This time of year we’re making s’mores just about every time we gather. They are timelessly perfect for a Memorial Day barbecue, a Friday night fire pit on the porch, or a beach bonfire while on vacation.
We absolutely love s’mores. So much, we needed a simple s’mores alternative for when a fire is too much fuss. Since we’re straying from the traditional fireside s’more, we decided now is as good a time as any to implement another substitution: enter the delicious, butter saltiness of the ritz cracker. I was inspired to make a crust in the style of a graham cracker crust using ritz. It seemed like a great balance for a really sweet dessert. The cracker crust was a little delicate for melted marshmallows, so I opted for marshmallow cream. It torched beautifully and had the perfect consistency. This dessert is a simple yet sophisticated take on an old favorite.
6 1/2 oz of Ritz crackers (almost 2 sleeves)
1 stick of butter melted
2 tablespoons sugar
1/3 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 350ºF. Pulse Ritz crackers in a food processor until they turn into crumbs, add butter, sugar and salt and pulse until combined.
Firmly press mixture into bottom of an 8×8 dish. Bake until edges are golden, about 15 minutes. Let cool completely on a wire rack.
2 cups of quality chocolate chips
1/4 cup coconut oil
Melt the chocolate and coconut oil in a double boiler or carefully in the microwave. Once it is completely melted, stir to make sure they a are combined, remove from heat and set aside to cool a bit.
2 jars of marshmallow cream or 2 10oz bags of melted marshmallows
1 recipe of homemade magic shell
1 ritz cracker crust
Pour enough marshmallow cream on top of the ritz crust to give you a nice thick layer. Toast the marshmallow cream using a kitchen torch or carefully broil until nice and toasted like a good campfire marshmallow. Set the crust with the torched marshmallow in the freezer for a bit to cool it off a bit(not necessary but it will help the magic shell a lot quicker since you usually pour it over frozen ice cream). Pour the magic shell over the dessert and before it sets up sprinkle it with flaked salt if desired. Cut into to squares and serve.
We admit it, we love seeing people fall in love with our homes! So when we came across this feature in Pop Sugar entitled “An Unbelievably Cool House to Copy“, about our beloved Seabrook beach house, naturally we were so excited that we had to share it! Designed by the Novogratz, our favorite design duo, Togadera is full of unique features and pops of color that inspire me every time I walk through the door. So take a look at their article and fall in love with Togadera too!
If you’re one of the lucky folks staying with us in Seabrook next month, make sure to save a spot in your itinerary for this unique culinary event taking place at the Seabrook Town Hall. The 100 Mile Dinner is a wine and dinner event that really gets to the bottom of the question, “what does local cuisine actually look like?” The dinner includes “six courses, created exclusively from ingredients, wines, and beverages grown or gathered from no more than 100 miles from Seabrook. All created by award-winning chef Andrew Bickar of Rediviva.” What better way to enjoy a true taste of our favorite Washington beach town?
And while you’re here, take a stroll through Togadera and Coastal Living, our two beautiful Seabrook homes and start making plans for your next stay on the Washington Coast. Enjoy!
If you’re looking for some great food the next time your staying with us in Seabrook, you just can’t miss Mill 109 for some great local flavor! An easy stroll from both our Togadera and Coastal Living homes, the Mill 109 has become a family favorite for all of our Seabrook stays! They perfectly describe their food as “true staples of Northwest coastal cuisine as well as contemporary family fare which makes you think Pacific Northwest meets homespun comfort.” Some of our favorites include the Seabrook Benedict (poached farm eggs and dungeness crab atop an English muffin with their fabulous homemade hollandaise) and, of course, their Lumberjack chili! So stop in the next time you’re in Seabrook and don’t forget to let us know what your favorite dish was!
If you’re looking for the perfect town for your next holiday away, why not let trusty old Martha help with the details! Martha Stewart Living has given their stamp of approval to one of our very favorite places and who are we to argue? We love how perfectly they capture the spirit of Seabrook in their description:
Designed for the kind of small-beach-community experience that we remember from our youth, Seabrook is a place where kids roam freely and neighbors borrow sugar, even when they’ve only just met. The architects who created it nine years ago embraced a philosophy called New Urbanism, which encourages tight-knit, pedestrian-friendly communities. Backyards are virtually nonexistent, nudging people to gather on front porches; homes are close together; and shared services, like fire pits and an indoor swimming pool, abound. A well-curated store, a restaurant, and a bike-rental shop complete the village, and the vast Seabrook beach, a place for razor-clamming, kite-flying, and sand-dollar-combing, is never out of earshot. The stunning rain forests and beaches of Olympic National Park are a short (and scenic) drive north.
It’s no wonder that we’ve chosen Seabrook to be home to two of our beautiful houses, Togadera and Coastal Living – We agree with Martha, there really is no better place for a holiday away!
We are just crazy about the Novogratz here at Anthology and are honored to be able to have the design duo as the geniuses behind the beautiful interior of our Togadera home in Seabrook, Washington! We couldn’t have been happier when we ran across photos of the Togadera living room (along side some of their other amazing work) in Style Me Pretty’s article “Designing a Living Room With The Novogratz“! Make sure to stop by the site and read the oh so doable advice from the designers and parents of seven kids on how to mimic their style in your own living room and don’t forget to check out the pictures of Togadera while you’re there!
1. Let your rug be the anchor.
2. Ask yourself the style sofa you want and then go for it.
3. Mix different patterns in your fabric and have fun. The color doesn’t always just have to be in the throw pillows.
4. Since we are a family of nine, I always make sure there’s enough seating!
5. The living room is where everyone gathers for TV, games, and conversation so make it comfy, casual and cool.