Trust us, there’s nothing out there. Don’t even look. If you live anywhere near the blizzard radius of the northeastern United States, the second you poke your head outside you’re at best going to be greeted by a drab slushy landscape, at worst get a face full of freezing mud splashed all over you by a passing bus. A bus that probably has some mural sized “Vacation in Jamaica!” ad plastered on it, white-sand beaches and palm trees taunting you as you wipe ice and misery from your tear-stained eyes.
Is it really worth taking the risk? You’ve dealt with the outside world all week, it’s time to take a breather. We’ve mapped out a perfect lazy weekend plan for you, complete with movies, books, and low key comfort foods to keep you from ever having to wonder if there’s anything out there that you’re missing. There’s not. We checked.
Donuts. Yes, Donuts.
You’re probably going to want a doughnut when you wake up. Just seeing the word “doughnut” probably made you want one right now. Why change out of your sweatpants just to shuffle your way through a hoard of cranky people just to get a stale concoction that was probably leftover from the night before at some terrible chain? You can make these apple butter donuts in minutes, and using ingredients you probably already have around your house. Hot doughnuts. Accept no other kind.
Dostoyevsky & Chill
You’re in no rush. This weekend is about you. You’ve avoided the outside so far. Now it’s time to take your coffee, grab your fresh, warm doughnut, put on a Sharon Van Etten record, and curl up with a book.
If you’re looking for recommendations, we’ve got you covered with our extensive list of wine- and food-related reading material. From the Margrit Mondavi’s memoirs to the booze-soaked history of old-time San Francisco, put a little perspective behind that next bottle you pop, and learn a little something while unwinding on the couch.
Message In A Bottle
If you’re looking for more immediate weekend reading material that doesn’t require a two-day wait from Amazon Prime, give a glance at this week’s history of recent goldilocks Washington vintages, complete with a comprehensive buying guide to give you an idea of what to look for next time you’re looking to pick up a new bottle.
All Your Food Groups In One
No food quite epitomizes the lazy, stay-at-home day like the sandwich. It’s a well-known culinary fact that most foods taste better in sandwich format.
Still, that’s no reason to reach for the peanut butter and Wonderbread. You’re avoiding the world, not neglecting your stomach. Try this classic Banh Mi recipe for lunch and treat yourself to something better than whatever the local deli offers.
Happy Hour As A State Of Mind
Is it happy hour yet? You’re at home, happy hour is whenever you say it is. Treat yourself to a little afternoon delight with this delicious recipe contributed by bartender Chris Rue of Marietta, Brooklyn New York. Bols Genever takes the stage here, whose juniper will appeal to those who can’t wait until the weather warms up and gives them a reason to drink gin again, but gives a nice malt/whiskey-tinged nose that helps clear the winter cobwebs away.
For dinner, go with one of the original comfort classics: meatballs. But again, we’re here to help you still feel classy while stuffing your face with meat in an old Van Halen 1978 tour shirt with sleeves left in the 80s.
Make it fancy with these Lamb Chorizo Albóndigas with Fresh Herb Chimichurri. The chimichurri keeps it lighter than your usual red-sauce fare, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that you’re still having a meal comprised primarily of ground meat.
Lastly, grab that snuggie your family member “ironically” got you for the holidays 5 years ago, and watch a movie. No one’s going to judge you. Rather, reward yourself with a successful day spent keeping the terrible, real world outside at bay. Our guide will help you pick the perfect movie and bottle of wine to pair it with, so you spend more time vegging out and less time aimlessly staring at the Netflix menu complaining about there being nothing to watch.