7Days #395 Wood Stove
We went to visit my “step” mother-in-law on Christmas Eve. She is a sweetheart and a remarkable woman, one of the people I cherish. Her “real” family, including children, spouses, grandchildren and a dozen great-grandchildren out grew her house years ago. She and her son converted an oversize double garage into a combination workshop and when everything is put away and stacked into large tub boxes, a huge party room with table to seat 50 or more people.
With carpet on the floor and this antique cast iron wood stove set into place and fired up, the room is warm and cozy. This is a remarkable piece of history complete with two warming ovens, two cook ovens and multiple lids where access to adding wood to one area or another. In case you have never seen one of these this is the removable handle. The coils help to keep the handle cool enough to lift the lid without branding your hand.
There are so many wonderful details on this old beast, perhaps to be shared in a post next year. I loved seeing it and it was reminiscent of the one we had on the chicken ranch where we lived when I was 4 and 5. Out of the oven of that old stove would come the most amazing loaves of bread, cookies and cakes. But it was Sunday mornings when a huge platter of sweet, buttery, cinnamon “Gooey Rolls” (aka Sticky Buns) was pulled out of the oven. My grandmother was an incredible baker and even though she had moved from California and her electric stove to the primitive country of Oregon, it did not faze her ability to make awesome baked goodies in that old wood cook/ heat stove. When Christmas rolled around she was supremely happy making breads, cookies and candies while keeping the house wonderfully warm and smelling like a bakery.
Cheers to homemade goodness and wonderful memories,