_Moving back to New England after a 3 year stint in sunny SC had me excited for this winter season. Cozy sweaters, steaming bowls of soup, bright blue sky against snow-draped woods. And yes, the occasional snow day. That magical day when the kid's (and my husband's) school is cancelled. Snow angels, snowmen, and sledding? Bring it on!
Sadly this winter has been a bit of a disappointment. Aside from a giant snowstorm in October that left us without power for 5 days and a 30 ft. Maple on our house, it's been pretty mild. Well today was payday. We got our snow day! Nothing can top a day of getting crazy in the snow like a big cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows.
We like to put our own herbal spin on things around here, so I thought I'd share a fun recipe to making real marshmallows. Those air puffed, spongy white things don't contain any marshmallow at all, which is actually a very healing herb. Marshmallow root is renowned for its abilities to sooth skin and heal inflammations in the body. It's one of my go-to herbs for sore throats.
Go on, I dare you try making these. Super easy and SO delicious.
This recipe is adapted from Lesley Tierra's (2000): A Kid's Herb Book.
-Preheat oven to 275 degrees F
-Separate 2 eggs, keeping the whites. Beat whites until foamy and not quite stiff.
-Add in 1/2 tsp. Vanilla or other delicious flavoring
-Slowly beat in up to 1/2 cup (it's okay to use less!) sugar, 1 tsp at a time
-Beat in 2 tablespoons marshmallow root powder
-Drop mixture using teaspoonful at a time on a lined cookie sheet.
-Bake 1 hour
-Remove from sheet and let cool. Yum!
*Refrigerate extras (if there is any) for several days
Hope your day was magical!
I am constantly amazed by the healing power of yoga and herbs. They inspire me to heal, to write, to teach, and to keep exploring.