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How to Use Chimney Sweeping Logs Safely

Wood burning fires are a wonderful part of the winter season. When it’s cold and frigid outside, nothing lifts the spirits from winter gloom better than a roaring, wood burning fire! However, before you strike the first match, make sure to be prepared. If you have a wood burning fireplace or stove and plan to use it this winter, it’s important to …

What is a Yule Log?

Have you ever gathered around a wood burning fireplace to enjoy a traditional Yule log? No? That’s probably because for most Americans, the Christmas tradition of the Yule Log means indulging in a beautifully constructed log shaped chocolate cake for dessert. The yule log cake began as a traditional holiday dessert in France (a.k.a. bûche de Noël) …

How to Host and Enjoy Thanksgiving

Looking back to Thanksgivings past, I remember too many people in the kitchen, side dishes and pies jockeying for position in the oven and a very stressed-out hostess too exhausted to enjoy the meal (a.k.a. my mother).  Now I am the host of Thanksgiving. I’ve learned how to embrace the true meaning of Thanksgiving as an opportunity to connect …