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We are embracing winter this year! If you’ve been reading/following me on social media, you might know that summer is far and away my favorite time of year, and I have a really hard time dealing with dark and cold.

Last winter and recently I have read articles on the Danish concept of hygge, the idea of coziness and a positive state of mind and mental well being. Hygge is about the feelings that come from creating a cozy space and positivity, and I am trying my best to keep this concept in mind.

After a very busy work week, we had a quiet Friday night in by the fire. Friday happened to be Nollaig na mBan, or Women’s Christmas in Irish. This is celebrated as a day for women, who tend to do much of the Christmas shopping and cooking, to relax. And relax I did! My husband waited on me with our favorite Indian takeout as I sat with sparkling wine by the fire. We watched The Missing (so good!) and went to bed early.

sparkling wine by the fire  

With hours of cozy sleep under our belts, Saturday morning was full of energy, and we walked to our favorite Irish bakery, Greenhills Bakery in Adams Village for giant cups of tea and a shared chocolate croissant. Hearing Irish spoken in Boston is always a delight, and we soaked up the homey atmosphere before walking a bit more in the snow and deciding a proper brunch at Lucy’s, also in Adams Village, was necessary!

Greenhills Bakery

Look at that biscuit!

The food at Lucy’s is delicious, and with snow falling outside, there was such  cozy vibe inside. We lingered over our meals, not checking phones, just talking and watching the snow fall before venturing out for our beautiful winter wonderland walk home.

 Lucy's Dorchester

snow day

  After another quiet night in, we decided that Sunday should be for hiking at World’s End. We should have brought our snowshoes, but instead laughed and trudged through the drifts to get to high points, where we enjoyed amazing coastal views. It was SO fun.

World's End Hingham 

World's End Hingham 

World's End Hingham

Hiking always works up an appetite, and especially when it’s snow hiking, so we headed to nearby Hingham Shipyard to try Trident Galley & Raw Bar. They had live music, an incredible brunch menu, and excellent service.

Trying to be a little healthy, we shared a beet salad and the short rib hash, which was a spot-on recommendation. It was amazing.

short rib hash

I love splitting plates like this; we were full but didn’t feel awful, and we got a taste of a couple of great dishes. The live music was a nice touch as well. Covers of old favorites, not-too-loud, and uplifting, it was a lovely addition to brunch.

 

Trident Hingham

 

Hingham Shipyard

After even MORE outdoor wandering at the Shipyard, we decided we needed a little bit more time outside, and stopped at the Milton Yacht Club on the way home to capture the setting sun and beautiful late afternoon winter light.

Milton Yacht Club 

I thawed out with a hot Epsom salt bath before pouring a glass of Navarra wine and whipping up Chicken, Bacon, and Potato Soup (with kale).

chicken bacon stew

It was the perfect weekend. I realize I can either hate this time of year or spend more time being grateful for all I have to get through it – food, shelter, warmth, love. I think if I can keep that focus, I can make it to spring!

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I don’t know about you, but we have a LOT of shoveling to do. A few feet of snow will result in a few hours of shoveling our sidewalk and driveway, and I hope everyone around us does the same if they can. After all of the falling I did last winter, I am terrified of wandering around on treacherous sidewalks.

I am officially ready for Spring, but if you have to be stuck inside, making and eating dessert is a fun way to pass the time, especially after you’ve burned so many calories shoveling! Here are a few easy and decadent dessert recipes to make on a snowy (or rainy, or any) day.

peanut butter pretzel truffles

Peanut Butter Chocolate Pretzel Clusters – So easy, so delicious!

 

banoffee pie

Banoffee Pie – One of our favorites!

chocolate and butter in a double boiler

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Guinness

Guinness Ice Cream Floats – St. Patrick’s Day is on the way!

 

bread pudding

French Toast Bread Pudding – Since there’s always a run on bread, milk, and eggs before a blizzard, French Toast is a must. Turn it into dessert in bread pudding form!

At least in Boston, there’s nowhere to go on days like today! Make something delicious, take a nap, pop some bubbly and enjoy the pause in busy life.

 

Are you snowed in today?

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Yesterday morning, my alarm went off just in time for me to do a strength workout. A couple of snoozes later, and an “I don’t wanna”, I was up and getting ready for the day, sans healthy smoothie or workout. I barely dragged myself out the door, despite the fact that I really love the work I am doing.

The rest of the day continued the same way. I couldn’t wake up, and I just felt completely down in the dumps the entire day. When my husband came to pick me up from work, I went home, plopped down on my yoga mat, and just wanted to spend the rest of my life in Savasana.

After a few minutes I got up, and I decided to make the best of the evening by turning the whole day, and in turn the week, around.

How to cure the winter blues or blahs?

 

Step #1: Have a kitchen dance party while making something ooey gooey and delicious like butternut squash mac and cheese or butternut squash lasagna. Kitchen dance parties are my favorite; just crank up your favorite music and move around while getting all sorts of cooking and cleaning done. You’re guaranteed to feel better after.

Bully Boy White Rum

Step #2: Make a sunny cocktail. I went back to last summer, when I attended the opening of Todd English’s Olives and made a citrusy orange and olive oil cocktail, featuring Bully Boy white rum and Frances Mayes’ Bramasole olive oil.

Bramasole

Oranges are a positive thing about winter! At least I can think of one. . .

navel oranges

Step #3: Luxuriate in a bubble bath filled with Hot Buttered Rum bubbles from Philosophy. My mom always gets me Philosophy products for Christmas, and I love them.

Hot Buttered Rum Bubble Bath

Step #4: Dream about someplace warm, or, if you are lucky, plan a trip. We’re planning an April visit to our home-away-from-home, Sonoma County, and I am walking on sunshine just thinking about being there.

Winter blues are pretty common; I find it most important to be kind to yourself while getting through it. Next up? Hopefully making myself keep my commitment to hot yoga. I think it will help a ton.

How do you get through the winter blues and blahs?

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