Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home. ~Edith Sitwell
Surely everyone is aware of the divine pleasures which attend a wintry fireside; candles at four o'clock, warm hearthrugs, tea, a fair tea-maker, shutters closed, curtains flowing in ample draperies to the floor, whilst the wind and rain are raging audibly without. ~Thomas de Quincey
Pre-Christmas winter I love, post-Christmas winter is a whole different story, and out of the whole year my least favorite time. Coupled with the frigid cold... all I can think about is how much I wish I could hibernate from responsibility and society. The one good thing about this season though is that I don't have to come up with lame excuses for being a homebody, of which I am.
A few must have items (for me) for winter time (see above): (1) Wool, wool, wool! Wool blankets, socks, mittens, and coats to stay cozy and warm indoors and outdoors. (2) Cute sweaters such as this pink one with sparkles and this charcoal cable knit. (3) Even though Christmas is past, I burn Christmas scents for long as possible. I love these mason jar candles from Bath and Body Works. (4) Starbucks Hot Cocoa Double Chocolate is my favorite at home mix. (5) Winter time means more game nights. My favorite card game at the moment is 5 Crowns, which is similar to Rummikub if you've ever played that. And then Settlers of Catan and Ticket to Ride are musts as well. (6) Lip balm is a must. It just is. Still haven't come across any that trumps Burt's Bees Replenishing balm with Pomegranate Oil. Smells a-mazing too. (7) Cracking open a new journal, and the gals from Darling Companion were kind enough to send me this pink one from Little Paper Trails earlier last year.
Recipes with my stamp of approval for those frigid, winter nights: Baked Sweet Onion Dip, Cinnamon Rolls, Sour Cream Noodle Bake, Ginger Tea, and Broiled Grapefruit.
And in my opinion, good shows to watch afterwards: Downton Abby, Sherlock, and Psych.
Just some of my favorites from the web recently too...
To browse and read over your mug of coffee: True Friends Rescue Us from Our Thoughts, 10 Times it's Wiser to Hold Your Tongue (Anyone else playing all those scenes from Anne of Green Gables with Marilla? We should listen to that old lady from lit more often...), and "What are You Hopin' About?"
This just made my heart melt.
*Winter Must Haves by Heart Stirrings Image Sources: American Eagle Outfitters Ribbed Sweater / American Eagle Outfitters Chunky Cable Sweater / Columbia Cable Knit Mittens / Replenishing Lip Balm with Pomegranate Oil / Fresh Balsam Mason Jar Candle / Basefield ROCKFORD Throw / Anchor Journal / Starbucks Double Chocolate Hot Cocoa Mix / Five Crowns Card Game