Saturday, August 10, 2013

Trail Cookery for Girl Scouts; Some Mores

Did you remember that today is National S'mores Day? If you didn't, don't blame me, lol...I've reminded you more than once. Does this refresh your memory?

I would like to take a moment to thank everyone for all your prayers and encouraging words while Michele and her family are going through this most difficult time. She is doing as well as can be expected. Last I spoke with her, she was making plans for a mini family vacation after her chemo treatments are over in September. I'm sure she will be back to "stuffing" her face with s'mores before long and good lord willing and the creek don't freeze, she'll be visiting us in Pennsylvania next summer. Thank you all so much, Louise.

Trail Cookery for Girl Scouts was most likely published some time in the late 1930s by the Home Economics Department of the Kellogg's Company, Battle Creek, Michigan.

The booklet shows how to plan and prepare trail meals.

It discusses meal planning, meat cookery...

...baking and non-utensil meals...

It includes an interesting display on nosebag lunches...

And even a few One Pot Meals.

However, and this is pretty important, no where on this Scout Camp Menu...

...do I see today's favorite campfire treat...S'mores or in Girl Scout lingo, Some Mores.

Wasn't that a fun book! According to S'more's "folklore", the first printing for a S'more recipe appeared in the Girl Scout Handbook published in 1927. Although this book was published around 1938, I'm thinking this is probably the same recipe.

"...If you're not familiar with s'mores, they are made by sandwiching a toasted marshmallow and a piece of chocolate in between two graham crackers. The name of the treat comes from the two words "some more," clearly combined because people often wanted to have at least a second serving after having one s'more. The treat was developed by campers in the early part of the 20th century, making use of the fairly new mass-produced marshmallows. Marshmallows were easy to transport, as were candy bars and graham crackers, and the marshmallows could be warmed easily over a fire to make a delicious treat in a situation where other types of sweets would have been difficult to come by..." (The history of... s'mores @ Slashfood )

While you're enjoying your favorite way to "partake" of a S'more, or two, here's a clip from one of Michele's favorite movies:) Enjoy!

S'more Scene from The Sandlot

Looking for S'more Some Mores? Check out my Pinterest National S'more Day!

FYI: Plan now for National Marshmallow Toasting Day. It's August 30th!