I have been DYING to get this firepit built! Can I just say how absolutely wonderful it is to have a backyard!? Stella and I LOVE being able to escape outside. We have been getting WAY too much rain here lately but when it is nice, it is so great to have space to wander around in. Stella loves to pick all the dandelions, which is great because we have a lot.
But other than wander around, there isn’t much to really do out in our yard yet. Being someone who loves to gather around a fire with friends, who loves s’mores and tinfoil dinners and just the smell of fire smoke, I knew we needed a fire pit! So this is the first project I’ve tackled on any nice day we’ve had and I’m so excited that it’s done and ready for some fire and cookin’ action!
I was lucky to be able to salvage all the bricks I used from around my property. They were being used for random things like to keep sheets of wood down or to protect sprinkler heads. Don’t worry, I replaced them all with something equally heavy/noticeable and now these are serving a much better purpose! At least I think so :)
But, because they were all salvaged and many years old, I thought it would be fun to give them all a coat of color to make it a little nicer and more uniform looking. This is totally not necessary and in fact, the paint isn’t going to look pretty for long (a couple of fires will take right care of that!) but to me, it was totally worth it for the showcased product to be bright and beautiful. Plus, the color on top should last quite nicely so that will always be lovely.
I seriously cannot wait to try out some fun tin foil recipes and of course every variation of s’mores possible! You know how those fudge stripe cookies make the best smores? (I referenced it here) Well I found them in a red velvet flavor the other day so I cannot wait to try that out! Oh how I wish cream cheese flavor marshmallows existed mmmm…
And growing up I never really cared much for the tinfoil dinners my family made (sorry mom!) but I’ve found a bunch of recipes online that I can’t wait to try, like this list here (hello banana boats and campfire cones!) And once with friends, we added brown sugar to canned pineapple after draining and let that sizzle up on the fire and it was delicious! I’m also just looking forward to a nice mix of potatoes and squash with herbs and probably a nice yummy salmon! Well, now I’m hungry…while I go and find more delicious campfire meals and treats to drool over and maybe eventually make, you can head on over to ehow to see the tutorial for this super easy brick fireplace! Digging can be a bit of a workout, but other than that this project was really quite simple. Next, we’ll be adding some fun seating so stay tuned for that tutorial in the next couple of weeks!