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Saturday, March 14, 2009

The 43rd Circle Time: The Show and Tell Weekly Thread

Show and Tell is wasted on elementary schoolers. Join several dozen bloggers weekly to show off an item, tell a story, and get the attention of the class. In other words, this is Show and Tell 2.0. Everyone is welcome to join, even if you have never posted before and just found out about Show and Tell for the first time today. So yank out a photo of the worst bridesmaid's dress you ever wore and tell us the story; show off the homemade soup you cooked last night; or tell us all about the scarf you made for your first knitting project. Details on how to participate are located at the bottom of this post.

Let's begin. Children are mentioned in this post in case you want to skip down to Mr. Linky and add your own without reading mine.

On Wednesday afternoon, we decided to go house camping. We packed our backpacks with all necessary items (though only I was allowed to carry matches) including a tent, and then marched through the house, pretending each piece of furniture was a bit of nature. We finally found a clearing to pitch our tent and set up camp in the living room. Exhausted from our hike and tent pitching, we all collapsed in the tent and talked about what we wanted to do on our trip.

I was elected to prepare dinner since I am the only one in our camping party allowed to light matches or work the microwave. I made mud juice and sticks (fine, chocolate milk and pretzels) along with soy-dogs and carrots. After dinner, I took a candle out from my pack and we toasted marshmallows over the flame.

I know you're probably sitting there thinking, "I never knew you could do that." I only know that it's possible because of a synchronized eating routine I choreographed for the Olympics at my old middle school where part of our routine included making smores in unison.

Marshmallows burned over a candle cannot be healthy for you--I mean, the blackened exterior should be the first heads up that something is not quite right. But they taste exactly the same as they do when they're created outside. So...I'm going under the assumption that doing it one or two times a year can't kill you.

We finished off the evening by climbing the stair mountain, swimming in the bathtub stream, and hatching those sponge capsules in the shape of insects. And that's how we do camping.

What are you showing today?

Click here or scroll down to the bottom of this post if this is your first time joining along (hint: link to the permalink for the post, not the main url for your blog and use your blog's name, not your name). The list is open from now until late Tuesday night and a new one is posted every week.

Other People Standing at the Head of the Class:

1. Kristin
2. An Unwanted Path
3. On The Road to Baby
4. Awake In the World
5. The Steadfast Warrior
6. Fractured Rainbows
7. Life After Infertility & Loss
8. Sara - Schroedinger's Zygote
9. Weebles Wobblog
10. Finntastic Tales
11. Conceive This!
12. Mrs Spock
13. Baby Smiling In Back Seat
14. Crazy Lady Ramblings
15. The Life of Liv
16. Life Induces Thoughts, mostly random
17. infertility rocks!
18. Not The Path I Chose
19. SSV
20. Delenn
21. Wise Guy
22. In Due Time
23. one- hit_ wonder
24. The Bear and The Comedian
25. Rachel - Henry Street
26. The Baby Makin Chronicles
27. The Maybe Baby
28. Ellen - My So- Called Life
29. Tales of the Phoenix
30. Single Mom By Choice
31. Raggedy Ann
32. Fertile Ramblings
33. Tubeless in Seattle
34. Jo (MoJo Working)
35. The Infertile Sushi- loving Princess
36. Rebecca @ Clumsy Kisses
37. The Therapist is In
38. Busted
39. Alana
40. Coffeegrl
41. Cyster A.C.T.
42. Heeeeere Storkey, Storkey!
43. Third Time's a Charm
44. Cara

Want to bring something to Show and Tell?
  • If you would like to join circle time and show something to the class, simply post each Saturday night (or earlier in the week or on Monday if you can't do the weekend), hopefully including a picture if possible, and telling us about your item. It can be anything--a photo from a trip, a picture of the dress you bought this week, a random image from an old yearbook showing a person you miss. It doesn't need to contain a picture if you can't get a picture--you can simply tell a story about a single item. The list opens every Saturday night and closes on Tuesday night.
  • You must mention Show and Tell and include a link back to this post in your post so people can find the rest of the class. This spreads new readership around through the list. This is now required.
  • Label your post "Show and Tell" each week and then come back here and add the permalink for the post via the Mr. Linky feature (not your blog's main url--use the permalink for your specific Show and Tell post).
  • Oh, and then the point is that you click through all of your classmates and see what they are showing this week. And everyone loves a good "ooooh" and "aaaah" and to be queen (or king) of the playground for five minutes so leave them a comment if you can.
  • Did you post a link and now it's missing?: I reserve the right to delete any links that are not leading to a Show and Tell post or are the blogging equivalent of a spitball.


Kristin said...

That sounds like so much fun! And, I love s'mores.

AnotherDreamer said...

Sounds like fun :)

I have a confession, I always catch my marshmallows on fire and burn them. I love the taste of the blacked part with the melted part. Yum.

GINA and KEV said...

I always think the more burned the mallow, the better!

Anonymous said...

I wish I could have done that when I was a wee lass! Maybe I'll do it now...

JuliaS said...

We make ours in the microwave. The marshmallows get really poofy.

I like the ones cooked over flame much better though - tastes more like I remember, kwim? :0)

Sounds lovely fun.

HereWeGoAJen said...

Once in college, I wanted smores but had no marshmallows so I used peeps instead. (It must have been near Easter.)

The Steadfast Warrior said...

Awesome! My favourite part of toasting marshmallows was cooking the outside layer, pulling it off and toasted the marshmallow underneath. We kept going as far as you could.

Love smores! Mmm graham crackers would be great right about now.

Anonymous said...

Soy dogs, huh? I will have to check those out. I love the Boca Burger chicken nuggets. The taste so much like the real thing! And, I agree. I don't think S'mores via candlelight is the healthiest.

Alana said...

How neat that you incorporated your "camp longings" from earlier in the week into activities for you and your kiddos! Sounds like a great time! :)

'Murgdan' said...

Now THAT sounds like FUN!

MrsSpock said...

Burned marshmallows are the best!

areyoukiddingme said...

That is my kind of camping! No outhouses, no mosquitos, no problems finding a clean bathroom! Awesome...

I thought 'outside burned to black' was the desired state of marshmallows - or else the inside doesn't get all melty.

Liv said...

I love your house camping adventure. Oh, and the best part, no need for tick checks or Calomine lotion for poison ivy!

Lori Lavender Luz said...

You've GOT to be the funnest. Mom. Ever.

I bet your latrine doesn't stink.

Photogrl said...

What a great idea for inside smores!?!

I might have to steal that idea so I can be a cool mom, too.

one-hit_wonder said...

Fun times! said...

I have never tasted marshmallows like that. Would, if I ever got the opportunity!

Anonymous said...

Ooooo...I want to go housecamping! I'm going to thieve your idea for a weekend soon!!!

Glad you had so much fun.


m said...

housecamping! That rocks. And definitely, the more burned the mallow the better - and of course it isn't good for you. That's why it tastes so good.

Anonymous said...

oh wow. that just sounds like SO MUCH FUN

Cara said...

Oh Mel - that is just awesome. It made me laugh so hard because I think it might be how we have to do camping too.

I'm not terrbily "outdoorsy" although, but definition, the farmer I married - is. While I was away he and his father took The Comedian "posting" their property.

They hiked over an hour and a half,then she had to pee. She would not - WOULD NOT - pee in the woods. Hmmm...not a great camper in the making sign.

Phoebe said...

I so love this story of house camping!! It's so creative! If I ever have children, I'm going to use this idea!

My Show and Tell is much more serious this week: The Ring

Beautiful Mess said...

A house camp out sounds like a lot of fun! Since I fail at real camping, I might have to try this. Thanks for sharing!

Raggedy Ann said...

What a grand idea! What fun you must have had. Will give it a try with my little guy one day.

Kristin (kekis) said...

Fun stuff! We do a Writing camp in my classroom each year. It involves tents & sleeping bags but no smores in fear of burning down the school. I could enjoy a burned marshmallow smore right now, though!

KLTTX said...

What a great idea. Sounds like so much fun.

oklaln86 said...

Mmm.... makes me crave some smores!

Carrie said...

What a great idea! We live in Seattle, and housecamping would be something we could do without floating away... love it! And now I want s'mores. :)

Jamie said...

How much fun! Some of my favorite memories are making 'forts' in the living room with cushions.

Your kiddos are going to look back someday and cherish all of those memories.

Busted said...

What a cute idea - and now I want toasted marshmallows. I used to toast them over the flame on our gas burner which I'm sure is far worse than over a candle.

Alana said...

It's my first time participating in Show & Tell. Yay! How fun! :)

Ali said...

Its my first time in class too.. a great camping adventure brought a smile to my face ! never thought to toast marshmallows over a candle before. YUM ! said...

Wow, this is the first time I have seen 41 on the Show and Tell list....amazing participation this time! Congratulations!

Stacie said...

What a fun idea! I can't wait until the boys get a little older so I can try this with them! :-)

Io said...

House camping is the best kind of camping. No spiders. (Well, not as many maybe.)

Bea said...

House camping. That's fantastic!