Sit, listen to the wind, birds and trees. Allow the beauty and chaos that is nature to enter and propel you through this time we call life.
Breath in the smells of an open fire place and a camp fire. Know the difference they have on you and your surroundings.
Give with an open heart and mind. Know that there are richer and poorer. But never measure those two thoughts by the amount of money one has. For richness is how you live and give of yourself, not what you have.
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Imbolc Cooking. Bring forth the new seedlings
These are made with mini planters and chocolate cake. then when cooled you use fondant to color and create the sprouts.
16 oz package marshmallows, I used mini's
2 Tbsp water
1 Tbsp corn syrup, light
2 tsp vanilla, clear
2 lb confectioners sugar (remove 1 cup of sugar and set aside. you may or may not need all the sugar)
FONDANT: Keep in mind that working with
melted marshmallow is sticky business, so before you get started grease a
large microwave safe bowl, the bowl of a mixer stand, a spoon/spatula,
and the dough hook. This will keep the marshmallow from sticking and
make for a much nicer clean-up.
Add marshmallows and water to prepared microwave bowl. Microwave on
high for 60 seconds. Stir with greased spoon/spatula. If all
marshmallows have not melted, microwave additional 30 seconds, stir
until smooth. Stir in vanilla.
Remember to remove 1 cup of confectioners sugar and set aside.
Combine remaining sugar, cocoa and salt; sift into prepared mixer bowl;
make a well and pour marshmallow mixture into well.
Turn mixer on lowest speed. Mix until mixer begins to sound strained,
and then turn up one speed. Once all the sugar is combined turn mixer
off. If mixture is sticky add 1/4 cup of the reserved sugar until
mixture is no longer sticky.
Divide fondant; form into 2 balls and lighty grease with shortening.
Add gel coloring to one ball and knead until color is completely blended
and you reach desired color. Wrap each ball tighty in plastic wrap and
let rest 2 to 3 hours. Always keep unused portions wrapped.
When ready, lightly grease the area where you will be working (also
lightly grease rolling pin); roll fondant out fairly thin but thick
enough to handle.
Cut into desired shapes and add shapes to cup cakes by making a hole to put them in.