S’mores Addiction!!! An Ebook Announcement!!!

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How many exclamation points can 1 person have in a blog post?!?!

Because I might exceed that number!!!!

I don’t care either since I am just so excited to announce that Amanda from Fake Ginger and I created a kick butt ecookbook all about S’mores!!

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Over the years we have done plenty of joint blogging things together from our Thirsty Thursday posts to our S’mores Weeks posts. It’s been a blast to have such a friend in Amanda and do these fun things with her.

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(Plus, along the way we have just become great friends. We even have matching pineapple tattoos that we got together this past May!)

As we decided to do another week of S’mores recipes on our blog this summer (for the 3rd time!) we decided to amp things up and self publish an ecookbook of all things S’mores.

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So we bought insane amounts of chocolate bars, graham crackers, and marshmallows and got elbow deep in the s’mores madness. Chocolate of all kinds from chocolate bars to chocolate chips and milk chocolate to dark chocolate. Graham crackers and graham cracker crumbs. And marshmallows of all shapes, sizes, and flavors!

At this point my husband doesn’t want to see a S’more for a very long time since I tested so many recipes. ha!!

So what’s inside!?!

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We rounded up our S’mores recipes and added another 14 recipes that we have not published before to add to the collection of delicious recipes. In the end we created book that has over 45 s’mores recipes. Perfect for someone with a big sweet tooth!

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It includes our previously shared recipes from our past years of S’mores Week, the nely published ones from this year, and new ones. There is everything from homemade marshmallows to cinnamon rolls stuffed with S’mores goodies to S’mores cocktails and S’mores fudge.

If that all sounds great to you then please buy our new ebook! We time, love, and effort into this joint venture so that we could share our love of S’mores with everyone. We worked hard on our recipes and putting together the book (all 55 pages!) so we hope everyone enjoys it.

The ecookbook is live now for PURCHASE!!

Thanks so much !!

 

 

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Quick Sheet Pan Nachos

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So they have begun working on our house!!!

Well, they dug up the lot. So I guess that is progress.

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They also located the corners of the house, which feels so exciting to see the house placed on the lot. It feels more real than before. Just hoping they staked it out all properly!

Once it’s built, it’s built and it’s not moving!!

Other than that I don’t have a whole lot going on…

JUST KIDDING!!!!!

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I have so much going on but nothing of significance to write about.

I don’t have a kid going back to school. I don’t have a vacation planned. I don’t have big exciting news. Things are great, just not news worthy, I guess.

I mean, does going to the optometrist count as being news worthy? Because I am going to tomorrow and I am pretty sure I am getting yet another pair of sunglasses. I have an addiction.

Similarly I am addicted to nachos.

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I swear we eat them all the time. I could do a year of weekly nacho recipes. I won’t, but you get point. (hopefully!)

Nachos are just so great for lunch, dinner, or a to enjoy while watching your favorite team. They regularly grace our table when we have a lot going on and I can’t deal with cooking so I just toss them on a sheet pan and in the oven for everything to warm up and the cheese to melt.

It’s also a great way to using up bits of things leftover from taco night. Extra taco meat- sure! Already had cut up lettuce? Add it on top after it was in the oven. Little bit of like 3 salsas in the fridge. Why not?!?!

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So why I am creating a post just for nachos? Silly no?

Well, I have some not to secret secrets to make them extra awesome!

  1. Layer them and bake them 2x. This allows the cheese to melt evenly throughout without burning the top chips.
  2. Use refried beans. They have a better, more consistent soft texture compared to whole black beans.
  3. Go big or go home! When it comes to making nachos, you just need to do it up- add more chips, add more meat, add more toppings. so good.
  4. Divide toppings up. I don’t like olives (at all!) but it doesn’t mean my husband should be deprived. So we put black olives on half for him.

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You better be ready to dig into these nachos. And be sure to invite me over when you make them! I’ll bring the beers. xo

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Qucik Sheet Pan Nachos

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 10 ounces of tortilla chips
  • 8 ounces of ground meat
  • 1 Tablespoon taco seasoning
  • 1/4 Cup Water
  • 1 Cup refried beans
  • sliced jalapenos
  • sliced black olives
  • 3-4 Cups of shredded cheddar cheese, a blend is nice too
  • 1 Cup salsa
  • toppings: cilantro, sour cream, chopped tomatoes, diced onion

Process

  1. In a skillet, cook the ground meat with the taco seasoning and water. Break up the meat into very small pieces.
  2. Arrange half your chips on a rimmed sheet pan.
  3. Warm the refried beans in the microwave. (This makes it easier to dollop on the chips.)
  4. Dollop half of the beans to the chips. Then sprinkle half the ground meat, jalapenos, olives, and cheese on the chips.
  5. Place under the broiler for a few minutes to melt the cheese.
  6. Layer the rest of the chips on. Then top with the remaining beans, meat, jalapenos, olives, and cheese.
  7. Return to the broiler to melt the new cheese. This will only take a few minutes.
  8. Top with salsa, sour cream, and other goodies you like. Enjoy!
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8.12-14: Weekend Recap

{Friday Night}

home from work | take the dogs for a walk with Autumn | dinner | work on S’mores ebook

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{Saturday}

up early | Price takes the dogs out| breakfast | play outside with Autumn | Price vacuums 2nd floor | take Autumn for an adventure- visit home site, michael’s, Ulta, have lunch at the Olive Garden | get home | Autumn naps | go to the pool | dinner | work on S’mores book

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{Sunday}

up early | make french toast for breakfast | work on s’mores book – photo editing | Autumn paints (new supplied from michael’s) | Autumn has leftover spaghetti for lunch | Autumn naps | Price does a lot of cleaning | take dogs out for a long walk | dinner | up super late working on S’mores book

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S’mores Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

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It’s the last day of S’mores Week 2016.

Amanda and I have had a blast making all these S’mores treats. 10 in total!!

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That’s a lot of chocolate, graham cracker and marshmallows.

I lost track of how many times I’ve gone to the grocery store for ‘just one more bag of mini marshmallows”.

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While my family has been enjoying some treats (I actually share most with neighbors and our coworkers), they are thankful that S’mores week is wrapping up so I can fully clear off the kitchen counter of all the s’mores goodies. I get it, nothing worse than being surrounded by sweets and they are all off limits to you. ha!

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But I think giving me the time to whip them into goodies like these Chocolate Chip Cookie Smores Bars and S’mores Cheese Balls and S’mores Crack is worth the wait!!

Also worth the wait… our S’more Ebook!!

We are putting the finishing touches on our ebook that is a collection of the S’mores recipes we have shared on our blogs over the years, plus brand spankin’ new ones that we not posted here before! So many S’mores!!!!!!

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In the mean time, make these Chocolate Chip Cookie S’mores Bars and enjoy the weekend while we wrap things up.

The bars consist of layers of a graham cracker base, chocolate chip cookie layer, and a roasty, toasty marshmallow and chocolate layer.

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How can you beat the combination of S’mores and Chocolate Chip Cookies?!?!

You can’t!!!

That is why you just have to make these delicious treats!

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 S’mores Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Makes 24 bars

Ingredients

For the graham cracker crust

  • 2 Cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 Cup sugar
  • 1/2 Cup butter, melted

For the cookie layer

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) of semi sweet chocolate chips

For the top layer

  • 2 Cups mini marshmallows
  • 2 Hersey Bars, broken into segments

Process

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 13×9 glass pan.
  2. Make the graham cracker crust by combining the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and melted butter. Mix well.
  3. Evenly spread in the pan
  4. Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt in small bowl; set aside.
  5. Beat the butter, sugars, and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in the chocolate chips and nuts.
  6. Spread into the prepared pan.
  7. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown.
  8. Immediately add the marshmallows to the top. Place under your broiler for 1-2 minutes (keep an eye on it!) to melt and lightly toast the marshmallows.
  9. Sporadically place the chocolate pieces. Cool in pan on wire rack. Cut into 24 bars.

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Whip up this S’mores Granola this weekend that Amanda is sharing over on her blog! It’s the perfect topping for some granola or

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S’mores Crack

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Hopefully, our house will be ready before Christmas.

That is, if it stops raining!!! It’s really not that bad but they were supposed to start on Monday but I stopped by yesterday and nothing was done. Nothing! Well, except for the big mound of dirt that was on our lot that belonged to our neighbor’s from when they cleared her lot. So I guess, some progress?

I am really looking forward to seeing the foundation laid out so we can see where our house is on the lot. We have the plot plan, but just want to ‘see’ it in place. It will then start to feel real.

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In the mean time, we are working on a list of things that we need, and another list of things that we want for the house. It is helping us budget things and start to look for things, like appliances.

I can’t wait to begin furniture shopping, that is going to be so awesome for us to create a new space for our family. I am really looking forward to getting an awesome sofa that will set the mood for our living room, which is really open and basically sets the style for the house. I love how open it will be.

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Anyway, have you had ‘Christmas Crack’ before?

Well, I gave it a S’mores spin by using graham crackers instead of saltines and added marshmallows as well.

Everything is better with marshmallows.

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So Christmas Crack is addicting, but I swear this will get you into even more trouble with the sweetness from the graham crackers and marshmallows.

It’s so easy to make so you better stock up on ingredients so you can make a few batches

And here is a basic (duh) tip… don’t leave your oven when you have your crack under the broiler. In fact, don’t leave anything under your broiler. I ruined one batch by walking away and boom…. burned marshmallows. And a timer would be a smart back up. But even then I sometimes guess the time wrong and I’ve ruined something. So, just stand there. It doesn’t take but a minute or so and then you’ve go yourself some awesome melty, golden marshmallows and not black as ash ones!

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I suggest that you make this and bring it to your office or a party since you might eat the whole thing yourself. Thankfully, I brought it into my office so not only did I avoid sitting on the sofa smashing piece after piece into my mouth, I got to see my coworkers ever to casually walk into the pantry and come out with piece after piece. ha!!

I dare you not to make this!

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S’mores Crack

Makes 30 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 sleeve of graham crackers, broken into segments
  • 3/4 Cup unsalted butter
  • 1 Cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
  • 2 Cups mini marshmallows
  • 1 Cup milk chocolate chips

Process

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Fill the sheet with graham crackers.
  3. In a small saucepan (1.5 qt), melt the butter and sugar together over medium heat. Stir occasionally.
  4. Bring the butter and sugar up to a rolling boil. Boil for 2 minutes
  5. Pour over the graham crackers. Spread out to evenly cover all the cookies.
  6. Bake for 8-9 minutes.
  7. Sprinkle the marshmallows evenly on the coated cookies.
  8. Place under our broiler (400/low) just until the marshmallows are melty and golden. (I suggest staying by the oven as this happens quickly)
  9. Remove from the oven and immediately toss the chocolate chips on the top. (Using a bit of force to toss them on the top embeds the into the marshmallows, which helps them not fall off later.)
  10. Place in your fridge to cool.
  11. Break apart into pieces. Using a scissor can help with cutting through the stretchy marshmallows.

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Sprinkles Marshmallows

Amanda is crushing it on her side of the internets for our S’mores Week as well. She made Sprinkle Marshmallows so you can be sure to step up your S’mores game with them. I mean, come on, homemade marshmallows will rock your next S’more.

 

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