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Work your magic before hypothermia sets in!

I'm sure you're sick of hearing about it but I don't care, I need to get this off my chest: I'm cold!!  Just when I think the worst of this freezing Northern California cold front is over, I wake up and have to chip ice off my windshield.  Again. It's just ridiculous.  It's insulting is what it is.

Consequently, I've become quite adept at building a roaring fire.  But even still, it takes at least an hour for the huge wood fire stove to get the inside temperatures up from the 54 degrees it is when I get home from work to a tolerable 65 degrees or higher.  I prefer higher.  Much higher.

Tonight, I simply couldn't take it any more.  If I sat on top of the wood stove, fire blazing, I don't think my backside would have defrosted.  When I first sat down to write this post, my fingers were numb with cold.

And then I did something I rarely do.  I made myself a cocktail, a hot one.

I did try eating spicy food first (jalapeno flavored pretzels to be exact) but that didn't work.  And it gave me heartburn.  So I pulled up a recipe I read about several months ago from shutterbean.com: Orange Ginger Toddy. I knew if I could get just a little bourbon in my system it would warm me up right away.  I've seen enough Donner Party documentaries to know just  a drizzle of the "hard stuff" would save my life.

It worked!  It was quick &  easy, too.  You can read Shutterbean's recipe here but I'll give you quick rundown:  Using your favorite orange flavored herbal tea, make a mugful of hot tea.  Next add a little ginger syrup (I like anything from The Ginger People), a splash of bourbon and a slice of orange to float on top.

I made a few adjustments for my own taste.  I used a blood orange because... well, that's what I had on hand.  I squeezed a little juice in the cup and reduced the bourbon by about half.  More tea, less liquor.  My lips were still numb about 3 sips in.

I was also finally warm and my little fingers could type away because they were no longer stiff with cold.

But I can't be held responsible for any typos.

juiced blood oranges, blood orange

juice, orange, blood orange

A few crumbs from my week:

  • Yesterday I juiced a few blood oranges for this recipe.  Yes, they do stain your hands.  Totally worth it.
  • I've been working on a swatch that has all the colors I would use to describe myself.  It includes a lot of colors that look like this.
  • Last night I was excited to make this hot toddy from shutterbean.com, then I realized I didn't have any bourbon.  Drat!
  • Downton Abbey is back!  Season 3 began last night, but don't tell me anything, I won't have a chance to watch it until tonight.  Oh how I have missed Dame Maggie Smith's snarky little remarks!
  • Earlier this week I was so honored to be able to participate in this project from Brave Girls Club.  Founder, Melody Ross, is taking a trip over to the Philippines to teach girls who were rescued out of the horror of human trafficking.  She will be teaching them how to use art to heal their battered souls and make artwork items that can help supplement their income. Melody will be distributing the truth cards that many of us Brave Girl Art School veterans created just for this trip.
  • Thanks to the new "Communities" function on Google+, I stumbled on this incredible foodie website.  So many inspiring recipes and stories!
  • Did you see Les Miserables yet?  I just love that story, a story about redemption.  Oddly, after about 15 minutes, you forget that they are singing the entire script.

Don't forget....

Twitter Tuesday is tomorrow!  Bree, myself and some of our buddies will be discussing all sorts of outrageous topics at our Twitter Tuesday Party.  The party begins at 8am and will run all day long.  Stop by and say "hello" using #careyandbree, we look forward to meeting you!

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Source: simplyreem.com via Carey on Pinterest


This week I have good new and I have bad news.  Let's get right to the bad news, which really isn't all that bad.

Here it is:  I don't have time this week to elaborate on why I chose this recipe for Soba Noodles with Sweet Ginger Scallion Sauce for our Friday recipe.  It just sounded good, that's all.  It comes from the website simplyreem.com and you can find the full recipe here.  I hope you will check it out and report back to me whether you liked it or not because it truly looks scrumptious to me.

That wasn't so bad, right?  I mean, I could have let the recipe go.... again... this week but you are all so faithful popping in here week after week looking at what I might be cooking that I felt you should be rewarded.  Besides, I kinda like you.

OK, now for some really good news.  By the time you read this I will be home from work and my new laptop will be waiting for me! Yippeeee!  I guess I should have included in the bad news that my old laptop recently pooped out.  As in, blue-screen-crashing.  As in, it took me 24+ hours to do the last Microsoft and Itunes updates.  As in, I've had it for many years, it lived a good life, but has now gone to be with the Lord... or wherever it is that old computers go.  Amen.

I'm very excited about the new computer because it will make my blog-project so-so much easier and hey, maybe one day I'll have a real internet connection again!

So on that note, happy Friday y'all.  I hope you enjoy it and eat something yummy!