Lemon White Chocolate S’mores

I notoriously do not get sick. I’m not superhuman or even super healthy or anything, it’s just that, well…. ain’t nobody got time for that! It’s not that I NEVER get sick, I had the flu five years ago. I had a stomach bug (or bad fro-yo) two years ago. I just seem to bypass the really bad colds and stuff that most people get regularly. When I feel something coming on, I literally tell myself, “nope, I don’t have time for this” and I’m not joking- it goes away.

Or so I thought.

I had a little teeny tiny abnormality in some recent bloodwork and  I went for a follow up visit yesterday. In completely unrelated news, it turns out I was walking around with 101* fever and an ear infection in both ears and DID NOT KNOW it!. Seriously, I am a stay at home mom. We don’t get sick days! So now I’m all Motrined and Augmentined up and I’m thinking it’s a good thing I have a bunch of stuff I’ve made recently and I have the weekend with no baking to do and I can take a little break.

Lemon White Chcolate S'mores (Ellie's Bites)

So, I didn’t mean to bore you with the details of my inner ears. I just think it’s funny that the day before my appointment, I had rushed Ben to the pediatrician because he had a little pink tinge to his eye. It turned out to be minor trauma or a scratch, not pink eye (yay! Don’t have time for pink eye!). Do you find yourself so in tune with your kids’ or pets’ every minor medical symptom but  you can’t even catch your own?

Anyway.

I made some homemade marshmallows for the first time the other day! I slightly modified a recipe I found on line and I added a little lemon extract. They were really yummy on their own, especially after being left uncovered for two or three days (we are huge fans of stale marshmallows around here). But what made them even more delicious, was popping them under the broiler for about five minutes then sandwiching them between cinnamon graham crackers and some quality white chocolate. Yum-meee.

There is something really satisfying about bringing sugar to a boil then whipping it into a beautiful fluffy cloud….

Lemon Marshmallow

….pouring it into a pan, then turning it into little perfect squares of creamy sugar.

lemon marshmallows

Recipe (slightly adapted from here)

Ingredients

  • 2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
  • 8 tablespoons cold water
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp lemon extract
  • Powdered sugar as needed
  • Several bars of good quality white chocolate (one- two pieces per sandwich)
  • Graham crackers (one board per sandwich)

Lemon Marshmallows and white chocolate

  1. In a small bowl, combine gelatin and 8 tablespoons cold water.
  2. Line an 8×8 inch pan with parchment and sprinkle it generously with powdered sugar
  3. In a large saucepan, combine the sugar and cold water, on medium heat, stir until the sugar is dissolved.
  4. When the sugar is dissolved, add the gelatin mixture and bring to a boil.
  5. Cool slightly then pour into the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the whisk attachment.
  6. Add salt, vanilla, and lemon extract and beat for about 10-15 minutes until it becomes soft and fluffy and doubles in volume. (It will start out brownish but will become white as it gets fluffy.)
  7. Pour into the prepared pan and let set until it can be touched without sticking.
  8. Slice into cubes and coat the cubes with powdered sugar on all sides.
  9. Let sit until completely set.
  10. Set broiler to high heat and line a baking sheet with foil.
  11. For as many sandwiches as you want, break a graham cracker board in half. Place a half of a board onto the baking sheet and place a marshmallow on top.
  12. Broil for about 5 minutes or until browned. Keep an eye on it.
  13. When done, remove from the oven, and immediately place a piece of chocolate and the other half of the graham cracker on top.

Enjoy!

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Fluffernutter Bars

It must be so easy to be a dad.

I mean, I know it’s not easy to be a parent in general. Just yesterday, I took the kids to the mall (which I almost never do because if I have a few hours to kill and I want to window shop, I wan’t to be able to go at my pace and enjoy myself). Ellie had the day off and they both needed new shoes. If they were *relatively* well behaved (meaning I left the store with no bald patches on my own scalp), I would take them to the Disney store for a little present, then to lunch at Nordstrom (our favorite mall restaurant since Ellie was three and called it “Mushroom”).

They were both actually really well behaved, so I thought I could run into Urban Outfitters which is between Disney and Nordstrom. Not a full minute goes by before she decides she’s done and leaves the store- her intention was to go to “Mushroom” order for us, and get a table: when I was finished shopping, I would meet her there and be very happy with her. Fortunately, I was watching her, she never dissapeared from view, and was never lost. Not even for a second.

I spent the rest of the day alternately furious and depressed. Depressed because I had to have the “there are bad people in this world who would hurt you just because they can” talk with her, thereby altering her “sunshine and rainbow” six year old view of the world. I guess that moment has to come at some point, and now I know she wouldn’t even think to do it again. If not due to a fear of strangers, maybe as a result of the other new concept she was introduced to yesterday: grounded for a month.

Anyway- that was some tangent, huh?

Fluffer-nutter Bars (Ellie's Bites)

What I was saying is that moms are all about grounding and cleaning your room and eating your vegetables. While mom is trying to come up with new and innovative ways to serve kale and hide fish in macaroni and cheese, dad is spreading peanut butter and fluff on *gasp* WHITE bread and calling it lunch.

Well, this mom decided she was going to be cool last week, even if it was just for one after school snack.

Fluffernutter bars follow the same formula as Rice Crispy bars. These are the ingredients you’ll need:

FlufferNutter Bars Ingredients

  • Puffed Peanut Butter Cereal (3 cups)
  • 1/2 bag marshmallows
  • 1.5 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons peanutbutter
  • Fluff (optional)

(I make mine in an 8×8 inch pan. If you want more, double the recipe and use a 9×13 inch pan)

NutterButter Bar Collage

  1. Melt the butter in a large sauce pan over medium-low heat.
  2. When the butter is melted, add the marshmallows and stir until just barely melted.
  3. Stir in the peanut butter.
  4. Turn off the heat and add the puff cereal. Stir until the cereal is coated with the marshmallow mixture.
  5. Turn the mixture into an 8×8 inch pan lightly sprayed with cooking spray.
  6. Let cool, then cut into squares.
  7. (optional) spread a light layer of marshmallow fluff over the top of the bars. I tried to melt and drizzle the fluff, but fluff does’t drizzle well.

Be a cool mom today. Let dad worry about antioxidants.

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