My husband and I have been enjoying springtime, getting out in nature gives me an inner focus and I feel like I am giving back to the earth when I dig in the ground. Every year my husband and I get are hands in the dirt and plant new flowers and herbs. This year we planted lavender, rosemary and thyme in our raised garden bed. Plus a couple of climbing rose bushes.
Over the years living in this cute little house I’ve realized we don’t really use are lush backyard for anything other than just planting lovely flowers and letting it be.
We don’t really have a porch to speak of, so we enjoy the view of our green grass and tree filled yard were you can see butterflies and bees everyday and hear the birds chirping non stop through our sliding glass door.
So this year I’ve been determined to make our backyard a usable space for us to enjoy. To start off my back porch fix up project we purchased a firepit and moved our patio chair and table set from the garden to the porch. I hoping this will entice us to roast these amazing soft maple marshmallows in our new firepit to make some S’mores.
These delicious paleo marshmallows are made with a combination of maple syrup and honey, you can use just honey but they will have a strong honey taste, or you could use all maple syrup but I like the combination of the two the best. I swear I could probably eat the whole batch!
My girls friends loved them when I took them to our fondue girls night so much that I almost didn’t have any left by the end of the night.
What is a French style Marshmallow? (guimauve)
In France, guimauves aren’t a cheap chemical filled factory food, filled with high amounts of sugar, and an ingredient mostly used for jellied salads or sweet potato’s, like here in America.
In France they are still seen as candy, candy making is an important part of French life and an artisan approach is taken in making their candies, like the delicate and somewhat time-consuming guimauve that is prepared for special occasions. In most towns and small villages in france, confiseurs (artisanal candymakers) compete with each other in making the sweet confections sometimes in different flavors and so guimauves have remained part of the confectionary tradition there.
Traditionally in French candy shops, marshmallows are cut into ropes rather than cubes, and the clerk keeps them above the counter in tall glass jars; the clerk will cut off the amount you request with a dedicated pair of cornstarch-dipped scissors, and place it in a white paper bag for you to take home. Some of the guimauves are delicately flavored, with strawberries, apricots, and even covered in chocolate.