[Note from Frolic: Today, we welcome author Ally James to the site! She’s sharing her snowed-in survival guide with us! Take it away, Ally!]
Author Ally James shares her survival guide for being snowed in! Which of these items are in your kit, too?
Snow days are few and far between in the Deep South. Yet, as I write this, snow is falling in South Carolina. As the beautiful flakes swirl in the air, shimmering like diamonds, I’m reminded of Sara and Gabe, in my book From Alaska With Love. Despite the uncertainty between them, they both loved the winter splendor of Anchorage as did Gabe’s dog, Trouble.
I couldn’t help but think how amazing it would be if we could set our schedules and responsibilities aside for a day, and reconnect with not only our loved ones but with the beauty of nature as well. To give ourselves a pass to be silly, lazy, and simply embrace all the possibilities a winter’s day has to offer. Sounds amazing, right? Let’s do it.
The decision has been made! We’re playing hooky. I think this calls for a snow day survival kit. What would you include in yours? Keep in mind that this is all in the name of fun, and relaxation, so our kit should reflect that. Let’s assume we’ve spent the morning outside making snow angels and dodging snowballs. Or chasing the dog and sledding with the kids.
We’re pleasantly tired when we come inside and pondering the afternoon ahead. In From Alaska With Love, Sara was fond of her SpongeBob Pajamas. Yet, I think she’d agree that the ones below are kind of awesome—and they’d likely remind her of Gabe’s dog, Trouble.
Soma BedHead Knit Cotton-Blend Pajama Set
Fancy a dog? This adorable cotton-blend pajama set from Bedhead is fitting for the canine-loving friend on your list.
Now, I’m going to let you in on one of the best hot chocolate finds ever! Not only is it delicious, it’s very simple to make. This is also an amazing gift for friends and family.
Popbar Hot Chocolate Sticks
Premium & All-Natural Hot Chocolate on a Stick! This 6 Pack Variety Gift Box contains 2 Dark, 2 Milk, and 2 Vanilla White Hot Chocolate Sticks.
Simple Preparation Instructions: Fill up a cup of hot milk, place the hot chocolate stick in the cup, and stir for 1-2 minutes until the chocolate dissolves completely. Enjoy!
I know what you’re thinking.
There’s something missing…but never fear. I’ve got you covered, friends. Dunking a biscotti into hot chocolate is one of life’s great pleasures. In Anchorage, Alaska, Gabe and Sara would most certainly have enjoyed these.
These are truly Italian, baked from a recipe handed down through generations and passed on to Tonia by her mother. Crunchy without being hard, Tonia bakes her biscotti fresh in Anchorage. Each batch is cut and rolled by hand using only the finest ingredients.
Now that we have our treats, it’s time to find a comfortable place to unwind. Maybe a sofa, a favorite chair, or even a window seat. We’ve officially reached the entertainment portion of the day. Let’s put the phone on silent and throw a blanket over our legs because Gabe, Sara, and Trouble would like for us to join them. We’ll follow along from their first meeting in the mountains of North Carolina to the breathtaking beauty of Anchorage, Alaska. I can’t think of a better way to spend an afternoon. Happy ending guaranteed.
About the Author:
Ally James is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Danvers novels, written under the name Sydney Landon.
From Alaska with Love by Ally James, out now!
Sara’s letters were the only bright spot during Gabe’s devastating tour in Iraq. With each new correspondence he fell harder, needed her more, wanted to be with her. Now, after initially rejecting his offer to meet, she’s shown up at the door of his isolated cabin in Alaska looking for…what? Gabe’s not sure what made Sara change her mind, but he knows he never wants to let her go.
Major Gabe Randall is everything Sara Ryan wants but nothing she feels she deserves. A modern-day spinster, Sara hides behind family obligations and the safe, quiet life she’s resigned herself to living. But secretly, even though she may have stretched the truth about who she is in her letters to him, she wants Gabe. Will he still want her when he discovers the real woman behind the pen?
Once they meet, Gabe asks her for six weeks in Alaska. Six weeks to spend getting to know each other, and then she’ll have to decide whether they are better together or apart.
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