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Friday, August 10, 2012

The All American Treat

Oh, my gosh...just look to the right and see what day it is. National S'mores Day. Why I never! A day set aside for celebrating my almost favorite treat. I was introduced to s'mores, years ago, when I went to Camp 
Tu-Endie-Wei in Elgin, Illinois. The year was 1948 and I was 10 yrs. old. Mom and Dad sent me off to a sleep away camp for a week that summer. I felt like I was sent off to another state... far from home. We didn't have a car, so I wasn't familiar with areas out away from my house. I didn't know a soul who was attending camp. The camp was in my home town. I was so homesick for the first couple of days, but as time went on, I made friends and hated to leave them when it was time to go home. The night before we all went home...we had a bonfire and I was introduced to the most wonderful treat...a s'more. We had long sticks and toasted marshmallows over the fire and then put the hot marshmallow on top of a chocolate square in between two graham crackers. Pure delight! When I got home...my folks asked about my week at camp. I'm sure it was all about the s'mores. I continued having these treats at home. Mom and I would wait till Dad went to work at night and we would get out the marshmallows and toast them over the flame on the stove. Then when raising my own kids...I remember having them many times. When the microwave came into the house...it was so easy to make one. Just a few seconds and they would be done. Soft, gooey, marshmallow...yum. I watched Martha make them on TV....only she had homemade marshmallows. Those I've never tried. Years later, while I was babysitting for my grandchildren and other kids...I was at it again. While they napped, I would make a couple for an afternoon treat. Anytime during my lifetime where there was a campfire involved...I was making s'mores. People try to jazz it up and add different things...I like the classic old fashioned s'more.  A few weeks ago our little neighbor, Audra, was over. I asked her if she had eaten lunch. She said yes. I took her into the kitchen and taught her how to make one in the microwave.We didn't have a chocolate bar...so we used chocolate chips.  We ate them and even Joe enjoyed this treat. I thought to myself...I have just passed the recipe down to a new generation. 
Balisha

7 comments:

Lynn said...

Just had one Wed night but did it in the oven... Just needed something sweet!!! Left overs from the wedding,we never even started a fire that night it was just tooooo hot!!!

Zoey said...

I only had them a few times when I was a child, but I did like them. It's been a long time. I wish I had the makings for them today!

What a good feeling it must have been to know you passed it down!

Pat said...

Earlier in the summer had the family here for a cook out and made s'mores for dessert...Dylan loved them but my son-in-law Erik acted like a kid. He too had good memories of making them as child. I'm sure making them with you will be a wonderful memory for Audra.

Barbee' said...

A wonderful post!

garden girl said...

An easy, fun, yummy treat! We used to love roasting marshmallows over the grill when I was a kid. Getting them nicely carmelized without starting them on fire was always a little tricky!

Margie's Musings said...

Oh yes. I remember them from Girl Scouts!

Sue said...

I'm waiting for the weather to cool so we can have a fire in the fire pit and roast our marshmallows for our own S'mores. Yum.....