books I read in May

roasted marshmallows on top of a banana split s'moreMay flew by.

marshmallows and chocolate on top of a banana for a s'more

The Forever Human and I went up north for the most incredible long weekend off the grid. Hey Canada, you rock.

campfire cooking tin foil wrapped banana split smores

Books I read:

  1. Everything You Want Me to Be, by Mindy Meija
    I loved this book so much. So much.
  2. Hey Nostradamus!, by Douglas Coupland
    I think that this might be a book that men enjoy… Or people that aren’t me.
  3. Luckiest Girl Alive, by Jessica Knoll
    This book read like real life. Not all the loose ends felt like they mattered or tied up into nice little packages at the end, but that was okay.
  4. Norse Mythology, by Neil Gaiman
    A perfect quick-and-easy vacation read.
  5. And Then There Were None, by Agatha Christie.
    An old favourite… though I’m finding I enjoyed the Queen of Crime more when I was a teenager.
  6. The Rithmatist, by Brandon Sanderson
    I finished this and immediately started reading it again. It’s the perfect lazy beach read for nerds.

And a book I didn’t read:

  1. The Magus, by John Fowles.
    I tried, I really did. But I think this is one of those books that pretentious literary people like, and the rest of us just don’t understand.

roasted marshmallows and chocolate on a banana split smore

Wishing you all a fantastic summer of exploring the wilderness, cooking by campfire, and reading by the lake ✌️

roasted marshmallows and chocolate on a banana split smore

Banana Split S’mores

Next time you’re camping, make these. They’re incredible.

Ingredients (for 2 servings)

  • two bananas
  • 6-10 large marshmallows
  • one bar of milk chocolate
  • one graham cracker

You’ll also need:

  • Aluminum foil
  • A campfire (although an oven or barbecue would probably work too)

Directions

  1. Peel the bananas, and cut them in half lengthwise.
  2. Place them cut side up on a sheet of aluminum foil so they look like this: )(
  3. Cut the large marshmallows in half, and then line them up along one side of the banana.
  4. Break up the chocolate bar, and line up pieces along the other side of the banana.
  5. Fold the banana back together, and wrap the foil around it so it’s closed.
  6. Place on a grill over the fire, or near the embers for about 5 minutes.
  7. Remove from the flame, making sure not to burn yourself, open, sprinkle with some crushed graham cracker, and eat.

I made those directions way more complicated than they needed to be… here’s the simple version: Mash up all the ingredients, wrap them in aluminum foil, and heat them over a campfire. Eat.

In an ideal world, the banana ends up lightly caramelized. I also added extra toasted marshmallow layers on top, because yum.

 

One thought on “books I read in May

  1. It’s been years since I read The Magus and I don’t remember anything about it other than, as you said, “this is one of those books that pretentious literary people like, and the rest of us just don’t understand.” If I remember correctly, he wrote a book called “The Collector” which was much more readable. That’s just in case you’re looking for “s’more” John Fowles.

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