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By bonfire designs 23 Mar, 2016

Chocolate Strawberry Cookie SMores

Recipe Ingredient Ideas
Wilton Light Candy Cocoa Melts, 12-Ounce

Chocolate melts work great for this strawberry cookie recipe but if you don't have them, chocolate chips will melt fine

Chocolate Strawberry Cookies

Chocolate strawberries cookie smores are a treat for every occasion, easy and inexpensive to create and with a little DIY taste you can make them your way.

I made these up one day when I wanted a special sweet recipe I could make with my favorite chef assistants. I was thinking chocolate, they were thinking strawberries and cookies. So it was time to whip up some Chocolate strawberry cookies and as we went along, we tasted and made adjustments until it was everyones perfect recipe.

Cook Time

Prep Time: 15 Minutes

Total Time: About An Hour

Serves: Make A Lot Of Them!

Ingredients

  • Fresh Strawberries
  • Chocolate Melts or Chocolate Chips
  • Oreo Cookies - Double Stuffed Is My Favorite
  • Mini Marshmallows
  • Peanut Butter Chips
  • Sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Melt the chocolate - I use a super easy fondue pot
  2. Line the cupcake tray with your favorite cupcake liners
  3. Twist the Oreo cookie top off to reveal the double stuffing and cookie bottom
  4. Place 1 Oreo Cookie in each liner double stuff white goodness up (Save the tops of the cookies if you want to crush and crumble on the top of some of the Smores)
  5. Add a spoonful of melted chocolate on top of the oreo cookie
  6. Slice the strawberries in half the long way and lay it cut side down on top of the oreo cookie and melted chocolate
  7. Drop in some mini marshmallows
  8. Add some mini chocolate chips
  9. Go crazy and crush up some kit kats or add some sno caps or raisinets or chop up some nuts - it's all about what you love
  10. Add another spoonful or 2 of melted chocolate over the strawberry and in and around the candy toppings, this will not only taste great but hold everything together once it is chilled
  11. Decorate with sprinkles.
  12. Drizzle melted chocolate over the whole delicious thing
  13. Chill in the fridge for about 20 minutes
  14. Place it on a platter or serve it from the tray, surround it with family and friends and Enjoy!
By bonfire designs 03 Aug, 2015

  1. Bees - I hate bees mostly I hate the yellow jacket and wasp kind of bees that really seem to want to get me no matter what I am doing
  2. Weeds - The darn weeds grow everywhere. If you could win an award for thickest tallest weeds we would win but I've got them covered now - the natural way
  3. Ants and Mosquitos and the damn beetles are everywhere. I swear these bugs are all playing some insect game where whoever makes it into my house wins. Not cool. I hate mosquito bites and I spend April to October keeping ants as far away from my house and yard as possible. Not an easy task, there is never one ant. Ever. These guys really bug me.
  4. Sunburn - Sunburns are not cool. They hurt. They damage your skin and sun block to my face, neck and everywhere on my body is a definite summer requirement.
  5. Wet Towels - Yes, wet towels absolutely everywhere. We all use about two towels each, you know one to sit on even on lounge chairs, then one to dry off with and wrap around your shoulders. Lots of wet towels.
  6. Shorts and bathing suits - ready or not the heat is here and you may feel self conscious or underdressed, but you just have to go with it.
  7. Heat - remember all winter when you complained it was too cold - well now it's just too hot!
  8. Thunder and lightning storms can get seriously scary, especially when they pop up flooding streets and roadways, knocking out the power (no cable!), bringing down trees and even starting structure fires. 
  9. Electric bills are sky high because, well the air conditioner has to be running because, it's so hot out. Remember Winter when we said it was too cold, yeah.
  10. Muggy, humid uncomfortable weather that makes hair frizz and people grumpy, yeah that's a lot of fun. Not.

By bonfire designs 26 Jul, 2015
The best things about Summer are the ones that just make you feel good and remind me that it's really important to make some time to do more of what you love with those you love. Have fun. Stay motivated. Relax and enjoy life.
By bonfire designs 23 Jul, 2015
Welcome to my happy place where I am Bonfire Designs. I am Mom, Grandmother, Designer, Writer, Coffee Drinker and Pet Lover. I have spent 20 years of my life as a firefighter, very active, very involved proud when I became a Fire Officer. Most of my adult life I have been involved in the medical world as a medical assistant, medical technician, officer manager of a large medical specialty office and almost a decade as an EMT in the emergency services world before I became a firefighter. So proud my older daughter is now a nurse. So proud of my business career younger daughter. Proud of my husband who worked so hard for 40 years of his life to give us a great life and now is able to retire and enjoy it with us. Proud to just try and be the best me at everything I take on.

I believe in family.  I believe in love. I am certain everything in life happens for a reason and how you cope and deal with those things makes you the whole of who you are. Whether I am saving lost and abandoned kittens making them family and so happy they have adopted us, or having fun with my granddaughters or taking some quiet time to design new graphics and blog to share - I am me and hope that you will all be you.

I share with you not only the personalized gifts I design and sell, but also my belief that life is personal. No two people are the same and that I think is how it should be. I share my gifts of family. My gifts of firefighter brotherhood, of the dedicated nurses and EMT Paramedics. I share some motivation and inspiration. My journey to healthy fitness both physical and emotional because life while beautiful, is not always easy.


By bonfire designs 23 Jul, 2015
We Blog About What We Love:
Anyone can blog and try to sell you things from their political views, things they make money off of or the Brooklyn Bridge. But we don't. We sell and blog about only what we believe in. Of course we will probably never be really rich or famous, but we will be a place you can trust for new ideas.

We Love To Share:
We love to share photos. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then we are worth gazillions because there is nothing so personal as a photograph. We hope you enjoy our view and even share with us too.

Blogs are a great way to communicate:
Not only can we share our newest gifts and recipes, we can help get the word out about what's new in town, who's the next big star and where you can find some great info on all the things in life that interest you too.

We Are People, Just Like You:

We aren't a giant, impersonal business store. We are up close and personal with all the love, family, frustrations and challenges in life you probably face too.

We will never be rich like Donald Trump. Never become a huge business store like Macy's. And we are never going to be as talented or famous as Taylor Swift. But they will never be lucky enough to be us either!

We Want You To Personalize Your World:
Instead of us choosing your colors and sizes, choosing the message or wording, we design almost everything so that you can add your own personal touches. Whether it is a birthday present, holiday gift, congratulations for weddings, retirements and graduations we know that you have something special to say. We provide some designs that we think you will love and the ability to personalize your gift your way.

We Don't Judge You:
Gifts of love are not about judgement. Whether you have a million dollars or a budget to stick to for whatever works for you, we make sure the gift you buy for others or for yourself, is priceless. Not about the sticker on the bottom or the brand name. About making it personal. Spend a little, or spend a lot. We want you to be proud of what you bought.

We Love Animals and Pets:
We do love animals and pets. Even if you are not a pet owner or animal lover we know that any one that has a good heart and a great place in this world has compassion for pets and would never do them any harm. We love them and love sharing our family life with them. We have been lucky enough to rescue our family pets from some bad situations because they were brave enough and loving enough to find us. We love sharing funny animal videos and hope you will too.

Our Blog Is Free - Who Doesn't Love Free!:

Our blog will never charge you a fee. It's not free to try, it's free forever. We are lucky if you want to stop by so maybe you should charge us, OK just kidding. No sign up. No email addresses. We aren't going to spam you or your e-mail. We just hope you will stop by and share us with your family and friends.

We Love Food:
Yes, we do love food. You aren't supposed to admit that today, you know it's a totally fitness world out there. But no it's not really. People want to enjoy food. You can't go anywhere without having to worry about what you are going to eat. You can't watch TV without food commercials. You can't celebrate a holiday or special event without thinking about food and menus.

But we love to share our recipes both fitness healthy, always easy recipes and oh so decadent recipes you reserve for those times you just feel like it. Let's see what we can cook up together.

We Won't Make You Leave Your House:

You never even have to leave home to enjoy our blog and insights and shopping fun with us. Too hot to shop, too cold to leave home? That's OK, we are always open because we are online. Would you rather be out at the beach, taking care of business at work or anywhere else you would rather spend your time, that's awesome. We love technology and make sure you can find us on your laptop, tablet or phone - please take us along with you!

What else do you love about online shopping? Let me know!

Bonfire Designs Personalized Gifts

By bonfire designs 23 Mar, 2016

Chocolate Strawberry Cookie SMores

Recipe Ingredient Ideas
Wilton Light Candy Cocoa Melts, 12-Ounce

Chocolate melts work great for this strawberry cookie recipe but if you don't have them, chocolate chips will melt fine

Chocolate Strawberry Cookies

Chocolate strawberries cookie smores are a treat for every occasion, easy and inexpensive to create and with a little DIY taste you can make them your way.

I made these up one day when I wanted a special sweet recipe I could make with my favorite chef assistants. I was thinking chocolate, they were thinking strawberries and cookies. So it was time to whip up some Chocolate strawberry cookies and as we went along, we tasted and made adjustments until it was everyones perfect recipe.

Cook Time

Prep Time: 15 Minutes

Total Time: About An Hour

Serves: Make A Lot Of Them!

Ingredients

  • Fresh Strawberries
  • Chocolate Melts or Chocolate Chips
  • Oreo Cookies - Double Stuffed Is My Favorite
  • Mini Marshmallows
  • Peanut Butter Chips
  • Sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Melt the chocolate - I use a super easy fondue pot
  2. Line the cupcake tray with your favorite cupcake liners
  3. Twist the Oreo cookie top off to reveal the double stuffing and cookie bottom
  4. Place 1 Oreo Cookie in each liner double stuff white goodness up (Save the tops of the cookies if you want to crush and crumble on the top of some of the Smores)
  5. Add a spoonful of melted chocolate on top of the oreo cookie
  6. Slice the strawberries in half the long way and lay it cut side down on top of the oreo cookie and melted chocolate
  7. Drop in some mini marshmallows
  8. Add some mini chocolate chips
  9. Go crazy and crush up some kit kats or add some sno caps or raisinets or chop up some nuts - it's all about what you love
  10. Add another spoonful or 2 of melted chocolate over the strawberry and in and around the candy toppings, this will not only taste great but hold everything together once it is chilled
  11. Decorate with sprinkles.
  12. Drizzle melted chocolate over the whole delicious thing
  13. Chill in the fridge for about 20 minutes
  14. Place it on a platter or serve it from the tray, surround it with family and friends and Enjoy!
By bonfire designs 03 Aug, 2015

  1. Bees - I hate bees mostly I hate the yellow jacket and wasp kind of bees that really seem to want to get me no matter what I am doing
  2. Weeds - The darn weeds grow everywhere. If you could win an award for thickest tallest weeds we would win but I've got them covered now - the natural way
  3. Ants and Mosquitos and the damn beetles are everywhere. I swear these bugs are all playing some insect game where whoever makes it into my house wins. Not cool. I hate mosquito bites and I spend April to October keeping ants as far away from my house and yard as possible. Not an easy task, there is never one ant. Ever. These guys really bug me.
  4. Sunburn - Sunburns are not cool. They hurt. They damage your skin and sun block to my face, neck and everywhere on my body is a definite summer requirement.
  5. Wet Towels - Yes, wet towels absolutely everywhere. We all use about two towels each, you know one to sit on even on lounge chairs, then one to dry off with and wrap around your shoulders. Lots of wet towels.
  6. Shorts and bathing suits - ready or not the heat is here and you may feel self conscious or underdressed, but you just have to go with it.
  7. Heat - remember all winter when you complained it was too cold - well now it's just too hot!
  8. Thunder and lightning storms can get seriously scary, especially when they pop up flooding streets and roadways, knocking out the power (no cable!), bringing down trees and even starting structure fires. 
  9. Electric bills are sky high because, well the air conditioner has to be running because, it's so hot out. Remember Winter when we said it was too cold, yeah.
  10. Muggy, humid uncomfortable weather that makes hair frizz and people grumpy, yeah that's a lot of fun. Not.

By bonfire designs 26 Jul, 2015
The best things about Summer are the ones that just make you feel good and remind me that it's really important to make some time to do more of what you love with those you love. Have fun. Stay motivated. Relax and enjoy life.
By bonfire designs 23 Jul, 2015
Welcome to my happy place where I am Bonfire Designs. I am Mom, Grandmother, Designer, Writer, Coffee Drinker and Pet Lover. I have spent 20 years of my life as a firefighter, very active, very involved proud when I became a Fire Officer. Most of my adult life I have been involved in the medical world as a medical assistant, medical technician, officer manager of a large medical specialty office and almost a decade as an EMT in the emergency services world before I became a firefighter. So proud my older daughter is now a nurse. So proud of my business career younger daughter. Proud of my husband who worked so hard for 40 years of his life to give us a great life and now is able to retire and enjoy it with us. Proud to just try and be the best me at everything I take on.

I believe in family.  I believe in love. I am certain everything in life happens for a reason and how you cope and deal with those things makes you the whole of who you are. Whether I am saving lost and abandoned kittens making them family and so happy they have adopted us, or having fun with my granddaughters or taking some quiet time to design new graphics and blog to share - I am me and hope that you will all be you.

I share with you not only the personalized gifts I design and sell, but also my belief that life is personal. No two people are the same and that I think is how it should be. I share my gifts of family. My gifts of firefighter brotherhood, of the dedicated nurses and EMT Paramedics. I share some motivation and inspiration. My journey to healthy fitness both physical and emotional because life while beautiful, is not always easy.


By bonfire designs 23 Jul, 2015
We Blog About What We Love:
Anyone can blog and try to sell you things from their political views, things they make money off of or the Brooklyn Bridge. But we don't. We sell and blog about only what we believe in. Of course we will probably never be really rich or famous, but we will be a place you can trust for new ideas.

We Love To Share:
We love to share photos. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then we are worth gazillions because there is nothing so personal as a photograph. We hope you enjoy our view and even share with us too.

Blogs are a great way to communicate:
Not only can we share our newest gifts and recipes, we can help get the word out about what's new in town, who's the next big star and where you can find some great info on all the things in life that interest you too.

We Are People, Just Like You:

We aren't a giant, impersonal business store. We are up close and personal with all the love, family, frustrations and challenges in life you probably face too.

We will never be rich like Donald Trump. Never become a huge business store like Macy's. And we are never going to be as talented or famous as Taylor Swift. But they will never be lucky enough to be us either!

We Want You To Personalize Your World:
Instead of us choosing your colors and sizes, choosing the message or wording, we design almost everything so that you can add your own personal touches. Whether it is a birthday present, holiday gift, congratulations for weddings, retirements and graduations we know that you have something special to say. We provide some designs that we think you will love and the ability to personalize your gift your way.

We Don't Judge You:
Gifts of love are not about judgement. Whether you have a million dollars or a budget to stick to for whatever works for you, we make sure the gift you buy for others or for yourself, is priceless. Not about the sticker on the bottom or the brand name. About making it personal. Spend a little, or spend a lot. We want you to be proud of what you bought.

We Love Animals and Pets:
We do love animals and pets. Even if you are not a pet owner or animal lover we know that any one that has a good heart and a great place in this world has compassion for pets and would never do them any harm. We love them and love sharing our family life with them. We have been lucky enough to rescue our family pets from some bad situations because they were brave enough and loving enough to find us. We love sharing funny animal videos and hope you will too.

Our Blog Is Free - Who Doesn't Love Free!:

Our blog will never charge you a fee. It's not free to try, it's free forever. We are lucky if you want to stop by so maybe you should charge us, OK just kidding. No sign up. No email addresses. We aren't going to spam you or your e-mail. We just hope you will stop by and share us with your family and friends.

We Love Food:
Yes, we do love food. You aren't supposed to admit that today, you know it's a totally fitness world out there. But no it's not really. People want to enjoy food. You can't go anywhere without having to worry about what you are going to eat. You can't watch TV without food commercials. You can't celebrate a holiday or special event without thinking about food and menus.

But we love to share our recipes both fitness healthy, always easy recipes and oh so decadent recipes you reserve for those times you just feel like it. Let's see what we can cook up together.

We Won't Make You Leave Your House:

You never even have to leave home to enjoy our blog and insights and shopping fun with us. Too hot to shop, too cold to leave home? That's OK, we are always open because we are online. Would you rather be out at the beach, taking care of business at work or anywhere else you would rather spend your time, that's awesome. We love technology and make sure you can find us on your laptop, tablet or phone - please take us along with you!

What else do you love about online shopping? Let me know!
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