Oh, I have a doozy for you today! This is hard to believe, but today we’re making sandwiches even more delicious. I know what you’re thinking – is it even possible to improve on perfection? Turns out it is. These s’mores sandwiches take your favorite summertime treat and put it between carbs (OMG, YES!). They also will keep little hands busy for as long as you can stand Nutella getting slapped around.
S’mores Sandwiches (adapted from a version found on Anne Sage’s gorgeous blog where it’s photographed beautifully and looks like something you could serve to people outside of your immediate family):
Step 1: Toast bread. Yell at toaster because it ALWAYS burns some part of the toast. Think about buying a new toaster. Decide money is better spent on a lace kimono. More practical, you know?
Step 2: Get kids set up with Nutella. You could really use any kind of spread – I was thinking Trader Joe’s Cookies and Cream would be delicious or peanut butter for a healthier-ish version.
Step 3: Let the kids go to town.
Step 4: It’s important that your chefs occasionally test the recipe to make certain it’s coming along as planned. I’m not sure if full fistfuls of product are necessary, but each to her own.
Step 5: This is the only slightly tricky step. You’ll want to broil some marshmallows (we used the large ones) in the oven for about four minutes until they start to get a bit brown on the top. Take them off the tray immediately and place on one side of the bread. Or leave them on the tray for a couple of minutes and then spend the next ten scraping hardened marshmallow off in the sink. Not that I know anything about that.
Step 6: Place graham crackers on Nutella. You’ll notice our chef is certified in building projects, but this is not necessary.
Step 7: Squish the heck out of your sandwich. No, really, the more you can squish it, the better it’s going to taste.
Step 8: Dig in. Think about how you’ve forever ruined sandwiches for your kids because how can PB&J compare and decide you just don’t care…
S’mores Sandwiches Ingredients for one sandwich:
Two pieces of bread
Scoop of Nutella
Handful of marshmallows
Two graham crackers
-Heat oven to broiling. Put marshmallows on cookie sheet (I’d recommend on parchment paper, which I just now thought of). Broil for about 4 minutes or until tops are toasted.
-Spread Nutella on bread.
-Add graham crackers.
-Squish and eat!
-You can find the full recipe over on Anne Sage. Her version would be even more delicious because you grill the sandwiches instead of toasting the bread.
Among my sisters there has always been a firm division line between those of us who believe fashion should be functional and comfortable (yoga pants are totally work-appropriate!) and those of us who are willing to sacrifice for style (4-inch heels are totally baseball game appropriate!). I’ll let you guess, which side I come down on – have I mentioned I backpacked around Europe in heels?
For years, I have mocked and rolled my eyes at my sisters any time they tried to convince me sweatpants could be regular day wear. Today that all ends. I am totally drinking the jogger kool-aid because, you guys, will you look at these?!?!?
Why, yes, they are totally sweatpants that happen to have PINEAPPLES on them. They’re dressy enough I can wear my new favorite summer booties with them and look ready for a date with friends, yet comfy enough if I end up on the couch, watching Odd Mom Out I don’t have to unbutton my pants.
At this point, I’d like to point out my bandana necklace, which I had originally thought might be a bit over-the-top for everyday wear, but turns out it also goes with everything. Even pineapple joggers.
The two of them are like bacon and chocolate – seems like they shouldn’t work with most things, but somehow they make everything better, and together can change your life.
But, wait, the pants keep giving! If Look 1 was “Ready to Hit the Cafe”, this look is “Saturday Morning Farmer’s Market Trying To Keep Little Hands Out of Fresh Produce”, don’t you think?
I’m totally obsessed with this sweater, also from & Apparel, which features a subtle flamingo (two words you don’t often hear together). It’s easy like a sweatshirt, but with enough oomph you don’t need to accessorize. I wear it with a straight skirt, jeans, and shorts so pretty much anytime I’m not in my joggers (and when I am).
Both of these came from my new fave online store, & Apparel, which is my spirit online store (kind of like my spirit animal, but for shopping). Everything is under $50 and cheeky as heck, which I find makes this parenting thing a whole lot easier.
I feel like things have been so busy around here lately. I’ve been working like a mad woman trying to get some cool things ready to launch around here (ack!), on top of the usual summer madness of traveling, visitors, the pool (OMG, woe is me, right?). Our days have been jam-packed and the kids have been great about it but I’ve been missing out on our fun and the connection we have when we do something together just the three of us.
So I decided to put together a quick, easy party to make them laugh and remind them that their mom is the funniest person in the whole world (they’re 2 and 4 so it’s a pretty easy sell at this point). Alice loves getting dressed up, Bennett loves to eat, and I love to role play so I decided to turn our lunch into a dining experience. I figured we were eating anyway, so it took virtually no set up, but they thought it was AMAZING. (The cupcakes their aunt brought over didn’t hurt either…).
I’ve put together several tips for playing restaurant with your kids, but, really, all you need to do is pretend to take their order and put lunch on a fancier plate. But, if you want more ideas, keep reading! Tip 1: Everything tastes better when you’re dressed up. We’d recommend guests don their most elegant finery. Or a construction worker uniform. We are flexible.
Tip 2: When your guests arrive it is important to welcome them and get them settled properly. This could include: retrieving their purse, helping them into their chair, or politely asking them not to place the centerpiece in their sister’s ear.
Tip 3: Time is of the essence when opening your restaurant so we recommend grabbing the nearest items and “making them work.” In this case, we paired a bubble blower with some leftover, birthday pinwheels for a makeshift centerpiece. I think you’ll agree it is magical.
Tip 4: When taking guests’ orders, it may be more efficient to channel a persona. “Flo” from the diner is an excellent choice, as is “Garson” from the French restaurant or, in this case, “Victoria” who runs the princess’ kitchen (I’ll let you determine who came up with that idea).
Tip 5: Guests will appreciate the use of your finest-ish tableware. Not eating on plastic is quite the novelty!
Tip 6: Never leave a guest wanting more. You might be surprised at the gusto with which they enjoy your food and drink when it’s not in a plastic Cars cup so be sure to have plenty on hand.
Tip 7: Your guests came for the drama so give it to them. In this case, we simply placed lunch under a domed lid, but all the guests commented on how much better the sandwiches tasted and ate more than they’d ever eaten at lunch. Seriously. I have never seen PB&Js go down so quickly.
Tip 8: It probably had to do with the dramatic reveal. Definitely had to do with the reveal. Do a big reveal.
Tip 8: Do not make this harder than it needs to be. You’ll find your guests are quite happy with PB&J, fruit, and cheese bits (cut up cheese sticks) if they come in little bowls.
Tip 9: While you do not want to hover over your guests, it is also appropriate (and more fun) to check on them approximately every 30 seconds to make sure they have enough to eat, their napkin has not fallen to the floor, and they have not knocked over their milk. Please, be sure to refer to them as “Madam” and “Sir” and bow lots. Even while cleaning up their milk.
Tip 10: Give them cupcakes.
Tip 11: No, really. You could probably just skip all the rest of this and just give them cupcakes.
Tip 12: After ringing them up (we fortunately had a cash register on hand), be sure to give your guests the proper amount of gratitude for stopping by your restaurant. 14 kisses, three hugs, and snuggle will do in this case.