Summer has finally arrived in Canada!
Kids are out of school and excited for late nights, no homework and freedom. It is time to head out the cabin and enjoy nights by the campfire!
We are a family that loves our campfires! We grew up with summer nights spending hours staring into the campfire, adding wood to make it bigger and constantly hearing the snaps and crackle of the fire as it burns down. By the lake in the black night sky, unless it’s a full moon, the only glow is the reflection from the fire. The campfire is something that connects us with each other and with nature.
Some of the best summer memories are stories that are retold over the campfire, listening to music, trying to sing songs, laughing and relaxing with each other. Spending time with our family and no other distractions.
What does the campfire mean to the kids?
- Wearing pyjamas outside
- Staying up late after the sun has gone to bed
- Hanging out with the big kids and adults
- Great FOOD – It’s all about the food! Hot dogs, banana boats, Jiffy popcorn and roasting marshmallows. But their favourite is S’mores.
If you have not had the pleasure of trying S’mores let me try to explain it to you.
1. Grab yourself a marshmallow, 2 graham’s cracker cookies and a square of chocolate.
2. Go find a stick, old metal coat hanger or anything that you can roast a marshmallow on. Slowly rotisserie your marshmallow until it is golden brown all around. Parents… be prepared to eat the burnt, black and crispy marshmallows as the kids learn this technique.
3. Slide that perfectly melted marshmallow onto one graham cracker by pinching it with the chocolate square.
4. Finally the SQUISH, grab that other graham cracker and melt the gooey marshmallow until chocolate starts to melt creating sticking fingers.
5. Sit back and enjoy the goodness.
S’mores side-effect Warning – Sticky fingers leads to marshmallow in hair, on clothes and dirt being attracted to your kids. It’s all about lake clothes :) Have fun with it!
Weekend getaways to the cabin would not be complete without a campfire. When supper is done, it’s the first thing our kids start asking about. It’s part of our cabin traditions and typical amongst Canadian’s who retreat to lake cabins, cottages, campers, RVs, tents and wilderness. If you are going to experience a Canadian summer with your kids having a campfire and making S’mores better be on your list.