Savor These Gourmet Friends-Inspired Marshmallows for the Show’s 25th Anniversary

XO Marshmallow
XO Marshmallow

Everyone is getting in on the hype surrounding the 25th anniversary of Friends. We've already seen a company release a limited-edition Central Perk coffee, another make Friends jewelry, and even LEGO got in on the fun with a 1070-piece set based on the show. But this latest tie-in is definitely the most unexpected (though no less welcome). It’s a line of Friends-inspired marshmallows by the folks at XO Marshmallow, a company that specializes in gourmet pillows of mallow-y goodness.

For the company’s Friends line, the marshmallow artisans looked no further than the six main characters for inspiration behind the different flavor combinations. Here’s the product lineup that XO Marshmallow is offering:

3 Divorces: Inspired by Ross’s ill-fated romantic escapades, these marshmallows are flavored to taste like a wedding cake (with none of the attorney fees afterward).
Candy Lady: This one is a toffee marshmallow that calls back to Monica’s candy-making obsession from the episode “The One With All the Candy.”
Banana Hammock: This one comes from Phoebe’s decision to change her name to Princess Consuela Banana Hammock.
How You Doin’?: Who else but Joey could earn this offbeat pizza-flavored marshmallow?
Central Perky: All that time spent working at Central Perk made a latte-flavored treat perfect for Rachel.
Chandberry: When you’ve had as many traumatic Thanksgivings as Chandler, a cranberry sauce marshmallow is a no-brainer.

XO Marshmallow

If you’re interested in landing some Friends marshmallows, you’ve got some options. You can either go for separate boxes—one box comes with Monica, Phoebe, and Rachel marshmallows, while the other includes Ross, Joey, and Chandler—for $11.95 each. These boxes feature four marshmallows of each variety. Or you can get the “Lobster Set,” which includes both boxes for $22.95, totaling 24 marshmallows.

The sets are on sale now at the XO Marshmallow website.

Looking to Downsize? You Can Buy a 5-Room DIY Cabin on Amazon for Less Than $33,000

Five rooms of one's own.
Five rooms of one's own.

If you’ve already mastered DIY houses for birds and dogs, maybe it’s time you built one for yourself.

As Simplemost reports, there are a number of house kits that you can order on Amazon, and the Allwood Avalon Cabin Kit is one of the quaintest—and, at $32,990, most affordable—options. The 540-square-foot structure has enough space for a kitchen, a bathroom, a bedroom, and a sitting room—and there’s an additional 218-square-foot loft with the potential to be the coziest reading nook of all time.

You can opt for three larger rooms if you're willing to skip the kitchen and bathroom.Allwood/Amazon

The construction process might not be a great idea for someone who’s never picked up a hammer, but you don’t need an architectural degree to tackle it. Step-by-step instructions and all materials are included, so it’s a little like a high-level IKEA project. According to the Amazon listing, it takes two adults about a week to complete. Since the Nordic wood walls are reinforced with steel rods, the house can withstand winds up to 120 mph, and you can pay an extra $1000 to upgrade from double-glass windows and doors to triple-glass for added fortification.

Sadly, the cool ceiling lamp is not included.Allwood/Amazon

Though everything you need for the shell of the house comes in the kit, you will need to purchase whatever goes inside it: toilet, shower, sink, stove, insulation, and all other furnishings. You can also customize the blueprint to fit your own plans for the space; maybe, for example, you’re going to use the house as a small event venue, and you’d rather have two or three large, airy rooms and no kitchen or bedroom.

Intrigued? Find out more here.

[h/t Simplemost]

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More Than 38,000 Pounds of Ground Beef Has Been Recalled

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Your lettuce-based summer salads are safe for the moment, but there are other products you should be careful about using these days: Certain brands of hand sanitizer, for example, have been recalled for containing methanol. And as Real Simple reports, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) recently recalled 38,406 pounds of ground beef.

When JBS Food Canada ULC shipped the beef over the border from its plant in Alberta, Canada, it somehow skirted the import reinspection process, so FSIS never verified that it met U.S. food safety standards. In other words, we don’t know if there’s anything wrong with it—and no reports of illness have been tied to it so far—but eating unapproved beef is simply not worth the risk.

The beef entered the country on July 13 as raw, frozen, boneless head meat products, and Balter Meat Company processed it into 80-pound boxes of ground beef. It was sent to holding locations in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina before heading to retailers that may not be specific to those four states. According to a press release, FSIS will post the list of retailers on its website after it confirms them.

In the meantime, it’s up to consumers to toss any ground beef with labels that match those here [PDF]. Keep an eye out for lot codes 2020A and 2030A, establishment number 11126, and use-or-freeze-by dates August 9 and August 10.

[h/t Real Simple]