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When I wake up in the morning, go outside, and see this:

Snow view from porch

Snow view from porch

and this:

Snow view from porch

Snow view from porch

I mainly want to either slap on some x-country skis or go inside and sit next to one of these:

By the wood stove.

By the wood stove.

And maybe do some baking:

Baking a nice casserole.

Baking a nice casserole.

Which in our case, is the same appliance:

Our combination wood burning stove and cooking oven.

Our combination wood burning stove and cooking oven.

Having a combination wood stove and oven is quite a winter convenience. All day, at any time, the oven is ready. No pre-heating needed. But there are some timing considerations. Cookies and bread are best in the morning as the oven heats up (160-180°C (320-360°F)). Once the oven gets to 200°C (390°F) it is a good time for casseroles. Pizza and calzones are popped in during the afternoon and evening when the oven nears 300°C (570°F). A home made pizza with toppings which include our home grown dried tomatoes (soaked in olive oil) and some Italian olives (to be honest, we import those) is a really nice mid winter treat.

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