Sunday, June 24, 2012

The night before summer = S'mores!

Last summer was the first time we had our very own backyard - so we decided it was time to buy a firepit! Something we had always wanted.

Not bad for $149. I think we got ours at Lowes

As we began creating our Summer Bucket List for 2012 all 3 kids chimed in with:
"Roasting marshmallows!"

They remembered the fun we had last summer watching Daddy build a fire, carefully teetering marshmallows above the flames as to not catch ablaze (and then if it did the kids would scream wildly), and then building one of summer's most delicious treats with marshmallows, Hershey's bars, and Honey Maid grahm crackers. A sweet sticky mess.

I recommend the regular size ones - the huge marshmallows take too long to roast.

Even if you're not a huge chocolate fan, a S'mores is simply not the same without a bit of Hershey's.

What's awesome is that our local grocery store has a S'mores display, complete with coupons, making it super easy to run in and pick up these items. Who doesn't love convenience?

Here's Daddy getting the fire going - I mostly love the quote on his shirt - well, that and the smell of him after building a fire or grilling!

In great summer planning hubby had already decided we weren't going to mess around with old wire coat hangers from the dry cleaners again. He saw these awesome roasting sticks at Home Depot.

The kids already can't wait to roast hot dogs on these!

Seriously, don't let your kid use these without supervision though.

I hope you and your family will enjoy some fun summer family activities like making S'mores or roasting marshmallows!

August 10th is National S'mores Day so plan ahead and add this to your Summer Bucket List. And as a former Girl Scout I have to appreciate the tradition they have created for many families each summer. Now I'm off to look on Pinterest for a S'mores Pie recipe - yum! Here's a list I compiled of more s'mores treats in case you don't feel like dealing with fire but want that nostalgic camping flavor. Enjoy!