please treat yourself to these today.

s'mores are one of my favorite flavor i knew it was only a matter of time before i made some form of s'more cookie. 

i started with a recipe from "the girl who ate everything"...and made some changes.

here's how to make changes noted:

11 Tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar, packed
½ cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs, room temp
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp sea salt
1 tsp cinnamon
2 ½ cups flour
1/2c chocolate chips (i used 1 cup)
1 cup mini marshmallows (i used 2 cups)
2 – 3 regular sized hershey’s bars, broken into pieces
graham crackers

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon to combine. 
Set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream butter with both sugars until light and fluffy.  
Add egg and vanilla.
Add flour mixture to the butter mixer and combine on low speed.
Fold in chips and marshmallows.  
Chill dough in refrigerator for 1 hour to overnight. 
(i did NOT do any chilling and they turned out more than wonderful)
Preheat oven to 375 F.
Line baking pans with parchment paper (i used wax paper) 
Lay out graham crackers side by side on the pans as close as possible (they should be touching).  I used cookie sheets...
Place tablespoons of chilled dough on graham crackers in the center of each graham square.
Press down slightly with fingertips.  ping-pong sized balls of dough.
Bake for 5 minutes then remove from oven to press Hershey’s bar pieces on to the top.
I put one rectangle per square.
Bake for 5 – 7 more minutes or until dough is beginning to turn golden brown at the edges. Remove to a wire rack to cool.
Once they are cool I cut them into squares using the graham crackers as my guide.  
let them sit for a day.  
they taste WORLDS better the next day...though the first day they still tasted wonderful.

wonderful wonderful summer cookie. :) perfect for picnics.  

i think the extra mallows and chips i added makes them even more awesome. 

have fun! :)


lazy. {or a post about my vacation with 30 photos}

between vacation and house stuff...i am still not in reality.
i am getting very little done besides keeping my house clean between visits.
so i'm going to document my vacation, okay?
can you hang in there for a lot of photos?
just some thoughts and moments i don't want to forget.
above is hoho's first look at the ocean.
he loved it.  and it's sand.
no fear of it whatsoever. 
totally the opposite of moses last year.
but this year, moses totally kicked that fear to the curb.
he loved the ocean and waves.  
going in as far as his chest.

 his first day there he found the worlds smallest hermit crab.
we kept it for the day and then released him to find his mommy.

 hoho played shuffle board.
a short drive from where we stay in florida is the worlds best playground.
enormous. fun.  family friendly.  and FREE.
there are all the normal playground tunnels and activites and loads of fun things.
it's one of our favorite places in boca.
 more playground.
more playground.
see doug?
across the street from where we stay is an inlet to the inter-coastal water way.
we would go there every day to see the tropical fish.
it's like this huge aquarium right there for you.

the best part of our vacation this year was the boys LOVE of the water.
both boys were fearless and loved jumping in and swimming around.
without us.
they didn't seem to care if we were in or out of the water.
they had their floaties on and did their thing.
some days we spent more the four hours at the pool.
it was wonderful.
i love vacation with older kids.

this was taken with the boys IN the pool.
this is how relaxing it was.
seriously laid back and wonderful.

 like my enormous $1 sunglasses?
 imagine this 1oo's of times. :)

many afternoons were spent at the beach.
then we would shower off the sand and go back to the pool.

 lots of digging in the sand.

 lots of jumping in the waves.

on our last day we went to our most favorite zoo ever.
moses got to pet a two year old alligator.
the zoo was our big outing.
we really didn't want or need more than the pool and the beach.
and our condo was stationed right between the two.
some asked where we went.
every year we go to boca raton in florida.
doug's grandparents own a condo down there that they are gracious enough to bless us with the use of.
and doug's mom goes with us.
and i love my mother in law so it is a wonderful, good, blessing.
we are a block (maybe) from the beach and even closer to the pool.

it is wonderful and heavenly.
we got to go on dates alone (thanks to the wonderful mother in law).
we went for walks everyday.

i learned that i LOVE vacation with older children.
next year we won't have to bring DIAPERS OR A STROLLER.
imagine it?!
convinced me even more that i am perfectly content with two OLDER kids and that i am more than ok being done with babies.
the boys were old enough to make vacation enjoyable and relaxing again.
i loved it.

we had a great vacation and we plan to go back every single year for as many years as we can.

we are thankful for grandparents who are generous.
we are super thankful for my fabulous mom (in law) in NJ who goes with us and lets us enjoy some time together.
and we like being with her too.

we are blessed and spoiled.

and i can't wait to go back next year with my three and five year old.


flower num. 7 double fold roses

 this rose is similar to the one we learned yesterday...with one little difference...
 you start again with the 2in by 40-44in strip...fold in half once...
 ...and then again...
 ...and then roll up the end until it's about 1/2in wide or so...
 ...then same as are going to twist, roll, glue...twist, roll, glue... takes some practice...and the look will depend on how tightly/often you twist, roll and glue...
 ...but you can't really go wrong.
 ...continue until the end of the strip...fold the end over...
 ...and glue onto the bottom.
 ...trim the excess and you are done!
...see how an extra fold and a bit of rolling gives you a totally different look?

i hope you've enjoyed flower week as much as i have!
we'll do it again sometime with all new flowers. :) 

flower num. 5 & 6 frayed rolled roses

 welcome to flower week day five!!

let me start by saying that i realize that i am not showing you anything NEW...i realize that others have done these same tutorials before (their way)....that some (lots of) people sell flowers like these...but i thought it would be fun to share how to make FUN and funky flowers HERE on my own blog...with my own wonderful my own words and ways. :) you ready to make some? 
 we start once again with a 2in by 40-44in piece of fabric...
 ...tie a knot at the end...
 ...from there you will do a combo of folding and rolling and twisting...
 ...when you get a little ways...stick a bit of hot glue on the underside to hold it in place...
 ...the best way to get good to fold your fabric down the middle...
 ...and twist it to give you nice rolls...
 ...and keep going until you get to the end...'s best to put a tiny bit of glue on the underside of the "petals"...
 ....this is to show you what it looks like before you wrap and glue it...
...the look of your flower will depend on how tightly you wind it...'ll have to practice a bit (and burn your fingers) to get it just the way you like it...
 ...when you're done...glue it to some felt and trim off the excess. :)
 ....alternatively, you could make it like this...rolling the fabric into a tight rope...and gluing down as you go...
...the front one is the folded...the back one is the rolled...
have fun experimenting! :)

come back tomorrow for ONE more way to make these...
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