Endless Summer S’mores Bars

At the opening of summer WAY back on Memorial Day, I attended a backyard BBQ with a few friends and their families. Yes, the company was totally fun, but what had my heart racing was the food! I am not what one would call a master chef (or just “a chef” or “someone who can cook”…more like “prime minister of boxed mac and cheese”), but I love having friends who can whip up a good meal, especially when they share with me! One friend not only made an amazing dip that I parked myself by for the entire party, but she also brought these incredible s’mores bars. After some unfortunate and unattractive begging, she passed on the recipe, and I’ve made them several times over the summer. They are easy to make and a huge hit! Even though summer is technically over, I plan on bringing these to a few tailgates this fall, and I will probably have to make extra batches for me to keep in my fridge just in case I’m in need of a s’mores fix!


S’Mores Bars

2 sleeves of graham crackers
1/3 cup sugar
1⁄2 teaspoon sea salt
2 sticks of butter melted
1 package milk chocolate chips
1 package mini marshmallows

Preheat oven to 350. Line a 9×13 with foil, grease foil. Grind crackers in food processor. Mix crumbs, sugar, salt and butter in a large bowl. Set aside about 1⁄2 cup of mixture. Press the rest evenly into pan. Cook in oven for about 12 minutes. While crumb crust is cooling, melt chocolate chips. Pour chocolate over crust and spread evenly. Sprinkle marshmallows over chocolate, press lightly into the chocolate. Sprinkle the remaining crumb mix. Broil for about a minute. Refrigerate for 2 hours. Try not to eat the entire pan in one sitting, but if you do, I won’t tell anyone!

What I’ll Miss

The other day I saw this article from a few years ago, and it really resonated with me. Before Nora Ephron’s death in 2012, she wrote this list of things she would and would not miss from this world (she had been suffering from cancer for a number of years before her passing). I’ve posted her list before, but this time around, I decided to put together my own list. There are so many beautiful and incredible things in this life, I feel so grateful to experience them all. And on the other hand, some things are just super dumb, and I most definitely will not miss them at all.

Headed to the farm, so I had to bust out my H&M wool hat like the fake cowgirl I am! #poser #dontcare #seriousfsce #selfie #cowgirl #kansas

Things I Will Not Miss
24 Hour News Channels
Angry People with Facebook Accounts
Blame and Shame in All of Their Forms
Holding My Tongue
Freezing Rain (also Hail)
Alarm Clocks
Traffic and Commuting
Smart Phones, Access to Email Everywhere

Things I Will Miss
Lulu’s Laugh
Tate’s Bunny Smile
Trent’s Bear Hugs
My Journal, Writing in General
My Camera
The Sun’s Rays on My Face
A Cool Rain
Snow Days
New Hats
Long Phone Calls
My Cup of Tea Before Bed
New Year’s Eve
Twinkle Lights
Holding My Breath Underwater

A Little Highway Sing-a-Long

This week I’ve been lucky enough to see some of my best friends that I haven’t seen in WAY too long. You know those people that just get you, even when you haven’t seen them in months or years? The ones who understand the weird language that comes out of your mouth, when no one else understands what the heck you’re talking about? Yeah, I got to hang out with those people and they make everything awesome. I saw this video last week and thought to myself, I’m gonna make the girls do this with me over the holiday…did it happen? You’ll just have to wait and see. Until then, enjoy, smile and call your best friend. They probably miss you too!

Questions of Eternal Significance : Bangs or No Bangs

So, it’s been officially about 2 years since I rocked a sweet fringe on my forehead. (Yes, this is a post about hair…vapidness at it’s best!) I have to say, I’m getting a little antsy! I am thinking about taking the plunge and returning to the Blunt Bangs Brigade. But, as always, I am still undecided. On one hand, I loved my bangs. They gave me a fresh look without chopping off all my hair, they looked great with a ponytail or bun, and winter hats always looked adorable. On the other hand, my hair is so easy right now and bangs in the winter can get all electric with static. Also, last time I had bangs my hair was a few shades lighter than my natural color, so I’m not sure if I’d like them as much with my darker hair. Oh, the debate is endless! What do you think, friends? Bring back the bangs or keep my no-fuss locks?


Happy Happy Merry Merry (and not sorry)


I have a confession to make. Okay, here it goes…deep breaths. Friends, I love Christmas. Oh, I love it so very much. It’s a little ridiculous, I know, but I can’t help it! Remember back in August when everyone was pissed that random stores had already started stocking their holiday decor? The grumps and the grinches were all over social media, and heck, even those who like the holidays were annoyed. But me? Well…let’s just say I did a happy dance!

Here is my deal, I’m not sure if it’s because I’m in my 30s now, or if I’m just turning into an old maid, but every single day seems to fly by in an instant. Yesterday Lucy was talking with her adorable lisp and calling eyebrows “eye-bros”, and now she is better at math than I am. This is disturbing. I do not approve.

Christmas Card Photo Session
(Fat baby Lucy under her first Christmas tree….waaaahhhhh! Stop growing up! Also, Molly is in the background giving the stink eye…)

The holidays are so wonderful, but they are so short. And hectic. And downright stressful! All of which makes the season go so quickly, which, in my opinion, is dumb. I love Christmas lights, they brighten up my day, so if I want to put some up in September, sue me.

If it was up to me, my whole house would be exploding with tinsel, but I happen to live with a little bit of a Scrooge (some would call him a rational human person, but whatever, I’m sticking with bah humbug) who rolls his eyes and looks at me disapprovingly when he sees the mini-tree I’ve already set up in Tate’s room. Calm down, y’all, it’s about three inches tall and it’s awesome, harumph.


So yes, I am playing Christmas music in my car. And okay, yes, I also bought new ornaments today. And a glittery sign for my mantle. It’s okay, I promise. Next week is Thanksgiving, and then you can all join in on the fun!

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