I subscribe to Living, the MS magazine. I open the pages and read each magazine from cover to cover (I am NOT a jump around kind of gal). I devour this magazine in my spare time. Usually that means I'm reading it in the bathroom until I hear children calling my name. Or maybe I sneak in a few minutes of reading while I'm cooking one of those no-brainer meals. I dream of all of the crafts, entertaining, and recipes I will create straight from the pages of Living. I envision the matching decor with twelve specially prepared dishes all served in the perfect dishes from my vast collections of vintage enamelware and milk glass. We eat out on my veranda or somewhere in the yard with lanterns I made from Ball jars. The children are all dressed in perfect outfits that show off their summer tans catching fireflies....ok the fantasies get a little carried away - I don't have the veranda (or even the rest of it). This does not deter me from making a few of the crafts and recipes out of my fantasy life. I like tackling the ones presented in Living because they are a little challenging, often something I have never made before.
These lovely meringues I just made for Valentine's Day came straight off the front cover of the February Living issue. They are not something I would ordinarily make. Meringues, while not hard, take time. I have never made meringue as cookies, only as pie topping. The magazine showed them atop an amazing chocolate torte, but I wanted to make something for my kids and their friends. I did have the ingredients so I decided why not? I whipped up the eggs, sugar and cream of tarter the night before Valentine's. I added a little striping for the purple ones by painting the inside of my piping bags with food coloring. Then I tinted the rest of the batch pink. I put them in my fancy oven for a timed bake and it automatically shut off that night several hours later while the house was asleep. The next morning, I came downstairs to these cute hearts just perfect for little hands. Each of my kids got a box filled with them to take to Sunday school to celebrate Valentine's Day with their friends
Having Martha in my home, makes me a little better and more adventurous, broadening my horizons. Thanks Martha, you will always have a special place in my heart.