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  • Campfire S'mores
  • Thank You Notes

Campfire S'mores

I was surprised to learn that the whole world didn't know about a very American "tradition," of making S'mores.

A s'more (sometimes spelled smore) is a traditional night time campfire treat popular in the United States and Canada, consisting of a roasted marshmallow and a layer of chocolate sandwiched between two pieces of graham crackerNational S'mores Day is celebrated yearly on August 10 in the United States. Wikipedia

This is something that is usually done when camping or after a barbeque (bbq).

Using a stick, skewer, or even un-bent coat hanger, put one or two marshmallows on the stick and position it over (not IN) the flames; Warning, sometimes the marshmallow will catch on fire so be ready to blow it out. 

For a slower more even golden brown color,  twirl the marshmallow on the stick periodically over the red hot coals (no flame).

If you are craving s'mores in the comfort of your home and want to make them without a fire, see below for the recipe.

Talk of the Town Tutor Conversation Group celebrating "National S'mores Day" August 10th

S'mores Recipes

"There is no "right" way to make a Smore. Anyway you like it, is the right way."

Over a fire:

No-fire recipe (it calls for mini marshmallows...the very little ones):

...and don't forget to ask for S'MORE! ("some more")


Take me out to the ballgame!

America's pastime: Baseball  Even if you are not familiar with the sport of baseball, maybe you should be.  If you are in conversation with someone, it is very likely they may use an expression that is confusing in the context, but makes perfect sense, if you understand the game:

Home Run

Strike Out

Grand slam

Hit it out of the park


Big league-er

Seventh inning stretch

Touch base

In the ballpark

Throw a curve (ball)

I wanted to pitch an idea to my boss but I struck out.  I thought it would be a home run but I wasn't even in the ballpark.  He threw me a curve when he said let's touch base next week.


Thank you notes


When you receive a gift and thank the person "IN PERSON," there is no need to write a separate thank you note.

A phone call is always appreciated.  Many people say, I don't know if they received the gift I sent. Therefore, either a phone call or a note is important. Nowadays, I think an email is acceptable by most.

Here is a the entry on the Emily Post site, considered the "expert" on manners and etiquette:

One thing she says is "It’s never wrong to send a written thank you. . . and people always appreciate getting 'thanks' in writing."

In the old days, you always sent thank you notes after social occasions, for example, if you go to someone's house for dinner. (This is done infrequently in my circle these days) or for an overnight (or longer) stay.


When you are interviewing for a job, while many people do NOT do it, it is strongly advisable.  By impressing the hiring team, you might stand out above the other applicants.  You might just land the job!

(See number 7 below.)

7 No-Brainers for Job Interviews

A job interview can be intimidating, and you only have a short amount of time to make a good impression on the interviewer. There are definitely some tricks to having a good job interview and giving yourself the best chance to be hired. Whether you are applying to baby sit, clean pools, work in a clothing store or a restaurant, these tips will guarantee that you make a good impression.

  1. Be prepared. Have all the pertinent information about yourself in order. Write out your contact information so you can give it to the interviewer. Plan the questions you want to ask. Know where the interview will be and how long it takes to get there. Know the interviewer’s name.
  2. Be early. Use the time to compose yourself, think about what you want to get across about yourself, and review any questions you want to ask.
  3. Dress appropriately. For a job at the local clothing store it will be one outfit; for a pool-cleaning job it might be something different.  Either way, your clothes should be clean, neat and without tears or holes. (And not too revealing!)
  4. Speak clearly and make eye contact. Even if you are shy!
  5. Address the interviewer by name. Use “Mr.,” “Mrs.,” or “Ms.” unless the interviewer asks you to use a first name.
  6. Shake hands twice. Once when you arrive and once when you leave.
  7. Thank them twice. Once verbally when you leave and once in writing.

Email is probably the way most people handle thank yous nowadays.  But my son, 25, still writes thank you notes and mails them with a stamp.  I think employers and other colleagues are impressed that he took the time to do so.  And it makes more of an impact to receive it in the mail, I think, rather than to risk it being lost among all the emails that one receives on a day-to-day basis.

Hard copy, handwritten or e-mail?

Thank-you letters can be hard copy typed, handwritten or e-mailed.

Hard copy not-handwritten are most formal and are appropriate after an interview.

Handwritten are more personal, and can be appropriate for brief notes to a variety of individuals you may have met during an on-site interview.

E-mail is appropriate, particularly as a supplement (i.e. do both e-mail and hard copy) when that has been your means of contact with the person you want to thank, or if your contact has expressed a preference for e-mail, or you know your contact is travelling and will not have access to hard copy mail in a timely fashion.

That being said, here is an example of a thank you email: