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Theres snow up past my knees outside. My truck is sporting a giant white mohawk because I cant reach the middle part. Our birdfeeder looks like the ghost of Richard Nixon. Its not suitable job hunting weather. Tragically, I will be forced to put it off another day.. or two… weeks.. anyway, its bloody cold outside, so heres some things to maybe warm you up a bit.


Hot Toddy

* 1 shot whiskey or brandy
* 1 squidge of honey
* A lemon quarter

* A cup of hot water
* 1 teabag or tea ball full of your favourite tea

Then you do this:

1. Coat the bottom of a mug with the honey
2. Add the whiskey OR brandy and juice of the lemon
3. Heat water in a tea kettle and add the tea bag
4. Steep 3-4 minutes



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Greek Salad
with pickled onions and oregano dressing


Salad

* 1 head of iceberg lettuce, washed and torn into pieces
* A few handfuls of baby spinach, washed
* Cherry tomatoes, washed
* 1 cucumber, washed and cut into 2-inch chunks
* A couple handful Calamata olives
* Feta cheese, crumbled
* Sea salt and freshly ground pepper

Pickled Red Onions
* 1 cup red wine vinegar

* 1 cup sugar
* 1 large red onion, sliced thinly

The Dressing
* Zest and juice of 1 lemon
* 1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil
* 1 clove garlic, mashed
* 1 tbsp dried oregano
* Salt and pepper

Directions:

Pickled Red Onions
1. In a small saucepan, bring the vinegar and sugar to a boil
2. Once the sugar has dissolved, turn off the heat and add the onion
3. Let rest until the onion has softened a bit and begins to turn purple, about 30 minutes
4. Refrigerate. Can be made several days in advance and will last a month in your fridge

Salad
1. Place salad ingredients into a large salad bowl.

The Dressing
1. Whisk dressing ingredients together until they are smoothly combined
2. Sprinkle pickled onions onto the salad, add dressing and toss well

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Killer Macaroni and Cheese
(seriously, you’ll probably die)


* 1 box elbow macaroni
* 1 stick of butter
* 1 cup grated smoked Gouda
* 1 cup grated white Monterey Jack cheese
* 2 cups grated mild yellow Cheddar cheese
* 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
* 1 cup heavy cream
* 1/4 cup milk
* 1/2 tsp dry mustard
* salt and pepper to taste

Topping:

* 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
* 1 cup breadcrumbs
* 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
* salt and pepper to taste
* 8 thin pats of butter to go on top

Directions:

1. Boil macaroni in salted water to al dente. While you are waiting for it to boil, melt together butter, cheeses, cream, milk, and salt and pepper

2. Drain macaroni and put back into the pot. When cheese mixture is melted and smooth, pour over macaroni and mix well. Add to a 2-quart casserole dish. For topping, mix together Parmesan cheese, breadcrumbs, parsley, salt and pepper, and sprinkle on top of macaroni and cheese. Top with pats of butter

3. Bake at 425 degrees F for 20-25 minutes or until browned on top


There, if that doesnt make you feel all warm and cozy.. well you’re on the internet, go look at pornography or something. LaLaLa!

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Author: Kara Lalalala

I write this blog for my family cause I am terrible at letters & emails.

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