Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is time for home.Edith Sitwell
As we get into the heart of it, I'm offering up ways to celebrate this coldest - but COZIEST - of times. "Hygge" (pronounced "hoo-ga") is the danish tradition of snuggling up during the frozen months, and ever since graduate school I've been a devoted practitioner. To get started, a good herbal tea (mint and chamomile, anyone?) with stovetop popcorn is the perfect way to curl up solo with a book, or with friends for a board game.
For PERFECT popcorn:
- 2/3 cup corn kernels
- 2/3 cup olive oil
- 1-4 T olive oil reserved
- Salt, Pepper, Cumin, Garlic Powder, Smoked Paprika, to taste*
- Pour olive oil into dutch oven, on medium high heat.
- Put 2-3 corn kernels into the oil, and cover dutch oven, leaving a small gap.
- Once the 2-3 kernels pop, pour the rest of the kernels into the dutch oven - they should begin to pop within 1 minute. Leave the heat on until the pops become more than 3-5 seconds apart.
- Turn heat off, add olive oil, and season to taste.
For groups: Ticket to Ride (strategy game), Dixit (storytelling with haunting yet gorgeous illustrations), and Exploding Kittens (the NSFW version is hilarious and definitely NOT safe for work...or children).
Looking to cozy up with your littles?
To stay warm,keep things toasty!
Last but certainly not least, a hot bath and baked goods - maybe even at the same time? - round out this chilly time of year.
How do you celebrate these frigid, pre-spring days? Let me know what's getting you through in the comments below!