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Preparations are underway for my family’s annual Canada Day party. Now in it’s 7th year, the first weekend of July is spent with our favourite people devouring copious amounts of seasonally tasty food, playing popular backyard games (think three-legged races, tetherball, etc.) and facing off in my handmade Canadian trivia game, pitting the men against the women to see which demographic knows more about their native land. This year’s trivia theme is food (no surprise there!) and I’m sure the questions I’ve come up with are going to stump my guests.
As the hostess, I’m in charge of appetizers, the main (read: meat), desserts and drinks. Our family rounds out the meal by supplying the sides, which, in my opinion, are often the tastiest items on the menu, but also the most work.
In an effort to keep things simple, I’m turning to roasted strawberries to serve as the highlight of my dessert menu. I’ve yet to decide if they’re going to grace the top of homemade sundaes, mixed into a mess or combined with biscuits and whipped cream to make shortcakes. Regardless of how I serve them, I’m certain they’ll be the talk of the table.
Find the full printable recipe here: Roasted Strawberries
Last year I made a s’mores kit for Jackson’s teacher. It was her very first year teaching, and while she received one large class gift that all the kids contributed to, he wanted to put together a little something just from him. Since then, we have made this gift box several more times; it’s been a summer party favour, part of a birthday present, and even a thank you gift.
To make the kit, I picked up a small (approx. 5” x 7”) wooden box at my local dollar store, and painted it with a light acrylic green paint. We filled the box with a package of homemade marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolate squares. Because we weren’t sure of the teacher’s summer plans, we included the directions for making s’mores in the microwave, oven and over a fire so she would be able to assemble them wherever she would be. I downloaded a cute campfire font and used that for the recipe card, as well as the front cover of the gift box.
Any plans to visit friends at their cottage this year? I would definitely take up a few of these boxes to leave behind as a thank you for hosting you and your noisy kids!
DIY S’mores Gift Box
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