Keeping Warm on a Cold Winter Night

by Cynthia

Frost on Thrift

Over the weekend we had our first hard frost of the year. We got up in the morning to find everything covered in a white dust. Good ole Jack Frost had fun in our backyard. There was so much frost out there that my 10 year old thought it had snowed during the night.

Frost on Hens and Chicks

The garden sure can be transformed over night when there is frost on the ground.

Frost on Ornamental Grass

I keep a Weather Channel widget on my internet homepage so I can get a quick glance at the weather forecast every time I get online. Yesterday I saw that they were announcing a severe weather alert for those of us in Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington. It seems we have some pretty cold arctic air moving in our direction that is suppose to be here by this weekend. With this is the chance that the Portland metro area will receive snow. That means we will definitely be getting some snow for we are just enough East of Portland to get some nasty weather during the winter time.

I plan on taking care of my errands in the next few days so we don’t have to worry about running around in the cold snowy weather. I also plan on making up some batter for Hot Buttered Rum. I’m really not much of a drinker- in fact I almost never drink but this drink is so good when it is cold, cold, cold outside as it warms you up from the inside out. I love it for the holidays too. I was planning on making it for all the Christmas guests but I don’t think I want to wait until then with the cold weather coming!

I thought I would share the recipe today in case anyone else might like to try it for the holidays.  I suppose it would also make a nice gift if one was to attach a card with instructions for how to make it.

Hot Buttered Rum

  •     1 cup butter, softened (do not substitute margarine)
  •     1 cup packed brown sugar
  •     1/4 cup honey
  •     2 teaspoons cinnamon
  •     2 teaspoons ground allspice
  •     Dark rum

In a bowl cream butter until fluffy. Mix in brown sugar, then honey and spices. Store in the refrigerator for up to one month.

To use batter: Bring batter to room temperature. Measure out 1/4 cup per serving and place in an average size mug (not a huge one). Pour 1/2 cup boiling water into mug and stir to dissolve batter. Add 3 tablespoons rum to mug then fill with more boiling water. Serve with a cinnamon stick for stirring.

Then curl up under a blanket and enjoy the winter night!

***Update:  I can’t believe I forgot to add that for a non-alcoholic drink hot apple cider can be substituted in place of the rum and water. Just warm up apple cider until it is almost boiling and then pour into a mug with the batter. This is really good and my boys loved it last year.

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