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Make A S’mores Bucket For Your Host

Happy weekend friends! We’re at Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire visiting friends for a couple of days. There are three families with ten kids combined and they are all having such a blast wake boarding, jetskiing and spending the whole day in the water!
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We just love it here!

You know how I worked for a month straight on building our fire pit? Well check this out. Our friends have a huge rock on the beach that’s part of the natural landscape. It’s slightly concave on top and makes the perfect fire pit! How’s that for a stone fire pit that requires zero hard labor?!!

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Sitting around the fire at night is one of our favorite parts of coming up here. We have had so many laughs around this fire over the years!

This is definitely one of my favorite hostess gifts for summertime barbeques! It’s is such an easy, fun and usable gift that you can put together quickly with items you pick up on your regular grocery store food shop! Look for sales on these things and stock up so you have extras for next time you’re heading to a BBQ.

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Start with a basket or bucket of some kind. I love galvanized metal buckets because they’re inexpensive and make great vessels for drinks or snacks when entertaining outdoors. I dressed up this bucket with a mottled gold spraypaint finish for a Christmas party, and thought it would be great to give as a gift to dress up the packaged goods.

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Let’s talk about taking the whole s’mores thing up a notch. The fixins for classic s’mores:  graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallows. A crowd pleaser, but honestly I feel a little  meh  about this combo. You too?
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(That’s my newly limed dining table peeking out by the way, I am so in love with it! More on that soon!)

Classic marshmallows are a must (however we have found those super-sized ones that are new to the market are just too much marshmallow for one s’more!)

Some interesting alternatives for the base and top – try Famous chocolate wafers (my all time fave!), small pretzels (the sweet & salty combo is so good!), or cookies. I like this Tate’s brand because they are super thin, but if you have the time, freshly baked sugar or chocolate chip cookies are divine in s’mores!

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Hershey’s chocolate is always nice and melty, but Reeses are INSANE in a s’more, and Mark and I both love Ghirardelli chocolate squares (I used a bag of caramel squares for this basket, but the mint and dark chocolate squares are so good too. Had them last weekend!)  And have you tried York Peppermint Patties in a s’more?? OH MY!!!!!

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Currently my favorite s’more combo:

Famous chocolate wafers + Ghirardelli caramel square + perfectly toasted marshmallow.

Just one will do and is the perfect end to a summer day!


The wooden s’mores sticks are widely available at grocery stores, but have you seen these extending forks? We love ours at home because the fire pit gets so hot and with these you can stand back from it a bit, plus they don’t char like the wooden sticks. (My kids like to roast hotdogs over the fire with them too.)

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At home I like to set up a s’mores bar on a table with the sticks and forks, and all the fixings set out for everyone to help themselves.

 

Sitting around a fire with friends and family, music and marshmallows, love and laughter, what could be better?
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Happy s’mores making and enjoy your weekend my friends! Thanks for visiting.

 

 

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sheryl

Monday 15th of August 2016

I grew up in MA on the North Shore (Beverly) and our family used to vacation on Newfound Lake. Sometime we would go to Lake W also. Both are gorgeous. A bit of trivia, did you know that Jimmy Fallon named his daughter WInnie after the lake. I believe his wife used to vacation there.

Lisa

Tuesday 23rd of August 2016

I have never been to Newfound Lake Sheryl but we seriously love Winnipesaukee. One of our kids promises he will grow up and buy a house there for us. I'm holding him to it! I didn't know that about Jimmy Fallon's daughter - a great bit of regional trivia! My fave mom-in-law is Winnie too :) Such a cute name for a little girl!

Jennifer @ Dimples and Tangles

Monday 1st of August 2016

A natural rock fire pit? How cool! Looks like so much fun, and I love your s'mores basket!

Lisa

Tuesday 2nd of August 2016

The rock is pretty cool. It's like something out of Ice Age! The contents of the s'mores basket were gone in about 2 seconds!

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Sunday 31st of July 2016

Sounds like the perfect end to a day with family and friends.

Lisa

Tuesday 2nd of August 2016

It really was Elizabeth! Thanks for stopping by.

Debbie

Sunday 31st of July 2016

Delightful gift! And I can't wait to read more about your kitchen table!

Lisa

Sunday 31st of July 2016

Thanks Debbie - I did my table over on a whim (one of those "what have I gotten myself into" projects) but I love how it came out!

Carol @ CAD INTERIORS

Saturday 30th of July 2016

Well, there goes my "trying to eat cleaner" diet! Ha! I am a chocolate and peanut butter person, so s'mores made with Reese's is right up my alley. You made me smile with the "instant fire pit" comment. The one you built is truly amazing, but how fortunate that your friends have one that requires zero labor?! Enjoy your getaway! Can hardly wait to finally go on our summer vacation that is coming up very soon...

Lisa

Sunday 31st of July 2016

The Reeses s'mores are so naughty and good...they're always the first to go! In fact all the candy in this bucket was gone within 10 minutes! Kids make short work of s'mores making!