Thursday, November 14, 2019

Fall Fun with Solo Stove

This post is in partnership with Solo Stove.  All opinions stated in this post are my own.

Solo Stove Outdoor Fire Pit
If you need me this weekend, you'll find me here, sitting by our Solo Stove Bonfire.
It's my new favorite thing to do!

We've had an outdoor fire pit for years and it's been nice, but after sitting by it for
awhile you and your clothes begin to smell like a fire pit and no one likes that!

Solo Stove fire pits produce a hotter fire and less smoke than traditional outdoor fire pits.
Holes on the bottom and inside of the fire pit create a unique airflow system.  Rising hot
air pulls air through the bottom vent holes. The air movement fuels the fire at its base,
while also providing a boost of preheated air through the vent holes at the top of the burn
chamber.  Vent holes near the top of the burn chamber allow preheated oxygen to fuel the
flame creating a hotter fire with less smoke. The cooking ring on top of the Solo Stove
directs heat up towards the center, while also working as a windscreen.

You'll still see smoke coming from the fire, especially when you first light it and while
small twigs first start to burn, but there is definitely less smoke than a regular camp fire
or standard fire pit.

Solo Stove Outdoor Fire Pit

Solo Stove Outdoor Fire Pit
Solo Stove Outdoor Fire Pit

The cooking ring and stand fit nicely inside the body of the stove, which is great for
storage and for transporting the stove to camping sites, tailgates and over to a friends
house! It's made from 360 stainless steel, so it's super durable and it weighs about 20
pounds, so it's a little heavy, but I'm able to handle it by myself no problem. They also
offer the Ranger, which is smaller than the Bonfire and the Yukon, which is larger

Each Solo Stove comes with a black, nylon carrying case for easy transport and they
offer an all-weather cover if you want to leave your Bonfire outside.

I store ours in the garage, so it's easy to grab and go.

One of the best parts of the Solo Stove is that is doesn't require any type of special fuel,
just dry twigs to get it started and then logs to keep it going. The company recommends
using dry hard woods such as birch, maple, hickory and oak for optimum efficiency.

We have a bunch of trees in our yard, so we gather small sticks and twigs that have fallen
from the trees to get our fire going. Then we add logs from our wood pile to fuel the fire.

The Bonfire is extremely hot when in use, so use common sense and supervise children
and pets when they are around the fire. Our pets love to be outside with us so we
watch them carefully.

Solo Stove Outdoor Fire Pit

Solo Stove Outdoor Fire Pit

We've been using our Solo Stove Bonfire for about 3 weeks now and it's SO cozy!
It's been a fun excuse to get together with friends, which we should definitely do more
often! It's been so nice to relax, roast s'mores and catch up on each other's lives while
sitting outside by the fire.

Be sure to pop on over to the Solo Stove website to learn more about these unique outdoor
stoves and fire pits!

Solo Stove Outdoor Fire Pit

Solo Stove Outdoor Fire Pit

Solo Stove Outdoor Fire Pit

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Paleo Cranberry Clementine Muffins

This post is in partnership with Pete and Gerry's Organic Eggs
All opinions in this post are my own.

Paleo Cranberry Orange Muffins

Most Sunday afternoons during the fall and winter you will find me in my kitchen making
a big pot of soup, followed by some type of muffin or corn bread. Sometimes I stick to our
favorites like vegetable pastachicken noodle or lentil soup and other times I try new
recipes that I've pinned or found in one of my many cookbooks.  My muffin Pinterest board
has close to 300 recipes that have sparked my interest, so I have plenty of new recipes to

Monday, October 7, 2019

Sweet + Salty Halloween Chex Snack Mix

Halloween Chex Mix Chocolate Bark.

It's time for another festive and fun sweet + salty Chex Snack Mix!
Chex snack mixes are a family favorite, especially around any holiday.
With all of the cute and colorful Halloween candy and sprinkles available right now
I decided to whip up a batch to show you just how easy this Chex snack mix is to make.

Monday, September 23, 2019

Air Fryer Everything Bagel Chicken Nuggets

This post is in partnership with GoWise USA. All opinions stated in this post are my own.

My nasturtium plant has finally bloomed and it makes me so happy!
I was a little late in the game getting it planted, but now it's finally producing some blooms
and I love adding these peppery tasting editable flowers to my salads. I'm not sure how long
it will last into the fall, but with these warm temperatures we've been having in Virginia,
I hope to get a few more weeks of blooms from it.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Baked Oatmeal Cups

Hey friends!
Any oatmeal fans out there?

Oatmeal is one of my most favorite breakfast foods. It's delicious, hearty and good for you
too! Every few Sundays I bake a batch of these Baked Oatmeal Cups and then freeze them
to enjoy throughout the month. I top them with fresh berries, sliced figs, bananas or Lily's
chocolate chips. They are 3 Weight Watcher Smartpoints each using my recipe.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Quick & Easy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

This post is in partnership with Moms Meet. All opinions stated in this post are my own.

Spice Cake mix pumpkin muffins

Happy September friends!
It's going to be 90 degrees here in Virginia today, but it will soon be time for warm cozy
drinks, hearty soups and all things pumpkin, so I'm sharing a quick and easy recipe AND
a fabulous new product to help get you prepared for fall.

Introducing the new Keurig K-Duo Essentials Single Serve & Carafe Coffee Maker...make
a single cup or an entire carafe of coffee with the same coffee maker! You can find it
exclusively at Walmart  - retailing for $99.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Quick & Healthy Meals to Pack for Work

This post is in partnership with PackIt®. All opinions stated in this post are my own.
Post may contain affiliate links.

PackIt Bento Lunch Container

I'm in denial that summer is almost over. I mean seriously, how is it almost September already?
I guess I can deny it all I want, but days are getting shorter, evenings are cooler and the sound
of a school bus turning around in our cul-de-sac each morning lets me know that I better
kick it in gear and get to the office.