by Beth

Call me crazy, but camping has always been my preferred vacation.  It’s what I grew up doing; though always in a trailer..”glamping.”  Last year my husband and I decided to keep the tradition going and we bought our very own 36 foot, 5th wheel RV, that has 3 slides. We keep it permanently at a campground up in the mountains, but only a little over an hour away.  It’s nice being able to go to the same place each time because we don’t waste time setting up and breaking down everything we need…we just pack a laundry basket full of clean clothes and come back home with the basket full of dirty clothes.

I love being in nature, and I love that my kids get to grow up getting messy, and a little bit dirty.  This past Labor Day weekend we had some family and friends joining us at the campground, so I planned some fun stuff to keep the natives busy.

My step-son brought a friend to keep him company, and I decided that having 2 teenage boys along for the trip made it a perfect opportunity to make some decadent s’mores.

Since Halloween season begins in August, I was able to score a giant bag of assorted candy from Sam’s Club.  It had Snickers, Milky Ways, Twix, 3 Musketeers and M&Ms.  I also made a stop at Dollar Tree and bought fudge stripped cookies, and other miniature sized candy, including York Peppermint Patties and Mr. Goodbars.

I laid all the goodies out on a large platter, I had fun arranging the candy and cookies.  Once it was all out together, I have to say to looked amazing. I used a picture of this glorious bounty to get the teenagers to help clean up after dinner


Messy Momming Tip: Food is a Great Bribery Tool to Motivate Teenagers! (Also works on most toddlers and husbands, too!)


Everyone had a blast creating some fantastic s’more combinations that evening.  Fudge stripped cookies, with a Milky Way and a perfectly toasted marshmallow is a personal favorite.  My husband loves a Peppermint Patty on his and the boys, well…I’m not sure they could peg a favorite.  But if the amount of candy wrappers I found around was any indication…they liked many different combinations.


We camped for 6 nights and this was an easy go-to dessert!  Replenishing our candy and cookie platter was easy with the bulk stash hidden away and the kids were amazed to see a whole new platter each night! It was a s’more-gasbord of desserts and a great way to bring everyone together around the camp fire!!