Savoring Fall With a Mini Bonfire & Mary Oliver

Soon enough we’ll be waking to grey skies with a dusting of snow, so now is the time to savor autumn’s charms. Sweater weather seems to be the favorite of most folks I know, and I’m looking forward to watching the landscape change here at the new house. Today’s Savoring Fall With a Mini Bonfire shares glimpses of last Fall and our little firepit. It also has a solution if you have no room or patio for a fire. But mostly it is a reminder to unplug and get out into nature. S’mores are on the menu as well as poetry from Mary Oliver, who wisely explains “poems are not words after all, but fires for the cold.”

Wood burning fire pit in our French country courtyard with pea gravel is the perfect little addition to enjoy roasted marshmallows and family time. #firepit #woodburningfirepit #outdoordecor #patiodecor #hellolovelystudio

Mini Bonfire + Mini S’mores

It’s Fireplace Season!

What is better than the smell of a campfire? Fall and winter are always the right time for crackling fires.

Wood burning fire pit in our French country courtyard with pea gravel is the perfect little addition to enjoy roasted marshmallows and family time. #firepit #woodburningfirepit #outdoordecor #patiodecor #hellolovelystudio

Whether you love your current one or are in the market for a fire pit, ’tis the season! (If you don’t have time to read this post, use the little white arrow on the right of this video slide deck below for the summary.)

Mary Oliver poetry quote on Hello Lovely Studio about poems. #poetryquotes #maryoliver

Cool & Cozy Autumn Evening Fires

When we bought this one, we re-discovered time away from technology and screens to linger a little longer outdoors.

Wood burning fire pit in our French country courtyard with pea gravel is the perfect little addition to enjoy roasted marshmallows and family time. #firepit #woodburningfirepit #outdoordecor #patiodecor #hellolovelystudio

It can be easily moved between the front yard to the back and also comes with a cover.

Wood burning fire pit in our French country courtyard with pea gravel is the perfect little addition to enjoy roasted marshmallows and family time. #firepit #woodburningfirepit #outdoordecor #patiodecor #hellolovelystudio

If extraterrestrials ever arrived to the Midwest in Fall, I would have to point them to deep dish Chicago style pizza, turning leaves in Lake Geneva, and a bonfire with friends roasting marshmallows for s’mores.

BELOW: Here’s our steel wood burning fire pit, and its understated design and size are just right.

Black Steel Wood Burning Fire Pit from Wayfair. #firepits #patio #outdoor #woodburning
Steel Wood Burning Fire Pit…in case you love a cozy fire.

Bring flameless candles into the courtyard to enjoy a fire under the moon…here’s a peek of ours along with sounds from the coyotes in the forest:

Did someone say MOON?

One of my favorite scenes!
Funny quote about moon on Hello Lovely Studio. #funnyquote #moonquotes #cleverquote #naturequotes

Back to business.

Seating & Side Table Idea

I also love our wood farmhouse stools which make sweet side tables as well as perches for everything. They are table height and not counter or bar height, btw.

S'more fixins when you skip the graham crackers and go gluten free!
Poem by Mary Oliver about autumn. Song of Autumn.
Upstream by Mary Oliver, book cover
Upstream by Mary Oliver

Bowls Perfect for Everyday & Entertaining

I love a shallow 40 oz. bowl that can live large as a pasta, popcorn, or whatever bowl, and here’s one to consider.

Wood burning fire pit in our French country courtyard with pea gravel is the perfect little addition to enjoy roasted marshmallows and family time. #firepit #woodburningfirepit #outdoordecor #patiodecor #hellolovelystudio
Encouragement quote - if you're reading this, I hope something beautiful happens to you today - from Michele of Hello Lovely Studio. #inspirationalquote #encouragement #positivevibes

Roasted Marshmallows on the Fire

When I couldn’t find gluten-free graham crackers at the market, I improvised so my husband could enjoy s’mores too.

Who needs graham crackers when rice krispy treats and cookies work just fine for s'mores? #hellolovelystudio #gfreesmores #smoreweather #roastedmarshmallows #fallvibes

The easiest recipe in the world is comin’ at ya! I bought readymade Rice Krispy treats and whipped up homemade g-free chocolate chip cookies to sandwich itty bitty bricks of fun-sized chocolate and gooey marshmallows.

Wood burning fire pit in our French country courtyard with pea gravel is the perfect little addition to enjoy roasted marshmallows and family time. #firepit #woodburningfirepit #outdoordecor #patiodecor #hellolovelystudio

You could also buy cookies or dough, and I bet there will be no complaints. However, with my restricted diet, I must be mindful of every ingredient. Too busy to even fuss with s’more making?

My favorite energy bars are from Verb, and S’mores is one of their popular choices with its charred marshmallow flavor. If you haven’t tried ’em (the caffeine in the bars comes from good-for-you green tea!), try these Delicious Energy Bars HERE.

Who needs graham crackers when rice krispy treats and cookies work just fine for s'mores? #hellolovelystudio #gfreesmores #smoreweather #roastedmarshmallows #fallvibes

My homemade cookies have coconut oil (a good fat I can break down) and less chocolate chips since more chocolate went inside. Sweet cozy Moses, I can’t even remember when the two of us could eat anything we wanted! These s’mores are g-free for him and low-fat for me.

Who needs graham crackers when rice krispy treats and cookies work just fine for s'mores? #hellolovelystudio #gfreesmores #smoreweather #roastedmarshmallows #fallvibes
Fun-sized mini s’mores

What’s the secret to not consuming too much sugar or fat as you get cozy ’round a mini bonfire under the harvest moon? See actual size above…keep those s’mores mini!

My little oval plates are very early Rae Dunn, but Wayfair offers so many equally adorable Rae Dunn options with that hand-thrown look:

Rae Dunn Eating Dishes 6 Piece Platter Set
Rae Dunn Plate Set…hello simple lovely indeed.
Inspirational quote by Mary Oliver on Hello Lovely Studio

Can you spot my lace-up boots?

Wood burning fire pit in our French country courtyard with pea gravel is the perfect little addition to enjoy roasted marshmallows and family time. #firepit #woodburningfirepit #outdoordecor #patiodecor #hellolovelystudio

Even without the grahams, the s’mores made me feel like a kid again!

As you can see below, I couldn’t wait to sample ’em before I snapped a photo inside!

Who needs graham crackers when rice krispy treats and cookies work just fine for s'mores? #hellolovelystudio #gfreesmores #smoreweather #roastedmarshmallows #fallvibes

What if You Have No Patio or Space for a Firepit?

Should you be craving s’mores and firelight and find yourself bonfire-less, have you considered a mini tabletop fireplace that is smokeless yet cozy to use inside or out?

This is the one we own, and it’s pretty perfect for apartment dwellers or for enjoying on a balcony or porch. You add Iso-propyl alcohol as fuel, and there’s no mess or cleanup. I shared this little firepit and gift ideas thinking about fathers, but girls and guys alike would enjoy ’em!

Sorry, Martha, but my mindful minis are far lovelier than your traditional plain ones:

Feel like smacking me for suggesting a sacred s’more could be made without grahams?

Uplifting inspirational quote on Hello Lovely Studio from @mattcama: Not to spoil the end for you... #quotes #inspirationalquote #strugglequotes #encouragement #healing #hopequotes
These farmhouse wood stools are perfect for extra seating or as a side table on the patio! #rusticstool #woodstools #farmhousestools

Fall Decor for Casual Gatherings

The very Scandi lantern with flameless candle is vintage RH. I also showed you the versatility of these Turkish cotton towels from Wayfair HERE.

You can of course reserve them for the beach, but I use them as tablecloths and in early fall, they can be brought into service as wraps/shawls on the patio or deck.

Who needs graham crackers when rice krispy treats and cookies work just fine for s'mores? #hellolovelystudio #gfreesmores #smoreweather #roastedmarshmallows #fallvibes

Above: Yep, that’s a pumpkin that has yet to be painted or carved. Which is your preference?

Wood burning fire pit in our French country courtyard with pea gravel is the perfect little addition to enjoy roasted marshmallows and family time. #firepit #woodburningfirepit #outdoordecor #patiodecor #hellolovelystudio
Inspirational optimistic and hopeful quote to encourage from @greentoblack. #quotes #encouragementquotes #inspirationalquotes

More Praise for this Wood Burning Fire Pit

One of the features I appreciate about this firepit’s design is the steel’s open weave. Glowing embers as well as warmth can be enjoyed through the little mesh windows.

Wood burning fire pit in our French country courtyard with pea gravel is the perfect little addition to enjoy roasted marshmallows and family time. #firepit #woodburningfirepit #outdoordecor #patiodecor #hellolovelystudio

While the steel may appear brown in some of the night photos, in daylight you can see it is indeed black.

Wood burning fire pit in our French country courtyard with pea gravel is the perfect little addition to enjoy roasted marshmallows and family time. #firepit #woodburningfirepit #outdoordecor #patiodecor #hellolovelystudio

S’more Tips for Alternative S’mores

I have decided buying pre-made Rice Krispy treats beats making them…mine are never memorable. For these s’mores, I divided each treat into two thin rectangles…worked like a dream.

Who needs graham crackers when rice krispy treats and cookies work just fine for s'mores? #hellolovelystudio #gfreesmores #smoreweather #roastedmarshmallows #fallvibes

I picked up the cloth napkins in the killer pumpkin color at the grocery store, and here’s a set of groovy dishtowels/napkins I own, perfect for casual shindigs:

Jacquard dishtowels
Dishtowels

Cozy Fall Fireside Ingredients

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Mary Oliver quote on Hello Lovely Studio to encourage and uplift. #maryoliver #encouragementquote #naturequotes #poetry

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-michele

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2 Comments

  1. Cindy Adams
    September 30, 2022 / 9:34 am

    Love Mary Oliver.

    Iā€™m jealous of your weather there, we are still pretty warm ,
    it was a good read seeing your food, fire and fun.

    • Michele
      Author
      September 30, 2022 / 9:49 am

      Sweatshirt weather here is hard to beat this time of year. šŸ™‚ Had to use photos from last year since things on my patio here are not ready for styling or s’mores, but I’m hopeful I’ll get there soon!

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