThe chocolate and sprinkles give a nice crunch but the marshmallows themselves stay perfectly fluffy! Wayyyy better than Peeps!

Okay, tell me the truth! Do you like peeps or not? Every person I’ve ever asked seems to have a very strong opinion either way. If you’re not a fan, can we still be friends??

Hand Stenciled Kitchen Towels

Happy Friday! How about a super simple and cheery project to start off your weekend? I’m over at Teal & Lime today sharing a tutorial for these fun hand stenciled kitchen towels! They would make a perfect house warming or hostess gift. And hey, Mother’s Day is coming up too! Or just make a few to brighten up your own kitchen! Hop over to see the details!

Hand Stenciled Kitchen Towels

See more of my contributor posts from Teal & Lime here!

Make This | Gold Foil Art in PSE

Man! I have been a little behind on blogging this past week, huh? All I can say is it’s been a little bit crazy around here. But, have no fear, because we are back and I’m sharing a super simple way to make Gold Foil Art in Photoshop Elements over at Teal & Lime! 

Make This | Gold Foil Art in Photoshop Elements

Gold foil has been my jam lately but DIY versions can be a little tricky. I even tried this a DIY version with this cheeky faux gold foil art last Christmas but I wanted to create an even easier technique! So, head out to Teal & Lime for the full tutorial! Seriously, it’s crazy simple!

Don’t have Photoshop Elements? No worries! By hopping over, you can also score a free printable of this cute “Hooray!” print! I made it just for you. :D

green | diy natural orange cleaner

Happy Tuesday gang! March is here and this month I want talk about cleaning! Please don’t misunderstand my enthusiasm as a love of cleaning, because I downright dread it! Why don’t things just stay clean, right?! Well, we’re still trucking along in our Minimalist-Lite series and the next task I’m tackling is how to make keeping a clean home as simple and efficient as possible. Because, I want to enjoy the home we’ve worked so hard to put together not spend hours and hours cleaning it.

The first thing I wanted to try was greening up our cleaning supplies and moving away from harsh chemicals. Over the past few months, we’ve really been loving the method product line, but I wanted to give the DIY route a try too. So, today I’m sharing a super easy DIY Natural Orange Cleaner that you can make for practically nothing!

green-orange-peel-cleaner-promoThis cleaner is made up of three ingredients! Yup, just three! Orange peels, white vinegar, and water. Nothing toxic here!

When I came across this recipe on Pinterest, I was a little skeptical. Whenever I eat an orange, it usually makes a sticky mess! Wouldn’t that mean sticky counters? Well, it turns out it does not! I used this in our kitchen, wiped down with a paper towel and there was no left over residue.

green-orange-peel-cleaner-13Here’s how to make it:

  1. In a clean mason jar, start storing left over orange peels as you have them. To keep them from going bad as we collected, I kept our jar in the freezer. Any time we ate an orange, I grabbed it from the freezer and added the new peels until we had a jar ful.
  2. Cover the orange peels with white vinegar; almost to the top. Let sit for 10-14 days. Again, I kept this in the refrigerator while it steeped to keep it out of the way.
  3. After your wait is up, strain the orange vinegar mix into a bowl. You’ll definitely want to use a fine mesh strainer to catch any gunk that could clog your spray nozzle.
  4. Mix in a large spray bottle. Use 1 part orange vinegar, one part water.
  5. Use on pretty much any non-porous surface!

green-orange-peel-cleaner-23The original recipe came from Gammy’s House Blog and she has a lot more awesome information about why this solution works and what you can use it for, so be sure to check out her site for more details!

I don’t know if it will completely replace our current surface cleaner, but I really do like the fact that I know exactly what’s in this cleaner.

Do you have any other awesome DIY cleaning ideas or recipes? I’d love more inspiration! Share below.

Mad Props | No. 4

One of the things I love the most about the blogging community is the kindness and appreciation shared between blogs both big and small. We’ve got a great community to be inspired by. I wanted to make sure to recognize some of the bloggers who work so hard to create beautiful content with a monthly “mad props” post. The title is silly, the intention is warm and fuzzy. Enjoy some of my favorite posts and projects from the blog-o-sphere this month.Mad Props | No. 4

  1. Beauty Taboos: Effed if You Do, Effed if You Don’t | A Practical Wedding. I love this open thread from APW. And since we just talked about my own minimalist-lite makeup and beauty routines, I thought it would be perfect timing to share it!
  2. DIY Mini Heart Shaped Hand Warmers | Haberdashery Fun. How cute are these? It’s actually warming up a bit here in Texas, but these are totally on the list for my Noob Sewing Series!
  3. Awesome Wallpaper | CB2. Oh yes, wallpaper has officially come back! CB2 has some awesome updated patterns and they even have a few that are removable! Perfect for us apartment dwellers.
  4. Journey to Financial Independence | Involving Home. I can. not. wait. for this awesome series coming from my lovely friend, Jena! Josh and I have been painstakingly working on paying off our debt since graduation, and we’re finally making progress. I’m excited to here about other people working towards the same goal!

What projects and blogs are you loving right now?!