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Sunday, September 2, 2012

Labor Day, Turtles, and Smores


Happy Labor Day!  Labor day…ahhhhh.  A day of lazy.  No work.  No School.  Even…no dance.  It’s a great day.  We do a lot of different things here in ole Ohio on Labor Day.  We cook out.  We go to Swapper’s Day.  We make smores.  This year was a bit different, as Hurricane Isaac came into town from the South, which means, rain.  Lots and lots of rain.  So, we have had to do a few things a little bit different than usual. 

We made it out to a few garage sales and found this awesome piece of deco.

(Yes, those are sea shells)
Eh, Seren loved it.  Had to have it. So…
Then headed out to Swapper’s Day, in Johnstown.  This is a GIANT outdoor flea market with so much crap, you can’t believe all the things you see.  There’s a food court, a potty section all on its own, an animal section where you can buy all sorts of different animals, and a pond where they hold water races for raccoon type dogs.  If you don’t know what this is, here’s the quickie explanation.  A dead raccoon is affixed to a board attached to a zip line.  They line the pooches up on one side of the pond, with the dead raccoon.  At the starting gun, the raccoon is pulled across the pond and up a pole.  The raccoon hunter dogs, dash into the water, where there swim swim swim across the pond and the first one to reach the other side and the pole, wins.  It’s kinda fun to watch.  Those dogs look so happy it’s not even right.  They are barking and dancing around and waiting for the fun to start.  After a few races though, if you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all, and off we went to see what else we could find. 

We found the honey station.  I love this table.  Sticks of honey in different flavors are 5/$1.00.  I grab a handful and Seren grabs a handful and we are happy as clams, sucking out honey all through the market. Then right before we left, you will never believe what we found!  TURTLES!  Yes, really and we had to buy not just one, but two of them.  See!  We have them set up fat and sassy in my kitchen for the moment.  I have been reading up on the care and keeping of turtles today.  Ooooo fun. 


The next part of our day would include smores.  Now, as I said there is rain and water everywhere, so there is no chance at starting a fire.  So, we city folk, smore’d it.  What is that?  Well here, I’ll show you.
First, here are your ingredients (as if you didn’t know):  Grahams.  Chocolate.  Marshmallows.  Skewers.

 
Set up your grahams with the chocolate.  I like more marshmallow than chocolate, so I only use two squares, whereas Seren likes more chocolate, so she uses three.
 
Next you put your marshmallows on the skewers, and:

 

Yup, toast them right over the stove burner.  Yes, it works.  See?


Then you squish them off onto the grahams and chocolate and enjoy.  Mmmmm, taste just as good as outdoor fires, just minus the ash and char.  There you have it.  Indoor, city folk, smores. 

 


So that’s my Labor Day.  Hope you all have a wonderful break, and if you are one of the few that is stuck working today, my condolences.  Maybe next year…

La!

 

10 comments:

  1. Now I wish I had bought a smores kit yesterday when I saw it at the grocery store. Mmm! And... I love turtles! That is so cool. Have you noticed any sort of kung-fu kicks since getting them home? Glad to see you made the most of your long weekend, despite the rain. All I can say for ours, is we are now organized. Ugh.

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    1. I will have you know that the little light green turtle is named....Michalangelo from the TMNTs. If they show any signs of violence though they are getting dumped in the pond!

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  2. Sounds like an eventful holiday. I haven't been to a flea market since I was a kid. Probably for the best, though. It's way too easy to collect stuff and so much harder to get rid of it. Those little turtles are cuties. I don't think they're legal here - the whole salmonella thing. I don't particularly care for smores, but my daughter made some tonight - just like you did - over the stove.

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    1. I agree Ruth, its amazing the stuff you HAVE TO HAVE when at a flea market.

      I am not a huge smores fan. I like them, I just don't go out of my way to have them. Now the girls.....that's a whole other story.

      ctny

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  3. Wow, turtles, huh? Bet you could come up with a good children's story from watching those things. And thanks for the smores tips, I never thought of making those on the stove. Yum!

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    1. I have thought about writing a turtle story, but so far the only think ours are doing is floating and eating. I put them in the sunny window today though so we will see if that perkes them up.

      ctny

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  4. Boy do I ever miss smores. 'Lovely hot shmo's, Buzz.' ;)

    Cutest turtles ever, btw.

    And that seashell thing? I played a white elephant game one year and won a massive bear made of seashells. It had the creepiest eyes in the world. I put it in a friend's shower and he flipped out when he walked in there and saw it, staring at him. ;)

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    1. This made me laugh. I can so imagine getting in the shower and seeing that thing staring at me, freaking me oute.

      Turtles are still kicking. They are cute little things. I admit it.

      ctny

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  5. Ok, so I'm slow and just getting caught up on September blog posts. I know, I know. Normally, I wouldn't even reply and let everyone know that I'm so behind, but this post just made me smile. The bear, the turtles, the smores--everything. :D
    PS I didn't know you could do the marshmallows on an electric stove!!

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