Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Odds 'n Ends

It seems this new book appeared at my doorstep today:
Now, I know you're probably thinking...How could you have a whole book on s'mores? Or, even better, who in their right mind would buy a book about s'mores? There's nothing difficult about them. Even children make them around the campfire.

So, here's my defense. I LOVE, LUV, LURVE, s'mores. They have the best of what's edible: graham crackers, CHOCOLATE, and marshmallows melted over the open fire (or in the oven, as the case may be.) My lil' ol' heart pounds, just thinking about them. And my second defense? The pictures in this book sucked me in.
They're beautiful. I love beautiful pictures and if they're of food? Well, I'm screwed, so to speak.

There really are some fun ideas in this book. Most of the s'mores have chocolate and marshmallow in them. The graham cracker part is sometimes substituted with different varieties of cakes or cookies (there's a version with sugar cookies and white chocolate!) Then there are chapters with fruit (that way you can rationalize that you're being healthy), "extreme" varieties (one puts a banana nut muffin crown on top (that one's for you Gurney!) and check out this one with popcorn in it),
and even holiday favorites where there's a smore for every major holiday (strawberries and blueberries for the 4th of July, peppermint for Christmas, etc.) Here's one that looked good to me 'cause I love these girl scout cookies!At first glance, many of them seemed too "out there", but the more I looked at them, the more I wanted to try them. Can't wait for summer -- I'm going to have to experiement!

A few cool things I've seen this week in blogland:

I LOVE this 365 Challenge idea. I'm going to have to figure how to work it into my giant pile of UFO's.

Check out this cool paper cutter that Finny Knits blogs about. I wonder how long it will be before they're making an affordable at-home version.

Love these log cabin blocks. Please disregard the fact that she mentions boobies in the same post.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have a hot date with Sawyer and s'mores. Well, not really. There's no s'mores. I just wanted to see if I could type Sawyer and s'mores in the same sentence and remain perpendicular to the floor.


(Sawyer, s'mores, champagne. Sawyer, s'mores, champagne, fabric. Sawyer, s'mores, champagne, fabric, bubble bath. Sawyer, s'mores, champagne, fabric, bubble bath, beautiful sunset....)

*UPDATE: Thanks to Junie for letting me know that *#&*$&# Microsoft apparently has no sense of humor. I tried to progressively shrink my font on the last comment and it shrunk all other posts after that. I would never have noticed it, as I use Firefox. Thanks Junie!


dizzyjadey said...

Mmmm, yummm....looks like a "domestic goddess" kinda book. Ooh, and we're hooked on Lost, too, but behind by a few weeks, blah!

rohanknitter said...

Hmmm.....Sawyer & s'mores eh??
Hot stuff!

Anonymous said...

I never knew s'mores could have such variety...they really are a treat around a backyard fire. Believe it or not, but I wasn't introduced to s'mores until I met my husband about 13 years ago. I guess that's because, in my house while growing up, a lone chocolate bar was too tempting to save for a later treat, like a s'more.

Thanks for the links--the 365 Challenge is a great idea. It also goes into my journal of 'crafty things to do...'

Incidentally, I stayed in the pen for about 2 hours on Saturday and 2 hours on was worth it. The little ones are thriving now. Plus, I spent much of that time knitting.


the wine makers wife said...

Oh No! That book is too intense for me. Those girlscout cookies on top of the smore had me drooling. Have fun with that book! Do post your creations!

meggie said...

I have never heard of those s'mores?
Are they about in OZ?
Loved the log cabins, thanks for the link.

christina said...

Oh wow, those look delicious. It never occured to me to use chocolate chip cookies. We can't get graham crackers here (I know! How could they?) so my kids have been deprived of *real* s'mores but the choc chip ones just might do it.

Ragged Roses said...

They look gorgeous - but what's a s'more?
Kim x