Wednesday, December 25, 2013

A Christmas Card from Us to You

Merry Christmas!
Things have been very hairy here over the last few days as we made the last mad preparations for Christmas, so I'm late getting my Christmas blog post out to my readers.  I should have completed this earlier so that I could have posted it this morning before we spent the day away from home first at my parents' and then at Nancy's folks'.  I'll play the sick card, though, as I have been under the weather for a little over two weeks and still feel miserable.
As I blog tonight, I'm waiting for the fire in Marjorie the Margin Gem to burn down a little bit.  I loaded her up for the night, but got a little over-zealous, so the lids over the firebox didn't fit down snugly.  There is very little danger of fire when this is the case because the strong draft of our chimney generally pulls any sparks that the fire may put off away from the loose lids, but I'm not taking any chances.
Marjorie the Margin Gem has been a very busy lady.  The current fire in her was the one that was started on November 9th when we hosted our wood cookstove workshop.  We have not had to restart her from scratch since then.  Over the last two days, she has turned out several batches of candy, cookies, Chex Mix, and I don't remember what all. 
Marjorie the Margin Gem sporting the Apricot/Raisin
Tea Ring that I baked for Christmas Breakfast.
We have had a wonderful day with family on both sides, but now I'm ready for a long winter's nap. 

I hope you all have had a chance to reflect on the reason that today was special:

"And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth."  John 1:14 KJV


  1. Merry Christmas! Hope you are feeling better soon.

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  3. Hi Jim,
    Thank you for your blog. My husband and I are currently researching to purchase a wood cookstove, and you've answered many of our questions. Again, thank you. We live in the Smokey Mountains of NC - warm climate with mild winters. We're debating between the Kitchen Queen and the Esse Ironheart. However, one of your followers posted his Kitchen Queen lets out a lot of heat. Don't think that's what we need. A dealer I spoke with had me convinced a Kitchen Queen is the best wood cookstove on the market, but the Ironheart keeps rising to the top. I would like some feedback on the Esse wondering if it lets out a lot of heat, whether the stove is adequately sized, and whether the hotplate covers restrict ease of cooking. If anyone has any experience with the Ironheart and can comment, I would greatly appreciate it. My cabin is 2,000 sq. feet, but we have a woodstove in the basement that currently heats the house.

    1. You have a great question, and I understand your desire to make the right choice. Though I have seen many pictures of the Esse Ironheart, but I know very little about them.

      Please visit the following link which shows a discussion thread about the two stoves that you are asking about. Hopefully, it will help you. Once you get your stove installed (whichever one you choose), please feel free to add your two cents worth on my blog frequently!