Posts Tagged With: cabin

Creating the Perfect S’more

There isn’t anything more quintessentially camp than a s’more.  And it is usually around this time that I start going through s’more withdrawal after having them readily available each week during the summer.  Here’s how to make them at home.

Marshmallow (full-size)
Chocolate Bar
Graham Crackers


Step 1: Break graham crackers and chocolate bars in half.  They should fit together nicely.

Step 2: Roast marshmallows.  There is some debate on how to do this correctly.  I like mine evenly toasted and brown.  It takes some patience to get it right but is well worth the wait.  Others prefer theirs burnt to a crisp.  It’s really up to you at this point but make a campfire to roast the marshmallow.  It really adds to the experience and makes for an authentic taste.


In a pinch, you can microwave the marshmallows on High for 10-15 seconds.  Watch them closely however because they can go from warm, gooey, and delicious to completely burnt very quickly.

Step 3: Assemble the s’more.  Best order goes 1/2 graham cracker, chocolate, marshmallow, 1/2 graham cracker and squish together.

Step 4: Enjoy!


Want even more s’more ideas this fall?  Check out these ideas.

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Olaf the Camper Snowman

Right around Christmas, we did a post on why Buddy the Elf would make a great camper. (If you missed that one, you can read it here.)  The movie Frozen has been out on DVD for several weeks. And if your kids are anything like my daughter, they have seen the movie (maybe multiple times) and the songs can run in a loop on YouTube for emergency entertainment. After driving to work many times with “Do You Want to Build a Snowman” playing in my head, it got me thinking that Olaf would also make a great camper. Here are five reasons why.

  1. Hi, everyone. I’m Olaf and I like warm hugs!
    Olaf is ready and excited to meet new people and make new friends. He is also ready to make anyone feel welcome with a big hug. He would make the perfect cabinmate…minus maybe the wet spots on the floor from his snow.1-DSC00625
  1. Olaf: And who’s the funky looking donkey over there?
    Anna: That’s Sven.
    Olaf: Uh huh. And who’s the reindeer?
    Anna: Sven.
    Olaf: Oh! They’re…Oh. Okay! Makes things easier for me.
    Olaf was meeting new friends, and logically wanted to learn their names. He gets it comically wrong, but instead of judging, he goes with it and becomes their friend anyway. (He does later learn both their names.) Maybe he should have started off with an Asbury Hills name game.


  1. Anna: Olaf! You’re melting!
    Olaf: Some people are worth melting for.
    Begins to melt, grabs his face to stay up.
    Olaf: Just… maybe not right this second.
    Olaf knows how to be a true friend. He knows that sometimes friendship requires sacrifice and putting another person’s needs in front of your own. He also knows that sometimes you have to protect yourself too. I would trust Olaf to spot me on the ropes course.


  1. [after getting pierced by an icicle] Oh, look at that. I’ve been impaled.
    So obviously icicles will not be impaling our campers. This does provide comic relief in the film because Olaf is a snowman so the icicle doesn’t hurt, but the point is Olaf goes with the flow. Most of the time, everything at camp is great. But sometimes, it thunderstorms during a scheduled activity or it takes much longer than expected to get a campfire going so s’mores are a little late. These things happen, and it is important to go with the flow when things don’t go as planned.


  1. Olaf LOVES the idea of summer

Just imagine how much cooler you’ll be at Asbury Hills…this summer!

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