Friday, June 20, 2008

HAPPY SUMMER!


“Then followed that beautiful season... Summer....
Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape
Lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood.”

~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Well, here it is, the first day of summer. Soon we will be seeing Back to School displays in the stores, so my advice to you on this, the longest day of the year, is to head outside tonight, build yourself a crackling campfire, toast some marshmallows for yummy, gooey s'mores, and perhaps belt out a few old-fashioned campfire songs under a starry night sky before heading off to bed in the wee hours, smelling like smoke, and wishing that summer could last forever.

CLASSIC CAMPFIRE S'MORES (PRINT RECIPE CARD)
We have the Girl Scouts to thank for this messy treat. The term s’more stands for ‘gimme some more’.

1 large marshmallow
1 graham cracker, broken in half
1-2 squares of a chocolate candy bar

Toast a marshmallow until hot and gooey, then place on 1 half of a graham cracker and top with 1-2 squares of chocolate. Top with a second graham cracker to make a sandwich.


HOME ON THE RANGE
Oh give me a home where the buffalo roam,
Where the deer and the antelope play,
Where seldom is heard a discouraging word,
And the skies are not cloudy all day.

Chorus
Home, home on the range,
Where the deer and the antelope play,
Where seldom is heard a discouraging word,
And the skies are not cloudy all day.

Where the air is so pure, and the zephyrs so free,
The breezes so balmy and light,
That I would not exchange my home on the range,
For all of the cities so bright.

The Red man was pressed from this part of the west,
He's likely no more to return,
To the banks of the Red River where seldom if ever
Their flickering campfires burn.

How often at night when the heavens are bright,
With the light from the glittering stars,
Have I stood there amazed and asked as I gazed,
If their glory exceeds that of ours.

Oh, I love these wild flowers in this dear land of ours,
The curlew I love to hear cry,
And I love the white rocks and the antelope flocks,
That graze on the mountain slopes high.

Oh give me a land where the bright diamond sand,
Flows leisurely down in the stream;
Where the graceful white swan goes gliding along,
Like a maid in a heavenly dream.

Then I would not exchange my home on the range,
Where the deer and the antelope play;
Where seldom is heard a discouraging word,
And the skies are not cloudy all day.

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