Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Note to Self

"Don't throw the candy canes away."

You'll need them in February to 
Make These:
 Remove the cellophane wrapping from the canes and form hearts by placing them hook to hook and tail to tail on a nonstick baking sheet or one lined with parchment paper. Bake at 350°F for 2 to 4 minutes (depending on the canes’ size) or until they stick together when you pinch the ends lightly. Cool thoroughly and remove with a spatula. If you want to make flat hearts with psychedelic stripes, bake for 8 to 10 minutes.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Did you Know...

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Friday, December 17, 2010

Silent Monks Singing Halleluia‏

My dad sent this to me and I just have to share it!
(Creative high schools students give a great rendition of Halleluia!)

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Concert Season

Last week Hope had two Holiday Concerts.

Thanks to Marci we have the video of the 
Taylor High School Symphony Orchestra Concert.
  Hope's favorite number was the
"Hungarian March, Op. 24"~Hector Berlioz 
Directed by Mr. Bailey

We were amazed that we were listening to High School kids!

Chocolate Covered Marshmallows

 Momma Reiner's
Chocolate Covered Marshmallows
From The Martha Stewart Show, December 2007
This wonderful recipe for sweet chocolate-covered marshmallows is courtesy of 
Kimberly Reiner of Momma Reiner's Fudge


Makes about 30 chocolate-covered marshmallows
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1/2 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • Momma Reiner's Chocolate Fudge


  1. Lightly spray a 9-by-13-inch glass baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Sprinkle gelatin over a small bowl filled with 1/2 cup cold water; let stand to soften.
  2. In a heavy bottomed saucepan, mix together sugar, corn syrup, hot water, and salt. Place over medium heat and cook, stirring, until sugar has dissolved. Continue cooking, without stirring, until mixture reaches the soft-ball stage, about 240 degrees on a candy thermometer. Remove from heat and add gelatin mixture; set aside.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat egg whites on high speed until stiff peaks form. With the mixer running, slowly add sugar mixture. Add vanilla and continue beating for 10 minutes until the mixture looks like marshmallow.
  4. Transfer marshmallow mixture to prepared baking dish and spread evenly. Spray a piece of parchment paper with nonstick cooking spray and cover marshmallow. Let stand overnight.
  5. Remove parchment paper and invert marshmallow onto work surface. Trim 1/4-inch from edges of marshmallow. Cut marshmallows into 1 1/2-inch squares. Pour cornstarch in a bowl; working in batches, gently add marshmallows and toss to coat.
  6. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside. Working with 1 marshmallow at a time, insert skewer into a marshmallow and dip in fudge until coated on all sides, removing any excess from bottom of marshmallow; place on prepared baking sheet. Repeat process with remaining marshmallows (you will have some marshmallows left over). Let chocolate covered marshmallows stand at room temperature overnight before serving or transferring to an airtight container for up to 3 days.