I know, I know. I grew up in Connecticut and always talk about how I love the change of seasons. But couldn't winter be three months shorter? Hmm...
Josh is determined to enjoy winter this year, so I'm on a mission to make peace with it, and maybe even enjoy it too.
For the last few weeks I've been keeping track of all the things I really do love about winter. I know I'm not the only one who hates the thought of bundling in boots and what feels like a million layers. And dirty snow and freezing cold weather and icy roads.
Wasn't it just summer?
Okay, okay. Enough complaining. Let's keep it positive.
Here are 10 ways to plan for a cozy winter:
01 / Cook a hot breakfast. Oatmeal is perfect on these cold mornings. I love to make a simple pot of rolled oats cooked with chia seeds and cinnamon, and then I add all of my favorite toppings — walnuts, banana slices, raisins, peanut butter, maple syrup, and a splash of milk. Warming and filling and yum.
And on those mornings when you have more time, pancakes and French toast are the way to go.
02 / Have lots of hot drink options on hand. Think tea, coffee, and hot chocolate. I love having a big tea collection so I can choose whatever I feel like depending on my mood.
03 / Light candles. (Or a fireplace or wood stove, if you have one.)
04 / Play music or the radio. Something about music fills a home with warmth. We play NPR news in the mornings, and put on NPR classical music or stream Pandora during the afternoon. Current favorites are the Elizabeth Mitchell and Paul Simon stations.
05 / Bake muffins. Okay, so you really could bake anything, but muffins are on heavy rotation around here. I love making whole wheat and low sugar versions so we can feed our daughter some without feeling like she's eating junk food. They go well with that coffee and tea too. :)
06 / Make soup. I love homemade soup. So cozy. So simple.
07 / Roast all kinds of veggies. My current favorite way to roast is super simple: preheat the oven to 375°F, chop up your veggies, coat in olive oil and a sprinkle of black pepper, then cook for 45 minutes. Check everything halfway to give them a good stir, and you're good to go. I love making a few big pans at a time, throwing them in the fridge, and reheating for meals and snacks.
08 / Have a big stack of books and magazines. I love to have lots to read in the wintertime. Hit up your favorite library or bookstore on the regular to have lots of choices of books and magazines to page through.
09 / Also, a stack of cozy blankets. To snuggle under with those books and magazines.
10 / Have fun in the snow. And then head back inside to enjoy all these cozy foods and warmth in your home. When there's enough snow we love to go snowshoeing, and we're hoping to go cross country skiing this winter too.
How do you make winter more fun? Or at least tolerable? Or do you just plain hate it?