5 October 2016:

When our twins were born, lots of people used to say:  “Double trouble is on its way …”.   I cannot remember much of this predicted double trouble, but I can remember lots of double joy.   Double joy in playing around, double joy in hugs and double joy in laughter.

As parents we had to ‘forget’ about being perfect  because with two babies, two toddlers, two tweens, two teens and two young adults at the same time, you and your parenting style are tested, mixed and melted, just like marshmallow puddles.  Along the way you learn to not think of double costs, double work and double no-more-sleep, but rather to celebrate twice as much or twice as long or twice as big. Therefore, we had to celebrate today. Two driver’s licenses passed on the same day!  Whoohoo!!

We decided on homemade marshmallows as celebratory dessert, as we do not usually eat dessert during the week – actually, we never eat dessert, but we had to, tonight.  Marshmallows are easy to make and the ingredients are not expensive.  Well, I thought it was easy to make, and it really is, but true to my bit eccentric, absent minded and disorganized personality and because I’m only a mom and not Nigella, our marshmallows turned into marshmallow puddles, all because of the 1 packet of gelatin I used, instead of 3.

So, we had to make do with ‘runny’ marshmallows instead of small perfect bite-size marshmallow cubes.   And we celebrated … with rose flavoured marshmallow puddles on a white plate, dusted with coco.

Therefore, in further celebration of not-so-perfect ‘mom-hood’,  here is my Homemade Marshmallow Puddle recipe:

Enough for 12 adults – or 6 adults with 2nd helpings,  for a midweek celebration

Total cost:  R75


  • 3 Tbsp gelatin or 3 small packets (or in our case, 1 small packet – if you would like to make marshmallow puddles)
  • 1/3 C cold water
  • 3 C sugar
  • 1 1/2 C water
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp (or to taste) rose water
  • 1/3 C cornstarch
  • 1/3 C powdered sugar


  1. Soak the gelatin in the 1/3 of a cup of cold water in a small bowl and set aside to swell for 10 minutes. (Do not mix)
  2. In a large saucepan dissolve the sugar in the 1 1/2 C of water over low heat, stirring constantly.
  3. Add the swollen gelatin and dissolve.
  4. Raise the temperature and bring to a boil.
  5. Boil steadily, but not vigorously, for 15 minutes without stirring.
  6. Remove from the heat and allow to cool until lukewarm.
  7. Pour into a bowl, or mixer and add the vanilla and rose water and beat the mixture until very thick and white – until you can see definite ribbons
  8. Dust the bottom of a square serving bowl with half of the cornstarch and icing sugar mix
  9. Pour into serving bowl and wait until set – a few hours
  10. Cut into squares and dust with a mixture of cornstarch and icing sugar – if you only used 1 packet of gelatin, it cannot be cut :) , therefore, spoon a huge puddle of marshmallow mixture into paper cupcakes or cupcake holders, decorate, and eat with a spoon …

The marshmallow puddle mixture can also be added as a layer on top of dark chocolate mousse.  Let me know if you can think of any other ways to try the marshmallow puddles.

Enjoy, and remember to celebrate, often, and to not be so perfect!

Will journal soon again.

Thyme greetings!

Liesl – Mom on Thyme


Recipe inspired by http://ashleemarie.com/homemade-marshmallows/ and totally transformed by Mom on Thyme.

Liesl is a life-and business coach with her own coaching company named Thyme2B.