It’s S’more Time

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’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.

Giant S’mores Cookies via My Baking Addiction



S’more pops from Gimme Some Oven



Inside-out S’mores Cake from Hungry Rabbit


S’mores Candy Bars From Not So Humble Pie.



Smores Oatmeal  from Annie’s Eats


The Easiest Recipe Ever. And The Best Tasting: Thin Mint S’mores!  (Via Crazy For Crust)

S’mores Dip from The Recipe Critic


 5 Minute Chocolate Fudge S’mores Mug Cake  from How Sweet It Is

Smores Ice Cream From the Sweet Life


Smores Nachos from the Daily Meal

S’mores Pie Pops From The Gunny Sack





S’mores Popcorn From Crazy Little Projects


S’Mores Waffles From parade.condenast



S’mores Pizza From justusfourblog


S’more Fun Facts…….

• 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.

If your children haven’t tasted them yet, then you need to make sure to bring the right stuff to make them for your next camping trip, because they are missing out on an American Classic.

For More S’mores Recipe Inspiration See My  Making S’mores Recipes  Board On Pinterest!







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*Have a Fun-Filled Labor Day*


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!

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  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.





Find FREE Campgrounds throughout the US and Canada with this interactive map.

Retro Labor Day FREE PRINTABLES For Party Decor.


Labor Day”

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.

DIY Jenga game

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.

Want to impress everyone at your Labor Day party this weekend? Check out this Adorable Edible Centerpiece project!



Guacamole? Salsa? Burger toppings and condiments? Whatever sides or add-ons you wish to offer at your party, they can all fit perfectly into Terra-Cotta Pots.


What Would Labor Day Be Without Some Barbequed Burgers With a Special BBQ Sauce.



Mac and Cheese Muffins Are a Must!


Make Ahead Summertime Sun Tea….Your Guests Will Love These!


Grilled Chicken with Homemade BBQ Sauce From Swanky Recipes



The Perfect Grilled Corn Recipe From The Classy Chapter




Have a Hot Dog Bar…Free Printables.



Philly Cheesesteak Hot Dogs – Enjoy this all-American classic gone hot dog, it’s a meat-lovers dream!

Sonoran Hot Dog – Bacon, pinto beans and salsa verde make this hot dog unique and flavorful!

7 Layer Dip Hot Dog – A hot dog with all the fixings, you just can’t go wrong!

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Make Some Homemade Ice Cream in a Bag. This Is So Much Fun For Kids.



Berry Patch Pie…..You Will Want More Than One Piece!



S’more Ice Cream Sandwiches No Roasting Stick Required



Patriotic Pallet Flags From The Magic Brush Inc…. In Time For LaborDay Weekend!


Outdoor Yahtzee. How fun is that for a Labor Day party?



In Honor Of Labor Day Let Me Share With You A Couple Of Songs…… Tennessee Ernie Ford – Sixteen tons.


 Dolly Parton……9-5





Use This Labor Day For Some Family Bonding Time!


Talk Soon,








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Yummy Dutch Oven Cooking

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!!

Let me share a Cobbler Recipe From Delish that is so easy and Delicious.


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.

Servings Per Dutch Oven…..From


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.

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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.

Check Out This DIY Wood Stove You Make From Recycled Tire Rims, and Use It For Dutch Oven Cooking.

(via Jennifer – iSaveA2Z Blog)



That’s right—over 500 camping recipes that also includes over 100 for Dutch ovens. It’s yours For FREE!

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.


Fry Bread
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.
Dutch Oven cooking Utah 4-H .org.



 Dutch Oven Sloppy Joes…..Sloppy Joes are a great food when camping and this dutch oven recipe makes them super simple. Click here for the recipe.

A classic breakfast, biscuits and gravy are excellent when you’re camping. Even better when you can make it in a dutch oven. Get the recipe here.




Braided Garlic Cheese Bread


Light-a-Fire, Amazon’s Best All-natural Fire Starter, 30 Pods with Container.


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Dutch Oven Pineapple Upside-Down Cake





35 Incredibly Easy Dutch Oven Recipes For Camping


Camp Beef Stew

Campfire Chicken

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Dad’s Biscuits

Campfire Dutch Oven Dump Cake Recipe Is a Dutch Favorite Dessert. Just Dump It All In and Enjoy!!



Some More Tips

1. If you take the lid off your oven and thee boiled so heavily that you cannot see the food, your fire is too hot, remove a few coals.

2. If you take the lid off your oven and the contents are not boiling after being on the fire for twenty minutes, your fire is to cold, add more coals.

3. If half your food is browning faster than the other, you have a hot spot. Rotate the oven one quarter turn to the left and rotate the lid one quarter turn to the right every 15 minutes until done.

4. Heat rises, some foods such as chicken and potatoes can be cooked with only bottom heat. Anything “baked” needs top and bottom heat.

5. Watch wood coals closely, they burn out quickly and you will need to rotate the oven.

6. When the wind blows it will cause coals to burn faster and hotter on one side. Set up a wind break and be sure to rotate oven. You may have to add more coals to get desired heat.

7. Cast iron conducts heat very well, so put most of the coals on the lid around the outside edge, it will aid for uniform browning.

8. Ash can build up on a briquette. If it starts to build up, remove the ash by tapping the briquette with tongs, DO NOT use hands.

9. Keep the lid on tight, because each time you open it, you lose heat and increase cooking time.

10. You may stack ovens. This saves coals and space. 3 or 4 high is best.




Some Nevers:

Never allow cast iron to sit in water or allow water to sit in it. The pot will rust!

Never use soap on cast iron. It will get into the metal pores and taint your food.

Never place an empty cast iron oven over a hot fire. It will crack or warp.

Never be in a hurry to heat cast iron. It could burn the food or damage the oven.

Never put cold liquid into a hot cast iron oven. It could crack!

Baking in a Dutch oven is simply amazing – breads and desserts turn out just perfect!

 If you haven’t enjoyed Dutch oven cooking as the cook or the eater, you’ve been missing out! It’s a lot of fun.

With a Dutch oven and some good Dutch oven campfire recipes, you can create some amazingly tasty meals – and have fun at the same time!

Talk Soon,




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Keep The I’m Bored Out Of Summer… FREE Summer Activities For Kids!

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I Can’t Believe Summer is Here!  With The Kids Home and Out Of School, Are You  Looking For fun Kid’s  Summer Activities?  These are Kid Tested and Mom Approved Activities for Hours Of Fun This Summer.


Here Are Some Amazing Options  For FREE Summer Activities For Kids I’ve Found…….I Hope It Will Keep You Sane This Summer!  🙂

Use Trail Link to find local trails to go hiking, biking, etc.

Build a sand castle.

Make a bird house out of Popsicle sticks.

Make a family cookbook with kids! Fun project to do as a family. Your kids will get excited to pick their favorite recipes for THEIR cookbook!


Break out your baseball gloves and start a game, sandlot style.

Make These Adorable Labels for your vegetable garden!

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American Girl Doll Printables  by Doll Diaries (If You LOVE reading American Girl during the summer. This site has some great printables.

Water Balloon Day of Fun:  This amazing post from Learn, Play, Imagine is sure to be a day remembered by your kids.

Go to the Summer Fair and Win a Prize.

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Make your own sandbox so you can build sandcastles right in your backyard!

Build a Treehouse….I will make a tree house so my kids can climb a tree, walk across a wooden bridge, and adventure to imagination in their club house.


Bike Games by Live Strong.

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.

Make a Quilt for a Child in the Hospital.


Teach your kids how to knit with their fingers. It’s so easy – even I can do it!


Spend the day at the zoo.

Go to 7-eleven for a slurpee.

Keep Those Kids Busy This Summer With These DIY Little Einstein Puppets!


Free Online Camp Wonderopolis begins June 16th. Register now for free online summer camp adventure and explore the wonders of fun learning together!


Put on swimsuits and wash the van.

Take a Free American Girls summer class.


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Indoor play places: Have a playdate at McDonald’s play place. Find an indoor bounce house facility. Head to an indoor trampoline place. Get in out of the heat and have some fun!

Visit on free entrance days in National Parks

Use cardboard boxes to create a dollhouse/playhouse

Tin Can Phones


Disney Video: Kids can watch their favorite Disney shows like Doc McStuffins, Good Luck Charlie, Shake It Up and more.

 Watch a parade.


See who can spit a watermelon seed farthest


Make Some Popsicle Cookies

Scholastic Summer Challenge: Starting May 7th. kids can log their reading minutes to help set a new world record for summer reading and earn FREE reading resources.


 Popsicle Stick Bracelets.

Tin Can Stilts

Make Some Marshmallow Shooters.


Have a Pinterest-Worthy Picnic Grab the family  and head to the park and enjoy a nice lunch.

Get Some Watermelon Carving Ideas from the National Watermelon Promotion Board.

 Friendship Bracelets from wikiHow.

 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.


Have FABULOUS Fun Making BIG Bubbles-Even one so large it can surround a child.


Play kick the can.

Jump rope – create a fun durable rope from marker lids.

Make a Parachute out of an Old Umbrella

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).
 Make snow cones with fresh fruit.  No sugar or icky sweeteners necessary!

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Tin Can Lantern For Those Camping Trips


 Color These Fun Disney Coloring Pages…Lots To Choose From




Plan a fun Slumber Party!


Go to the Zoo with Your Zoo passport.



Pizza Hut Book It Summer Reading Experience: Go here to sign your kids up for the FREE Pizza Hut Book It Summer Reading Experience, June 1-August 15! They’ll get to enjoy fun activities, play exciting games, and their own customizeable dragon.
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.
Summer Fun – SUPER S’more Day!
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Hope you and your kids have a wonderful Summer exploring and playing!

When you’re thoroughly worn out from all of this, send the kids to grandma’s and have a romantic weekend alone with your hubby, you deserve it!










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