Light the Winter Night – It’s a Leap Year!

Create a warm atmosphere outdoors in the winter

Free outdoor lighting !
Free outdoor lighting !

In the event of a cold, cold winter, use it to your advantage to create a warm atmosphere outside your house with an ice mold candle. IMG_2862 The water is free and all you need is the bucket to freeze it in.  I will be willing to share my secret with you… shhhhh…it’s the all about the timing.  I didn’t believe it but this silly bucket created the perfect candle mold. I left the bucket full of water outside on a very cold day that had a temperature about 20 degrees for approximately 8 hours.  Then I loosened the ice from the mold dumped out the water and voila!  a beautiful mold, after only a few try and fails.

Overfroze
Overfrozen  epic fail!

So… try to light the outdoors on a winter night and create an atmosphere of warmth with a candle and celebrate the leap year.

My only thought is …if we have to add an extra day every four years…why does it have to be in the winter?  So make the best of it.   Enjoy!

 

 

Perfect Ice Candle molded
Perfect Ice Candle molded

 

The Lord is my light and my salvation whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life of whom shall I be afraid?  Psalm 27:1

 

Soup’s on!

Soups On!

Ever thought of just having soup for dinner?  Its not just for a  luncheon meal.  You can create a hearty soup or stew and serve it for dinner too. Try a hearty winter soup like a hearty Italian Beef soup.  And I’ve got just the setting for the dinner. It’s a casual affair and this time no intricately folded napkins.  Red plaid napkins and big  red bowls for filling.

Soup's On!
Soup’s On!
Winter Moods
Winter Moods

 

I remember as kid,  soup was often kept warm inside the thermos.  Instead of hot drink it was a nice hot soup.

Thermos
Thermos

I used some antique plaid thermos’s for the centerpiece, along with some wooden skates. A big pot of soup stew pot sits at table side for easy serving on a cold Boston night.

stew pot
stew pot for easy cooking and serving on a cold night.

 

I warmed the setting up with a couple of lit candles. Not just any candle but these candles are unique with the wooden wick so they provide a crackling sound like the sound of a real fire. Don’t forget to serve it while the soup is still hot.  IMG_2842

Chow!

 

This time last year I was enjoying Lake Placid NY, so hop on over to the travel blog page to read about our trip to  Lake Placid NY.  <click

Warmed by the outdoor fire on Lake Placid
Warmed by the outdoor fire on Lake Placid