Michelle Smiles

Teaching my children to question authority, except mine.

Keeping it real


My MOMS Club had mom’s night in on Friday night.  We gathered for a pseudo Top Chef competition.  I made guacamole and s’more cake.  I made the guacamole because I was talking a little smack about mine being better than a local place that makes it table-side.  I figured it was time to put up or shut up.  The s’more cake I made because I thought it sounded yummy – it wasn’t something I had made before.

I often post recipes on Mondays.  Folks sometimes comment that they couldn’t/wouldn’t be able to make the things that I post.  To keep it real, I had a kitchen disaster at my Top Chef party.  I like to think I’m a decent cook but sometimes we all need a reminder to be humble:

A little reminder from me to you, my friends: Don’t put marshmallows under the broiler and walk away.

Fortunately, I didn’t burn down my friend’s house (good thing…she is my best friend around these parts and I would hate to make her homeless).  The only harm done was to the cake.  These photos are courtesy of another friend, Crystal, who proved her status as a true photographer by grabbing her camera to document the event rather than helping me douse the flames.  Is it any wonder why I love my MOMS Club?  One friend who is still speaking to me after I almost burn down her house and another who tells everyone to get out of her light so she can document the (hilarious in hindsight) near disaster.  Awesome!  So glad I found my peeps.

It seems rather anti-climatic to share that my guacamole won the best dish of the night.  It also seems a little unfair because there were some amazing dishes: pork sandwiches, cake that tasted like a Krispy Kreme donut, ceviche, mint chocolate cookies, and lots of other yummy things.  I’ve posted my guacamole recipe several times in the past.

All photos are stolen from Crystal.

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9 Comments to

“Keeping it real”

  1. On September 20th, 2010 at 9:57 am nora Says:

    Ha! That’s hilarious! And my first thought was, “oh can you removed the blackened marshmallow and still eat it?” The guac I would seriously kill someone for it.

  2. On September 20th, 2010 at 3:13 pm jane Says:

    I was thinking the same thing Nora was! I love your guacamole. Only problem (not really) is that I’m the only one who eats it at my house. And I’d really like to see that Krispy Kreme cake recipe sometime, too…

  3. On September 20th, 2010 at 8:20 pm Alleen Says:

    I’m truly LMAO here!!! Oh my goodness!!

  4. On September 20th, 2010 at 8:38 pm Bobbi Says:

    It takes big person to admit when things don’t go just so:>) Loved the pics…..and can you send some of that winning dish my way, please??

  5. On September 20th, 2010 at 9:25 pm dana Says:

    LOL Michelle! Those pictures are great! I’m glad she thought to take pictures because it really tells the story. Thanks for sharing the faux paux.

  6. On September 21st, 2010 at 9:01 am debbie Says:

    That is so funny. Maybe you were going for the cajun spin on your dessert?

  7. On September 21st, 2010 at 12:01 pm Melany Says:

    That is VERY funny. And sad. It almost still looks good enough to eat.

  8. On September 21st, 2010 at 9:29 pm Martha Says:

    so we dont get the s’mores recipe?!

  9. On September 22nd, 2010 at 12:34 pm Crystal Says:

    LOVE IT! And you can still my pictures anytime….I deserve it for not helping you douse the flames.