Monday, June 17, 2013

Summer time Staples

Summertime is one of my favorite seasons when there is green grass and tree's in abundance. Especially the beginnings of summer, when the evenings are just cool enough to start a small fire in the backyard and enjoy the stars. And what better way to do that than with S'MORES!
Now most of us have had the plain old chocolate, regular marshmallow, and graham cracker kind that are delicious in their own right, but I have made something special, and as you can tell from picture, they are not the regular s'mores at all.
Well lets get right down to it shall we!

With the above ingredients I made, Key Lime Pie S'mores, Lemon Meringue Pie S'mores, and PB&J Smores, also not pictured which we tried were Rainbow Sherbert S'mores. (excuse me while I recover from my sugar coma)


Key Lime Flavored Marshmallows (campfire brand)
Lemon Meringue Marshmallows (campfire brand)
Strawberry Flavored marshmallows
Vanilla (white chocolate)
Peanut Butter Cup's
With any of the S'mores you know you have to toast the Marshmallows to a wonderful golden brown over the red coals. (or if you are impatient to a blackened crisp over the flames, this is purely your choice, I would recommend golden brown, but as my crew is impatient...well you know which we end up with. LOL)
These are super simple to make so I'll just let you know what goes together for each.

Key Lime Pie S'mores

1 Graham cracker broken in half (for a top and bottom to your S'more -  like a sandwich)
2-4 key lime marshmallows
1 Vanilla chocolate square (we used Ghirardelli Vanilla Dream squares...delicious, but any white chocolate should work)
Smoosh (very technical term :) )  together when marshmallows are toasty.

Lemon Meringue S'mores

1 Graham cracker broken in half
2-4 lemon meringue marshmallows
1 Vanilla chocolate square
Smoosh together when marshmallows are toasty
*On a side note, you have to watch the Campfire brand Marshmallows as they tend to melt off the stick, so you've gotta be quick when you toast these lovelies.

PB & J S'mores

1 Graham cracker broken in half
1 Strawberry Marshmallow (if someone knows of some grape marshmallows these would be    outstanding as well, or if you make your own...)
1 Peanut Butter Cup
Smoosh together when marshmallow is toasty

Rainbow Sherbert S'mores

1 Graham cracker broken in half
1 Strawberry Marshmallow
1 Lemon Meringue Marshmallow
1 Key Lime Marshmallow
1 Vanilla chocolate square
Smoosh together when marshmallow's are toasty
I hope you enjoy these. The kids loved the PB & J ones as they are exceptionally sweet, while the adults liked the pie varieties better.
Bring out your inner child and sing camping songs with your kids around a bonfire, and enjoy summer.



Welcome to Summer

So I know many of you must think that I took another Hiatus. Well sort of...I'm working on moving to beautiful Washington state, and on top of that Summer has begun, and I have been a bit tied up with college, and trying to make sure I spent tons of time with my kiddos.

My husband and I made a welcome to summer sign for the kids to run through when they came home. They were excited about it, but kept trying to duck under it instead of just running through it. My neat freak kids (we're talking about kids who try to open birthday and Christmas gifts with scissors to save the paper though. At least they are frugal).
The below photo is what met them on the steps.
Those are fluffy stuff snowballs in the red metal bucket. My husband and father were waiting on them out back with additional snowballs and water bombs. Both of which can be found on my Pinterest page Successful Kiddo projects here.
The kids had a blast, and everyone ended up covered snowball dust, or drenched from the water bombs. To play like no one is watching is a wonderful feeling and truly makes you get in touch with your inner child again.
So as always, I encourage you to go make your own magic, and get in touch with your inner kid. He/She is longing to get out and show you just how happy you can truly be.

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