For the second year in a row some of my family came to visit for the Memorial Day weekend. We missed Greg and Liz. But we rocked the weekend and had a great time. It was so relaxing and the weather could not have been more perfect. No need for jackets, no bugs, not too hot, perfect in the shade, it was just perfect. Every meal, besides breakfast, was eaten out at the picnic table by some of the crew! So much to share. Starting with s'mores.
From my many summers as a camp counselor I have a trick to making s'mores. Instead of using the big hard candy bar that just asks to be nibbled up ahead of time...
I have learned to use a can of chocolate frosting. Seriously, you don't have to worry about the chocolate melting earlier in the day. And you don't have to deal with the chocolate not melting on the s'more. When you have 8-12 people all ready to roast ....you can even prep the materials ahead of time. You can get the crackers smattered with the chocolate frosting before you head outside. And then as the kids come up to you with their flaming ball of sugar...you just take the two pieces, sandwich the marshmallow, and pull! And the kiddos that don't like the marshmallow part can still enjoy a yummy chocolate frosted cracker treat. The container of frosting can go back in the fridge for the next perfect bonfire night....without the temptation of the Hersey bar that most likely won't make it to the next bonfire. Try it!
And again, you don't have to worry about where you packed the candy bars when you go camping. No one will dig into the jar of frosting and you don't have to worry about pre melting issues!
While Raina's boys napped. Ed let the boys whittle sticks for marshmallow roasting. As you can see Ed wanted the whittling activity to last the whole nap time. So he picked long sticks. However, it was also a nice safety touch!
Hugh waiting for his dad to roast his first s'more. He sat so patiently!
And Big E enjoying his first bite!