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What I did this weekend (Latergrams)

Hi all.  Like Rae, I miss this and you very, very much.  I’m brainstorming some recipes, and looking forward to our first guest blogger soon!  In the meantime, I wanted to share with you what I (we) did this weekend.

This is the second time I’ve really been camping.  We set up Friday with lots of help from friends, made pizza pudgie pies in the dark, and enjoyed talking by the campfire on a chilly September night.  Morning came quickly, and with it, an amazing breakfast of chocolate chip pancakes with strawberries, delicious veggie eggs (not pictured) and of course bacon (full amount consumed also not pictured…).  There was coffee with chocolate marshmallows in my new favorite mug, and many games and laughs.  Even though it rained on the last night, and all morning as we packed up, I wouldn’t have traded it for a weekend at home!  It was memorable and happy and beautiful.   I hope you all had a fantastic weekend, too!

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What is your favorite camp food?

XOXO

Jaime


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S’more Ideas for Summer

So.  It’s still summer — which means bonfires and s’mores.  Unless you don’t have a fire pit, in which case…grills and stoves.  Or microwaves, if you’re really desperate.  Growing up, we made our fair share of s’mores in the microwave, getting the chocolate ooey and gooey (and piping hot) and watching the marshmallows explode to epic proportions before pressing “END” and watching them shrivel back down.   This summer, I decided I wanted something just a little different, so here are a few s’more ideas.

S'mores

The Mayan Hot Chocolate S’more

For this one, you’ll need:

  • Cinnamon-flavored graham crackers
  • Milk chocolate squares
  • Marshmallows
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Cinnamon

Mayan Hot Chocolate S'mores

If you’ve never had a Mayan hot chocolate, you are missing out.  The combination of sweet milk chocolate and spicy  cayenne pepper goes down smooth, leaving that slight burning sensation in your throat.   I thought this flavor combination might translate well into a s’more, so lay down your graham cracker, then you chocolate base. Next, sprinkle on as much cayenne and cinnamon as you like, top with a piping hot marshmallow, and squish the graham cracker on top.

Strawberry White Chocolate S’mores

  • Honey flavored graham crackers
  • White chocolate squares
  • Strawberry jam
  • Marshmallows

Strawberry White Chocolate S'more

Next comes something berry delicious and refreshing.   I thought about how much my hubby loves cheesecake with strawberries, and came up with this s’more that combines melty white chocolate with sweet and acidic strawberry jam.   Here’s how this one stacks up: graham, white chocolate square, strawberry jam, crispy marshmallow, graham.  Mmm.

Inside-Out S’more

The inside out s’more.  Like when Oreos made a white cookie with chocolate frosting.  Only better.

  • Chocolate graham crackers
  • White chocolate squares
  • Marshmallows

Inside Out S'more

I think you get the idea with this one — make your traditional s’more with these slightly non-traditional ingredients.  It’s fun to mix it up every now and then.

And I can’t forget to give mention to the s’more my sister wanted me to make.  A triple threat, using one square of white chocolate, one square of dark chocolate, and one square of milk chocolate.  Sure to please all chocolate eaters!

Triple Threat S'more

What s’more can we do?  Chocolate graham crackers with dark chocolate squares and strawberry jam, maybe?  Cinnamon graham crackers with white chocolate?  The possibilities are endless. Unlike the summer. Wah wah.

Mix it up with your s’more routine and bring even more gooey, sticky, sweet smiles all around.   Don’t forget to celebrate National S’more Day on August 10th — maybe with one of these fun recipes, or some of your own!

What are some of your favorite ways to eat s’mores?

xo Jaime