Dave loves a fire. He often has a fire in the evening in our back yard. He sits out there, in the dark, listens to the crackle and contemplates life.
I don't get it. All winter we have a fire going in the wood stove in the house. Why sit outside in the cold to enjoy something already going on inside? That is o.k. I'll sit in the house, in the warm, listen to the crackle and contemplate life in my own way (usually with a drink).
|Dave, BIL and Chick enjoying a fire last winter|
In the summer and early fall the little boys often come over in the evening to the fire and we have s'mores. It is a lot of fun, we visit, catch up with what they are doing, how school is going, and talk to the boys' parents. It is a fun evening. Sometimes the boys' mom requests a s'mores evening and Dave is always ready to assist with the fire. It only works down to a certain temperature. When it gets too cold the marshmallows cool off too fast, the chocolate freezes and doesn't melt, your fingers are too cold to eat the s'more, so we put away the supplies until the next spring.
Well, we have been very lucky this year. October is unusually warm, we are even breaking records, so the evening fires with s'mores are lasting longer than usual. This week, when the boys come over for their treat, I'll offer a grown-up version to their mom. We can all sit by the fire, have a treat, and contemplate what a wonderful life we all have.
adapted from How Sweet it is
1/2 ounce marshmallow vodka (or vanilla, whipped cream or cake flavored vodka)
1/2 ounce Godiva chocolate liqueur
1/4 ounce Bailey’s Irish Cream liqueur
3/4 ounce cream/half and half
chocolate syrup or hot fudge
graham cracker crumbs
marshmallow cream for glass rimming
Dip the rim of you glass in a bit of marshmallow cream, then dip into graham cracker crumbs. Pour about 1/2 teaspoon chocolate fudge into the bottom of the glass. Combine vodka, Baileys, Godiva and cream in a shaker with ice and shake for 15 seconds. Strain into glass. Top with marshmallows skewered on a toothpick.
For 8 shooters or 2 martinis, you will need: 4 ounces of marshmallow vodka, 4 ounces of Godiva chocolate liqueur, 2 ounces of Bailey’s and about 6 ounces of milk. Measurements obviously may change depending on your own preferred tastes.Note: if you don’t have any leftover marshmallow cream for glass rimming, I think something sticky like maple syrup or agave will work.
October 18, 2013 Daylight 9 hrs., 22 min., 2 sec. Temp. H 50/ L 36°F