The any day, every season, bad day remedy

We all know that the last week was not my friend (this week, by the way, is much, much better). And we all know how the old saying goes, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”

However…I say, “When life gives you lemons, go to the grocery store and exchange them for smore’s.”

No, seriously. Make smore’s.

Since I live in the arctic, I’ve had to be creative about how to make smore’s. They’re too good to save for the three months of the year when outdoor bonfires are an option. Solution?

A beautiful thing called a broiler.

Here’s the easiest bad day/good day/any day recipe in the book, people: break a graham cracker in half; put two squares of chocolate on one side; split two marshmallows in half and place the four halves on the other side. Like so:

Pop them under the broiler for just about a minute or so – just until the marshmallows are golden brown. Put the halves together and let them sit and cool until you can’t resist them any longer…and then dig in!

Step aside, lemonade. Smore’s are taking over the optimistic food camp.

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Deflated desserts and rank-breaking rodents

These are Smores Cupcakes, but you can refer to them as Bane Of My Existence Cakes:

This was taken right after they came out of the oven, and in approximately 60 seconds they collapsed from the inside out. We’re talking completely hollowed out. I would have taken a picture, but I was too busy throwing a fit. (Turns out a hole in the middle of a cupcake is the perfect place for a marshmallow. Problem solved.)

This is a squirrel, but you can refer to him as Legion (for they are many).

The squirrels of Monroe County have decided that my roof is the prime location for them and all of their friends and family to congregate for the winter. Usually we keep our amicable distance, but today they crossed some irreversible lines and we are not on good terms. The first line: I got out of the shower this morning to find a squirrel screeching at the top of its lungs because it’s head was stuck in the rafter. Nothing says good morning like a screaming squirrel. Line two: pictured above. Too close for comfort. Line three: as I was taking round two of B.O.M.E. cakes out of the oven I heard scratching. And then it got louder. And it was coming from my cupboards. And come to find out, the oversized rodents were trying to come inside through a crack in my ceiling. Irreversible line crossing. Squirrels of Monroe County: it’s on.
Life on Orchard Street. Never a dull moment.
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