The climate is chilly exterior, so this week we’re discussing our favourite winter issues. The whole lot from actions, meals, and clothes.
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Favourite winter exercise with your loved ones:
Elsie – Sledding with FunBoy snow sleds, scorching chocolate, and making snowmen
Emma – Making snow ice cream, kinetic sandbox in the home, and getting an annual go to Discovery Heart
Favourite solo winter exercise:
Elsie – Studying and watching films
Emma – Thrifting
Remark beneath along with your cozy films and books.
Favourite winter outfit:
Elsie – Fuzzy J. Crew boots, leggings or pajama pants, and plenty of totally different coats
Emma – Beanies, yoga pants with sweaters, overalls with lengthy sleeves, and lengthy socks
Favourite winter meal:
Elsie – Pasta and soup
Emma – Pasta, pizza, and curry
Favourite winter facet dish:
Elsie – The whole lot potatoes: hash browns and Breakfast Potatoes
Emma – Starbucks Drugs Ball
Favourite winter dessert:
Emma – Sugar cookies, puddings, and custards
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Episode 215 Transcript:
Elsie: You’re listening to the A Lovely Mess podcast, your cozy consolation lesson. The climate is chilly exterior, so this week we’re discussing our favourite winter issues. The whole lot from meals, actions, clothes, and many others. It’s just about a hygge episode.
Emma: Yeah. Stuff to do inside or exterior, however, you realize, yeah, get pleasure from winter just a little extra.
Elsie: Sure. So, should you don’t know, we dwell each in Missouri, and Missouri has the miserable winter from hell. It’s not the worst in the entire nation. It may be worse, however it’s fairly dangerous. And for most individuals who dwell right here, this is the reason, like, the time period snowbird will get, like, created. It’s for individuals who dwell in a majority of these climates. We are able to’t take it anymore, who decides to spend a couple of months in a battle?
Emma: We don’t have children at school anymore, they usually’re like, see ya, this time of 12 months.
Elsie: I actually can’t wait, I truly counted out the variety of years, which I believe is 12 years from now, that I’ll have the ability to have a snowbird, and never be having a child at school.
Emma: Yeah. And I’ll say, for me, I truly actually don’t thoughts the chilly a lot. I imply, you realize, I commute with it, however I oftentimes will go vacationing locations which are very chilly. So, I’m not essentially an anti-cold particular person. However. It’s the lack of daylight that makes it troublesome.
Elsie: And I might add, the solar taking place early, for me, is like probably the most miserable half. It simply appears like you ought to be settling in once you’re like, nonetheless have a whole lot of issues to do in your record for the day. And then you definately’re like, ought to I simply eat dinner and watch a present and go to mattress?
Emma: However wait, it’s solely 530.
Elsie: Yeah, this a part of the 12 months does put me in just a little little bit of a darkish place. And I do know seasonal melancholy is a really actual factor.
Emma: Yeah, it’s an actual factor.
Elsie: I don’t know if I clinically have it or not, however I undoubtedly suppose someplace on the spectrum.
Emma: I might most likely agree. However yeah, and I believe it’s been this manner for just a little bit however you might have all the vacations to look ahead to earlier within the winter, however now there’s type of in some methods nothing to look ahead to.
Elsie: For me having my Christmas lights up and all my proper no flakes and all of that, and it’s like apple cider season, it’s such a joyful time of 12 months and, you realize, like my immense quantity of Christmas film rewatching, Christmas candles, Christmas music, like the whole lot’s good. I really like that point of 12 months. After which despite the fact that the climate shouldn’t be totally different in January, taking all that down. And simply making an attempt to, like, a whole lot of occasions you’re making an attempt to do, like, a wholesome month. Ugh!
Emma: No, don’t do this. I imply, get wholesome. Do no matter you need to do. However, simply don’t torture your self in any approach.
Elsie: I really feel like there must be extra emphasis on, like, being cozy and being joyful in January, February, and March, no less than for these of us who dwell in a miserable local weather. Anyway.
Emma: Yeah, so we’re going to speak about our favourite, like, winter stuff. However earlier than we do, we thought we’d share, like, that is type of associated as a result of it’s like additionally how we cope with winter as we escape. So Elsie and I’ve plans later this month to go to Florida the place it’s sunny and hotter. We’re simply going to have enjoyable, and see some associates. I need to go to a bookstore and actually simply chill. We’re going simply the 2 of us and no children.
Elsie: We did it final 12 months for the primary time and we went to Palm Springs and it wasn’t even heat. We had been like, we had been laying out with, I don’t even suppose we wore swimsuits. We had been mendacity out on the pool chairs with like a blanket on us studying books. It was nonetheless like so significantly better than Missouri. So yeah, we’re excited to similar to, go someplace, get some sunshine, go on walks, eat, you realize enjoyable eating places.
Emma: Yeah, eat exterior. It doesn’t must be scorching. It simply must be good sufficient to do this. You already know, so yeah, so wanting ahead to that. So we’re going to do this and we’ll inform you all about it as soon as we get again. However yeah, we’re doing one other mother who learn journey.
Elsie: Yeah, it’s good.
Emma: Yeah, it’s.
Elsie: I believe that it must be an every-year custom. Yeah, now we have like deliberate some form of like epic concepts, however this 12 months we had been like, let’s do the best one as a result of Emma’s anticipating.
Emma: I do know, I’m like, can’t do scorching tubs, I can’t drink, I can’t, you realize, just a little limiting, nevertheless it’s very enjoyable.
Elsie: Actually, all I need to do is like, take walks, take a look at homes, and skim a ebook.
Emma: Yeah, January is like my birthday month in my thoughts, as a result of I flip 38 on the twenty first, so it’s a great month to journey, get out of the winter, and rejoice myself! All proper. So anyway, on to favourite winter actions and different issues. So first up, what’s your favourite winter exercise with household? So that is stuff with kiddos.
Elsie: Sure. Okay. So should you put together prematurely, snow days in Missouri are probably the most epic, cozy, superb, like 10 out of 10 good issues. So I’ve this firm that I really like referred to as Enjoyable Boy. I’m going to place this within the present notes. They promote pool floaties, however additionally they do snow sleds. I really like these snow sleds. They’re simply pool floaties mainly which are in another way coloured, like Christmasy-looking.
Emma: Yeah, and formed like sleds and various things like that.
Elsie: And technically you should use a pool floatie as a result of we did that earlier than too, to only as a sled, they make nice sleds. You don’t want a sled in any respect you probably have pool footings. You actually don’t. So, Anyway, I believe having that ready after which ensuring you might have the inflating machine. Gotta have that. Simply have it, simply set it in your basement and set them there collectively and watch for the snow to return and also you’ll be so joyful it’s there after which you could have scorching chocolate. That’s the should. Like you need to are available and have the recent chocolate after which should you can, if you wish to be additional, I believe making snowmen is, like, for me, it’s, like, prime three childhood magic, like, issues you are able to do in your whole life, like, making an actual snowman is so enjoyable and magical.
Emma: Sure, for positive. Having fun with the snow is unquestionably enjoyable, and should you want one thing to benefit from the snow indoors, I like to recommend making snow ice cream. It’s simply enjoyable. It’s a really, like, child Midwest factor to do, in my view.
Elsie: Do now we have that recipe on Childhood Magic?
Emma: If we don’t, we most likely will very quickly.
Elsie: Okay, as a result of that’s an amazing recipe to have.
Emma: Okay, so for us, there are a few issues. So, I made a decision to make our sunroom, which was like a room in our home that type of results in our yard, and we weren’t actually utilizing it. It had like our canine’s meals in there, and simply actually type of nothing. So, I painted it, bought a rug, put in an area heater, as a result of it’s one room in our home that doesn’t have like, the warmth doesn’t go in there, so it will get type of chilly and it will get type of scorching in the summertime. So anyway, this time of 12 months, the house heater does the trick. So anyway, so now it’s a extra cozy house. And my mother-in-law purchased Oscar this large kinetic sand desk. So it’s type of like this massive, he calls it a bucket, nevertheless it’s like a desk that’s like a bowl, I assume. And he liked his sandbox. Yeah, he liked his sandbox all summer time. And so clearly we’re not doing that proper now as a result of it’s too chilly. So now now we have the kinetic sandbox. Nevertheless it’s like up off the bottom. So like I sit in a chair whereas I play with him and like construct sandcastles. However for him, it’s like his peak the place he can stand there and play. And naturally, we’re engaged on retaining the sand within the sandbox and placing it on the ground on a regular basis. However he does actually good with it and he loves it. He performs with it after daycare. We play with it on the weekends. It’s only a good, like, factor we are able to do indoors. After which one other factor we did is, proper earlier than Christmas, at Black Friday, we purchased an annual go to a factor on the town now we have in Springfield, it’s referred to as the Discovery Heart. And it’s like a spot that you would be able to go on Saturday or Sunday, and there’s similar to a whole lot of like, academic little issues he can play with. Oscar’s at an age, he’s two and a half, the place he’s very cellular. Likes to run round, he loves to the touch issues, he likes to play with issues. And so I simply type of like needed a go of someplace simply to get out of our home. We have now a whole lot of stuff to do in our home. However I believe I simply get type of, greater than him, I believe I get just a little sick of being indoors, like if now we have a bunch of snow days in a row or a bunch of sick days in a row, and now we’re lastly higher, and it’s a Saturday, I’m type of able to get out of the home. So to me, it’s similar to a spot we are able to go for 2 hours, no matter, and simply play with all of the stuff that’s there.
Elsie: That’s cute. We go to Barnes and Noble, that’s our determined place.
Emma: Yeah. We have now different locations too that’s like little like, you realize, we purchase just a little craft mission or we, you realize, no matter, like issues. However this is sort of a place the place we’re probably not shopping for something. We simply purchased the annual go. And now we simply type of play, you realize.
Elsie: It’s actually cute there. My children love the mattress of nails.
Emma: His favourite, actually, is, it has a miniature golf course on one of many flooring. And he loves it. He’s horrible at it, however he loves it. He loves doing it. So we do this for a very long time and he by no means will get it in a gap. He’s not like that love he’s two and a half. However he doesn’t, I don’t suppose it registers to him, it’s simply enjoyable for him. He loves it.
Elsie: Aww. That’s cute.
Emma: So we do this.
Elsie: Okay, what’s your favourite solo winter exercise?
Emma: Mine is actually the identical in the summertime and winter, and it’s thrifting! I really like going thrifting.
Elsie: That’s a great one.
Emma: And I really feel like winter makes it even higher, as a result of it’s indoors, so it’s like, you realize.
Elsie: Yeah. Okay, I needed to ask for options from our listeners for a comfortable film record and a comfortable ebook record for winter, like issues that you just simply suppose would both offer you some escape or, I don’t know, similar to what you are feeling within the temper for throughout winter. I undoubtedly would love to look at extra new films, they usually don’t must be new, they could possibly be previous, however films I haven’t seen earlier than. And clearly, like, I want a ebook record that extends till eternity. So I believe studying and watching films are one thing that I actually get pleasure from, however like, I get caught on the identical form of issues, so I wish to broaden my horizons just a little bit.
Emma: Yeah, I additionally similar to, like having a listing, as a result of generally, you realize, once you’re prepared for a break, like, if it’s like, you bought the whole lot carried out for the day, your children are in mattress, no matter, you don’t have the vitality to even consider a film to look at, so it’s type of good to love to have a listing or have like a collection you’re going via. In case you’re like, I don’t need to give it some thought, I don’t need to scroll, I simply need to put one thing on and chill as a result of I’m all out of mind energy for the day. So I really feel that approach about books generally the place I’m like, I simply have a complete bunch on my shelf. And I don’t actually have to consider the subsequent one. I simply go in there and look what there may be and I decide one, you realize? Okay. So what a couple of favourite winter outfit?
Elsie: Okay. Properly, I undoubtedly have my mother outfit and it’s set and it doesn’t change. So I’ve these fuzzy boots from J. Crew, and the factor, I’m gonna hyperlink them within the present notes, they’re not like the very same ones I’ve, however they’re like mainly the identical. They’ve them yearly. However the factor I really like about them is that they’re like fur-lined boots, so I by no means put on socks, I simply put them on and stroll out the door, and it’s prefer it doesn’t matter, and I simply love that you would be able to like skip that step. So, yeah, my entire whole winter I’m carrying, like, It’s so unhappy, however no matter, leggings, or pajama pants, after which these boots, at all times these boots each day. After which I’ve, I’ll say, a ten out of 10 coat assortment, and I really feel just like the coat makes your outfit. So that you don’t even actually must, like, put on garments, you simply must have good coats and funky coats and, like, I’ve, like, fluffy ones, I’ve lengthy ones, I’ve ones with fur collars and, like, all of the totally different type of, like, so, yeah, my coats are undoubtedly, like, the one factor trendy I put on within the winter, however I really feel prefer it compensates and makes me have the ability to put on pajamas. Like, it’s the varsity pickup hack of a lifetime.
Emma: Yeah, I’m additionally, I really like carrying beanies. And I don’t actually put on them in hotter months. So, I’m like, beanie season, my associates.
Elsie: Winter hats are the perfect. I agree. I believe they give the impression of being cute on me they usually, like, work for my fashion. However yeah, it’s unhappy in the summertime after I solely can put on baseball hats.
Emma: Yeah. I agree. So, it’s like beanie season. So, it’s type of cool in that approach. Yeah. I’m just about comparable. That is additionally my 12 months of increasing my physique as a result of I’m pregnant. So, I’m doing a whole lot of yoga pants with sweaters. You already know? Overalls with sweaters or long-sleeved issues that don’t damage my tummy.
Elsie: Yeah Do you purchase maternity garments?
Emma: I’ll have a couple of issues, particularly in direction of the top, however actually, I put on the identical yoga pants the entire approach via, after which a whole lot of my overalls will most likely work till mainly the top. However I’m planning to purchase a maternity swimsuit for the summer time simply because I take our son to the pool lots and so and I plan to do this up till the infant comes cuz I prefer it. I’ll say that I received’t do it solo final 12 months I did it solo lots and this 12 months I really feel just a little extra anxious to do it solo cuz I simply can’t transfer as shortly in direction of the top my children are very lively, however can’t swim but. So anyway, there’s lifeguards, you realize as a mother you get just a little anxious, you get just a little like oh, the place is he? I can’t run as quick I’ve this massive basketball stomach. However yeah, anyway. Alright, and yeah, I’m additionally a boot particular person. I like carrying socks, although. I like to drag my socks over my yoga pants, so I actually have it on proper now. Like, I really feel prefer it’s an actual, you realize, cozy vibe.
Elsie: Yeah, I like socks, too, I simply, like, can’t discover them, I don’t know.
Emma: Yeah, I do get bored with, you realize, laundry, like the very last thing I do is put the socks all collectively. And it will get previous, placing all of the socks collectively, it does. That’s a time to hearken to podcasts and audiobooks. Okay, how a couple of favourite winter meal?
Elsie: Oh, after all. I imply, I undoubtedly really feel like we’re pasta queens type of all 12 months, however within the winter particularly. However the different factor I might say is soup. I at all times like soup, however clearly, it’s higher within the winter. And I believe, like, revolving your entire meal round soup. Emma already had, like, a film evening the place we simply had a number of totally different soups. And I believe it’s additionally, like, my favourite factor about cooking, I believe it’s, like, my batch-working persona is like large meals that you would be able to have for a number of days so that you don’t must cook dinner anymore for a few days. Its soup is ideal for that.
Emma: Yeah, particularly if it may be like a household meal after which it’s like your lunch, you simply must rewarm it for a few days. That’s like good. ’trigger I get type of bored with making lunch only for me. You already know, it’s like I don’t need to spend a complete bunch of time on it. Some days as a result of I don’t actually have, you realize. So then you definately type of have already got one thing carried out, which is good. Yeah. I’m mainly the identical. The one factor I might add is, along with pasta, pizza, do-it-yourself pizza. Like it. I imply, I’ll take supply, too, however, like, I really like a do-it-yourself pizza. After which additionally, that is type of a soup, however I’ve been actually into curries recently. Particularly pink curry, however I additionally love yellow curry.
Elsie: I don’t suppose it’s soup, do you get it from a Thai restaurant or an Indian?
Emma: I get it from a Thai restaurant and I generally make it. As a result of, yeah, it’s fairly straightforward to make as soon as you understand how.
Elsie: It’s type of a soup, however type of a rice.
Emma: Yeah, it’s like in that type of stew class to me. However yeah, I at all times have it with rice. However I’ve been actually into curries recently, as a result of you’ll be able to mainly make them just a little spicier or not, relying on the way you’re feeling that day. And I type of like a spicy soup when it’s chilly exterior. It’s good. All proper, shifting on. What’s your favourite winter facet dish? Or similar to, winter, not the principle meal. Not a dessert.
Elsie: The whole lot, potatoes. Potatoes, potatoes, and extra potatoes. So, I might say for breakfast, hash browns. And I additionally like, love making breakfast potatoes. We have now a recipe on our website for these, like, breakfast potatoes with rosemary. It’s really easy, nevertheless it’s considered one of our, like, favourite breakfasts. My children, like, don’t actually like cereal, they usually don’t actually like candy breakfast, which makes it, like, type of a whole lot of work. Like, you realize what I imply? It’s like, they don’t actually like every of the simple issues that you would be able to make. They like, like, a hearty breakfast, like, a cooked breakfast.
Emma: They’re actually getting you up. You gotta make the bacon and the eggs and the hash browns.
Elsie: However yeah, anyway, something potatoes this time of 12 months, I make this factor that we name like Silver Greenback Metropolis meal and it’s like potatoes and peppers after which like we do like turkey sausages lower up and, you realize what I’m speaking about? It’s like a skillet meal.
Emma: Form of like a hash.
Elsie: They’ve them at Silver Greenback Metropolis.
Emma: Yeah, I really like that type of factor, like with a fried egg over it. Yeah. Oh, yeah.
Elsie: That’s so good.
Emma: So mine shouldn’t be actually a facet dish, nevertheless it’s not a meal and it’s not a dessert, and we’re going to do desserts subsequent. And I actually needed to place it on right here. So I’m clearly obsessive about scorching tea, however particularly recently I’ve been making mainly a do-it-yourself model of the Starbucks medication ball. In case you’ve by no means had it, go and order one.
Elsie: I simply had it. It’s so good.
Emma: And I’ve a recipe for it on our weblog. That’s actually very comparable, and I believe just a little bit higher than the Starbucks model. However I additionally will make it type of the lazy approach, which is actually a lemonade packet, not a complete one, it will depend on how massive of a cup I’m making. Lemonade packet, mint tea, peach tea, that’s it. In order that’s just like the lazy model of the Starbucks medication ball. And I make that on a regular basis, and it’s nice should you’re feeling just a little beneath the climate in case your throat’s sore. Or for me, not a lot this month, however like, I used to be very nauseous for a very long time, and it was very good for that, as a result of it’s like, you eat a whole lot of mint and ginger stuff once you’re nauseous, and it simply appears like just a little totally different, as a result of it had lemon and peach flavors, so it simply was a pleasant, one thing barely totally different, however nonetheless like type of helped with nausea. So anyway, it’s good.
Elsie: Yeah, I bought that not too long ago and it’s like the perfect tea drink I’ve ever had from Starbucks it’s actually, actually good. It has a ton of taste. So yeah, I’m excited to strive your recipe.
Emma: Yeah, the weblog model is a bit more prefer it has recent mint in it. It has honey in it. It’s not laborious to make nevertheless it’s simply what I might say is the non lazy model and it’s price it. It’s actually good.
Elsie: Good. Yeah. Oh my gosh. I really like, like, once you get mint tea and it’s, like, recent mint. It’s so uncommon.
Emma: Properly, it simply smells so good along with tasting nice. Yeah. Okay. So what about your favourite winter dessert?
Elsie: Okay. I actually simply have the one. So, I make gingerbread cookies and sugar cookies, and I solely make them this time of 12 months. Largely after Christmas, most likely principally simply sugar cookies, however I don’t actually make them within the summertime or the nice and cozy climate months except there’s like a celebration or an important day, however this time of 12 months, I don’t know. It’s simply extra just like the baking season for me and I really like making them. I acquire like cookie cutters and I acquire sprinkles and simply all of the various things that you would be able to, you realize, use. It’s a whole lot of enjoyable. You’ll be able to go very, very elaborate with how a lot you embellish them, or generally I simply let my children embellish them and I don’t even do something, and that’s wonderful too, just a little too many sprinkles, nevertheless it’s enjoyable.
Emma: I don’t let Oscar have sprinkles, I simply give him the frostings, the totally different colours, and let him go ham.
Elsie: The sprinkles, it’s like a whole lot of vacuuming.
Emma: Yep. Loads of vacuuming. Yeah. They get in every single place.
Elsie: Yeah. What’s your favourite winter dessert?
Emma: I even have sugar cookies on there as a result of it’s royal icing sugar cookie season for me as effectively. The opposite factor I might say is recently I’ve been actually into like puddings and custards. Which I don’t essentially consider as a winter factor, however I don’t know. I’ve simply been into it recently. Actually, I’ll purchase the pudding cups from the shop, but in addition I’ve been making a whole lot of stuff. I’ve a very good rice pudding recipe. I really like rice pudding. And I’ve additionally been engaged on, yearly I do one thing on the weblog for my birthday, some type of dessert. Like a whole lot of occasions a cake. Final 12 months I did my favourite brownie recipe. This 12 months I’m going to do tiramisu. So, yeah, and which isn’t essentially all pudding or custard it’s type of a layered dessert should you’ve by no means had it. However it is extremely pudding custard-based to me and just like the bread layers, the cookie layers are type of like soaked. So it’s a really comfortable, creamy dessert. So anyway, that’s what I’m going to do for my birthday this 12 months as a result of I’ve been into the puddings and the custards.
Emma: Another winter hacks that we need to discuss?
Elsie: Oh, you realize, if anybody has options, I might love to listen to them. I believe that this time of 12 months is a superb time for me, I’m specializing in my profession objectives. I’m getting a ton of labor carried out in order that when Emma takes her maternity go away this summer time, I believe I’m additionally going to love type of take just a little little bit of the summer time off as a result of my children are house and final summer time I realized some life classes about how a lot work I may actually get carried out once they had been house. So yeah, to me, it is a nice time of 12 months to work actually laborious. After which produce other components of the 12 months which are just a little extra enjoyable.
Emma: Doing stuff and yeah.
Elsie: I don’t know, I do discover pleasure in work. And so yeah, it’s a great time to love, form of like buckle down on it. However yeah, I don’t have some other nice hacks. If we get nice options for films and books, I’ll undoubtedly put them up so that you guys can see them, however yeah. Yeah. Learn, learn, learn, learn.
Emma: Okay, effectively then it’s time for a joke, or a reality, or a meditation with Nova.
Elsie: Hey, Nova. How are you this week?
Elsie: What do you might have for us?
Nova: A joke.
Elsie: A joke, okay.
Nova: What does a cow like to speak about?
Nova: His moooood.
Elsie: Oh, his mooooood. I assumed you had been going to say, what moooovies he likes. Okay. Have a great week.
Nova: Have a great week.
Emma: All proper. Thanks a lot for listening. If in case you have any questions, podcasts, concepts, or options for surviving winter, you’ll be able to electronic mail us anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org, or you’ll be able to go away us a voicemail at 417-893-0011. We’ll be again subsequent week with a consolation rewatch.