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Fire Pit Friday!

Updated on March 1, 2014

Here's a great way to build family memories!

This summer, I've declared a new weekly holiday. It's Fire pit Friday! Every week, our family builds a campfire in the backyard in our fire pit and we spend time with each other. As a busy, homeschooling mom of seven great kids, I don't have a lot of extra money for all kinds of summer vacations or day trips. But I want to build memories and spend time with my family. Enter our fire pit. We love to camp, but camping is a lot of work. One of the best things about camping is sitting around the campfire, making s'mores and watching the flames light up the dark night. Now we don't have to wait to go camping to make that campfire, we just wander out to the backyard, and light a fire!

It's Friday Night!

Firepit Fun
Firepit Fun

We love spending time together around the fire pit! How can you get seven siblings to sit and get along? Make a campfire. Gather camp chairs and arrange them in a circle. Make dinner over the campfire. Get the kids involved! You can cook all sorts of things on a stick--hot dogs, crescent rolls, marshmallow and more. Or you can use a pie iron to make sandwiches. Sometimes, we just roast S'mores for dessert. Who can go wrong with chocolate, graham crackers and marshmallows? Anytime is a great time to gather your family and friends and create memories. Invite your neighbors over to share in the fun!

Get a fire pit for your own backyard - And you can celebrate Fire pit Friday every week too!

A fire pit is a great addition to your backyard! With this, you can enjoy campfires year round. You can roast marshmallows, toast wieners and have a great time with family and friends. This fire pit comes with a mesh screen and a cover to keep it out of the rain when you are not using it. Get one now, and start building family memories!

CobraCo Diamond Mesh Fire Pit with Screen and Cover FB8008
CobraCo Diamond Mesh Fire Pit with Screen and Cover FB8008

A firepit is a great addition to your backyard! With a firepit like this one, you can enjoy campfires year round. You can roast marshmallows, toast wieners and have a great time with family and friends. This firepit comes with a mesh screen and a cover to keep it out of the rain when you are not using it. Get a firepit now, and start building family memories!

 

Dinner's almost ready! - Making memories cooking hotdogs over the campfire

Hot dogs just taste better when they are cooked over the open flame! In fact, everything tastes better when it is cooked over the open flame. My kids love to have dinner Friday nights over the fire. We set up our camp chairs and collect the rolls and condiments and we are set! We set up a small portable table to hold our supplies, and get a grill stick for everyone. Sometimes, we even set up the tent in the backyard and spend the night outside after our fire dies down. Instant (and almost free) fun!

Do you have a firepit yet?

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Cook Dinner, S'mores, and more!

Rome Industries 1705 Pie Iron Sandwich Cooker
Rome Industries 1705 Pie Iron Sandwich Cooker

Make Mountain pies, grilled cheese and more over the campfire!

 
Coleman Extendable Cooking Fork
Coleman Extendable Cooking Fork

Get the extendable cooking fork for the little ones so they don't have to get too close!

 

There's nothing like toasted marshmallows - Unless of course, you use them to make s'mores!

This girl has mastered the art of toasting marshmallows. And she will remember the good times spent with her family forever! The kids try to outdo each other toasting the best marshmallow. I never have to toast my own, because one of the kids always wants to do mine for me. The big kids help the little kids and they build their relationships. Of course, one more thing is needed for our celebration. Can you guess what it is? A camera. Take pictures so you can share your memories when the kids grow up!

S'mores are the perfect accompaniment to any campfire! They are so easy to make.

  • Prep time: 2 min
  • Cook time: 3 min
  • Ready in: 5 min
  • Yields: the whole crew

Ingredients

  • marshmallows
  • graham crackers
  • chocolate bars

Instructions

  1. Toast a marshmallow (or two) over the campfire. You can toast it a little or a lot. Break one whole graham cracker in half. Put a mini chocolate bar on one half of the graham cracker, then put the toasted marshmallow on top and top it off with the other graham cracker half. Eat while hot! Yum. For a fun alternative, use a Reese's peanut butter cup in place of the chocolate bar.
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Lens of the Day!

This lens was chosen as Lens of the Day on July 6, 2012.

Firepit + Summer Night = Backyard Fun!

Firepit + Summer Night = Backyard Fun!
Firepit + Summer Night = Backyard Fun!

Are you ready to celebrate Firepit Friday?

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      Dancing Cowgirl Design 4 years ago from Texas

      I've had some wonderful times around a campfire. It is always so peaceful.

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      brmadagan 5 years ago

      Can't wait til Friday!

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      Elizabeth Sheppard 5 years ago from Bowling Green, Kentucky

      I'm ready to celebrate Firepit Friday!

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      LisaDH 5 years ago

      Great idea! We never use out firepit enough, but this is a great reminder to get out there and have some fun.

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      DebMartin 5 years ago

      I love your tradition. I hope it continues forever. Nice. d

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      Congratulations on your Lens of the Day and Purple Star for this lens - truly worthy. Blessings.

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      dpgibble 5 years ago

      I build masonry heaters, pizza ovens and fireplaces, but so far the only fire pit is my own. I have a second one on the drawing board for someday. Great lens, I'm gonna link to it.

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      clayva 5 years ago

      Wow, thanks for the reality check! We have a firepit but use it sporatically and usually it's just me and my daughter as we seem to be the "firebugs" in the family. I'm going to try Firepit Friday to get the rest of the family out. I love the dinner concept as well. Thanks!

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      kayla_harris 5 years ago

      Yeah, I am ready to celebrate Firepit Friday!

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      natnickeep lm 5 years ago

      Very cute lens. We love hanging out around the firepit as a family also. Although it's been a little hot lately you have inspired me to try and find more time to do so.

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      Monica Ranstrom 5 years ago

      I grew up with a firepit, we spent a lot of time around it as a family! Great memories. Thanks for the great lens.

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Family, food, and fire, what more do you need? Great lens - blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      ifeelgod lm 5 years ago

      Wow, had not thought of doing it but thanks for the info

      and congratulations on your LOTD

      In Him,

      JMb <><

      http://ifeelgod.org

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Very good lens.

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      Keith Winter 5 years ago from Spain

      Great lens. many thanks for sharing.

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      anka05 5 years ago

      Beautiful moments are so simple... Congrats for LOTD and thanks for inspiration!

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      PaigSr 5 years ago from State of Confussion

      Fire wood + gas + match = an old flame.

      You might be over tired if...

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      Paula7928 5 years ago

      Great lens!

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      Michey LM 5 years ago

      Congrats, I like when family spend quality time together.

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      Bill 5 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

      We are planning to put in a fire pit here, but we just cannot decide on the perfect place for it. Our land is not very flat and where it is sort of flat, there are too many trees overhead and too much leaf litter around on the ground. We are worried about embers starting fires. Yours looks very idyllic. Well done.

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      Liz Mackay 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      You must be some lady to look after seven kids and still have time to write about it. You are quite right, simple pleasures are often the best. Blessed.

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      A great family idea. Congratulations on LOTD.

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      FrugalMatters 5 years ago

      We celebrate firepit fun days too. The neighbor children love to join in for the fire roasted treats. Afterward, we play Kick the Can. Frugal fun is the best - give it a try!

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      aquarian_insight 5 years ago

      I really want a firepit, but I don't even have a backyard...yet! One day I will though and then I'll celebrate! Happy Firepit Friday to you and your family. *blessed*

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      ArthurF LM 5 years ago

      I wish I could get a fire pit, I want one so badly, but all I have is a wooden deck. Fire and wood don't mix well in this situation.

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 5 years ago from Jersey Shore

      Congratulations on your well deserved LotD! We love our Firepit and I like the idea of Firepit Friday!!

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      getmoreinfo 5 years ago

      Such a lovely family and the firepit is a great idea, so much fun for everyone, and you have a nice big grassy area to be at too. Great lens.

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      soaringsis 5 years ago

      The best next thing to camping out, without all the hassle of packing up to go. I love the idea. Congratulation on your Lotd and your Purple Star.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love campfires and my favorite thing to do is roast Smores(: This is why I love summer.

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      Wendy Henderson 5 years ago from PA

      This is a great way to connect with each other. Great idea!

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      JoyfulPamela2 5 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Wonderful ideas! It's like camping in the backyard. :)

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      Joanie Ruppel 5 years ago from Keller, Texas

      Our home was built by Minnesotans so naturally, there is a fire pit in the backyard. We enjoy it when we can, making s'mores, singing songs and glaring into the fire. I also have a lens on this subject! Congrats on LOTD!

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      themeaparty 5 years ago

      Every year we think about getting one of these...just may do it this year...

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      GabStar 5 years ago

      That sounds great! I'm in!

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      katiecolette 5 years ago

      Sounds like a great idea! Have been wanting to get a firepit for a while now...

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      What a great family. Thanks for sharing your firepit tradition. Congratulations on LOTD.

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      What a great family. Thanks for sharing your firepit tradition. Congratulations on LOTD.

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      Annamadagan 5 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD, mom.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      yes we just love camping and open fires

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      SellClean 5 years ago

      If the smoke gets in your eyes just yell "I hate rabbits!" 3 times and it will change directions. It works! Great lens!!!

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      Joan Hall 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      My hubby is a master of barbecuing, but we usually just wait in the house until he's through and brings the food in. Maybe we need to get out there and hang out with him!

      Congrats on being LOTD! Love the pics of your kids.

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      Zebedee32 5 years ago

      Looks fantastic! We love our campfires

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      VeseliDan 5 years ago

      This soo interesting lens, there are soo good advices what to do at Firepit Friday. We all tried jet, I love it, it is soo much fun. Blessed.

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      Susan Deppner 5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I love this tradition! We bought a firepit for our son and daughter-in-law. They enjoy having friends over to share it, especially on cooler evenings in the fall. Congratulations on your memory-making Lens of the Day!

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      Robin S 5 years ago from USA

      Congratulations this fun lens has been selected as LOTD today. You can read all about it at SquidooHQ. http://hq.squidoo.com/lotd/firepit-friday/

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      fugeecat lm 5 years ago

      great way to develop memories with your family!

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      spids1 5 years ago

      Thats awesome, congrats on lotd buddy.

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      Brandi 5 years ago from Maryland

      It's amazing how much we have in common. I'm a homeschooling Mom of 5 and, until this year (when we moved to the suburbs), we used to have a campfire every weekend we could! Your pictures of your kids look so similar to mine, roasting hot dogs and marshmallows over the fire and making S'mores! I miss it...can't wait until we can do it again! :) Congrats on LOTD!

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      mdfroze 5 years ago

      hey Congrats Buddy.............:-)

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      leonasharon 5 years ago

      Yippe!

      Really deserved winner of LOTD

      Loved your pics. I bet you spend a lot of quality family time.

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      Heidi Vincent 5 years ago from GRENADA

      Congratulation on wining the Lens of The Day!

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      This is really a great way to spend family and friend time. Congrats on LOTD!

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      petekruze 5 years ago

      Love open fires and have a fire pit/pot in my backyard and also have one at my beach cabin. Got to admit I am very lucky as my beach cabin is one of the very few beaches were you can actually have a fire on the beach.

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      Looks like a great way to create wonderful memories.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I am ready, once I get a nippy night when it's actually cool enough to enjoy the heat...

      Congrats on LOTD! I love reading your family's lenses! Keep up the good work!

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      Shelly Sellers 5 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      I am ready for SMORES! What a fun idea and tradition. Blessed :)

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      Kellenmadagan7 5 years ago

      I love our firepit!

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      Barbara 5 years ago from USA

      We've been doing this for years! I love every thing about out door fires. Have you tried the chemicals that change the colors?? That's fun! You have a lovely family. Angel blessed.

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      psiloveyou1 5 years ago

      Fun lens....sitting around the firepit is so relaxing!

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      Annamadagan 5 years ago

      Blessed!

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      mindlessnin 5 years ago

      i like the thought of having a constant family get-together...

      and, of course, the toasted marshmallows!

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      LouisaDembul 5 years ago

      There is something special with camp fires, and your Firepit Friday sounds like a really great idea!

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      Darcie French 5 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      I sure enjoyed this Friday night at your firepit :)

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      Loraine Brummer 5 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      Making memories that the children will relive for years to come. Great lens.

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      microfarmproject 5 years ago

      Sounds like a fun tradition to start. Here is AZ, it will have to be a winter activity. We have a fire pit at our urban farm, but don't use it as often as we should.

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      futureme lm 5 years ago

      Great idea. Family time is so important and this looks fantastic fun.

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      simpleworks 5 years ago

      In my side of the country everybody has one! it's a very relaxing way to spend an evening.. and delicious too, if you have the skills :)

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      ForestsOfTranqu 5 years ago

      Spending time around a firepit with people you love is just awesome. But where I live now, we can't really light a firepit (we get dry hot weather often), so I miss it terribly.

      Enjoy your firepit outings, and I wish you and your family much fun and happiness :)

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      River_Rose 5 years ago

      Good idea,but not for me......Friday nights hubby brings home Mexican food from town.....we live far out in the country and he gets off late from work.

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      allenwebstarme 5 years ago

      Beautiful lens, we guys generally don't use firepit but now I would love to have one.

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      We have never had a fire pit, but when I was a kid, we used to sit around the barbeque fire all the time and roast marshmallows and talk until way late at night! What fun we had! Blessed!

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      rallo-smith 5 years ago

      I love this idea! Nothing I like better then good old family time and this is great idea to get that time. Everyone loves sitting around the fire, talking, eating, just hanging out.

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      Maurice Glaude 5 years ago from Mobile, AL

      Ooh I really like this idea. The point to have it weekly makes tradition and memories. Great!

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 5 years ago from Jersey Shore

      Love this! We have a firepit and make loads of s'mores when the grandkids are here--~~~blessed~~~~

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      sarasentor lm 5 years ago

      So beautiful lens, i really enjoyed. It deserve vote up.

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      ionee251 5 years ago

      I would love to have a firepit and try this S'more!Thank you so much for sharing, I love it!

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      JodiFromFlorida 5 years ago

      I can still smell the bacon cooking on the campfire...

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      StomachPain LM 5 years ago

      I have fond memories of building fires at our camp site when I was young. My girlfriend and I love to use our fire pit in the fall and spring when it's a crisp cool night.

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      stillrunnin88 5 years ago

      We have a firepit and love sitting around it.

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      fullofshoes 5 years ago

      We also have a wonderful firepit in our backyard and love it. And I love your presentation of Firepit Friday!! ~blessed~

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      darkhairedgirl 5 years ago

      Firepit Friday, what a great idea! We may have to celebrate this weekly holiday at my house too!

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      Superge 5 years ago

      O man, I would totally love to have a firepit party.

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      Edwardjames81 5 years ago

      What a great idea - Look top fun too.

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      Leah J. Hileman 5 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      This was a family tradition when we'd spend weekends at my grandparents' house. We had mountain pie irons and would make pizza or PBJ mountain pies with bread and filling, then dessert ones with cherry pie filling and marshmallow cream. We'd sit out there for hours. Great memories around the fire pit!

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      Close2Art LM 5 years ago

      great outside fun and smores are awesome, Blessed

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Having a firepit really made it easy for us at the cottage. It's a great way to gather the kids in the evening.

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      kimbesa 5 years ago from USA

      Ah...I remember when we used to do this...

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      Annamadagan 5 years ago

      Firepit Friday! Yes! Great lens.

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      biminibahamas 5 years ago

      You bet! Sounds like fun!

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      Michelle 5 years ago from Central Ohio, USA

      We do this "up at the farm" just about every other weekend, but usually on Saturday night. All the kids, and especially the "big" kids love to do hot dogs, marshmallows and smores over the fire. It's always a nice end to our crazy weeks.

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      Natural_Skin_Care 5 years ago

      I think it's an idea that will catch on :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What a lovely way to spend time together with the family on Fridays. :)

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      maytheforcebewi 5 years ago

      I love toasted marshmallows!