I had a major cooking disaster yesterday.

I was making smore squares. First you bake a graham cracker sugar cookie crust, then you melt milk chocolate over it, then top it with marshmallows and broil it a bit.

Everything was going well. I put it in to broil, went to get a drink of water, came back to take a peek…. HUGE FLAMES IN THE OVEN!! EVERYTHING ON FIRE!!

I ran around in a circle yelling ‘IT’S ON FIRE!!!!!!!!!!!’ then I came to my senses and turned off the oven and opened the doors and windows and Scott took the flaming pan out of the oven.

It’s funny (?) that our smoke alarm will go off at 4:00 AM sometimes, or when I am cooking perogies, yet didn’t go off when there was AN ACTUAL FIRE.

Unfortunately I did not get a picture while there were still flames. But I did get that “after” shot. Sorry it’s blurry, I was rushing. Scott said it looked like the surface of another planet or something.

Anyway I scraped off the entire burnt top in one piece, and then tried again, this time broiling with the oven door open and me staring at it. It took about 8 seconds. Success! I reckon the extra little burnt bits just make it more authentic.

They are REALLY tasty.

Smore Squares

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs (I got them in the bulk bins at our supermarket)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda (I accidentally used baking powder. I don’t think it matters)
  • about 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • about 2 cups small marshmallows

1. Preheat oven to 350┬║ F. Combine butter and sugar. Add vanilla. Then flour, graham cracker crumbs, salt and baking soda. Mix!

2. Spread in bottom of large baking dish. I used an 8″x8″ pan but that was a bit too small. Something a touch bigger than that would be perfect. No need to grease the pan.┬áBake for ~20-30 minutes, until cooked. Mine took forever because it was so thick.

3. Immediately sprinkle with chocolate chips. Let it stand for a few minutes, then spread the melty chocolate around.

4. Set oven to broil. Sprinkle marshmallows over top of chocolate, and broil for about 8 seconds. WATCH CAREFULLY!!! They brown FAST. OK maybe they take longer than 8 seconds, but not much more. Allow to cool a bit, and enjoy!

Last weekend I went over to an internet friends’ house for a ‘Space Shirt Crafternoon’. It was fun and I got to meet a bunch of new people who were all nice so that was really good. It’s funny, my shirt wasn’t working properly while we were making them… it didn’t bleach or absorb dye very well and it was making me quietly angry, but actually when it was all done, I ended up pretty pleased. It’s more subtle and I don’t mind that! Here is a picture I stole from Tanie, I hope she doesn’t mind.

I got another Groupon last week- for a restaurant that makes grilled cheese hamburgers! Haha.

And I’m keeping an eye out for a 10-pass yoga one so I can start that. They come out pretty frequently so hopefully I don’t have to wait too much longer.

I have not been sleeping well all week. It takes me SO long to fall asleep and I’ve been waking up at 3 am and 5 am almost every night. It’s weird because I think I’ve been doing everything right…. eating well with smaller portions, and actually exercising (I’ve started running(!!!)). Too much stress in my life, I think.

JUST TELL ME WHERE WE’RE GOING TO BE LIVING NEXT YEAR. LET ME INTO SCHOOL!!!!

What an excellent weekend.

FRIDAY Rosemarie came over and we played two games of Agricola and made moo shu pork (and tofu), including homemade flour wraps, and dairy free peppermint brownies. We stuffed ourselves and Scott drank homeless man beer, haha.

SATURDAY MEP and Paul picked us up in their fancy town car and we took the ferry across to Langdale and then went for lunch at a restaurant with an amazing ocean view in what I thought was Sechelt but according to Google Maps there are TWO Sechelts in BC and neither of them are even close to the restaurant, yet the restaurant address says Sechelt. WHAT?
Anyway it was on the Sunshine coast and it really was sunny. Not a cloud in the sky the whole day.
We checked out a few beaches and piers and skipped rocks and froze our ears off.
Then we checked out Gibsons’ houseboats and sea otters and soaked in more amazing water + mountain views.

We ferried back and then detoured through We$$$T Van and admired the mansions and the sunset views, then did a super fast hike at dusk down to a lighthouse.
After that we came back in to the city and had dinner at…. SUSHI BANG! The waitress actually teased Scott for ordering something different. Yes, she knows us.

We got dropped off and Scott and I watched a movie.
What a big day!!!

SUNDAY I stayed in bed all morning. Finished up the last of my university paperwork, and painted another Settlers painting (only three more to go!). Now I am editing pictures (panorama time!) and soon I will make some notes for my interview on Wednesday.

I finally got around to getting a photostitch program (free and legal I LOVE LINUX) and made up a few panoramas from the past year or so. Check them out.

The MCG in Melbourne


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On the West coast of Australia


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From the lookout between Kailua and Honolulu, Hawaii


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A beach in the North part of Oahu, Hawaii


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Sorry for not writing in so long. The Whistler weekend totally exhausted me and I spent the whole last week recovering. So happy that this is a proper weekend.

I worked 13.5 hours of overtime last week and was just go-go-go right up until our Whistler trip. Scott’s friends arrived at 1:00 am at our house and then we woke up EARLY to drive up on Saturday morning.

The weather was total poop all Saturday and Sunday. I could tell when it was pouring rain in Squamish that things weren’t going to be good. Plus apparently it was College Weekend which meant Whistler was TOTALLY OVERRUN with American college kids. I felt like I was the only person there who actually came up for quality boarding, and was really disappointed with all the rain and crowds and broken gondolas.

Scott had a lot of fun with his friends though and that was a lot of the point of going up so at least that was good. And our hotel was very nice.

I had an ok day on Saturday. It was very rainy at the bottom, but the clouds were fairly low so once you got above them the weather was ok. I had quite a good session and got very very sweaty.

Sunday morning we woke up and saw that is was totally pouring rain. Scott and I decided to not go up because it felt like it would be a waste of money, especially for Scott who would have gotten SOAKED. We decided to go tubing instead, but that turned out to be broken too. Instead we just relaxed and got a Beavertail and went in the hot tub.

Scott had to leave on Sunday night but I stuck around. Monday was a lot better. No rain and much clearer skies. I went right to the top of Blackcomb and had fun in the great glacier conditions. But then I crashed on a very narrow flat trail with a huge cliff on one side and tweaked my foot. It hurt but not that much because my foot was so tightly wrapped in my boot. I spent the rest of the afternoon working my way down the mountain and then got poutine and relaxed.

Was too bad that I didn’t actually get a chance to meet up with Robyn, even though I was using her snowboard!! Both of us had quite a crazy weekend and it just didn’t work out.

So the (very complex) way our passes work means that I have one more day left on my pass (Scott does not). We’ll have to do some budgeting to see if we CAN actually go up for one more day trip, or maybe I’ll just sell my pass to Rosemarie. Depends on how much Scott’s teeth stuff costs, I guess.