Saturday, July 3, 2010

Backyard S'mores

One of my favorite things about summer is backyard campfires. Actually, I love campfires any time of the year, but especially in the summer.

Every night this week, I offered to light a fire in the chiminea on our patio out back to make s'mores had have been turned down every time by my daughters.

Until tonight!

I gathered the matches, graham crackers, chocolate bars and of course, the marshmallows and headed outside with one daughter in tow. I got the fire lit with just one match... a personal challenge of mine. In a matter of seconds, the fire was roaring away. Well, as much as a fire in a backyard chiminea on the patio could roar, anyway.

It was only a matter of minutes before we had some nice hot coals to toast some marshmallows over.

A toasted marshmallow on the end of a stick is such a happy thing, don't you think?

The flames subdued rather quickly and the coals were glowing hot and beautiful. I love how you can literally see the heat move in waves within the coals.

I ate two perfectly toasted marshmallows.

My 11 year old daughter ate one perfect s'more. She ate it in about 60 seconds and promptly announced she was done and went inside. Poof! The fastest campfire in the east.

Just in case you don't already know how to make s'mores...
And if you don't know, where have you been??

1 piece of chocolate
1 graham cracker
1 marshmallow

+Break graham cracker along dotted line to make two squares.
+Put piece of chocolate on one of the graham cracker squares.
+Toast marshmallow on a stick over a fire until golden on the outside and soft on the inside.
+Place marshmallow, still on stick, on top of chocolate.
+Pick up the other square of graham cracker and place it on top of the toasted marshmallow that is on top of the chocolate that is on top of the graham cracker.
+Apply slight gentle pressure on the top graham cracker and slide stick out, leaving marshmallow in the s'more.

Serves 1

{~152 calories per s'more.}

Make another one if you want s'more. ^_^


  1. I'm not a fan of s'mores but adore roasted marshmallows. I miss having a gas stove because we'd just stick a marshmallow in the end of a skewer and roast. *G*

    Happy Fourth of July to you and yours!

  2. Hi Brandy! :)
    I think I overdosed on s'mores as a girl scout leader over the years and much prefer a simple toasted marshmallow these days myself.

    I hope you and your family have a fun 4th of July, too! xo

  3. I haven't heard of s'mores before, but I love toasting marshmallows. Ahhh, it brings back memories of when I was in the Girl Guides!

  4. I was wondering if my international friends would know what s'mores were and I actually thought maybe the Girl Scout-Girl Guide connection would include s'mores. I would have taken a photo, but it was too dark and eaten too quickly! LOL!

  5. Mmmm. we've had Smores almost every day this week - must be the 4th that brings that craving out.

  6. Those are your pics? They look great!! :)

    So tell me, how many did you eat? LOL

  7. Gina: S'mores almost every night? Well, I guess they don't call it some-mores for nothing! It's a play on words I never get tired of! LOL!

    nath: Yes, those are my pics! I'm doing one of those Project365 things with my teen so I'm trying to take some photos every day. I'm glad you like them!

    Would you believe I didn't eat a s'mores? I only ate two toasted marshmallows. :D

  8. We did this last weekend too. The kiddo loved it. he ran around the yard with marshmellows filling his cheeks. ADORABLE!

  9. LOL, what's the fun in that, Christine?!? 2 marshmallows only?!?!

  10. Michelle, I can totally envision the kiddo running around with marshmallows all over his face! What a happy thought. :D

    nath, I'll have you know those two marshmallows were pretty darned fun. LOL. I'm sure I'll have a s'more next time. ;)


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