However, I desperately needed at least a little taste of back home.
Yesterday, the weather here must have gotten my message. We had one of those rare, glorious, gloomy Hawaii days. (Yes, I know that sounds totally ridiculous. But can you imagine if you never had a lazy rainy day??)
I decided that the rain and gloom would be the perfect time to imagine that I was back home in weather that was slowly turning colder. I cranked my air down, put on some comfy clothes, and decided to make "cool weather food."
Back home, my daddy always makes chili on cold, rainy days. So what did I do? I pulled out some ground beef, and got to work. Before long, I had an incredible smelling pot of chili simmering on the stove all afternoon.
It was amazing. I needed that little taste of home.
I also decided to sip on some coffee with a little homemade Irish cream while the chili was cooking. Warms the body and the soul...
Want to make your own Irish cream? It's super easy. Put 1 cup heavy cream, 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk, 1- 1 2/3 cup Irish Whiskey, 1 teaspoon instant coffee granules, 2 Tablespoons chocolate syrup, 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, and 1/2 teaspoon almond extract into a blender. Blend on high for 20-30 seconds, and store in a tightly sealed container in the fridge.
It's amazing what familiar food, cool weather drinks, and a little lazy, gloomy lighting can do. I may not be home, and I may not be able to make it to every family/friend event that I'd like, but these little "tastes of home" help hold me over.
What about you guys? Ever need those little things to make you feel closer to home? What do you do on a nice lazy, rainy day?