This is the second s’mores-style dessert I’ve written about, which is strange because I’m honestly not that impressed by s’mores. The first one I wrote about here and they’re delicious and cute for parties. These s’mores bars are more rustic (to use a term Barefoot Contessa loves) and very easy to make.
I found the recipe for these via Pinterest at The Apron Gal’s blog. I had a little mishap in doubling the recipe last time and wound up with not nearly enough dough to make the top layer, so I did the fluff layer before the Hershey bar layer, and I flattened little pancakes of dough and scattered them over the top. As you can see from the picture, there are big pieces of exposed chocolate and marshmallow, but I actually think I like that better than a smooth layer of dough. Hooray for happy accidents!
A few tips:
- To save a little time, you can buy graham cracker crumbs already made in the baking aisle by cake mixes.
- The dough for this is very sticky – wet your hands with cold water before trying to spread it in the pan. Then the dough won’t stick to your hands as much.
- Really grease the pan and try to leave a border of dough without marshmallow fluff. When the marshmallow gets on the side of the pan, it hardens and is tough to get out.
- If you can’t flatten the dough in a Ziploc bag like the recipe suggests, it’s no biggie. (I never bother)
- Definitely stick with Hershey bars and don’t try to jazz these up with fancy chocolate. The distinct taste that a Hershey bar has is what makes these taste like s’mores.
Happy fall baking!
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No, this is not a post about e-books and why they’re better than hard copies (because they’re not, duh). This is more about me trying to have less stuff. I have too much stuff. Matt has a ton of stuff (like notebooks and textbooks from college!), and Nolan accumulates more stuff by the minute.
Books were always something that I thought were worth buying. I figured that even if I never planned to read it again, I could lend it to a friend or let it live on a bookshelf at home. I cut out pictures from magazines and pinned images of huge libraries on Pinterest. Like these:
Who wouldn’t want that in your house?
Well apparently me because I just did a major book purge. We donated 50+ books to the library a few weeks ago, and we probably have a bunch more that could have gone.
Matt pulls our books (and Nolan) to the library
With the exception of a book I need for work, I now get everything from the library. It’s free, people! Well, actually you’re paying for it in your taxes, but that’s even more of a reason to use it. If you live in Nassau County you can get materials from any library in the county by showing up at another branch or just clickity clack on the internet and the library will send the stuff to your local one. I feel kind of guilty when I request books from other libraries because it’s so lazy-person friendly. Yes, there are due dates, but having a deadline makes me read more, and when I am late and have to pay a fine, I feel like I’m donating to charity so really it’s win-win.
Is it totally sacrilegious for an English teacher to quit buying books, or am I being eco-friendly (and thrifty!)? And while I’m at it, what else can I start getting rid of…
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Yes, in fact it has been a year and a week since I last posted on here. I’d like to say that I’ve just been SO BUSY that I couldn’t blog (although honestly I hate when people use that as an excuse). The truth is I haven’t written because I hadn’t written. First it felt silly because, “Geez, it’s been a month!” Then it got to be two, three, six, etc. And now here I am. A year later.
So what’s new, readers? Not too much is new over here, which I guess isn’t bad, but I am starting to feel a bit stagnant.
One thing that isn’t stagnant is this kid of ours. Last time I posted he was 1+ and a little pot-bellied munchkin.
Now he’s a walking, talking, funny kid.
We’ve been living in our house for over four years and I’ve been saying I’m ready to move for two. I want to move somewhere with a little more personality and charm. Sea Cliff? Huntington Village? The thought of getting our house ready to sell and then showing it, and selling it, and packing it, ugh. It’s overwhelming. For those of you who have done it, send me some courage! Have any of you sold a house without a realtor? I’d really like to avoid parting with all that money.
My students head back to school on Tuesday and even though I’m sad to say goodbye to summer, I’m looking forward to seeing coworkers, enjoying cooler weather, and celebrating fall holidays. Here are a few funny links for those of us going back to school:
New Classroom Rules @ Little Miss Perfect
Funny teacher memes here and here. This one is my favorite:
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I was introduced to a very special friend, Vodka Gimlet, back in 2009. I went to dinner at Sweetwater Restaurant with my friend Katy and her husband (Hi, my name is Jenny and I’m a third wheel) and I had a variation of a gimlet that was so delicious I’ve been drinking them ever since.
A traditional gimlet is made with gin, and although I can’t say I’ve ever had gin, I’m convinced I don’t like it. There are tons of ways to jazz it up, but all you really need is ice, vodka and FRESH lime juice. If you try to make this with bottled lime juice (I’m looking at you, Rose’s Lime Juice), consider yourself a failure at making cocktails and go open up a wine cooler like it’s New Year’s Eve 1997.
Some prefer simple syrup to sweeten it up a bit, others like it shaken with some mint or basil (yum!). I recommend it on the rocks because I like a strong drink to be frosty cold. Depending on how strong of a drink you like, you can use anywhere from 1.5 to 3 parts vodka for every ounce of lime juice.
On a recent trip to the Berkshires, Matt and I stopped for a cocktail at Allium in Great Barrington and I loved how the bartender served my gimlet with a sliver of lime, not a slice or a wedge, but the thinnest little shaving. It looked so elegant and delicate. I’ll definitely be copying that next time I make them!
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Matt and I headed back to Red Hook for some foodie goods and this time I made sure to stop by Baked on Van Brunt Street. I was not disappointed. Miraculously, I managed to make it home before I cracked open the box (maybe that’s because I had just eaten a lobster roll and mini-key lime pie).
We bought a Nutella cookie, a sweet and salty brownie, and the big winner… the salted caramel bar. Upon taking my first bite of the salted caramel bar, I said, “Oh. Oh wow. That is very, very special.” A shortbread bottom, caramel middle, and chocolate top, sprinkled with flaked sea salt. Heaven.
Baked has a few cookbooks out so many of their recipes have made their way onto the internet. This one in particular looks promising.
image: annies eats
Heads up, it has five sticks of butter. FIVE.
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I downloaded Red Stamp last week after seeing it mentioned on A Cup of Jo. The app is free and available on iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. (According to the website, there is no Android version yet because of technical issues.)
Using Red Stamp, you can create cool thank you cards, invitations, birth announcements, holiday messages, etc.
Many designs can be personalized with photos and can be sent via text, email or with a physical postcard (!).
Using the app to send digital cards is free. Paper postcards cost $2 and decrease in price if you’re ordering in bulk.
Since it’s free, you don’t even need a holiday to send a card. (Here’s Nolan with a surprise he woke up with)
On A Cup of Jo, Joanna Goddard suggested it as a modern twist on sending thank you notes from new moms. If you are a new or new-ish mom, you’ll probably remember the whirlwind that is the first few weeks and months of motherhood. While friends’ and family’s generosity is beautiful and kind, sending out those thank you notes can zap every free moment you have. Everyone suggested, “Sleep when the baby sleeps!” but I couldn’t. I had laundry and thank you notes to write.
What do you think? Are digital cards (particularly thank you cards) as “acceptable” as paper ones?
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Probably a dozen times a day, I find myself thinking, Oooooh, I like that house/haircut/dessert/blog/app/podcast/etc. It’s usually followed up by, I should put that on my blog! Then I sit down at my computer and realize, Ummm…I don’t have a lot to say about that. So that’s why I’m starting, Hey, I Like Your ____________! Quick little posts with things I come across and want to share.
#1 Hey, I Like Your HOUSE!
I spotted this house in Floral Park’s West End, just down the street from the elementary school. Isn’t it charming? The picture definitely doesn’t do it justice. I was trying to inconspicuously take a picture while strolling past with Nolan and my mom. It was obvious that people were home and my mom was hissing, “Be careful!!!”
I want to live in this house.
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