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Aug 9
Food Styling + S’mores Please!

Food, Life & Love, Photography
chocolate, marshmallows Did you know that August 10th is National S’mores Day ?—a holiday entirely devoted to honoring and enjoying the fun, delicious and messy fireside snack called S’mores. I’m still not entirely sure who comes up with these days, but I will say that this is one I am more than happy to celebrate! With crispy graham crackers, gooey marshmallows and melty chocolate, what is there not to love about a S’more? It is generally agreed that the first recorded recipe of the S’more was printed in 1927 by the American Girl Scouts, in a book entitled ‘Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts’. Whether you agree or disagree with the Girl Scout story is up to you … Today, I am a believer! Since my Mom just past away, I have been having some really strange “flash backs” of my childhood. All of a sudden no matter what I am doing I start to daydream about the most strangest things about growing up, things I probably never thought of for years, like being a Brownie + a Girl Scout. I remember my Mom being our “troop” leader like it was yesterday. All the fun projects we did, the day of the week I got excited to wear my uniform to school {does anyone out there remember that?!} camping, selling cookies {mostly to relatives + neighbors, I was never much of a salesperson + still not my strong point!} and earning all those badges. My Mom saved EVERYTHING from my life, so of course I have my “sash” with all it’s special badges + troop number. Since I was daydreaming I figured I might as well head up to our “attic” and track that darn sash down. As I held my sash in my hands I could just feel my Mom by my side telling me “our troop will have fun at camp because I have a special surprise for the campfire” …. you guessed it! We had S’mores and from what I can remember we stayed up all night under the stars giggling …. ahh, the simple life. So, I hope you enjoy a campfire and some messy S’mores this weekend with friends + family. I would love to hear if you do! Happy Trails …..

Ingredients Needed:

Graham crackers, broken into squares Hershey’s plain milk chocolate bars, broken into sizes to fit the graham cracker squares Large marshmallows

Equipment Needed:

wood sticks or long metal skewers (for roasting the marshmallows) Bonfire, campfire, fire pit

Directions: Take one (1) large graham cracker and break it in half || Unwrap chocolate bar, try not to eat the entire bar || Break bar into smaller pieces || Cover one of the graham cracker halves with chocolate pieces to fit your graham cracker || Put a marshmallow (or two) on the stick and hold it over the fire until roasted || Toast marshmallows over a campfire, turning the stick until the outside of the marshmallow is golden brown and just starting to get mushy.

**NOTE: Some people like to roast them for a few minutes, then make them catch on fire, blow them out, and then the marshmallows are done to their liking. Your choice on how you like your marshmallows!

 
Some More: 8 sticks (for toasting the marshmallows) 16 graham crackers 8 bars plain chocolate (any of the good plain brands, broken in two) 16 marshmallows – See more at: http://dyingforchocolate.blogspot.com/2010/08/national-smores-day-history-smores-pie.html#sthash.uFzcy1WB.dpuf
The true origin of the snack is unknown, as camping recipes were passed from family to family – often over the campfire itself. The very first printed record of the recipe was in 1927 in a girl scout manual “Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts”.  Read more HERE.
The Original 1927 Girl Scout Recipe for S’mores Some More: 8 sticks (for toasting the marshmallows) 16 graham crackers 8 bars plain chocolate (any of the good plain brands, broken in two) 16 marshmallows – See more at: http://dyingforchocolate.blogspot.com/2010/08/national-smores-day-history-smores-pie.html#sthash.uFzcy1WB.dpuf
The Original 1927 Girl Scout Recipe for S’mores Some More: 8 sticks (for toasting the marshmallows) 16 graham crackers 8 bars plain chocolate (any of the good plain brands, broken in two) 16 marshmallows – See more at: http://dyingforchocolate.blogspot.com/2010/08/national-smores-day-history-smores-pie.html#sthash.uFzcy1WB.dpuf
The Original 1927 Girl Scout Recipe for S’mores Some More: 8 sticks (for toasting the marshmallows) 16 graham crackers 8 bars plain chocolate (any of the good plain brands, broken in two) 16 marshmallows – See more at: http://dyingforchocolate.blogspot.com/2010/08/national-smores-day-history-smores-pie.html#sthash.uFzcy1WB.dpuf
This food holiday is perfect for summer.

Nov 3
Honey from the Bee!

Food

Honey_Bee_Jar In between the busy Autumn harvesting of her garden, my friend Sue, beekeeper extraordinaire, stood showing me her beautiful raw honey. I left her home with a big, beautiful mason jar to take home with me and still can’t get over the amazing smell and taste. What a treasure. I love bees. Thanks again Sue! I have been having sudden Winnie the Pooh moments where we dash to the kitchen to make toast and honey. What about you?  Are you a bee lover or a bee hater?  Or just someone who’s not sure what they think about keeping 80,000 stinging insects in their backyard?!


Jul 2
hiking candy surprise!

Food, Life & Love, Travel
turkey_jerky After hiking over a hundred miles last year along the Colorado Trail we have become connoisseurs of turkey jerky. Getting ready for the continuation of hundreds of miles this year of course I just had to get my hands on more Bulk Beef Jerky’s Cherry Maple Smoked Turkey, it is to die for! I thought my order had been made in plenty of time but I received an email from Ramone D Davis, CEO, who kindly told me they are so overwhelmed with orders ours would maybe arrive in a few weeks. I started thinking, oh my, can I really hike a hundred miles without it? I wrote to Mr. Davis as quickly as I could and told him our story and pretty much begged for some Turkey jerky, well it arrived, it is packed, and a few pieces seem to be missing….. {they were yummy…. shhhhh, wink, wink}. Well, in today’s mail look what surprise arrived, we love snail mail and this gourmet turkey jerky was a fabulous package to open! I do have to admit,  these succulent and tender strips of turkey meat take my taste buds to new heights, but my all time favorite is still the Cherry Maple. I betcha D or Moose might be chowing down on these though, what do you think? I love the directions:    Open your mouth, insert jerky, chew and smile. Thanks again Ramone for the surprise. We would love to have you share what made you smile today?

Jun 26
bike to work day

Food, Tools of the trade
Bike_to_work_day Even though the Studio Office is located just “steps” from our home how could I pass up Bike To Work Day? There’s nothing like breakfast served with fresh air and sunshine – especially after a nice bike ride, or for me a way to procrastinate a tad! And that’s exactly what our town is doing today, along with many others across the US. Guesses are about 8,000 of Fort Collins’ finest will enjoy our 25th Annual Bike to Work Day. From 6:30-9:30 AM, in my opinion the best part of the day, I enjoyed only 3 of the 40 breakfast stations sponsored by 96 local businesses. Oh my God! I am lucky I made it home to rest awhile from eating so much yummy food. From fresh fruit, burritos, bagels, any type of egg you can think of, and my ALL TIME FAVORITE The Waffle Lab. It was a fun morning indeed, seeing lots of friends, sharing excellent food + conversation. By the time I peddled home to the Office, it was time to get to work and almost time for lunch. I spent the rest of the day cutting, cutting, cutting. Time to relax and stack all the paper in little neat piles in hopes that the Printing Press Fairies show up to finish the job, wish me luck! Do you have a favorite bike ride or breakfast spot? Do you get to ride or walk to your Office?