February 18, 2013

Family Day & S'mores

There is something magical when the sun is shining on the snow after a heavy snowfall. I want to see my footprint on the freshly glowing snow and listen to the sound of silence... Brilliant sunlight makes the Earth glistening, the air is crisp cool and a white peaceful serenity wards off my worries and calms my mind... It seems like everything in the world is in perfect balance and nothing can destroy this moment... Rejoicing in the morning sunlight, I feel empowered to confidently take the next step in a brightest day... Mark Oliver Everett's thought (from Things The Grandchildren Should Know) comes to mind simply to give a poetic shape of my experience "Life is so full of unpredictable beauty and strange surprises. Sometimes that beauty is too much for me to handle. Do you know that feeling? When something is just too beautiful?... When someone says something that moves you..." 
That is exactly how I feel on this wonderful February Monday. It is Family Day and I am in the woods with my family, hardly walking on a narrow almost invisible path while my son is following me with the dog and my husband is holding a basket full with everything we need for a sweet winter picnic. I had prepared the melted chocolate, minutes before we left home, made from this recipe. My husband suggested using the burner from the fondue set to roast the Tahitian vanilla marshmallows. Hot coffee and hot cocoa  in a thermos are keeping us warm. We haven't made S'mores since our son left his Scouts group more than two years ago...
It is a comfort to know that all it takes to make me happy is a handsome group of loved people and a dog to laugh with, untouched snow and fresh air to breathe in and a roasted marshmallow and a layer of chocolate sandwiched between two pieces of graham cracker to indulge in ...

At this moment I can't think of a better way to enjoy a simple winter afternoon together in nature .... 


You will need:
graham crackers
pieces of chocolate or melted chocolate
large marshmallows

Take one graham cracker and spread it with melted chocolate.
Put a marshmallow on a stick and hold it over the flame until roasted. Turn the stick until the outside of the marshmallow is golden brown. It tastes better caramelized.
Take the toasted marshmallow while on the stick, and lay it on the side of the graham cracker with the chocolate. Take another graham cracker and cover the hot marshmallow.
When the S'more is fully assembled, let it cool for a few seconds. Squish the S'more between your fingers and ... enjoy it!

                                                                               I hope you have a happy happy week ahead!

a FB post of a friend of mine

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  1. Such a beautiful Family Day post! The most gorgeous S'mores I've ever seen :-)

  2. Oh my, Sylvia, it sure looks like you had a wonderful afternoon! I've never went on a winter picnic, but I'm starting to rethink that...especially if it involves eating s'mores. Best wishes for a wonderful week! xo

  3. Good morning precious Sylvia! Well, you have even more special ingredients to make s'mores even better:

    A beautiful landscape
    A son to consume the glory (and make your heart jump for joy)
    and a talent to take such glorious PHOTOS!

    I love how you celebrate the winter, while many people just want to wish away the season. Let's celebrate the cold, the warmth that we can make in the midst of it. LOVELY MY FRIEND!

    Thank you for coming to wish me BON VOYAGE. I will be back, but for now, I have to prepare for a small trip to my native California. No posting for me until after I return. I shall miss you all. Anita

  4. OH MY! You put together some of the most fun family outings ever, Sylvia! How fun! :)
    Have a beautiful week,

  5. i am always wild over your photo sessions, just works of art~

  6. What a great idea! Looks like a fun picnic and those s'mores look great!!! I'm your newest follower! :)

  7. What a great idea to have a winter picnic. Love your photos!

  8. Like you, I am still
    reveling in winter
    and do not want
    to see it disappear
    any time soon : )

    What is that lovely
    little device you
    used to toast the
    marshmallows? I
    would love to bring
    a picnic like this when
    I meet a friend for
    snowshoeing or cross
    country skiing!

    Love how you count
    your blessings. And
    you have many.

    xo Suzanne

    PS: Now reading
    The Magical Journey.
    So far, it has really
    touched me.....

  9. How perfect is this..such pretty images. Our family day was not as much fun as yours....now I am sooo craving a big fat marshmallow. xo

  10. Gorgeous post...I LOVE the definition of family...absolutely perfect!
    Just found you ;-)

  11. What a beautiful post and a great day to spend the day. Your photos are amazing! Laura@Top This Top That

  12. I love your beautiful photos! : )

  13. What a lovely day and what lovely photos as always!

  14. Profoundly beautiful as always, dear sister...
    A perfect way to spend the day. I love your precious son's joie de vivre!
    I think s'mores are in my top ten favorite foods... :))
    Sending love and hugs on this wintry day...
    - Irina

  15. Gosh, you make the cold look good. I would love just one pretty day of snow, but it looks like we may miss out this year. Great post and thanks for sharing at Wow.

  16. Your winter afternoon sounds and looks delightful Sylvia!

    Madelief x

  17. What fun! I love the idea of using the fondue burner to cook the marshmallows. Did you make the marshmallows or did you find them at a specialty shop? By the way, I posted last summer on the best s'more tip ever, which you can find in this post: http://gracie-senseandsimplicity.blogspot.ca/2012/07/best-smore-tip-ever.html.

  18. WELL DONE!

    Kim said this was like a magazine spread, and you did not disappoint-
    what a cute wonderful post!

  19. Sylvia, How utterly enchanting! I can't think of anything more delightful than a jaunt in nature with my family, and making and enjoying homemade marshmallow smores! Your photos are so warm even though there is snow in them. I absolutely adore your style, and the lovely way you write. Just makes me sigh...

    Thanks so much for sharing! The twig in the marshmallow photo is sublime.

  20. So pretty and so fun! I love being out in the winter- I enjoy it more when I find things to do outside and enjoy the beauty of winter. Thanks so much for the wonderful inspiration. Have a great day!

  21. What a beautiful Smore! Love those marshmallows. Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!

  22. Hi Silviy. wow, your böog is lovely! Such pretty photos - i can taste these Smore!
    , i'm coming over from Anita, and a a new follower of your blog. Want to follow me too?
    I have a great giveaway going on, you can win free designer eyeglasses! See you soon - hope you have a lovely weekend, M.

  23. Oh how lovely! What a perfect day to spend with family!

  24. I missed this a couple of weeks ago, as I was sick. You've turned smores into a form of art!


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