Homemade Marshmallow Heart and Hot Cocoa Valentines

February 10, 2009 By: Jenna Category: Holiday, lovely, Recipes

I realize that most people show their crafty projects after the intended recipients have received them, but does it make any sense for me to show you a valentine craft project 364 days before valentines day 2010? I think not.

After these Fred Flare valentine hot chocolate packets were featured on Weddingbee, I remembered that one of the cookbooks I received for Christmas had a recipe for homemade marshmallows that all of the women back home were raving about. I wasn’t going to pay the insanely high price of $8 for a packet of cocoa, so I decided to come up with my own version. I don’t usually do step-by-step photos, because the lighting in my apartment is so awful, but with a project like this I thought you all might like to see how to make your own.


Vegetable oil for brushing
4 pkgs unflavored gelatin
3 1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 1/4 cup light corn syrup
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cup confectioners sugar

hot cocoa and marshmallow valentine

Brush your jelly roll pan with vegetable oil. Cut a piece of wax paper and lay it on top of the oiled pan, and brush more vegetable oil on top. Set aside.

hot cocoa and marshmallow valentine

Pour 3/4 cup cold water in the bowl of an electric mixer and sprinkle gelatin on top. Let sit for at least 5 minutes.

hot cocoa and marshmallow valentine

Place 3 cups granulated sugar, corn syrup, salt, and 3/4 cup water in a medium saucepan. Take a moment to soak in exactly how much sugar marshmallows really contain.

hot cocoa and marshmallow valentine

Set saucepan over high heat and bring to boil.

hot cocoa and marshmallow valentine

Insert a candy thermometer, and cook until mixture reaches soft-ball stage (238 degrees F), which will be after about 9 minutes of boiling.

hot cocoa and marshmallow valentine

Using the whisk attachment beat hot syrup into gelatin on a low speed.

hot cocoa and marshmallow valentine

Gradually increase speed to high, beat until mixture is very stiff, somewhere around 12 minutes. Ooooh and aaaah as it turns white like magic. Beat in vanilla.

hot cocoa and marshmallow valentine

What does very stiff mean exactly? I have no idea. I guessed it meant something like this.

hot cocoa and marshmallow valentine

Pour mixture into the jelly roll pan and let sit for 3 hours, or overnight. The picture below is of the marshmallows after sitting overnight.

hot cocoa and marshmallow valentine

Place 1 cup confectioners sugar in a fine strainer and sift onto a clean work surface. Invert large mashmallow onto the sugar-coated surface, and peel off the wax paper.

hot cocoa and marshmallow valentine

Take your heart shaped cookie cutter and dip it in vegetable oil.

hot cocoa and marshmallow valentine

Press down firmly, twisting a little at the bottom, to make sure you cut all the way through the ‘mallow.

hot cocoa and marshmallow valentine

Roll the marshmallow in the excess confectioners sugar.

hot cocoa and marshmallow valentine

Have a little fun playing with the leftover cutouts (please note, this step is unnecessary).

hot cocoa and marshmallow valentine

Call your husband in and while pointing to your hearts say “Look how pretty!” (This step is necessary).

hot cocoa and marshmallow valentine

Line up your hearts in neat little rows. Continue with the “Look how pretty!” statements.

hot cocoa and marshmallow valentine

Fill plastic baggies, one with hot cocoa mix, the other with marshmallows. Use your (new!) rotary paper cutter to cut out strips of red paper. Fold in half, and use hot glue gun to affix “i love you” ribbon to the front. Staple label to the top of the baggie.

hot cocoa and marshmallow valentine

If you are really crafty, you will make sure the personal instructions look at pretty as the rest of your packaging. If you are me, you break out the ball point pen and scrawl across the back of the labels with your unsightly handwriting.

hot cocoa and marshmallow valentine

Don’t the hearts look so cute all smooshed together like this?

hot cocoa and marshmallow valentine

I couldn’t resist doing a little test run for myself. Isn’t that one of the sweetest sights you have sever seen?

hot cocoa and marshmallow valentine

Actually, 3 marshmallow hearts floating together in my hot cocoa cup might be the sweetest sight.

hot cocoa and marshmallow valentine

No! No! No! The absolute sweetest is 5 marshmallow hearts, oooey and gooey and a little bit melty, floating together in my hot cocoa cup.

hot cocoa and marshmallow valentine

I’m so happy how this turned out, it’s definitely the cutest thing I’ve ever made. I’m going to keep the recipients of these valentines a secret so they can be surprised when they receive them.

What are you crafting for Valentines Day?

To Life!

February 06, 2009 By: Jenna Category: Home, Married Life, Personal

I’m literally dancing around the house from a spontaneous onset of excitment about life in general. Maybe it’s because of all the sweet things you all have been saying to me in my last post about the blogroll and what could be improved (did the post come off as a plea for praise? It was not intended to be so.)

Buy you’re all so lovely and sweet, and your kind words combined with That Husband coming home from his trip to Houston a day early have me beaming from ear to ear.

Here are a few other things that have me prancing:

I gave That Husband his Valentines day present yesterday. Can you guess what it was? It involved looking like this for a little while.


This is what color it was in December:


And this is what it looks like today: (Yes I’m being kind of shy in the photo because I have no makeup on)


I gave my husband blond hair for V-day. He likes it, I like it. And I promise you will see better photos of me wearing my new hair soon.

Then I went to the leasing office to pick up a package and saw this on the ceiling. They pained the dome to look like a birdcage. It made me so happy I had to take a picture and show you.


One of the packages was from That Mom. Among other things she sent me the bookends That Sister gave me for Christmas a few years ago.  I was momentarily saddened by the carelessness of the USPS system.


Luckily That Mom taught me the magic of Gorilla Glue a few years ago.


Not quite good as new, but I’m just so happy to have my pretty bookends with me once again.


The other package was something I had been waiting and waiting so impatiently for.

My etsy alchemy request for a custom wall vinyl from seller Wall Creations and More! I’m planning on moving the bridge shot to the office and working on making the bedroom a space full of pictures of us, using some of the spicy and sweet engagement and wedding photos we have. I’m working on making the bedroom as calming, relaxing, and intimate as possible.


The quote is from St. Elmo by August J. Evans, a random old book we bought for the centerpieces for the wedding.


That Husband was really skeptical about using one of these wall vinyls. He thought it would look cheesy, but I don’t think it looks cheesy. I think it looks lovely and inspiring. I love the line “Accomplish thou my manhood”, it reminds me that I want to keep working every day to make our marriage better.


Tonight, if That Husband gets home early enough, we are headed to a temple session and afterward to get some dessert with some friends we haven’t seen since last summer. If works keeps TH late we are going to invite them over to our house for some homemade ice cream.

I’m just so thrilled to be alive right now, I don’t know what it is but I’m grinning from ear-to-ear and shaking a little bit from excitement about the greatness of life.

I hope you get the chance to feel the same way this weekend!

Future Me

January 21, 2009 By: Jenna Category: Uncategorized

Writing letter to the future is a very good idea.

I like clicking on the “View Public Entries” option to read the letters others have written.

Some are religious:

He has risen! Mark 16:6


Some are letters written to others:

Dear Norman,

I stumbled upon this site while doing research for an article that I’m writing. Today’s date is February 1, 2005, and it’s approximately one o’clock in the afternoon. Outside, the sun is already starting its slow journey across the blue-stained sky. I was eating a plate of orange wedges earlier, wishing that you were here because you always eat the other half of the orange when I’m not looking…

Some are reminders:

Dear FutureMe, Hey you hows it going? im fine just drinking some Guiness thats on special offer at alldays (remember that TINY flat you and Kathryn used to live in, its from the one near there) Anyway the reason im sending this is I figured 35 (30 for Kathryn) would be a good time to start having kids so just saying well done if you have already or get on with it! if you dont . Anyway see you later (literally) good looking!
bye from me and kathryn (aged 24 and 19)

Wouldn’t it be lovely to get a letter from your past, reminding how you good thngs were? Or reminding you how bad they were and hoping for a better future?

I think I will have to begin writing some of my own.

I’ll share one with you:

Dear You,

Remember when you and That Husband used to turn to  each other on a regular basis and say “We’re married!”? And you said it because you were so ridiculously happy that you needed to make sure it was really true.

I hope you still do that.

Love, Me.

Dance Dance Revolution for the Cool Kids

December 08, 2008 By: Jenna Category: Personal

Internet, please meet the newest addition to That Household.

Together Forever DDR from Jenna on Vimeo.

I don’t look cool while doing it, but I doubt anyone plays because they want to look cool.

We have DDR 1, 2, 3, 4 for XBOX and we just purchased a Playstation so I can play my favorite version PS2 version, DDR2 (and probably collect the rest of the versions as well). AND That Husband has it set up so we can play Step Mania from the the computer on the TV, which has a catalog of 14,000 songs.

Yeah, that’s techno speak for “I’m a total nerd and I don’t even mind having all of you know about it.”

Now is the time to out yourself as a fellow Dance Dance Revolution aficionado as well! (Ethidium Bromide I already know about you!)

Dear Santa,

December 02, 2008 By: Jenna Category: Uncategorized, Wishes

This is what I want for Christmas.

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more about “Once upon a time… on Vimeo“, posted with vodpod


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