My kinda fire:
His kinda fire:
When we first bought our house in Charlotte, that winter we attempted to make a fire in the fireplace. It ended up being an ultimate failure that resulted in Matt using my hair dryer to encourage the flames and blowing smoke into our whole house.
With permission from our landlords, we gave it a round two.
Opened the flue. Inspected the chimney. Built a little teepee.
Annnndddd smoke poured into the room.
After some research (and encouragement on my part to follow our friend Tate’s expertise of starting a draft first…) we tried again.
And we had success. Somewhat. There was still some smoke coming back in, but not too much. My eyes are itchy from the air, but I’m pretty sure the fire was a success. Not sure I want to do it again though!
Bring on the gas fireplaces. LOVE them.
Dinner was enjoyed with the tamed down flames
A simple lentil + roasted veggie salad.
Roasted: acorn squash, carrots, broccoli and portabellas (added in that order for uneven cooking times) at 400* tossed in Garlic Gold crunchy bits and cinnamon + garam masala
Combined with bleu cheese (the good kind!), walnuts, cooked lentils and a bed of spinach.
Lots of texture delight!
I plan to conclude this snowy evening with a bubble bath and lots of reading under my down comforter!