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Saturday, August 10, 2013

Trail Cookery for Girl Scouts; Some Mores

Did you remember that today is National S'mores Day? If you didn't, don't blame me, lol...I've reminded you more than once. Does this refresh your memory?

I would like to take a moment to thank everyone for all your prayers and encouraging words while Michele and her family are going through this most difficult time. She is doing as well as can be expected. Last I spoke with her, she was making plans for a mini family vacation after her chemo treatments are over in September. I'm sure she will be back to "stuffing" her face with s'mores before long and good lord willing and the creek don't freeze, she'll be visiting us in Pennsylvania next summer. Thank you all so much, Louise.

Trail Cookery for Girl Scouts was most likely published some time in the late 1930s by the Home Economics Department of the Kellogg's Company, Battle Creek, Michigan.

The booklet shows how to plan and prepare trail meals.

It discusses meal planning, meat cookery...

...baking and non-utensil meals...

It includes an interesting display on nosebag lunches...

And even a few One Pot Meals.

However, and this is pretty important, no where on this Scout Camp Menu...

...do I see today's favorite campfire treat...S'mores or in Girl Scout lingo, Some Mores.

Wasn't that a fun book! According to S'more's "folklore", the first printing for a S'more recipe appeared in the Girl Scout Handbook published in 1927. Although this book was published around 1938, I'm thinking this is probably the same recipe.

"...If you're not familiar with s'mores, they are made by sandwiching a toasted marshmallow and a piece of chocolate in between two graham crackers. The name of the treat comes from the two words "some more," clearly combined because people often wanted to have at least a second serving after having one s'more. The treat was developed by campers in the early part of the 20th century, making use of the fairly new mass-produced marshmallows. Marshmallows were easy to transport, as were candy bars and graham crackers, and the marshmallows could be warmed easily over a fire to make a delicious treat in a situation where other types of sweets would have been difficult to come by..." (The history of... s'mores @ Slashfood )

While you're enjoying your favorite way to "partake" of a S'more, or two, here's a clip from one of Michele's favorite movies:) Enjoy!

S'more Scene from The Sandlot

Looking for S'more Some Mores? Check out my Pinterest National S'more Day!

FYI: Plan now for National Marshmallow Toasting Day. It's August 30th!

62 comments:

  1. Love it! You're killing me, Smalls!

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    1. My daughter's favorite line, Yummy, lol...

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  2. So many girl scouts recipes! I may not be a girl scout, but these recipes look interesting!

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    1. You don't have to be a Girl Scout or even a former scout to enjoy these amusing recipes, Jasline. Let us know if you try one!

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  3. What a great post. A former Girl Scout, I still don't like s'mores. It's a texture problem, I think...

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    1. I understand, Channon. I'm thinking the Knight might like them though:)

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  4. Oh my. Love yr comics. Who doesn't like s'mores. It's like being a kid all over again! Lol btw missed yr post abt yr fren but am glad to know that she's recovering. God bless her with good health, Louise.

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    1. Thank you Jenn, I'm so glad you enjoyed this post. Yes, my daughter is coping with the chemo treatments as well as can be expected.

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  5. glad to hear that michele is doing well and hopes to be back on the trail soon!

    We were not so fancy in Australia - just the marshmallow on a stick and nothing to catch it if it got too gooey and fell off the stick - though occasionally we would try and catch it and burn our fingers. And I can't remember what food we took camping though one day I might get out my list of food for the camping I did with my friends - I think I still have it somewhere! Maybe I could use it to write a book - ha ha!

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    1. She had two more treatments to go Johanna. We will be celebrating! I once had a camping book that got in a box of cookbooks. If yours is anything like the one I found, I say go for it!!!

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  6. Love s'mores! And the camp cook book is a classic! The rice and cheese recipe had me laughing!

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    1. I found most of the "recipes" in this classic book quite amusing T.W. You should see the ones I left out, lol...

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  7. I've seen that cookbook before! When I was young my older sisters were girl scouts, and they either had that book or something similar - I recognize some of the pictures. Happy S'Mores Day!

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    1. There were a few revised editions of this book, John. I do believe it was as necessary to have as the uniform itself!

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  8. Oh what a fun post and what fun we had in the days gone by . Thanks for some happy memories .
    Thanks for the update on Michele and a mini vacation is exactly what she needs ... all your blogging family is praying for Michele , lotsa love :).

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    1. Thank you Nee. So glad you enjoyed this post. Prayers are always welcome:)

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  9. I have to say some things LOL
    I love mores!!! and marshmallows ans all:))
    I love your post (really I love all) are funny and really enjoy always!
    I send to you and Michelle a big hug and blessins dear Louise!!
    xo
    and now? O want eat some mores!

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    1. Thanks for the Hugs and Blessings, Gloria:) I'm delighted you enjoyed this post. Even more delighted you had to say everything, lol...

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  10. Oh! No way should I think about "mores!" Or marshmallows, either! We have made a ton of these when I led a Girl Scout troop! I'd love to have one RIGHT NOW! My best to Michele. Hugs to all!

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    1. I wouldn't mind having a few S'mores on the menu today at all Nellie. Thank you for your thoughtful wishes:)

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  11. What a fun post! LOL....my kids adore Smores and can never get enough. Well, I really haven't came across any kid who doesn't like Smores yet. :)

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    1. That goes for adults too from the looks of things, Amy, lol...Thanks so much for dropping by.

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  12. I never loved s'mores as a kid. I ate the ingredients separately. I was so weird. I was definitely a Brownie and a Girl Scout and went to camp every year. Now where are all the camp songs??

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    1. You are so right Maureen, I should have included some camp songs. We'd love it if you would sing a few, lol...

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  13. I was in Campfire Girls rather than Girl Scouts, but we made S'Mores too. I wish we'd had as cool a trail cookbook as this, though!

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    1. It is pretty cool isn't it Poppy. Not to worry, I'll share:)

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  14. Hi Louise, excellent posting! It's really enjoyable looking at the girl scout comic and the recipe is awesome especially the dessert. Thanks for sharing.

    Have a nice weekend.

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    1. Thanks Amelia. I'm so glad you enjoyed it:)

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  15. Great post Louise!I love this vintage stuff. I have to say I absolutely love marshmallows. If I open a bag of them they will be all gone very quickly!
    Thank you for this fun post! CiaoX

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    1. So glad you enjoy the "retro" posts, Alida. I love sharing! (I'm pretty good at stuffing down plain marshmallows too:)

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  16. Hi Louise,
    This is such a cute post! I like all the pictures! My daughter would love to see the video on the s'mores! She loves making S'mores, but by using the microwave oven!
    I can't help noticing the "reflector oven" in the recipe for the "cocoanut macaroons". I love coconut macaroons! Firstly, am wondering why the coconut is spelt that way (there's no cocoa in the recipe) and secondly I googled for the "reflector oven"! Interesting! I should really give this recipe a try, interesting ingredient with cornflakes in it!
    Glad to know that Michelle is doing great!
    Thanks for sharing this wonderful post!

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    1. To tell you the truth Joyce, I'm not really sure why coconut is spelled cocoanut in this recipe. Many of my older cookbooks spell it that way so perhaps it is "old" English. I hope you do give it a try Joyce. It's been years since I used a reflector oven but I'm sure it works!

      I hope your daughter gets to see the video. It really is cute:) I'm sure she will still make them in the microwave.

      Tes, Michele is doing well. She is looking forward to getting through her last two treatments!

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  17. What a fun post, and let me tell you, this stuff looks far better than what we used to get at Girl Scout Camp. I remember one of the better things (and it makes me gag now) was melted butterscotch candy that we spread on toast. This was our dessert. Awk!

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    1. Melted butterscotch candy on toast? Oh my Pattie. I don't think so:)

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  18. i was only a girl scout for one year, but that's all it took for me to become a s'mores-lover for life! fun post, louise!

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  19. I can't believe this whole summer has gone by, and I haven't had a s'more yet! I need to do something about this right away.

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  20. S'mores are ok, but I don't really like them that much... I guess it has to do with the fact that I am not American and I haven't grown up eating them. ;-)

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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    1. Oh, I don't know about that, Rosa. Some people I know feel just the same as you do:)

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  21. I have heard of S'mores but I have absolutely no idea how they taste haha! Living in Greece doesn't help much I guess lol! Even when I was in the States for my studies I have never had the chance of trying them. I will try them in the first chance I will find Louise!

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    1. You do that Katerina. Be sure and let us know what you think. In the meanwhile, I'll just be dreaming about your Spanakopita with Handmade Phylo:)

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  22. Wow, I love the old recipes! I'm not a huge fan of traditional s'mores but I do love s'mores pie and s'mores cookies :)

    PS...I'll keep Michele in my good thoughts as she goes through chemo.

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    1. Isn't it amazing how just three ingredients can "morph" into so much goodness, Liz? Thank you so much for your Michele thoughts:)

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  23. More S'more! More S'more! More S'more! More S'more! More S'more! More S'more! More S'more! More S'more! More S'more! More S'more! More S'more! More S'more! More S'more! More S'more! More S'more! More S'more! More S'more! More S'more!

    More More More...

    Sorry Louise! I can't have enough of S'more - LOL!

    Zoe

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  24. hello louise, i was a girl guide when i was in school and so right when it says that anything will just taste good by the end of the day after all the hiking and walking! i was once punished at the camp for not cooking french beans well enough..it was half raw..LOL! I nvr tried smores before and never seen it here too but would really like to make them one day!..oo..the marshmallow thing..! Glad to hear that michelle is doing very well!

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    1. Thank you for sharing that story Lena. I can't help thinking to myself that punishment for raw beans may have been a tad over kill. I mean after all, many people eat green beans raw. lol...Yes the Marshmallow thing oh so good!!!

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  25. I love the old cookbook pictures and recipes:). Brought back great memories from my Girl Scout days. I will keep Michele in my prayers.

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    1. So glad you enjoyed this post, Geraldine. It was really fun to do! Prayers are welcome, thank you so much:)

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  26. Hi Louise, I'm enjoying your post. It brings back memories. I was a Girl Guide during my school days, long, long ago. Boys were referred to as Boy Scouts. They've now changed the names to some Malay names which I'm not familiar. Good post!

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    1. So glad you enjoyed this post, Cheah. It surprises me when I think so many people have been involved in scouting through the years. It doesn't seem to be that way now or perhaps since it was long ago for me too, I may just be out of the loop! Thanks for visiting:)

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  27. I had never heard of Nosebags! I saw some smore bars on Reeni's a few weeks ago that looked great!

    I saw your sweet comment about my book. If you want me to send you a copy so you can see if your granddaughter could read it, I can! :)

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    1. To be honest, Miranda, I never heard of them before this post either:) Interesting?

      Thank you so much for the offering of your book for Tabitha. She really loves your books especially since she can read them on her Kindle. I will be emailing you ASAP:)

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  28. I almost fell over when I read this post Louise--after weeks of delay, I made homemade marshmallows on Saturday and we had s'mores that night(see http://artofnaturalliving.com/2013/08/13/organic-homemade-campfire-marshmallows/). Pure coincidence but too funny!

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    1. Oh those Marshmallow came out wonderful Inger! Thank you so much for sharing the link. I give you lots of credit for making them organic too. Very cool...

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  29. What a fun post! I never had s'mores but love s'mores bars, cookies, and toasted marshmallows. Thanks for these recipes Louise, have a great week!

    Anne ~ Uni Homemaker

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    1. So glad you liked it, Anne. Sounds like you really need to have a S'more one day, lol...

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  30. I love hearing about the good ole days. LOL "you're killing me smalls!" That's what my son says to his daughter. Love that movie.

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    1. Me too, Debbie and that's what my daughter says to her son, lol...

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  31. A camp cookbook? GENIUS :D
    Mmmm smores... now I want a nice big one - supersized ;)

    Glad to be back!
    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    1. You have all the S'mores you want, Uru. You deserve them all!!! Welcome back!

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none came to early,
none returned to late.

Thanks for dropping in...Louise