And miles to go before I sleep...."
I present to you the fixings for gettin' cozy. After all, tis' the season.
A Cozy Christmas
Cupcake: Gingerbread cupcakes topped with cream cheese buttercream and a ginger snap. The cake is warm and earthy and the cream cheese buttercream is made tart with a pinch of lemon zest.
Cocktail: Mulled wine. While the best mulled wine I ever had was in Vienna in 2006, the best "at home" recipe combines a bottle of red wine (such as Cabernet Sauvignon) with 2 cinnamon sticks, the juice and zest of one orange, 3 whole cloves, 3 star anise, 1/2 cup of sugar, and six whole peppercorns. Add all ingredients to a pot, simmer at medium heat for 2 minutes, then reduce to low heat for 30 minutes. Serve in mugs and garnish with cinnamon sticks.
Sound: The Christmas Song - Nat King Cole. As a child, we used to put on Nat's classic Christmas album on the record player every year. This is my favorite. Always has been, always will be.