Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Family fun with an Outdoor Fire Pit

Tyler by the fire with his marshmallow


If you enjoy the great outdoors, then you probably love to go camping. The best part of camping for me was when the sun started to set, then I knew it was getting close to starting the campfire.

When our daughter had a house right on the shores of Lake Chautauqua in Western New York we made a whole bunch of memories around the campfire.

The picture above is our grandson Tyler with marshmallow in hand and ready for roasting. Now that she has moved we still continue the fun with our outdoor fire pit that she bought me for Father’s Day last year.

If you are one of those Do-It-Yourself kind people and don’t mind the time and a little work, you can build your own fire pit. If you need help here is a link complete with materials and instructions.

Soon here in Western New York the weather will be warming up and then it will be time for our family fun around the fire. 

Roasting hot dogs and marshmallows are certainly on the list along with some fun and scary campfire stories.  If you happen to be short on campfire stories you can find many fun and scary stories on line, here is a link to some great stories for around the campfire.

Some pictures from last years weekend fun

Cooking over the campfire is another favorite camping experience, now you can enjoy campfire meals right from your own back yard. Of course you will find many campfire recipes on line, here is yet another link for campfire recipes.

One of my favorites are “Mountain Pies” also known as “Hobo Pies”. What’s that? You have never heard of either one of these? Let me explain, to make these tasty little treats you need Pie Irons.

A typical fruit mountain pie consists of two slices of bread, some butter, a table spoon or two of your favorite fruit filling, and if you like add some cheddar cheese, apple and cheddar cheese is a good one to start with.

 Now butter one side of two slices of bread, place the butter side out on each side of the pie iron. Add your fillings, close the iron and cook on the hot coals of the fire, turning frequently.

 You may start off by burning a couple of them but don’t worry you’ll get the hang of it. My favorite is a pizza mountain pie with tomato sauce, pepperoni, and cheese.

I’m certainly looking forward to using my fire pit very soon right here in my own back yard. These fire pits and all of the accessories make great gifts for Father’s Day, birthdays or any time of the year.

14 comments:

  1. What fun. My brother has a fire pit in his backyard and enjoys just sitting around it enjoying the peaceful outdoors while drinking a glass of wine. I had never heard of 'Mountain' or 'Hobo' pies until my brother-in-law several years ago treated us all to some when we were all camping together. Delicious!

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    1. PS: Loved the pictures of your family enjoying your fire pit.

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    2. I agree Pat, it is so relaxing just sitting there with a glass of wine or a beer, and those mountain pies are the best. I'm glad you liked the photos. As always thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful week.

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  2. A campfire pit is on my list for this summer. There is nothing quite like the taste of a hotdog roasted over it. When I was a kid I grew up in the country so we always seemed to have a fire burning and my dad sitting in the evening playing his guitar so we could sing along. You are right about there being a lot of memories in a campfire.

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    1. I'm sure you are going to enjoy your fire pit Lorelei, yes, so many memories and so many more to make. Thanks for stopping by and have a great week.

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  3. We bought a fire pit for #1 son and his wife when they bought their house. This year #2 son and wife bought a new house and it sounds like a good idea once again for them. In fact, a fire pit is probably in our future, too, as we've been clearing an area in the back that would be perfect for one. For now, I'm adding hot dogs to my grocery list to cook over the "campfires" we've been having recently. Always love your family stories and pictures, Sam!

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  4. We bought a fire pit for #1 son and his wife when they bought their house. This year #2 son and wife bought a new house and it sounds like a good idea once again for them. In fact, a fire pit is probably in our future, too, as we've been clearing an area in the back that would be perfect for one. For now, I'm adding hot dogs to my grocery list to cook over the "campfires" we've been having recently. Always love your family stories and pictures, Sam!

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  5. Thanks so much Susan, I'm sure you're going to have a lot of fun with your fire pit :)

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  6. Looks like a fire pit would be great fun, Sam!

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  7. We do have a lot of fun with our weekend fires Laurie. Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful week.

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  8. It's that time of year... to start campfires again. Love it!

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    1. We have so much fun with our campfires!! Thanks Dawn :)

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  9. I love campfires but have not experienced that. I hope I can one day.

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