“Life is like an onion. You peel it off one layer at a time, and sometimes you cry.” ~Unknown
Greetings fellow spoonies and not spoonies. Hope your holidays were/are wonderful and filled with warmth, both the huggy kind and the actual kind. In the part of the country where most of my family lives, it has been unseasonably warm this Winter. Not so here. Today we have “wind chills” well below freezing which equates to me taking extra precautions to keep warm.
I can tell you my personal philosophy for keeping warm, and my style statement in a single word – LAYERS.
Layering of clothing is particularly important for spoonies in colder weather. Wearing multiple layers of lighter weight clothing allows for more freedom of movement and comfort; it also insulates the body better. Start with a lightweight, long sleeved shirt to keep your trunk warm. Longjohns or tights help keep the legs and pelvic area warmer as well. Many sources will tell you to wear wool or blends next to your skin to wick moisture away from your skin, especially in cold weather. I do not disagree but since I’m mostly indoors and body moisture isn’t a significant factor I mostly use synthetics and synthetic blends. They’re durable, lightweight and affordable.
Over the base layer (which is next to the skin), I wear my normal clothes. I add a light weight sweater around the house and, of course, slippers and socks to keep my feet warm. If heading outdoors, more layers get added, coat with hood, extra pair of socks, gloves, scarf, hat (or hats) and often a face mask. I use a homemade ski mask that I made out of old Tshirt sleeves. I like it because it’s easy to make, cheap, soft and easy to breath through.
I layer blankets too. Our bed has flannel sheets and pillowcases, a lightweight quilt, and additional small blankets that can be added or removed at whim.
I also layer spices into my cooking. Right now warming spices are particularly important. Culinary layering is one of those skills almost every cook practices but doesn’t know the name of. When you sauté an onion in cooking oil, you have a flavor, but add butter and garlic while you cook it and you’ve added two layers of flavor to the dish, giving it a richer taste and feel. I use more warming spices when it’s cold. Soups include a few good dashes of chili powder and tumeric, eggs are topped with hot sauce. We eat more curry, chili and spicy side dishes. To less savory dishes such as oatmeal and baked goods, I’ll add more ginger, cloves and nutmeg all of which have warming properties.
Ginger has oh so many health benefits. I like to incorporate it into my cocoa. Here’s my recipe:
1 Cup unsweetened almond milk
1 tablespoon heavy whipping cream
1 1/2 tablespoon cocoa powder
couple good dashes of cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger (I use the dried powder stuff)
pinch of sea salt
sweetener of choice (I use 1-2 packets of Whole Earth stevia/monkfruit blend)
Add cocoa, cinnamon, ginger, and salt to small pan, whisk to combine. Add milk and cream and whisk until thoroughly combined. Heat over low heat until hot (DO NOT BOIL). Remove from heat and stir in sweetener. Top with whipped cream if you like.
Moon Glimmer – Sound of Hygge
Til next time ~May your spoons stay warm ~JPP