Do you think it’s crazy that I’ve only had s’mores maybe twice in my life? Or that I’ve never even made them before? It seems like one of those classic things I should have been all over. But I’ve never been camping. Don’t really care for graham crackers. Or marshmallows most times. So knowing all that, I guess it’s a wonder I’ve had them at all!
Last week, I happened to spy a recipe for a microwave version of s’mores and tore it out. I thought it would be a fun thing for the kids. With Nick in Boy Scouts, he’s had them plenty of times. Madeline, not yet. We had company for dinner tonight (one of three dinners planned for this week), and with s’mores being so kid-friendly, I added them to dessert.
I felt like s’mores weren’t enough for dessert (something that’s always a problem with me and menu planning) and I needed to add something a little more adult-friendly too. I knew our guests liked Tomato Soup Cake with Toasted Walnut and Cream Cheese Frosting, so I made that as well. It’s a very retro, 1950’s-style dessert, much in the same vein as s’mores, so a random theme quickly emerged. There’s something very comforting about going back to basics. To the old-fashioned treats that our parents and grandparents grew up with. To a recipe that has spanned the generations, yet still remains just as relevant today as it was back then.
May 25, 2010, Photo #101
Given tonight’s old school theme, it seems only natural that this be the photo of the day today. Nick came home with one of these from school; apparently the kids were spending time at recess making them. Remember these? I’ve chosen every square with him since he came home, revealing every possible scenario. Luckily for me, he said his teacher checked them all and made sure that the kids only wrote down “good things.” The first thing I landed on was “you’ll get married at age 90.” Wonderful. Considering at this point, I have less than zero interest in getting married again, I’ll take it.
1 milk chocolate candy bar (1.55 oz), quartered
4 graham cracker squares
Top each of 4 graham squares with 1 chocolate piece and 1 marshmallow. Place on microwaveable plate. Microwave 15-20 seconds or until marshmallows puff. Top each with a second graham cracker; press together gently to secure.