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

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 into 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 best 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 loses 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 assemble 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 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.

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About Julee: Julee Morrison is an experienced author with 35 years of expertise in parenting and recipes. She is the author of four cookbooks: The Instant Pot College Cookbook, The How-To Cookbook for Teens, The Complete Cookbook for Teens, and The Complete College Cookbook. Julee is passionate about baking, crystals, reading, and family. Her writing has appeared in The LA Times (Bon Jovi Obsession Goes Global), Disney's Family Fun Magazine (August 2010, July 2009, September 2008), and My Family Gave Up Television (page 92, Disney Family Fun August 2010). Her great ideas have been featured in Disney's Family Fun (Page 80, September 2008) and the Write for Charity book From the Heart (May 2010). Julee's work has also been published in Weight Watchers Magazine, All You Magazine (Jan. 2011, February 2011, June 2013), Scholastic Parent and Child Magazine (Oct. 2011), Red River Family Magazine (Jan. 2011),, and more. Notably, her article "My Toddler Stood on Elvis' Grave and Scaled Over Boulders to Get to a Dinosaur" made AP News, and "The Sly Way I Cured My Child's Lying Habit" was featured on PopSugar. When she's not writing, Julee enjoys spending time with her family and exploring new baking recipes.
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