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How Are You Keeping Warm This Season?

Here I go again with another list... I'm a sucker for a good list! Whether that's because I'm a Realtor® or because I have severe OCD, or maybe it's just because simply, lists help my world go round, OK? And this list just so happens to be a super fun one that I had a LOT of fun making! I'm not sure I was really ready for fall this year. I'm having trouble letting go of each season it seems this year and I think it's because of the pandemic. I'm not able to fully enjoy each season, therefor I've had a hard time being ready for the next season. BUT friends, that didn't stop the cold-front from moving itself right on in and it got me thinkin'... What are some fun ideas I could share with all of the people that I love that could be fun reminders of ways we can keep toasty this winter season! So feast your eyes friends, here's a handful of ways I recommend you stay toasty toasty! NOT only that, but I've spent a good portion of my week trying to get these fonts and colors to work correctly and I failed miserable, (stupid technology) so please ignore the random colors that don't follow this blog theme and just laugh along with me! Love and light always, SYD!!!


Now to start our list.....


- Spiked Hot Cocoa (DUH PEOPLE!) -


Now, of course you can skip the whole alcohol part, specially if the kiddo's are partaking hahah, but of course the first thing on Syd's list is going to contain chocolate and ALCHY-HOL! CHEERS FRIENDS!



Here's the actual recipe from Tasty---> H E R E


Here's MY version!

Ingredients (for 16 servings) -

3 cups sugar

1 ¾ cups unsweetened cocoa powder

14 cups whole milk

8 oz of your liquor of choice- Chocolate liqueur (such as Godiva) -or- Kahlua Liqueur -or- Baileys Irish creme -or- Peppermint schnapps -or- Butterscotch Schnapps -or- Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey -or- simply any alcohol you prefer!

16 large marshmallows

whipped cream, for garnish

peppermint candy, crushed, for garnish

Prep-

Add the sugar and cocoa powder to a slow cooker and whisk to combine.

Add the milk and whisk to incorporate. Turn the heat setting to high, cover, and warm for 30-60 minutes, until steaming. Once steaming, reduce the heat setting to warm.

Add the alcohol of choice if doing so. Whisk to combine and to ensure the sugar and cocoa powder are fully dissolved. Add the marshmallows.

Ladle into mugs and top with whipped cream and crushed peppermint candies.

Enjoy!



- Add a Nice Fireplace to Your Living Space/ Bedroom! -


Not only does this add heat around your home, but they can be a nice new addition to a space! Maybe you want the full on look with a mantle, for maybe you want something sleek! Here's a couple options I thought were great and some of them won't even cost you that much! I would love one of these in my bedroom!


Click here for The Royce 52 in. Mantel in Smoke Stak Grey with 28 in. Electric Fireplace with Logs





Click here for The Highland 50 in. Faux Stone Mantel Electric Fireplace in Gray




Click here for The Jasmine 31 in. Mantel with a 23 in. Electric Fireplace in White



Click here for The Lorraine TV Stand for TVs up to 55" with Electric Fireplace Included





Click here for The Ameriwood Home Bruxton Electric Fireplace, Medium Brown






- Beanies For the Whole Family -


Who doesn't love a good hat? And really, matching the whole family NEVER goes out of style ya ask me! Now, if you ask your 7 year old little boy, the answer might be different! BUT- rest assured, I'll think ya'll are cute ;)


Design Your Own Here






Chunky Colored Beanie Here






Aren't These SWEET?!






- Electronic Mug -


So, I'm adding this one to the list cause it just so happens to be something on my personal Christmas list this year LOL! Although, I'm aiming to receive the 1st or 2nd option, I've also added some more budget friendlier options if you aren't sold on the idea that you will use this as often as I would!



The Fancy "EMBER"




Temp Regulating Mug






Mr Coffee Warmer






Norpro Decorative Cup Warmer






Stainless Steel 16 oz Heated Travel Mug with Anti-Spill Lid







- Mulled Wine -


Another Syd classic here! Me and my husband started doing this in recent years, and it's become one of my favorite holiday past times with him <3 Not to mention, it's delicious!


Click here for the recipe website




Ingredients-
1 (750-milliliter) bottle red wine (I like a sweeter wine, but this actually says to use a more stout one!)1 orange (peeled and sliced; keep the peel)
1/4 cup brandy
8 to 10 cloves
1/3 cup honey (or sugar)
3 cinnamon sticks
1 teaspoon fresh ginger (grated, or 2 teaspoons ground ginger; allspice can be substituted) (I actually don't use either)
Prep-
To make the perfect cup of mulled wine, combine all of the ingredients in either a large pot or a slow cooker. Gently warm the ingredients on low to medium heat for 20 to 25 minutes. Avoid boiling or even simmering. Stir occasionally to make sure that the honey or sugar has dissolved completely. When the wine is steaming and the ingredients have been infused it is ready to serve. Ladle the mulled wine into mugs (leaving the whole seasonings behind) and enjoy! Alternatively, you can strain the mulled wine before serving, garnishing with orange and cinnamon.
Tips-
The 1/3 cup of honey or sugar does make a sweeter-styled mulled wine. Feel free to cut the sweetener to taste.
A fruit-forward wine is best for this recipe. Wines with very nuanced flavors will be lost to the spices, brandy, and fruit.
If serving as part of a buffet, transfer the mixture to a slow cooker or leave in a pot on the lowest possible setting to keep warm without over-cooking. If the mixture spends too much time on the heat, the flavor can become too intense since some of the water evaporates off.
If you're expecting a crowd, add two bottles of wine (or one magnum) to a large pot and double the remaining ingredients.
Toss in a few whole, fresh cranberries at the end for a festive look. Prep the mugs ahead of time by adding a cinnamon stick and an orange garnish to each.

- Sleeping Pads -


If you are a camper like we are (Syd and the previously mentioned hubs) then you know how IMPORTANT these little doodads are in the winter. Keep off the ground when camping in the cooler months with a sleeping pad, guaranteed to keep you warmer just by getting you off the cold ground. These are critical to insulating your body from the cold earth. Get a good closed-cell pad and double it up with another foam pad if needed. In terms of heat retention, this is one of the most important things you can do to stay warm at night.


Extra Thickness Inflatable Sleeping Pad with Built-in Pump, Most Comfortable Camping Mattress






Outdoor Classic Pad








- Fan O N Friends! -


Warm air rises to the ceiling. Run your fan on its lowest setting in a clockwise direction to push the warm air back down to where you can feel it!






- Oodles of Noodles!!! -


Keep heat in and cold out by cutting a pool noodle in half lengthwise, wrapping it in fabric, and sliding it under your door. It'll stay put all winter, and they are great for windows too!


Click H E R E For A Tutorial!






- TWO WORDS: Programmable Thermostat -


Another two words: Obvious, right? Stay toasty on schedule, so you never go home to a living room that's colder than outside. Some you can even do it with your smartphone.


Google NEST






Ecobee Smart Thermostat






Honeywell 7 Day Programmable








- Dress Your Windows! -


If you're not wearing a tank top or going sleeveless, your windows shouldn't, either. Replace thin curtains with heavier wool or fleece drapes in the winter. But be sure to open them on sunny days for free heat!!


Thermal Black Out Panel





Solid Black Out Curtains







- BAKE BAKE BAKE -


Using your oven heats up the whole house. You'll feel even cozier if you invite friends—and all their body heat—over to eat four dozen cookies!




- Slippers, because DUH! -


These babies speak for THEMSELVES!!!


UGG Slippers






Faux Fur Cross Slippies






Cloud Booties






Modern Mocs





- Soup Recipes -


OF COURSE I’m going to add soups! I have the spirits, I have the desserts, so it’s ONLY right I add SOUPIES!!! Heres some of my fall time FAVS! AllRecipes.com to the rescue, just click the name of the recipe for the link to pop up!


Zuppa Toscana





Ultimate Potato Soup






Cheddar & Broccoli





- Do Something Active -


Movement generates body heat. And there are many ways to get your body temperature up by being active. For instance, you could clean the house, exercise, tackle a DIY or home repair, or play a game. Consider setting a timer as a reminder to get up and move every so often, so your body doesn't become so cold and stiff that you don't feel like being active!






- S P A C E Heaters -


So yes, I understand 2020 isn’t the year for you to be thinking of space heaters…… That’s why it’s my job to tell you how cute space heaters are now-a-days because these are NECESSITIES PEOPLE! They are soooo cute!


Duraflame Electric




The Spruce





Lasko Bladeless






LifeSmart Deluxe Heater W Dial








- Events -


Another one that speaks for itself, get out and MOVE! Go to a pumpkin patch, hay ride, live concert, ANYTHING!


Events for my CLARKSVILLE friends

HERE!



Events for my HOPKINSVILLE/ KY friends

HERE!



Events for my COOKEVILLE friends

HERE!





That's all for today y'all! I hope this list helps you all to stay warm these holiday months!

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