Friday, June 29, 2012

S'mores with Homemade Graham Crackers

A couple of weeks ago my sister sent me a text with a picture of the cover of her latest MS Living magazine and asked if I could bring over some homemade graham crackers that we could make s'mores with.  Since she had just had a baby {a 10 pound baby...with no drugs!} - how could I say no?
I don't subscribe to the magazine, but I found a Martha Stewart Graham Cracker recipe online, and decided to go with that.  {Later, upon comparing the online recipe and the magazine recipe I found that they are the same ingredients, but slightly different baking directions.}
The dough is a little bit harder to work with, it crumbles and cracks easily.  And with all the rolling and cutting, I was half hoping that maybe these wouldn't be that good, and I wouldn't want to make them again.  After all, it's so easy to just rip open a bag graham of crackers to make a s'more with.
They were amazing.  My family loved them.  So much so, that a week later, I was making them again; for my baby sister.  Who came to visit from across the country and heard about these delicious s'mores we'd had and wanted to try them.  How could I say no?
So if you have a sister who just had a baby, or a sister visiting from far, far away, or are just a crazy s'more addict {like myself}, these are so, so worth the effort.  They will take your s'mores to a whole new level.  And I found a few steps that I could skip or change that it made the process a bit easier {my adapted, easier version is below}.  {And if you have a square-shaped cookie cutter, it would probably be even easier!}

Homemade Graham Crackers {for S’mores}


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for working
  • 1 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup untoasted wheat germ
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened (2 sticks)
  • 3/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons high-quality honey


  1. Preheat oven to 350º.  Whisk flours, wheat germ, salt, baking soda, and cinnamon in a medium bowl; set aside.
  2. Put butter, brown sugar, and honey into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; mix on medium speed until pale and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Reduce speed to low. Add the flour mixture, and mix until combined.
  3. Turn out dough onto a well-floured surface, and divide in half. Roll out one half of dough to about 1/8 inch thickness. Trim edges of dough with fluted pastry wheel to form a rectangle. Using fluted pastry wheel, divide into 3-inch squares. {Save your scraps to re-roll}. Using a star cookie cutter, cut shape out of center of every other square. Transfer squares to a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper {the crackers do not expand much – they can be close together – not touching though!}.
  4. Bake, rotating halfway through, until dark golden brown, 9-12 minutes {I actually like mine less crispy, so 9 minutes was good for that – go longer for crispier}.  Let cool on sheet 5 minutes; transfer crackers to wire racks to cool completely.
  5. Repeat with remaining dough and your scraps.  

S'more Tips:

  • The chocolate is best slightly melted.  Set your chocolate on the bottom half of the graham cracker and put it close to the fire while roasting your marshmallow.  This is easier if you have a pie iron you can set it in.
  • My sister tried this using salted caramel chocolate and said it was divine - experiment with those s'mores!

Source: slightly adapted from Martha Stewart

Monday, June 25, 2012

Balloon Party

We celebrated Levi's second birthday {last month} with a balloon theme party.  The boy cannot get enough of balloons.  Or anything round shaped {like my globes} that maybe could be a balloon.
So Cait & I worked together to throw him a party with a lot of balloons and globes...and vintage touches because the two of us just can't seem to throw a party without that element {plus we own a lot of vintage items so that makes decorating that much easier}.
This has been one of my favorite parties to throw {or do I say that about all of them?} - maybe because I too love balloons and globes.  :)  And I cannot thank Cait enough for everything that she did for this party - because it was a lot.  Not to mention, being the photographer!  So thanks again Cait - we make a great party-throwing team!  You can see more photos on Cait's blog here.

// I made the invitations on my computer and hand-stitched the balloons on. // The amazing felt circle bunting was made by Cait.  She used this tutorial as a guide.  The table was borrowed from Cait's former boss - we both wanted to keep it!  Thanks Jeremy! // The large wooden "L" is from Michaels.  The small round globes {that are sitting on egg cups} are also from Michaels {dollar bins!}. // Cait made the map paper wheels {paper rosettes?} that were on the tables and also on our mason jars that we used for drinks {we were majorly inspired by this dessert station}. //  The vintage suitcases were borrowed from my mom & dad - thanks m&d! // I made the happy birthday banner from vintage book pages & a stencil.  They were laminated to make them a little more sturdy. // I made the hot air balloon suckers using white chocolate and a mold from Amazon {similar to this one}. // I did not mean for the cake to have a pink layer - my food coloring lids got switched - it was supposed to be peach!  The polkadot plates & napkins were from Target. // My niece, Tori, made the incredible meringue puffs - so yummy & pretty!  Thanks Tor! // I made number "2" sugar cookies and white chocolate crunch mix - recipe coming soon. // The large round balloons were from BalloonsFast. // The globes are all from my collection. // The polkadot cupcake liners, straws and the balloon cupcake toppers are all from Hey Yo Yo {love this shop!}. //  The wooden silverware is from The Webstaurant Store and was hand painted by my Michael...thanks love! // Our menu {appetizers & desserts}: pigs-in-a-blanket, rye boat bread dip, artichoke bread, creamy salsa dip, veggie pizza, ham & pickle roll-ups, mexican layer dip, fruit, buffalo chicken dip.  Thanks to all my wonderful family for bringing a dish!! // My sweet little niece Fabienne in her vintage balloon shirt - from Mooies. // Cait hand made balloon shirts for all the boys as well as her balloon dress!!  I know you're impressed.  My mama & I were sort of twinsies in our vintage dresses & matchy belts. :) // Cait also made all the paper hot air balloons, using this tutorial as a guide. // I just loved that photo of Levi with his great-grandma.  And cousin Tate gifted Levi a bubble-gun which the boys love. // 

Happiest second birthday to my sweet little baby Levi!  

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Last Day of School

Today was Lincoln's last day of kindergarten.  Didn't I just write this post yesterday?  How fast this year did go.  Linc is sooo excited to be done with school.  Just as excited as he was to start it - haa!  I'm glad to get a break from the morning routine & rush - but I know some of these days are going to feel very long.  Especially in the first couple of weeks as the boys readjust to be being around each other all day, every day.        
I thought it would be kind of fun to do a reversal of that first day of school...

Bringing my baby back home to me...

{The two little munchkins thought it was funny to be running around in the background!}

And a comparison of his first and last days of kindergarten.  {I cannot believe how similar his outfits were...that was not planned!}  Some of that baby-ness is gone from his face.  :(

I'm proud of my big boy!  He's done so well and learned so much.  And hopefully he gets bored enough this summer that he gets excited to start first grade.  :)

Friday, June 8, 2012

A Hint of Lyme

I had so been looking forward to yesterday as being a "nothing" day.  Nowhere to go.  No appointments. No parties.  No meetings.  No get-togethers. Nothing coming up immediately that I need to be prepping for.  Just a day to stay home and catch up on things around the house.

And then this little guy....

Had a not so little rash.  We noticed it a few days ago {it was small & red at that point} and Mike thought it looked like it could be a tick bite, but since we had never seen a tick on him, I brushed it off as just being a bug bite.  On Wednesday it actually started looking better.  Then yesterday morning, it was worse.  So I took a picture of it and sent it to my mom {a nurse}, and she told me to look up "bullseye rash".  So I did.  And discovered that this usually only means one thing - Lyme Disease.

So I spent my afternoon at the doctor's office, the hospital getting blood work done, aimlessly wandering around Kmart waiting for prescriptions to be filled.  And comforting poor little Levi.

They don't know for sure yet if he has it, but they are assuming so because of that rash.  He also now has a fever which is another symptom of Lyme Disease.  Thankfully, he doesn't seem to be bothered by anything.  And thankfully we caught it early, my brother also had Lyme Disease, but went undiagnosed for months & months and really suffered.

After Levi's eye infection a couple of weeks ago and the insane busyness of the last month - I'm just ready for a break.  I want to feel bored!  {Do parents get "bored"? I don't think they have enough time to ever get bored...}  Ah well.  Thankful that it's all been little things.  Thankful that I have lots of family keeping me busy.  :)

Here's to {hopefully} having an uneventful weekend!

**Post Edit: Lincoln just got off the school bus complaining that he didn't feel well.  He has a fever.  Gaahhh.


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