The kids and I had a spare hour to spend so we tried making marshmallows. They liked the idea of including them along with some other little treats as teacher gifts.
I have been thinking about making them for ages, since seeing this post over on Angry Chicken one Christmas. We used rosewater to flavour our batch, and squeezed some blueberries for colouring.
But our marshmallows were not very good: they were much too soft and didn't hold their shape well (not the recipe's fault but maybe we skipped a step or didn't have quite the right ingredients.) So we won't inflict them on the teachers after all.
They were fun to make, though! The kids are showing quite a lot of interest in mixing and cococting these days and they even have a few dishes they can cook independently, even if they are variations on scrambled eggs.
Anyway, we also had fun thinking about the packaging of potential edible gifts. I found some polka-dot cellophane bags a while back and Keira and I spent quite a while last weekend folding origami boxes + lids from the pages of an old gardening magazine (instructions here).
Sometimes the process is better than the result.