Surviving Ol’ Man Winter: Keep Calm and Winter On


Are you surviving Ol’ Man Winter and are you sick of snow?

We’ve been warmer than last winter with no severe weather so far but I’d like to see a few snowflakes this winter, the kind that are here today and gone tomorrow. In February please Mother Nature, not March, thank you :)


Here are a few ways to enjoy winter and survive ’til spring that are good for your mental health and your tummy :)

Click on the links if you’d like to revisit or for a taste.

Make your own Mulling Spice

for cider or mulled wine to combat winter’s chill.

Winter Minestrone

Winter Minestrone

Ina Garten’s Winter Minestrone. . . .foolproof, hearty, comforting. I can’t say enough good things about this soup recipe but the proof is in the bowl!


Winter Window Dressing 

Add some layers of texture for easy winter window dressing.


Snuggle up with a delicious book,

Home Made Winter and feast on the pages.

Garden Under Glass

 A terrarium and winter weather DIY project to add a little green indoors. Easy and self-sustaining, and no green thumb required!

Snow Cream Cocktail

Got Snow?

Mix a Snow Cream Cocktail

Lemon Curd Flower Tartlets

 Lemon Curd Flower Tartlets

Satisfy your craving for flowers with some bright citrus, Microwave Lemon Curd recipe, and easy tartlets.


I hope this helps you survive Ol’ Man Winter!

Keep Calm and Winter On

Keep Calm and Winter On!

Lake Norman Steam Fog

Thank you for your visit!

  30 comments for “Surviving Ol’ Man Winter: Keep Calm and Winter On

  1. January 30, 2015 at 5:41 am

    Ha, ha-I like the keep calm and winter on sign! You’ve convinced me, minestrone is on the menu! Happy Super Bowl Weekend Mary-enjoy:@)

  2. Ellen Stillabower
    January 30, 2015 at 5:46 am

    We haven’t had a lot of snow either this year and that suits me just fine!! We had enough last year to last a lifetime. I like my snow on Christmas day and that’s it. I’m ready to start gardening!! Thanks for the postings and recipes, etc.

  3. Tracy G
    January 30, 2015 at 6:39 am

    Beautiful pictures! I absolutely LOVE that “Snow Salt” bucket. Is it a recent purchase? If so, please share where. I made the winter minestrone a few weeks ago. It was delicious! Now, if my part of Ohio gets the snow predicted this weekend, I’ll try the snow cream cocktail! Thanks for your uplifting & inspiring posts!

    • Gina
      December 6, 2015 at 8:50 pm

      Can you tell us where you purchased the Ol Man Winter Road Salt bucket?

      • December 6, 2015 at 9:09 pm

        HomeGoods :)

  4. January 30, 2015 at 7:21 am

    I love your post on Keep Clam and Winter On……but I have had enough snow in Pennsylvania. I am ready for Spring. The soup sounds great. I think it’s time for a little more sunshine and a clear driveway (no snow, please).
    Enjoy your post and have made several of your recipes. Keep up the great job.

  5. January 30, 2015 at 7:29 am

    I am having baby shower in March and those lemon curd filled flowers will be great! This is definitely soup weather. Good recipe.

  6. jJulia
    January 30, 2015 at 7:56 am

    Your photographs are beautiful! I can feel the chill in the air! Thank you for sharing!

  7. January 30, 2015 at 8:31 am

    Mary, Here today and gone tomorrow is my favorite kind of snow, too, but I think our current batch will last a little longer and is in fact growing as I look out the window! I wish I could send a dusting to you. Hmm…maybe I’ll try that snow cream cocktail! Stay warm. Linda

  8. January 30, 2015 at 9:05 am

    Mm, that minestrone soup looks amazing! Love all your photos! Everything looks so inviting. All the pictures of the chairs with snow on them…makes me want to break out the paints and get busy capturing the images. Just beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

  9. January 30, 2015 at 9:05 am

    All your recipe ideas are the perfect cure to get through winter, Mary. You always inspire me to try something new. I’m like Lynn, and want to try that minestrone.
    Happy weekend to you!

  10. franki
    January 30, 2015 at 9:17 am

    NEEDED that!! franki

  11. January 30, 2015 at 9:40 am

    Ina’s Minestrone is one of our favorite winter meals. The other recipes look delicious, I’ll have to give them a try! Lovely post.

  12. Melissa Leach
    January 30, 2015 at 10:03 am

    What a pretty post!

  13. Rattlebridge Farm--Foodie Friday & Everything Else
    January 30, 2015 at 10:57 am

    Mary, I love your guide to winter. It’s a DIY kit that offers inspirational ideas to enjoy our days, and to have a positive attitude on cold, snowy days. Just looking at your pictures make me feel better already! have to admit, I enjoyed our little snowfall the other day…but I sure won’t miss the single-digit temps. Hope you have a sunny, happy weekend, my dear.

  14. January 30, 2015 at 11:10 am

    We’ve been sunny and in the 70s of late, but this morning it’s grey, windy, and chilly again. Old Man Winter comes and goes here in TX. He is often a big tease. Hasn’t brought us any snow this year though……yet!
    Your snowy scene is gorgeous. You could sell that image as a framed poster. It’s gorgeous!
    I must add the winter cookbook to my list. I’ve always thought that pear tart was amazing.
    Happy weekend to you and the girls. Miss Sadie is snuggled in by my side as I type. ‘-)

  15. Jane
    January 30, 2015 at 11:28 am

    Good post, Mary!

  16. Debbie
    January 30, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    Wonderful post, Mary. I love that opening photo…so beautiful. I’d love to have one of those buckets!

  17. January 30, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    It is funny that some people are craving some snow and we just want SPRING to come. We have been very fortunate in that we keep just getting a “dusting” every time it snows so no big deal. That minestone is calling my name. I may make that for Super Bowl on Sunday! I don’t mind Winter per se but hate this COLD and not being able to be outside. I can’t wait to open the windows and get some fresh air!!! Have a beautifuk weekend, Mary. XO

  18. January 30, 2015 at 4:59 pm

    Cute ways to pass the time until Spring! Thanks, Mary!!

  19. January 30, 2015 at 8:01 pm

    Eye Candy Galore! I love that bucket too! I especially love the lake scenes. Stay warm Mary…and hugs to Chloe and Gracie!

  20. January 30, 2015 at 10:35 pm

    I’ve got to make that minestrone! It’s been on my to do list for a while, and your photo makes it look so incredible! In fact everything looks perfect to keep calm and winter on! Love the first photo of the steam/fog ? on the lake~ and I second your snow motto Mary, here today and gone tomorrow!

  21. Carolyn Wilson
    January 31, 2015 at 7:57 am

    I don’t like hanging out on the computer….but yours is the ONE blog I faithfully log on to at least 3 times a week. I love your pictures. I love your spirit! Garner, NC

    • January 31, 2015 at 8:04 am

      Thanks so much Carolyn! We’re going to have a sunny Saturday with temps in the 50s here, hope you are too :-)

  22. January 31, 2015 at 10:28 am

    We might or not have snow this evening. It is supposed to go about 30 miles north of us and that isn’t far so we may see a flake or two. Our Winter has been very mild!

    Your lake pics make me miss our lake place. We need to see about renting a spot before season begins.

  23. January 31, 2015 at 10:45 am

    It is 12 and sunny here, and we are blanketed with 30 in of snow with another 12 on the way. I don’t mind the here today gone tomorrow stuff, but this is going to be here for weeks. Nothing we can do, make the best of it! I am frozen in my driveway, it was too much snow for us, and no one could use the roads for a few days, so no shovelers. Too late now, it is all ice. I am grateful our power didn’t go out. Cabin fever is a distinct possibility! Downton Abbey is the highlight of my weekend! Glad you are well, Mary!

  24. Melodie Strickland
    February 1, 2015 at 12:13 pm


    Thank you for your lovely and inspiring recipes as well as your beautiful photos of the lake. The photos are soothing to the soul. Chloe and Gracie are just darling with their lovely sweater outfits. Our dog Shortie doesn’t like wearing sweaters. Hope your day is a good one. Our area is supposed to get a lot of rain later today and Monday. No snow in the long-range forecast.


  25. Marta
    February 10, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    Tudo muito lindo e delicioso!!! Parabéns pelo Blog lindo e inspirador

  26. February 13, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    I wish I’d read this before the 4 feet of snow that is piled in front of my house arrived. And more tomorrow night!

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