Winter Favorites

Ah January. The Monday of the year. Cold but not cozy. All the holidays are over. No time off work. Everyone expecting you to do Whole 30 or Dry January or take up jogging. I have no time for that nonsense. Now is the time to hibernate, to imbibe, to build a cozy carb cocoon around your person to keep you warm until the sun comes back or you get central heating. Here are the things I am hibernating with this January.

Escape to the Country – a bunch of very wealthy British people touring houses and admiring the English countryside and talking about the pros and cons of thatch. (So flammable! Probably a good way to end up with a possum living in your roof! But so idyllic.) They all really need at least five bedrooms and a lot of land, because they’ve always really wanted to just get away from the hustle and bustle of modern life and raise goats.

Good Earth tea – spicy and sweet at the same time. Also comes in an uncaffeinated variety, which is a blessing for me, because I have the constitution of a tiny frightened dog and absolutely cannot handle caffeine in any quantities. Keeps my little hands warm.

My weighted blanket – these are very expensive but I got mine from my parents as a birthday gift because I’m a very lucky girl. If you have the means to buy one, or con someone into buying one for you, I recommend them SO HIGHLY. Deeply soothing in a way that I am unable to explain. Feels like a big ol’ cozy fabric hug.

Every recipe on smitten kitchen but especially this super cozy and warming one for pasta and chickpeas. (Pasta and chickpeas! Who knew?) Makes me feel like some kind of fancy Nigella Lawson type dinner party lady.

This recipe for Katharine Hepburn’s brownies (I don’t even like walnuts in brownies particularly, but when Katharine Hepburn tells you to do something, I feel like you gotta do it.) These are gooey and crunchy and take all of like, 45 minutes to make, including bake time.

THE GOOD PLACE – have I trumpeted the virtues of this show to everyone yet? I hope so, because IT IS EXCEPTIONALLY GOOD. The second season just finished up on a big and agonizing climax and I don’t know what to do with myself until it comes back, to be honest. Probably just obsessively follow Jameela Jamil on social media. (She has a very good Instagram.) Watch The Good Place right now! Then watch it again! Let me know when you've finished so I can shout at you about the trolley problem and how masterful Ted Danson is!

Vacationland by John Hodgman – this is a very good and generous and funny and melancholy book and I devoured it whole in under a week, which is the highest praise I can give a book, I think. I think a lightly humorous book about the sundry dangers of Maine, and also everyone's inescapable mortality is probably the best way to get through a cold, dark winter.

This candle that my mom buys me for Christmas every year because in her heart she is a twelve year old and she thinks it's the funniest thing in the whole world.

What consumables are you taking solace in during these dark cold weeks? Give me any and all recipes and TV recs please.