Friday, July 22, 2011

Crafters' Campfire

I am so excited to share this campfire with you and to visit each of you with your shared craft and recipe. Linky will be up from 9pm (EST) Friday night until 9 pm Saturday night. And this post will stay open all weekend. I will be updating/editing from this post.

** Remember to visit my camping buddy (you remember the buddy system when camping?) Tonya as she has the coolest fabric to play with.


A s'more (sometimes spelled smore) is a traditional nighttime campfire treat popular in the United States and Canada, consisting of a roasted marshmallow and a layer of chocolate sandwiched between two pieces of graham cracker. While the origin of the dessert is unclear, the first recorded version of the recipe can be found in the publication "Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts" of 1927.

A marshmallow is toasted on a skewer (we use a good old green stick of length) held just above a campfire. The inside of the marshmallow becomes soft and liquid. The warmed marshmallow is quickly removed from the skewer with two graham crackers, one of which has a piece of chocolate on it. Ideally, the heat from the roasted marshmallow partially melts the chocolate. Alternatively, some cook the entire assembled s'more to ensure the chocolate will melt. Warming the graham crackers and chocolate can also aid in melting the chocolate. Peanut butter is sometimes added.

* The true graham cracker is made with graham flour, a combination of fine-ground white flour and coarse-ground wheat bran and germ. In a discussion with Sue at QuiltTimes (she has a great give away at the time, too) in an equivalant to another country - the digestive biscuits are the closest approximation.

** try other crackers or cookies in place of grahams.

Indoors - using a microwave - place one graham cracker half on a microwave safe plate, top with marshmallow, top with chocolate piece. Cook for 5-10 seconds, add top graham cracker and cook for another 5-10 seconds.

Stove - s’more pie - graham cracker crust (pre-made or make own) in pie plate, fill with mini-marshmallows and chocolate chips - bake for 5 - 10 minutes at 350 degrees. Remove from oven - crush a few graham crackers on top - let cool slightly and then enjoy.

Grilled Corn
Peal husk back and remove silks. Pull husk back over ear and soak in cold water for at least an hour. Put on grill or campfire coals for about 20-30 mins. Carefully peal husks (careful of steam or possible live amber stuck). Herb Butter: 2 sticks butter or margerine melted, blend in a 1/4 cup of mixed herbs (basil,chives,tarragon,salt,pepper) - use pastry brush to coat corn.


I no longer camp or travel far - so remembering/sharing a craft I used to help teach knots to Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts when I worked summer camp. Friendship bracelets were always popular - floss, skinny nylon rope, twine, leather, sometimes beads and metal charms added - the boys' learned their knots, had an item to trade during camp, and something to take home to Mom.

God's Eye - great way to add some 'collectioned treasures'. Directions found here as well as many more great camp crafts.


John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt
His name is my name, too!
Whenever I go out
The people always shout
There goes John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt

Each repetition of the above should be quieter and quieter, except
"Na-na-na-na-na-na-na" which children enjoy singing loudly.


I had all those lovely strings from sorting the scrap bag and tote, so decided to make some Hexies. Hmm, I seem to have a lot of greens! These are tiny - I will make some flowers to use for embellishments.



  1. My daddy and I used to sing that song. Memories!

  2. I think god's eyes are fun to make! Great craft idea!

  3. Did my Campfire post and linked up with you and Tonya! What a great idea! This is fun!

  4. Lots and lots of Hexies!!

    I have been stitching and I have a very small craft to make after Jerry leaves for work in an hour then I'll post again

  5. ok...sorry...I'm not the brightest crayon in the box!!! I did a linky...and I don't really have much to say about campfires and camping. I'm not what you call an "out-dorzeee" kind of gal. =(
    I do remember many years ago, at a girls camp with my one of our DDs...we did foil dinners. This was my first time. I thought this was the next best thing to baked bread! It was sooo fun and EZ! But, then...came the bugs to ruin things...UGH!


  6. Hi Sharon. Sorry I didn't make it to your campfire party. Great idea.
    We camped a LOT when I was a kid. We ate a lot of pork-in-beans, potted meat and Koolaid. Now I prefer a hotel with a bathroom close to my bed. haha. Don't miss the potted meat or the bugs.
    Love your grilled corn idea. Yum yum yum! You are a good cook.