I won’t sugar coat it, day camping is not always easy, specially when you’re accompanied by three children and its freezing cold outside. But at the same time it helps us all feel more relaxed while our body and mind can take a break from the hectic everyday schedule and readjust to the calm rhythm of nature: hiking in the woods makes time feel like its standing still and the best part for the kids is probably spotting animals (never gets borings to see their reaction!), embracing nature fully while hiking, and cooking simple things on a wood fire!
The is something natural almost instinctive that I experience every time we light up a wood fire as the sun is nearing sunset. We spend hours just gazing the vibrant fire, exuding such heat that can be felt on the face and warms up our my hands. Whatever thoughts was burdening your day don’t exist at that moment, all you can focus on is the moment. Pure joy, it warms your heart, literally!
I have wanted to make some proper American S’mores every since my kids watched it on Barneys & Friends. They were curios when they saw scouts make s’mores over an open fire. I promised them that we would have a go one day. The day has finally come.
I know that this recipe doesn’t require instructions, its pretty straight forwards. My reason for sharing our experience is to motivate you guys to do more outdoor activities. I hope our s’mores will tempt some of you guys to try it out with your families, or even alone.
- Graham crackers, broken into squares
- Hershey’s plain milk chocolate bars
- Large marshmallows
- Long metal skewers (for roasting the marshmallows)
- Bonfire, campfire, fire pit*
- Take one large graham cracker and break it in half (one for the top, one for the bottom cracker).
- Cover one of chocolate cracker halves with chocolate pieces to fit the graham cracker.
- Put a marshmallow (or two) on the stick and hold it over the fire until roasted and slightly golden brown.
- Take the toasted (still on the stick), and lay it on the side of the graham cracker with the chocolate.
- Take the other half of the graham cracker and cover the hot marshmallow, pressing down firmly enough to pull out the stick.
- When the S’mores is fully assembled, wrap it in between two large sheets of foil placed on the corner of the campfire to keep warm, while making the remaining ones (it will also help the chocolate to melt a little bit more). Eat it warm while holding it like a sandwich.