Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Treasure Chest of Goodness and Euell Gibbons


Bet you're wondering what could be in this deceptively plain-looking treasure chest of white cardboard. I know it says, "variety chips" on it, but please, would a treasure chest hold mere potato chips?

No, it would not.

It would, however, hold a boatload of S'mores ingredients! Woo to the hoo!



So for eight weeks a group of teenagers is meeting at my home for a study, and tonight I decided to do hot dogs, fruit kebabs (you'd think it'd be spelled "kabobs," but you'd be embarrassingly misinformed) chips and dip and S'MORES!







Do not ask me why this child has one shoe on and one off and looks like he might fall into the fire. I know his mom sometimes reads this blog, so maybe she will interpret his actions for us.






Obviously, I wasn't kidding when I said fires have become a nightly routine here.

And Jorge is still acting like he's a forest ranger fire expert. For instance, he's still getting pretend-mad at me for throwing a paper plate or two into the flames, like I'm going to sully his handiwork or something: "You're going to create ashes!" (Uh, sorry. Fires should not have ashes, for sure.)

When we sit there every night toasting marshmallows (Wonder why can't I lose weight? It's a mystery!) he keeps saying nature-y things like, "Notice how the wind has died down." "That's a nuthatch you hear." Excuse me. This guy doesn't know a nuthatch from a ... a ... another bird, and yet, he has a running nature commentary.

Tonight I was grilling the hot dogs and became upset because a fly landed on a couple of them as I was about to lift them onto the grill. I was spazzing about the flies when he casually remarked, "It's OK. The germs will burn off on the grill."

I'm beginning to feel like I'm married to Euell Gibbons. You remember Euell, don't you? (If you're over 35, maybe?) In case you don't, here's a 30-second commercial that will tell the whole story and explain why Jorge may be called "Euell" here on the blog until he gets over this Eagle Scout kick.



Question: Have you had S'mores yet this summer, and, did we ever actually see Euell Gibbons eat pine cones or cattails? I think Euell scammed us into eating those edible b.b.'s called Grapenuts.

32 comments:

Keetha Broyles said...

I for one remember Euell and that EXACT commercial.

jbanks said...

Just because I've given up my blog doesn't mean I've stopped reading yours. :) It's still one of my daily stops.

I like all the ingredients of s'mores, but not together. I'll roast the marshmallows, and eat the chocolate and graham crackers seperately. Weird, I know.

I had a hankering for roasted marshmallows earlier this year, and since we'd been having to burn piled-up limbs from Hurricane Ike, we've had several opportunities in which I could fulfill my craving.

To me, it was a declaration of love when my husband came in one evening after burning and said "The fire is just about perfect for marshmallows."

Dena said...

It's a law in our area that you are not allowed to set up your camper on a site without unpacking your s'more "stuff" at the same time, so yea, we've been s'morein' it. As a matter of fact, last night our girls both came home (*squeal*)and rode their horses. When they got done they decided they wanted s'mores, but didn't want to deal with the bugs. They actually melted the marshmallows over the flames on the gas stove. I totally missed that photo op.

Bethany said...

Thanks for the all the fun last night, Linda!!!

Susan D said...

I cheated and made s'mores in the microwave. Not the same, but it sure was a tasty treat....much better than pine cones or cattails or Grapenuts! hahahaha Blessings, SusanD

Mrs. E said...

I had forgotten all about Euell Gibbons! Funny how it all comes back immediately. Ah, pop culture! I haven't had a s'more since Memorial Weekend's family campout. I am long overdue!!

Dawn said...

What a great way for the teenagers to hang out! They look like quite a group. It really doesn't matter who the builds the fire or makes the ashes (or consumes 1,000 marshmallows). Making a safe place for teenager's with one shoe to feel comfortable is a awesome.

Susanne said...

Those b.b.'s called grapenuts are yummy in yogurt! LOL.

Have not had a smore in years. My hubby is not the boy scout type so no fire stuff or camping around here. I might have to borrow the neighbor's pit.

Mel said...

Ok I remember Euell LOL...you are doing a study for teens, you are the woman, i cannot even wrap my brain around such a thing...

I am strange but I never got the whole yumminess that is supposed to be smores..Jorge cracks me up have you two thought of going on a comedy tour??

Dawn said...

You're just trying to figure out the age of all your readers, aren't you? So, yes... I'll admit it... I do remember those commercials! LOL

We love to have fires in our chimenea. However, we're in such a drought here that there is a burn ban with very strict fines. (Sigh...) So, no s'mores for us yet.

H-Mama said...

way to 'take one for the team' to make such great memories for all of these youth! such great sacrifice. eating s'mores. yummm & fun. ;)

Mocha with Linda said...

Oh yes, I remember Euell Gibbons. Mr. Back to Nature himself.

I bet yours is the youth group's favorite house to be at.

Cyndy said...

Okay, so after recovering from whiplash from being thrown back in time (was I really 9 years old again?)I am thoroughly convinced you can find anything of video interest on youtube!

Thanks for the flashback and good luck with your eagle scout...I've been married to mine for almost 19 years now and he hasn't let up a bit!

Julie said...

Oh Euell and his commercials. Do you remember the one about the pine cone? "Many parts are edible." lol

No smores here this summer... Haven't been camping and haven't had a fire. But I do love them!

Your teenage Bible study looks awesome! And you and Jorge crack me up...

Christi said...

My kids call grapenuts "rock cereal." If you let them soak a bit in the milk though they get softer.

It does look like a great bible study group ya'll are doing.

skoots1mom said...

i have an eagele at my house too, and sometimes i want to make him an eaglet! Recommendations only go so far, especially when they become meddlin'...as my mama used to say.

the kids have had smores @ the church campground but i didn't have one...i love the marshmallows most...i also like to dip them in melted chocolate, don't care for the big chunk of chocolate...i've been known to hold my graham cracker with the chocolate over the fire to melt the chocl't first, then the marshn'w and then i'm good :)
thanx 4 being there for the kids...little by little it spreads the love

Barbi said...

"It's OK. The germs will burn off on the grill."
We use this line at our house all the time..... it's like the 5 second rule - different version - LOL

~barbi

barbi said...

I don't have a clue what that boy is doing.... with Aaron, it will be a silly and interesting story .... i can hear him now - it's aight (the new language) mom -don't freak i got it under control

Joanna said...

Naturally sweet taste?? He thinks GrapeNuts has a sweet taste?

I bet he used the cat-tail to clean his toilet. It's the green way to clean.

Tammy said...

How awesome are YOU?! I want to be a kid in your group?!

And, NO, I have not had any s'mores yet this summer. Which forces me to move that to the top of my "to do" list while I'm on vacation next week.

Oh how I love some Grape Nuts and I do remember that commercial too.

2Thinks said...

S'mores. Yum. We put coconut covered mallows on chocolate covered shortbread cookies. So, no weight loss over here either.

Looks like the kids are having fun, for sure.

Heidi

Jenny said...

Have you ever eaten Grapenuts..They are Grroosss ;)

Looks like ya'll are having fun with the back yard fires. I have had Smores this summer, but made in the microwave. I am so deprived :)

Kaye Butler said...

Naturally sweet taste. Hm...maybe since I'm diabetic, things taste different to me than they do to Euell.

In response to your comment the other day on my blog "oh...she's busted". You are dang right she's busted. Have you read the last few post? I have infuriated some young people "down under" when I grounded the 14 year old for lying.

why do I get the crazy people on my blog?

DidiLyn said...

Loved it. My husband becomes an overnight expert in weird stuff,too. What is that about?
Campfires with bible study and kids looks devine. Oh yes, and S'MORES. Oh happy day.
( we had gourmet s'more night here with different chocolates, bananas, strawberries, toasted coconut and the like. TO.DIE. FOR.)

Robin @ Be Still and Know said...

Sadly I do remember Euell Gibbons and even more regretful are the bowls of Grape Nuts I consumed.

Blessings
Robin

michele said...

What a lucky group of kids... what a fun evening! Ok, on the menu for the week, s'mores!

Sandy@JesusandDark Choc said...

Oh you have brought back such great Euell Gibbons ( what kind of name and spelling is that?) memories. When I told my son about Euell his first comment was about his weird name! Wow I so remember that commercial!

And it looks like a great time at your house, teens NEED that kind of thing!!! :)

Mama Belle said...

Here you go with the fires again ... s'mores are the bomb!

Heather of the EO said...

I'm only 34 and I remember him!

And yes, I've had S'mores this year. Up North. While I was being a nature expert.

Kidding. I'm no expert...I don't even know what a nuthatch sounds like. Only what one LOOKS like. So I'm a half expert. For sure.

michele said...

Hey, I am back... you asked on my blog what the ugly mug contest entails :) My siblings, dad, kids the gang- watches for goofy, tacky, fun coffee mugs at garage sales, thrift stores etc and we all bring our favorite "ugly mug" on our yearly family trip. We vote on which one we think is the ugliest and the winner gets a prize!

Lois Lane II said...

WHAT??!!! Delicious!!

Michelle H said...

Have you tried s'mores with dark chocolate? MMMmmmmmmmmmm.