Sunday in November

The weather in South Louisiana has finally changed to colder weather. But will it stay or will it go? Who knows the weather can go from Cold to Hot in a blink of an eye-so while its’s Cold

Fire Pit time on the Patio:

We bought our at the local Loews store. I liked the round shape and fit on our patio. It came with a solids cover and a round grate cover. We love together as a family or invite friends over and talk about what’s going on in town or with us. The perfect time to unwind from a busy day… Lisa

Fire Pit Safety:

  • Before striking the match, never place a pit closer than 10 feet from anything flammable, including your house and overhead tree branches
    • Wood: Always burn dry, seasoned wood that was cut at least six months earlier. To keep sparks from flying, make sure logs are no longer than three-quarters of the pit’s diamete. rWith gas pits, make sure all vents are clear to avoid smoky flare-ups. And only use the fuel that the pit is built to burn. For traditional wood-burning pits, that means using dry, well-seasoned sticks. Also, don’t load in so many that there’s a danger of some falling out. Once the pit is lit, keep the following close at hand, just in case your merry bonfire suddenly starts burning a little too bright.
    • Light Never use lighter fluid, gas, or kerosone to light a fire.

Extinguishing a flare-up might be as simple as keeping your garden hose nearby, with the water turned on and the nozzle set to “spray.” (A focused stream of water could spread burning embers.)

Check ahead of time to see if your pit can withstand a dousing; water can crack ceramic pits and even some metal ones. If it can’t get wet, or if you’re not sure, keep a bucket of dry sand nearby to dump on the flames. For a gas or propane pit, turn off the supply before attempting to extinguish any fire

Fire extinguisher

It should be a dry-chemical extinguisher with a Class B and C or multipurpose rating, such as the one you have in your kitchen. Be ready to follow the PASS procedure: 1) Pull the pin; 2) Aim at the base of the fire; 3) Squeeze the trigger slowly; 4) Sweep the nozzle from side to side. Remember that most portable fire extinguishers have a range of just 6 to 10 feet and last for 8 to 10 seconds.

Light your pit:

Lay a dry pine cone in the center of your fire pit. Light it with a long-stemmed lighter or match. Place 2-3 pieces of fatwood in a crisscross pattern over top of the pine cone. As the flame starts to become more robust, place a fire log or slab wood over top

Fire Pit Time :

Light your pit and enjoy the flame . Make sure you try Granny Apple Cider while around the pit.

Granny’s Hot Apple Cider

  • 6 cups apple cider
  • ¼ cup real maple syrup
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 6 whole allspice berries
  • 1 orange peel, cut into strips
  • 1 lemon peel, cut into strips 

Pour the apple cider and maple syrup into a large stainless steel saucepan Place the cinnamon sticks, cloves, allspice berries, orange peel and lemon peel in the center of a washed square of cheesecloth; fold up the sides of the cheesecloth to enclose the bundle, then tie it up with a length of kitchen string. Drop the spice bundle into the cider mixture. Place the saucepan over moderate heat for 5 to 10 minutes, or until the cider is very hot but not boiling. Remove the cider from the heat. Discard the spice bundle. Ladle the cider into big cups or mugs, adding a fresh cinnamon stick to each serving if desired.

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