We have heat!

Michael bought the 6″ flue cleaner we needed and we prepared to move the stove from the room where it had been stored. HEAVY!!! Even after removing the bricks. We were worried about it coming through the floor.

Finally in place.

When we took the cover off of the pipe we made an awful discovery. It was filled with dead bluebirds! There must have been 12-15 of them.

After cleaning them out and Michael getting on the roof and cleaning the flue we had a nice fire. That was great because the high temp was only 54F yesterday and it’s only supposed to be 47F today! The nights are going into the 30’s the next couple of nights.

Lunch by the fire!

I love being able to put beans on the top of the wood stove and letting them cook all day!

Great Northern beans with ham, carrots, and onions.

It goes great with fried potatoes….

and artesian bread. (Recipe to follow. It’s SO easy! ๐Ÿ™‚ )

This bread has 4 ingredients!

6 1/2 cups of flour (I usually use a mixture of whole wheat and unbleached white) but no regular white- YUCK YUCK!!

3 cups of water about 100 – 110 degrees (don’t kill your yeast!)

1 1/2 tablespoons of yeast

1 1/2 tablespoons of salt

Sprinkle yeast on water. Sprinkle salt and stir lightly to moisten yeast.

Add flour all at once and mix just until all flour is moistened.

Grease your pan. I use my 4 1/2 quart dutch oven.

This is about 1 tablespoon of olive oil wiped inside. Make sure you grease well or it will stick!

Now is the most fun part! Flour your hands well and sprinkle flour over the dough. It will still be sticky but fold under from the edges into a rough ball shape. Put into your pan.

Put someplace warm and let rise for 2 hours.

After 2 hours.

Heat oven to 450F and put a pan of water in the bottom. I skipped this step last time and it didn’t really make much difference. Maybe a little airier.

Bake about 35 minutes. And the results – YUM!

If you don’t want this much bread at once use what you want and the rest can be refrigerated for up to 2 weeks. Not here. We can eat one of these a day. The original recipe calls for this to make 4 loaves using about a grapefruit sized piece of dough.

This was our sunset the other day.

I’ve more to post about but this is probably enough for today. The rope for the well broke and the bailer is currently at the bottom of the well. That’s not going to be much fun to try to retrieve but we HAVE to get it out. The spring is currently at 1 gallon in 5 minutes which is more than enough for our uses. The cisterns are well on the way to being cleaned and soon I hope to have water actually coming through the pipes and into the house without carrying buckets of water! ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a great Sunday and God bless!


5 thoughts on “We have heat!

  1. Lacy Reif says:

    What is your recipe for the soup? Its been forever since I have had it and it looked very yummy.

  2. Hey Lacy! Take 2 lbs of great northern beans and a pound or so of diced ham and put in about 2 quarts of water. Bring to a boil then turn on low (or set on your wood stove! ๐Ÿ™‚ ) I cooked these about 4 1/2 hours then added two diced carrots and 1 small diced onion and cooked very low for another hour. Check occasionally as you may need to add a little more water but do it cautiously or it won’t have a nice, thick broth.

  3. katmando1955 says:

    Looks easy and very, very, good!

  4. katmando1955 says:

    I am so glad you have heat. Check your e-mail!

  5. Linda Jobe says:

    That bread looks heavenly! I definitely plan to try this recipe. I have a cast iron Dutch oven and use cast iron to cook daily most of the time. Yep, there is nothing like a pot of beans simmered on the wood stove to warm you up on a crisp fall day or freezing winter one.

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