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Free Hotel, Wimberley Fires and the Superbowl party of 2015

wimberley blanco river rapids fire

About 18 months has passed since there was a drama flare up with the HOA at our place in Wimberley. We resolved to sit back a while, and spend our resources (time, energy and money) on things that supply a more immediate joy (travel and food).  We don't NEED to do anything down there, it wouldn't hurt us to just sit on the property for years to come. BUT, it's time to move forward and try to reap some enjoyment. We missed the family time away from the city.

Kat spent some time cleaning up the cabin. I harvested smaller broken bits of wood left behind from the old house and fed a hobo style barrel burn. We also loaded the trailer with the old broken appliances and dropped them off at the recycling center. It's a milestone in the house removal process.

But the real reason... family time on a rainy winter day.  

midcentury modern hill country cabin fireplace 

Oh, Marvin got to come along. He was always "Eichler's dog". We're trying to incorporate him into family activities and he is responding well. I've even started to call him "Marvin" again, I'd grown used to calling him "dickhead" as he was not nice to Eichler for the last six months of her life. Anyhow, Marvin is a good dog. Kat doesn't appreciate his stinky dog farts... but other than that... no complaints.  

jasper hill aged clothbound cheese and cider jelly vermont in wimberley 

Vermont Cheese made another happy hour appearance. The Jasper Hill Cabot Cloth Bound Cheddar went really well with the cider jelly.  

wimberley cheese party 

cheese and crackers wimberley 

french brut cider 

if it goes well with cider jelly... French Brut Cider must be the obvious libation of choice.  

magic chef infrared quartz convection pizza 

I made five individual pizza crusts, and supplied an assortment of toppings (including that Vermont smoked pepperoni). Everybody made their own pizza. #2 son LOVES artichokes. 

I toasted a few of them in the fireplace and finished in the Magic Chef infrared oven. 

wood fired pizza wimberley midcentury modern fireplace 

Some were cooked only using the wood fireplace. Did the bottom get plenty of crispness? Yes, check that bottom shot below...  

wood fired pizza crust fireplace 

wimberley pizza buffet 

We ended up sharing, everybody did a great job making a delicious pizza.  

marvin the boston terrier naps by the mid century modern fireplace 

Kat and the kids went in to play board games. Marvin enjoyed the warmth from the fire.   

solar star lights 

I love my LED star lights and their shadows. They are 100% solar powered and really tie the room together.

Meanwhile, the next morning... 

breakfast fire 

Kat loves to get up before sunrise and make "the breakfast fire". We've not had to buy firewood, all sourced from our own oak forest.  #2 son said “I like coming to our Wimberley home. It’s like a free hotel"

wimberley rope swing 

#2 son loves that tree swing. It's good to get the kids off the digital devices.  

tire rope swing wimberley brr 

Sunday night back in West Lake Hills, Superbowl 2015... this is how we watched the Super Bowl...  we didn't. We sat around the fire, grilled salmon with friends. 

west lake hills superbowl party 2015 

Our team won.  

 

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