5 Small Goals for the Season: Winter Wrap Up

For 5 small goals, you think it would have been pretty easy to get through them, since this was a Game of Thrones-style winter (read: crazy long).  But the two things that took the longest were Building a Snowman and Making Eggnog from Scratch.

First up, the Snowman: There were probably only two times I felt like I’d be willing to devote an hour or so to making a snowman, and both times the snow was not ‘packing snow’, which is ideal for sticking to itself and making a snowman, but the ‘powder snow’, which totally does not stick and is just fluffy and (you guessed it) powdery.  It was becoming clear that even though it was the longest winter ever, I wasn’t so jazzed about making a snowman, so I started thinking of ways around it. And I landed on doughnut snowmen! Adorable, right? Except making them totally reminded me of those pinterest fail photos that you see, with the perfect inspiration image on one side, and the realistic disaster on the other: 

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My problem was this- I didn’t find candy corn (it was February, after all), so I thought I’d make the ‘carrot’ noses out of marzipan, which I tinted orange. Bonus crafty points, right? Wrong. marzipan wasn’t sturdy enough to be wedged into the irregular shaped doughnut holes, and so they fell out a lot. and I tried doing chocolate chips for eyes and mouths, but they wouldn’t stick.  So I tried chocolate icing piped onto the doughnuts. Did you know nothing sticks to powdered sugar doughnuts? Which makes me wonder- how the heck did whoever crafted the original image get their chocolate chips to stay in the doughnuts?! Anyway, I tried my best. and they did look pretty cute, if you forget the hours of work on basically decorating store-bought doughnuts. 

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Everyone has rainbow play rice all over their dining floor, right? 

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It took longer to make these snowman than it would have to make a real one out of snow, but at least I was inside and warm.

The Eggnog. I came across  the perfect recipe, and it was really easy to make, with a wonderfully rich and creamy texture.   I would leave out the bit about whipping the egg whites in the  future, though- I don’t think it was necessary, and added extra steps to the process. It was just as delicious without- I tried it before adding the whipped egg whites, and after. Although they really do transform the texture of this drink!

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My previous 5 Small Goals for Winter:

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Clockwise, from top left: The original goals, cozy red sweater, sharpies on a mug (update: sharpies on mugs do not last. I’m going to try enamel paints next time!) ,  winter festivals

And that’s a wrap on the winter goals!

8 comments

  1. Zenitude   •  

    This post has got to be an indication that winter is OVER then (as I look at the fresh abundant snow out the window)! Congrats on reaching your goals! I did not fare so well.

  2. Kelly J. R.   •  

    I always get a kick out of hearing other people’s food stories. Lately I’ve had some interesting kitchen adventures myself. I’m gluten-free (almost totally grain-free, in fact) but I still want to eat a burger. So, what the heck do you do for a bun when you can’t have grain? First I tried making “pitas” that were mostly egg and a little bit of coconut flour. My “pitas” turned out like scrambled eggs. Surprise, surprise!

    The other night I tried making “buns” out of fried green plantains. First, have you ever tried peeling a green plantain? It’s nearly impossible! And I had to peel 3 of them. Then, I had to cut the plantains into 2″ chunks and boil them for 5 min. Next, you take a plate and smash the pieces into flat rounds. Except (perhaps they weren’t cooked enough) my plantains didn’t smash nicely and came out as chunks of plantain stuck to the bottom of the plate that I then scraped off and into the fry pan but then the pieces wouldn’t stick to each other. 1-1/2 hours later we were finally eating our dinner – chunks of fried plantain on top of our burgers that we had to eat with a fork. Nice.

  3. loulou   •  

    Oh my, how I love those Pinterest Fail photos you refer to. I recently saw a cake shaped like a lamb that had me laughing and still does at the memory of it. That said, your donut snowmen turned out quite cute. Good going on the improvised marzipan noses. And the homemade eggnog sounds like it was tasty too.

    Congrats on reaching your winter goals! I’m keen to see what you’ll be trying out this summer.

  4. Tanis   •  

    I love your creative solution to making a snowman! Pinterest fails = hilarious! Also, totally agree with you on the sharpie mug’s being a total myth. There are 1 million beautiful sharpie mugs on pinterest, but they are so misleading, I now have several lovely plain white dollar store mugs that were at one point very beautifully drawn on but all the ink has completely washed off. Maybe that’s a bonus in disguise – means I can re-draw and have a new set of mugs every few weeks!

  5. Carla   •  

    I hope your long winter didn’t have as many murders as Game of Thrones!
    I think the snowmen are adorable. I have seen far, far worse Pinterest fails. Yours look a lot like the originals to me!
    Ummm … What is ‘rainbow play rice’??

  6. Maya   •  

    Your blog is absolutely beautiful! I love the colour scheme you used. The snowmen are so cute, it’s mad that your winter is so long! I a new follower, Im sooo in love with your blog:)
    http://maayhappy.blogspot.ie/

  7. Monica   •  

    That is really admirable. Nothing would have made me venture out this winter either. Least of all to build a snowman! I will totally try this eggnog recipe!

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