I suck at math. I have a story to demonstrate.
A couple years ago, I took my mom to Las Vegas as her Christmas present. We ate lots of great food, saw a show, but we were there to do one thing: gamble our little hearts out.
When my mom and I gamble together, we actually play together, rather than splitting up and losing our money twice as fast. We play mostly slots, with some roulette in there too!
So, mom was playing a Deal or No Deal penny slot machine and got the fun bonus, where you actually pick cases and the machine offers you a certain number of credits to stop, like the banker on the show.
Well, we were done with a turn of picking cases and the machine offered us like 7000 credits. I’m all like, “Mom, that’s only $7 might as well keep going.”
Yes, I said that. And, she kept going. I’d like to think it was the excitement of the moment, but then I would probably be lying to myself.
Imagine my horror when I realize my fatal math error. “Mom, you have to stop – it’s $70, NOT $7!” Luckily, the banker offered us slightly more the next time and we cashed out super fast.
Amazingly, with our super awesome combined math skillz, we ended up leaving Vegas totally even.
In conclusion, 7000 pennies is $70. If the banker offers it to you on a penny machine, take it!
On to meringues…
Have you seen those new frosting starter packets from Duncan Hines?
I found them super intriguing and picked one up. Without the frosting. What was I going to do with it? I had no clue.
Until the sweet Miss Lora from Diary of a Mad Hausfrau used them in meringues – what genius! I had to try it myself. I adapted my meringue recipe (used to make my candy cane meringues) and added a cherry vanilla flavor packet. Not only does it flavor the meringue, it also colored the meringues a very pretty pink!
With all of the flavor packets available, from pink lemonade to cotton candy, the possibilities are endless!
Thanks again Lora for the awesome idea!
- 3 egg whites
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- ¼ tsp. cream of tartar
- 1 packet of Duncan Hines Frosting Creations flavoring (Cherry Vanilla, or whatever flavor you prefer!)
- Preheat oven to 175 degrees.
- Combine egg whites and granulated sugar in a heat proof bowl. If you have a stand mixer, the stainless steel bowl works great and is easily transferable for the next step! Place the bowl over a pot of simmering water, stirring gently until the mixture feels warm and the sugar is completely dissolved. This step will prevent your meringues from getting gritty! Remove from heat.
- Add the cream of tartar and flavor packet. Beat the mixture with a whisk attachment or a hand mixer until stiff peaks form.
- Spoon the meringue into a pastry bag and pipe onto parchment lined baking sheets.
- Bake meringues for 1 hour, 40 minutes. Turn off oven and leave oven door ajar to allow for slow cooling. Store in an airtight container as soon as they have cooled to keep them crispy.