Well, it’s happened.

We had our first snowfall of the season today, just after the heat came on at work and just before my car stalled when I left to drive home (My diesel VW Jetta, though it gets great mileage, hates winter. We have that in common).

The snow wasn’t much to speak of—just 30 minutes or so of on-and-off flurries, but it was enough. Enough to remind me of what’s coming and to send me into full-on hibernation mode. Every year around this time, I wander around the house in sweat pants and sweatshirts, thick socks, blankets, something hot to drink. There’s no desire to go for walks anymore, not when I can see my breath and nothing, not even several layers, takes away the deep chill.

Tonight was also the first time I turned on the heat, and, I’m so serious when I say this, the heat system smells like winter. It’s this weird, not-quite-burnt odor that makes me hum Christmas carols and crave cookies with red sprinkles. Part terrible and part wonderful, this season, it seems about the only thing I’m good for is cradling a cup of tea between my hands.

And if you’re going to have a cup of tea, I’d highly recommend you try Earl Grey and, if at night, the decaf is perfect (In fact, that’s all I drink).

The hint of citrus (bergamot) is so comforting, and if you add a little creamer and a bit of sugar, you’ll almost be glad it’s so cold everywhere (I said almost). I’d say the only thing that would make this better, save from sunny skies and not needing a winter coat, would be a little something sweet on the side, in this case a slice of leftover chocolate cake from my brother’s birthday this weekend.

Shanna Mallon

Shanna Mallon started Food Loves Writing back in 2008, as a way to remember her grandma and write about her life through food. Since then it's become a place leading her to a lifestyle of eating whole foods, a new home in Nashville and the love of her life, Tim. Follow Shanna on Twitter @foodloves, keep up with Food Loves Writing on Facebook and stay inspired with the monthly newsletter.

This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Joanna

    so jealous…It is “cold” here (75) :) I miss the North. I love Earl Grey tea. I will be making cookies this week for a fundraiser. I’m still deciding on which ones to make. I’ll make the ginger ones again definitely, but other than that I’m still deciding. I’m a big oatmeal raisin fan, but I shouldn’t be eating cookies so maybe I should make something I like less. :) We shall see…

  2. Lan

    it’s rainy and grey here in baltimore, i heard there might be snow tonight. i am dreading it. i also turned on the heat last night, but only because jab was over. normally, i just bundle up under blankets and keep a space heater nearby. it’s like i’m trying to ward off the winter by NOT turning on the heat. sigh.

    i’m partial to chrysanthamum tea. it reminds me of special sunday morning brunches/dim sum with the phamily. i think i’ll be making a few cups of tea this week.

  3. Lindsay

    Just wanted to let you know that I’m really enjoying your blog. Your writing is beautiful and reading your posts makes for a nice – albeit brief- escape from work.

  4. Shannalee

    Jo: If you love Early Grey tea, you’ve GOT TO try Martha’s Earl Grey cookie recipe (just Google it). I can’t believe I haven’t posted it here yet. My favorite.

    Lan: Oooh, chrysanthamum tea sounds yummy! (and that’s cute you called them phamily–I get it!) :)

    Thanks, Lindsay, you’re very kind!

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