As we bare down and wait for another Snowmageddon, storm chips and laptop in hand, the winter blues can so easily wash over us. To spite having an educative theory about what actually happened in the Steven Avery case and being completely abreast with every Meme in cyberspace, we must take the time to remember what makes this cold white stuff just so incredible.
To spite having different interests and capabilities, there is something out there for all of us to enjoy!
Here are a few of our favourites to get that noggin of yours thinking on what to do next!
- Winter hikes/walks
- Cross country Skiing
- Fort building
- Snowball fights
- Snow-angeling it up
- Snowman building
- Polar dips ! … this one is only for the brave few
- Snow Sculpturing (Foodcoloring adds a whole new level)
Can you help us think of any more?
We are so in LOVE with this country that we call HOME and it brings us immense joy to see photos of Canadian folks exploring their HOME and getting outside to enjoy it!
So bundle up, grab your hot chocolate and pull out that child-like spirt. Winter is waiting… so go outside and EXPLORE!
Well then, lets make things a little tastier…
Pull out that maple syrup! It’s time for something sweet!
This tasty treat is guaranteed to not disappoint! Not only will it make your taste buds happy, it will give you that perfect little boost of energy since you have just burned it all off enjoying the great outdoors.
Maple Syrup Snow Candy
How to make this little piece of Canadian heaven: (Don’t worry.. its simple!)
- Flatten out a palate of SNOW (preferably avoiding the yellow stuff)
- Heat 2 cups of Canadian maple syrup to a temperature of between 235-245 degrees Fahrenheit. If you do not have a candy thermometer, you can test to see if the syrup is hot enough by dropping a small sample of boiling syrup into cold water which should form a firm ball of gooey goodness.
- Pour about 2 tablespoons of syrup per piece over the snow in thin lines about 5 inches long.
- Let it cool for 3-5 seconds and then wind the syrup around the end of a wooden popsicle stick.
Here is the perfect Hot Chocolate recipe to brew up after your crisp walk, snowboard trip or snow shovelling adventure.. This tasty treat is guaranteed to warm you from the inside out.
What you will need:
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 cup white sugar
1 pinch salt
1/3 cup boiling water
3 1/2 cups milk
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup half-and-half cream
- To start things off combine the cocoa, sugar and pinch of salt in a saucepan.
- Next we have to blend in the boiling water and bring this mixture to an easy boil while stirring. Careful not to scorch this chocolatey master piece! Stir in 3 1/2 cups of milk and heat until very hot, but do not boil! Remove from heat and add vanilla.
- To finish things off, add the cream to the mugs of cocoa to cool it to drinking temperature.
Voilà! You are ready to relax and get toasty!
We hope this helped you to remember why this season is so special and why you have to #GETOUTSIDE to enjoy! #exploreyourHOME
Until next time,
My Home Apparel (True Canadian Winter Enthusiasts)