Making Winter: A Hygge-Inspired Guide to Surviving the Winter Months is the perfect book to inspire you to embrace the cold season. If you’re looking to cozy up your life, look no further than this gorgeous new book.
“While I relish our warm months, winter forms our character and brings out our best.” – Tom Allen
If you like hygge, I’m guessing you love all things cozy. I just started a new Facebook group called Creating a Cozy Life. It’s a group where we share recipes, pictures of things that leave you in awe, and ideas on how to make your life just a little bit more snug. Join here to be part of the virtual cozy cabin.
Where did Hygge originate?
The word hygge originally came from Norway. It’s translation loosely meant well-being. The Danish adopted the word as their own and they embody the hygge lifestyle. Danes are among the happiest people in the world and they attribute their happiness in part to hygge.
What is Hygge?
Hygge cannot be summarized in just a word or even a sentence. The best way I can describe it is an outlook on life that focuses on simple pleasures and taking the time to cultivate more of them in your life.
It’s when you give your body, mind and spirit a rest and enjoy the good things in life, like a sunrise or sunset, reading a book in front of crackling fire, taking the time to savor a delicious mug of gourmet tea, and spending time with friends and family in a comfortable setting.
What is a Hygge Lifestyle?
Instead of living your life on autopilot, hygge is a way of life that makes sure you live your life in a way that brings deep contentment to your soul.
Sometimes the outer things in life (money, power, achievements) aren’t the things that will make us happy. A hygge life encourages us to look at what truly brings us joy and it to make sure we include those things in our days.
Resources on Hygge Living:
The Hygge House is a famous blog that focuses on all thing hygge. She covers hygge décor and lifestyle ideas.
I love a YouTube channel with a host that actually lives in Denmark. You can find it here.
The primitive feel of the book oozes coziness with rustic photographs that remind you to simplify your life. With 25 creative crafts and recipes to choose from, you will have oodles of ideas to keep you busy with easy-to-follow instructions.
Here’s the Making Winter: A Hygge-Inspired Guide Book Review:
Not only do the recipes make your mouth water, but the photographs are just so darn perfect. I love pictures that have a rustic vibe to them, and they did a perfect job capturing that cozy feel.
Some of the recipes included are:
Blackberry and Almond Streusel Cake – yes, please. Because I have a freezer full of blackberries from last summer, I will be making this recipe soon!
Five-Minute Molten Chocolate Cake in a Mug – I don’t think I need to add any comments to this. You’re probably drooling on the keyboard right now.
Lemon, Thyme, and Ginger Bars – you had me at lemon. Seriously, I will make ANYTHING with lemon. I’m the type of person that has a huge bowl full of lemons, and I feel like I have to run to the store because I’m running out. Add thyme and ginger to the recipe, and I’m in love.
Apple and Caramel Chelsea Buns – these simply look divine. You can’t go wrong with the combination of apple and caramel!
Plum and Orange Blondies – the photo of these was my favorite picture. You want to grab a spoon and dive right in.
The Berry Cocktail – this cocktail starts with making a blackberry simple syrup and mixing it with gin, white wine, and tonic water.
All recipes come with step-by-step instructions so everyone can easily make any of these ideas.
Preserving Autumn Flora – finding simple treasures along a fall walk can now be preserved to make crafts. She gives you step-by-step instructions on how to do this.
Silver Fossil Pendant – I love the idea of making pendant out of leaves, grass, or even weeds. Keeping a history of special days outdoors now couldn’t be easier.
Nature Diaries – recording what you see outside during winter is a fun way to get outside and embrace the beauty of the season.
Pantile Shawl – the shawl that she teaches you to make is simply gorgeous.
Homemade Fire Lighters – these fire lighters not only make starting a cozy fire easier, but they also give off a wonderful scent, depending on what type of essential oil or if dried fruit peels are used.
Hedgerow Bird Snacks – you will love how easy these bird snacks are to make and your feathered friends will thank you.
Woodland Wreaths – Instead of buying a wreath for your door, why not make one? Learn how to craft your own with these easy instructions.
New Year Bulbs – By the end of the year, your soul will be craving flowers. Make that happen by learning how to force bulbs.
Drawing Feathers – the author shows you how to create your own visual masterpiece by teaching you how to draw feathers.
The book has even more projects and recipes that I left out. It’s a treasure that will have you looking forward to winter in no time.
I have a confession to make: I only do book reviews of books I LOVE! If the book doesn’t pass the “I-love-this-book-so-much” test, then I simply don’t review it.
This is one of those books you’ll be happy to have in your collection. It encourages you to slow down and enjoy the beauty of the winter season.
We’ve reached the end of Making Winter: A Hygge-Inspired Guide to Surviving the Winter Months. I hope you enjoyed it.
Let me know in the comments below if you have the book and your thoughts on it.
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