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We had a big family reunion last week, my sister was going to let the kids make s’mores for dessert, but it was too hot to start a fire. PLUS we did not really want the kids all smelling like smoke, so we made Oven S’Mores instead. I have to tell you, these are the BEST WAY to make s’mores. You can make a whole pan of them in less than 3 minutes. Plus you don’t have kids running around with sharp pointed objects, blazing hot, often with a burning marshmallow on the end. But the very best part is the chocolate melts perfect and the marshmallow is toasted to perfection.
To make them all you need is:
Or you could just grab a S’mores Kit
Break the graham crackers in half. On a large baking sheet spread out the graham crackers. Place 1-2 squares of chocolate on each cracker. Place a large marshmallow on top of the chocolate. Put the pan in a preheated oven set to broil. I keep the door open so I can watch them close. I also put the oven rack down LOW so the pan is farther away from the heating element. This allows the marshmallow to toast with less chance of burning. BUT they brown fast so watch them close, all it takes is 2-3 minutes with the oven on broil.
The chocolate will be perfectly melted, and might even be a little hot, so let them cool a few minutes before you serve them to smaller children. Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as our family does!
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One tip to saving money is to buy your produce in season at its LOWEST price point and store it for the rest of the year. I got an 8 lb flat of strawberries week. I did 4 batches of jam, but put the rest in the freezer. That way I can use them for recipes and smoothies the rest of the year.
If you toss them all into a bag they will freeze into a huge mass and you will not get them separated till they thaw. I have found the BEST WAY TO FREEZE STRAWBERRIES is rather simple and can be done in 5 easy steps.
First ~ Wash and clean the strawberries, and take the green stem off. If they are large berries you might want to cut them into halves or quarters.
Second ~ Put them on a towel to dry, you do not want them to be wet or they will stick to everything they are touching as they freeze.
Third ~ Once they are dry spread them onto a cookie sheet that has plastic wrap on it. Spread them into an even layer, and try to keep the berries from touching.
Fourth ~ Put them into the freezer, you can take them out as soon as an hour but I normally leave them in there at least a few hours to get them good and frozen. You can even leave them in over night. They will now be hard and separated and will NOT stick to the other strawberries. Pull the plastic wrap up and they should fall right off with no sticking. ( I did try the silicone mat and they stuck so I recommend plastic wrap.)
Fifth ~ Place them in a freezer bag seal it shut try and get as much air out as you can. Put it back into the freezer… and take as many strawberries out as you need at a time. Now go make yourself a yummy treat for your hard work
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HOW TO FREEZE STRAWBERRIES ~ 5 EASY STEPS.
Good old family recipes are the BEST kind. My Mother in-law makes this Creamy Zucchini Casserole every summer and it is one of our favorites.
You will need:
Melt butter and mix with dressing, put half the dressing on the bottom of a lasagna pan. Cook your zucchini for 5 minutes steam or boil then drain. Mix the cooked zucchini, cream of chicken soup, cheese and sour cream together. Once mixed spread over the top of the dressing in the bottom of the pan. Top with the other half of the dressing. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
Makes a great side dish or even works as a main course.