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Fun Family Activity: Campfire & Marshmallows

If you read my recent post 'An honest account of a family walk with a three year old,' you'll know that sometimes Arthur can be a little monkey (well that's the polite way of putting it) but at the same time, he can also be the cutest child ever.

Last week he came down with a rather nasty cold and after deciding to keep him off nursery for a couple of mornings to get better, I asked him what he'd like to do at the weekend to cheer him up. "Can we do campfire and marshmallows, with Arthur, Mummy and Daddy? My family!" he asked excitedly. My heart melted. It sounded like the cutest idea and the answer was a resounding YES.
I did wonder where he'd got the idea from, after all it's not really your average request from a three year old. Turns out he'd seen them doing it on an episode of Blaze and the Monster Machines. I think we'd probably watched that episode about five times in a row...so really, I should have guessed!
Love that Arthur gets involved with his toy chainsaw!
Sunday is family day, so after heading out to the beach for a quick stroll (it was beautiful but far too windy to stay there long) we picked up a bag of marshmallows for toasting and went into the paddock to find the perfect log. You see, Josh had spent time planning the type of campfire we were going to make and decided on a Swedish fire log. It's one of the things I love most about him. He'll do anything for that little boy and put his all into it.
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Anyway, back to the Swedish fire log - it's meant to be one of the most efficient camp fires you can make because it is compact, self-contained and self-feeding. You only need a single log but make sure it's as dry as possible. The next step is to make slots in the top of it, which Josh did super quickly with his chainsaw (and Arthur 'helped' with his toy version!) There's a full tutorial on making and lighting a Swedish fire log on Fresh Off The Grid, which you may find useful if you want to have a go.
Admittedly, it took us a while to light but was totally worth the wait (and freezing cold hands!) Arthur's little face was beaming when he got to taste his toasted marshmallow and although a little scared of the fire (it never hurts to be cautious) he braved having a go with help. I tried my first ever toasted marshmallow (no I didn't have a sheltered childhood, I'm just fussy) and although I don't really like the texture, toasted they're quite tasty!
We were out there for over an hour and it was just such a lovely end to our weekend. Arthur went to bed a very happy boy and we warmed up with a bowl of my Mum's homemade Moussaka for tea. Often the simplest of times can feel the most special and I feel so lucky I get to make so many wonderful memories with my boys.

Did you have a weekend well spent? I'd love to hear about it!

Meg x

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