Wednesday, August 22, 2012

What I Crave: Smores

Simple pleasures often yield the best memories. If you're headed out of town for Labor Day on a camping trip, you may want to gather round the campfire for some of these smores.
Smores to Celebrate Surviving a Fire
Ten years ago, the building in which the company I work for was located burned to the ground. To celebrate the anniversary, we played with fire. After seeing everyone enjoying indoor smores, I thought about hosting a party with a smores dessert buffet. Like a grilled cheese buffet, it would need to add sophistication to a childhood favorite. Of course, I'll need to sample the recipes before the party.

Some of the treats on my to do list (top left clockwise): Homemade Marshmellows and Seasonal Smores from Design Sponge; Smores with a French Twist from stephmodo {where practical meets pretty}; Smores in a Jar from How Sweet It Is; Chai Tea Smores from Alexis Siemons and Courtney Apple; Chef George Duran's Inside Out Smores; and Pumpkin Hazelnut Smores from Oh Joy!.
Want to take smores on the road with you? Create kits like the Fourth of July favors designed by Anders Ruff Custom Designs (top left in the following collage).

Many DIYs are available (top middle clockwise): Creature Comforts starts with a takeout container and baker's twine and provides steps for preparing smores in an oven -- perfect for indoor camping excursions with kids; Twig and Thistle stacks three boxes and secures with baker's twine; Three by Quill Pen uses muslin and lace (step-by-step instructions on Ruffled); With Style & Grace places her ingredients in a jar and also gives tips for making smores in an oven; and The Sweetest Occasion uses takeout containers, ribbon, and twine.
What's your favorite way to have smores?
Bon Appetit!
Credits: First image taken by Eden Hensley Silverstein for The Road to the Good Life. Other images taken by: first collage (top clockwise) - Ashley English for Design Sponge; Stephanie Brubaker; Jessica for How Sweet It Is, spotted on Emmaline Bride; Kristina Gill for Design Sponge's "In the Kitchen With" column; George Duran, spotted on TrendHunter; and Joy Deangdeelert Cho for Oh Joy!. Second collage (top clockwise) Becca Bond Photography, spotted on Hostess {with the Mostess}; Ez for Creature Comforts; Kathleen Kennelly Ullman for Twig and Thistle spotted on The Sweetest Occasion; photographed by EE Photography and styled by Events by Shelbi Rene; Lisa Thiele for With Style & Grace; and Alice G. Patterson for The Sweetest Occasion. Collages created by Eden Hensley Silverstein for The Road to the Good Life.
What I Crave is a monthly series, published on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Posts prior to November 2011 are available at Recipes for the Good Life.