Jake helped chop up a massive felled oak tree with friends over the weekend. That’s his “fancy” (his adjective, not mine) new dump truck and trailer loaded with cut up oak.
The stumps are the size of cars…well, Zip cars, anyway.
Look at the size of that thing!
Some of the oak was processed into lumber to be turned into a hand crafted, rough hewn oak table.
Some of it was turned into mulch.
The vast majority of it was turned into firewood for everyone to bring home. Jake filled his entire dump truck with logs for our wood furnace. Oak is a hard wood that burns nice and slow….essential for these long, cold February nights.
It was a weekend of hard labor, followed by a relaxing game of horseshoes in 35 degree chill. No thanks. I’ll be inside nursing a hot tea.
June and I showed up just in time for lunch: A homemade pizza explosion. Will you look at that beautifully risen dough?
Hosts Lornie and Thom are very serious about pizza. Don’t come here looking for Dominos.
Lornie has tested at least 10 different dough recipes before settling on and fine tuning the one she likes best, and let me tell you, it is the best. I don’t think I’ve ever had a lighter, chewier, perfectly puffed crust anywhere on this earth. I wouldn’t dare share her recipe. A pizza maker of her caliber is allowed to keep some secrets.
It doesn’t hurt that Thom and Lornie have an outdoor pizza oven they built themselves. It can heat up to like 9000 degrees and cook a pizza in 3 minutes. Did I mention they’re serious about pizza?
Hungry axe men gather round to marvel at Thom’s pizza furnace….in their socks.
Go ahead. Stick your hand in there. I dare you.
I didn’t do any manual labor but still managed to put away five pieces of pizza. Five pieces of pizza! How could I not? With pizza this good, it was impossible not to. Thanks for the incredible lunch, Thom and Lornie!