• Miss Apryl

This snow is for the dogs.

The forecast called for an inch, Stonewall Bed & Breakfast received almost 6 inches of fresh snow today. The powder white floors of the forest beckon to be tracked upon by dog paws and a pair of Yukon Jack Snowshoes. Cold temperatures and snowfall did not stop the dogs from wanting their walk in the woods. So I decided to strap on my mountain gear and pretend I was back in Colorado again as I went out into the wilderness with the puppy paws prancing beside me.

My aunt was visiting from West Virginia and decided being snowed in at a bed and breakfast was not the worst case scenario for a January day. Although she did not want to go out and play in the snow with me I tried to keep her comfy inside by the fire with a crock pot of German Glühwein. Glühwein, literally “glow wine” or German mulled wine, is served at special stands at Christkindl markets throughout Germany and Austria. Mulled wine is a traditional warm beverage combined with different spices, red wine, citrus fruits and sugar. Being a bit German - Zimmerman that we are, it sounded like a warm and fuzzy solution with the 11* temperature outside.

German Glühwein

Serves 4 to 6

1/2 medium orange

3/4 cup water

1/4 cup turbinado or granulated sugar

20 whole cloves

2 cinnamon sticks

2 whole star anise

1 (750-milliliter) bottle Chateau Morrisette Black Dog Red Table Wine

Overall life was a winter paradise for dogs and humans alike at Stonewall Bed & Breakfast today! May blessings fall on you like a gentle snow this winter season.

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