Roasting Marshmallows from the Comfort of Your Backyard with a Fire Pit + #Giveaway

It is easy to see why a fire pit has become an essential element in backyard landscaping. The warm glow of the fire creates the perfect setting for an intimate social gathering, as the flickering fire ignites imaginations and tall tales come to life. Summer is the ultimate campfire season, but as those long, hot, summer days turn in to cool autumn nights, the warmth and glow from the fire can extend your outdoor living season making your backyard enjoyable throughout the year.

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As summer draws to a close, we gear up for that first day of school, and outdoor decor seems out of season, but for those of us who live in the south, autumn is the perfect time to be outside. The weather is cooler, the humidity disappears, and once again we see crisp blue skies paired with white fluffy clouds.   The fire pit is one of those outdoor accessories that is better suited for the fall.  During the summer, the idea of sitting next to a blazing fire looses its appeal, but the fire pit becomes a backyard centerpiece when the temperature drops and we are drawn to its warmth.

fire pit

Fire Pit

As part of our backyard makeover series, ACE Hardware generously provided us with a beautiful, 36″ Square Lattice Fire Pit by Living Accents.  The fire pit was easy to assembly and looks great on our patio with our Adirondack chairs also by Living Accents.

roasting marshmallows for s'mores

This year, National Smores Day was observed on Friday, August 10, 2012, and we are excited to be celebrating from the comfort of our backyard.  With a fire pit we can enjoy the wonderful taste of a fire-roasted marshmallows without having to endure the entire camping experience. You don’t need to go camping to participate in this culinary celebration, break out your fire pit and bring the wilderness to your backyard.

Campfire S’more Recipe 


1 large marshmallow
1 graham cracker
1 chocolate candy bar


Place marshmallow on a stick. Heat the marshmallow over hot embers until it begins to melt. Break the graham cracker in half. Place the hot marshmallow and a piece of chocolate on one half of the graham cracker. Top with the second piece of graham cracker to form a sandwich. Let the marshmallow cool a bit before serving.

Or even try our Solar Oven S’mores.

I love shopping at Ace Hardware, they carry everything I need for my weekend home improvement projects without the hassle of shopping in a big box stores.  Locally owned and operated, each store is tailored around the local community.

One lucky winner from Mommy’s Memorandum will receive a

Ace $25 Gift Card - Ace Hardware

$25.00 gift card to Ace Hardware!

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“Natalie is a mother of two energetic boys ages 5 and 7. She spends her weekends working outside in the yard and loves DIY home improvement projects. She enjoys playing sports with her children and dreams of becoming a professional photographer..

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Julee is the writer behind the blog, Mommy’s Memorandum. She vents her emotions through flour and butter. While she realizes there are the tried and true endorphin-inducers like exercise, being thankful and eating healthy, she prefers to live in the fast lane: real butter, a new recipe with a gazillion calories and laughing until she sobs…and of course blogging. She’s perky, quirky, dorky. A Utah native and NC transplant with an appetitie to taste the world, meet its desserts!
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  1. Bernie Dunne says:

    I love Ace so much, the service and quality are so fantastic. They carry eveerything and anything, I always find what I need from garden supplies to kitchen cleaners I love ace.

  2. They really do have helpful employees.
    Thanks for the contest.

  3. I’ve never had a bad experience shopping there.

  4. spirit_kim says:

    I love that they have such a great canning selection.

  5. I could use a Lasko box fan
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  6. Jennifer Haffner says:

    Our local Ace has super friendly employees that are always willing to help you out!

  7. Monica Singleton says:

    I have always wanted one of these!!

  8. Janice Cooper says:

    Love the help at Ace Hardware. No matter what department I visit their is always someone their to help. Great customer service!!!



  10. Beth Brent says:

    Ace is always super helpful and knowledgeable when I need advice for my home projects. I appreciate that.

  11. I like Living Accents® Folding Adirondack Chair & Ottoman in Natural.

  12. Terri Mize says:

    Love the ACE here in town, they might be the smallest but they seem to always have exactly what we need and very helpful people.

  13. Angela Pittman says:

    I love Ace hardware cause I can always find what I’m looking cause they carry items that other stores do not

  14. Erika Silverthorn Nichols says:

    Ace Hardware Stores seem to be fading out around me. But I like their clothes poles.

  15. I Santa Fe charcoal grill

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