Throw Blankets and Hot Toddies - Staying cozy in the cold

Anyone ready for Spring? This is starting to feel like the never-ending Winter, and it’s just January, folks so we’re not done yet. I have never been happier to have a hot cup of tea (or a cider toddy)  and a warm throw blanket to cozy up with. 

My living room throws get a LOT of use, and if you don’t have a couple of these around, you should get one. It’s one of those totally functional accessories that are an easily justifiable purchase, especially if this weather continues.

THROW BLANKET ROUNDUP

I like this simple cotton weave from Target:


And this one from Schoolhouse - reminds me of a country house in the woods.

Mudcloth is a trending but timeless material, and this is a great layering piece from Etsy:

Chunky knits are also a great layering piece - they work as a throw or at the foot of a bed and never look wimpy! This one also from Etsy has some great size and color options:

Want to dream a bit more? OK Ladies, get ready for this one -- a MERMAID knit throw:

I guess the weather has gotten to me. 

You're cozying up with your blankie and need something hot to go with it, am I right? For a real warm up, I like a hot apple cider toddy, with bourbon, my new favorite winter drink.

HOT TODDIES AND TEA

Here’s a recipe courtesy of WHOLEFULLY. 

You could substitute a pinch of cinnamon for the stick and just heat it in the microwave, then stir in the honey and bourbon. Boom. Done. 

I always stock up on tea at Trader Joe’s. Favorites are the Chai and Peppermint, but they have it all. 

NEW YEARS VICE

While at 'the Joe's' I  discovered this addictive Maple Pecan Shortbread Mix. It's a combination of pecan pie and shortbread. My sister used to make pecan bars just like them, and I swear these taste just as home made (sorry Monica).  It takes a bit of time to make but it’s worth it (and the hot oven will heat up the house!). If you see this package:

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Buy it. Buy two. You will thank me  — unless you made a New Year's resolution to lose weight, in which case you be very, very angry with me ;-)

Stay Warm!

Jennifer

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