What is a summer without s’mores? Growing up we always went out to the sand dunes and had a picnic and always did s’mores’ Raising our kids we always had them camping or bbq’s in the back yard.
Do you know where they came from?
The history of s’mores is somewhat unknown, but the first recipe The first printed S’mores recipe appeared in 1927 in the Girl Scout handbook called, Tramping and Trailing in 1927 by Loretta Scott Crew who made them at a campfire for the scouts.
It is unknown when the name was shortened, but recipes for “Some Mores” are in various Girl Scout publications until at least 1973.
But you know the best part of the s’more is not it’s history, but it’s taste. Let me share with you the original 1927 recipe for s’mores compliment’s of the girl scouts.
“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
Toast two marshmallows over the coals to a crisp gooey state and then put them inside a graham cracker and chocolate bar sandwich. The heat of the marshmallow between the halves of chocolate bar will melt the chocolate a bit. Though it tastes like “some more” one is really enough. “
” S’MORE” FUN FACTS
S’mores got its name because you’ll always want “some more”!
Graham crackers were created in 1829 by Rev. Sylvester Graham. They were originally considered a health food.
About 90 million pounds of marshmallows are purchased every year. No word on how many are used to make s’mores.
Egyptians enjoyed a marshmallow-like treat made with mallow plants as early as 2000 B.C.
The largest s’more ever made weighed 1,600 pounds and used 20,000 marshmallows and 7,000 chocolate bars. That was in 2003, and the Guinness World Record category for largest s’more was retired shortly after.
A larger s’more was made in 2007 to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Virginia State Parks, measuring 1,936 square feet, using 55,000 graham crackers, 40,000 marshmallows and 8,000 Hershey’s chocolate bars, but was not recognized by Guinness.
National S’mores Day is August 10th. And you don’t need to know who invented the s’more to know that’s going to be a very good day..
If you don’t have access to a campfire, you can always make s’mores at home in your kitchen.
• Of the 90 million pounds of marshmallows American buy every year. 50 percent of those are toasted over the fire during the summer (and that’s a lot of marshmallows.)
• Reverend Sylvester Graham, a minister who believed strongly in avoiding processed wheat, invented the sweet whole wheat cracker named for him in 1829.
• The original S’mores recipes has inspired major American food manufacturers to make S’mores Grahams children’s cereal as well as the Hershey’s S’mores candy bar — both of which have now been discontinued — proving once again that making S’mores is half the fun.
For a lot of people, Labor Day means two things: a day off and the end of summer. But why is it called Labor Day?
Observed on the first Monday in September, Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. It was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century and became a federal holiday in 1894.
Labor Day also symbolizes the end of summer for many Americans, and is celebrated with parties, parades and athletic events.
Here are a few ideas on how to enjoy your Labor Day weekend:
Visit a Festival, Street Fair or Other Public Celebration
Neighborhood Block Party: Get to know your neighbors with an old-fashioned block party. Ask people to bring games and food to share.Take the kids to a discount movie that they really wanted to see but missed.
Day Trip It: Pull out a map, pick a tourist destination within 2-3 hours, and plan a day-long adventure to your new destination!
Why not Pack Up The Tents and hit the nearest Campground for some much deserved rest and relaxation? Family campgrounds will often host a variety of events just for the holiday, but plan early.
Most campsites book quickly for holiday weekends, so reserve your space well in advance.
Throw up our feet, start up the grill, toss on the ‘burgers and we’ll all eat our fill.
Put up the tools, watch the grass grow, forget the leak and the commode overflow.
The dishes can wait; go out and play. There’s good reason to be lazy… it’s called Labor Day!
Author: Nancy Hughes
How About a DIY Backyard Quidditch Game For Little Muggles.
Have you ever sat around 54 wooden blocks stacked in rows of 3’s, strategically pulling blocks out one at a time, waiting for the tower to fall over so you can throws your hands in the air and yell “JENGA!”
Well if you answered yes, you’ve probably played Jenga and chances are you’re a good player too!To make a DIY outdoor version for this Labor Day get out some 2×4’s and cut them into approx 10 ½ ” long pieces.
Once you have 54 pieces, sand them up a little, stack ‘em, and challenge everyone to a match.
Do you have a Dutch Oven Squatting heavily in your dark basements, attic, or how about your cluttered garage? These three-legged hulks from a bygone era are waiting impatiently to release their treasures.
Growing up I do not remember cooking in a Dutch Oven camping. But When I was young and went to Girl’s Camp we always cooked in the Dutch Oven. I Loved the fruit cobbler we made it was YUMMY!!
I had a friend that went all out Dutch Oven Cooking and won awards for her talent. We have a whole box of Dutch Oven pans that we have used camping. But for now they are collecting dust, maybe this summer we will cook in them again. Retirement sometimes changes things.
Make Your Own Dutch Oven Liners…. clean up is so easy. This tutorial from Let’s Camp More shows how simple it is to make your own.
Dutch ovens come in a range of sizes; one of the most popular being the 12 inch since it’s so easy to handle.
Do not use a Dutch oven that has not been seasoned. Seasoning prevents rusting, adds flavor to the food and also allows for easy cleanup. On occasion, seasoning must be done twice in order to season the entire oven completely.
To season a Dutch oven, peel off the labels, and wash it in warm soapy water. Rinse, drain and dry immediately. Set in on the stove for a minute to make sure it is completely dry before you add a light layer of Crisco to the oven, inside and out. Then bake it in an oven that has been preheated to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Though it smokes a bit, leave it in the oven for about one hour. Just keep your windows open so the smoke can escape. After cooking, wipe away any remaining grease, and store with a paper towel or piece of cardboard between the lid and the oven. The paper will absorb any leftover moisture.
There are a few tools you’ll want, to make things go more smoothly. Before you build a fire, make sure you have these on hand:
A tool for lifting the lid off the oven
Potholders are a good idea
Spoon with a long handle
Shovel or tongs for moving coals
Food for cooking
Don’t wait until you are hungry before you start the fire! Build it long before you want to eat. It will take a while for the fire to burn down to coals.
Dutch Oven Cooking Tips
How to Simmer – This technique is perfect for stews, soups and chili. Keep 2/3 of the briquettes under the oven and use the remaining 1/3 to cover the lid for even cooking.
How to Bake – This technique is for baking breads, pies, cakes and more. Leave 1/3 of the briquettes under the oven and place the remaining 2/3 to cover the lid.
How to Roast – If you’re cooking meats, poultry, veggies or casseroles, distribute half of the coals on top and the other half below the oven.
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Many of these recipes can also be cooked at home in the kitchen or on the barbecue etc. Don’t wait until the weather is nice and you go camping, to try some of these recipes. Download and print out this free PDF cookbook below.
Shortening for frying
2 cups all-purpose flour
½ cup nonfat dry milk
1 Tbsp baking powder
¾ tsp salt
¾ cup lukewarm water
Melt shortening in Dutch oven for a depth of about 2inches. Stir flour, dry milk, baking powder, salt
and water together. Knead on floured board. Cover and let stand for 15 minutes. Cut dough into 8
sections, then flatten or roll out to 2 inches thick. Drop pieces of dough into the hot oil to fry about 2
minutes or until done. Dredge in cinnamon and sugar.
Chocolate Butterfinger Cake
1 chocolate cake mix
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 small jar Butterscotch topping
1 large Butterfinger candy bar broken in pieces
Mix cake mix according to directions and bake at 350° or in a 12 Dutch oven with 17 coals on
top and 8 on the bottom, for 40minutes or until cake is done. While cake is still warm, pour
sweetened condensed milk and butterscotch topping over cake. Sprinkle with candy bar.
Serve warm with nuts, ice cream, or whipped cream.
Take a free kid’s workshop at stores like Lowe’s, Home Depot or Pottery Barn.
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation: If your kids want to have a lemonade stand, encourage them to donate the proceeds to charity such as Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation which helps children with cancer.
Enjoy a nice, fattening, cold ice cream from the back of an ice cream truck.
How about a Drive-In Movie night? Make a car for everyone out of a cardboard box….let them design the outside. Have your party inside or get a screen and show the movie outside. The concession stand will be open with lots of fun things to eat too. Head on over to Parties and Holidays to see how they planned this fun Drive In Movie Night.
Regal’s Summer Movie Express: This summer movie program is on Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 10 a.m. and runs for nine weeks. Admission is $1, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Will Rogers Institute. Head over here for a list of participating locations and start dates.
Teach your kids about the needy in the area by volunteering (at a homeless shelter, Habitat for Humanity, or soup kitchen).
Kids Skate Free: Kids 12 and under can skate for FREE this summer at participating Kids Skate FREE Rinks. Go here to find a location near you and sign your kids up to snag their FREE skating passes. Hours and additional fees (including skate rental fees) vary based on location.