Welcome To My Happy Place

  • By bonfire designs
  • 23 Jul, 2015

My Happy Place is right here and I welcome everyone to join me.

Welcome to my happy place where I am Bonfire Designs. I am Mom, Grandmother, Designer, Writer, Coffee Drinker and Pet Lover. I have spent 20 years of my life as a firefighter, very active, very involved proud when I became a Fire Officer. Most of my adult life I have been involved in the medical world as a medical assistant, medical technician, officer manager of a large medical specialty office and almost a decade as an EMT in the emergency services world before I became a firefighter. So proud my older daughter is now a nurse. So proud of my business career younger daughter. Proud of my husband who worked so hard for 40 years of his life to give us a great life and now is able to retire and enjoy it with us. Proud to just try and be the best me at everything I take on.

I believe in family.  I believe in love. I am certain everything in life happens for a reason and how you cope and deal with those things makes you the whole of who you are. Whether I am saving lost and abandoned kittens making them family and so happy they have adopted us, or having fun with my granddaughters or taking some quiet time to design new graphics and blog to share - I am me and hope that you will all be you.

I share with you not only the personalized gifts I design and sell, but also my belief that life is personal. No two people are the same and that I think is how it should be. I share my gifts of family. My gifts of firefighter brotherhood, of the dedicated nurses and EMT Paramedics. I share some motivation and inspiration. My journey to healthy fitness both physical and emotional because life while beautiful, is not always easy.

My Bonfires is a collection and guide to almost all of what I think you will enjoy visiting.
Shop our personalized gifts for holidays and special occasions.
Birthday presents and wedding gifts that are unique and creative.

We hope you will visit our blogs most of which are geared around your personal interests. We hope you will stop by and visit us often.

We love to share especially on our
Facebook pages , Instagram , Twitter and my very favorite Pinterest boards.

Pet lovers are always welcome and we would love to hear from you because we believe strongly that
Pets Are Family Too!

Bonfire Designs Personalized Gifts

By bonfire designs 23 Mar, 2016

Chocolate Strawberry Cookie SMores

Recipe Ingredient Ideas
Wilton Light Candy Cocoa Melts, 12-Ounce

Chocolate melts work great for this strawberry cookie recipe but if you don't have them, chocolate chips will melt fine

Chocolate Strawberry Cookies

Chocolate strawberries cookie smores are a treat for every occasion, easy and inexpensive to create and with a little DIY taste you can make them your way.

I made these up one day when I wanted a special sweet recipe I could make with my favorite chef assistants. I was thinking chocolate, they were thinking strawberries and cookies. So it was time to whip up some Chocolate strawberry cookies and as we went along, we tasted and made adjustments until it was everyones perfect recipe.

Cook Time

Prep Time: 15 Minutes

Total Time: About An Hour

Serves: Make A Lot Of Them!


  • Fresh Strawberries
  • Chocolate Melts or Chocolate Chips
  • Oreo Cookies - Double Stuffed Is My Favorite
  • Mini Marshmallows
  • Peanut Butter Chips
  • Sprinkles


  1. Melt the chocolate - I use a super easy fondue pot
  2. Line the cupcake tray with your favorite cupcake liners
  3. Twist the Oreo cookie top off to reveal the double stuffing and cookie bottom
  4. Place 1 Oreo Cookie in each liner double stuff white goodness up (Save the tops of the cookies if you want to crush and crumble on the top of some of the Smores)
  5. Add a spoonful of melted chocolate on top of the oreo cookie
  6. Slice the strawberries in half the long way and lay it cut side down on top of the oreo cookie and melted chocolate
  7. Drop in some mini marshmallows
  8. Add some mini chocolate chips
  9. Go crazy and crush up some kit kats or add some sno caps or raisinets or chop up some nuts - it's all about what you love
  10. Add another spoonful or 2 of melted chocolate over the strawberry and in and around the candy toppings, this will not only taste great but hold everything together once it is chilled
  11. Decorate with sprinkles.
  12. Drizzle melted chocolate over the whole delicious thing
  13. Chill in the fridge for about 20 minutes
  14. Place it on a platter or serve it from the tray, surround it with family and friends and Enjoy!
By bonfire designs 03 Aug, 2015

  1. Bees - I hate bees mostly I hate the yellow jacket and wasp kind of bees that really seem to want to get me no matter what I am doing
  2. Weeds - The darn weeds grow everywhere. If you could win an award for thickest tallest weeds we would win but I've got them covered now - the natural way
  3. Ants and Mosquitos and the damn beetles are everywhere. I swear these bugs are all playing some insect game where whoever makes it into my house wins. Not cool. I hate mosquito bites and I spend April to October keeping ants as far away from my house and yard as possible. Not an easy task, there is never one ant. Ever. These guys really bug me.
  4. Sunburn - Sunburns are not cool. They hurt. They damage your skin and sun block to my face, neck and everywhere on my body is a definite summer requirement.
  5. Wet Towels - Yes, wet towels absolutely everywhere. We all use about two towels each, you know one to sit on even on lounge chairs, then one to dry off with and wrap around your shoulders. Lots of wet towels.
  6. Shorts and bathing suits - ready or not the heat is here and you may feel self conscious or underdressed, but you just have to go with it.
  7. Heat - remember all winter when you complained it was too cold - well now it's just too hot!
  8. Thunder and lightning storms can get seriously scary, especially when they pop up flooding streets and roadways, knocking out the power (no cable!), bringing down trees and even starting structure fires. 
  9. Electric bills are sky high because, well the air conditioner has to be running because, it's so hot out. Remember Winter when we said it was too cold, yeah.
  10. Muggy, humid uncomfortable weather that makes hair frizz and people grumpy, yeah that's a lot of fun. Not.

By bonfire designs 26 Jul, 2015
The best things about Summer are the ones that just make you feel good and remind me that it's really important to make some time to do more of what you love with those you love. Have fun. Stay motivated. Relax and enjoy life.
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