Still In The Heat Of Summer

    August is one of those months without a “holiday,” but it is a big month for many throughout at least North America. There’s going back to school, preparing for the change of season, getting ready for Labor Day — just one last trip to the mountains or a family BBQ.

    There may be many of us in the southern regions who are concentrating on keeping cool. Our days may be warm, but our nights cool down nicely.

    My thoughts turn to fall and a nice cup of cocoa with family and friends with conversation. Or maybe break out the graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate bars to make a gooey treat.

    I’m sure if I put my mind to it, I could come up with 101 variations of making S’Mores. I do wonder where that name came from.

    No one has announced that they’re the original creator of S’Mores, but back in 1927, a recipe was published in Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts. Loretta Scott Crew is credited for  what she called “Some Mores.” She evidently made them for the Girl Scouts by the campfire.

    I imagine, they were roasting marshmallows when Loretta got the brilliant idea to add the chocolate to a graham cracker with the toasted marshmallow and make a sandwich cookie. Or maybe it was one of the young ladies.

    Well, the tradition definitely took off! I don’t know who changed the name to S’Mores, but that has caught on quite nicely.

    Then people decided to mess with the recipe, but keep the authentic taste. It can be made with all kinds of chocolate candy mini bars. Roasted marshmallows have remained as have the graham crackers.

    I’m sure if you search the net you’ll find someone who gave s’mores a complete makeover. You may have your own variation that you share with your family.

    If you haven’t had S’Mores this summer, I suggest you give them a try. Or at least roast/toast some marshmallows.

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    Taste of Summer — Zucchini Recipe

    With August steadily rolling by, I look at my vegetable garden, which is still going strong and thinking about recipes for my zucchini. It’s always nice to have a new way to serve this vegetable that is both appealing to the eye and taste buds.

    I consider many things when placing a recipe here. I want something easy to make and I want it to taste good. It may combine other flavors which is a bonus that kids will enjoy, too. I do want family pleasing recipes.

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    Image and Recipe from http://www.health.com 

    For this delicious snack or side dish, you’ll need:

    • 4 zucchini
    • 2 egg whites
    • 1/2 cup of milk
    • 1 cup shredded Paramesan Cheese
    • 1 cup breadcrumbs
    • Vegetable cooking spray

    Here’s what you need to do:

    1. Preheat oven to 425°.
    2. Cut zucchini into 3-inch sticks.
    3. Get out a small bowl and whisk egg whites, then add milk.
    4. In another bowl Combine Parmesan  Cheese and breadcrumbs in a separate bowl.
    5. Dip zucchini sticks into egg mixture, and then roll in breadcrumb mixture.
    6. Get out a baking sheet and coat with cooking spray.
    7. Place zucchini on baking sheet.
    8. Bake for 25–30 minutes or until golden brown.

    This should make about 64 fries. You can dip them in Ranch Dressing or a sauce of your choice or eat them plain. This is a real crowd pleaser to give your guests at your Labor Day Bar-B-Que.

    Enjoy!

    Halloween Pumpkin Templates

    Halloween

    I find pictures to be inspirational. It’s amazing how people go all out in their pumpkin carving. I suppose you can never have enough carved pumpkins lighting the path for the trick-or-treaters or just to decorate your porch.

    I think going to the pumpkin patch is an exciting venture and it is difficult to select only one, so why not go all out. My thought is once you get started on one pumpkin, why not do another. Yet, it is good to pace yourself, depending upon how elaborate your design is.

    Here are a few templates I thought would be fun:

    Headless Horsie Pumpkin Carving Pattern

    Headless Horsie 

     

    'Witch on Broom' Pumpkin Carving Pattern  Witch on a Broom

     

    Tombstone Halloween Pumpkin Carving Pattern  Tombstone

    Haunted House Pumpkin Carving PatternHaunted House

    I hope these designs inspired you, I’ll have more free templates as we get closer to Halloween. I love seeing what others have done with their pumpkins. Some people are very clever.

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    Build-on Brick Building block Mug

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    This Build-on Brick Building Block Mug is perfect for the LEGO builders in the family. Of course, it’s an excellent conversation piece to take to the office. You can buy a set to go exclusively with this mug so that you’ll always be able to change it depending upon your mood at the time. It’s exciting when you can turn your creativity into high gear and build something absolutely outrageously clever. Don’t put it in the dishwasher, you must wash it by hand, but that’s what you would expect from a work of art.

    Here you have the perfect gift for those who are creative and difficult to please. Be sure to pick up a set for yourself. Remember the pieces are extra, but there is such a variety for you to choose.

    Here are some helpful product links:

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    Selfies Are All The Rage

    Selfies are a big deal . . . a real big deal, but too often to get a nice selfie with friends, you need a bit of help . . . longer arms . . . or an extension poll. Or you want a selfie showing you at a particular place or you may even want a selfie of you driving in a pool or going down a slip and slide or skiing down the bunny trail . . . or climbing a tree to rescue a cat. You want selfie videos and snap shots.

    With the holidays approaching and the end of summer and the beginning of fall, selfies would be so great to show off your bbq with friends, picking out that perfect pumpkin, buying your Christmas tree or decorating your house or yard for Halloween or Christmas . . . putting up lights . . . the list is endless what you can do with selfies.

    Oh yes, you may need a hand . . . a pole . . . introducing  Ipow Extendable Self-portrait Wireless Bluetooth Remote Camera Shooting Shutter Monopod Selfie Handheld Stick Pole with Mount Holder specially designed for Iphone 5s 5c 5 4s 4 Samsung Galaxy Mobile Cell Phone, Black

    This is so easy to use and convenient when you don’t have a tripod or want to set one up. The non-slip soft foam handle gives you comfortable touch and can prevent your hand from sliding off. It’s made with stainless steel and plastic material which makes it light-weight. Fits into your backpack, or jacket pocket. It’s great for all occasions. Also an outstanding gift idea.

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