Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy 4th of July!

We spent the weekend in the mountains of Alabama....
hiking to waterfalls
swimming for hours
eating bbq and fried fish
playing with cousins
decorating cupcakes
not using our cell phones
catching {really small} fish
celebrating a 1st birthday
watching fireworks!
Today we are heading over to my parents' for more bbq and swimming.
I hope you all have a wonderful day celebrating our nation's independence!
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Friday, July 1, 2011

Inside Out S'mores

Nothing says summer is here better to me than a warm, melty, gooey, chocolaty s'more! One of the best things about a s'more is that there are a ton of different ways to make them!

See, I told you! A ton of different ways to make them!
But an inside out s'mores is one thing I haven't least not the way I made them anyway:)
To make Inside Out S'mores, you start with a JUMBO sized marshmallow {I picked these up at our local grocery store, but I have seen them at both Target and Walmart this summer so they should be pretty easy to find.}, mini teddy grahams, and some milk chocolate chips.
Using a very sharp knife, cut a slit into the top of the marshmallow being careful not to cut all the way through to the bottom. I was surprised at how easy it was to cut through the marshmallow even though it did get the knife pretty sticky. You can clean your knife in warm water after each marshmallow to make cutting them easier.
Stuff your marshmallow full of chocolate chips and broken up pieces of mini teddy grahams. Any kind of graham cracker will work and you could even try graham cracker crumbs, the mini teddy graham were just the perfect size for stuffing my jumbo sized marshmallows.
Another variation I tried was Nutella and broken pretzel pieces....YUM! It would also be really yummy to stuff small pieces of Snickers or Reece's cups inside your marshmallows too, but those aren't technically s'mores so we'll save them for another post:)
After you stuff your marshmallow, seal it up by squishing the cut edges together. Then put your marshmallow onto a roasting stick in the opposite direction that you cut your marshmallow.
Roast your marshmallow over a campfire or your gas kitchen burner until it is warm, melty, and gooey!
You can eat your Inside Out S'more right off of the roasting stick or eat it with your hands {and get your fingers good and sticky}! Either way the yummy melted filling makes these s'more a ton of fun and impossible to resist eating at least three:)

What is your favorite way to eat a s'more?
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