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s’mores in a jar. can i get s’more please?

You’ve probably already heard the news if you follow along, but I had the opportunity to guest post on Tatertots and Jello! This girl is pretty excited to be sharing a personal favorite on such a huge blog. Here’s a look into what summer tasty treats we have up our sleeves. And, it is all about summer.

Summer in one word. S’mores. You say it and it takes you back to your younger years sitting around a campfire and roasting your marshmallows to perfection. The only thing I don’t love? The mess. Fun until the mama has to clean up all the sticky fingers.

Maybe you don’t have the campfire, but you can still have the s’mores albeit without the mess. Throw out the s’mores sticks and bring out the mason jars, a personal favorite, and you have yourself a little slice of heaven. But for the sake of pleasing others, lets call it S’mores in a Jar. Um, can you say yum?

{s’mores in a jar.}
adapted from the campfire favorite and a cake recipe of paula deen.
serves six.

s'mores in a jar with label


for the crust…

  • 1 1/2 cups crushed graham crackers
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • pinch of salt

for the cake…

  • 6 {1 ounce} squares of bittersweet chocolate
  • 2 {1 ounce} squares of semi-sweet chocolate
  • 10 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 {4 ounce} jars of marshmallow creme

{mix it up. crust.}

  • Crush graham crackers {approximately 1 1/4 packages} into fine crumbs.
    {hint: food processor is a quick way to get fine crumbs}
  • Melt butter in a separate bowl.
  • Add butter and a pinch of salt to graham cracker crumbs. Combine until mixed evenly.
  • Grease 6 small {8 ounce} mason jars.
  • Divide graham cracker mixture evenly into jars, pressing down firmly.

{mix it up. cake.}

Preheat oven to 425°.

  • Melt the chocolates and butter in the microwave, or in a double boiler.
  • Add the flour and sugar to chocolate mixture.
  • Stir in the eggs and yolks until smooth.
  • Stir in the vanilla.
  • Divide the batter evenly among the mason jars filled with graham cracker crumbles.

{bake it.}

  • Place in the oven on a cookie sheet and bake for 13 minutes.
  • The key… don’t overcook! Tops will be brown and toasty, inside will be ooey, gooey. Yum.

s'mores topping

{broil it.}

  • Preheat oven to ‘broil’ settings. Place cooked jars onto a rimmed baking sheet.
  • Spoon marshmallow creme onto the tops of the cake, filling to edges.
    {hint: spoon the cream and wait. it will spread evenly on its own if you give it enough time.}
  • Place in oven on lower rack for 1-2 minutes, checking continuously until tops are browned to your liking.
  • Remove from oven.
  • Serve warm. yum.

s'mores layers

I admit not as easy as the traditional campfire s’mores, but it sure is pretty and tastes like the real thing. So gooey. So yummy. Your guest will surely be asking, ‘can i get s’more please?’

s'mores in a jar

Want the label for yourself? Well, you are in luck. For you? Three different {free} printable s’mores tags to choose from. Which one will you choose?

tags printable label

It’s as easy as print, cut, attach. So adorable and so perfect.

printable labels link

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Trust me. This lil’ jar full of all the s’more fixins’ will leave nothing but smiles and happy campers. You have my word, it will be a crowd pleaser. Give it a try. You just might fall in love too.

eat. enjoy. share.

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easter menu. lovely looking and yummy.

It’s a fact. Easter is right around the corner and it is time to start thinking about what, oh what, we should devour on Easter. Sad, but true. I am a big girl now and taking on some of the cooking responsibilities is now a reality. Though, in my mind I am pretending I never age. Don’t tell me any different. Deal?

Maybe you are in charge of an entire dinner eggstravaganza or maybe you are in charge of one dish. Whatever it may be, I hope my {Easter Menu} brings a little inspiration and a little less thinking on your part.

Easter Menu Collage

Let me say that some of these are a repeat from last year, but it is only because they are so darn good! Others are something new, fresh and sounded quite delish.

Your {task} is simple. Just click on the links or pictures and print your recipes. The hard work has been done for you. Are you ready to start cooking?

{roasted beet salad.}
compliments of Epicurious.

Roasted Beet Salad

{parmesan and thyme rolls.}
compliments of My Recipes.
no kneading necessary. hooray.

Thyme & Parmesean Rolls


{grilled lamb with herbes de provence.}
compliments of Steven Raichlen’s The Barbeque Bible.
Save oven space, use your grill.

Grilled Provencal Lamb

{roasted carrots.}
compliments of Southern Living.
i’ve made these, seriously yummy even if you’re not a carrot fan.
my trick? use rainbow carrots. always a crowd pleaser.

SL Roasted Carrots

{parsley smashed potatoes.}
compliments of Delish.
smashed potatoes are on our dinner menu often. a twist on traditional potatoes and the perfect crunch.

Parsley Smashed Potatoes

{carrot cake in a jar.}
compliments of Oh So Very Pretty.
if you know me well, you know i LOVE mason jars. i have way too many.
this is a repeat, but WORTH IT! so darn delicious and one of my favorites.

Carrot Cake in a Jar

{easter eggs with white chocolate mousse.}
compliments of Princess Misia.
do i need to say anything at all? they are just adorable.
technically for the kids, but the adults might just need some too.

Easter Eggs with Chocolate Mousse


Let the festivities begin. May your Easter be blessed with family, food and a celebration for all that we have been given. As our April chalkboard wall says, ‘He is not here for he is risen as he said.’

eat. enjoy. celebrate.

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hello world! hello cupcake!

This is the first of hopefully many posts to come! To celebrate this momentous occasion I thought it would be fitting to ‘ring in the big reveal’ with one of my favorite little treats… a light, tasty cupcake. To me, summer means going blueberry picking with the ‘ big’ and ‘little’ and then finding a million and one recipes to make with our overflowing buckets of blueberries. A favorite in this house has been none other than ‘Blueberry Lemon Cupcakes”.



  • 1.5 cups, plus 2 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 10 tablespoons (1/2 cup, plus 2 tbl) sugar
  • 1.5 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda


  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup low fat
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • 3/4 cup fresh blueberries


  • 1/4 cup low fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda


  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • 1.5 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • fresh blueberries, to make it look pretty!
  • fresh mint leaves, more pretty! 



{cupcake + frosting = yum}

 Preheat oven to 350°. Place 12 muffin cup liners in muffin pan.


  •  Measure flour and level with knife. Sift together 1.5 cups flour, plus 1 tablespoon flour, sugar, baking powder, 1/4 salt and baking soda in large bowl.
  • Combine melted butter and egg in a separate large bowl. Stir with whisk. Add buttermilk, milk and grated lemon rind to butter mixture. Stir with whisk.
  • Add buttermilk mixture to flour, stir until just moist. 
  • Toss blueberries with remaining 1 tablespoon flour. Fold into batter.
  • Spoon batter into muffin cups.
  • Bake for 25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
  • Cool in pan for 5 minutes on wire rack, remove from pan and let cool completely.


  • Add all ingredients in a bowl, with the exception of powdered sugar and lemon juice. Beat at medium speed until just  blended.
  • Gradually add powdered sugar being careful not to over-beat.
  • Stir in juice.
  • Spread frosting evenly over cupcakes and ‘pretty them’ up a little with mint and blueberries.
  • Store covered in refrigerator to keep their shape and yummy taste! 1-DSC_0558

 eat. enjoy. share.

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