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WINTER SENSATIONS

WINTER SENSEATIONS

OUTDOOR DECORATING TIPS FOR WINTER

HOW TO MAKE YOUR HOME SMELL LIKE THE HOLIDAYS

3 COMFORTING RECIPES FOR WARM WINTER GET-TOGETHERS

WINTER PLAYLIST

OUTDOOR DECORATING TIPS FOR WINTER

You may think spending time outdoors is off limits during winter months, but a few simple updates to your space will beckon you into the cool, fresh air. These innovative decorating ideas are just what you need to create your own winter wonderland.

ADD FESTIVE WINTER COLORS AND TEXTURES

A covered seating area is the perfect place to gaze upon the glory of winter, especially with some cozy and inviting touches. Leave the red pillows you used in fall and layer in some faux fur and plaid. Pair with a cable knit throw and you’ll have a new favorite seasonal space for snuggling up with a cup of tea.

Carefully stacked bundles of firewood on a bright red sled can add even more seasonal color. And when your firewood supply is depleted, it makes the perfect stand for a couple of pretty potted plants come spring.

Add flameless candles to white lanterns at various heights around your yard for brightness (atop a patio table, on the deck floor, on the top step of your back porch). Tie on a colorful, festive addition like a bright red star for winter. And, silver and gold metallic mercury votives of all sizes and shapes will shine brightly amid snow-covered patios.

PRO TIP: White lanterns are versatile décor pieces that transition easily into other seasons. Add seasonal décor—from shells for summer to jingle bells for winter—around candles for a quick update.

PERK UP WINTER DOLDRUMS WITH PLANTS

Yes, you can have a beautiful, blooming garden even when temperatures start falling. Once you add winter plants to your garden, just keep watering regularly through early winter until the first freeze. Then apply a thick layer of mulch to keep the moisture locked in.

CREATE A WARM AND INVITING WINTRY ENTRYWAY

Swap the traditional evergreen wreaths for eucalyptus door wreaths with pops of fresh flowers like gardenias or roses, which are in seasons during winter months. The fresh flowers won’t last all month, but you can add them to your wreath right before a get-together for a fresh twist on classic winter décor.

Light up your pathway with DIY ice votives to offer guests a warm welcome.

How to do it:

• Take two containers of different sizes.

• Place the smaller one inside the larger one, and secure in place with tape.

• Fill the space in between the two containers with water, and then freeze.

• When the two containers are frozen in place, run under water to release the ice from the containers.

• Then, insert a votive or tea light for some icy illumination.

PRO TIP: For a fanciful flair, add holly and pine sprigs to ice votives before they freeze.

Clematis Jingle bells

More than just a festive  name, the bold winter white flowers that bloom on this evergreen look lovely and grow well in pots. Add one to each corner of your yard or against a trellis.

Quince Shrubs

For a Zen-inspired garden, look no further than these winter shrubs that bear clusters of cup-shaped flowers in shades of pink, coral red, or white all winter long.

Hellebores

Appropriately nicknamed the Christmas rose, these pastel pin and white flowers  grow well in shaded areas though early spring. Their downward-facing blooms almost appear to be admiring that fresh coat of snow, making them a great choice for a raised flowerbed.

From harnessing winter hues and frosty fun textures to heating up some sophistication with eclectic touches and glorious greenery, a few simple decorating ideas are all it takes to ensure your backyard is an all-season stunner.

HOW TO MAKE YOUR HOME SMELL LIKE THE HOLIDAYS

Smells are powerful—they can affect your mood, your stress level, and even your brain function. If you’re buried under winter blues, it’s time to come out from under the covers. Seasonal scents can help you relax, unwind, and enjoy the holidays in the comfort of your own home.

Here are some simple ways to celebrate the season with the scents of winter.

DIY ROOM SPRAYS FOR WINTER

Want to spread festive wintry aromas throughout your home? Use essential oils to create your very own room sprays. With a variety of winter-themed sprays, you can give each room a signature holiday scent.

Gather the following items for each spray:

- 4 oz. glass spray bottle

- 2 oz. distilled water Funnel (for adding ingredients to the bottle)

COZY WINTER SPRAY

- 6 drops eucalyptus oil

- 4 drops juniper berry oil

- 2 drops sage oil

REFRESHING WINTER SPRAY

- 5 drops spearmint oil

- 5 drops eucalyptus oil

INVIGORATING WINTER SPRAY

- 3 drops lime oil

- 3 drops lemon oil

- 2 drops wild orange oil

- 2 drops bergamot oil

- 2 drops white fir oil

PRO TIP: Add ½ oz. witch hazel (or ½ tsp Epsom salt) to keep the essential oils emulsified in the water.

WILD ORANGE DIFFUSER BLENDS

What's better than an orange in your stocking? These citrusy. stress-relieving scents. Use essential oils and a diffuser to create your own holiday aromatherapy:

CHRISTMAS TREE BLEND

- 2 drops wild orange oil 

- 3 drops white fir oil

- 2 drops cinnamon oil 

- PRO TIP: Add ½  oz witch hazel (or ½ tsp Espom salt to keep the essential oils emulsified in the water.  

WINTER CHAI BLEND

- 3 drops wild orange oil

- 1 drop nutmeg oil

- 1 drop cinnamon oil 1 drop clove oil

- 1 drop cardamom oil

HOLIDAY TREATS BLEND

- 2 drops wintergreen oil

- 2 drops peppermint oil

- 1 drop wild orange oil

- 1 drop cassia oil

SIMPLE STOVETOP SCENTS

Stovetop potpourri can fill your home with tantalizing holiday aromas—perfect for when it’s too cold to venture outdoors. Plus, these homemade scents are free of chemicals and filled with natural, mood-boosting goodness. Just add water, and set the potpourri to simmer on the stove.

Follow this recipe to bring the scents of the holidays into your home:

CHRISTMAS POTPOURRI

- 1 orange

- 2 cinnamon sticks

- ¼ tsp ground cloves 

- ½ tsp ground nutmeg

- 1 cup fresh cranberries

TIDBIT: Try these invigorating, winter-themed potpourri blends: Lemon, orange, bay leaves, cinnamon, cloves Lavender, nutmeg, cloves, cardamom, cinnamon Lemon, rosemary, vanilla

3 COMFORTING RECIPES FOR WARM WINTER GET-TOGETHERS

As temperatures drop and snow blankets the ground, there’s something so comforting about meals that warm your body and soul with winter-inspired ingredients. Incorporate some hearty one-pot suppers, toasty brunch bakes, and holiday flavors (think eggnog, peppermint, and gingerbread) into your menus, to bring a warm and festive appeal to your mealtime entertaining.

TUSCAN WINTER VEGETABLE SOUP (AKA RIBOLLITA)

INGREDIENTS:

- Olive oil (enough to lightly coat your pot)

- 1 medium onion

- 3 cloves garlic

- 1 pound peeled and diced carrots

- 3 large celery stalks, diced

- 1 turnip, peeled and diced

- 1 large leek, diced

- 1 bunch of kale or swiss chard, stemmed and chopped

- 2 cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed

- 1 loaf of crusty bread, cut into cubes

- 1 tsp. each of parsley, oregano, basil, thyme

- 2 cans of chicken broth Salt, pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS:

1. Sautee vegetables in olive oil. Begin with garlic, then add onion and leeks. After a couple of minutes, add remaining vegetables.

2. Pour in broth and herbs and bring to a simmer for about 20-30 minutes, or until vegetables are tender.

3. Add beans and bread and cook for an additional 20-30 minutes. (You can add extra broth if mixture becomes too thick for your liking.)

4. Season with salt and pepper.

5. Serve with grated Pecorino Romano or Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and a drizzle of olive oil (optional).

EGGNOG FRENCH TOAST BAKE

INGREDIENTS:

- 1 stick butter (melted)

- 1 cup brown sugar

- 2 tablespoons of maple syrup

- 1 loaf of French or Challah bread, cubed

- 8 eggs

- 2 cups eggnog 

- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract Fresh berries or sliced bananas (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

1. Coat a 9x13” baking dish with butter or cooking spray.

2. Melt butter in a saucepan, add brown sugar and maple syrup, and bring to a boil. Pour into baking dish.

3. Add bread cubes to the dish.

4. Add eggs, eggnog, and vanilla to a mixing bowl and whisk. Pour over the bread, and gently press it down with a spatula so each piece soaks.

5. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

6. Bake covered at 325 degrees for 30-40 minutes. Remove foil and raise the baking temperature to 375 degrees for 5-10 minutes until you see a golden brown crust.

7. Top with fresh fruit and serve.

PEPPERMINT MARTINI

INGREDIENTS:

- 1¼ ounce Rum Chata

- 1¼ ounce Peppermint Schnapps

- ¾ ounce Crème de Cacao

- 1¼ ounce half half

To Rim Glasses:

- 2 tablespoons of white chocolate chips

- 1 tablespoon crushed peppermint small candy came (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

1. Melt white chocolate chips on a flat plate and rim glasses with it. Sprinkle crushed peppermint candy over rims. Place in refrigerator or freezer to harden

2. Fill a cocktaik shakerwith ice and add liquid ingredients. Shake well.

3. Pour into glasses and hang a small candy cane from the side

WINTER PLAYLIST

Embrace sweater weather with our winterthemed Spotify ® Playlist the next time you take a warm soak.

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