I don't really mind January. After all it's the month that saw the birth of one of our children so it's one of my favourites. Then there's all that obligatory snuggling under blankets on the sofa and eating of stew and steamed puddings...
Spring, however, does seem a bit of a way off, although I have been pretending that it was very imminent when we had a spell of mild weather last week.
Obviously the snow and cold has put paid to that little fantasy. Apparently we are due for a large snowfall on Friday, although I am in complete denial about this. I am not a fan of snow. I know, it's akin to saying you hate babies and think kittens are ugly. Just not done. But there you have it, I prefer it not to snow.
At the risk of sounding like either me or this blog has a drink problem, I think what this month needs is Mars Bar vodka. I know I've mentioned making home-made drinks a couple of times before, but I honestly hardly ever drink. Anyway, forget all that denying yourself food but enforcing exercise. Who thought that was a good idea? In the depths of winter, staring at a few extra pounds on your hips and a few less in your bank account what is needed is MORE not LESS.
There are loads of recipes online but I just went with what I had which was a 35cl bottle of vodka. I chopped up three Mars Bars, melted them in a bowl over boiling water and then added the vodka, mixing well as I went. Then back into the bottle it went and into the freezer for 24 hours.
I think this is just the ticket when it's snowing and, oh no, you have to sit in front of the fire. Diets can wait, just like spring has to.