Have you ever met a s’more you didn’t like?
Did you raise your hand?
Hey, I hear ya…
I know they are rich and decadent and marshmallow-y and chocolate-y and I certainly don’t want more than one….
well, maybe just one more.
As the weather gets a little cooler in Florida…and trust me, it does get a little cooler,….
….. nothing like up north of course, but I call temperatures in the lower 50’s or upper 60’s cooler, especially if it is accompanied by the cooler breezes off the gulf of Mexico.
And if I have to grab a sweater, well that is cooler weather to me. 🙂
Have you got a minute?
Come, sit with me and I will tell you about last evening with the Captain, chocolate, marshmallows, graham crackers, Me and a cracklin’ fire.
You know, I love November and I appreciate the early darkness and cooler temperatures of most evenings.
For me it has always been a quieter, slightly subdued month before the harshness of winter sets in.
But I digress a bit.
Last evening, about 7:30 p.m. ….I was standing at the kitchen window and I watched as the breezes swayed the branches and leaves of the tall hibiscus plants and the Areca palms lining the perimeter of the Secret Garden.
I was drawn to the deep blues and grays of the night skies as streaky clouds rolled across the heavens and I immediately shivered uncontrollably, reminding me of a cold, cold winter’s evening.
And a light bulb went off and I called to the Captain.
“How about we build a fire in the outdoor fireplace and roast some marshmallows?”
I can almost always count on the Captain at being “up” for almost any of my schemes, ideas and shenanigans.
Lets just say he “had” me when my wonderful knight in shining armor suggested making s’mores!
I grabbed all the fixin’s as he prepared the fire.
I placed the marshmallows and graham crackers in their own jars to protect them from the elements, brought out a few apples in a basket and put a mum plant in an olive bucket.
Really, it doesn’t take much to make a little S’mores Bar a bit festive. I used what I had on hand….and this would be great for guests. I like the red and white checked plates and napkins, you can see them here.
Suddenly we had the making of a S’more Bar!
You can’t have s’mores without a cup of hot cocoa, so I also mixed up a quick batch, put it in a white thermos and took it outside. If you like these cute gingham cups, you can find them here.
I have to tell you that if we had not already had dinner…I was ready to put a few hot dogs on a stick and roast them too.
But I restrained myself.
The Captain and I really love spending time outside and whether it is by the pool in the courtyard or spending a slightly cooler evening around our outdoor fireplace all snuggled up in a cozy blanket (just to ward off the chill)…it just doesn’t get any better than this.
I don’t need to tell you how to make s’mores, I think we all learned that by instinct in early childhood.
I love the old, tried and true Hershey’s chocolate bar, large blackened and crunchy marshmallows and graham crackers.
But you can use any candy bar you like.
Hey, if you have any left over Halloween candy, use peanut butter cups or whatever you prefer.
The darker my marshmallows are the better I like them…all blackened on the outside and soft and squishy and creamy on the inside.
The moral of this story…if there is one…is to not be afraid to do spur of the moment things with your family or your guests.
Enjoy the moment and your time together without all the electronics and other distractions.
Have a great and blessed day!
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