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Tuesday, May 28, 2024
Good morning to you!

A toasted marshmallow. A chunk of chocolate. Two graham crackers. That’s a not-so-secret recipe for something many of you may have indulged in over the holiday weekend. I had two.

Of course, I am referencing one of the easiest North American snacks to make and one of the more difficult ones to spell. Is it a s’more? Or a smore? Or some other variation? I am not sure, but I know one thing; it is delicious.

We spent a portion of two evenings this past weekend with friends and family around two separate campfires. After shaking the bit of residual rust off the campfire skewers, we settled in to the snaps, crackles and pops of the firewood and got sticky.

Those of you who have done the same, whether in recent years or not, know there is a science to making a s’more, and it really depends on who the s’more chef is. Some purists like their marshmallows mostly raw. Others prefer them charred to a crispy crunch. I want mine somewhere in the middle — golden brown and gooey.

The name s’more is said to be a contraction of the phrase “some more.” The initial recipe apparently was in a Campfire Marshmallows cookbook in the early 1920s. Back then, it was called a “Graham Cracker Sandwich,” and why not? The article I read said this was already a popular treat with both the Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts. Not too many years later, a recipe for “Some More” was published in the now awkwardly named “Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts.” A variation of names followed, including “marshmallow toasts” and “s’mores hikes.”

My oldest daughter, Sara, makes s’mores in the microwave “Hamilton-style,” fondly named after one of her favorite elementary school teachers who made these in her classroom. It’s not quite the same, but it works in a pinch. Some people even make s’mores in the oven, over a stove's flame, in an air fryer, or in a panini press. Seriously.

My middle daughter, Samantha, swaps the Hershey chocolate bar for a mini-Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, and it is truly mouth-watering. I have been told that Nutella or Peeps are delicious, too, but I am eagerly awaiting Easter time to try a s’more with a Cadbury Crème Egg.

My youngest daughter, Abby, simply makes sure we have all the necessary materials to make s’mores, and she is kind enough to make one for me each time. And if I want a second? I just have to ask for s’more.

Have a terrific Tuesday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
515-953-4822, ext. 305

See Shane Goodman's previous columns here.


Clear Mortgage meteorology

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From  the May issue of CITYVIEW

Summer Arts & Entertainment Guide

By Cyote Williams

The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming — and the cicadas are coming. But that won’t stop us, and it shouldn’t stop you, from enjoying the seemingly endless entertainment that graces central Iowa during its warmest months. Artwork from the world-renowned to the area’s brightest up and coming talents. From Broadway shows to community theaters. Symphonies to singers. Cracks of the bat to thoroughbreds and racecars rounding curves. CITYVIEW’s events section details the best community celebrations, farmers markets, skillet throws and conventions for most every interest. We have it here in one place to help you make summer 2024 unforgettable.


CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines®
The results have been tallied and published in the February issue of CITYVIEW and online!


Best East Village Store


2. AllSpice Culinarium

3. Porch Light

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The maple syrup cartel. Quebec's 50 million syrup-producing maple trees yield around 72% of the entire world’s supply. Quebec’s Global Maple Syrup Strategic Reserve— three high-security warehouses big enough to hold 221,000 barrels — allows the syrup cartel to regulate global prices. Without much argument, Quebec is known as "the Saudi Arabia of maple syrup." (WSJ)

Nitrate concentration surged in several Iowa rivers due to recent rainfall, causing Des Moines Water Works to activate its nitrate removal system, the largest in the world, to cope with farm run-off upriver. (Iowa Capital Dispatch)

Tuesday touts. Setoka is a Japanese hybrid orange with super sweetness. It is simmered with carrots to make the "ultimate sauce for French Japanese lobster." (Trails to Oishi Tokyo)... Elliott, a major hedge fund company, joined Berkshire Hathaway in investing heavily in Sumitomo, a Japanese trading company. The chief attraction is value brought on by the weakest yen in more than 30 years. Sumitomo, which is invested in agriculture, mining and retail, is also seen as a strong long-term earner. (Fox Business)

Deals today. Tuesday brings $4.95 gyros to Opa! (2800 University Ave., West Des Moines)... Kid’s meals are half priced all day Tuesday at Machine Shed (11151 Hickman Road, Urbandale)... Giordano’s (120 Jordan Creek Parkway, West Des Moines) offers half priced pizza on Tuesdays through May… Tuesday brings $12 hot beef sandwiches to Paula's (524 Elm St., Valley Junction) ... All day happy hour prices, such as half priced oysters, are in effect Tuesdays at Django (1420 Locust St.), Des Moines.


— Jim Duncan, jd91446@aol.com

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From the May issue of Clive Living magazine

Competing for time
Pickleball chemistry on the court with son, dad

By Jackie Wilson

Elliot Liesland’s goal this summer is to beat his dad, Rob, at pickleball. He feels confident in his abilities, which he has sharpened over the past few years.

“My cousin and I always try to beat my dad and uncle. We have a chance to beat them. I think this summer, we can do it,” he says.
Elliot, 17, and his dad, Rob, both of Clive, began playing pickleball together in 2019 with their extended family. Rob’s mother-in-law had a pickleball set, and Elliot begin playing with it. Rob played competitively, while Elliott began improving his skills. The two either play each other or play doubles with other players.

They often play outdoor courses, such as Walker Johnson Park or at Dinks Pickleball, an indoor course.



FROM KCCI: Des Moines school to ban phones to improve students' mental health

DES MOINES, Iowa — There's a new call to action at Des Moines' Hoover High School to improve mental health. The school will no longer allow students to use their cellphones, headphones or AirPods during the school day in the upcoming school year.....READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Four people rescued from Raccoon River near Van Meter

Despite warnings from DNR officers, four people who launched three kayaks and a small boat into the Raccoon River on the north side of Van Meter needed to be rescued minutes after their voyage began Monday afternoon. .... READ MORE FROM WHO

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: FEMA begins providing services to Greenfield residents impacted by tornado

"Every household's exact situation is unique, so we're committed to working with every family, every household, on a case-by-case basis," a FEMA spokesperson said......READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

Sports headlines
ESPN: Derrick White drains clutch corner 3 to send Celtics to NBA Finals...READ MORE 
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED: Bill Walton's Unflappable Positivity Made Him One of a Kind ... READ MORE
YAHOO! Sports: Ex-Jaguars kicker Brandon McManus accused of sexual assault in lawsuit after alleged incident on team flight ....READ MORE
2006: Barry Bonds hits 715th home run to pass Babe Ruth on MLB list.  .... READ MORE
1830: Andrew Jackson signs the Indian Removal Act into law. On May 28, 1830, President Andrew Jackson signs the Indian Removal Act into law. The bill enabled the federal government to negotiate with southeastern Native American tribes for their ancestral lands in states such as Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee. As a result, some 60,000 Native Americans were forced westward into “Indian Territory” (present-day Oklahoma). The mass migration resulted in more than 4,000 deaths and became known as the Trail of Tears..... READ MORE
2005: Murder suspect removed after three days perched on crane. ... READ MORE
Birthdays and notables

Happy Birthday Will Reiher!

These celebrities were born on this date:Phil Foden, Alec Benjamin, Kylie Minogue, Kyle Walker, Eyedress, Maisie Peters, Gladys Knight, Jake Johnson, Jerry West, Jep Robertson, Michael Oher

SUBMIT: Send your birthday greetings and congratulatory notes to: tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

Morning chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:

How do you make Budweiser? SEND BUD TO SCHOOL! - Rex Post, Gail Tomlinson, Lori Bluml, Carolyn Rogers, Donna Willems, Judy Anderson, William Snyder, Brendan Comito, Martha Wittkowski, Jeff Muller, George Cockayne

Today's riddle

What do you call it when two musical groups try to outdo each other?

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