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Baby, it's cold outside!



Here in Seattle we are experiencing crazy amounts of snow. We're alternating between apocalyptic behavior (where are all the bananas...and salmon?!) and channeling our inner child (some, with our children in tow) with ski treks down side streets and sledding on, and with, whatever is available. I'm doing a little bit of both with my family, and also enjoying some classic hygge. If you've been living under a rock, and haven't been bombarded with this latest craze, then here's what you need to know. Pronounced "hoo-ga", it's essentially the art of being cozy. This is especially salient during the winter months, so here are a few ways to celebrate winter - hygge style.

1. That diet resolution you made on New Year's Day? Toss it right now. Shedding pounds isn't going to keep you warm at night, or during the day. Do yourself a favor and whip up a batch of Sweet Laurel Bakery's Decadent Fudgy Brownies (Double Chocolate Brownies, if you have the cookbook recipe) and an extra hot mug of steamed milk with honey, the perfect espresso or a delicious warm ginger tea. Bonus- this recipe is actually grain free and dairy free, so it's a win win if that is your 2019 diet of choice.

2. Candles. All of them. Cozy up with your loved ones, friends or your perfect self and enjoy the peaceful stillness that washes over the room...as well as the incredible looking skin you'll have from that better-than-an-instafilter glow.

3. A stiff drink. Cold nights call for something with a little muscle to it. Your white wine spritzer isn't going to cut it. Try this recipe out, or really anything with bourbon in it, to warm up these cold nights.

'Spiced Hygge' 1 Serving

  • 1 1/2 oz. bourbon

  • 1/2 oz. Triple Sec Cointreau

  • 1/2 oz. freshly lime juice

  • 3/4 oz. hygge syrup

  • 3 oz. sparkling apple cider

  • 1 cinnamon stick

Hygge Syrup
  • 1/2 cup sugar

  • 1/2 cup water

  • 2 cinnamon sticks

  • 6 whole cloves

  • dash of nutmeg

Instructions
To craft the 'Spiced Hygge'

Combine the bourbon, triple sec, lime juice and hygge syrup in a mixing glass, or shaker, with ice. Pour over ice in tumbler and feel the warmth come over you.

To make the 'Hygge Syrup'

Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium high heat. Take off the heat and let flavors steep for thirty minutes. Strain into an airtight container and refrigerate for up to two weeks.

4. Board games. This is the time and the place and it should get intense. It's cold outside (unless you live in the south or southwest, in which case, why are you reading this and can you send me a plane ticket), and it's time to make it interesting. Upload your victory move on your social media account of choice, and start your week off right with this moment of victory.

5. When all else fails, tell your friends and/or family members to drag themselves out of their snow dens, and join you for a potluck supper full of comfort food, the above mentioned candles, those brownies you whipped up earlier and a pitcher full of Spiced Hygges. Whip out your tattered Scattergories board and get ready to dominate...winter.


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