Can you believe that Thanksgiving has now come and gone and Christmas is on it's way?  I will say, since our weather has turned a little colder, it at least feels seasonal now.  I hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving full of good fun, lots of laughter and stories abound.  We went the non-traditional route this year.  We grilled a beer can chicken.  It was so moist and juicy......scrumptious!  With the chicken we had butternut squash, salad from the garden, creamed baby red potatoes, homemade bread, homemade butter, and pumpkin roll for dessert.  Yum!

Speaking of the lettuce in the garden, you can see from the photo above the mornings are a bit chilly now.  It's holding it's own though!  I cover it with a row cover to keep it from getting too hard a frost.  I thought this past snow would be the end of it but a pleasant surprise was the lettuce standing up tall surrounded by the freshly fallen snow.

We decided {against better judgement I'm sure} to put up 2 Christmas trees.  The large one is in the entry room and the small one is on a side table in the dining room.  So far {knock on wood}, Jackson has pretty much left them alone.  I've asked Jay to please secure the large one so we don't find it on the ground one morning.

Speaking of Jackson, he found himself in time-out only once this weekend.  Not bad.  He just gets so crazy that you can't stop him from terrorizing the house and the other animals.  The only way to slow the guy down is time-out.  He glared at me the entire time he was in there but once out, went on his merry way to hang out on the bench, sprawled out in the sun.  He forgives and forgets quite easily.

Hope you all have a great week!


daisy said...

That lettuce looks yummy! Glad you had a great holiday. Enjoy your cooler temps!

TexWisGirl said...

such cute 'kids'! :)

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I'm glad you had a good weekend!!! We are having a little bit of 'Indian Summer' here with temps well into the 60's. Christmas seems a little far away right now, but I know it'll pick up speed and be here before I know it--And I just wish I could slow it down, it never came this quickly when I was a kid! :-)

jillian said...

They look so cozy in front of the fire! We did do turkey, but we brined it in beer, yum! :)

Meg said...

I find it hilarious that your cat has to get time outs. Such a little scamp! ;)

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

What kind of stove is that? Pellet or wood burning? How do you like it? Does it put out enough heat? Would you recomend it?
We're planning on building in 2 years and making up my - MUST HAVE list.
Thanks, Suzan

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Thanks Daisy - yes, I love that I can still harvest something, even with the dip in temps!

TexWisGirl - thank you, I think they're pretty cute too. :-)

Kim - time really does go quick. Just when you think "I'll do that next week", next week has suddenly arrived.

Jillian - I have never brined in beer. Interesting concept!

Thanks Meg - yes, Jackson really is something.

Suzan- We have a pellet stove. Yes, it definitely puts out enough heat and we've learned that not all pellets are created equal. If you do choose to go with a pellet stove, it's worth buying a few bags from a few different manufacturers to see how they burn in your stove. There are those that burn a lot hotter than others. As far as would I recommend it, it depends. Remember it takes electricity to run and if the power goes out, well, so does the stove. We do have a generator, so this isn't a problem for us, but, if it was a wood stove we wouldn't have to run the generator as much. I would recommend looking into the pluses and minuses of each, including cost of pellets versus wood (unless you'll be cutting your own) and make a decision that's right for you. Our stove runs 24 hours a day, with only a minor shut down each day for a cleaning. It gets a full clean-out once a week. Thanks for the question!!

Have a great week!

Ellen said...

Oliver and Emerson's picture by the stove is just too adorable. Glad I found you.

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Ellen - thanks so much. We're glad you found us too!