Tuesday, July 08, 2008

"Summertime, and the [Cookin'] is Easy ..."














Jorge and the kids made a little makeshift fire pit in our backyard. We've been enjoying a fire every evening this week. Look at this perfect mallow. I toasted it. I have saved the pic as my desktop background because there aren't many things I've done perfectly in life, but this ... this is perfection. Maybe this is the answer to all of my cooking woes. I should start roasting all of my holiday meals over the fire pit in the backyard. Roasted Christmas hams, salads, rolls, brownies, etc.

What about you. Do you enjoy campfires? Any memories? Anything you wanna say about my perfect mallow?

37 comments:

Mommy, the Human Napkin said...

Hmm, I like my marshmallows with a little more char on them. Then you peel the black shell off and enjoy the gooey goodness on the inside. Yum!

I do enjoy campfires. We used to go camping all the time when I was a kid, and roasting hot dogs and marshmallows for S'mores was so much fun!

DidiLyn said...

I want to say that your mallow is roasted perfection and I like the picture too. Roasted salad idea? Not so much.

Debbie said...

Ahhhh! Beautiful! Toasted to a tasty light brown without being burnt. Add graham crackers and a thin slab of chocolate and you have perfection.

Our fire pit in the backyard is one of my favorite places to be on a summer evening (or spring, or fall).

Susanne said...

That is one fine looking mallow! And the picture looks pretty darn professional too. So there, two perfect things in one.

I love campfires and now I want one of those in my backyard.

R.L.Scovens said...

I've never been camping OR had a toasted marshmellow BUT...yours does look great!!LOL

Teri said...

The mallow is seriously perfection!

Cindy-Still His Girl said...

You are officially my mallow hero.

Chel said...

Anything I want to say about that perfect mallow? Yeah...smash it between two graham crackers and a chuck of milk CHOCOLATE! Bring it ON!

Yum.

Cyndy said...

Just pass the chocolate and graham crackers please!
That is one perfectly roasted mallow!

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Usafcole said...

It is a perfect marshmallow. It brings back lots of memories of our camping days.

Pam

Marina said...

I just love roasated marshmallowns and your is perfect I would keep the picture!! I don't like to camp I have not had a good experince with camping however backyard cooking I really do love and I think what your doing is great :)!
marina

Fran said...

Ahhhh...perfection! I eat smores til I'm sick. :)

We can't do a fire pit in the South...we will die from the heat.

Have a great day!
Fran

Mocha with Linda said...

De.lect.a.ble. All it needs is some chocolate & grahams.

Now going through miy head all day will be "Chestnuts roasting on an open fire. . . ." Thanks so much.

Miscellaneous From Missy said...

Oh man, I'm hungry!

Susan said...

Hmmm...roasted marshmallows...I can't say I've ever made a "perfect one". I am so impatient, that I usually catch mine on fire. I love a good campfire...especially when there's music around them.

Hugs,

Susan

Paula (SweetPea) said...

I love roasted marshmallows. I've even roasted them on a gas stove...yes, as in the kind in your kitchen.

That there is perfection in that there mallow.

You are one up on me as I've not even roasted a mallow perfectly.

Seized by Hope said...

Yes, it is mallow perfection.

Jackie @ Our Moments Our Memories said...

Now you have made me homesick for my folks house in Indy and the HUGE bonfires we always had every summer and fall. When I go home I still request that we have at least one bonfire so that we can cook dogs and marshmallows. I can only hope to achieve such mallow perfection one day.

Melanie @ This Ain't New York said...

I love campfires but it is too hot here. Plus, we live "in town" and cannot have a fire in the backyard. We'd have to go camping or something.

I love to cook hot dogs on the fire. You should make Smores next time with your marshmallows!

Laurie Ann said...

That's one fine looking marshmallow! You did great! I cannot imagine building a fire right now. Even at night it's just way too hot and humid. Plus, my husband cut down the elm tree and it fell on the firepit.

skoots1mom said...

sticky, gooey, and wonderfully sweet...it stands on its own w/o a graham or a piece of chocolate
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we always enjoy cooking s'mores with our youth group at our campground each summer--picture 125 high schoolers with skewers engulfing a large, oak fire pit under the southern sky with fireflies and tree frogs chirping in the perimeter keeping us company, along with the unrelenting "skeeters" (the fire does keep them at bay while we're squishing and savoring our sweet toasted nuggets!)

There's always lots of laughter, challenges for the best cooked, first burned, most eaten...and my favorite part comes when they've overfilled on sugar and they begin singing their praise songs to Jesus, then He engulfs the ring of fire.

Now I'm eager for this year's camp meeting the third week in July...it's old days remembered and new generations sharing in the simplicity of under-the-arbor preachin', Cokesbury hymns, funeral-home fans, sweet tea, fresh homecooking, gargantuan sliced tomatoes and every kind of pie you can imagine...
Ya'll cum back now, ya hear?!!

Kelly @ Love Well said...

I hearby pronounce you Queen of the Roast. You now have the privilege of touring the country to toast perfect marshmallows for all your fans.

Jennifer said...

That is most definitely the most perfect marshmallow I've ever seen. It actually made my mouth water.

We don't have campfires in the summer in south texas - and not just becuase of the drought, but because it's insanely hot here. However, the "winter" is totally different. I have several fond memories of bonfires and hayrides that we had for youth group at church and one sweet moonlit kiss with a cute boy years ago.

sara said...

that mallow is "almost" perfect!! It needs a little black on it!!!!

I miss campfires in the summer in Indiana!!! We had a fire pit in our back yard and used it all the time!! Seeing as it was 95 degrees here today....a fire pit is not going to happen!! :(

Darlene R. said...

I love campfires, and marshmallows and s'mores!

That is THE BEST marshmallow that I have ever seen in my life!

This makes me excited to go campimg in August!

Denise said...

Yummo! Just add some chocolate and I am there!

Denise said...

Yummo! Just add chocolate and I am there!

Obe's said...

I would love a bite of that perfect marchmellow gosh its been a long time since I have had that taste in my mouth such a simple thing but so exotic too.
Diane at Crafty Passions

The Bayou Belles and Their Beau said...

Don't get much of a chance to sit around an open campfire down here. Way too hot!

sarah said...

That is a beautiful thing!

40winkzzz said...

One of the first things I did when we moved to our 3 acres in 2005 was to build a firepit. Well, OK, I "made" a firepit by starting a pitiful little fire in my selected spot and continuing to start little fires until I had a burned- out circle of grass. (I'm not a very good fire-maker, so my fires lasted about 1-1/2 minutes apiece; hence the need to continually start another.) My son's Webelos den actually "built" the firepit (eg put bricks around it) 14 mos later. We don't cook much on it-- marshmallows and occasionally hotdogs-- but I love love love having a firepit.

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Kelley said...

Your mallow looks perfect to me. My hubby prefers his black but I like mine lightly toasted just like you have done here! Rachel Ray, eat your heart out!!

40winkzzz said...

Oh, I almost missed the part where you asked for memories. My favorite campfire memory? Family Reunion, 2001. Up late around the campfire with cousins. Feet on the metal fire ring. Dozing off. Suddenly Cousin-in-Law Eric jabs me awake and says, "I think your shoes are on fire." They weren't on fire, just a little scorched and smoldering, but still. It's been mentioned at every reunion since. Next week I will be at the same camp with the same people and will doubtless hear about it *again*.

Rob said...

What a marvelous picture!! Roasting a marshmallow to perfection is not an easy thing. It's an art!! And that is a perfect marshmallow, indeed!! Cooking over the fire is a great idea...I've done a bit of it...but my beef stew did not come out to perfection. I did not conqueror the art of a slow steady fire...the beef was VERY chewy!! We chewed it like gum and gave the pulp to the dog!! Not good manners I know. (Did I mention that we were in South America and had no gas stove yet and the electricity was off for a couple of days and I had beef in the freezer that had to be cooked?)

Yep. Your marshmallow looks wonderful to me!!

Life In Progress said...

Can I come over next time you put your marshmallow-roasting skills to use?

Linda said...

I love campfires! My husband introduced me to them and we love to bake potatoes over them! I also love smores...which I don't get enough of! LOL

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