Thursday, July 30, 2009

Please, Sir. I Want S'mores

OK, I am not a camper. The closest I've ever come is one of those campgrounds that have the shower/bathroom building in the center of the area, and the campsites have a water faucet and usually a grill. I remember having fires...usually in the back yard and often in a barrel of some sort. What I've never had is honest to goodness, sitting around the campfire type s'mores.

That's not to say I haven't had s'mores at all over the years. I've just had to go about getting them in nontraditional ways. This usually involved either a gas stove or a microwave. (Yep, I have more than once roasted marshmallows using the flame from a gas stove burner.)

For some reason, I have been craving these gooey treats like crazy this week. And I mean craving them like I'm addicted or something. I just cannot get them out of my mind. (And no, I am not pregnant. Although if I was, I would definitely be rich as I know a certain doctor who would owe me LOTS of money. But I digress.)

So, I decided to not only give in to my craving, but to find different ways to satisfy it. I thought about the marshmallow in the microwave thing, but that would be too easy.

My first foray into the world of chocolate/marshmallow goodness involved the usual graham crackers and Hershey bar. To that I added mini-marshmallow (the only kind I have on hand), a wooden skewer and a cigarette lighter. I like my marshmallows pretty crispy, so I just put a bunch on a skewer and light 'em up. Burning marshmallows make such a pretty light. And the results were pretty tasty as well. But of course, it didn't end there...

Next, I decided what the world really needs is INSTANT S'MORES. I took one graham cracker and spread it with milk chocolate frosting. Then, I took another and spread it with marshmallow fluff. Put them together and VIOLA! Instant s'mores. Not warm and gooey, but not too bad when you're in a hurry.

Then, tonight I tried what I think is the best s'more inspired concoction of all. Graham crackers, chocolate ice cream and Smuckers Marshmallow Ice Cream Topping.

I did not even know this stuff existed until a couple days ago. What genius came up with this, I don't know, but I hope the powers-that-be at Smuckers gave them a nice big bonus. How wonderful to be able to get that s'mores taste in a cool, creamy treat. Pure bliss.

Now, I wonder what kind of s'mores delicacy I can find next.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009


Me and the Hubs - 1995

Chris and I went out on our first date on July 8th, 1991. We were married on July 8th, 1992. It's been 17/18 years, and I'm looking forward to many, many more. We are lucky in that we are not only husband and wife, but best friends as well.

For our first date, we went to see the movie Terminator 2. You hear a lot of couples who say their song is from the first movie they saw together or some such. Well, there really weren't any romantic songs in this one, so that was kind of out. And I couldn't tell you anything that played on the radio that day. Wasn't paying much attention I guess.

After seeing Prince of Thieves, the song Everything I Do (I Do It For You) by Bryan Adams became our song. There are others of course, many songs that remind us of each other, but we always come back to this one. Yes, it's sappy and sentimental as heck, but we like it. And the words describe perfectly how we feel about each other. (And I get all gushy every time I hear it. It's amazing knowing someone actually feels that way about you.)

(Everything I Do) I Do It For You
Written by Bryan Adams, Robert John 'Mutt' Lange and Michael Kamen 1991

Look into my eyes - you will see
What you mean to me
Search your heart - search your soul
And when you find me there you'll search no more
Don't tell me it's not worth tryin' for
You can't tell me it's not worth dyin' for
You know it's true
Everything I do - I do it for you
Look into my heart - you will find
There's nothin' there to hide
Take me as I am - take my life
I would give it All - I would sacrifice
Don't tell me it's not worth fightin' for
I can't help it there's nothin' I want more
Ya know it's true
Everything I do - I do it for you
There's no love - like your love
And no other - could give more love
There's nowhere - unless you're there
All the time - all the way
Don't tell me it's not worth tryin' for
I can't help it there's nothin' I want more
I would fight for you - I'd lie for you
Walk the wire for you - Ya I'd die for you
Ya know it's true
Everything I do - I do it for you

Chris, to steal a phrase from another great song, I love you more today than yesterday, and half as much as tomorrow. Happy Anniversary.

(The sappiness is over now folks.) ;-)