Saturday, December 7, 2013

snow days

Snow Globe 8x8 Print by Marianne LoMonaco
And when I say snow days, I guess I mean ice days. We got a bit of a winter blast here in Dallas, and our house is literally encased in ice. It looks lovely and snowcapped, but when you step outside, your feet fail to sink in as you're walking on ice. Sheets of ice.

But here in the Moulin household, we've made the absolute best of it. Roads were shut down, businesses closed (i.e., no work) and I had just decorated for Christmas, so we were happy as clams when the storm hit. Or snug as bugs in a rug, which might be a more appropriate simile.

Here are a few suggestions that may make your snow days, should you have any, memorable and cozy - a survival kit, if you will. But not like a real one with batteries, generators and other boring items. Things that will make you warm and happy while you're hunkered down in your home for a few days.

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Coffee - And seasonal flavors. Warm cocoa is a great idea for when you've had two cups already and need another warm beverage to knock out the cold.

From Remodelista
Copper twinkle lights - I can't tell you how lovely they are - so playful and delicate. I have mine on a jelly cupboard wrapped around a primitive nativity scene for the holidays, but I've decided they will be displayed year-round.

Photo by Ines Perkovc, as seen on Gardenista
Firewood - By firewood, I mean duraflame logs. But firewood is way prettier.

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Cozy blankets, slippers, scarves and hats - To bundle up and keep out the cold. And to snuggle up while watching your favorite movie.

Image via Good Old Days
Something that resembles a sled to slide down your driveway - We tried a few items in the garage and found our leftover laminate from our kitchen redo worked best. Because we don't have sleds here in the South (and we're a resourceful people).

Little Brown Dog (Gus) and Marty McFly. Photos by Frances Moulin.
Snuggly pups - We have three, but one will do, I'm sure.

Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies from Top with Cinnamon
A delicious meal, adult beverages and something sweet - We went with fried shrimp, kale chips and local beer. And chocolate chip cookie dough, which may or may not have made it to the oven.

Stay warm, my friends! xoxo