Welcome to day 10 of our 4th of July countdown! Time is flying and I’m sure many of you are kicking off your celebrations this weekend! I absolutely love a good outdoor, daytime party–particularly one that goes into the evening and even into the wee hours of the morning. It reminds me of college days when us good friends would stay up until dawn and then get breakfast together. With so many out-of-town guests, my husband and I are fortunate to relive those days a few times a year. Even though we’re all burned out from the daily grind, there’s something about being together that sparks those feelings of stay-up-all-night freedom.
Great memories are made around a fire pit. You can quote me on that. I have a feeling it will be a famous statement one day. We bought one as soon as we moved in, and it’s been a summer staple we look forward to. There’s something about that feeling of coziness and calm after a big day of running around, cooking, cleaning and organizing. It’s when the party chaos has diminished and those dedicated friends stay for a new round of fun. We ignite fresh cut wood, cuddle up in hoodies and reminisce about the day that was.
But the main reason we really gather is…you guessed it…s’mores. A good ole’ fashion campfire classic. Makes me feel like a kid all over again. And while I absolutely love the indoor version I shared with you, there’s nothing quite like roasting marshmallows over the fire. Everyone has their own approach to what they feel is the perfect bite. Do you char yours on the outside and then smush it between the grahams? Make a sandwich first and hold it over the fire? Spruce it up with fancy ingredients?
For our celebration, I found the most adorable star-shaped marshmallows, and turned them into party-friendly skewers. You can use the classic milk chocolate or get creative with mini Reese’s cups and other fun combinations. Are we there yet?
Mini Reese’s cups
Mini graham crackers
Poke marshmallows and chocolates skewers in any pattern you choose. Serve with graham crackers.
Eat and enjoy over an open fire, and make new memories with old friends.