Thanksgiving is the gateway to Christmas, at our house. We have celebrated various ways over the years: with family, with friends, with and without the turkey, even with other staff families at school (we don't always get Thanksgiving day off.) It's always special, just not in the traditional sense.
But we always put up the tree on Thanksgving day. It gives me the big dose of nostalgic holiday cheer that I don't get from spending the day in the kitchen with a big pot cranberries bubbling on the stove.
As it happened, I got to spend it in the kitchen, anyway! But it wasn't cranberries in the pot. M's class is having an American-themed picnic at school next week, and he needed additive-free marshmallows for s'mores.
My sister made homemade marshmallows several years ago, and I've wanted to try it ever since. (There are no additive-free marshmallows in Thailand, so s'mores have always been a vacation treat. We did bring a back back from our last vacation, though. It lasted 6 months!) I guess it took the prospect of one of the boys missing out on the fun with his friends to finally motivate me.
I prepped myself for a sticky disaster, but it was much easier than I thought! I used a sugar/gelatin recipe, and it was so easy I ended up making a second batch (mint flavored!) as soon as the first batch was cooling!
For the first minute of mixing, I had serious doubts. Who are we kidding, right. This is just a bowl of sweet, boiling horsehooves.
After I had both batches setting, we headed to Ikea for our tree. We spent the afternoon holidaying and decorating and working on the marshmallows, and didn't get the finishing touches on the tree until way after bedtime!
I'll post pictures of the tree soon, but first: behold the marshmallows!