A few weeks ago, it occurred to me that we’re not going anywhere for a while and I better figure out some fun things to do before we all just lie down and let the cats eat us.
But I’m not really a “fun mom.”
You know fun moms, right? They are up for anything! They have blooming Pinterest accounts and just happen to have on hand buckets of googly eyes and 19 colors of sprinkles and snow cone machines and on the weekends they craft deluxe tree houses with their bare hands.
My closet is full of Christmas wrapping paper and sweaters and the best I ever came up with is giving my kids the Magic Tree House books.
(That’s not true. We camped in a tree house once. It stormed. I’m not sure how the Keebler elves hack it full-time.)
The Alton Brown Rule
Now normally, I exercise what I call The Alton Brown rule here. We do not buy single purpose kitchen tools or appliances. Once, for Christmas, someone gave me a quesadilla maker and I would describe my reaction as enraged.
But this was basically an emergency. We needed some fun STAT.
So when my mom sent us a S’mores Maker, I flicked the tiny Alton off my shoulder, and unboxed that thing with a flourish. And then I started shopping for supplies.
(Please note, my Target does Shipt, so I didn’t have to leave home to get everything I needed. If you want to sign up for Shipt, use my code LJpHD to get $10 off your annual membership.)
One only has to watch The Sandlot for a thorough introduction to the Classic S’more.
Truthfully, these ingredients, paired with that movie is a unit study.*
Churros and Peanut Butter Cups
But maybe, like me, you’ve been feeling a bit desperate lately to gain some fun mom points.
So may I humbly suggest that you create a S’mores Bar?
The idea is simple – you take the three classic ingredients and you add options in each category.
You can get colorful marshmallows. You can dig out stale Peeps. I’m not your boss. Do what you want.
Some would say that the beauty of the graham cracker is that is creates a simple base for your s’more without competing with the flavors of charred marshmallow and goopy chocolate.
Those people are not desperate moms trying to impress two teens.
So maybe add some cinnamon or chocolate-covered grahams. Maybe add some cookies. Fudge Stripes cookies work well, but I’m not your mom. Maybe check the freezer for Girl Scout cookies. You’re in charge of your own destiny.
So this is where you really get to choose your own adventure. Turn to pg 19 if you picked cookies and cream chocolate.
Head to page 28 if you like dark chocolate.
Definitely get these thin peanut butter cups that I don’t think really serve any other purpose than s’moring, right?
I mean if someone gave me one of those for Halloween … You think I’m doing keto or something?
But again – I am not a life coach. Head boldly in the direction of your dreams.
Finally, ask your kids.
Do not be limited.
Kids will come up with all kinds of crazy ideas, and as long as it’s not meat or bugs, just go all in.
Thank you for coming to my s’mores Ted Talk.
* If you want to get fancy, you could build a s’more solar oven. Wink.
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