The theme for my Better Homes and Gardens post this month was Holiday Entertainment. Having a small house means that any "entertaining" we do is usually outside. BBQ's, outdoor movies, and roasting marshmallows are the usual. This past weekend we had some of our family over for dinner and s'mores. We will be spending Thanksgiving with the other side of our family this year so this was kind of like an early celebration.
Is there anything better than sitting around a fire with your family?
Several years ago my SIL requested a camping type cake for her my niece and we came up with a giant s'more cake. I came up with a recipe for homemade graham crackers that taste pretty darm close to the real thing. I made the same recipe but this time made regular sizes crackers for our s'mores.
Homemade Graham Crackers
- 2 sticks of butter
- 1 cup brown sugar
- ½ cup dark corn syrup
- Cream these together and then add 2 tsp baking soda
- 4 cups flour
- 4 tablespoons water
- Once the dough is all mixed together chill for 30-60 minutes. Roll out like sugar cookie dough and use a rectangle or square cookie cutter. Bake at 375 for 8 minutes. The thinner you roll them the crispier they will be.
Right after you take them out and they are still warm you can use a tooth pick or kabob stick to poke holes so they look like the real thing.
Whether you choose to make them soft or crispy, they make great s'mores!
Since it is November the temperatures have dropped here in Utah. We snuggled up in some cozy blankets. I bought these because they looked so soft and also because I have a plan for a new boys bedroom in our basement in these colors. They are from the BHG line at Walmart.
These are the blankets I chose although there are a ton of different colors, patterns, and textures to choose from.
(red and grey plaid, grey cable knit, red plush)
I get to give away a $100 gift card to Walmart so you can get your home ready for guest this holiday season!!!
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i love being with family
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I look forward to spending time with my family.
My toddler is a graham cracker fiend. I'll have to give these a shot! Thanks for sharing!
I am looking forward to all the good food.
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I love the food and time with family!
I'm looking forward to seeing my daughters face throughout the whole Christmas season. She's 2.5 years old and this is the first time she's really understanding what is going on. She's really excited about Santa and loves seeing Christmas trees at the store. I can't wait to take her to meet Santa, and really excited for her face on Christmas morning when she sees her play kitchen and her tricycle. She will be in heaven!
I can't wait to see my nephews at Christmas.
Betsy Rubendall Barnes
I am most looking forward to to spending a lot of time with family and friends, cooking and baking together. :)
I am looking forward to seeing a few family members who I don't see as often as I would like.
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I love getting to see all my family! It's so hard getting all of us siblings together, it usually only happens at the holidays!
S'mores might need to be a new famil tradition ☺️ It wood be the perfect a companion for m favorite family tradition of boards games after Christmas dinner ?
Having our son home from college and spending time together as a family.
Definitely the cold weather. I love to freeze my buns off and it's still relatively warm here!
Looking forward to spending time with family and friends plus some vacation days.
I'm most looking forward to not working.
My son is four this year and Inam so excited to Sephora face when he sees what Santa brings him this year. He is for the first time extremely excited about Christmas!!
I love gathering with family, good food, and my bday is a week before Christmas.
I am looking forward to some "PEACE".
This will be the first time in four years that all the family will be together. It's going to be crazy and loud and so much fun!
I'm looking forward to having all my family together under one roof. Our daughter lives away at college and we miss her a lot! It will be so nice to have her home for winter break where she can spend some good quality time with her brothers and my husband and I.
My kids will all be home for Christmas
I am looking forward to first Christmas in a new house
Christina in FL
Stacy, thank you for the graham cracker recipe! :))) Love your shape too. Can you tell me where you found that cutter?
The blankets look beautiful! Love the colors!!
I'm looking forward to time with family.
The holidays are going to be sad this year since my mom passed away last month. We are hosting Thanksgiving as we always do and I know we'll have fun and have lots of mom memories. We may even be having Christmas for my husbands family this year. We'll see how much I'm up for.
I'm looking forward to going out to Arizona to see my dad!
Lauren @ Mom Home Guide
My husband will be taking off the week between Christmas and New Years, so I am excited to have a whole week to share with my husband and kids!
I love the planning and decorating aspect of the holidays.
I cant wait to see my mom - it's been too long!
I am looking forward to just being with family.
I am looking forward to fun times with my family and friends and lots and lots of good food!
Spending time with out of town family.
I'm looking forward to seeing my brother during the holidays. He is recovering from two heart procedures.
I'm looking forward to decorating for Christmas.
I am most looking forward to spending time with extended family members that I don't get to see very often.
I'm looking forward to great company, great food, great times.
I love to see my kids get excited. Our elves typically arrive on Thanksgiving night and that is when the magic of the season really begins for our family. Every year is better than the last it seems. So many great memories.
Yum! I'll have to try this recipe! I make my own marshmallows (I should send you some) and these would be so much better than the store bought graham crackers.
And, I love those blankets!
I just moved out of state with my boyfriend so we are away from family. I am most looking forward to spending time with them again!
Steph @Crafting in the rain
I'm looking forward to decorating will the new places in our new house!
Love the extra touch of using a toothpick to poke holes in the graham crackers. It makes them really look authentic!
I remember the campfires we had when I was growing up - a special part of childhood. Thanks for the chance to win the Walmart gift card.
Oh my, making homemade graham crackers...I am so excited to try that. Not so excited for cold weather, though. I am a warm weather girl.
I am looking forward to spending time with my family. I love the holidays!
Thanks for the post. I look forwards to trying to make the Graham Crackers myself. We have a new firepit, so I look forward to making some yummy smores!
A good friend from my hometown has moved to the area I live in now. I'm so thankful to have her nearby again and I can't wait to celebrate the holidays together with our families!
This looks so good, thanks for the idea!
I am looking forward to our drives looking at all the Christmas lights! We try to go 3 times a week and just look at all the pretty ones! Spending time with family that we do not get to see often!
I'm looking forward to spending time with my family. Thanks for the giveaway!
Bridget Heiple Reich
I'm really looking forward to time with my family! :) We are all so busy, it's hard to get everyone together, so the holidays will be so nice!! :)
My college kid coming home !!!
Spending some time with my family!
Awesome. Great timing for a giveaway. Have to say, loving the plaid blanket. I think I am looking forward to just having the time with my kids. Our family is scattered & my husband who retired from the Air Force, we decided to go back to where I grew up, but all my family is other places. So, as usual, it's just us. But, it's a nice down time and just being together. Love it.
I am not in the holiday spirit yet this year but I'm looking forward to Christmas dinner at my boyfriends' mothers home.
im looking forward to being happy and seeing my family happy we have a grump in the family so were going to be working on making him happy
I'm looking forward to not buying gifts this year. We haven't figured out how to announce it to the family, but we don't want to do gifts this year. Its not worth the hastle (and the cost. Yikes!) and we want to enjoy the holidays for a change.
My favorite thing about the holidays is always going to Iowa to see my family. Definitely the best part of Christmas!
Living close to our families again. For the last five years we have lived far away - now we all can be together for the Holidays
Cath M T
For the first time in about 25 years I get to have Thanksgiving at home instead of having to travel to someone else's house. Those cookies look great--and better than plain old graham crackers. Probably more affordable than buying specialty graham flour.
Looking forward to spend time with friends and family!
I am looking forward to time off from work.
Having my entire family together - we all such busy lives and it's the one time of year everyone takes time to be together
I'm looking forward to riding the Polar Express with my kids. This will be our first time.
My son will be home for Christmas this year! Yay! I can't wait!
I'm looking forward to spending time with my sister and her family/
Those graham crackers are perfect, I must try them. Thanks for the recipe. I love all the blankets. Looking forward to family Christmas, even as small as my family is.
I am mostly looking forward to spending time with family.
I'm looking forward to our first christmas in our new home
Diane @ Vintage Zest
Spending time with my family as always!
I am looking forward to being with my family during the Holidays!
I'M looking forward to the family get togethers
Spending time with family and friends is my favorite part.
I will have to give your recipe a try! Takes me back to camping with the Girl Scouts!
I love spending time with my kids and baking cookies with them.
I love those blankets!
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Looking forward to watching my little nephews and nieces enjoy their presents!
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Having some time to hang out with family and not worry about work!
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I think most of all Spending time with family is top on the list
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Can't wait to try these. Thanks for the recipe Stacy!
First of all, your graham crackers look delicious - and adorable. I can't believe I want to make my own now.
I look forward to the time with family. We are so blessed to have my 89 year old grandparents, my mom, my wonderful husband, our children, a new son-in-law, and lots of aunts, uncles, and cousins. I love spending the holidays together.
I love taking the kids to my parents and getting to have snow and a walk on the beach on the same day.
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I'm looking forward to getting the house all decorated and listening to Christmas music 24/7!
being with my family
taryn @ Design, Dining and Diapers
Those blankets look so cozy! and s'mores look delicious!
Taking time off work and spending time with family
My son is currently cancer free! I'm happy to just be spending time with my kiddos. It's a very special Christmas for us
amy @ one artsy mama
I'm looking forward to time with family and decorating our new house!
I am looking forward to spending time with my kids and making lots of memories.
Kathy @ Merriment Design
These look so delicious! I never thought to make graham crackers before. Thanks for making it look so easy!
Kathy @ Merriment Design
I'm looking forward to having my kids home from school for two weeks. This is their first year going to school five days a week, and I miss them!
I am really looking forward to seeing my twin sister and her kids for the holidays. It's been a while since i've seen them.
I'll still be on maternity leave. Being home with my kids this time of year is great!
we are having a pot luck for the holidays this year
I looking forward to spending quality time with all of our family.
We're looking forward to going to Disney World.
Looking forward to spending time with my grandma since we don't reside in the same state.
I'm most looking forward to seeing my 3 year old open her gifts. I think she's kind of understanding the SANTA and reindeer idea now.
I like watching Christmas movies by just the light of the tree.
My son's girlfriend will be visiting for the holidays. A cozy blanket would be a wonderful gift for her... especially the red one... that's her favorite color.
I can't wait to so all my grand kids at one time. I've been trying to get a picture of all of them forever. Fingers crossed!
I'm looking forward to the time we will get to spend with our distant families.
Heather Hayes Panjon
I'm Looking Forward To Spending Time With My Family!
I'm looking forward to going to Disney for Christmas this year!
Ginnie | Hello Little Home
I'm looking forward to spending time with family and friends, as well as checking out all the holiday displays.
I cant wait to see my family
Seeing family members that live out of town.
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I'm looking forward to some time off of work and spending it with my family!
looking forward to just relax and spend time with the family. thanks for the chance.
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I am very much looking forward to spending time with family. Games and good meals.
I look forward to having a big diner with all the family!
Love this! I'm most excited about some quality family time!
I am looking forward to spending time with my brothers and mom. Also I can't wait to start decorating and eating!
I am looking forward to my mom coming me for christmasthis year.
I am looking forward most to spending time with my family. It's great to get together.
I love spending time with family and the magical feeling. Thanks for the giveaway.
The food and spending time with family.
I am looking forward to pulling out my Cricut and making a bunch of fun Christmas presents!
I"m looking forward to seeing my Grandma! She'll get to meet her newest great grandson for Christmas!!
I'm looking forward to spending some time with family -- I've been stuck at home caring for my Dad for the last 6 months, so being around anyone who is NOT a grumpy old man will be wonderful.
(I know, I really am grateful he is doing well and I get to spend time with him, he's just been extra cranky and needy this week, and I'm tired!)
i am looking forward to spending time with my mother
I am looking forward to spending time with family.
I am so looking forward to volunteering for Toys for Tots!
Talk about fun!
The holidays have become so much sweeter now that I'm a mommy! I love seeing the excitement on my little girls face as we celebrate christmas!
Looking forward to spending time with family!
I'm looking forward to decorating the tree with my daughters.
I am looking forward to decorating the Christmas tree, making fudge and getting together with family.
Leigh Anne Borders
I am really looking forward to seeing my sister. I have not seen her in a few years. She moved to Texas and distance separates us.
brittany marie thompson
I'm most looking forward to seeing my family who lives out of state at the holidays this year
We are redoing out basement media room and I want some new blankets for cuddling up this winter and watching movies. Had not thought about Walmart. Those are really cute. Thanks for the idea.
I'm looking forward to seeing family from out of town.
I am looking forward to seeing all my family.
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Having a big family dinner.
im looking forward to seeing my family
I am looking forward to my family coming to visit!
Getting to spend time with my family. IN particular my grandmother.
I’m looking forward to seeing my family most.
I am most looking forward to my seeing my kids' faces light up on Christmas morning. I am also looking forward to meeting my sister-in-law...my brother has been married for a year and I have yet to meet her!
Stacy just pinned found you on Merry Monday great share:)
Stacy great share just pinned found you over on Idea Box :)
I really should start making my own so I don't have to buy so often.