My husband and I are heading off for a weeklong stay in a remote cabin, where we plan to do nothing and see no one. Suffice to say we're pretty excited to stock up on supplies for our cozy nights in, surveying all our friends about which books to read and movies to rent and cocoa to brew. What are your favorite supplies for a relaxing night at home?
Here are a few must-haves, as far as we're concerned:
• Java Logs. We like to use these clean-burning firelogs, though they're more expensive than Duraflames or plain old wood. They don't give off a ton of heat (don't need too much in coastal California), but they're pretty and long-lasting.
• A British mini-series. Some kind of period piece that extends over several hours is required. The BBC's Pride and Prejudice is our old standby.
• Fleece blankets. They're less pricey than cashmere, but just as soft (okay, well maybe not just as soft) and machine-washable. I like the botanical designs from David Fussenegger.
• Hot chocolate. A no-brainer. If you want to get fancy, try Mexican or tea-infused hot chocolate. I prefer to drink mine from a big old bowl, like this lovely recycled glass bowl from Sundance.
• Cribbage board. Cribbage is the perfect game for a long night at home; you can get a little tournament going, and it requires just enough thought and engagement to stay interesting, but not enough to make you drowsy.
Please weigh in below! What are your own favorite things for settling down to a cozy night in?
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