Yesterday, in a mini-course at an area church we went over Handel's Messiah. The music is beautiful, the history intriguing, and the relationship to scripture enlightening. While, I was going to be crazy busy, I am so glad that I took the two hours to actually enjoy and appreciate the season. I will not be able to listen to the Messiah without the new found appreciation.
What an incredible week it has been for Gladney families. So many got through court on Wednesday. There are a couple who did not, and I feel for them. I can imagine how such disappointment must draw on their reserves.
We are preparing for a big winter storm. School has already been canceled for Andrew and the younger kids have an early release day. We made marshmallows last night in preparation for hot chocolate today. It is so easy and so good... so here goes.
Marshmallows (Ina Gartner)
3 pkgs gelatin
1 cup water (divided)
1 1/2 c granulated sugar
1c light corn syrup
1/4 tsp salt
1 Tbsp vanilla
confectioners sugar for dusting
Mix the gelatin and 1/2c cold water in large mixing bowl. Let sit. In a small saucepan, mix 1/2c water, sugar, salt, and corn syrup. Cook over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Increase temperature and cook until syrup reaches 240 degrees on candy thermometer. Remove from heat. With mixer on low speed add syrup to gelatin mixture until gelatin dissolves. Increase speed to high and mix for 15 minutes until very thick. Add vanilla and mix thoroughly.
Generously dust 8x12 in non-metal baking dish with confectioner's sugar. Pour mixture over sugar. Dust top with more confectioner's sugar. Sit overnight, uncovered, until dried out. Turn over the next morning and cut into squares. You can also find fun things to dust with (crushed peppermint, coconut, sprinkles, shaved chocolate, etc). Enjoy!