strawberry marshmallow steamer

Snowflakes fell from the sky all weekend in my neck of the woods; it was a good reason to drink a mug of hot milk. I did that very thing one morning, but instead of sweetening it up with some honey or chocolate, I used strawberry marshmallows for a creamy summertime flavor. These were no ordinary strawberry marshmallows though, they were handcrafted, locally-sourced Hoosier Strawberry Marshmallows from 240sweet!* The strawberry marshmallow steamer cozied me up and took me back to late June in the middle of our ol’ family strawberry patch, trying to match a quart full of like-sized strawberries for my 4-H project (eating any and all “unsightly” extra-juicy sun-ripened ones in my bare feet).

How it happened: I cut the mallows into fluffy sugar cube-lookin’ quarters. After the milk was heated through, I added 2 mallow cubes, heated the mix up again (~10 seconds microwave, 2 min. stovetop) and stirred. Then I added 2 more mallow cubes on top.

*Saturday I hopped in the car with a good friend and traveled south to the sight of marshmallow magic. The 240sweet folks taught us all things mallow (I took snapshots when I wasn’t savoring freshly toasted samples–future post!), and I brought home a few edible souvenirs.

pink snow float

Do you have a tree-gazing beverage of choice? You know, a special drink to sit and sip once the tree is decorated and lit. Mine is a pink snow float. Assembly involves a few scoops of peppermint ice cream drenched with ginger ale (of course, if tree decorating is extra-challenging, a splash of gin may also be appropriate). Once the ginger ale is poured, a frothy pink bubblemound will appear at the top! Ginger and peppermint are as easy on my taste buds as they are on my tummy.