Lemons, Lemons, Lemons!

Our lemon tree is heavy with ripe fruit right now. 
Here's a great idea to preserve some of that lemony goodness, make limoncello. 
Limoncello is an Italian liqueur, traditionally served chilled after dinner.
It's delicious and easy to make.


Yeilds about 1 1/2 quarts

  10     lemons, organic or pesticide free 
750     ml bottle of pure grain alchol (Everclear 151) or high proof vodka
    3     cups water
1 1/2  to 2 cups sugar

1. Wash and dry lemons. Zest with a microplane zester or peel and remove pith (white part) as it will make your Limoncello bitter.
2. In a large glass jar, mix the lemon peels with the alcohol.
3. Seal jar and put in a cool, dry place to steep for anywhere from 2 weeks to 3 months.
4. Unseal and bring water and sugar to a boil for 5 minutes. Let cool completely. 
5. Mix sugar syrup with alcohol and lemon peels.
6. Return jar to the cool, dry place for another 2 weeks.
7. Strain the mixture through a coffee filter. You can strain several times for a clear Limoncello or leave it cloudy. Either way it's great!
8. Store the Limoncello in the freezer and serve chilled.

Cin Cin !


Summer Every Day

“One day, you will learn how to give
and receive love like an open window 
and it will feel like summer every day.”

Sierra DeMulder




Happy Halloween

Hope you're all having a spooky Halloween!



Labor Day Week on SALE!

One more week left this summer so we put it on SALE!

Labor Day Week 9/1 - 9/8/12
$1300 all inclusive
(please add a $100 per pet fee (if applicable))
(we have a 3 night minimum and rent Saturday through Saturday in summer)

that's over $350 off for the week!

We're giving first dibs to our Facebook and Blogger friends,
after 8/24 we'll put it on craigslist

Call 773 474 2456 or email info@goodhavenhouse.com 


SALE July 28 - August 4 2012

Yikes! We've been so busy we forgot we have one empty week
Saturday, July 28 - Saturday, August 4, 2012

We're putting it on SALE for $1300 all inclusive
(please add $100 per pet)
that's over $300 off for the week

We're giving first dibs to our Facebook and Blogger friends,
after 7/11 we'll put it on craigslist

Call 773 474 2456 or email info@goodhavenhouse.com 

Hope you're all having a wonderful summer!!!



A Wish for Plenty

Hunger feels like pincers,

like the bite of crabs,

it burns and has no fire.

Hunger is a cold fire.

Let us sit down to eat

with all those who haven’t eaten;

let us spread great tablecloths,

put salt in the lakes of the world,

set up planetary bakeries,

tables with strawberries in snow,

and a plate like the moon itself

from which we can all eat.

For now I ask no more

than the justice of eating

from “The Great Tablecloth” by Pablo Neruda


Hanging Out

 photo by Peter Good

These guys love to hang out at Good Haven House.
You will too!


Happy Friday

a luminous Friday evening
a wonderful start to the weekend


Big Easter SALE

We have Easter week, Saturday, April 7 - Saturday, April 14, 2012 open 
 and we'd like you to stay with us for $1000 for the week!
  (not including $150 housekeeping, 11.5% taxes and $100 pet fee)
Good Haven House, with 2 acres of lawn is the perfect place for Peter Rabbit to 
hide eggs for your big Easter egg hunt!

Call 773 474 2456 to book or for more information.


She Eats Seashells by the Seashore


Edible Chocolate Seashells from andiespecialitysweets on Etsy.

I'd like to find these in my Easter Basket!






What an amazing candy maker
Check out the shop when you get a chance


Spring Sunset

Luminous sunset at Johnson's Beach tonight.

See you at the beach,


Happy Valentine's Day

Wishing you a long walk on a deserted beach with your sweetheart this Valentine's Day.


Sunday Surf

Lots of surfers in the water today


All Things Oyster

Garden and Gun Magazine has all things oyster covered this month! 
Follow the link to immerse yourself:




Another Great Morning

such a classic keys view

posted from Bloggeroid


After the Storm

Look what the thunderstorms left us......



Another Beautiful Day

 Dunes at Johnson's Beach, Perdido Key, FL

Unbelievably beautiful weather for January, even in Pensacola, FL

See you at the beach,


Good Night Sun

posted from Bloggeroid


Dolphins in Kees Bayou hunting for breakfast. 
They would not stop long enough to pose for me. 
Hungry I guess!

posted from Bloggeroid


Surf's Up

boogie by Susan Havenga


Makes Me Smile

It's a bit cloudy/drizzly here today but these are still making me smile everytime I walk past them. 
(And the lily smells fantastic)



Last night at Johnson's Beach

sky and sunset

the sun was setting in front of me

moonrise 5

as the full moon was rising in back of me



Very Tall


See you at the beach
(we are the really tall people),

Good Morning

A glimpse of the gulf this morning.



Beautiful sunset over Big Lagoon

A Good Paddle

Another great paddle on Perdido Bay


River Otter near Good Haven House

Yesterday, Peter and I were coming over the causeway on the way home from walking Sophie, and a river otter ran across the road about 15 feet in front of us on the way from the bay to the bayou. We were so surprised. I didn't even know there were otters in our neck of the woods! Very exciting, had to share.

See you at the beach,


Diamond Days

A friend told me that his father used to call days like today (52 degrees, not a cloud in the sky with a bit of a breeze) diamond days because the wind ruffling up the water made it sparkle like diamonds. 
I just love that.

The beach is good even on 'diamond days'.

Photo of the Intercoastal Waterway between Santa Rosa Island and Perdido Key from the catwalk of the Pensacola Lighthouse, by Susan Havenga.