Home for the Holidays (+ mulled wine!)





I’ve talked about this earlier than on the weblog, however this previous 12 months we made an enormous transfer from Austin to Chicago, the place I’m initially from. Years and years in the past (after I first met Jack who lived in Austin) I used to be SO excited to go away and to stay someplace heat… endlessly! I didn’t miss fall, I didn’t miss the seasons, I basked within the solar in December and I cherished each minute of it. As far as I knew, I might by no means be again however, properly, life has a manner of adjusting in surprising methods and right here we’re!

On a heat summer time day in July we noticed this apartment and determined that we might do that winter factor. So right here we’re doing winter, which I can’t say I LOVE, however I’m excited to be again dwelling close to my household.

You all noticed the kitchen a number of months in the past, however the remainder of the home had been nearly totally empty till very not too long ago. Little by little, our residing area is beginning to come collectively. We’ve been doing loads of staying in (its chilly on the market!), creating new traditions like really placing up a Christmas tree and making warming recipes like this mulled wine beneath.


Home for the Holidays (+ mulled wine!)

Speaking of staying in…right here’s slightly peek at our new front room. The format of this area was difficult as a result of we didn’t deliver something from Austin and the area was totally empty after we moved in. So I designed these built-ins, we ordered (and waited and waited) for a sofa to reach, I picked out (and adjusted my thoughts about) chairs, espresso tables, and so on… It lastly began to really feel like a room we are able to get cozy in.

And then there was the TV. In our different houses, Jack all the time had a large bachelor-pad type tremendous ugly TV. Since this room is so built-in with the remainder of the home and reverse the kitchen, I didn’t need that to be my view whereas I prepare dinner. So enter – the prettiest TV I’ve ever seen – The Frame by Samsung. I’m not one to get enthusiastic about electronics, however after we noticed this TV in a retailer a number of months in the past, I knew it might be simply the factor to maintain the room trying good whereas Jack might nonetheless be the tech nerd he’s.


Home for the Holidays (+ mulled wine!)

This TV additionally solved an issue I didn’t actually know I had. See, I really like artwork however I can by no means determine what to hold on the partitions. This normally finally ends up which means… nothing. Now I can change the art work that’s displayed on all of it day lengthy if I wish to! There’s a actually nice collection of art work to select from and it’s good to have the ability to change the look of a room on a whim. I really like how this chook piece works with/as my vacation decor as a result of now I’ve much less vacation tchotchke to gather (and retailer). When Christmas is over, bye bye birdies!


Home for the Holidays (+ mulled wine!)

Ok, that is Jack, the “tech nerd” chiming in for a minute. I might discuss for WAY too lengthy about my love for this TV, however I’ll attempt to maintain it quick. To begin, its design is almost excellent. It sits flush with the wall, comes with the wall mount included(!), and all of the connections and stuff undergo a field on the opposite finish of a tiny cable (they name it the Invisible Connection) so that you don’t have wires protruding the aspect of your TV. There are additionally three trim colours you will get that connect magnetically to the aspect of the TV – we selected white.

Picture-wise, it’s state-of-the-art 4K with HDR, so the colours and determination are prime notch. While it’s nice for my video video games and films, it’s additionally gorgeous for the “art mode,” which is so cool. You hit the ability button, and the TV adjusts the brightness and shade tone to the encircling room, so the TV simply seems to be like an image body on the wall (see above) when it’s not in use, as a substitute of the enormous “black mirror” that Jeanine all the time hated.


Home for the Holidays (+ mulled wine!)



Home for the Holidays (+ mulled wine!)

Ultimately, in fact, it is a website about foods and drinks, and I additionally love this drink. While I put up the Christmas tree, Jeanine determined to attempt her hand at some mulled wine. Neither of us have had mulled wine earlier than, however with the chilly Chicago winters and our cozy new home, I can see this changing into a factor for the subsequent few months. Wait… it’s chilly right here for months?!


Home for the Holidays (+ mulled wine!)


Mulled Wine

 

  • 1 bottle dry crimson wine, akin to merlot
  • 2 cups apple cider, extra as desired
  • 1 navel orange, divided (half for the recipe, half for garnish)
  • 10 entire cloves
  • 6 entire cinnamon sticks, plus extra for garnish
  • 2 to four tablespoons ginger juice, to style (non-obligatory)
  • cranberries, for garnish, non-obligatory
  • rosemary sprigs, for garnish
  1. Slice half of the orange into skinny rounds and put aside for the garnish.
  2. In a medium saucepan over medium warmth, mix the crimson wine, apple cider, and the juice from the remaining ½ orange. After you squeeze the orange half, slice it into wedges and put these into the pot together with the cloves and cinnamon sticks. Bring to a simmer, then cut back the warmth and simmer on low for 20 to 30 minutes. Be cautious to not let it come to a boil.
  3. Stir within the ginger juice. Taste, and in case you like your mulled wine sweeter, add extra apple cider. If you want to it extra spiced, add extra entire spices and simmer for 15 extra minutes.
  4. Remove from the warmth, pressure, and pour right into a pitcher or mugs. Serve with the reserved orange rounds, cinnamon sticks, cranberries, and rosemary sprigs for garnish.

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Thanks a lot to Samsung for offering the Frame TV featured within the submit!