If you haven’t noticed it already I love fall! So for this Three Things Friday I thought I would share the three hygge things that I’m doing to cozy up our tiny log cabin. If you aren’t familiar with the word Hygge it’s danish and has become a synonym with coziness and how to make your house and life more cozy, relaxed and happy. In Sweden we use the word “mysigt”, which is pretty much the same thing.
Anyways! Here are my Three Things Friday Hygge edition:
Hygge tip number 1 – Fireplace and stocking up on wood
To think that I get to live in a house with a fireplace, well a wood burning stove at least, is such a dream come true and probably the most hygge thing in the world!?
Due to being warm enough inside we actually have barely used our fireplace the last two months, plus our living room is also such a mess of stuff that we simply haven’t spent any time in there. Last weekend we realised that the previous owners left so much firewood we won’t have to buy any for a long time, I’ve filled our firewood boxes to the brim so that I have easy access to more wood whenever needed. Now I can’t wait for it to be 6 o’clock so that I can put away my work for the week and build a nice big fire to warm up both me and our little cabin.
Since I’d never lived in a house I was kind of scared at first about lighting the fire but decided that I really needed to learn in case I get snowed in of Henrik’s out of town, so I went to my trusty friend YouTube and found an awesome tutorial on house to light your wood burning stove and 10 minutes later I could do it. As scary as I think fire is it feels so good to know how to handle it and it feels so good being able to light your own fire.
Hygge tip number 2 – Making a fake pumpkin latte – without pumpkin!?
After listening to one of my favorite podcasts A Beautiful Mess and their Spooky Season episode last week all I could think of was drinking a pumpkin spice latte, which I guess after tea is the most hygge drink right? The only problem is that I don’t really like Pumpkin Spice Lattes, I think they’re too sweet, and we don’t have a Starbucks here as far as the eye can see, we do have a Swedish version but it’s not super tasty either, so I decided to make my own autumnal hot beverage which is basically just a glorified latte.
Log Cabin Lady’s Autumn Latte
- 1 cup of almond milk
- 1 dash of cardamom
- 1 dash of cinnamon
- 1/2 dash of dried ginger
- Add a half to 1 teaspoon maple syrup if you want some extra sweetness
- 1/2 cup of regular brewed coffee
I whisk the almond milk together with the spices & maple syrup and pour it over my coffee.
I did ask my awesome friend Veronica to send me some pumpkin spice so maybe I’ll be able to make a “real” pumpkin spice latte too soon, as long as it ends up not being super sweet.
Hygge tip number 3 – Wearing all my cozy jumpers and planning outdoor decorations
Is there any garment that is more hygge than a sweater!? I love chunky knits, turtlenecks, oversized sweaters and fine knitted cardigans. This year my one big goal of the year is to not buy any fast fashion, something that has proven so hard now when all fall collections are hitting the online stores, but since I already have sooo many cozy sweaters that I literally can’t fit anymore into my closet I won’t be buying anymore – this year!
I love wearing a cozy warm sweater around the house, plus since our heat pump has yet to be installed so it is fairly brizzy inside, and what’s better then than a warm cozy turtleneck. Whenever it’s sunny and warm enough I try to spend time outside on our tiny porch, which seems to be the place where all junk that doesn’t fit in our house ends up. Having an outdoor space to decorate is such a luxury to me and I’m currently planning on how to make it feel more cozy and inviting.
I would love to have some heather in a nice lilac color, which is a traditional flower for winter here in Sweden. I would also like to have ornamental cabbage which comes in a mix of green and purple, so beautiful. I heard the ivy is supposed to be a great plant for outdoors too, but I’m not sure if I can get my hands on a plant, plus I’ve always had such bad luck with ivory in the past. And soon it’s Halloween! I’m so excited to carve pumpkins and have them sit on our tiny porch and bring extra fall and hygge ambiance to our tiny cabin.
Have a wonderful hygge weekend! And I would love to know in the comments below what you do to make your home more hygge this season!