During the summer months, there is nothing like sitting outside surrounded by tiki torches with a fire in the center to roast all beef hot dogs for dinner and marshmallows for dessert. As the hour gets later and the sun sets, the treetops are softly lit by the glow of the fire. Our son is quietly put to bed, and my wife and I swing gently on the hammock counting each star or planet as it begins to first appear in the sky.
It’s a wonderful feeling hearing the transition of the diurnal animal sounds being replaced by the nocturnal. After a hard day’s work, the reward is to lay in a hammock and allow your muscles to relax. The fire is blazing from all the scrap wood and branches from the day’s firewood gathering. My wife and I swing slightly in the hammock with a blanket across our battle scared legs from hiking in the brush. The temperature is dropping rapidly without the sun overhead. Dusk is shifting into night. The sky is so clear at times we can see the occasional shooting star, the big dipper, and even the Milky Way across the roof of our known night sky. The bats begin to dart about us overhead, taking the mosquitoes that attempt to plague us for their dinner. My wife’s natural bug repellent a mixture of citronella, rosemary, and lavender keep the biting bugs at bay. This is our outdoor family room in the summer as we expand from the confines of our home to wide-open spaces.
So, as seen in the video below, this discussion did happen. We are depressed that fire restrictions have put a damper on our outdoor family room this entire month of August. The fire pit remains dark, the tiki torches are no longer flickering, and the glow of the fire has given way to the glow of a night television. My wife has included into her candle line a candle called “Toasted Marshmallow”, which smells exactly like its namesake. We realized others during the fire restrictions are probably feeling their summers cut short as well, so we wanted to share our humor and solution to having a s’more safely despite restrictions. The smell of the candle and the marshmallow actually roasting over it was very appealing. We used our favorite chocolate for the event, Endangered Species natural dark chocolate with espresso beans ground up and mixed in. Delicious.
We hope you enjoy our solution of bringing the outdoors indoors with a roasted s’more for dessert. By having two candles, there was no waiting for one person or trying to rush for the other. We decided to place the “Toasted Marshmallow” candle on sale on our online store, Pauper’s Candles Company; 2 candles for $20, so a couple or friends could enjoy the experience at their own pace.
Let us know how it turns out when you try it.