to own a muffin store

In case you haven’t heard, it’s about to snow a LOT in Chicago. We’re about to enter dreaded February, and at our house we are trying to be cozy and avoid the winter doldrums. To be honest, at this point, I don’t feel like it’s the doldrums. Doldrums are sweet and innocent sounding… more appropriate for mid January after your unrealistic New Year’s resolution is broken or compromised. February is the most GRINDING part of winter, but a negative attitude never helped with making it suck less. It also doesn’t shorten it… so, we’ll keep on pushing until April. Bo—ring. I’m going to stop complaining and focus on things that are good about the winter, cough, February (my new favorite month).

To keep warm I like to make hot toddies. I didn’t invent this recipe, but I don’t ever remember reading one either.

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Ingredients
1 shot whiskey (I use Jim Beam, I’m not allowed to touch Gerard’s fancy collection)
a couple of cloves
Lemon twist
Half a lemon’s worth of lemon juice
Tablespoon honey (or to taste)
Hot water
Pinch freshly grated nutmeg
Star anise leftovers
A few Allspice berries

Directions:
Boil water
Place remaining ingredients in mug
Cover ingredients with hot water and stir until combined. Pretty easy. It’s also good with Maple syrup instead of honey, or rum instead of whiskey.
If you’re not in the mood for booze, omit it! It’s still tasty and better for you.

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Yesterday Gerard called me and said he was going to the grocery store and asked about what we needed. We both decided snacks were of the utmost importance in a snow-mergency. We like to add Adobo from the Spice House to popcorn. Try it, you’ll like it. Unless you’re my friend Danielle, and then you won’t.

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He also picked me up some nice flowers. We haven’t gotten to spend a lot of time together recently with busy schedules that sometimes seem diametrically opposed. Last night was a nice break from that routine and we watched Inglorious Basterds, which was entertaining, if violent.

Gerard also recently made a Russian Imperial Stout. Here it is, looking at itself in the mirror. I can’t wait until he makes a sorghum beer or hard cider. (hint)
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“Hi beer, you’re really pretty”

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Something that makes me happy in the winter months is my leftover-from-the-summer windowsill herb garden. That’s some thyme I planted last March! That’s also the SNOWY street in front of my apartment.

I think tonight will be a pumpkin muffin kind of night. Ever since I watched the Simpson’s, I’ve dreamed about owning my own muffin shop. Let’s be friends, February.

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