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How to stay warm in the winter:


Option One: Hats and scarves!

I must have about a billion scarves (and lots of winter hats as well). To me, scarves are the only fun part of cold weather. Otherwise I’d be happy if it were 75 degrees all year long.

And they double as photography props, like in this oatmeal photo.

But there is another way to stay warm…

sleeping dogs lie

Option Two: Henry and Batman choose to park their butts in front of the heat dish.

All. Day. Long.

They even exercise in front of it:



(Henry is very good at downward facing dog.)

batman sleep

Batman is just very good at being cute.

I haven’t been posting many photos of them lately, because they live at my parents’ house and I often forget to bring my camera when I visit. But they’re just as adorable as always!


Option Three: Pumpkin Bread in a Bowl.

It’s one of my favorite warm breakfasts, and it tastes especially good with raisins. Or chocolate chips, of course! I’d share with Batman and Henry… however, they won’t even leave the heat dish for food. Their hierarchy: heat > food > walks > everything else.

Question of the Day:

Do you like scarves? And winter hats?

Tomorrow: Another way to stay warm… A chocolate way Winking smile.

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Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 

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  1. I love scarves but am not a fan of hats because they make my hair get static-y and messy. Wish that wasn’t the case. I’m cursed with super-fine hair that doesn’t do much!

    Can’t wait for the warm chocolate recipe tomorrow!!

  2. AikoVenus says:

    They’re so cute! My cat does the exact same thing except his exercising is just taking a nap from the strenuous work of sleeping. ^^; I need to try your pumpkin bread since my mum is apt to trying it after tasting your other delicious recipes!

  3. I am always COLD, like really cold…. Drinking hot drinks and eathing hot food warms me up better than anything else.
    I had a good bowl of pumpking oatmeal this morning to warm me up! MMMmmmm!

  4. Ooh I’ve just discovered your blog and it is absolutely brilliant (although I’m a little freaked out that we look very similar and have the same name AND you were born in London, my OH says there must be some kind of chocolate-loving-Katie-gene). I’ve probably spent about 2 hours reading it all and I’ve just made the blondes which are amazing! Thank you.

    I have auto-immune arthritis so staying warm is pretty much obligatory, and I basically do what your dogs do. In fact, I’m sprawled by the heater now 😉 and typing this with fingerless mittens and a snood on, which is not really a good look but maybe it will catch on…And I eat a lot of oatmeal.

    1. Marcee .... ILLINOIS says:

      Hello Kate …..

      Are you on helpful medications?

      Not to make everyone miserable ….. but, yeah, I have the same medical issues as you. Today is not a fun ….. my body is ice cold …. very sore and everything hurts. Motrin (taken all day long) is my only source of (hopeful) comfort.

      Also wondering if you eat sugar …. or sugar substitutes?

      Best of Kate.


      1. Hi Marcee,

        Sorry to hear you have it too! It’s rubbish isn’t it?

        I’m on methotrexate, naproxen, Humira and sulfasalzine for the arthritis. I have tramadol too for when the pain is bad but it makes me a little high!

        I try not to eat too much sugar as it isn’t great for the inflammation. Instead I tend to save sweets for a treat and sometimes use sweeteners. I reckon a few treats a week though is fair enough when you have miserable joints. I need chocolate to be happy!

        How do you manage it? Have you had it long? If you do fancy a peak at my blog (it’s about cooking and eating with arthritis, and I’m still starting out with it), I’d massively appreciate any feedback – good or bad.

        Hope you keep warm,


        1. Marcee .... ILLINOIS says:

          Hi again Kate.

          Thought to check in to CCK again …… on a whim. Her blog is soooo popular. I love reading comments from her fans!

          Ohgoshgee really? Have no idea whatsoever what all those meds are. My doctor suggested Lyrica last year. Terrible. Not sure how anyone can take that. I tried twice …. left me continually sleepless for days. Done with that. Motrin works best. For me.

          Basically, you/me/anyone ….. must battle it out ….. everyday. The pain can be different, it does vary, awful no less. Love warm/hot showers! So lovely on rickety joints. Ha. Something anyway. Have you used Aspercreme? A huge helper when one is desperate for relief.

          I bid you peace Kate. Let’s take care of ourselves best as possible.

    2. Haha maybe they insert it into us in the London hospitals when we’re born? 😉 😉

      I’m so excited you tried the blondies!

      1. Marcee .... ILLINOIS says:

        Hi again Kate.

        Tried to answer your comments. They wouldn’t go through.

        I will log into your blog after lunch.

        Be well.

        P.S. CCKatie …. thanks for letting us “dish.” Marcee.

        1. He he! And yes, thank you Katie for letting us hijack the comments for a natter.

          1. I love when people have conversations in comments! 🙂

  5. I love scarves and hats! They are a great way to accessorize but also help you stay warm when you’re outside. Although hanging out indoors like your dogs sounds pretty nice! Looks like a delicious recipe!

  6. David says:

    Henry is good at “downward facing dog” = Henry is good at a popular Yoga pose! Who knew?

  7. Ashley Dodge says:

    I love scarves! I have a collection of them- and still growing. I’m addicted! I’m not big on hats, so thankfully that leaves more room for scarves:) And those pups are adorable!

  8. Marcee .... ILLINOIS says:

    Yep …. love hats, scarves and gloves. We have sooo many, from years past, I could open a store!!! The older cashmere and wool blend scarves are the best ….. soft and well, old. Like a comfy sweatshirt.

    Katie …. you look smashing in pink! Matches up w/your cheeks ….. lovely! A few months ago I gave my (twins!) great-nieces matching (all cotton) sweaters/caps in that same exact color/pattern!

    Great seeing the poochies …. wow, Batman has grown. They look very healthy ….. just adorable. Is Batman a good watchpuppy?

    I would consider buying one of those heat-thingies for us. Doggies love warmth in winter. Our Gidget is cuddled-up on the sofa …. in my comforter! She knows what feels good!

    Awful cold here. Brrrr.

    Love-love your blog (the gorgeous food is always fantabulous!) Katie.

    Sweet & chocolately day!

    1. He is! Almost too good… my sister came home for Christmas, and he was growling at her! It took him a day to warm up to her!

      1. Marcee .... ILLINOIS says:

        Ha! Cute. Love it.

        All our gentle-poochies (past & present) ….. were always encouraged to bark …. growl …. throw fits!!! Ha. That is their #1 duty! To be kind + nice + sweet is #2!

        We reward them with excellent grub, snacks, huggies and kissys and everything else under the sun. How many poochie-owners buy Marimeeko comforters for their bow-wows?!? (My hands are raised!)

        Truthfully ….. I can only recall 2-3 of our doggies that actually bit/lightly snapped. Wasn’t a huge deal. They were basically “protecting” what was important. We would calmly explain for them to bite “nice” …. haha … funny thinking about it all.

        Another day Katie!

  9. I love hats and scarves! In fact,how should I be able to survive the cold months without my super long and fluffy scarf?! I’d end up as a living popsicle in the end!
    Can’t wait for a chocolate-y way to stay warm,hehe 😛

  10. Tara Kennedy says:

    So cute- you look like Anna Kendrick!

  11. I think all hats look goofy on me, but I definitely do scarves – mostly outside though, not just for fashion! 🙂

  12. Jennifer JCD says:

    I’ve never heard of using a heat dish before! Your pups certainly have their priorities right!

    I’m not a huge scarf and toque person. Yes, it’s cold here, and I have a few toques and scarves… but I always wear the same two sets for years and years until they wear out. This is year three (?) for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic set… black/white/red knitted toque with a pompom on top and red knitted mitts with the Olympic logo on the back and big white maple leaves in the palms. I don’t know… I don’t have any fashion sense, and when it’s cold, warm is all that matters.

  13. Carrie says:

    Your dogs are a-dog-able! 🙂 Love those pics.

    Yes, I became obsessed with scarves while in France. I wear one every day in the winter and since it is cold in the office, I don’t take it off! 🙂

  14. I LOVE scarves! My favorite is the Gryffindor scarf that my boyfriend’s mom made for me for Christmas 2 years ago!

  15. Lisa says:

    I LOVE scarves and hats and I have a small collection of them….in the back of my closet…
    Because while I got a fabulous amount of use out of them when I lived in Ohio, I have lived in Florida for the past several years and have found only one of two occasions to get them out! I miss a few of my adorable winter coats as well.
    But, it’s a brisk 77 here on this January day. 😉

  16. Melissa says:

    As someone who grew up in Northern Canada I had a bit of a chuckle about needing hats, scarves, and heat lamps in Texas!

    1. LOL well we don’t today! But it’s usually in the 20s-40s (at least in the mornings anyway) here in Dallas. Sometimes we even get snow. Last year we got 2 feet!

      But still, that’s probably child’s play to someone from Canada! 😉

      1. Marcee .... ILLINOIS says:

        Or to “someone” that lives in Chicago! Boooohooo.

  17. Katie says:

    I do so love scarves, not just for winter, but all year ’round. And I must wear hats, I’m so sun sensitive. Hats with big-wide brims. So they’re not really winter hats. Put I just put different scarves around my hat, add a seasonal pin and it looks like I have bunches of hats. Then a scarf around my neck,

    I also think Henry and Batman are cute. No dogs for me now, but I have two cats. One can be adorable, when she’s not a grouch, and the other is adorable ALL the time, even when he’s bad. ♥

  18. Sarah the official CCK drooler says:

    I love scarves, must have a gazillion myself! Hats, not so much. I also like to stay warm by standing in front of a Zac Efron poster. I pride myself on my resourcefulness (;

  19. Steph says:


    You are absolutely stunningly beautiful!

    I look so funny in hats. I wish I didn’t, because I love them and they keep my head nice and toasty :).

  20. Sherlock says:

    You look adorable! I’m not a fan of winter hats/beanies but I do love my scarves. By the way, your dogs are so darn cute!

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