Thursday, December 08, 2016

Winter's Chill



December 8. The darkness and chilly temperatures that signal winter has arrived, in spite of two weeks to go until winter is official. 


I've begun a little bit of food preparation for Christmas. Five things, in fact, to tie this post to Five on Friday. Spiced Pecans, seen above, Cranberry Orange Shortbread, Chocolate Marshmallow Roll, and Homemade Marshmallows. The fifth, Rugelach, is half-done - the dough is chilling in the fridge.


The paperwhites are emerging nicely, reaching up to the skylight in the entrance hall. These colder days have been sunny and that brightens up my spirits a lot.



This evening, Tim and I went for a walk. Toques, scarves, gloves and our heaviest jackets helped keep out the wind. How lovely to come home to a cup of hot chocolate, complete with homemade marshmallows floating on top. 

Linking with Five on Friday,  hosted by Amy of Love Made My Home. 

35 comments:

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

I'm feeling the chill here even at 55 degrees. To me that's cold; especially inside the house. Brrr! Your holiday treats sound lovely. I'll start making some soon to put in the freezer. Both my boys arrive just before Christmas. Have a fabulous Friday and a wonderful weekend. Tammy

riitta k said...

I see a glimpse of your beautiful advent calendar - what a great idea! Would be glad to see it in more detail! Happy Christmas preparations - remember the Zen :)

mamasmercantile said...

I loved your advent calendar too Lorrie, so beautiful. I loved the sound of your treats, particularly the pecans. Take care.

Beatrice Euphemie said...

All of your treats sound delicious and a nice cup of cocoa after a winter walk sounds good, too! Love your Advent calendar! Keep warm and cozy! xx Karen

Mascha said...

Yummy things for cold days... exciting to see grow the paperwhites.
Enjoy youtr time

Elizabethd said...

There is nothing like a cup of hot chocolate to revive one! I didn't plant any indoor bulbs this year. I planned to but things got in the way. So I may buy myself a pot of 'ready done' ones.

Coastal Ripples said...

What a lovely five. You have reminded me that I need to get some indoor bulbs. Once the Christmas festivities are over it's lovely to have the smell of spring bulbs. Have a cosy weekend. B x

Crimson Kettle said...

How wonderful to see the bulbs looking so green and fresh. I could just fancy some hot chocolate right this minute! Have a fun weekend.

podso said...

You make it all sound festive and wonderful, which I'm sure it is. I just read another blog talking of homemade marshmallows. We're having a cold snap here too this weekend. Wonderful for us!

Lisa from @intotheglade said...

It is chilly here too this year!I love your advent calendar and the hot chocolate looks delicious. Such a wonderful time of year xx

Sharon Koole said...

Your advent calendar is wonderful. It is certainly getting to be winter here - the snow is falling and so are the temperatures! Our heat is definitely on now. I haven't started cooking for Christmas yet but I will be making peppermint patties this week as they can keep for a while.

Happy Five on Friday

Rettabug said...

I had to look up the word "Toques" & learned a new term from you today, Lorrie.
Very cozy post...love these little peeks into your world.

Happy@Home said...

A winter walk followed by hot cocoa with homemade marshmallows sounds like a lovely evening. I'm going to put that on my "to do" list. I'm not sure whether I've ever tasted a homemade marshmallow. Are they noticeably tastier than store bought?
Your spiced pecans look like an ideal treat to have out for the holidays. Something a bit healthier among the sweet treats. Have you ever posted your recipe for them?
How nice it will be to see those paperwhites in bloom!

Margie said...

I like the ornament Advent Calendar. Before my tea obsession began, I was a hot chocolate drinker. Now I'm off to google homemade marshmallows...

Margie said...

P.S. Have you ever tried infusing your homemade marshmallows with tea??? When I wen to the RBG Tea Festival, we got to sample Earl Grey marshmallows.

Sara - My Woodland Garden said...

Wonderfully Christmassy and delicious!
Wishing you and yours a happy weekend and third Sunday of Advent!

Rosie said...

Mmm the hot chocolate and marshmallows does look just the thing to come home to after a cold winter walk. Those paper whites will be lovely at Christmas:)

Patsy in Nixa, MO said...

I'm putting homemade marshmallows on my 2017 goal list. I always forget about them, and everyone who makes them says they're wonderful.

Always love your posts.

Amy at love made my home said...

Your house must smell wonderful with all of that lovely baking! I hope that you have enjoyed making it all and will get to enjoy eating some of it too!

Marilyn Miller said...

Oh I love the candied pecans so much. It makes me almost tempted to add them to my list. Homemade marshmallows look delicious in the hot chocolate. I once tried making them and it was disaster; so I bought ones recently made by someone else. Enjoy the baking and playing in the kitchen.

Debby Ray said...

I love these days leading up to Christmas although they are busy, busy, busy! I almost reached into the computer screen to grab me some of those pecans! they look wonderful! Enjoy the season, Lorrie!

Gracie Saylor said...

Yum, Lorrie! Your bulbs growing now are so encouraging. Ice is causing some of our trees to bow! I lasted less then ten minutes outside yesterday taking some photos of our freezing front pond even though I was bundled up. I am going to go heat another pot of hot water for tea...and put some soup in my crockpot :) xx

happywonderer.com said...

A good chilly five. I'm trying to remember the last time I had hot chocolate. Looking at the snow outside right now this could be a good time for some hot chocolate...

Lowcarb team member said...

Those paper-whites are growing well ...
Always nice to come home and enjoy a nice warm drink after a winter walk!

All the best Jan

Vee said...

Now that's something I would like to try...homemade marshmallows! Looks as if Christmas is well begun in your home.

Tomoko said...

Hello, Lorrie
Such a heart warming post. It is not so cold here, your post makes me remember that we have only three weeks left! Your hot chocolate looks delicious and it is a good idea to put mushrooms on it. I will try it!! Have a good new week.

Jill Harrison said...

Looks like you are well on your way to getting ready for Christmas. I need to get my act together and get started. Have a wonderful weekend and thank you for stopping by my blog this week.

Daniela said...

Thanks most sincerely for this so heartwarming post, dearest Lorrie !

Hope you're enjoying the best of weekends,
I'm sending blessings to you,
with utmost gratitude

Xx Dany

Mac n' Janet said...

Christmas is the only time I really bake and I so enjoy it.

Storybook Woods said...

It has been veryyyyyyyy chilly. Love everything. Stay warm. Clarice

Seawashed said...

Thank you Lorrie for your visit! I have been away from blogging for too long. So refreshing to see your beautiful posts again. Seasons Tidings xo

iris said...

très joli calendrier de l'avent
et plein de bonnes choses pour les fêtes
pas de neige en Normandie mais beaucoup de brouillard
bon dimanche
bisous

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

I've never made homemade marshmallows...you make me want to try that! :) I just got back from a morning walk ; it's about 22 degrees and I was bundled up, but we had the first show that actually covered the ground and I just had to be out in it :)

Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

You have been busy with Christmas baking, it all looks delicious. Have you been enjoying ths snow you've been getting. Our grandkids out there are loving it.

Bee Lady said...

Yum! Spiced Pecans, Cranberry Orange Shortbread....Recipes? They sound yummy. When you make this stuff ahead of time do you freeze it until Christmas? Just wondering how to keep it fresh for the Holidays. Nice yummy post. Glad you joined Five on Friday. Now I think I'll go make some Hot Chocolate!

Cindy