Happy Hump Day! Boy, did mid-week get here quickly.
On my end, this week got off with a running start.
The kids had so much homework so far and today, Kelsey had a Religion test, which we were studying for a few hours last night.
Now that the second trimester has begun, I've got to make sure these girls do as well with their grades as they did last trimester. I was on hiatus when the grades were given and I couldn't have been prouder with both kids getting straight A's!!
Kelsey has another test this week as well as a two projects, for which I have to get to the stores to pick up a few items for two projects this week - one of which is a board game for social studies.
Gosh - I feel like I'm in school all over again!
Moving right along...
Well, today is National Hot Toddy Day.
I'm not ashamed to say that I did not know what a hot toddy was, but ironically, I've been a "virgin" version of these for a while, without even knowing it!!
What is a Hot Toddy? A hot toddy is a beverage made with hot water, honey, lemon, and the spirit of your choice (usually whiskey, brandy, or rum).
Interestingly, me and my girls have "virgin" hot toddies every day! It is one of my favorite things to drink on a regular basis and we double up on them when we are not feeling well or downright sick.
As a matter of fact, a hot toddy is known to relieve cold or flu symptoms.
History The origin of this delicious hot beverage is Scotland. It is believed that hot toddies came into existence sometime during the 18th century.
While many facts are not known, historians believe that the recipe was developed to make the taste of Scotch whiskey more palatable.
This could have been a way to make the the smoky flavor more paletable to women. One theory suggests that the word “toddy” evolved from “Tod’s well” (also known as Todian Spring), the water supply for Edinburgh.
Today There are many variations on the original hot toddy recipe today. Some versions call for tea, coffee, cocoa, apple cider, spices, or even butter.
Take a look at Tanya's blog for a few Hot Toddy recipes to brew yourself!
Pretty fun way to celebrate the day, wouldn't you say?
Back to today...I can tell you that I'm not really enjoying the winter so far. It's been rather cold and gray. I think I may just be really missing the sunshine of Florida.
As I may have mentioned about dozen times before, this vacation was just so relaxing. If I had my drothers, I think I would just move down to the Sunshine state permanently.
I may just be getting old, but I feel as though the Winter just wears me out.
Of course, my kids had a great deal to say about my fantasy - they do no want to leave the barn! lol. Although, I do believe Gianna could be swayed as she does NOT like the snow or the cold weather!
Ahh - so much for some warm weather fantasies.
Well, my dear peeps - that's about it for today.
I'm sending out a special prayer to a good friend going through enormous struggles. A special prayer to this good friend...
Tanya's Daily Scoop CURRENTLY TRAVELING IN: LAKE TAHOE
Snow Much Fun
We are still up here in Lake Tahoe where the weather has been nothing short of kinda crazy.
At our resort (c)travelincousins.com
With Blizzard Warnings yesterday and the ski resorts either closing because they had too much snow or only opening mimimally and with short hours. It really wasn't worth it for the hassle of what it takes to actually get ON the mountain.
But I have a good feeling that TODAY will be THE DAY! Cross your fingers for us! --- see UPDATE below.
So back to yesterday, as planned we did make our way to the beach. But we had planned to walk and decided against that - opting to drive, which meant digging the car out - which I think Cosette actually had fun doing.
Digging out the car (c)travelincousins.com
Digging out the car (c)travelincousins.com
When meanwhile I was just having SNOW MUCH FUN!
But when we got to the beach, we found that the lot was closed (I was starting to see a trend around here). I parked outside of the lot and we got out only to quickly realize that the spray from the lake was nearly reaching the street and we were bound to get soaked before making it out to the sand.
Getting wet before we get close (c)travelincousins.com
More or less a bust.
With not much else to do, we headed back to our condo and warmed back up in front of the fireplace with a nice warm cup of Hot Cocoa.
Now did somebody say Hot Toddy??
Well if you're anything like me, a few years ago (8 to be exact - but who's counting) I had absolutely no idea of what a Hot Toddy was - never even heard of such a thing.
But someone who we all know and love sure knew what it was and "it" brought back fond memories of his youth...
That someone happens to be Mr Birdwald Ponypants - don't tell me that you forgot that this is Dave B's nickname!
Yup that guy. He has shared memories of his past - growing up in the Bay Area (that's what they call the area around San Francisco). And how during his childhood his parents would always drive down to Hollywood for Thanksgiving in order to spend it with his 2 Great Aunts (neither of which got along very well with his Grandma - their own sister) and the day had always started off by them pouring Dave's dad a Hot Toddy upon their arrival!
And while I've never tasted a Hot Toddy, I do so enjoy a cup of hot lemon water.
So in the honor of Dave memories and his father (may he rest in peace) let me share with you a few Hot Toddy Recipes:
Warm Your Cockles with 3 Hot Toddy Recipes
1. The Perfect Hot Toddy, aka “the Original Hot Toddy”
Ingredients 1 ¼ oz whiskey 1 cup boiling water 1-2 tbsp honey 3 lemon wedges 8-10 whole cloves
Pour 1 1/4 oz of whiskey and squeeze 1-2 tbsp of honey into a glass or mug. Squeeze a few lemon wedges into the glass and pour boiling water on top of the ingredients. Mix the ingredients to dissolve them, then take a lemon wedge and fill each section with a clove (pointed side first).
2. The Not Toddy, aka the Virgin Toddy
Ingredients 6 oz hot tea 1 tbsp honey 1 tsp lemon juice 2-3 cinnamon sticks 1 tsp ground or whole cloves 1 tsp ground nutmeg 1 lemon wedge
Pour honey, lemon and spices into a mug or glass. Top the ingredient combo with hot tea and stir. Add a lemon wedge for garnish!
3. The Hot Apple-Ginger Toddy
Ingredients 6 oz ginger-infused apple cider 1 slice fresh ginger 1 tsp honey 2 oz whiskey 1 slice lemon
To infuse apple cider: Peel and chop several slices of ginger. Bring 6-8 ounces of apple cider to a boil in a non-aluminum pot. Once the cider hits a boil, add ginger. Remove the mixture from heat and let steep for 30 minutes. Puree the mixture in a blender and strain using a cheesecloth.
Note that there are variations on the classic hot toddy and each only call for one simple substitution:
Use apple cider instead of honey and water.
Kick up the heat and spice with ginger.
Use tea as your mixer liquid.
Replace the spirits with vodka.
And back to today, I'm seriously beginning to feel like I'm in the Twilight Zone. The resorts are CLOSED again - 'Due to severe weather conditions, Northstar will be closed on Wednesday, Jan 11. With safety being our #1 priority, we have decided to suspend all operations and let Mother Nature run its course.' The town of Truckee has pretty much lost all power.
Northstar has received 72" in the last 48hrs and 100" in the last 7 days and Heavenly has received 96" in the last 48h and 144" in the last 7 days.