Baby, it’s cold outside! All of our Christmas decorations, with the exception of our village

have been organized and tucked away in the attic, ready for their appearance next year.

We enjoy the warmth of the light from our village and the reminder of our winters up north especially on cold, dark winter nights. Our little village, tucked in one corner of our home, will continue to provide a sense of warmth and light throughout the cold months of winter. What sorts of decorations or collectables do you put or leave out during the winter? Snowmen? Snow globes?

For some, January marks the beginning of cold days, heavy coats, colds and depression, but for our family the quiet slumber of winter encourages us to spend more time at home within the warm walls of our kitchen. It is there that we stir big pots of soup, knead bread, and make homemade pizza and pasta together.

Playing board games and watching family movies together is a real treat, too! When the weather is simply too cold to be out and about, we love expanding or world, one meal at a time, by exploring foods from different cultures and entertaining family and friends in the warmth of our home.

Here are some ideas that will help your family embrace the winter months

Stir up a big pot of soup

Spicy Egg Drop Soup
Italian Sausage Soup
Creamy Potato Leek Soup
Butternut Squash Apple Soup
Minestrone Soup
Chicken Noodle Soup
Portuguese Kale Soup
Roasted Red Pepper Soup
Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

Invite another family over to enjoy a cultural meal and then visit their home to enjoy a culinary glimpse of their culture or family favorites


Chicken Tikka Masala




Jerk Chicken Kabobs over Basmati and Jamaican Cornmeal Pudding for dessert


Greek Salad, Spanakopita and Baklava
You may also choose to make a Refreshing Watermelon, Feta and Kalamata Olive Salad


Coq au Vin with Roasted
and a delicious Clafouti for dessert


Golabki, or Stuffed Cabbage


Braciole and Garlic Mashed Potatoes Roasted Cherries with Lavendar and Almond Panna Cotta


The most fun in the kitchen is when everyone is making the meal together or different components of a meal are placed in one spot allowing everyone to create their own combinations or plate.

Fresh Vietnamese Lettuce Wraps
Making Homemade Pasta and a delicious Bolognese Sauce
Making Homemade Ice cream in an ice cream maker or a can! Set up an ice cream bar with your favorite toppings and perhaps a warm batch of brownies!
Host a Tapas Night!
Host a Medieval Murder Mystery Dinner

Author’s Luncheon

When my guys were younger, we hosted an Author’s Luncheon every month.

Each month several families gathered together. The children had chosen a book to read aloud. Each family would take turns and then the children would explain which type of food they made that went along with their book.

Examples are:

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett = Cinnamon Rolls.
Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey = Peachy Blueberry Buckle
The Three Little Cajun Pigs by Mike Artell = Chicken Sausage and Gumbo with Claude’s Cajun Coleslaw

I hope these ideas help you embrace the slumber and quiet of winter and make lots of memories in the kitchen and around your family table!