A Snow Day
Today was a good day. I woke up to 4 inches of fresh white snow, with flakes still falling. I love snowdays. They just seem so warm and cozy to me. I know that most people don’t love winter and the cold and snow it brings. But I love winter. I always feel so much more grateful for the many things I mostly take for granted. I have a heated home, and a warm coat. Living in a small condo we don’t have a lot of space, or a garage, but we have a snowcrew which means I don’t have to shovel. I have shoes with thick soles to keep out the snow, and warm socks. My windows aren’t drafty. I can have my towels warm and soft from the dryer instead of frozen on a clothesline. I have plenty of blankets to curl up under and stay warm. I have electricity, which means I have light to sew with until 1 in the morning if I want. I have a pantry full of food that will feed my family for 6 months. My car isn’t new, but it is dependable and has good tires and awesome windshield wipers. I don’t even mind driving in the snow. Because it’s so much faster and more comfortable than having to walk in it. Yes, I love winter because it truly makes me grateful for all those things that seem less important in the summer. Who is grateful for their heater when it’s 90 degrees outside?
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And one of my favorite things to do on snowy days like today is to curl up on the couch with a giant sized mug of hot chocolate and watch the snow fall. It is my very favorite ways to spend snowy days. Creamie is right on track to love it too. She sat in the window with me and watched for a half an hour this morning. And that’s pretty good for a one year old. Anyway, to celebrate this perfect day I’m going to send you a surprise. Well, one of you. And, OK, its not a real surprise, because I’m going to tell you what it is first. But don’t ruin my moment.
One of the great things about winter is the excuse to have hot chocolate before, after, and/or with every meal. I’m not a tea or coffee person, but I LOVE hot chocolate. Like, with a ridiculous passion. But I’m picky. I only like one brand, and it is absolutely not the stuff you get at Starbucks. Bleh. Stephen’s is a company that was founded in Utah a little over 12 years ago. And since the first time I tasted it, I was in love. They have a dozen different flavors, and I’ll send your choice of cocoa mix. I think I’ve tried almost all of them.
To enter leave me a comment telling me which flavor you’d like and your favorite thing about winter. And if you truly can’t think of anything, tell me one thing you are grateful for. I’ll close the comments on Friday December 3rd and randomly pick a winner on Saturday the 4th. Happy Snow Day everyone! [UPDATE: GIVEAWAY CLOSED!]
Here are the flavors: Dark Chocolate*, White Chocolate*, Milk Chocolate* (I always have this one hand), No Sugar Added Milk Chocolate, Chocolate Cinnamon, Mint Truffle*, Dulce de Leche Caramel*, Candy Cane Cocoa, French Vanilla*, Italian Amaretto, Chocolate Marshmallow, Mint Chocolate Marshmallow, Peanut Butter Cup, Roasted Hazelnut*, Raspberry Cocoa*, Raspberry Cheesecake, or Pumpkin Spice* (not a favorite). Or if you are not into Hot Chocolate, there is also Citrus and Spice Wassail* and Apple Cinnamon Cider* which are divine. I’ve put a star next to all the one’s that I’ve tried.