Focus 5: 5 Ways to Make Your Home Cozy
Snuggle up! This week, Erik & Randal are sharing tips on how to make your home cozy and inviting during the cold winter months.
Randal: Welcome back to Focus Real Estate's Focus Five. This week we have the Masterpiece Theater Edition.
Erik: Winter edition.
Randal: The winter edition. And it's five ways to make your home more comfortable in the wintertime.
Randal: Where do you start when you make your house a little more comfortable in the wintertime, Mr. Gould?
Erik: Oh, so many places to start. One of the first places to start is with some good food and drink, so some nice baked goods that smell up your house and heat your house and some nice drink that adds some heat to your belly and helps make your house a home.
Randal: So we really only need a focus one.
Erik: And thank you for this edition of Focus One.
Randal: And other things that are always nice to add, I think, is some softness, some blankets. And it doesn't hurt to add a couple pillows, make a little [crosstalk 00:00:58].
Erik: And some throws.
Randal: But all those soft things make things really nice: some nice curtains.
Erik: Some nice and cushy and warm, absolutely.
Randal: Yeah. Curtains not only soften a space, but they also make it warmer by holding in more heat.
Erik: So, number three, curtains.
Erik: And then, along with curtains, your flooring. You spent a year in Finland, Randal. And what would they do with their floor?
Randal: Oh. They had winter rugs and summer rugs. So they would completely change them out per the season. You know, some nice rugs really soften a space, too.
Erik: Exactly. And another thing you can do is your lighting, which is really important for setting the mood.
Randal: I think so. Hey, Google. Set fireplace room lamp to soft white.
Google: You got it. Changing the fireplace room lamp to soft white.
Randal: See? That's kind of nice, don't you think? A little softer.
Erik: Yeah. Hey, Google. Turn fireplace room lamp down 50%.
Google: You got it. Dimming the fireplace room lamp by 50%.
Randal: I love Google.
Erik: So turn your lights down, some nice soft light.
Randal: Get rid of the overhead lights.
Erik: And make your home nice and comfortable, a great place for you to cozy on up, entertain friends, or just read a nice book or have a nice drink.
Randal: One of my favorite is molasses cookies, which are full of cloves and cinnamon. So you have the heat of the oven.
Erik: And pair it with some nice drinks, like a hot toddy.
Erik: Or some-
Randal: To a nice, warm, comfortable house in the wintertime.
Erik: Yeah. Just a few tips for you to make your house nice and cozy in the wintertime.
Randal: If you've got some more things to add, please comment below. Let us know how you like to make your house warm and cozy in the wintertime and make it through these cold New England winters.
Erik: Thank you so much for watching. And don't forget to like us on Facebook.
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Erik: And Stay Tuned and Stay Focused.
Randal: And look below and maybe we'll post a molasses cookie recipe. They're delicious.
Molasses Chew Cookie
Bake Time: 8-10 minutes
- Shortening (melted and cooled)3/4 cup
- Sugar1 cup (plus extra for rolling)
- Molasses (dark or light depending on preference)1/4 cup
- Baking Soda2 tsp
- Flour2 cups
- Cloves1/2 tsp
- Salt1/2 tsp
- Ginger1/2 tsp
- Cinnamon1 tsp
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Combine melted shortening sugar, molasses, and egg in a medium mixing bowl. Beat well.
Into the wet mixture, sift soda, flour, cloves, salt, ginger, and cinnamon. Mix well.
Chill dough the dough for at least an hour or overnight.
Grease cookie sheets or line with parchment paper.
Using a tablespoon or cookie scoop, roll dough into small balls and then roll in sugar.
Place on cookie sheet leaving room for cookies to spread.
Bake for 8-10 minutes.
Let sit on the sheet for one minute before removing to cool completely on a rack.