Winter Wonderland

Hello Lovelies! 

As I write, there are lazy snowflakes drifting past my window.  I call this a snow globe day, because it looks as if someone is shaking a snow globe, and I’m inside it watching the flakes swirl and fall.  I love being able to gaze out the window and watch the snow fall.  Plus, it’s really neat to be able to go outside and see the tracks from our nocturnal visitors:

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We had a few hares through over the past few evenings, their tracks crisscross our yard from one side to the other.  My dogs love to snuffle the trails and follow the paths the little hopping critters create, too.  It’s a blast to watch the dogs following them.

Falling snow and colder weather are pretty much what hygge was built to answer, so I wanted to give you a glimpse of the way I find fascination in the season.  The sunrises are stunning, even in muted tones.  Of course, all the holiday coffee drinks are available, and many a writer has been fueled by coffee drinks.  Snowflakes and sparkling décor abound, and I definitely take a cue from Mother Nature herself on how to decorate for the winter season.  And there’s apple cider!  I am a firm believer in the restorative power of a cup of hot apple cider.  Real cider can be hard to find in Alberta, but I’m always on the look out.  I like to dice up apples and pears, slice up a little ginger, and toss a couple of cinnamon sticks into my cider while I heat it on the stove.  Magic!

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Today I made up a batch of my famous marshmallow squares.  They’re super quick to make and always a crowd pleaser.  Any recipe will do, but my Mom taught me to add about a tablespoon of evaporated milk, and a teaspoon of pure vanilla extract.  That’s the secret to a gooey marshmallow square.  Works like a charm. 

Next week, I’ll put together some gift ideas to inspire your inner Santa! 

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