Friday, April 14, 2017

"Some More"

One of our guests, Marjon Sjollema-van Pelt, wrote "Thanks for a lovely weekend in Ward!  We enjoyed the house with the beautiful rooms.  The breakfast in the dining room was excellent!  Then returning from a dinner and the fire pit ready with s'mores for the kids.... We will be back!!!!"

We do have a great fire pit area where we often have a fire and make s'mores for us or for our quests especially if they have children.

S'mores are really popular and have been around for a long time.  Nobody really knows who invented the s'more because the recipe has been passed down by word of mouth.  The first know recipe appeared in a Girl Scout Recipe book, Tramping and Trailing With the Girl Scouts, in 1927.
Loretta Scott Crew is credited with the recipe.

There is a theory that s'mores dates back to the Victorian Era when popular desserts included sandwich cookies and sponge cakes.  At one time the marshmellow was considered a very healthy snack.  According to Tim Richardson's, Sweets:  A History of Candy, the original marsh mallow was a swamp plant resembling a hollyhock, native to Europe and West Asia.  The plant's roots produced a sticky white sap used medicinally for a sore throat remedy.  In the Middle Ages, they made a medieval version of a cough drop by candying the marsh mallow root to make a "sucket".

In the mid-1800's, the French whipped the sap in to a meringue-type froth with egg whites and sugar.  They poured in to molds to form fat squashy confections.  Making the suckets was costly and time consuming so they were very expensive.  Only the upper classes got them.

By the late 1800's the mallow plant extract was replaced by the more readily available gelatin., which is what keeps the modern marshmellows so light and fluffy.

The marshmellow roasts were the latest summer fads by 1890.

The 1927 Recipe

"Some More"

                            8 sticks                                                             16 graham crackers
                                                                                                      8 bars of plain chocolate (any of the 
                                                                                                             good plain brands broken in two)
                                                                                                     16 marshmellows

Toast 2 marshmellow over the coals to a crisp gooey state and then put them inside a graham cracker and chocolate bar sandwich.  The heat of the marshmellow between the halves of chocolate bar will melt the chocolate a bit.  Though it tastes like "some more",  one is really enough.

Tramping and Trailing With the Girl Scouts, published in 1927

Monday, April 10, 2017

Wow, this past week was an interesting weak with weather.  It really hampered the practice rounds at the Master's Golf Tournament in Augusta.  It created some interesting situations here at the B & B also.  On Wednesday, Robin had to hunker down in one of the bathrooms as a tornado ripped through Edgefield, Johnston and Ward.  It was a very scary time but we are very thankful that we suffered no damage to the house itself.  We had a downed power and suffered damage to one of our trees that predated the Civil War.  The falling limbs caused damage to our wrought iron fence which is original to the house.  With a little cleanup our garden areas will be restored to their beauty.

The tornado was determined to be an F-2.  Prior to 1971, there was no way to measure and classify tornadoes.  Dr. Theodore Fujita developed a method for categorizing tornadoes.  The F-Scale or Fujita Scale looks at how much damage they cause and using this to estimate the wind speed.  It classifies tornadoes by their estimated wind speed, which is determined by looking at how strong the wind must have been to cause the resulting damage.
Tornados are classified into 5 catagories:

  • F-0 40-72 mph, Light damage, chimney damage, tree branches broken
  • F-1 73-112 mph, Moderate damage, mobile homes pushed off foundation or flipped over
  • F-2 113-157 mph, Considerable damage, mobile homes demolished, trees uprooted
  • F-3 158-205 mph, Severe damage, roofs and walls torn down, trains overturned, cars thrown around
  • F-4 207-260 mph, Devastating damage, well-constructed walls leveled
  • F-5 261-318 mph, Violent damage, homes lifted off foundation and carried considerable distances, autos thrown as far as 100 meters.