August 10th National S’mores Day
Got some chocolate candy? Grahams crackers? Marshmallows? If you do, you’ve got the makings for S’mores. S’mores were created sometime in the 1920’s supposedly by the Campfire Girls. It amazes me how long it took people to figure out the uses for chocolate. The chocolate chip cookie, s’mores… wow, what were they waiting for? They say you can even make them in a microwave in 12 seconds but why? Get your act together and make a campfire and make them the right way, like the Campfire Girls of old! Sometimes you just can’t beat the old ways of doing things!
How to celebrate – Go camping so you can make some S’mores! Become a Girl Scout to properly celebrate today. Make your own S’mores by adding whatever you feel might improve something already pretty darn good!
It’s a hundred degree summer day outside, a perfect time to celebrate Campfire Day. Let’s add some heat to what is already hot! Now I love a great campfire, there is something relaxing and soothing about sitting by a fire… and a few hot dogs or marshmallows and you got a perfect evening of fun and down time. And I am not complaining that it falls on the first Saturday of August, it just might be a little nicer on a cooler fall or winter day when it’s no longer scorching outside. The day was invented, sort of, by Bob Matthews from Rochester, NY in 2017. I say sort of because campfires have been around since man harnessed the power to capture and make fire. It’s kind of odd we did not start celebrating it until 2017.
How to celebrate – Plan an evening under the stars with a family campfire. Make sure you take all safety concerns seriously about campfires. Try and organize a neighborhood campfire in your community.
Why is something good to eat so much better when you put it on a stick? Is it because you can walk around with it? Because you don’t need a fork? Because it seems like you are breaking some etiquette rule? Who knows, who cares?
For some reason it is just better. Kabobs, corn dogs, pretzels, cotton candy, etc., etc., etc. Maybe it’s because we remember cooking those hotdogs on a stick over a campfire or even better marshmallows! Somehow they just seem better, yes they are normally over cooked or under-cooked but somehow that just doesn’t seem to matter.
You can put practically anything on a stick, maybe not pudding but even then, if you freeze it you can! All that said though, food is not the only thing that can be on a stick. Walk your neighborhood and keep an eye on the trees. After all, aren’t they really just very big sticks?
You can find squirrels, birds, iguanas, raccoons, nearly any animal you can think of can be on that sort of stick. Well, maybe not cattle or elephants but nearly any small animal. And why stop there!?! Even people could be up in a tree.
And not all sticks need to be made of wood! They can be aluminum, steel or practically any material you can thik of. Whatever material you choose today to celebrate, just make sure you stick to it!
How to celebrate – Think of as many things that come on a stick that you can come up with. Build a campfire tonight and cook some hotdogs. Invent your own “On A Stick” item.
What beats a toasted marshmallow on a warm summer evening? Well, if you are in Florida maybe anything since it is like 100 degrees outside, even at night! However, I still enjoy a toasted marshmallow, although I do like them nearly burnt.
It is possible, if you have a gas stove, to toast your marshmallow over the burner inside where it’s air conditioned. It’s not all that safe and not quite the same but it works if you are desperate.
And of course you can add chocolate and graham crackers, but that’s making a s’more and we already covered that earlier this month.
And you can bake the marshmallow in the oven adding a brownie underneath it just because (Which was also a holiday day earlier this month.). This works out well if you are moving and don’t have the time to toast your own marshmallow, like I am so this posting will be brief!
Or if your even in more of a hurry you can drink your toasted marshmallow meaning you don’t need a fire, a stove or an oven. You just go to your local coffee shop and nearly everyone of them has a toasted marshmallow drink. However, in closing, there is nothing like roasting that marshmallow over an open fire. Just don’t burn your neighbors house down doing it!
How to celebrate – Build a safe fire tonight and buy a bag of marshmallows and have some fun! Try a toasted marshmallow drink if you haven’t had one yet. Make up your own new recipe for a toasted marshmallow. Maybe adding fruit… though getting that piece of fruit on a stick could be a good trick!