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Homemade Marshmallows and other Christmas Treat Recipes (that aren't cookies)

CULINARYChloe | Boxwood Ave.2 Comments

A collection of delicious Christmas treats recipes for those that want to skip the classic Christmas cookie. Everything from marshmallows to toffee, these are the perfect homemade gifts!

10 Christmas Treats Recipes (feat. homemade marshmallows) | boxwoodavenue.com

Hello! Happy Monday, can you believe it's almost Christmas? I have been filling egg stamp orders like crazy and have not had much time to do anything else. However, this past weekend a few of my girlfriends and I got together for a cookie party! We started the tradition last year, and I am so glad we are continuing it! Instead of bringing cookies, I decided to bring homemade marshmallows and hotcoco. #rebel 

I've always wanted to make homemade marshmallows, but I have always been a bit intimated by them. When I started making these I realized just how easy they are to make. They require no baking, and they are 100% more delicious than the store bought version. Maybe 200%. 

These were truly so very easy to make, and although I stuck with a basic recipe, they would be very easy to adapt to make special. Try peppermint extract instead of vanilla, or add a bit of food coloring. Maybe dust with cocoa powder or add chocolate chips at the last minute! 

10 Christmas Treats Recipes (feat. homemade marshmallows) | boxwoodavenue.com
10 Christmas Treats Recipes (feat. homemade marshmallows) | boxwoodavenue.com

I am sharing this recipe with a few friends today - we are all sharing a Christmas treat recipe! I hope you enjoy taking a peek at everyone's recipe and find something delicious to make this holiday season! These treats are the perfect inexpensive, homemade holiday gift! Great for neighbors, teachers, and co-workers! Just head to the end of this post to see them all! I hope you have a beautiful week! 


homemade marshmallows


Ingredients:

  • 1 cup water, divided into two 1/2 cups
  • 3 packets unflavored gelatin 
  • 1 tsp kosher salt (I used Maldon)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup 
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch 
  • 1/2 cup confectioners sugar 
  • non-stick cooking spray

Recipe adapted from Ina Garten

Prep: Combine cornstarch and confectioners sugar in a small bowl. Spray a 13x9" dish with non-stick spray, then dust it with the cornstarch mixture. You will have some starch/sugar left over - save it to dust the top of the marshmallows. 

Step 1: In a large mixing bowl, combine gelatin and 1/2 cup cold water. Stir to dissolve the gelatin and allow to sit while you prepare the rest of the recipe. 

Step 2: Combine granulated sugar, salt, corn syrup, and the remaining 1/2 cup water in a saucepan. Over medium heat, stir the ingredients to dissolve the sugar. Once dissolved, turn the heat to high and bring to a boil - using a candy thermometer, closely monitor the temperature. 

Step 3: Whisk the mixture as it boils and keep a close eye on the temperature. As soon as it reaches 140 degrees F remove it from the heat. This takes about 15 minutes. 

Step 4: Slowly pour the syrup into the dissolved gelatin mixture. Use an electric mixer (I used my kitchenaid) to whip the mixture for about 15 minutes. It will become light and fluffy...like marshmallows! 

Step 5: Once the mixture becomes marshmallow-like, add the vanilla and mix until combined.  

Step 6: Use a spatula to pour the marshmallow mix evenly into the prepared baking dish. Dust with remaining confectioners sugar mixture, and let the marshmallows sit overnight, uncovered. Once the mallows have dried out a bit, you can cut and dust with more confectioners sugar or sprinkles! 


Delicious Christmas Treats 

(that aren't cookies!)


nona's famous toffee • ella claire  |  peppermint fudge • zevy joy  |  donut hole tree • love grows wild  |  chocolate covered cherries • anderson + grant

 

gingerbread brownies • my sweet savannah  |  gingerbread tree cake • inspired by charm  |  peppermint truffles • maison de pax

classic peppermint bark • nina hendrick  |  peppermint s'mores • nest of posies  |  dark chocolate pretzel bark • finding home farm


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My Christmas Advent Calendar (with a Free Printable!)

DIY, livingChloe | Boxwood Ave.Comment

This Christmas advent calendar is made using antique French grain sifters and muslin bags, plus click below to download each day's printable for free!

Christmas advent calendar / simple farmhouse christmas

I am one of the many that truly loves Christmas. Growing up, we always had a birthday cake for Jesus, and made sure to remember the reason for the season. I continue to do so as an adult, and I really enjoy everything that Christmas brings. The joy and cheer, the music, the decorations. It's all so beautiful to me, and as Oprah would say, "5 star joy!!". 

Since the month of December can become so saturated with parties and gatherings, having an advent calendar is a lovely way to take a little moment out of each day to remember the spirit of Christmas. 

Christmas advent calendar / simple farmhouse christmas

I remember having advent calendars growing up, but I haven't had one in many years. Truth be told, I didn't really know the history of the advent calendar. I knew it stemmed back to a saint, but I didn't realize that originally the advent began much earlier than Christmas.

What is Advent?
Advent is the four-week period beginning on the Sunday nearest the feast day of St. Andrew the Apostle (November 30) through the following three Sundays. Historians estimate that Advent, which derives from the Latin word for coming, has been celebrated since the fourth century. The period originally began as a time for converts to Christianity to prepare for baptism, but is now more commonly associated with the anticipation of the anniversary of Christ’s birth on December 25.

Of course, our modern traditions show the advent beginning on December 1st and leading towards Christmas. Nonetheless, I believe it is a way to be mindful of the Christmas season. Whether you are religious and celebrate each day with a bible verse, or you simply want to soak up every day leading up to Christmas, an advent calendar is a wonderful way to fully enjoy the holidays. 

I really am excited about this advent calendar because I think it turned out so darling, it is hung in our dining room, and every time I walk by it, I smile so big. I think this is because sitting down to make this calendar was incredibly fulfilling. Lately, I have been so busy that I haven't had a single second to enjoy my hobbies. I have been going going going...and the past three months have slipped away from me. So getting to sit down, pull out my craft supply boxes, and enjoy a few hours making something with my hands was pure joy. 

I hope that whether you decide to make an advent calendar this year or not, that you are able to find time to slowing down and do something you love. It we aren't careful, three months, turns into three years, and three years turns into ten...and before we know it, we've blinked and missed the whole thing. 


Christmas advent calendar / simple farmhouse christmas

DIY CHRISTMAS ADVENT CALENDAR

in grain sifters with free printable tags & daily inserts

Supplies:

Step 1: Cut out the tags and daily inserts, I used a slide cutter! Then fold them in half. I love my slide cutter - it makes cutting paper so easy! 

Step 2: Fill each baggie with a daily task, quote, verse, or treat! Then decorate each bag - I stamped mine with farm animals and used glue strips to secure the daily tags, bells, ribbons, pine cones, etc... to them.

Step 3: Attach each baggie to the sifter. I used earring studs to secure them. 

Step 4: Enjoy!! 


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10 Beautiful Christmas Tablescapes to Inspire Your Holiday Decorating

interiors, living, homemaking, gatheringsChloe | Boxwood Ave.7 Comments

10 beautiful Christmas tablescapes from some of my favorite bloggers that will 100% inspire your holiday dining room this year! Plus - we're each sharing a few of our top entertaining tips to help you get through the season with ease!

Minimal & Rustic Christmas Decorating ideas

Today I've joined up with a few blogging friends to share our holiday tablescape ideas & entertaining tips with you. I love coming together with other creative ladies, because they always inspire me beyond belief. Getting to see everyone's take on "holiday tablescape" is so much fun - each of us has a different touch, and together, we are able to share so much beauty! 

I like to keep things very simple during the holidays. If you are a usual reader of Boxwood Avenue, you know that I normally use things that I can find outside: greenery, pinecones, branches, etc... I rarely buy decorations, and when I do, it's usually vintage! I used to love sparkles and glitter and ornaments galore, but now I like to stick to a neutral palette of found or vintage items. 

See that cute little string garland?? Last year I picked up those old cookie cutter bells from Elsie Green - I've been holding on to them just for this purpose! They are rusty, and dirty, and really perfect. 

Minimal & Rustic Christmas Decorating ideas
Minimal & Rustic Christmas Decorating ideas

I think that we tend to put a lot of pressure on ourselves to create something outstanding or jaw dropping when we decorate for the holidays, but I really believe that less is more. I didn't add soup spoons, I don't have a bunch of glasses on the table, I don't have heaps of decorations...just the necessities for coming together to share a meal. Maybe you don't feel that pressure, but I know I do, and this year I am letting. that. go.  

While I was decorating this room, I turned to Pinterest for a little inspiration...none of the tables that I was inspired by had candles on them, so my first thought was to leave the candles off. Thinking that maybe my love of candles was no longer in style, but then I realized: if I love candles, then I should put them on my table. I guess what I am trying to say is that if you love sparkles and glitter - add sparkles and glitter! If you can't stand candles, then don't feel like your table will be less than because it's lacking candles. Stay true to your heart, and your room will speak for itself.

Minimal & Rustic Christmas Decorating ideas

If you follow me on Instagram, you might have caught a glimpse of my story while I was out cutting branches for this space. I brought home heaps of greenery and my car still smells amazing! I snipped sprigs off the branches and layered them down the center of my table atop the grain sack table runner which was a gift from my (amazing) neighbor.

I mismatched the plates to add a little height - the flat plates are from Crate & Barrel and the deeper plate is from World Market. I love their entertaining sets because they are simple and affordable. Someday I will collect enough ironstone to set my whole table...a girl can dream. 

When we actually sit down for Christmas dinner, I think I will add some sort of paper item. Maybe some Christmas crackers! I really love to have a menu, place setting, or activity whenever I dress my table up. There's something so lovely about a really nice item of paper - it's my favorite finishing touch! 

I am so very excited about my advent calendar, I will share a full post about it on Wednesday, but I love how cute those little baggies look sitting inside the French grain bins. Did you happen to see the giant glass jar? I found that while I was in High Point, it just got here, isn't it amazing!? As I was moving it, a piece of the top popped off and the whole jar fell to the floor, I am so glad it didn't shatter! I would have been so sad. I thought about putting a Christmas tree in the corner where it is sitting, but I think the branches look just right. 

Minimal & Rustic Christmas Decorating ideas

I hope you have enjoyed seeing our dining room decorated for the upcoming holiday! We are really enjoying our new room and I am having fun with that shelf! Now be sure to head over to my friends' blogs to see their Christmas tablescape and entertaining ideas! 


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