I don’t consider myself a lifestyle or family blogger but because of how I write my blog in a way I am. I write about my family and the things we do and see around us. One of the biggest trends I see lately has been around forever but just making it to our little area of the world. Yes, we tend to get trends a bit later here in Southwest Michigan. I think the 2017 trend of hygge (pronounced HUE-gah) in the United States is finally making its way to the Midwest although I think it is something that we almost do naturally. Hygge is a Swedish term and the best way to describe it is making that which surrounds you the things you love and make you feel cozy and safe. Surrounding yourself with family, friends and aesthetics in your home that give you that inside warmth.
In Michigan we are entering our second week with wind chills below 0 and we have had snow every day since Christmas Eve. We are spending lots of times indoors but are still trying to get outdoors to enjoy the fun things to do in the cold – walking, snowshoeing, skiing, and skating are high on the list. Make sure to dress warmly with woolen caps, mittens, down coats, and heavy socks. But when we get home hot glasses of steaming real hot cocoa, a warm fire, and lots of soft blankets are a must.
Can food be hygge? I think so. The dishes that make you feel great memories from your childhood, or those special comfort foods that make you feel warm inside just thinking about them are perfect. Meatloaf with gravy and mashed potatoes. Homemade chicken pot pie. What foods brings out the great memories that you want to share with those around you? Over the last week I have made two loaves of homemade bread and two batches of pretzel bites. Those continue to make my house smell amazing and bring a warmth to the kitchen and our house.
Have a cozy dinner party with lots of candles. lots of laughter, and no phones. Yes, phones distract from the people and feelings we are trying to create.
Play a game with your family by candlelight. Let the kids take turns picking the game or make popcorn and put your warmest socks on and put your feet up next to the fire. Watch the logs burn. Doesn’t that sound wonderful?
So, have you been on the hygge trend or is it something you may adopt?
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