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s’mores fondue for two

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Summer was made for s’mores.


“First you take the graham, you stick the chocolate on the graham. Then you roast the ‘mallow. When the ‘mallows flaming… you stick it on the chocolate. Then cover with the other end. Then you scarf. Kind of messy, but good!”

Life skills brought to you by Ham Porter.

The Sandlot is a cinematic masterpiece. I still remember the first time I saw The Sandlot; I was 8 or 9 and we were on family vacation with my cousins at the beach.  My cousins talked up a big game, “This is the best movie, you HAVE to watch it.” I did, and while I was totally grossed out by the chewing tobacco at the carnival, my cousins were totally right. The Sandlot is great.

It’s one of my favorite movies; there’s the right amount of humor, drama and adventure (you cannot tell me that Benny the Jet Rodriguez running away from The Beast is not dramatic). More importantly, The Sandlot perfectly encompasses summer. In the span of 2 hours, they covers all of the most important summer activities: bike riding, days at the pool, carnivals, fireworks, backyard sleepovers, and s’mores.

s'mores fondue

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