Hello my winter loving friends! Wait, are we loving winter? Let's put it this way, thus far I'm not hating winter. Not sure I loooooove it though.
Here's what I do love though. I LOVE paper snowflakes. And after seeing Pinterest pin after pin of these beautiful snowflake garlands, by gum, I was going to have some too. I saw a really great tutorial about how you can get pom pom yarn (there is such a thing!) and these wax stickies and apparently you can make awesome hanging snowflake garlands that way. If you get thee hence to a craft store, which I was unwilling, or too lazy to do. Let's go with too lazy, for the sake of truthfulness.
So I just scotch taped mine to some ribbon. They're still hanging a week later so I think I'm on to something with this newfangled scotch tape thing. (I'm a BIG BIG believer in the miracle that is scotch tape.)
I didn't grow up in a paper snowflake kind of house. I don't think my parents would have minded; displaying crafts just wasn't a thing with us when I was young.
I want my daughter to grow up in a paper snowflake kind of house.
Or in this case, WHITE hot chocolate. Do you know how to make white hot chocolate? SO EASY.
First you follow my instructions for Moonlight Tea. Too lazy to click over? Seriously? OK FINE. You take a little cup of milky, and heat it up. You want WARM, not hot. Add a couple drops of vanilla and 1 sugar lump or a teaspoon of sugar. 1/2 teaspoon of sugar? A little spoonful of sugar. THEN YOU PUT A WHOLE PILE OF MINI MARSHMALLOWS ON TOP. Let them get a bit melty. OH it's so delightful I tell you!
(note: there is no actual chocolate in white hot chocolate. carry on.)
'Homemade Winter' by Yvette Van Boven and Oof Verschuren for over a year now. I meant to blog about it last year. I'm roughly a year behind on a great many posts. This cookbook has been all over the internet for at least two years I think, and just now I am moseying my way into blogging about it. It's a super neat book for many reasons. THE PHOTOS will blow you away. There are recipes printed directly onto the photos, which I think is very Cool & Interesting. Regular family fare it is not, but fun and unique and rustic and inspired by Irish cuisine it is. A must for the cookbook lovers out there! There are lots and lots of things I want to try and have tried.
Oh and there's a recipe for Winter Tea, which sounds rather akin to the tea Julia and I invented for ourselves!
ORANGE SNOWMAN SHAKE ~ via 'Homemade Winter'
1 and 2/3 cups orange juice
3/4 cups milk
1 and 2/3 cups vanilla ice cream
seeds from 1 vanilla bean
1 tsp ground ginger
Mix all the ingredients in a blender until foamy. Pour immediately into tall glasses.
Makes 4 servings.
(just blend the above ingredients to make the smoothie!)
So what wintery things are you all up to? I'm getting ready for my birthday later this week. It's my birthday later this week! This is how I'm getting ready. By ordering the new Nigel Slater cookbook for myself with the Amazon gift card my mom-in-law gave me. I'm SO EXCITED!