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Awesome Valentine Art to Make and Share

6 Feb

Love sees more

You can make this personalized word art as a gift for Valentine’s Day. Tagxedo.com will take your words, in a shape you choose, in colors you pick and even in a fonts you choose.

Here is how:

1. Go to Tagxedo.com

2. Go to the create page, the tab is on the top right

3. At the top of the left hand side pick “Load”

4. In the lower half of the box, type in any words you want, like, love, joy, spouse, Friend, partner… Any words you want to stay together type as one word, ValentinesDay, HappyBirthday,

5. Hit submit. See the note at #7–Also, any time you get the theme, font, or orientation just right, click the lock button by that attribute to save it.

6. Then most of the way down the box on the left click “shape” a bunch of options will pop up. Pick any which  strikes your fancy!

7. Tagxedo will fill it with your words. Don’t worry if they’re not all there right now, and there are no number. We will get to that later.

8. Click Theme, a selection of color pallets will pop up, try a bunch until you find the right one. Also, clicking on the same button will change which color is most dominant. You can also do this by clicking color on the left side menu.

9. Just above the Twitter and Facebook options, click : “Word/Layout options…” First click the Word tab.

10. This is where you tell it to recognize numbers, or punctuation. Play with these options choosing yes and no and see how it changes your word art.

11. Next go to the Layout tab. Emphasis is how many big words you have, and how big they are, the higher the number the bigger the words. Maximum word count is the total number of words in your shape. The higher the count the more words, try it with lots and only a few. Tightness is how closely packed your words are. Play with the other options until you’re happy.

12. Now go up to Font, near the top on the right hand side. See if changing the font makes it even better. If you like it, lock it!

13. Next try the various orientations, when you are happy, Lock it!

14. You should be about ready to save your art to your pictures on your computer. At the top, click–save, share, print. Save it as you would a picture, you can even pick the size–more pixels, bigger picture! Then print it off, Or better yet order your art to be made as a T-shirt, or Tote etc. There are some advanced options such as loading pictures which I haven’t tried yet. But I can’t wait!

By the way, I made all these images in about a couple of  hours with no directions, it is that easy! This site is so much fun, think what great gift you could make for friends or grandparents. The prices seem fair to me for the products, and while I’d love for them to sponsor me; they don’t even know I exist!

Happy almost Valentine’s Day, I have some recipes to share, but I was having so much fun with this that I won’t get them up until tomorrow!

Amy

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I Love You–Pink Marshmallows

31 Jan

For Emma Kate’s 5th Birthday—this recipe is for you!!! These are the best gourmet marshmallow ever, ever, ever, really they are that good. I promise. Hollie Rogue has a fun photo contest on Fridays, there are lots of fun pictures over on her site.

I Love You--Pink Marshmallows, the best marshmallows of all time!

Marshmallows became a fixation for me when my sister made an amazing sweet potato casserole for Thanksgiving dinner topped with homemade marshmallows. They taste better and have more character than store bought marshmallows. I developed marshmallow envy. Even when something is really good, I have to make it better. So how does one make something as simple and sinfully sweet as marshmallows better? Well, my first rule for great cooking. Rule #1–Always use the best ingredients available. Actually, use better ingredients than the recipe calls for!

Start with a good basic recipe and add to or modify it to suit your tastes. Pinterest, my new addiction, had some beautiful homemade marshmallow pictures and recipes. I started with this “Baking Bites” recipe. There are three main ingredients, gelatin, sugar and corn syrup, plus water, salt and vanilla. 1st try, I decided that I would add some butter, because rice crispy treats have butter and they taste better. This was an epic fail, not so much because of the butter, but because I failed to notice that my box of Knox gelatin was past its “use by” date. It made the marshmallow smell slightly off—hello, garbage can. I also worried that the butter made the marshmallows too runny.

Second try, marshmallows are just sweet, but just sweet isn’t good enough. Sweet plus some flavor is better. Back to Rule #1, what ingredients could be better? How about honey, clover honey is very mild but it has a distinct flavor. If you prefer one of the stronger flavors, that should work equally well. And raw sugar has slightly more flavor than white sugar. Also, adding more salt balances the sweetness of the sugar. Vanilla pairs well with cinnamon, and cardamom, so a little of those will add the final touch without overwhelming the soft sweetness of marshmallow. And since it is my niece, Emma Kate’s 5th birthday and valentine’s day is just around the corner, they need to be pink; so you definitely need to add some food color. Below is the new and improved “I love you—pink marshmallows.”

In the bowl of a stand mixer add,

½ cup cold water
3 packets Knox gelatin (0.25 oz. each)—sprinkle on top of water

Allow the water and gelatin to gel for about 10 minutes.

In a 2 quart sauce pan add,

2 cups sugar
2/3 cup honey
¼ cup water

Slowly bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Keep it at a full boil for one full minute—I had to take the honey mixture off the burner to keep it from boiling over, when I made this with corn syrup it didn’t boil over. While still boiling, pour it over the gelatin. Using the whisk attachment, whisk on high for 7 minutes. It should become opaque and very fluffy.

Fluffy Pink and wonderful--Keep mixing

Add,

1Tbs. Vanilla—real vanilla!
1tsp salt—sea salt is very good!
1tsp cinnamon
1tsp cardamom
and food coloring if you want them colored—6 or 7 drops to get good pink

Continue to beat on high for another 7 minutes.

While your mixer is working and you are waiting, lightly but completely oil two pieces of plastic wrap or parchment paper on one side. They should be big enough to cover a 10”x15” cookie sheet. Place one in the bottom of your baking sheet, leave the other out. When your marshmallows have been totally whipped, pour the mixture onto your cookie sheet spread it out with a spatula which has been wiped down with oil. Cover with the second sheet of oiled plastic and let them set for 4 hours or overnight.

Smooth marshmallow out evenly on the cookie sheet with a spatula

When thoroughly set, turn the marshmallow out onto a cutting board. You my cut them with a lightly oiled pizza cutter or cookie cutters—maybe a heart-shaped cookie cutter. Dust well with powdered sugar, and enjoy!

Pink Marshmallows cut into bite size morsels and covered in Powdered sugar

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