S'mores Bars + Memorial Day BBQ

S'mores bars just shout SUMMER. To me, this is the perfect Memorial Day dessert. Wasn't too hard to make. Our Memorial Day BBQ was a good time. There was a good amount of friends, family, and new people to meet as well. And so much food!



For our memorial day menu, we had a huge list of things to make! Korean BBQ Shortribs, which were a huuuuuge hit and gone in 2.7 seconds, Asian chicken wings, Corn dog muffins, Glazed Bacon and Cheeseburgers, Brats, Pineapple Upside-down cake, and (of course) S'mores bars!

It was supposed to thunderstorm in Milwaukee on this day. But I hoped and prayed and a little spot of sunshine hovered over us the whole time! On our way home, a hail storm blanketed the whole city. Luck was on our side! Everyone had a blast and I'm glad things didn't go to waste. But enough of that, let's talk about what you came here to see! I found this recipe on the Taste of Home website. See recipe after the pictures!



Wet ingredients.


Dry ingredients!


Mix em all together, gradually.


I  used Pam's Baking Spray to coat the baking dish.


Got the batter in there all nice and even. 


Lay down the chocolate! While secretly pretending not to eat them.




Marshmallow fluff! Spread it all around to create beautiful looking layers in your bar when you cut it!




Spread some of the reserved graham crumble mixture on top. 


After baking, cool and enjoy!





Ingredients (18 Servings)
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 5 milk chocolate candy bars (1.55 ounces each)
  • 1 cup marshmallow fluff
Instructions
In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine the flour, cracker crumbs, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture. Set aside 1/2 cup for topping.
Press remaining mixture into a greased 9-in. square baking pan. Place candy bars over crust; spread with marshmallow creme. Crumble remaining graham cracker mixture over top.
Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Store in an airtight container.
Nutritional Facts
1 bar equals 213 calories, 9 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 28 mg cholesterol, 114 mg sodium, 30 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.

Wisconsin Dells - Automotion 2012 - Ziplining

I've always been down to go to Automotion, one of Wisconsin's largest car events. The fact that it's hosted by one of Wisconsin's best cities, Wisconsin Dells, makes it even more sweet.

My good friend, Eric, and I have been planning this trip for months ahead of time! To make sure we weren't S.O.L. when every single place in the Dells was booked. We scored a room at one of Mt. Olympus' many rooms; right next to the main strip where everything takes place.

Not only did we want to get into Automotion, we wanted to get into all the Dells had to offer this weekend. All of the good foodie restaurants, waterparks, and extreme attractions.




So we booked our reservation for Bigfoot Ziplining. $75/person if you mention their $14 off coupon. The whole excursion took around 2-3 hours. Definitely worth it. Our zipline guides, Jimbo and Jesse, were amazing. They were funny but serious. They made our group feel comfortable and any questions or worries, they knew how to handle the situation. It took me 2 or 3 ziplines to get a hang of how to do it right, but once you're on the zipline you're flying and doing the tricks that they taught you.





They find harnesses, gloves, and helmets that fit you perfectly. They make sure you're comfortable with your straps and I was even given tips and instructions on how to properly zipline with my camera so that it doesn't break and, more importantly, injure me or hit me in the face.

My friend, Sasa, getting buckled and strapped in.


The guys in their gear.

The best thing I'd have to say about this place is also their option for you to take a helmet with a Go-Pro camera attached to it. The service to use their helmet cams are free AND they have professional photographers out on the course snapping photos of your group. But after your adventure, you get to view your video and pictures and decide if you'd like to purchase them. $40 for a memory card with your footage and $5 per photo if bundled with the video.

After we were orientated, we all rode in a bus field-trip-style to our first zipline tower.







Here, our guides introduced themselves and went over demonstrations of what to do and what not to do on a practice line. Then, we were climbing the stairs to our first line!









After the 2nd line, we were learning how to do tricks! Like hanging upside down!


And "Trust falls," where you fall backwards!


The last line was a race course, with two ziplines side by side. It was also one of the longest ziplines in the whole course. Way to save the best for last. I raced Chhally. And although we didn't get pictures of it, I've got it on my helmet cam!









They even provided free, fresh, cold water throughout the trip. As well as resting areas and plenty of photo ops! Super amazing experience. Now I can cross it off of my bucket list! :D

After a long afternoon of ziplining, we headed to dinner at Moosejaw Pizza and Brewing Company!





And moose antlers!

Penne pasta and Meatballs for meeeee!


Pizza for everyone else. Pretty damn good pizza, too! (I snuck a slice off of Chhally's)




I'm sad I was too stuffed to try their famous Bread Pudding dessert. But maybe it was for the better! :P

Perfect way to end our first day.

xoxo Vicky

Momos at Midnight

I absolutely love dumplings. I thought I'd tried them all until I met my friend Chemi. She's Tibetan and has showed the rest of us some pretty simple, but amazing recipes that her parents taught her. She calls her dumplings MOMOs. And although the recipe looks simple and easy, I can never get mine to taste like hers. There's no set recipe. She just mixes everything by hand and eye. She mixes the dough by combining flour and water. Slowly pouring the water into the flour while stirring with her hands.



Then she mixes it until it's just a ball of dough. Too sticky and she adds more flour. Too dry and she adds more water. Gotta keep it covered! So it doesn't dry out on the surface.





We chop up some onions. Hand mix it into the ground beef. Then she drizzles juuuuust the right amount of soy sauce into the meat.







Dash of salt and pepper. Mix mix mix. But don't over mix it!



Then she has this unique way of rolling out the dough, so they're perfect circles. And filling the dough with the meat in lightning speed. Sealing the dumpling by rotating the ball while pinching it shut.









Then placing them in a greased steamer pot. Until the entire pot is filled with momos just waiting to be cooked!

15 minutes.

Ding!

Momo time!



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