Summertime fun is upon us, and most of us are spending time at the pool, the beach, Allatoona Lake or just at home in our backyards. I have a step-by-step guide for a summer and fall s’mores basket that you can grab anytime you head out to the lake, pool, beach, a Woodstock Summer Concert series show, or while you watch Fourth of July fireworks. It also is a great thing to have ready for impromptu guests at your home or a party in your backyard.
Fall usually is associated with making s’mores, since it’s a time when many people have bonfires, but, with a small tabletop container and some clean-burning sterno, you can have s’mores year-round.
The first thing you will need to get is a metal tabletop container, a personal and portable fire pit, or a deluxe s’mores roaster. You can find these online through Amazon or at local big box stores. Next, get a Sterno, but do not get one with citronella. I recommend an eco-friendly or green, clean-burning Sterno. Or, if you’re in the mood for a quick DIY, get a small, metal bucket and fill it with some river rock pebbles to house the Sterno.
To finish your s’mores basket project, you will need:
• roasting sticks
• a vintage or new picnic basket to hold everything (Check out local thrift shops or Facebook Marketplace for vintage baskets.)
• small containers and/or resealable bags
• graham crackers
• large marshmallows
• assorted chocolate
Once you have everything you need, place it all in your picnic basket, so it’s always ready to grab and go whenever you are.
I hope everyone has a safe and wonderful Fourth of July!
– Donna Broadus is a 28-year resident of Woodstock and the owner of Broadus Realty Group. She posts designing/staging tips on Instagram and Facebook. broadusrealtygrup.com.