March 23rd, 2004



These were a blast to make. We're still waiting on the part where we take them out of the pan and dredge them in powdered sugar, but assuming they come out well, I'll definitely be making them again:

3 envelopes of Knox gelatin
1/2 cup cold water

In the bowl of an electric mixer, sprinkle gelatin over 1/2 cup cold water. Soak for 10 minutes.

2 cups granulated sugar
2/3 cups corn syrup
1/4 cup water
1/4 teaspoon salt

Combine sugar, corn syrup, and 1/4 cup water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and boil hard for 1 minute. Pour boiling syrup into gelatin and mix at high speed. Add the salt and beat for 12 minutes.

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Add vanilla and incorporate into mixture.

Scrape into a 9 x 9-inch pan lined with oiled plastic wrap and spread evenly. (Note: Lightly oil hands and spatula or bowl scraper). After pouring marshmallow mixture into the pan, take another piece of plastic wrap and press mixture into the pan.

Confectioners' sugar for dredging

Let mixture sit for a few hours. Remove from pan, dredge the marshmallow slab with confectioners' sugar and cut into 12 equal pieces with scissors (the best tool for the job) or a chef's knife. Dredge each piece of marshmallow in confectioners' sugar.

and graham crackers

1/3 cup milk
1/4 cup honey

In a small bowl stir together milk and honey. Set milk mixture aside.

1-1/2 cups graham flour (whole wheat may be substituted)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/3 cup butter
1/4 cup shortening

In a large bowl stir together graham flour, all-purpose flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Using a pastry blender, cut in butter and shortening till mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

Make a well in center of flour mixture. Add milk mixture all at once. Using a fork, stir till mixture can be gathered into a ball. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead dough by gently folding and pressing dough for 12 to 15 strokes or till dough is nearly smooth. Divide dough in half.

Sprinkle surface with additional graham flour. Roll each half of dough to 1/8-inch thickness. Using a pastry wheel or sharp knife, cut dough into 2-inch squares. Place on ungreased baking sheet. Using the tines of a fork, prick crackers well. Bake in a 350-degree F oven for 12 to 15 minutes or until done. Remove crackers from sheet and cool on a wire rack.

favorite signs

Here are some of my favorite signs and signlike sights from our drive down here:

JESUS! (multiple) -- I like how this one can be expressed to match the mood. A kinda soft "jeeeesus" if you're boggled by the stupidity of the driving around you or a really sharp, sweary "jesus!" if you're pissed off, etc. But really, all of these would have been improved if they'd been accompanied by a soundtrack.

Eat our 72oz steak in an hour and it's free! -- I can think of a lot of ways to say, "no, thanks," to that one.

"Adult Superstore!!!" followed about 50 feet later by, "porn ruins lives!"

Really quite a lot of adult video superstores. Wow.

In OK, an advertisement for vasectomy reversals in Houston (appx 9 hours away).

"Do not drive into smoke" -- these were posted every few miles on the interstate in OK. It seemed like it would be the kind of obvious common sense that doesn't need stating, but apparently, they were necessary.

Speed limit 17 -- ?? I guess 20 was just TOO fast, and we all know no one's gonna go 15. Or something.