Category: winter

My rice cooker makes magic

My rice cooker makes magic
This is day 6 of my week long series of posts called “Take Back the Weather!” This afternoon I was actually signed up to do the Lakeview Polar Bear plunge. Guess what? It’s too cold! They canceled the event because it’s just not safe. Apparently instead of running on the sand into the water, there... Read more »

10 happy songs to brighten your winter

10 happy songs to brighten your winter
This is day 5 of my week long series called “Take Back the Weather!” Chicago is currently colder than my freezer and it’s only getting worse. I just heard today that school might be called off again next week because temperatures will be below zero with dangerous wind chills. Today was gray, windy and cold.... Read more »

When it's cold outside, bring the snow indoors

When it's cold outside, bring the snow indoors
Today is day 3 of my “Take Back the Weather!” challenge. This is due to the crazy amount of snow and cold Chicago is experiencing this winter. It’s our way of telling the weather that we run things around here! This morning it was 2°F when we walked to the bus stop and around 10°F... Read more »
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Warm up this winter at the Oak Park Conservatory

Warm up this winter at the Oak Park Conservatory
This week I’m writing a seven day series called “Take Back the Weather!” This is due to the crazy amount of snow and cold we’ve been experiencing this Chicago winter. If you aren’t freezing like the rest of us Midwesterners and you just want to brighten your mood, these posts are also for you! Today’s... Read more »

Beating the winter blues with yoga

Beating the winter blues with yoga
This week I’ll be writing a series of posts called “Take Back the Weather!” This is due in part to reading the National Weather Service’s statement that “The 2013-2014 weather continues to impress…not only with frequent cold, but also in terms of frequency and amount of snowfall.” I also read yesterday that I should stock... Read more »

What happens when you throw boiling water into freezing air?

What happens when you throw boiling water into freezing air?
It’s currently -15ºF here in the Chicago area and I was excited to take advantage of the cold. This might be part of the side effects of going stir crazy, but I’ve been thinking about everything and anything I can freeze outside that will produce something interesting. I saw a video of this on Reddit... Read more »
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Embrace the cold and make maple taffy snow

Embrace the cold and make maple taffy snow
When I was younger, and again with Lilia, I read about Laura Ingalls Wilder and her sister Mary making candy out of  a  hot molasses and sugar mixture poured into a pan of packed snow in the book Little House in the Big Woods. I was just talking about making this fun treat last week... Read more »

Asian pears brighten up a snowy day

Asian pears brighten up a snowy day
Today’s post was going to be an awesome, getting out in the snow adventure. Maybe one involving the beach and exploring and…nope. That didn’t happen. We got a whole lot of snow in this neck of the woods (about 15 inches) and it didn’t ease up until late this afternoon. Fran dug us out this... Read more »

A cold, party popping New Year's Eve

A cold, party popping New Year's Eve
It’s New Year’s Eve, we have dinner cooking, dessert ready to go and no heat! Wait, what? We had a little snafu earlier with our new furnace and it went from barely working to not working at all. So, as we await for a part to be delivered and for the guy that’s going to... Read more »
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How to solve your problems with this perfect hot toddy recipe

How to solve your problems with this perfect hot toddy recipe
Do you want to stop coughing? Are you feeling like a Grinch and want to get into the holiday spirit? Well then, it’s time for a hot toddy! Good thing I have some whiskey left over from my mint julep experiment because that’s just the stuff I need. I’ve come down with this cough that... Read more »