What's your favorite winter pick-me-up?

Photos: Leon Contreras; Blaz Photo; Nathan Dumlao

We asked our friends on social media how they plan to pull themselves through the next few months, and they shared some bright ideas.

A hot toddy and s’mores around a solo stove at the Bartender’s Handshake.
— Kathleen Murrin

I started crocheting a blanket. This year, I spotted a strange and beautiful pattern in a magazine, and the very cool Yarn Junction hooked me up with the last color, which I’ve been having a hell of a time matching. (They even ball the yarn for you there on this sweet machine.)
— Jennifer Wilson

A hot bowl of pho from A Dong, exercise at the Wellmark YMCA, books from Des Moines Public Library, performances at Des Moines Performing Arts and the Des Moines Playhouse, visits to the Des Moines Art Center, plus hiking in the snow if the temperatures aren’t ridiculous. My favorite comfort food when I eat out is the chicken fricassee from Ceviche Bar.
— Carolyn Krafka

Coffee and a good soup at Grounds for Celebration.
— Kathy Blair Elliott

Throwing axes at Ironside Axe Club is a great pick-me-up. It gets you moving and lifts the spirits.
— Lisa Gardner

Sitting in the sun on the balcony at the Botanical Garden, reading a newspaper and listening to the ice break and slide off the dome.
— Rick Miller

Indoor golf at Broheim’s in Waukee.
— Marilyn Dysart

A dirty vodka “martoonie,” while wrapped in the cozy, Scotch-and-beef-infused fug of Skip’s.
— Jennifer Mitchell Miller

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