My Tip for today is a simple one: STAY WARM! If you are home, do some baking. Try and fill your oven with more than one item: for example, bake 2 cakes instead of one (you can always freeze the extra one), put some bread alongside the meat item: get creative! I have found that by arranging the pans just right, I can bake 3 things at once!
After you are done with the oven, leave the door open; that extra few minutes of escaping heat will really help make the kitchen nice and toasty.
If you are at work, drink some nice hot cocoa, coffee, or tea during your break. Don't get a chance to leave your desk? Fill a thermos at home (or at work) and keep it by your desk. It'll keep you warm throughout the day.
I've included a very yummy homemade hot cocoa mix that is very popular around my house:
You need only add boiling water to this powdered mix and stir to make hot chocolate.
To make your own:
Combine 2 cups powdered milk,
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar,
1/2 cup cocoa, and
1/2 cup powdered nondairy creamer.
To make hot chocolate, mix one part cocoa mix with three parts boiling water. Substitutes: Mexican chocolate
btw: My daughter told me what you said about your tree, Helene! TOO FUNNY!!!!