Saturday, October 15, 2011

Why not have an "INDOOR" Campout in a Big Bear Cabin?!

This is a super easy and inexpensive way to give the kids the feel of camping right in your own back yard, from the comfort of your own home or one of our gorgeous rental cabins!

First and most important, the tent. Just a small pop tent is needed, but you will also need a few sleeping bags or if you don’t have any some pillows and blankets will work just the same. A fire is nice touch but again not needed to have a great time! Fireplaces work well for a campfire effect.

For dinner have a BBQ, make some hamburgers for the bigger kids (or adults as may choose to call ‘em) and maybe some hot dogs for the littler ones. After dinner for some definite fun and probably the most important food part of camping are…the S’mores! Now,  like I said a campfire is not needed for this special recipe, your oven is going to do the job!

You should start preparing the s’mores before dinner so they are ready to grab right after.
Here’s the list of items you will need:
• 8 cups – Golden Grams or Cinnamon Grahams cereal
• 5 cups – miniature marshmallows
• 1 ½ cups – Chocolate Chips
• ¼ cup – light corn syrup
• 5 Tbls. – butter or margarine
• 1 Teas. – Vanilla
• 1 cup miniature marshmallows, if desired

Here’s what you need to do:
• Butter 13x9-inch pan. Into large bowl, measure cereal, if you spray your bowl with cooking spray before using it, you'll have less mess to clean when you're done. In 3-quart saucepan, heat 5 cups marshmallows, the chocolate chips, corn syrup and butter over low heat, stirring occasionally, until melted; remove from heat. Stir in vanilla.
• Pour over cereal; quickly toss until completely coated. Stir in 1 cup marshmallows
• Press mixture evenly in pan, using buttered back of spoon. Let stand uncovered at least 1 hour, or refrigerate if you prefer a firmer bar. For bars, cut into 6 rows by 4 rows. Store loosely covered at room temperature up to 2 days.
High Altitude (3500-6500 ft): No change.
Make it Easier with this variation
• Instead of using the stovetop, microwave 5 cups marshmallows, the chocolate chips, corn syrup and butter uncovered in large microwavable bowl on High 2 minutes to 3 minutes 30 seconds, stirring after every minute, until melted and smooth when stirred. Stir in vanilla. Continue as directed in recipe.

As you grab those tasty S’more bars, you should delight in telling scary ghost tales, girly fairy tales or do a “story round” where the first person starts the story, the next person will continue it and each person adds a little more just a line or two, until you come to the end!
These are great ways to keep our imaginations active and create special memories with our families. I hope you enjoy the recipe and take the next chance you have to create an indoor campout!

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