S’mores = Summer

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Summer and s’mores just go together. So when I was told there was going to be a dessert potluck at our PTA planning meeting for the upcoming school year, I knew exactly what I wanted to contribute.

I’m not going to go on and on about how devilishly good these s’more cups are or how everyone loved them. They are little morsels of sweetness. Summer in your mouth. Because I’m fairly certain that if you could taste summer, this would be it!

I must admit, I can’t take credit for this genius dessert. I simply found it on Pinterest. When I saw that these s’more cups were a Pampered Chef recipe, I knew immediately they’d be fantastic! Pampered Chef never lets me down. I am thrilled at how cute and delicious they are!! Oh…here’s the scary part…you can pretty much bake up a batch in a flash! No joke. Making this a keeper-of-a-recipe.

Now times a-waist’n. Go make yourself a batch of these s’more cups. Even if you’re on a diet. They’re small and can’t possibly have too many calories. Here’s the hard part…see how much self control you have. Because I promise you’re going to eat more than one!

{Please Note:: This recipe is taken straight from Pampered Chef’s website. Do not worry if you don’t have the tools listed. I improvised and they turned out perfectly}.

S’more Cups
• 7 whole graham crackers, finely
crushed
• 1/4 cup powdered sugar
• 6 tbsp butter, melted
• 4 bars milk chocolate candy
• 12 large marshmallows

Step 1:
Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Place graham crackers into a large resealable plastic bag. Finely crush into crumbs using Baker’s Roller®;. Combine graham cracker crumbs, powdered sugar and butter in Small Batter Bowl.

Step 2:
Using Small Scoop, place scant scoop of crumb mixture in each cup of Deluxe Mini-Muffin Pan. Press crumbs to form shallow cups with Mini-Tart Shaper. Bake 4-5 minutes or until edges are bubbling.

Step 3:
While the crust is in the oven, break two of the candy bars into rectangles. Remove pan from oven; place one rectangle into each cup.

Step 4:
Cut marshmallows in half crosswise using Professional Shears dipped in cold water. Place one marshmallow half, cut-side down, into each cup. Return to oven 1-2 minutes or until marshmallows are just slightly softened. Remove from oven to Stackable Cooling Rack; cool 15 minutes. Carefully remove cups from pan. Cool completely.

Step 5:
Break remaining candy bars and place in (1-cup/250 mL) Prep Bowl. Microwave on HIGH 1 minute-1 1/2 minutes or until melted and smooth, stirring every 20 seconds. Dip the top of each marshmallow in melted chocolate. Turn top-side up and let stand 40 minutes-1 hour or until set.

Store the cups in a single layer in an airtight container for up to 1 week. Freezing is not recommended. For a richer chocolate flavor, substitute dark chocolate candy bars for the milk chocolate.

Yields: 24 cups/100 calories each

Beware. They disappear very quickly. And are especially good warm. There’s just nothing better than gooey marshmallows and melty chocolate on a bed of graham cracker goodness.

It’s FRIDAY!!!!!!

I’m thrilled!  Thrilled, I say, that it’s FRIDAY!

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FRIDAY!!!! Woohoooooo!!! I. Am. Cheering!!!  There’s no special reason. Other than the fact that I’m simply ready for the weekend and looking forward to spending some quality time with my family.

This next week we have two birthdays at our house and Mother’s Day.  My boy will be 14 next Tuesday. Four days later, it’s the man-of-the-house’s birthday!  Both of them were Mother’s Day babies. I love that they share this important holiday with their mom’s. I will never forget just how exceptional my first Mother’s Day was.  Eric was the perfect Mother’s Day gift. I didn’t need fragrant flowers, or jewelry, or breakfast in bed.  I had a baby instead!! Nothing tops that!

I can’t believe fourteen years have passed.  They have flown by. It’s been amazing to watch him grow.  Eric is an incredible young man. I love him with all my heart.  I love my girls fiercely and share a very strong bond with them. But I only have one boy. If there’s one thing I have learned over the years, it’s that a mother-son relationship is extraordinary.

When our family lived in Boston, before I had the girls, I would take Eric out to lunch at Panera. I can vividly remember one of our many trips there.  It was a cold New England day.  We got our food and chose a seat right in front of the cozy fireplace.  As we sat and ate our soup, an older woman and her 20-something son walked over and selected a table close to ours.  I watched them enjoy lunch together and talk about life.  It touched my heart to see these two interact so sweetly with one another.  I remember saying to Eric, my little three year old at the time, “I hope you will always want to go to lunch with me when you are older”.  Ten years later, he still does and we do every week, just him and me.

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Often times when we dine at restaurants close to home, we’ll see many of Eric’s friends.  I always tell him that he can go sit with them or even skip our weekly lunches to go out with his friends instead.  His response is the same every time… “No way mom!”  In fact, he always makes sure we have our weekly lunch dates — “We are going to lunch after school, right?”  I will never ever say no. I cherish this time far too much.

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I feel beyond blessed to be Eric’s mom.  This is not the only thing he does that melts my mama heart.  There are countless others.  One day he is going to make a lucky lady very, very happy.  However, that isn’t for many years to come.  He has a lot to accomplish before that day arrives.  His future is bright.

This weekend Eric will celebrate his birthday with his closest friends. Maybe they’ll go paintballing or indoor skydiving.  We shall see.  It’ll be spontaneous, fun, and truly memorable.

Which means, after I write this, I am heading out to take care of business. To organize, plan, shop and add the final details to these birthdays coming up.  Plus, I also need to make certain that both my mom and mother-in-law know how much they are loved and appreciated.  These wonderful women have inspired me throughout my life.  I am the mom I am today because of their phenomenal examples.

I must be on my way. I have gifts to buy and cakes to order. There are also some other stellar surprises I have up my sleeve, which I need to finalize, and am extremely excited for myself!

Wait. Just one more thing before I go!  Sunday is Cinco de Mayo!  I love Mexican food.

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I can guarantee you all I’ll be digging into some chips and salsa. Guacamole. And a taco or two.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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