THE COZY MONTHS OF THE YEAR
When I think of the cozy months, I am reminded of plaids, buttered popcorn, football games, fur throws, Uggs, a crackling fire. (If you don’t have a fireplace, Netflix has a fire burning with the crackling noise for an hour.)
Don’t forget the hot chocolate and/or hot buttered rum. I am so happy to return to the cozy months.
I consider the cozy months the months of November, December, and January.
It is time to put on our warm Uggs, big bulky sweater, and leggings. It is also time to pick out some books to read in front of the fire while sipping hot chocolate with whipped cream or marshmallows. It is time to light some fragrant candles or put a pot of potpourri on the stove.
Maybe you just want to binge on Netflix. Whatever! This is the time of year when you can pull out all the stops and relax when you feel the need. Nothing like cozy comfort. Keep cuddly throws and soft pillows on your couch or chairs.
Put on soft guitar music from David Russell or piano by David Lane.
Have you ever tried a Chocolate Bar Party? You can make a fondue pot of dark and semi-sweet chocolate, add apples, bananas, graham crackers or whatever floats your boat to dip them in. Make a couple of chocolate frosted cakes and several kinds of chocolate cookies and you could also put candles and chocolate potpourri simmering on the stove.
An amazing potpourri to make… put out a small saucepan and add orange peels; cinnamon sticks (2), 2 tablespoons of brown sugar; 1 tsp. ground nutmeg; and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Add 2 cups of water and bring to a simmer. Be sure to check the pan frequently to add more water if needed. Other ingredients to add to your potpourri could be star anise; a knob of fresh ginger; a teaspoon of cardamom pods, a teaspoon of whole cloves and an apple sliced in half.
A wonderful meal to have for the cozy evenings could be a big bowl of wonderful carrot and ginger soup which you could find on your local groceries’ shelf. A nice touch to add to this is some sour cream (non-fat is fine), grated or puree of ginger, (I found a jar in my local grocery.) maybe a dash of some spicy mustard. Bring it all to a simmer and serve with some rosemary or olive bread from your local bakery.
Another great meal could be a cheeseburger Soup.
1# ground beef
½ chopped onion
1 cup shredded carrots
1 tsp. dried parsley
1 tsp. dried oregano
4 Tbl. Butter
3 cups of beef broth
4 cups of cubed potatoes
1 cup of all-purpose flour
1 ½ cup of milk
½ cup of sour cream
In a large pot, melt 1 tablespoon of the butter and saute the onion and shredded carrots.
Sauté the beef, drain off the extra fat. Add in the beef with the onions and carrots. Stir in the parsley and oregano.
Add the beef broth and the potatoes. Bring to a boil, turn to simmer for about 10 minutes until potatoes are tender.
Melt the rest of the butter (3Tbl.) in a separate bowl and stir in the flour. Add the milk and mix until smooth.
Gradually add the milk mixture to the soup while stirring constantly.
Again bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce the heat to simmer.
Add in the cheese and stir until the cheese is melted and remove from the heat.
Add crusty bread to eat with the cheeseburger soup. Bon Appetite!
How do you make your home cozy for the cozy season?