Archive for August, 2013
August 10 is National S’mores Day! For me, s’mores evoke a sense of nostalgia, taking me back to those childhood memories of summer and camping. This Saturday is a great time to bring back those memories and create more. In a previous post, I had talked about adding fruit or dark chocolate to your s’mores to jazz them up, but in honor of S’mores Day, I have found some awesome recipes that will blow your mind. Even if you aren’t camping or can’t have a bonfire, there are alternatives ways to celebrate!
1. Chocolate Peanut Butter S’mores
This decadent treat is sure to please. To make this, you are going to need chocolate wafers or chocolate graham crackers, peanut butter ( smooth or chunky, it’s up to you), and of course, marshmallows. Toast you marshmallow to your liking, I like mine burnt a bit. On one wafer place a glob of peanut butter, then take your toasted marshmallow and place it on top of the peanut butter. Place the second wafer on top and there you have a peanut butter chocolate s’more. I would have some napkins or paper towel on hand, as this could get a little messy.
2. Ginger Caramel S’mores
Looking for a s’more with a little kick? This is the s’more for you. Aside from the marshmallow, you are going to need two gingersnaps and caramel filled chocolate square. My brand of choice would be Ghirardelli. Place your chocolate square on top of one of the gingersnaps then take your toasted marshmallow and put it on top. Place the other gingersnap on top of the marshmallow and you have a s’more with a little spice. This is my personal favorite…chocolate, caramel, marshmallow, and ginger….what more could you want?
3. Nutella Banana S’mores
Love Nutella? Love s’mores? Then what could be better than combining the two to make a delightful desert? This s’more is definitely one you are going to want to try. You can use regular graham crackers or if you are looking for something more unique ( and more calories ) you can use peanut butter cookies. Toast your marshmallow as usual, and on one peanut cookie place a gob of Nutella on the flat side. You can use as much or as little as you want, just have some napkins on hand since Nutella tends to melt quickly. Once you’ve got your Nutella on there place a 2-3 pieces of sliced banana on top. Then comes your marshmallow and second cookie. This is a pretty over the top s’more, but here at Harry’s we believe in trying everything at least once….especially when it involves desert.
If you’re not going to be outdoors Saturday or can’t have a bonfire look up recipes for s’mores bars or s’mores brownies. There is even something called s’mores dip! Whatever you pick, just make sure a marshmallow is involved. If you need a fire starter to get that bonfire going or camp utensils Harry’s has what you need. Have a sweet weekend!
It’s August so that means summer is coming to an end, but there is still time to enjoy some awesome summer time events in Michigan! There are a ton of events going on in Michigan this month, too many to talk about, so we’ve put together a smaller list of the most relevant and the most interesting events going on.
1. The National Blueberry Festival- South Haven, MI, August 8-11
This is the 50th anniversary of this even so it’s sure to be good! You will be able to buy almost anything related to blueberries, so if you are a blueberry lover, this is the event for you. There is a huge variety of activities going on at this festival. On Thursday, August 8, you can enjoy the Blueberry Pie Social and opening ceremonies. Friday you can enjoy sidewalk sales, Blueberry Central that has fresh blueberries, blueberry pies, and more. Saturday starts with a 5K & 10K walk/run, a blueberry pancake breakfast, and a blueberry cook off. To wrap things up, on Sunday, there is a classic car show, a sand sculpture contest, and the Blueberry Festival 50th Birthday Party! For a full list of events and activities check out the National Blueberry Festival website.
2. Ann Arbor Pet Fest- Ann Arbor, MI, August 10-11
Animal lovers will love this festival! This is the largest pet festival in southeastern Michigan. Admission to the festival is just $5 and kids under 10 get in for free. If your four legged friend is healthy, well mannered, and up to date on vaccinations, they are more than welcome to tag along. There are going to be a ton of vendors so you will definitely have the opportunity to shop. Pet trainers and pet health professionals will also be there to answer questions you may have. If you are looking to adopt a new family member there will be several different rescue groups showcasing adoptable dogs. Some of the rescues attending this event are Detroit Bully Corps, Greyhounds of Eastern Michigan, Michigan Orphan Kitten Rescue, Michigan Weimaraner Rescue, and the Midwest Shiba Inu Rescue. Adopting a pet from a rescue group is a very rewarding experience and you are giving that animal a second chance at life! Whether you are looking for a new pet, or you just want explore, this is a great festival for anyone who has a passion for animals. By visiting the Ann Arbor Pet Fest website, you view a full list of sponsors, exhibitors, and rescue groups.
3. Rock the Rapids- Comstock Park, MI, August 20-22
This is Grand Rapids’ original music festival! Hosted at Fifth Third Ballpark, this three day event will have some great music! On Tuesday, August 20, will have performances by Thompson Square, Brett Eldredge, and Drake White. The 21st you will have Daughtry and Lifehouse. To close this event, on the 22nd ZZ Top and Kenny Wayne Shepherd will be taking the stage. Tickets are still available for this event. For more info on tickets, lineups, and the venue check out click here.
There are many more events going on in the state this month so if you’re looking for something to do all you have to do is a little Google search and there will plenty of things to chose from! Don’t forget, Harry’s has got everything you need to to make those end of summer camping trips and hikes go smoothly.
Did you know August is Family Fun Month? Well, it is and Harry’s Army Surplus is a family owned and run business, so we though it was the perfect month to support!
Family Fun Month is all about spending time with the ones you love and having fun. Families comes in all shapes, sizes, ages, and colors! August is also a great month to spend time with family. You can enjoy the last bit of summer and the time before the kids go back to school. If you are looking for ideas on some fun family activities look no further, Harry’s has got you covered! Here’s a list of activities that are perfect for all types of families.
You don’t need to spend a lot of money to have fun, there are plenty of inexpensive and even FREE activities the whole family can do.
1 Spend the day at the park.
You can have a picnic, play Frisbee, play other outdoor games, and more. If you are headed to a state park there may be a beach to relax on and you may even be able to bring the furry members of the family. Most parks have beach volleyball courts as well, so depending on the number of people at your gathering, you could start up a volleyball match. The possibilities are truly endless when it comes to spending time at the park.
2. Go to a museum.
Many museums are starting to offer free or discounted admission on certain days or at certain times. The Detroit Institute of Arts offers residents on Wayne, Macomb, and Oakland counties free admission. If you aren’t located in the Detroit area, research your local museums to find out what the cost of their admission tickets are and if they offer any type of discount. Museums are great for rainy days, which Detroit has had plenty of this summer, and provides a cultural learning experience for everyone.
3. Organize a family game night.
You can take turns letting everyone pick their favorite game. For snacks, before the games get started everyone can get their favorite snack. If people are over 21 then making everyone’s favorite drinks is also an option. Having a game night allows for some healthy competition and clean fun. This could also be a night where the little kids get to stay up just a little bit later than normal or they are allowed to eat their favorite candy. Whatever way you organize it, a game night is sure to be fun.
If you do have some extra cash to spend, you can find some really awesome activities for the whole family.
1. Go to an amusement park.
Amusement parks are a ton of fun especially for kids. With everything from the rides, to the characters dressed up in costume, to the food available, there will be something to please just about everyone. Water parks are also great options, especially for the people who just can’t handle roller coasters. Whichever one you go with, they both have areas specific to the little ones with age appropriate rides and attractions as well as the thrilling rides meant for the older folk.
2. Go catch a baseball game.
Baseball season is in full swing and tickets are typically easy to get. Many MLB parks have other attractions aside from the game. Comerica Park rides for kids as well as fireworks after certain games. The Tampa Bay Rays, who play at Tropicana Field have a 35 foot, 10,000 gallon tank called the Rays Touch Tank that contains live rays that were caught in the Tampa Bay area. You can buy ray food and the proceeds benefit the Florida Aquarium. 50 people are allowed in the tank area at once, but it is free to all people attending the game. Even if you are not located near a MLB team, minor league games are just as fun.
3. Take a road trip.
You don’t have to go anywhere to far, but pick a place that the family has never been to. You guys can all experience a new place together and explore what that city has to offer. While you’re on the trip make sure to try new things, where it’s trying a new food or trying a new activity, you will be able to build memories from experiences like that.
It doesn’t really matter what you do this month, just make sure you dedicate some time to fun and your family. You can even take a family trip to Harry’s! We’ve got something for everyone!