The Smell of Smoke on the Air

Hello my lovely readers! Sorry about not doing my weekly update this week. My best friend came to visit me and we went camping so no wifi. Anyways, due to the smoke in the air caused by wildfires all over Montana, I’ve been feeling nostalgic so I thought I would talk about what weird things give me nostalgia.

The Smell of Smoke

Growing up, some of my most cherished memories include camping out in the wilds of California. My favourite part was sitting around the fire with family and friends and stuffing myself with s’mores. The smell also reminds me of the bonfires I went to in my teens. Some of my best birthday parties were held under the stars enveloped in the warmth of a roaring fire. They were times of stupidity and merriment that I will always cherish. On a weirder note though, the smell also reminds me of fall in California. I remember starting the first grade and we were moving to a new neighbourhood and school as these massive wildfires roared through northern San Diego. Since then, I have associated the smell of smoke in the air to the start of autumn and new beginnings.

The Smell of a Certain Brand of Lipgloss

I wish, for the life of me, I could remember the brand of the lipgloss. It belonged to my mom and the smell always reminds me of where my love for makeup comes from. The smell also reminds me of France. Maybe it was a french brand or my mom wore it when we lived there, but either it has such strong connections to my childhood. I wish I could find it again.

Music

There are some songs that bring back such fond memories and periods of time for me. Title and Registration by Death Cab for Cutie is one of those songs. To be honest anything by Death Cab is nostalgic for me. I started listening to them at the tail-end of my emo phase after going through Never Shout Never and All Time Low, I slowly made my way into emo indie music which honestly changed my life. This Death Cab song in particular reminds me of a friendship that I formed back then and bond we formed over our shared love of music. It reminds me of times when I thought I was deep and emotional for listening to songs about heartbreak that I didn’t understand (and still don’t to be honest). I also recently saw Blind Pilot in concert. One Red Thread plagued all of my pandora playlists and was on my top ten most played songs on my ipod for a long time. They were incredible live, and it reminded me so much of being 13 and my first forays into indie music. Gosh what a time that was for me.

Anyways, I just wanted to share with you how I was feeling recently and I would describe that feeling as hella nostalgic. What about you? I would love to hear what makes you feel nostalgic!

S’mores to Die for

Step up your s’mores game

You might not know this about me, but I love camping! I love going out in the wilderness and bond with family/friends under the wide open sky. While there are many merits to camping, the best part about the whole experience is eating s’mores! Over my lifetime, my thoughts on s’mores have pretty much expanded into a discourse on how to make them and what ingredients to use. Here are the many variations of s’mores that will make you want to pack up car and head for the nearest campground (wow I sound like Buzzfeed).

I only have a clever name for one type of s’more, and that is the s’moreo. This variation was discovered during a woefully under-resourced birthday bonfire. With only marshmallows and oreos, we were forced to combine the two and it was quite magical. If you’re on a budget or want a simpler s’more recipe, this is the one for you.

Another type of s’more is the reese’s s’more, where hershey’s chocolate is replaced with a delicious peanut butter cup. This was introduced to me by my cousins and it literally changed my life. Never before had I really thought about switching out the iconic hershey’s for anything else. Now that the door was open, there were endless opportunities ahead of me.

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An excellent reese’s s’more

This leads me to this time last week when I tried a new and heady combination that knocked the reese’s s’more from the top of my list. This new s’more replaces the hershey’s with a york peppermint patty. I mean, my god, it was a revelation. I’ve never had anything like it before.

Another good hershey’s substitute are those chocolate squares filled with caramel (literally chocolate squares filled with just about anything would be good on a s’more). If you’re camping any time soon, I highly recommend venturing beyond the hershey’s chocolate and try experimenting with your favourite chocolates.