Oven Smores

We camp a lot during the warmer months. It’s a great way to spend time with the kids and we are always doing something. Swimming, boating, hiking, playing games, playing cards, riding bikes….anything that we can do as a family and have some fun.  But my favorite part of camping is sitting around the campfire.  The smell, the warmth, the quiet……the smores!  Most of the time, I prefer just to eat a roasted marshmallow.  I like mine almost burnt on the outside and ooey-gooey on the inside.  The kids love  the smores.  As soon as it starts getting dark they are asking when they can have smores.  So when I saw this Pin, I wanted to try it and see if we could get smores all year round at home.

You need the obvious ingredients.  Graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate (in the form of Hershey’s kisses.

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Turn on your oven’s broiler to low and move the top rack up to a higher spot.  I used the second from the top. Break the graham crackers in half and put them on a cookie sheet.

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Cut the marshmallows in half and put one half on each of the graham crackers, sticky side down.

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Put them in the oven and do NOT walk away! They will toast really quickly.  You can toast as dark as you like.  We got ours a toasty brown.  

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Take a Hershey’s kiss and push it down into the center of the marshmallow.

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Now here is where you can decide to either eat it as is, or go your own way.  I put them back into the oven for a about 30-45 seconds to melt the kiss just a tad.  Then we ate them and they were gone in about as much time. You can also put another graham cracker on top to make it more of a traditional smore, but we chose to eat them “open-faced”.  Whichever way you choose to finish them off, they are a great way to get your smore fix in the middle of the winter, or any other time.  In fact, I think I’m going to make myself some right now…….

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Oven Bacon

I have two posts for you today.  I’ve been quite busy cooking away the last few days but I’ll limit it to two posts per day 😉

This one is about a post I saw, and a few friends and family members have reposted, about cooking bacon in the oven.  In my house, my husband is the breakfast cooker.  I cook almost every other meal in the house and I hate cooking bacon, and he’s good at it so I usually let him do it.  This past Sunday he was tired and so I decided to let him sleep in a bit and I cooked breakfast. I remembered seeing this post so I thought I would give it a try.

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Do not preheat your oven.  For this to work best, you need to start with a cold oven.  Cover a cookie sheet, or two, with foil.  Lay the bacon out flat on the cookie sheet.

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Put the bacon in the oven and then set the oven to 375.  I did it this way because the original poster said that it helps reduce splatter.  I’m not sure about that.  It still splattered a bit.  It also said you can cook it for 10 minutes at 400 degrees.

Cook the bacon for 20 minutes.  I planned to let mine go over a bit because I like crispy bacon, but I got distracted with the kids and eggs and a couple of pieces burned a bit.  (whoops!)

Be very careful when pulling it out! There was a lot of grease in the pan.  Spilling it on yourself would not be good!

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It didn’t turn out half bad.  Next time I won’t leave it in so long and I think it should be about perfect.  The clean up was really easy because all I had to do was wait for the grease to harden and roll up the foil and toss it.  Easy peasy!

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As always, if you try this one out, let me know how it works out for you! Tomorrow….homemade chinese food!