Last year I attended my first food blogging conference in Orlando and there I met Amanda from Kevin and Amanda. Little did I know then that my blogging life would end up being transformed quite a bit from the connections that were made.
Since that conference, I have gotten to know Amanda better, plus a few more bloggers from the Heart of Dixie. I am fortunate to be able to meet with them on a monthly basis. Some of our meetings are at Amanda’s home. What a gracious hostess she is! (If you’re not familiar with her, you can check out her blog by clicking here.)
With summer being upon us full swing, Amanda had a pool, pizza, and s’mores party for us. After talking blogging business, we delved into this delicious pizza from a nearby pizzeria.
Not long after, it was time for everyone’s favorite part of the meeting – s’mores. Of course, you cannot have s’mores without marshmallows. Amanda made these Birthday Cake Marshmallows from Shauna Sever’s cookbook, Marshmallow Madness! They were incredible.
She also had a delicious variety of chocolate-y spreads for making a wide assortment of s’mores:
We carried out all of the goodies to make fabulous treats and set them up near Amanda’s fire pit.
Although it was supposed to be a pool party, nobody chose to get in the pool. Perhaps we were a bit too focused on trying out some amazing s’mores.
Because of the timing, some of the ladies in our group were not able to make it to our August monthly gathering. (It really is a business meeting for us. Honestly. I have learned so much from these amazing women. It just works out that we always have a good time.)
Amanda gave us each swag bags and in them were organic chocolate candy bars, Kraft marshmallows, Nestle Crunch Girl Scout candy bars, and two cookbooks perfect for taking our s’mores creations to the next level:
I have a treat for you, too! I have been allowed to share a recipe with you and I picked Kid-Friendly S’mores Chocolate Milk from The S’mores Cookbook. Isn’t it cute?
I made the glass pictured above with Paleo graham crackers and store-bought organic chocolate syrup. I hope that you enjoy the recipe!