I don’t think anyone from my generation can think of the word s’mores without this scene from The Sandlot running through their head…
I haven’t had anything yet, so how can I have some more of nothing?….You’re killing me Smalls! These are s’more’s stuff! Ok, pay attention. First you take the graham, you stick the chocolate on the graham. Then you roast the ‘mallow. When the ‘mallows flaming… you stick it on the chocolate. Then cover with the other end. Then you scarf.
Scarf is EXACTLY what you’ll want to do if you make these. I was a little intimidated by the whole making marshmallow fluff from scratch part of the recipe, so I let it sit on my Pinterest board for too long! I’m so bummed that I could have been eating these daily, instead I sat here too scared to use my candy thermometer. DON’T MAKE MY MISTAKE! Make them NOW. These babies are like a campfire s’more in fudge form. Next time I make these bad boys…which, let’s be honest, will probably be tomorrow, I’m adding a layer of caramel between the fudge and the mallow…rebel, I know.
S’mores Fudge Bars
from Handle the Heat
YIELD: 9 large squares or 18 small squares
20 full graham crackers
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
12 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
2 large egg whites
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/4 cup water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
For the crust:
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line an 8×8-inch baking pan with foil.
Place the graham crackers, sugar, and salt in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until finely ground. Add the melted butter and pulse until the mixture is moistened. Press the mixture into the bottom of the prepared baking pan. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove to a cooling rack and let cool completely.
For the filling:
In a small saucepan set over medium-low heat, combine the chocolate chips and condensed milk. Heat until the mixture is melted, thick, and smooth, stirring constantly. Pour over graham cracker crust. Place in the refrigerator while making the marshmallow topping.
For the marshmallow topping:
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the egg whites and cream of tartar until soft peaks form.
Meanwhile, in a small saucepan set over medium-high heat, combine the sugar, corn syrup, water, vanilla and salt. Bring the mixture to a boil and continue to cook until a candy thermometer registers exactly 240°F. Immediately remove from heat. Turn the mixture on low speed and carefully and gradually drizzle the syrup into the egg whites. Increase speed to medium-high and beat until the mixture is thick and glossy and looks like marshmallow fluff, about 7 minutes longer.
Spread the marshmallow topping evenly over the chocolate fudge layer. Place the pan under the broiler and broil for 1 minute, or until lightly golden.
Refrigerate the pan for at least 1 hour before cutting into squares and serving. The squares can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
In preparation for General Conference, I created journal sheets for my Young Women to take notes on. I don’t know about you, but I pay more attention (i.e., stay awake) when my hands are busy. Whether that means I’m taking notes, doodling, painting, baking, etc, it keeps my mind fresh. I hope it does the same for these girls! For that same reason, I thought I’d share them with you!
The first page features this promise that I love from Elder Uchtdorf,
I invite you to ponder questions you need to have answered. For example, you might yearn for direction and guidance by the Lord regarding challenges you are facing. Answers to your specific prayers may come directly from a particular talk or from a specific phrase. At other times answers may come in a seemingly unrelated word, phrase, or song.
Here’s my challenge to you,
- Write a list of questions
- Pray specifically about the items on your list
- Listen (with your ears and your heart) for answers
I’ve tested this in my life and I also know that you have to be listening with your heart and your ears to get those answers. So put his promise to the test, just be ready to act on your answers.
Back to the journal we made…The pages are set so that you can print the PDF two to a page, cut the page in half and bind them. I just used some wrapping paper and raffia that I already had on-hand to bind the journals
There is a page for each of the Twelve Apostles, the First Presidency and a few extra generic pages for the other General Authorities’ talks. Just note that since I designed this one for the Young Women to use, there is a place for them to write a few fun facts about themselves, so those questions might not be pertinent to everyone, but that’s okay! Each page also has a tie on it to color in what the speaker’s tie looks like–I don’t think anyone is EVER too old to color 🙂 Feel free to share, but please be respectful and keep it to personal use only.
DOWNLOAD: General Conference Journal :: It’s a Wilde Life
If you’re curious or would like to learn more about my beliefs, feel free to tune in!
Today I had the opportunity to teach the Young Women at Church, based on this lesson. As always, I over-prepared and did not even touch on 95% of what I had with me, so here’s just a small taste of the quotes & scriptures taken from these talks:
The Light Within You
To Young Women
Daughters of Heavenly Father
What it Means to be a Daughter of God
Your Happily Ever After
We Are Daughters of Our Heavenly Father
The Moral Force of Women
Remember Who You Are!
“There has come to you as your birthright something beautiful and sacred and divine. Never forget that. Your Eternal Father is the great Master of the universe. He rules over all, but He also will listen to your prayers as His daughter and hear you as you speak with Him. He will answer your prayers. He will not leave you alone,” President Gordon B. Hinckley.
“Let the knowledge that you are a daughter of God settle deep into your soul, it will comfort you, strengthen your faith, and influence your conduct, ” Susan W. Tanner
You are more than what you see looking back at you in the mirror. You have an inner beauty and spirit that reaches beyond your trivial titles in everyday life. You are more than a student. You are more than a caregiver, a nurse, a teacher, a mom. You are a literal daughter of God and that makes all the difference.