Crank The Heat

Boomerang: Autumn/WInter Cusp Season CozyWhen it comes to loungewear, my philosophy is anything goes. I mean, these are the pieces where the weirder and crazier the better! When else can you get away with wearing fun leggings like these? And yes, I do own those. And yes, I am wearing them as I write this.

This leads me to the final sensory experience of the Autumn/Winter season mini series – Touch. This season is all about soft and cozy wozy. Warm and oversized.

I have an affinity for mugs and pretty much anything you can put in them – hot tea, coffee or a hot toddy.

Hopefully you’re reading this curled up on the couch with your toddy in hand, burning a Nature’s Wick candle and listening to High Violet.

Fill me in… what’s your go-to cozy outfit? Do you keep it subtle or go crazy like me?

Striped Hoodie, The North Face :: Plaid Leggings, PACT :: Forest Saunter Mug, Anthro :: Fair Isle Slippers, Gap :: Blanket, IKEA.

When You Don’t Have a Fire…

candleOne of the perks of living in the Midwest is cuddling up by the fire and watching a movie or diving into a good book on a cold day. Although my apartment is cozy, cozy, cozy, it does not have a fireplace, which is a bit of a bummer. However, a couple of years ago I found a solution! Have you heard of Nature’s Wick candles? They’re the best. They are fairly reasonably priced, you can pick them up at Target, and they crackle and pop just like a wood burning fireplace. The renter’s fragrant fireplace. Every Autumn, I look so forward to pulling these out and lighting them. I like to burn a few different fragrances at once to really put me in the late Fall/early Winter cusp season mood.

Nature’s Wick Candle in Pumpkin Cheesecake, find similar here :: Nature’s Wick 3-Wick Candle in Bonfire Nights, find similar here :: Slatkin & Company Candle in Acorn & Fig (not a wooden wick candle), find similar here.

Note: Target.com doesn’t seem to have many options left, try your local store for more variety.

Currently Spinning: High Violet

Boomerang: High VioletOh High Violet by The National. This is the go-to album for this mini series about the rituals of the Autumn/Winter cusp season. I didn’t even have to think about it.

Every year, on the first cold, rainy, dreary day we have, this is the album that I play. It’s dark, beautiful, lonely, comforting and mysterious. As the days are shorter and nights start earlier, this is the perfect album to curl up to.

leafI had the opportunity to see The National in 2011, and ironically, they were unbelievably loud and thunderous. It was such a contrast to the mellowness of their studio recordings. I highly recommend seeing them if the opportunity presents itself. I’m not sure I’ve ever witnessed such an unexpected dichotomy in a band, but it’s fantastic.

If you haven’t dared do it yet, go make yourself a Hot Toddy and put this album on your stereo. You can buy it here.

Toddies and Talks of Snow

Boomerang: Hot ToddyToday was the first day that the weather just snapped cold in a matter of hours. It was rumored all morning that snow was coming, which always stirs a bit of excitement. Autumn is winding down, and I was inspired to start a mini series about the rituals of this season, or transitional seasons – that fine line between Autumn and Winter. Over then next few days, I’ll share some of my favorite things about this time, each focusing on a different one of the senses. (All of them appeal to sight!)

IMG_1765When walking to my car tonight, I had to tip-tip-toe carefully on the slippery ground. My nose was frozen, my cheeks were rosy, and hair slightly damp from the sleet, as I point my face down carefully calculating every step. All the while I was both loving the moment and also looking forward to getting to the comforting warmth of home.

I am curled up sick on the couch in my favorite oversized sweatshirt, which was the inspiration for this recipe. My go to recipe when I’m not feeling 100% – a Hot Toddy.

Boomerang: Hot ToddyI love this recipe because 1. You cannot mess it up. 2. It’s fully customizable to your tastes. 3. It requires no trip to the store – you probably have everything in your pantry. 4. It keeps you warm while soothing a sore throat or a stuffy nose.

Here’s what you need:

Boomerang: Hot ToddyINGREDIENTS

  • 8 oz. Boiling Water
  • 1.5 oz. Whiskey
  • 1 Tea Bag (Black tea or spiced tea works best.  I usually use Tazo Awake or Joy, but experiment with it! Maybe try a chai tea or Bigelow’s Constant Comment)
  • 1 Lemon Wedge (If in a pinch, you can substitute with lemon juice)
  • Honey (Amount to your liking)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Drizzle honey into the bottom of a coffee mug. Use as much as you like. Personally, I’m not a big sugar person, so I use a minimal amount.
  2. Pour whiskey on top of the honey.
  3. Squeeze the juice from the lemon wedge into the honey and whiskey, then drop the wedge in the mug.
  4. Hang the tea bag on the side of the mug, and make sure it doesn’t get into the whiskey/honey. (Tip: I like to wrap the string around the handle of the mug to hold it in place, allowing the tea bag to hang around the top/middle portion of the mug.
  5. Pour the boiling water into the mug, directing the pour so it is flowing over the tea bag. (To brew the tea)
  6. Once the mug is full, allow the tea bag to brew the tea to your desired tea strength. (I recommend waiting till the water turns medium to medium dark.)

IMG_1731That’s all there is to it! There’s so much wiggle room to experiment with flavors and strengths. You cannot mess this up!

IMG_1703If you give this a shot, let me know how you customize it. Or, if you’ve made this before, let me know how you make it. Do you create it differently?