Salad Days

I love the salad days of summer.  I realize I am taking liberties with this phrase. Technically, you can’t really have salad days of summer. You can have salad days of your life, when you are green and sprightly and full of zest and inexperience. Those days are long gone for me, having just past the mid-century mark. Nevertheless, I do love the salad days of summer, when the garden and markets are bursting with all things green and sprightly and full of zest. My CSA  still has lettuce and kale and plenty of leafy greens for a delicious salad.



These are the vegetables you long for in the heat of August when you’re drowning in zucchini! All of this salad is made more delicious when eaten on a bug free evening, around a Fancy Fire Pit. Or made into a healthy lunch and enjoyed on a pretty afternoon, sipping lemonade and watching the boats go by. This is one of my favorite spots.


If you eat enough salad,  you can follow it up with a homemade ice cream sandwich! I just made them from Smitten Kitchen and they are currently chillin’ in the freezer. I can’t wait to try them.

For my salad, I am thinking of making a little Asian-inspired dressing and turning it into a crunchy slaw with kale, napa cabbage, carrots and slivers of red pepper. I might add some grilled chicken if the kids are home for dinner. But if it is just me, a sprinkling of peanuts on top will give me a little protein and an extra punch of salt. Add to that some chilled lemonade or white wine and I am happy. And don’t forget that yummy ice cream sandwich for dessert!

Happy Summer, Joy





Green Acres

Can you tell it was a long winter?  I am not normally this excited to see the grass turn green and start to grow. One of the benefits of travel, even if for pleasure, is that I can always look for new spots to put my Fancy Fire Pits! Just this past weekend, while on a yoga retreat, I found the most lovely spot for a fire pit.

What a perfect spot for a Fancy FIre Pit!

What a perfect spot for a Fancy FIre Pit!

It had all the necessities, endless green lawn, peaceful vibe and fabulous view of the mountains and lake. Since it was at a yoga center, there will be no drinks served around the fire pit other than herbal tea or fruit juice but we can enjoy the beauty all the same.

Happy Spring! Joy


I have recently come across this word, upcycle, and had to look it up to be sure I knew exactly what it meant. I talk about Fancy Fire Pits as being made with recycled or re-purposed steel but what they really are is upcycled. Upcycle is the opposite of downcycle, a relatively new word which describes the way materials which are recycled are often made into products of lesser quality and usefulness. Many products that are recycled are actually downcycled.  In contrast, what we do here at Fancy Fire Pits is upcycle.  We take old, out of commission propane tanks, cut off the heads and make them into something new, useful and valuable in a completely different way.

Wine bottles upcycled into a house!

I have been doing some research on upcycling and found this great house made of old wine bottles. Not only is the house really cool, it would be alot of fun to empty all of those wine bottles!  I can just imagine a Fancy Fire Pit in the garden, it is the perfect accessory.  I have a friend making Adirondack chairs with the wood from an old roller coaster that would be another fabulous green addition.  Then we can light a fire and work on emptying another wine bottle for the house.  Who knew upcycling would be good for the environment and fun too!

Here is to green living. Joy