Last fall we broke ground on our outdoor kitchen when a big, beautiful stamped patio was poured outside our kitchen door. Doug designed and has worked diligently to build a beautiful L-shaped kitchen. He always shoots for the moon. His design includes a custom-built smoker, gas grill, plumbed sink, wood-fired pizza oven, wood storage, prep space and a fireplace.
Of course, life gets in the way and every home owner knows how it goes with home improvement projects. Progress was slower than we had hoped but the shell is set, mortared and ready for fire bricks.
A few weekends ago, after a bit MacGyver-like techniques the boys were able to build roaring fire in our almost, sort of finished fireplace. We roasted marshmallow and made s'mores with peanut butter cups.
We spent time as a family sans Jake - he's in high school now. We texted him photos to harass him. Hee-Hee.
We put our feet up on the hearth and enjoyed thoughts of what's to come.
We can't wait.
PS-Last year's weiner roast story highlighted my beer. This year it's my running shoes.
2 years ago