Black Hills Trip & S’mores Pudding Jars

Howdy! I wanted to pop in to share some pictures from the fun trip I took last weekend and an easy dessert I made for my adventure. Last Thursday through Sunday I was in the Black Hills with my parents, sisters, brother-in-law, and nieces. It was a blast! A quick trip that was jam-packed with fun. 🙂  So take a look at some of the pictures I took and also make sure to check out the recipe for S’mores Pudding Jars at the bottom of the post!

Wild flowers, my favorite

Indian Tacos at Cheyenne Crossing are a MUST if you’re in the Black Hills!

Beautiful trees in Savoy on the hike to Little Spearfish Falls.

On the trail to Little Spearfish Falls

Look what I found! J(osh)+M(elissa)

I HAD to take a picture by it. 🙂

My parents

Jennifer, my mom, & me

Appetizers at Oggie’s Bar & Grill in Deadwood. Look at the size of those onions rings!  They were soooo good!

I went with the fish tacos for supper at Oggies. Great choice! They were fresh and filling.

At the Homestake Gold Mine in Lead, SD.

Enjoying the mine with my cute niece, Ava.

Ava & Ruby checking out the mine.

Danger Explosives!

Chubby Chipmunk, land of mouth-watering homemade truffles. YOU. MUST. GO. HERE.  or at least order their goodies online!

The rare Fortunato No. 4 chocolate is at Chubby Chipmunk, I had to try it! It has an intense chocolate flavor & isn’t too sweet.

Truffles!! From the left: Peanut Butter, Deadwood Toffee, Dark Espresso & Milk Caramel.

Kicking out feet up before saying goodbye to vacation!

The following pictures are from our visit to Tatanka, outside of Deadwood.  I highly recommend visiting here if you’re in the area.  There was a great presentation by a woman named Melissa, she shared with us the story of the Bison and some history of American Natives.  After the presentation, we checked out the large bronze sculptures of 14 bison being pursued by 3 Native American Horseback Riders.  It is a wonderful place!  Here’s a quote from Kevin Costner at the opening of Tatanka:

“I believe today that this place is bigger than the dream I had for it. What it means to anyone that will come here will be up to them. Tatanka was not designed as the white man’s version of the Native American. Rather it stands as a centerpiece for two cultures, one whose very lives depended on the buffalo and one who saw it as a means to an end. It recognizes and accepts that this is our mutual history. It can also represent the chance to move forward.” Kevin Costner, Grand Opening Speech

Shannon & Derrick with my favorite nieces, Ava & Ruby.

Sisters 🙂




Now onto a fun recipe!  I made these S’mores Pudding Jars to bring with me to the Black Hills.  They were a fantastic treat!  Super simple & tasty…just the way I like to cook when I’m on vacation! Sorry I didn’t take a lot of pictures.

S’mores Pudding Jars          Print Recipe Here

From: somekitchenstories

Makes up to 10 jars


12 graham crackers (1 sleeve plus a few), crushed
1/3 Cup of butter, melted
1/4 Cup of sugar
1 Package of instant chocolate pudding
2 Cups of whole milk
Mini-Marshmallows, for topping


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a small bowl, combine the crushed graham cracker, melted butter, and sugar. Press this mixture in a baking dish and bake in preheated oven for 8-10 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool.

Prepare the pudding mix by mixing together with the milk until blended. Place in fridge for 5 minutes to chill.

Spoon half of the graham crackers into the bottom of your serving dishes. Now spoon the pudding over the top, then top with the remaining graham crackers. Top with marshmallows. Broil for a minute or two until the marshmallows are toasted. Serve and enjoy!

One thought on “Black Hills Trip & S’mores Pudding Jars

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