On Monday, I made the poignant remark that I craved marshmallows. The crisp weather meant I had mallows on the brain. Upon arriving home from an after work yoga class on Tuesday, I was delightfully tickled to discover Mr. Frugalwoods in the kitchen making marshmallows. This guy is a keeper. I’d never even heard of making marshmallows yourself, but turns out, totally possible!
Updated 9/27/14–due to popular demand, here’s the recipe Mr. Frugalwoods based his marshmallows on: www.kvalifood.com/recipes/homemade-marshmallows
He notes that he used 1/2 of the gelatin, slightly less sugar, a bloop of honey, and some extra vanilla. He also notes: imagine the stickiest substance you’ve ever touched, and triple the stickiness. Then you still have no idea how sticky it was!
One of the sweetest and most thoughtful things about my Mr. FW is that he remembers things I say. In addition to this being wonderfully convenient when I ask him to take out the trash, and super annoying when I say something stupid, it’s magnificently romantical. Keeping in the autumnal vein, last weekend he made us pumpkin spice lattes because I’d mentioned that it probably wasn’t legal for fall to start until I had one. Another time, he bought me a bag of candy corn in February because he knew I wanted some (no clue how he found candy corn in February). Not all of my examples are food related. I swear.
Mr. FW also sincerely appreciates my efforts, just as I appreciate his. When he returned from his business trip on Sunday night, he was thrilled with how clean the house was (thanks to my zen vacuuming). This appreciation reinforces that we value the same things and demonstrates our deep respect for each other’s contributions to the household.
I’d also decked out the house for Halloween and Mr. FW scurried with glee from room to room to see where I’d put all the decorations. Big thanks to my mom and mom-in-law for giving me their old Halloween decorations! Everything pictured here is a hand-me-down from one mom or the other. In addition to being ultra-frugal, Mr. FW and I love having decorations we both remember from our childhoods. Thanks moms!
Mr. FW and I are both easily amused and derive pleasure from the simplest things. I’ve got to say, this makes life quite merry most of the time. We’re not perfect and we have plenty of sour moments in our relationship and challenges in our lives, but we try to celebrate the high notes as often as possible.
Our enjoyment of simplicity is a central tenet in our journey to financial independence. We both know what we need to make us happy, and it has nothing to do with spending money. We want to spend more time together. Beyond just more time, we want to spend more of our good years and our full creative mental energy together. At present, we’re bifurcated in our efforts and each devoting our peak creativity and productivity hours to our jobs. We’re both positively invigorated at the prospect of what we’ll be able to accomplish when we’re working together on our homestead.
Unfortunately, the marshmallows wrought a casualty. Spatula Face the spatula (yes, Mr. FW actually calls his spatula “Spatula Face”) met an untimely demise. Spatula Face has been a trusty warrior in our kitchen for lo these many years.
We received Spatula Face as a wedding gift (six years ago) and Mr. FW has wielded it in the rendering of everything from biscuits to black beans. Spatula Face’s death was avoidable, but written in the stars. Alas, the pizza cutter (employed to slice the marshmallows-of-love) strayed too close whilst marinating in the dishwasher and did so slice Spatula Face’s, well, face to shreds. Poor Spatula Face, oh silicon spatula of myriad uses, you are now riddled with knife wounds and must be replaced (so that bacteria does not grow in your newfound cuts).
Below is a verbatim transcription of a monologue Mr. FW just delivered to eulogize Spatula Face (he didn’t know I was transcribing this, he thought I was writing about marshmallows):
“If I had to name the most useful thing in my kitchen, it would be Spatula Face (affiliate link). And here is why:
- Comfortable handle
- Heat resistant
- Great for scraping bowls
- Doesn’t mar non-stick surfaces
- Stiff, not flexible
- Solid silicon so there’s no creases for food or bacteria to hide, which = hygienic
Spatula Face was a solid spatula. I’m searching on Amazon for this exact spatula right now and I don’t think they make it anymore. Oh! oh! I just discovered that it comes in different colors! Blue! Oh no wait, I want green! Oh dang, the blue one is $2 more expensive. Several people in the Amazon reviews bash it–these fools have no idea what they’re talking about! Maybe I better get two. It would be a disaster if we killed another one and they stopped making it. Look, you know, as someone who cooks a lot, this matters. Ok, I’m getting a blue one and a red one.” -Mr. Frugalwoods, 7:56pm-8:01pm, 9/25/14
Editors note: we paid $0 for our new Spatula Faces thanks to our Amazon.com cash rewards card. Woot! Got a bottle of sunscreen for free too.
Well folks, now you know what we did last night.