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.

fire pit

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!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

“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..

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


  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

  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

  16. they have free delivery to my local Ace Hardware store

  17. Laura Bradley says:

    Ace is great, it’s the closest home improvement store to our house and the staff is always helpful and courteous.

  18. Lindsey P. says:

    I love Ace Hardware. I’ve never had a bad experience with them. The people who work there are always so nice and helpful.

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  20. Carolyn Daley says:

    I love the rewards program and free shipping to store which makes it convenient and expensive to get items that are not in stock at the store.

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  23. Richard Hicks says:

    I like the Ace store better than the big box stores. Always get personalized servie at Ace

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  24. I like the Living Accents 3 Person
    Swing with Canopy

  25. Trisha McKee says:

    We had an Ace store down the road from us and they were so helpful in helping us find just what we needed and instructing us on our projects. We have since moved out of town but will still only go there!

  26. I like the Rayovac Sportsman Krypton lantern. This would be very handy when we have power outages.

  27. shirley zolenski says:

    I like shopping at Ace because they are always very helpful and always lead me in the right direction

  28. I like the Suncast Horizontal Storage Shed (GS1000BA)

  29. julie hawkins says:

    I like the living accents folding hammock chair

  30. Sherry Fowler says:

    My local Ace Hardware is so professional and nice everytime i go in

  31. Charity S says:

    I like that they list the services available at your local store.

  32. Tanya White says:
  33. Angela Cash says:

    I had no idea that Ace offered such a variety of services, including UPS/Postal Service and small engine repair.

  34. Tanya White says:
  35. I ordered an outdoor wrought iron side table from them this summer to match the chairs we bought elsewhere and it’s great.

  36. that they have multiple locations right around me that i never knew about.

  37. I have a Ace store not to far from me and I go to it when I need something. I can tell you that they know their stuff and the customer service is great. You can always get someone with knowledge to answer your questions.

  38. amy deeter says:

    they have nice employees there

  39. Jennifer Peaslee says:

    In my experience, the employees at Ace Hardware are great…very helpful!

  40. Sarah Yurga says:

    they have key cutting service available

  41. I need a new hummingbird feeder and they have a couple of nice looking ones.

  42. We have an Ace Hardware close to our house. I enjoy shopping there because the employees are always helpful and friendly!

  43. Sarah Harding says:

    our local ace hardware is great they have a popcorn machine so you can have a snack as you browse

  44. love the new ace hardware in middlebury IN – lovely building and would love this gc to go in there and help relieve them of some end of the season gardening supplies

  45. kathy pease says:

    I love the Panasonic® Dect 6.0 Telephone System with Corded Base and Digital Answering Machine (KX-TG1061M)

  46. We visit our Ace Hardware all the time, just to pick up a tool or something to help us in our current project. It’s nice to have a store like that close by! I could definitely use a gift card. Thanks!

  47. Whitney L says:

    We love our local Ace Hardware! Their rewards program is awesome too!

  48. kelly nicholson says:

    i like the backyard swing

  49. Nan Bixby says:

    Love Ace! and love the rewards program. Love the fact you can almost always find what you need and you dont have to walk miles!

  50. Heather S says:

    they will help you choose paint an dmix it for you

  51. Melissa VandenBerg says:

    We love ACE Hardware….one Sunday we were painting our fireplace bricks and the paint we were using was NOT working. They were able to tell us what to do and it worked perfect!

  52. I’m painting all of the rooms in my house so I’ll be visiting Ace for paint, brushes and other supplies.

  53. We are small business owners and love the personal service and ‘home town’ feel of our local Ace Hardware.

  54. Angela Winesburg says:

    Living Accents 3 Person
    Swing with Canopy

  55. Shannon S says:

    I want a grill so bad. I would love their Weber® Genesis® S-330 Propane Gas Grill

  56. I shared this on my page, Frugal for my Family.

  57. I went because they had sent us a coupon for $5 off any purchase of $5 or more. My idea was to get some weed killer for as close to free as possible. The man that helped me was so nice and knowledgeable that I took his suggestion and purchased a product that wasn’t free, but was better. So glad I went. My weeds are gone.

  58. This would be great as I think I could probably find a nice gift at ACE for my husband as the 3rd is out 8th Anniversary and we can’t afford to get much for gift, but winning this would help me be able to do so!! I love going to ACE they are always so friendly!!

  59. april yedinak says:

    I love my local Ace- I can get what I need and get in and out fast. I also love that I can look online for items and have them shipped to my store for free.

  60. jamie lafever says:

    Living Accents 3 Person Swing with Canopy

  61. I saw on the Ace site that they offer free shipping to their stores.

  62. Barbara Montag says:
  63. Jennifer Mae Hiles says:
  64. Lisa Fonseca says:

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  65. wendy wallach says:

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  66. wendy wallach says:

    my experiences have always been positive since they are smaller and friendlier then some of the bigger stores

  67. I’ve had consistently great experiences in my Ace Hardware stores.

  68. I love Ace. I have one about 2 minutes from where I live and go there all the time.

  69. The Ace Hardware in our area is the absolute best in helping out customers.

  70. Hollie Jahnke says:
  71. I hope i win!!!!!!!!!!

  72. I would love a Purdy® Swan Paint Brush. It’s time to get a good brush.

  73. Chrystal J. says:

    I love the Living Accents Metropolitan Patio Collection.

  74. Susan Smith says:

    They have free shipping to your local Ace store

  75. I like DeWalt 20V Lithium Ion
    Compact Drill / Driver…

  76. Jackie Bennett says:

    My daughter loves going to Ace with me because our Ace hands out free popcorn. :)

  77. i have always had good experiences when shopping there…their associates are very helpful & friendly

  78. sharon winne says:

    We always shop at ACE hardware. they are the only hardware store that has excellent customer service. they are always very helpful and friendly.We always get our garden supplies there.

  79. Kathy Davis says:

    FB fan as Kathy Newsom Davis

  80. My hubby used to work there part time :)

  81. Liberty Boblett says:

    I love going to Ace Hardware! They always have what I am looking for, I don’t have to go to the big box store and wander around looking for what I need…Friendly employees, and great products. Not to mention the sales, and weekly deals! Love our local Ace Hardware!

  82. They sell a Suncast® Resin Wicker Outdoor Screen Enclosure that could be handy.

  83. Angela Neynaber says:

    I like how they have step by step how to’s for me to follow.

  84. my husband LOVES ace so much to pick from and decent prices , they are always ready and willing to help you find something you need! we always have good experiences with ace hardware

  85. Our local Ace Hardware always has the best customer service. Always take the time to help me find what I’m looking for.

  86. stephanie williams says:

    ACE is part of the Shop At Home Rebate site! Love to get money back on my purchases.

  87. you can get free shipping to stores. That’s nice!

  88. I like the Valley Forge® Best Cotton Replacement Flag.

  89. Lucy Schwartz says:

    Ace Hardware stores are great. From big projects to tiny ones , they have the products and the staff to help.

  90. I would like to buy Living Accents Folding
    Hammock Chair

  91. Mia Dentice Carey says:

    I like their TIPS…KEEP WEEDS UNDER WRAPS FOR A LUSH LAWN was pretty helpful.

  92. I’ve always had all my duplicate keys cut at Ace Hardware – Thanks!

  93. Jennifer Mae Hiles says:
  94. Jennifer Mae Hiles says:

    I love their Living Accents 3 Person Swing with Canopy! I can see me and the kids swinging in it on the front porch sipping lemonade right now! :)

  95. There’s a locally-owned Ace Hardware in the same shopping complex as my husband’s shop, and they’re very nice and helpful! They go out of their way to stock items he needs.

  96. bianca roman says:

    I haven’t been to Ace Hardware in what seems like forever..but I want to go back to get things for the house. We’ve been saying we’ve wanted to repaint the walls for the longest time haha. Our Ace always has nice employees!

  97. Alicia Ponce says:

    I liked the fireplace

  98. Cody Anderson says:

    I visit ACE regularly and get most of my hardware from there and find the staff to always be friendly and helpful.

  99. buy everything you need to can at ace .Canning Jars, Kits & Accessories

  100. Hollie Jahnke says:

    Ace has the best paint!!

  101. Hollie Jahnke says:
  102. Elizabeth Johnson says:

    Ace always has people there to help you find what you are looking for.

  103. Annette D says:

    I love Ace Hardware! They are always friendly and helpful and the have a great selection.

  104. jessie cawthron says:

    i love the ace down the street from me. the sales people are always friendly and help me find exactly what im looking for.

  105. Arthur Caudill says:

    I like the fact that Ace hardware sells Craftsman hand tools.

  106. ace is one of my favorite stores..

  107. My husband loves ace. Would love to win this for him:-)

  108. Barbara Montag says:
  109. Ace has great customer service and people that are always willing to help!
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  110. Barbara Montag says:
  111. The pump went out on our cooler mid-summer and both big box stores were out of stock of what we needed with no idea when it would come in. Ace had what we needed and very helpful staff making sure i got the right stuff. Thanks for keeping my babies cool!

  112. Love their reward system.It’s the only store that make x-tra keys for me and does it right!!! Thank You

  113. Kim Hanthorn says:

    I have always liked shopping Ace Hardware stores they have very nice and helpful people working there and they always have what I am looking for at a good pricew.

  114. Its great that you can order something from Ace hardware online and they will ship it to a store close to you for free.

  115. There’s an Ace Hardware near my house and they’re always very helpful.

  116. Nicole Sender says:

    Recently Ace Hardware staff were very helpful to me regarding paint products!

  117. love when I would go for paint and bring a clothing item and they would match it to a t

  118. My husband would love to have this!

  119. Barbara Montag says:
  120. I did not they had a reward programs until now.

  121. Kyl Neusch says:

    like the Living Accents Folding Hammock Chair

  122. Brutus Duffy says:

    Every time we go in there the people who work there are very friendly to us. they are also very knowledgible.

  123. I’ve never won anything ever before. just thought it would be nice to win for once. Sure could use a lot of things from ACE Hardware. Ace is just around the corner from where I live.
    Thank you so much if I should win.

  124. Barbara Montag says:
  125. Barbara Montag says:

    We have an Ace Hardware & I’m always received excellent customer service there.
    Thank you.

  126. I love going to Ace Hardware for their personalized service. I also love their smaller selection because I don’t usually need to choose between 1000 types of nails.

  127. Kathie Craig says:

    They have items that the big hardware stores do not have.

  128. We love Ace! We have one really close to our house and we buy as much as we can from them! Right now I am trying to finish a bench for my front porch so I need to go there to get supplies.

  129. I would love to own one of Camp planner kids patio swing. My grandson would love it.

  130. Kristy Thiel says:

    I love the living accents seating!

  131. I like the garden tool area. They have so much to select from. They also have everything you need to winterize your home. ACE is the Place!

  132. Ace has free delivery to your local store.

  133. Kathy Ross says:

    I like our Ace! They’re really helpful.

  134. mary ellen ashenfelder says:

    Love Ace Hardware — very nice place to shop — great sales and very helpful employees.

  135. Cheryl Chervitz says:

    I just signed up for their Rewards program, I didn’t know they had one. They have always been really friendly when I went to ACE.

  136. Michelle Smith says:

    I love that they are close and someone always has good advise there!

  137. susan varney says:

    i like the Beckett Boy with Dog Fountain Quick View

  138. Katharine Davis says:

    they have the Dremel® Cordless Tool Minimite Dremel (7300-N/8) I have had my eye on at a great price

  139. Connie Bolick Lee says:

    They seem to carry about anything you should need there.

  140. I love shopping at Ace, they are always so helpful

  141. I like the Astonica Great Leaf Cast Iron Bird Bath.

  142. the one in greeley, co have the friendliest employees

  143. Crystal F says:

    I would love to have the Garden & Farm Utility
    Cart (60600018) to pack all of our softball stuff when my daughter has a tournament. thank you!!

  144. you can get exclusive benefits through ACE rewards

  145. Christina says:

    I learned that they have a How To section!

  146. amy marantino says:

    i like that they have a nice selection of Dremel products on their site. I am a hound for Dremel toys.

  147. Cynthia R says:

    i like the Living Accents 3 Person Swing with Canopy on their site. I’ve bought some yard decorative stuff from ace before and really like the stores

  148. I like Ace and always find they are helpful and so much less hectic than the large stores. I am pretty impressed the have rewards now and non clippable coupons on their site!

  149. I didn’t know they sold Sterilite organizational products.

  150. Rebecca Graham says:

    I like the Ace rewards and all the good brands they sell.

  151. I need this for my gardening – the Ames® Lawn Buddy Lawn Cart.

  152. I like the Ace Rewards program

  153. That is a cool pit and if you say it is easy to assemble, I believe you

  154. Katherine says:

    I love our local Ace hardware so very helpful!~

  155. Marcia Goss says:

    I would like to have this for my back yard.
    Living Accents 3 Person Swing with Canopy

  156. I’d like one of the storage sheds for our back deck.

  157. I love that they offer a wide variety of outdoor furniture!

  158. Ace Hardware has always been so genuinely friendly and helpful!! It has always been like this in anylocation I have been in from California to Texas to Florida!!

  159. Mary Casper says:

    I like gioing into ace hardware because everyone is friendly and helpful

  160. Diane Zielinski says:

    I like to in-store selection of cleaning products they carry.

  161. Cynthia C says:
  162. Suzanne K says:

    I saw a ceiling fan that I’d love to have!

  163. Cynthia C says:

    I used the locator and found an Ace Hardware 3 miles from me.

  164. Ace is the place for the helpful hardware man.

  165. I love ACE. They are very knowledgeable if you are a new to DIY like me.

  166. Jessie C. says:

    I like they offer free shipping to store.

  167. They’re one of the few places that carry the vacuum bags that i need.

  168. Ilove the living person 3 seat swing

  169. Leann Lindeman says:

    I want this.. Living Accents Grill Gazebo

  170. I like Living Accents Folding Hammock Chair

  171. Dorothy Doll says:

    I used all Ace paints when we moved into our new home.

  172. Cheryl Reinhardt says:

    I love their rakes…….. they are sturdy and last forever!!!

  173. Ann Fantom says:

    I like Ace Hardware because their staff is much more helpful and knowledgeable than the other big box hardware stores

  174. We have an original locally owned ACE hardware store in town that looks just like one of those old timey hardware shops that carries everything, and they know everything, and it looks like a mess! But they are always rated #1 in the area.

  175. We have an Ace about a mile from our house and they are always super helpful. They also have a lot of larger tools available for rent, which is a really nice feature!

  176. My local ace store has the most helpful people…plus you get free popcorn. :)

  177. Seyma Shabbir says:

    Love Ace Hardware, they have great selection of dowels. We bought one and hubby cut it to proportion for me so I could use it for dough rolling!

  178. I love the Living Accents Kids
    Wooden Adirondack Chair. My grandson always wants to sit in those chairs when we visit their store!


  180. i love ACE hardware–just bought a ladder from them and the staff was really friendly and helpful :)

  181. Michele Behlen says:

    I like the North States 3 Tube Birdfeeder

  182. I discovered they have a really good tip and how-to section

  183. I like the Living Accents Folding
    Hammock Chair.

  184. They sell carts with wheels so you can tote laundry (as you are walking to the laundrymat)
    or groceries in them but I wish that they would carry ones that are much sturdier. Please let them know, as I always use these carts. Thanks.

  185. this is the first time i visited ace hardware site i had no idea they have rewards for evey $1 you spend

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