Snowbound at Christmas: Top 3 Snowstorm Must-Haves…
- I’ll start with a cozy (kid-free and quiet) cabin in the mountains that includes a gorgeous stone fireplace, a blazing fire and a super soft blanket to curl up in with my honey.
- Hot chocolate with real whipped cream, fresh baked chocolate chip cookies and a good book to read on the couch in front of the fire. I’m thinking I’d spend a few hours cozied up with Lia Riley’s sexy sheriff in LAST FIRST KISS.
- When it’s freezing outside, I want something hot and yummy (in addition to my honey). I’d make a pot of creamy potato sausage soup and serve it with a loaf of crusty, warm, fresh baked sourdough bread. Yum!
1 lb Italian sausage
1 medium onion, chopped
1 tbsp chopped garlic
1 tbsp vegetable oil
½ cup crumbled bacon
2 48-oz tins of chicken broth
6–8 medium potatoes, cut into thick cubes
1 bunch fresh kale, chopped
1 cup heavy whipping cream
grated parmesan cheese to garnish
In a large soup pot, fry Italian sausage. Dump onto paper-towel-covered plate and set aside. In same pot, cook onions and garlic in vegetable oil until onions are translucent. Add bacon crumbles and chicken broth. Bring to a boil. Add in cubed potatoes. Cook until potatoes are tender, about 20 min. Add cooked sausage and chopped kale to the soup mixture. Pour in heavy whipping cream. Stir to combine. Serve with freshly grated parmesan cheese on top.
- I’d bring mulled wine, spiked eggnog and decadent holiday sweets like sticky date pudding, pecan pumpkin pie and homemade peppermint bark
- These treats would be best shared in front of a roaring fire with my handsome honey, so I can’t forget to bring him and a snuggly warm quilt. I’d also need a delicious book like Jennifer Ryan’s STONE COLD COWBOY or Maisey Yates’s PART TIME COWBOY.
- After the storm clears, we will want to creep outside and relish in the magic of a wintry Christmas night, but there would be deep snow on the ground, which will make snowshoes at must.
Recipe for Husband’s favorite Sticky Date Pudding
¾ cup of dried, pitted dates
1 tsp of baking soda
¾ cup castor sugar
1 tsp of pure vanilla extract
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup of thick whipping cream
1 cup of brown sugar
1 cup of butter
1 vanilla bean, split
Preheat oven to 350ºF and butter a 7-inch cake pan. In a small bowl, mix the dates and baking soda and let stand.
Cream butter and sugar in a medium bowl, then add eggs and fold in gently. Stir in the date mixture as well as the vanilla. Put the batter into the cake pan and bake 35–40 minutes, until an inserted fork comes out clean.
To make the sauce, let the sauce ingredients come to a rolling boil in a small saucepan. Reduce heat and simmer 5 more minutes. Remove the vanilla bean and pour some of the sauce over warm pudding. Return pudding to oven for another 3 minutes until sauce soaks in. Cut into squares and serve with vanilla ice cream and drizzled with remaining sauce.
I actually love the cold, rainy season here in the Pacific Northwest. I love staying inside and getting cozy while the rain or snow falls outside. Although, last time we had a snowstorm where I live, it knocked out the power for 10 hours. Because here the snow is so wet it weighs down the trees and causes a lot of branches to get tangled in power lines. So with that in mind, here are my must-haves for a snowstorm:
- Light! Get out your camp lanterns, your candles or your generator if you’re really prepared. You never know, you might find yourself in the dark.
- A camp stove. During that last storm, we ended up cooking Costco mac and cheese outside in the snow
- Heat! Fuzzy socks and blankets; a fire in the fireplace; hot cocoa, cider or coffee.
- Entertainment! I recommend snuggling up with a cowboy from AT WOLF RANCH by Jennifer Ryan!
I’ve attached a couple of pics from my snowstorm last year. 😉
About Snowbound at Christmas:
When a snowstorm pummels the western half of the country, three couples find once off-limits love just in time for Christmas. An unforgettable holiday anthology from bestselling authors Jennifer Ryan, Maisey Yates, and Lia Riley.
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