Sunday, January 13, 2013

Sweet Spot Sunday: Fresh from the Mint

Mint is such a tasty color.  It is especially refreshing in the kitchen and bathroom.  It is also a fun, retro color that is feeling really modern these days.  I want a mint dress this summer, and maybe the bicycle below to go with it.  I would love to design a room around this lovely color sometime in the near future as well.  Are you as inspired as I am?

etsy.com 8x10 print $30

dragonfly photo, peridot, mint, green, turquoise, boho decor, teal, brown, beige, earthy nature, rustic farmhouse, dragonfly  decor

San Francisco Art Mint Green Architecture Fine by MelanieAlexandra,
via etsy

etsy.com $10.50 each

etsy.com $25

To go along with these minty images, how about a recipe for mints?  I absolutely love butter mints.  I can't stop eating them when I start.  I want to try this recipe soon.  It looks easy enough and I can use my new mixer!  I'll let you know how they turn out.

1.  In large bowl, beat butter until creamy.  With mixer on low, beat in sugar, cream and extract until creamy and     
2.  Turn sugar mixture out onto a work surface lightly dusted with confectioners sugar; knead until smooth and satiny.  Divide mixture into thirds:  Tint one pastel pink (2 drops red color), one pastel green (2 drops green color), and leave remaining portion white.  Cover each portion with plastic wrap to keep it from drying out.
3.  Line 2 baking sheets with nonstick foil.  Lightly dust work surface with confectioners sugar.  Working with one color at a time, roll out 1/4 cupfuls of the mint mixture, using your fingers, into a 1/2 in. thick rope.  Cute rope into 1/2 to 1/3 in. pillows.  Transfer mints to prepared baking sheets with a spatula (be careful-mints are soft and will squish easily).  Repeat with remaining mint mixture.
4.  Let air-dry at room temperature for 1 to 2 days until firm enough to handle.  Transfer mints to covered containers.
Can be stored in an airtight container at cool room temperature up to 2 weeks, or keep in refrigerator up to 1 month.

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