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Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Episode #215: Winter Survival Information


The climate is chilly exterior, so this week we’re discussing our favourite winter issues. Every part from actions, meals, and clothes.

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Present Notes:

Favourite winter exercise with your loved ones:

Elsie – Sledding with FunBoy snow sleds, sizzling chocolate, and making snowmen

Emma – Making snow ice cream, kinetic sandbox in the home, and getting an annual go to Discovery Heart

Favourite solo winter exercise:

Elsie – Studying and watching films

Emma – Thrifting

Remark under along with your cozy films and books.

Favourite winter outfit:

Elsie – Fuzzy J. Crew boots, leggings or pajama pants, and plenty of totally different coats

Emma – Beanies, yoga pants with sweaters, overalls with lengthy sleeves, and lengthy socks

Favourite winter meal:

Elsie – Pasta and soup

Emma – Pasta, pizza, and curry

Favourite winter aspect dish:

Elsie – Every part potatoes: hash browns and Breakfast Potatoes

Emma – Starbucks Medication Ball

Favourite winter dessert:

Elsie – Gingerbread Cookies and Sugar Cookies

Emma – Sugar cookies, puddings, and custards

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Episode 215 Transcript:

Elsie: You’re listening to the A Stunning Mess podcast, your cozy consolation lesson. The climate is chilly exterior, so this week we’re discussing our favourite winter issues. Every part from meals, actions, clothes, and so on. It’s just about a hygge episode. 

Emma: Yeah. Stuff to do inside or exterior, however, you recognize, yeah, tips on how to take pleasure in winter just a little extra.

Elsie: Sure. So, in the event you don’t know, we reside each in Missouri, and Missouri has the miserable winter from hell. It’s not the worst in the entire nation. It may be worse, however it’s fairly dangerous. And for most individuals who reside right here, because of this, like, the time period snowbird will get, like, created. It’s for individuals who reside in most of these climates. We are able to’t take it anymore, who decides to spend a number of months in a conflict?

Emma: We don’t have youngsters in class anymore, and so they’re like, see ya, this time of yr. 

Elsie: I truthfully can’t wait, I really counted out the variety of years, which I believe is 12 years from now, that I’ll be capable to have a snowbird, and never be having a child in class. 

Emma: Yeah. And I’ll say, for me, I really actually don’t thoughts the chilly a lot. I imply, you recognize, I shuttle with it, however I oftentimes will go vacationing locations which might be very chilly. So, I’m not essentially an anti-cold individual. However. It’s the lack of daylight that makes it troublesome.

Elsie: And I’d add, the solar happening early, for me, is like probably the most miserable half. It simply seems like you have to be settling in while you’re like, nonetheless have numerous issues to do in your listing for the day. And you then’re like, ought to I simply eat dinner and watch a present and go to mattress?

Emma: However wait, it’s solely 530. 

Elsie: Yeah, this a part of the yr does put me in just a little little bit of a darkish place. And I do know seasonal melancholy is a really actual factor. 

Emma: Yeah, it’s an actual factor. 

Elsie: I don’t know if I clinically have it or not, however I undoubtedly suppose someplace on the spectrum.

Emma: I’d in all probability agree. However yeah, and I believe it’s been this fashion for just a little bit however you may have all the vacations to stay up for earlier within the winter, however now there’s sort of in some methods nothing to stay up for. 

Elsie: For me having my Christmas lights up and all my proper no flakes and all of that, and it’s like apple cider season, it’s such a joyful time of yr and, you recognize, like my immense quantity of Christmas film rewatching, Christmas candles, Christmas music, like the whole lot’s good. I really like that point of yr. After which despite the fact that the climate shouldn’t be totally different in January, taking all that down. And simply making an attempt to, like, numerous occasions you’re making an attempt to do, like, a wholesome month. Ugh!

Emma: No, don’t do this. I imply, get wholesome. Do no matter you wish to do. However, simply don’t torture your self in any approach. 

Elsie: I really feel like there must be extra emphasis on, like, being cozy and being blissful in January, February, and March, no less than for these of us who reside in a miserable local weather. Anyway. 

Emma: Yeah, so we’re going to speak about our favourite, like, winter stuff. However earlier than we do, we thought we might share, like, that is sort of associated as a result of it’s like additionally how we take care of winter as we escape. So Elsie and I’ve plans later this month to go to Florida the place it’s sunny and hotter. We’re simply going to have enjoyable, and see some associates. I wish to go to a bookstore and actually simply chill. We’re going simply the 2 of us and no youngsters. 

Elsie: We did it final yr for the primary time and we went to Palm Springs and it wasn’t even heat. We have been like, we have been laying out with, I don’t even suppose we wore swimsuits. We have been mendacity out on the pool chairs with like a blanket on us studying books. It was nonetheless like so significantly better than Missouri. So yeah, we’re excited to similar to, go someplace, get some sunshine, go on walks, eat, you recognize enjoyable eating places. 

Emma: Yeah, eat exterior. It doesn’t need to be sizzling. It simply must be good sufficient to do this. You already know, so yeah, so wanting ahead to that. So we’re going to do this and we’ll let you know all about it as soon as we get again. However yeah, we’re doing one other mother who learn journey. 

Elsie: Yeah, it’s good. 

Emma: Yeah, it’s. 

Elsie: I believe that it must be an every-year custom. Yeah, we’ve got like deliberate some type of like epic concepts, however this yr we have been like, let’s do the best one as a result of Emma’s anticipating. 

Emma: I do know, I’m like, can’t do sizzling tubs, I can’t drink, I can’t, you recognize, just a little limiting, but it surely’s very enjoyable. 

Elsie: Actually, all I wish to do is like, take walks, have a look at homes, and browse a ebook. 

Emma: Yeah, January is like my birthday month in my thoughts, as a result of I flip 38 on the twenty first, so it’s an excellent month to journey, get out of the winter, and have fun myself! All proper. So anyway, on to favourite winter actions and different issues. So first up, what’s your favourite winter exercise with household? So that is stuff with kiddos. 

Elsie: Sure. Okay. So in the event you put together upfront, snow days in Missouri are probably the most epic, cozy, superb, like 10 out of 10 good issues. So I’ve this firm that I really like known as Enjoyable Boy. I’m going to place this within the present notes. They promote pool floaties, however in addition they do snow sleds. I really like these snow sleds. They’re simply pool floaties mainly which might be in a different way coloured, like Christmasy-looking. 

Emma: Yeah, and formed like sleds and various things like that.

Elsie: And technically you need to use a pool floatie as a result of we did that earlier than too, to simply as a sled, they make nice sleds. You don’t want a sled in any respect in case you have pool footings. You actually don’t. So, Anyway, I believe having that ready after which ensuring you may have the inflating machine. Gotta have that. Simply have it, simply set it in your basement and set them there collectively and look forward to the snow to return and also you’ll be so blissful it’s there after which you want to have sizzling chocolate. That’s the should. Like it’s a must to are available in and have the new chocolate after which in the event you can, if you wish to be further, I believe making snowmen is, like, for me, it’s, like, prime three childhood magic, like, issues you are able to do in your whole life, like, making an actual snowman is so enjoyable and magical.

Emma: Sure, for positive. Having fun with the snow is unquestionably enjoyable, and in the event you want one thing to benefit from the snow indoors, I like to recommend making snow ice cream. It’s simply enjoyable. It’s a really, like, child Midwest factor to do, for my part. 

Elsie: Do we’ve got that recipe on Childhood Magic? 

Emma: If we don’t, we in all probability will very quickly. 

Elsie: Okay, as a result of that’s an important recipe to have.

Emma: Okay, so for us, there are a few issues. So, I made a decision to make our sunroom, which was like a room in our home that sort of results in our yard, and we weren’t actually utilizing it. It had like our canine’s meals in there, and simply actually sort of nothing. So, I painted it, obtained a rug, put in an area heater, as a result of it’s one room in our home that doesn’t have like, the warmth doesn’t go in there, so it will get sort of chilly and it will get sort of sizzling in the summertime. So anyway, this time of yr, the house heater does the trick. So anyway, so now it’s a extra cozy house. And my mother-in-law purchased Oscar this big kinetic sand desk. So it’s sort of like this huge, he calls it a bucket, but it surely’s like a desk that’s like a bowl, I assume. And he beloved his sandbox. Yeah, he beloved his sandbox all summer time. And so clearly we’re not doing that proper now as a result of it’s too chilly. So now we’ve got the kinetic sandbox. But it surely’s like up off the bottom. So like I sit in a chair whereas I play with him and like construct sandcastles. However for him, it’s like his peak the place he can stand there and play. And naturally, we’re engaged on holding the sand within the sandbox and placing it on the ground on a regular basis. However he does actually good with it and he loves it. He performs with it after daycare. We play with it on the weekends. It’s only a good, like, factor we are able to do indoors. After which one other factor we did is, proper earlier than Christmas, at Black Friday, we purchased an annual go to a factor on the town we’ve got in Springfield, it’s known as the Discovery Heart. And it’s like a spot that you would be able to go on Saturday or Sunday, and there’s similar to numerous like, instructional little issues he can play with. Oscar’s at an age, he’s two and a half, the place he’s very cellular. Likes to run round, he loves to the touch issues, he likes to play with issues. And so I simply sort of like wished a go of someplace simply to get out of our home. We’ve numerous stuff to do in our home. However I believe I simply get sort of, greater than him, I believe I get just a little sick of being indoors, like if we’ve got a bunch of snow days in a row or a bunch of sick days in a row, and now we’re lastly higher, and it’s a Saturday, I’m sort of able to get out of the home. So to me, it’s similar to a spot we are able to go for 2 hours, no matter, and simply play with all of the stuff that’s there. 

Elsie: That’s cute. We go to Barnes and Noble, that’s our determined place. 

Emma: Yeah. We’ve different locations too that’s like little like, you recognize, we purchase just a little craft challenge or we, you recognize, no matter, like issues. However this is sort of a place the place we’re probably not shopping for something. We simply purchased the annual go. And now we simply sort of play, you recognize. 

Elsie: It’s actually cute there. My youngsters love the mattress of nails. 

Emma: His favourite, truthfully, is, it has a miniature golf course on one of many flooring. And he loves it. He’s horrible at it, however he loves it. He loves doing it. So we do this for a very long time and he by no means will get it in a gap. He’s not like that love he’s two and a half. However he doesn’t, I don’t suppose it registers to him, it’s simply enjoyable for him. He loves it. 

Elsie: Aww. That’s cute. 

Emma: So we do this. 

Elsie: Okay, what’s your favourite solo winter exercise? 

Emma: Mine is truthfully the identical in the summertime and winter, and it’s thrifting! I really like going thrifting. 

Elsie: That’s an excellent one.

Emma: And I really feel like winter makes it even higher, as a result of it’s indoors, so it’s like, you recognize. 

Elsie: Yeah. Okay, I wished to ask for recommendations from our listeners for a comfy film listing and a comfy ebook listing for winter, like issues that you simply simply suppose would both provide you with some escape or, I don’t know, similar to what you are feeling within the temper for throughout winter. I undoubtedly would love to look at extra new films, and so they don’t need to be new, they could possibly be outdated, however films I haven’t seen earlier than. And clearly, like, I want a ebook listing that extends till eternity. So I believe studying and watching films are one thing that I actually take pleasure in, however like, I get caught on the identical type of issues, so I prefer to increase my horizons just a little bit.

Emma: Yeah, I additionally similar to, like having an inventory, as a result of generally, you recognize, while you’re prepared for a break, like, if it’s like, you bought the whole lot performed for the day, your youngsters are in mattress, no matter, you don’t have the power to even consider a film to look at, so it’s sort of good to love to have an inventory or have like a collection you’re going by way of. Should you’re like, I don’t wish to give it some thought, I don’t wish to scroll, I simply wish to put one thing on and chill as a result of I’m all out of mind energy for the day. So I really feel that approach about books generally the place I’m like, I simply have an entire bunch on my shelf. And I don’t actually have to consider the following one. I simply go in there and look what there may be and I choose one, you recognize? Okay. So what a few favourite winter outfit? 

Elsie: Okay. Properly, I undoubtedly have my mother outfit and it’s set and it doesn’t change. So I’ve these fuzzy boots from J. Crew, and the factor, I’m gonna hyperlink them within the present notes, they’re not like the very same ones I’ve, however they’re like mainly the identical. They’ve them yearly. However the factor I really like about them is that they’re like fur-lined boots, so I by no means put on socks, I simply put them on and stroll out the door, and it’s prefer it doesn’t matter, and I simply love that you would be able to like skip that step. So, yeah, my complete whole winter I’m carrying, like, It’s so unhappy, however no matter, leggings, or pajama pants, after which these boots, at all times these boots on daily basis. After which I’ve, I’ll say, a ten out of 10 coat assortment, and I really feel just like the coat makes your outfit. So that you don’t even actually need to, like, put on garments, you simply need to have good coats and funky coats and, like, I’ve, like, fluffy ones, I’ve lengthy ones, I’ve ones with fur collars and, like, all of the totally different sort of, like, so, yeah, my coats are undoubtedly, like, the one factor fashionable I put on within the winter, however I really feel prefer it compensates and makes me be capable to put on pajamas. Like, it’s the varsity pickup hack of a lifetime. 

Emma: Yeah, I’m additionally, I really like carrying beanies. And I don’t actually put on them in hotter months. So, I’m like, beanie season, my associates. 

Elsie: Winter hats are one of the best. I agree. I believe they appear cute on me and so they, like, work for my fashion. However yeah, it’s unhappy in the summertime once I solely can put on baseball hats.

Emma: Yeah. I agree. So, it’s like beanie season. So, it’s sort of cool in that approach. Yeah. I’m just about comparable. That is additionally my yr of increasing my physique as a result of I’m pregnant. So, I’m doing numerous yoga pants with sweaters. You already know? Overalls with sweaters or long-sleeved issues that don’t harm my tummy. 

Elsie: Yeah Do you purchase maternity garments?

Emma: I’ll have a number of issues, particularly in the direction of the top, however truthfully, I put on the identical yoga pants the entire approach by way of, after which numerous my overalls will in all probability work till mainly the top. However I’m planning to purchase a maternity swimsuit for the summer time simply because I take our son to the pool loads and so and I plan to do this up till the child comes cuz I prefer it. I’ll say that I received’t do it solo final yr I did it solo loads and this yr I really feel just a little extra anxious to do it solo cuz I simply can’t transfer as rapidly in the direction of the top my youngsters are very energetic, however can’t swim but. So anyway, there’s lifeguards, you recognize as a mother you get just a little anxious, you get just a little like oh, the place is he? I can’t run as quick I’ve this huge basketball stomach. However yeah, anyway. Alright, and yeah, I’m additionally a boot individual. I like carrying socks, although. I like to drag my socks over my yoga pants, so I actually have it on proper now. Like, I really feel prefer it’s an actual, you recognize, cozy vibe. 

Elsie: Yeah, I like socks, too, I simply, like, can’t discover them, I don’t know. 

Emma: Yeah, I do get bored with, you recognize, laundry, like the very last thing I do is put the socks all collectively. And it will get outdated, placing all of the socks collectively, it does. That’s a time to hearken to podcasts and audiobooks. Okay, how a few favourite winter meal? 

Elsie: Oh, in fact. I imply, I undoubtedly really feel like we’re pasta queens sort of all yr, however within the winter particularly. However the different factor I’d say is soup. I at all times like soup, however clearly, it’s higher within the winter. And I believe, like, revolving your complete meal round soup. Emma already had, like, a film evening the place we simply had a number of totally different soups. And I believe it’s additionally, like, my favourite factor about cooking, I believe it’s, like, my batch-working character is like big meals that you would be able to have for a number of days so that you don’t need to prepare dinner anymore for a few days. Its soup is ideal for that. 

Emma: Yeah, particularly if it may be like a household meal after which it’s like your lunch, you simply need to rewarm it for a few days. That’s like good. ’trigger I get sort of bored with making lunch only for me. You already know, it’s like I don’t wish to spend an entire bunch of time on it. Some days as a result of I don’t actually have, you recognize. So you then sort of have already got one thing performed, which is good. Yeah. I’m mainly the identical. The one factor I’d add is, along with pasta, pizza, selfmade pizza. Find it irresistible. I imply, I’ll take supply, too, however, like, I really like a selfmade pizza. After which additionally, that is sort of a soup, however I’ve been actually into curries these days. Particularly crimson curry, however I additionally love yellow curry. 

Elsie: I don’t suppose it’s soup, do you get it from a Thai restaurant or an Indian? 

Emma: I get it from a Thai restaurant and I generally make it. As a result of, yeah, it’s fairly straightforward to make as soon as you know the way.

Elsie: It’s sort of a soup, however sort of a rice. 

Emma: Yeah, it’s like in that sort of stew class to me. However yeah, I at all times have it with rice. However I’ve been actually into curries these days, as a result of you may mainly make them just a little spicier or not, relying on the way you’re feeling that day. And I sort of like a spicy soup when it’s chilly exterior. It’s good. All proper, transferring on. What’s your favourite winter aspect dish? Or similar to, winter, not the primary meal. Not a dessert. 

Elsie: Every part, potatoes. Potatoes, potatoes, and extra potatoes. So, I’d say for breakfast, hash browns. And I additionally like, love making breakfast potatoes. We’ve a recipe on our web site for these, like, breakfast potatoes with rosemary. It’s really easy, but it surely’s one among our, like, favourite breakfasts. My youngsters, like, don’t actually like cereal, and so they don’t actually like candy breakfast, which makes it, like, sort of numerous work. Like, you recognize what I imply? It’s like, they don’t actually like several of the straightforward issues that you would be able to make. They like, like, a hearty breakfast, like, a cooked breakfast.

Emma: They’re actually getting you up. You gotta make the bacon and the eggs and the hash browns. 

Elsie: However yeah, anyway, something potatoes this time of yr, I make this factor that we name like Silver Greenback Metropolis meal and it’s like potatoes and peppers after which like we do like turkey sausages minimize up and, you recognize what I’m speaking about? It’s like a skillet meal. 

Emma: Type of like a hash.

Elsie: They’ve them at Silver Greenback Metropolis. 

Emma: Yeah, I really like that sort of factor, like with a fried egg over it. Yeah. Oh, yeah. 

Elsie: That’s so good. 

Emma: So mine shouldn’t be actually a aspect dish, but it surely’s not a meal and it’s not a dessert, and we’re going to do desserts subsequent. And I actually wished to place it on right here. So I’m clearly obsessive about sizzling tea, however particularly these days I’ve been making mainly a selfmade model of the Starbucks medication ball. Should you’ve by no means had it, go and order one. 

Elsie: I simply had it. It’s so good. 

Emma: And I’ve a recipe for it on our weblog. That’s actually very comparable, and I believe just a little bit higher than the Starbucks model. However I additionally will make it sort of the lazy approach, which is actually a lemonade packet, not an entire one, it is determined by how huge of a cup I’m making. Lemonade packet, mint tea, peach tea, that’s it. In order that’s just like the lazy model of the Starbucks medication ball. And I make that on a regular basis, and it’s nice in the event you’re feeling just a little underneath the climate in case your throat’s sore. Or for me, not a lot this month, however like, I used to be very nauseous for a very long time, and it was very good for that, as a result of it’s like, you eat numerous mint and ginger stuff while you’re nauseous, and it simply seems like just a little totally different, as a result of it had lemon and peach flavors, so it simply was a pleasant, one thing barely totally different, however nonetheless like sort of helped with nausea. So anyway, it’s good. 

Elsie: Yeah, I obtained that not too long ago and it’s like one of the best tea drink I’ve ever had from Starbucks it’s actually, actually good. It has a ton of taste. So yeah, I’m excited to attempt your recipe. 

Emma: Yeah, the weblog model is a bit more prefer it has recent mint in it. It has honey in it. It’s not laborious to make but it surely’s simply what I’d say is the non lazy model and it’s value it. It’s actually good. 

Elsie: Good. Yeah. Oh my gosh. I really like, like, while you get mint tea and it’s, like, recent mint. It’s so uncommon. 

Emma: Properly, it simply smells so good along with tasting nice. Yeah. Okay. So what about your favourite winter dessert? 

Elsie: Okay. I actually simply have the one. So, I make gingerbread cookies and sugar cookies, and I solely make them this time of yr. Principally after Christmas, in all probability largely simply sugar cookies, however I don’t actually make them within the summertime or the nice and cozy climate months except there’s like a celebration or a special day, however this time of yr, I don’t know. It’s simply extra just like the baking season for me and I really like making them. I accumulate like cookie cutters and I accumulate sprinkles and simply all of the various things that you would be able to, you recognize, use. It’s numerous enjoyable. You’ll be able to go very, very elaborate with how a lot you beautify them, or generally I simply let my youngsters beautify them and I don’t even do something, and that’s wonderful too, just a little too many sprinkles, but it surely’s enjoyable.

Emma: I don’t let Oscar have sprinkles, I simply give him the frostings, the totally different colours, and let him go ham. 

Elsie: The sprinkles, it’s like numerous vacuuming. 

Emma: Yep. Quite a lot of vacuuming. Yeah. They get in all places. 

Elsie: Yeah. What’s your favourite winter dessert? 

Emma: I even have sugar cookies on there as a result of it’s royal icing sugar cookie season for me as effectively. The opposite factor I’d say is these days I’ve been actually into like puddings and custards. Which I don’t essentially consider as a winter factor, however I don’t know. I’ve simply been into it these days. Actually, I’ll purchase the pudding cups from the shop, but in addition I’ve been making numerous stuff. I’ve a very good rice pudding recipe. I really like rice pudding. And I’ve additionally been engaged on, yearly I do one thing on the weblog for my birthday, some sort of dessert. Like numerous occasions a cake. Final yr I did my favourite brownie recipe. This yr I’m going to do tiramisu. So, yeah, and which isn’t essentially all pudding or custard it’s sort of a layered dessert in the event you’ve by no means had it. However it is vitally pudding custard-based to me and just like the bread layers, the cookie layers are sort of like soaked. So it’s a really comfortable, creamy dessert. So anyway, that’s what I’m going to do for my birthday this yr as a result of I’ve been into the puddings and the custards.

Elsie: Cute. 

Emma: Another winter hacks that we wish to discuss? 

Elsie: Oh, you recognize, if anybody has recommendations, I’d love to listen to them. I believe that this time of yr is a good time for me, I’m specializing in my profession objectives. I’m getting a ton of labor performed in order that when Emma takes her maternity depart this summer time, I believe I’m additionally going to love sort of take just a little little bit of the summer time off as a result of my youngsters are dwelling and final summer time I realized some life classes about how a lot work I might actually get performed after they have been dwelling. So yeah, to me, it is a nice time of yr to work actually laborious. After which produce other components of the yr which might be just a little extra enjoyable. 

Emma: Doing stuff and yeah. 

Elsie: I don’t know, I do discover pleasure in work. And so yeah, it’s an excellent time to love, type of like buckle down on it. However yeah, I don’t have some other nice hacks. If we get nice recommendations for films and books, I’ll undoubtedly put them up so that you guys can see them, however yeah. Yeah. Learn, learn, learn, learn. 

Emma: Okay, effectively then it’s time for a joke, or a reality, or a meditation with Nova. 

Elsie: Hey, Nova. How are you this week? 

Nova: Good. 

Elsie: What do you may have for us? 

Nova: A joke. 

Elsie: A joke, okay. 

Nova: What does a cow like to speak about? 

Elsie: What? 

Nova: His moooood. 

Elsie: Oh, his mooooood. I assumed you have been going to say, what moooovies he likes. Okay. Have an excellent week. 

Nova: Have an excellent week. 

Emma: All proper. Thanks a lot for listening. You probably have any questions, podcasts, concepts, or recommendations for surviving winter, you may electronic mail us anytime at podcasts@abeautifulmess.com, or you may depart us a voicemail at 417-893-0011. We’ll be again subsequent week with a consolation rewatch.

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