Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Some Overdue Valentine Stuff

I know V-Day is long gone and everybody has moved on to planning their drunken St. Patrick's Day, or not drunken(I hope) Easter, but I really wanted to share one of the gifts that I gave The Husband with you all.

But first, nothing says love like a good beating!

I'm referring, of course, to batter beating. Which will be much easier for me now that I have this-

The Husband knows that I really enjoy Valentine's Day. I think it is just silly fun, and I love the color schemes and all the cheesey decor, but he also knows that overpriced cut flowers are not my cup of tea. I'm not big on the whole intimately dining out with hundreds of other people who are also intimately dining out(how intimate can it be when half the town is joining you?) thing either. So we usually just exchange cards, or give each other a little handmade token of our affections.

This year, mine was a beater. Which he knew that I have been wanting, but just could not justify the price of, seeing that I've got the regular beater that came with my mixer and a perfectly good spatula to scrape the bowl with.

And some yummy treats from the local bakery.

The treats were a double gift, because guess what? See that little plastic cupcake pick? I'm gonna turn it into a brooch. Upcycling at its best!

My little gift to him was a new coffee mug and some marshmallows to put in it.

But not just any old marshmallows.

We're talking Wondermade marshmallows, which are, without a doubt, some of the best sweets that I've ever savored. And I am a chocolate kinda gal, through and through, so for me to have a new favorite is really saying something. These are definitely not your grocery store marshmallows.

I bought some "manly" flavors. And The Husband appreciated the novelty of them.

And then we popped some in our mouths and realized that these people aren't joking. These marshmallows taste like what they claim to. The sriracha and bourbon flavors will just about burn your nose hairs off with their strong scents.

Guinness was my favorite. The little pretzel pieces really add a special something. The bourbon mallows are super sweet. And delicious in a hot coffee/cocoa  mix.

The Sriracha ones...well, those are just sort of weird. I'm not opposed to spicy and sweet together, but in this format, I'm just not sure what to think of them. I am glad I tried them, but I don't know if I would order them again.

However, I have not tried them in hot chocolate yet. I feel like I might appreciate them more if they are melting in some hot chocolate or sandwiched in a s'more.

The other thing that I love about these marshmallows is the packaging. It is beautiful! If you go to their website, you can read about who helped them with their branding and packaging. I applaud their design firm. I would have bought these whether or not I found the flavors intriguing, just for the packaging alone.

I suppose I am a dork, but I'll be saving these little boxes to display/store stuff in my studio. I have always been into packaging, for as long as I can remember. It is kinda weird that I never went into graphic design, because I have stacks of saved labels, tags, boxes and bags that came off of everything from perfumes to candy to shoes.

If you didn't think that I was weird before, you probably do now.

It is ok, though. I am totally cool with it. I may be weird, but I have good taste in marshmallows.

Trust me. Buy these marshmallows. If you've never had a handmade marshmallow, your life will be changed forever.


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