Experimentation Bars

I have a confession to make…I’ve never made rice crispie squares. I have another confession to make…I don’t think I ever will. I made something close today, but I would classify it as a failed attempt. We lack storage in our new kitchen so I’m trying to use up the odds and ends lying around. We’ve had half a bag of marshmallows for longer than I’d care to admit (I think their age contributed to my failure). We also have the world’s largest box of holiday rice crispies (please don’t judge). I’ve come to learn that just because it’s dirt cheap doesn’t mean I need to buy it. Anyways, I decided to combine these two things with some peanut butter and a little coconut oil (in lieu of butter). The marshmallows were impossible to work with. In the end I ended up kneading rice crispies into the hard dough then mashing it into the pan. Seriously frustrating. Strangely, after some chocolate ganache and some fridge time, they seem alright. Not a recipe, err, random creation, I would repeat, but edible.

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Slowly Greening

Since we moved in I’ve been trying to make some small changes to reduce the environmental impact of our house. Obviously, since we now live in a much bigger space, we will have a bigger impact. The first thing I did was install a new shower head and tape aerator on the kitchen sink, as well as foam over the pipes from the water heater, these things were all provided in a kit from our electricity company. The next small thing was to turn the water heater down one notch (there aren’t actually numbers so I can’t tell you what temperature it’s at, but it’s not notch below the bolded one). Yesterday I googled our programmable thermostat to figure out how the heck to use it and now it is set at 65 during the day and 62 at night (can’t seem to get it to work in Celsius). Since I leave for work at different times every day I will manually turn it down before I leave. Another thing is that we are on time of use billing for our electricity. That means that during the winter electricity costs almost double during peak times (7 AM to 7 PM on weekdays), in the summer it switches to peak time being after 7. We’ve been doing our best to do laundry and run the dish washer after 7. This doesn’t really save electricity, though it does take pressure off the grid and save us money.

Hopefully as we move along there will be bigger changes to report, but for now we are doing what we can.

Moving Update

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Phew…so busy. Well, we’re all moved in and it was very exhausting! Luckily my mom was here to help with all the cleaning. We’re still unpacking a few things and there are a couple of things that are still missing in action (one of the hazards of having other people help unpack I guess). There is a lot that needs to be done, but most of it can be done gradually over time. I will post some pictures later once I get things cleaned up a little more.

Popcorn

We had a movie night at my brother’s the other day and I decided to use it as an opportunity to taste test some more wedding dessert ideas. There were two different types of candied popcorns that I had pinned and I wanted to see which would be better.
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The first recipe I tried is the weird purple one. Here is the recipe. Definitely check it out because her’s look so much cuter than mine. It’s so simple. All I did was pop the corn in the microwave (I used the paper bag method, since my mom’s air popper wasn’t worker). I spread the popcorn out on a cookie sheet then I took those flat chocolate disks and melted them in the microwave. Lastly, I drizzled the chocolate over the popcorn and stirred it around with two wooden spoons. Once the chocolate had dried a little I put it in a bowl. This recipe is great because it’s easy, tastes amazing and the popcorn hardens without sticking together too much. Things that I’d do differently next time is to not mix two colours of chocolates (I used red and baby blue, then when it came out a horrible burgundy I added some blue food colouring, the results were slightly better). I think using white and adding sprinkles like the link showed would be best. Also, take the time to pick out of unpopped kernels, because they will stick to the popcorn and the potential for breaking teeth is large.

As for the second recipe (the yellowish tinged one), I didn’t like it as much. I think it would be good for making popcorn balls, but for eating like this, it was just too sticky and it never really hardened, plus it was much more labour intensive. Here is the recipe in case you want to check it out anyways. We may have done something wrong to make it not harden, but even so, I would prefer the chocolate one.

As for the wedding, our desserts table plan is shaping up nicely! And it is definitely fun trying all of these cute recipes!

Sugar Cookies

I’ve started trying wedding recipes. We want to have a dessert table with a bunch of different colourful treats on it. My mom and I started with this recipe. It’s kind of a strange recipe (sour cream in cookies…), but it turned out very well. The only things we would change is to lower the cooking temperature considerably, probably 350 or 375. Make sure not to roll them too thin, I think about half of ours were too thin so they aren’t as soft as I’d like. They don’t spread at all so keep that in mind when rolling. We cut the recipe into a third, because it was absolutely huge and we still got at least 2 and a half-dozen. I have pictures, but I forgot my camera cord so I will add them in on Thursday when we are back!