Making Winter Cozy & Warm



Bone-chilling temperatures, frosty windows, ice-covered roads, biting winds and whirling snow flurries …  it is mid-winter here in Southern Ontario.

For many of you in the warmer areas, you do not experience a harsh winter like ours. But if you visit Ontario in mid January, you will feel an immediate chill to your bones. This is a time of year that can be frigid and cold, not to mention dark as early as 4:45 p.m. … it is truly a season of hibernating.


However, winter in Ontario (or anywhere, for that matter) it does not have to be a dreary, dark time in one’s home or life.

Honestly, this is one of my favorite seasons, as it is just incredibly cozy, a perfect time for reading that book you have been wanting to read for some time, planning for the year to come, knitting, crocheting, doing home projects or just being still.


To make one’s home cozy and snug, warm and comfortable … we have some suggestions.

… Search your home library and find many good books for reading. Winter is the perfect season, I find, for catching up on all the reading I was hoping to do earlier in the year.

…. twinkle lights (my personal favorite, even if they are not old fashioned, as we try to maintain a vintage feel to our lifestyle and home) … they just add such charm and coziness to a darkened winter room ….

warm fires in the woodstove or fireplace …

lighting a homemade scented candle {the girls & I made cinnamon bun scented candles last week – they are making the house smell delicious} and drinking a cuppa tea …




Once darkness falls, we also use oil lanterns for that gentle glowing ambiance. There’s also always a basket of warm, snuggly blankets nearby a cozy chair … inviting a reader, knitter, thinker to sit and be still and cozy … preferably by a warm fire …


cozy movie nights with homemade popcorn {Here is a recent movie we watched – truly fascinating!} or games night with the children …


baking a selection of goods for a dessert bar on a special evening or for blessing a friend or neighbour …

reading many books by the fire …

… homemade soup simmering on the stove …

fresh cinnamon buns on a Sunday morning, just waiting to be eaten …

building snowmen  with the packing snow … ice slides in the backyard and toboganning …

Those are just a few ideas as January approaches. I hope you enjoy this lovely season and find ways to make your home cozy.




January 9, 2017 - 2:05 pm

Sarah This is such a lovely and comforting post! Your house is gorgeous! What a beautiful picture it makes amid the snow. We too are enjoying a warm fire, good books and tea with honey. : ) It does help to keep busy during these cold winter days.

January 3, 2017 - 6:52 am

admin I can post a recipe later, if that is helpful. I am looking to make some again for our Tea at Two on Tuesdays today. 🙂

December 31, 2016 - 5:23 pm

Our Home of Many Blessings How do you make those tarts???They look perfect for our tea!

December 30, 2016 - 5:42 am

admin Yes, strange about the field. The grass is longer so perhaps it is poking through and appearing like there is no snow. Knitting is hard, yes! I crochet (and not very well) and prefer it right now. I would love to make some socks. That has been on my must-try list …
I hope you had a good holiday. No, we do not teach our children about Santa. In the past we exchanged presents, but this year we did not.

December 29, 2016 - 7:08 pm

Maike In the first picture when you look to the very left the trees and field do not seem to have any snow. It looks as if it only snowed for your house of love and coziness. It looks wonderful and it really does seem as if everything slowes down in your house. I like the blanket idea as I am always freezing and couches do not look inviting for me. But your place sounds wonderfully inviting. I could almost smell the candles and I feel like trying cinnamon buns now myself. I got some needles and yarn for knitting some socks (or handwarmers) for christmas. I have never knitted before, only sewing and weaving. It’S very difficult to find a good tutorial for beginners showing how to do the first loop to the very last, but I really want to try. I hope your family had a nice christmas. Do your children believe in Santa and do you give eachother any presents?

December 29, 2016 - 4:43 pm

admin Lucia and Lovelyn made these tarts -a first time for us – so I cannot take credit. They used maple syrup instead of corn syrup. It turned well and we were all pleased! Nothing can beat your tarts, though!

December 29, 2016 - 2:06 pm

Brenda (Gigi’s Mom) Great winter ideas, Gillian! I see that you make amazing tarts, so I will not need to bring you any. 😛 You have certainly become a wonderful amazing homesteader!! Love you, from warm Hawaii … no snow here. 🙂 xoxo

December 29, 2016 - 12:22 pm

Our Home of Many Blessings Your home is beautiful and oh so inviting!I love the vintage feel myself and try to set my home that way.There’s something so wonderful about it.

December 29, 2016 - 10:24 am

Nicole So beautiful. Exactly what I want for my kids!