Valentine's Candy Inspired Family Table Setting

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 by

How to make family dinner special on Valentine’s Day with a candy inspired and family friendly table setting. Inspired by kids and conversation hearts.

How to make family dinner special on Valentine’s Day with a candy inspired and family friendly table setting. Inspired by kids and conversation hearts | personallyandrea.com


I'm excited to be participating in a blog hop with some Canadian blogger friends, organized by the lovely Jo-Anna from A Pretty Life in the Suburbs.  Links to all the posts can be found at the end of this one, or search social media with the hashtag #CBValentinesDay.

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Homemade Cinnamon Marshmallows

Friday, January 27, 2017 by

Homemade cinnamon marshmallows are straightforward to make with just a few staple ingredients and no fancy equipment.

Homemade Cinnamon Marshmallows |  Simple ingredients and a bit of patience make a delicious homemade treat | personallyandrea.com

Did you know you could make your own marshmallows? When I posted on social media here and here that I had make them, a few people asked, Really? You can do that? Yes, you can. It’s actually been on my bucket list for a while to try. But I delayed, thinking that it required a candy thermometer, which I don’t have.


Homemade Cinnamon Marshmallows |  Simple ingredients and a bit of patience make a delicious homemade treat | personallyandrea.com

Then I came across this recipe in my Butter cookbook by the famous bakery owner, Rosie Daykin. And it doesn’t require a candy thermometer!

Homemade Cinnamon Marshmallows |  Simple ingredients and a bit of patience make a delicious homemade treat | personallyandrea.com


We go through a lot of marshmallows in this house, between summer campfires and winter hot chocolate. And while marshmallow will never be nutritious, I was sure we could avoid some of the chemicals in the processed, packaged marshmallows from the store. (I felt the same way about ice cream last summer, and wrote about making your own ice cream too.)  Plus... added flavourings!

Homemade Cinnamon Marshmallows |  Simple ingredients and a bit of patience make a delicious homemade treat | personallyandrea.com

I used the basic recipe from the cookbook, then took it up a notch with one of the suggested variations by adding some cinnamon into the mix. They’ve been a big hit so far as the days have been cold and dreary, and hot chocolate by the fire is just the cure.

Homemade Cinnamon Marshmallows |  Simple ingredients and a bit of patience make a delicious homemade treat | personallyandrea.com


Don’t be intimidated by the number of steps in the instructions. There are a lot of details but once you get prepared and started, this is really part craft and part cooking, and pretty intuitive.

Homemade Cinnamon Marshmallows |  Simple ingredients and a bit of patience make a delicious homemade treat | personallyandrea.com

Ingredients for Cinnamon Marshmallows:


1 cup water
3 envelopes unflavoured gelatin
2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup (not the regular golden colour kind)
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
2 teaspoons cinnamon
icing sugar to coat

Instructions for Cinnamon Marshmallows:


1. Butter a 9 X 9 inch square baking pan
2. In the bowl of a stand mixer with a whisk attachment, pour in half a cup of the water and sprinkle with gelatin. Set aside to absorb.
3. In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, corn syrup, salt, and remaining half cup of water. Turn heat to high and bring to a rolling boil for one minute. Remove from heat.
4. Turn the mixer to low to stir the gelatin a few times until combined with the water. While stirring, very slowly add the hot sugar mixture, pouring down the inside edge of the bowl.
5. Turn the mixer to high and whip for 10-12 minutes, until the marshmallow batter almost triples in size and thickens.
6. Stop the mixer and add the vanilla and cinnamon. Stir to combine then whip once more for 1-2 minutes.
7. Quickly transfer the mixture to the prepared baking pan and spread evenly.
8. Grease a sheet of plastic wrap with butter or cooking spray and lay it across the top of the pan, pressing down firmly against the marshmallow mixture. Leave the marshmallows to set for several hours, or overnight.
9. Cover a large cookie sheet or cutting board with icing sugar and turn out the stiffened marshmallow mixture. Cut into one inch squares with a large sharp knife and dust to coat with the icing sugar.
10. Optional, for presentation, push a cinnamon stick into each cube and wrap with a candy wrapper, tie with twine.

Homemade Cinnamon Marshmallows |  Simple ingredients and a bit of patience make a delicious homemade treat | personallyandrea.com



I think these will be lovely for Valentine’s Day, packaged up like this and ready for dunking.

xo andrea

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Hurricane Lanterns Decorated for Winter

Friday, January 13, 2017 by

How I decorated my large hurricane lanterns for winter with some leftover Christmas decor and found items from around the house.

We’re in that lull after Christmas holidays, where decorations that were named cozy and cheerful in December are now called clutter. Some people love the tidy-up and back to minimalism. Some people hate taking everything down and find it depressing. I think I fall somewhere in between those two extremes. 

Hurricane Lanterns Decorated for Winter with leftover Christmas decor and found items from around the house  | personallyandrea.com

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DIY Eucalyptus and Mint Foot Soak

Monday, December 12, 2016 by

Bath salts and essential oils make a pretty, scented and therapeutic soak for your feet at the end of a long day.  Wind down and clear your head with this eucalyptus and mint foot soak you can make yourself.


DIY Eucalyptus and Mint Foot Soak |  a soothing and therapeutic night-time foot soak with pink Himalayan salts and essential oils | personallyandrea.com


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Gift Guide for Students and Twenty-Somethings plus a Giveaway

Friday, November 25, 2016 by

Gift ideas for the college and university students on your Christmas list, and the twenty-somethings just starting out on their own.

Once again, I’m excited to be partnering with Ten Thousand Villages on this post. As always, all ideas and opinions are entirely my own.

Well my friends, it's one month till Christmas.  One month.  till.  Christmas.  Yikes!  Isn't it time to get shopping?  So raise your hand if you love a gift roundup... *raises hand*. I personally love them all.  I find them super helpful, or at least super fun.  And I thought I’d put out one of my own. One for students and twenty-somethings, because that’s who I have on my gift-list. So I consider myself a bit of a pro on that age group.

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Must-Have Sugar Cookie Recipe

Friday, November 18, 2016 by

A basic sugar cookie recipe is a must-have in your baking repertoire. Simple, versatile and keeps well, this is a recipe you'll come back to again and again.

If you’re like me and don’t bake all that often, I’ve found it helpful to have a few standard no-fail baking recipes to reach for over and over again. Recipes like ginger cookies and chocolate cake which suit many occasions, and make you look like a rock-star chef.

Sugar Cookies |  A basic recipe in your cookie repertoire, adapts easily to many occasions and events, keeps and packages very well.  Also... incredibly delicious!

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Homemade Gourmet Olives

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 by

Homemade gourmet olives are simple to make. A small batch is perfect for fancy snacking, entertaining or gifting.

Homemade Gourmet Olives |  Add gourmet flavors like rosemary and orange to store-bought olives and serve them up at your next party | personallyandrea.com


Hello friends! I have two things for you today, one delicious and one beautiful.  First, with the busiest entertaining season of the year just around the corner, I thought I would share one of my favourite appetizers with you.

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