Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Garden Goods in December

It’s December and incredibly (!) our tiny vegetable garden is still producing cherry tomatoes and zucchini!  Ahhh, the value of choosing a sunny spot for a garden plot.

Here’s the bounty I collected on Christmas Day.

Here are the veggies the day after, whipped up into a delicious chicken and veggie dinner.  Nothing tastes better that a homegrown tomato.  Even in December.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Christmastime means sugar cookies, stockings and sitting by a crackling fire!

This fireplace contains a Heatilator (the four vents), which is a vent system designed to redirect more heat from the fireplace back into the room.  Having sat in front of it several times this month, I attest the Heatilator works.  

Thursday, December 1, 2011


Our House has two fireplaces; a traditional brick one in the living room with a low hearth where you can sit and soak up the fire’s heat.

And in the kitchen a raised contraption that looks more like an Italian restaurant’s pizza oven than a fireplace. 

In the heat of August having a fireplace, not to mention two, seemed over the top for our mild Southern California climate.  But now in the grip of December’s chilly desert evenings, I’m glad we have both of them. 

Note to Self: before the return of August’s triple digit temperatures, I want to make a pizza in the “pizza oven”.