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:
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.
Everyone has rainbow play rice all over their dining floor, right?
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!
My previous 5 Small Goals for Winter:
And that’s a wrap on the winter goals!