Jun 05, 2022

30 Years of Lucy Stone: An Interview with Leslie Meier

Leslie Meier, author of the bestselling Lucy Stone Mysteries, calls in to discuss her celebrated series and its latest installment, Easter Bonnet Murder. Leslie shares her writing process and reveals who she would choose to play Lucy Stone in a movie. Keep up with Leslie's writing by visiting her website and Facebook page.

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May 08, 2022

Listener's Choice

All Things Cozy listeners suggest cozy activities for Matt & Gillian to try and discuss, from diamond painting to the hokey pokey.

Apr 10, 2022

Deepening Friendships

Gillian and Matt answer 15 personal questions designed to deepen friendships including "What does my Instagram tell you about me?" and "What about me is the hardest for you to understand?"

  • Cozy in the News
  • Soothing Sounds
  • Candle Review
  • Questions from We Are Not Really Strangers
    • What’s your mother’s name? And what’s the most beautiful thing about her?
    • How can you become a better person?
    • Rate your dancing skills on a scale of 1-10. On the count of three, say your answers out loud.
    • How would you describe me to a stranger?
    • What fast food restaurant do you think I’m most likely to drive through? What’s my order?
    • Are you lying to yourself about anything?
    • What do you admire most about me?
    • What about me is the hardest for you to understand?
    • Do I seem like a morning person or a night owl? Why?
    • What does my Instagram tell you about me?
    • Are you missing anyone right now? Do you think they’re missing you too?
    • Both players write a note to your younger selves (1 minute) option to compare.
    • What compliment do you think I hear the most?
    • What am I most qualified to give advice about?
    • Wildcard: Questions are an art form — create your own.

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Mar 27, 2022

Cozy in the Lab

From circuit flowers to fizzy frozen eggs, Matt and Gillian test six spring-themed science experiments you can perform at home that will not only teach scientific concepts but also produce results you can share with others.

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Mar 13, 2022

Planting Coziness: An Interview with Marina Olshansky

Marina Olshansky, founder of Vesca Botanicals (@vescabotanicals) joins Matt and Gillian to grow their knowledge of houseplants and ways they can use them to create cozy environments at home. She also shares how to avoid common plant care mistakes and how to help your plant find its happy place.

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Feb 27, 2022


After seeing Death on the Nile (2022), Matt and Gillian use their little gray cells to celebrate Agatha Christie’s legendary detective, Hercule Poirot, looking back at some of his most famous portrayals by the likes of Albert Finney, Peter Ustinev, David Suchet, and Kenneth Branagh.

Feb 13, 2022

Tuning Into 2022

Gillian and Matt sample episodes of Abbott Elementary, The Afterparty, How I Met Your Father, and The Woman in the House Across the Street From the Girl in the Window to tell you which new series will bring the most coziness to your TV screen in 2022.

Jan 30, 2022

DIY Valentine's Day

Matt and Gillian open up a cozy candy shoppe at home with recipes for vegan heart gummies, chocolate pretzel hearts, and more. They also share ideas for handmade gifts and cards that will be sure to make your valentine swoon.

Jan 16, 2022

The Fifth Annual Cozy Awards 2021

Gillian and Matt reflect on 2021 by recognizing the year's coziest news stories, books, movies, TV shows, songs, and listeners. Happy New Year! Help us start 2022 strong by joining our Patreon at www.patreon.com/allthingscozy!

Dec 19, 2021

Rockin' Around the Reba Tree (w/ Linoleum Knife)

Film critics and hosts of the Linoleum Knife podcast (@linoleumcast) Alonso Duralde (@ADuralde) and Dave White (@dlelandwhite) join Matt and Gillian to tune into two new holiday programs: the Lifetime original movie Christmas in Tune starring Reba McEntire and the “Happy Challah Days” episode of Padma Lakshmi’s Hulu show Taste the Nation. The quartet also tuck into boozy Christmas desserts! Be sure to check out Alonso and Dave's Christmas decoration Instagram account (@dxaxtree). Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

Dec 05, 2021

Cozy Gift Guide 2021

Gillian and Matt share their list of cozy gifts for the holidays!

Nov 21, 2021

Be Our Guest (w/ Clark Childers & Adam Walton)

Matt and Gillian talk about what it takes to be a cozy host (and guest) with Clark Childers & Adam Walton, owners and operators of The Lincoln Marfa (@thelincolnmarfa) a hotel in Marfa, Texas. They also share "cute food" recipes to make your spread extra adorable this Thanksgiving.

Nov 07, 2021

I'll Be Home for Christmas Movies: An Interview with Bran Gray & Alonso Duralde

Bran Gray (@hallmarkpodcast) & Alonso Duralde (@ADuralde), authors of I'll Be Home for Christmas Movies: The Deck the Hallmark Podcast's Guide to Your Holiday TV Obsession chat with Gillian and Matt about their process for bringing the Deck the Hallmark Podcast to life in book form, what gave them "all the feels" while writing the book, and the Hallmark Channel movie tropes they love the most.

Oct 24, 2021

Happy Haunts

Matt and Gillian tell “true” tales of the friendliest ghosts that haunt the coziest of places. They also review Muppets Haunted Mansion and @MichaelVarrati sends a message from the beyond with cozy Halloween movie recommendations for the whole family. Happy Halloween!

Oct 10, 2021

Apple-solutely Cozy

Gillian and Matt take a trip to Julian, CA to sample cider, visit an orchard, and grab a slice of apple pie.

Sep 26, 2021

Celebrating 100 Cozy Episodes

Matt and Gillian mark the milestone of making 100 episodes of All Things Cozy by answering listener questions and recalling favorite cozy moments. A huge thanks to all our listeners whose support helped ATC create 100 episodes and counting! If you like what you hear, consider joining our Patreon: patreon.com/allthingscozy

Sep 12, 2021

Fall Finds & Flavors

Matt and Gillian rake up all fall trends they can find and dive into them like a big pile of leaves.

Jun 06, 2021

Cozy by the Water

Gillian and Matt dive into water and all the ways it keeps us cool and cozy in the summer. All Things Cozy will be going on a summer break, but will be back with new episodes in September 2021!

May 23, 2021

Garden Party Bites & Beverages

Matt and Gillian get ready for summer with appetizers, salads, and drinks that are perfect for a cozy garden party.

May 09, 2021

Senior Cinema

Gillian and Matt honor their elders with a deep dive into The Mole Agent, a new cozy documentary about a mystery at a nursing home. They also share their favorite films starring seniors and rave about the new kid on the block: the Pumpkin Toadlet.

Apr 25, 2021

Life-Changing Movies: An Interview with Lily Percy

Lily Percy, host of the podcast This Movie Changed Me, joins Matt and Gillian to discuss the ways movies change lives, her favorite cozy movie, and how podcasts can provide comfort to listeners.

Apr 11, 2021

Arsenic and Adobo: An Interview with Mia P. Manansala

Mia P. Manansala (@MPMtheWriter) calls in to chat about ARSENIC AND ADOBO, the first novel in the Tita Rosie's Kitchen Mystery Series, which hits bookstores on May 4th, 2021. Mia shares the foods that inspire coziness for her, how she was introduced to culinary mysteries, and the challenges/opportunities of releasing a book during a pandemic. Visit www.miapmanansala.com to discover more of her writing and consider supporting All Things Cozy by joining our Patreon: patreon.com/allthingscozy

Mar 21, 2021

Peeps, Sheep & Easter Eats

Gillian and Matt hop into Easter with eggciting Easter traditions and a discussion of the Hallmark Channel orginal movie Easter Under Wraps. Gillian dyes eggs and Matt bakes a lamb cake under the watchful eye of the Peep on a Perch.

Mar 07, 2021

Soothing Spring

Matt and Gillian spring into vernal equinox traditions and ways to take advantage of more daylight hours. Gillian salutes the sun, Matt cleans a grave, and both start noticing the budding plant life in their neighborhoods.

Feb 21, 2021

Cozy Games (w/ Chris DeLeon)

Gillian and Matt are joined by Chris DeLeon (@ChrisDeLeon), game developer and founder of HomeTeam GameDev, to discuss how playing and making games can be cozy. Chris enjoys the environments in Myst, Gillian plays Cozy and lives to serve at the Hungry Hearts Diner, and Matt becomes a gnome cleric in Dungeons & Dragons. For added coziness, check out Winning Solutions Linen Book Games and Attention K-Mart Shoppers.

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Feb 07, 2021

Cozy in Love: Valentine's Day Candy, Love Songs, & TV Shows

Roses are red, violets are blue, Matt and Gillian have assembled a list of cozy Valentine's Day TV shows, candies, and love songs for you! Happy Valentine's Day!

Jan 24, 2021

Smorgasbord of Cozy: Anne of Green Gables, Cottagecore, Masterpiece Theatre, Soups & Stews

Matt and Gillian serve up a smorgasbord of coziness as they discuss soups & stews, Anne of Green Gables (Anne with an E and Akage no An), Cottagecore, and Masterpiece Theatre (All Creatures Great and Small). They also debut a brand new segment: Cozy in the News!

Jan 10, 2021

The Fourth Annual Cozy Awards 2020

Matt and Gillian reflect on 2020 by recognizing the year's coziest books, movies, TV shows, songs, and listeners. Gillian plays R-rated Pick Up Sticks, Matt struggles with a puzzle, and Gillian's cat, Snickers, briefly interrupts the ceremony. Happy New Year! Help us start 2021 strong by joining our Patreon at www.patreon.com/allthingscozy!

Dec 20, 2020

Christmas Cow Bells: An Interview with Mollie Cox Bryan

Author Mollie Cox Bryan (@molliecoxbryan) calls in to discuss the first book in her Buttermilk Creek Mystery series: Christmas Cow Bells. Mollie describes the fastidiousness of cheesemaking, how she crafted the personalities of her bovine stars, and writing about Christmas in the middle of summer. Visit molliecoxbryan.com to discover more of her writing and consider supporting All Things Cozy by joining our Patreon: patreon.com/allthingscozy

Dec 06, 2020

The Christmas House & Happiest Season (w/ Linoleum Knife)

Film critics and hosts of the Linoleum Knife podcast (@linoleumcast) Alonso Duralde (@ADuralde) and Dave White (@dlelandwhite) call in from the North Pole to discuss two groundbreaking LGBT Christmas films: Hallmark Channel’s The Christmas House and Hulu’s Happiest Season. Be sure to check out Alonso and Dave's Christmas decoration Instagram account (@dxaxtree).

Nov 22, 2020

Cozy Gift Guide 2020

Matt and Gillian jingle all the way into the holiday season with a brand new cozy gift guide. Make the nice list by sharing this episode on social media (don't forget to tag @allthingscozypodcast) for the chance to win one of the gifts mentioned in the episode!

Gillian's Picks:

  1. Brass candle snuffer from Poketo
  2. Nothing Much Happens book by Kathryn Nikolai
  3. Hortiki Plants’ Organic Salad Gardening Kit
  4. Hard Cider Brewing Kit from William & Sonoma. 
  5. Grounds for Murder by Tara Lush & Chelsea and Matt Thomas’ Apple Die

Matt's Picks:

  1. Introvert’s Retreat Read & Relax box
  2. Tickets to a live (but virtual) performance such as"The Future" at Geffen Playhouse
  3. The Cozy Adventures Pocket Picnic Sheet 
  4. Baby It’s Cold Outside Baby Yoda mug
  5. Three Treats Too Many by Debra Goldstein

Check out ATC listener Emma Wallace's new album First Impressions inspired by characters from Pride and Prejudice!

Nov 08, 2020

Cozy To Go

Gillian and Matt order up their fast food favorites and discuss the ways a trip through the drive-thru can inspire coziness. They also tackle ideas for making a remote or socially distanced Thanksgiving cozy.

Oct 25, 2020

Halloween Treats & Beats

This Halloween Matt and Gillian discuss the eerie edibles and witches’ brews they concoct, along with the terrifying tunes they listen to while making them. A special spirit, Michael Varrati (@MichaelVarrati) may even haunt you with his cozy Halloween movie recommendations. Listen if you dare! Happy Halloween! 

Oct 11, 2020

Hallmark's Fall Harvest & Classic Halloween TV

Matt and Gillian change the channel to all the seasonal television they enjoy in the fall, including Hallmark Channel's annual Fall Harvest TV movies, The Halloween Tree, and classic Halloween episodes of Frasier, Roseanne, and Sabrina the Teenage Witch.

Sep 27, 2020

81- Fall From Home

Gillian and Matt celebrate fall from home with four cozy, simple activities: baking delish desserts, sipping hard cider, crafting autumn wreaths, and peeping leaves virtually. We hope these ideas will make you fall in love with autumn all over again!

Sep 13, 2020

Turning Over a New Leaf

Matt and Gillian try Autumn Equinox rituals and self-care activites for the fall season. Gillian builds a Mabon altar, Matt earths around LA, and both sniff dream pillows. Interested in supporting the show? Consider joining our Patreon: patreon.com/allthingscozy

Aug 30, 2020

The Great British Bake Off (w/ Dave White)

On your marks, get set, bake! Dave White (@dlelandwhite) joins Matt and Gillian to discuss The Great British Bake Off. Dave bakes cupcakes, Matt rants about Cake Wars, and Gillian escapes the holiday melee.

Aug 16, 2020

Paddington (w/ Kevin T. Porter)

Kevin T. Porter (@KevinTPorter) pops by to preach the gospel of Paddington. Gillian solves the mystery of a spooky estate sale, Matt still plays Pokemon Go, Kevin defines his relationships in fast food parking lots, and everyone wishes they liked marmalade as much as Paddington.

Aug 02, 2020

Murder, She Wrote (w/ Murder, We Spoke)

Ben and Marissa from the Murder, We Spoke podcast (@MurderWeSpoke) guide Gillian and Matt through the legendary TV series Murder, She Wrote. Gillian chats with Silly Willie Geist on Twitter, Matt spoils the first episode of Making It, Ben bakes banana bread, and Marissa starts her day with Fireball in her Pumpkin Spice Latte.

Check out our appearances on Murder, We Spoke here: 

Jul 19, 2020

Worldwide Christmas Traditions (w/ Alonso Duralde)

Alonso Duralde (@ADuralde) arrives on a one-horse open sleigh to chat about Christmas traditions and folklore from around the world with Matt and Gillian. Alonso opens presents on Nochebuena, Matt breaks opłatki on Wigilia, and Gillian escapes the Yule Cat. They also discuss Christmas in Japan, Goth Christmas, St. Nicholas Day, Christmas Conventions, and cozy songs of the season. Check out Alonso's Christmas decoration Instragram account (@dxaxtree) and book (Have Yourself a Movie Little Christmas). Merry Christmas!

Jul 05, 2020

The Art of Tablescaping

Gillian and Matt dive into the cozy design fad of tablescaping, tips for decorating your table, and the wondrous world of tablescape competitions.

Jun 21, 2020

The Beautiful, the Sublime, and the Cozy Mystery (w/ Dr. Brian Clack)

Why do so many people find reading stories about murders and crimes cozy? Dr. Brian Clack, Professor of Philosophy at the University of San Diego, engages Matt and Gillian in an application of Edmund Burke's definitions of the sublime and the beautiful on the cozy mystery genre. Learn more about Dr. Clack's work at USD's Humanities Center here: https://www.sandiego.edu/cas/humanities-center/

Jun 07, 2020

Cozy Up with a Casserole

Matt and Gillian fire up the oven to cook the granddaddy of all cozy foods — the casserole. What's even cozier than casserole? Giving. To support those who are using their voice to affect systemic change, Matt and Gillian have made charitable donations to Black Girls Code and the Black Mamas Matter Alliance and encourage those who can to donate, support, and engage with your community and each other.

May 24, 2020

More Christmas More Romance: An Interview with Nate Atkins

Christmas comes early when Nate Atkins (@nateatkins3), writer of Netflix's A CHRISTMAS PRINCE films, climbs down All Things Cozy's chimney to discuss the process behind making Christmas movies feel Christmas-y and why they lend themselves to the supernatural. Keep up with Nate's work at nateatkins.com and consider leaving a present for All Things Cozy at patreon.com/allthingscozy

May 17, 2020

BONUS - CATS (2019)

To celebrate listeners leaving All Things Cozy over 100 five-star reviews on Apple Podcasts, here's a special bonus episode of Gillian and Matt discussing the un-fur-getable CATS (2019). Sit back, bust out the Friskies, and learn if CATS is their Jellicle Choice or something that belongs in the litter box. Think our show is meowvelous? Consider joining the rest of the cool cats on our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/allthingscozy

May 10, 2020

The Science of Well-Being

Matt and Gillian enroll in Professor Laurie Santos' "The Science of Well-Being" class on Coursera, which explores research-based strategies for increasing happiness. Gillian savors sushi, Matt struggles with social comparison, and both eat too fast. Does listening to our show make you happy? Consider joining our cozy club at patreon.com/allthingscozy

Apr 26, 2020

Seniors Can Wear Hooker Heels Too: An Interview with V.M. Burns

V.M. Burns (@vmburns) Zooms in to chat with Matt and Gillian about Bookmarked for Murder, the latest installment in her Mystery Bookshop Mystery Series. Valerie describes the opportunities presented by writing a closed circle mystery, the inspiration for her spunky senior citizen characters, and answers the age-old question: Is it more difficult to train dogs for competition or write a mystery? Visit vmburns.com to discover more of Valerie's writing and join the cozy club at patreon.com/allthingscozy.

Apr 12, 2020

Now That's What I Call Cozy Music, Vol. 2! (w/ Robert Balkovich)

Robert Balkovich (@robertbalkovich) returns to pump up more cozy jams! Click here to visit our Spotify playlist and listen to the songs we shared in this episode (and all the soothing sounds we've recommended over the years). This episode is dedicated to Fred "Unkee" Mann (1935-2020).

Mar 29, 2020

Fashionably Cozy (w/ Simone Konu Rae)

Simone Konu Rae (@SimoneKonu) flies in from the London College of Fashion to discuss the intersection of fashion and coziness so we all can emerge from our cocoons of isolation like cozily stylish butterflies. Gillian thrifts for the perfect fit, Matt rejects shorts, and Simone feels weird around cardigans. Check out @AlsoJournal for more style and design inspiration!

Mar 15, 2020

The Cozy of the Irish

Top o' the morning to ya! Matt and Gillian find the cozy at the end of the rainbow with a discussion of St. Patrick's Day traditions and the 1981 animated television special The Leprechauns' Christmas Gold. Gillian sets squirrel traps to capture leprechauns, Matt dances with his grandpa's shillelagh, and both enjoy the dewy fragrance of A Lady in the Woods' "Irish Candle." Thirsty for a spot of tea? Be sure to visit sacredblossomfarm.com and use the code COZY at checkout for 15% off your order!

Mar 01, 2020

Mindfulness Meditation

Gillian and Matt take a deep breath and find their center with a mindful discussion of guided meditation. Gillian brings Matt to a meditation class, Matt tries the app Headspace for self-guided meditation, and both embark on a doomed journey to the Silver Lake Library for aromatherapy meditation. Have you been meditating on joining our Patreon? Achieve enlightenment by signing up at patreon.com/allthingscozy before the end of March for your last chance to nab a "stay cozy" pin.

Feb 16, 2020

Cozy Romantic Comedies (w/ Kate Littleton)

Kate Littleton (@KateLit27) joins Matt and Gillian to write love letters to a pair of the coziest romanic comedy movies: Down with Love and When Harry Met Sally. Kate has battle scars from making stained glass, Matt imagines an alternate reality where Meg Ryan married Randy Quaid, and Gillian rides off on a peony.

Feb 02, 2020

We Ship It

Valentine's Day is right around the corner so Matt and Gillian send their love to the cozy ships (relationships that is) that make their hearts sing, whether they be real, fiction, or fan-fiction. Gillian gets hooked on The Circle, Matt joins the cult of Buc-ee's, and both appreciate the scent of oud. Get ready for your hot Valentine's Day date by lathering up with a Soapy Gnome soap! Use code ALLTHINGSCOZY at checkout for 20% off your order at soapygnome.com.

Jan 19, 2020

Cozy Cocktails

Gillian and Matt serve up cozy cocktails and mocktails and rate them on flavor, difficulty, and of course, coziness. While they sip, Gillian learns the Spanish word for taco and Matt calls for an Encore! Cheers! Leave us a tip at www.patreon.com/allthingscozy.

Cocktail Recipes:

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Jan 05, 2020

The Third Annual Cozy Awards 2019

Matt and Gillian battle a Spiral Light candle and look back at 2019's coziest books, movies, TV shows, songs, and listeners. Happy New Year! Help All Things Cozy start the year strong buy joining our Patreon at www.patreon.com/allthingscozy!

Dec 22, 2019

Eight Cozy Nights (w/ Michael Sherman)

Michael Sherman (@unqualified) stops by to light the menorah with Matt and Gillian and discuss cozy Hanukkah foods and traditions. Michael fries up latkes, Matt's a sour cream guy, and Gillian's an applesauce lady. Happy Hanukkah from All Things Cozy!

Dec 08, 2019

Worldwide Christmas Traditions (w/ Alonso Duralde)

Alonso Duralde (@ADuralde) arrives on a one-horse open sleigh to chat about Christmas traditions and folklore from around the world with Matt and Gillian. Alonso opens presents on Nochebuena, Matt breaks opłatki on Wigilia, and Gillian escapes the Yule Cat. They also discuss Christmas in Japan, Goth Christmas, St. Nicholas Day, Christmas Conventions, and cozy songs of the season. Check out Alonso's Christmas decoration Instragram account (@dxaxtree) and book (Have Yourself a Movie Little Christmas). Merry Christmas!

Nov 24, 2019

A Cozy Thanksgiving 2019 (w/ Chef Kellie Blackburn)

Chef Kellie Blackburn (@chef_kellie_blackburn) cooks up tips to help Matt and Gillian prepare for a vegetarian Thanksgiving. Chef Kellie patiently teaches Matt and Gillian how to properly make mashed potatoes and shares recipes for butternut squash lasanga, tiramisu, and cauliflower mac and cheese. Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 10, 2019

The Gift of Cozy

Give the gift of cozy this holiday season with the help Matt and Gillian's cozy gift guide! Matt and Gillian will each be giving away an item from their list to listeners who share this episode on social media. Listen to discover which items are included in the giveaway, and join Matt at the Redondo Beach Public Library on November 16th for Kensington Publishing's Mini Cozy Con.

Matt's Gift Ideas

Gillian's Gift Ideas

Oct 27, 2019

The Haunted History of Halloween (w/ Michael Varrati)

Michael Varrati (@MichaelVarrati), writer, director, and host of the podcast Dead for Filth, rides his broom back to All Things Cozy to play fortune telling games and discuss horrific halloween history. Happy Halloween!

Oct 13, 2019

Being Alive is Huge: An Interview with Traci Hall

Traci Hall (@tracihallauthor) calls in from the beyond to discuss Mrs. Morris and the Ghost, the first novel in the Salem B&B Mystery series she writes with Patrice Wilton under the pen name Traci Wilton. Traci reveals how she and Patrice explored Salem, set the rules for the supernatural in their books, and negotiate potential disagreements. Gillian chows down on some pumpkin ravioli, Matt plays a horrible goose, Traci gets warm by the electrice fireplace, and everyone agrees that if you're going to be haunted the ghost at least should be handsome. Keep up with Traci Wilton's writing by visiting her website: https://www.traciwilton.com

Sep 29, 2019

The ABCs of Candle Making: An Interview with Christin Brecher

Christin Brecher (@christinbrecherbooks) calls in to discuss her debut novel, Murder's No Votive Confidence, and share what she's learned about candle making, Nantucket, and how to stay inspired while writing. Gillian is the class clown of candle making, Christin loves her weighted blanket, Matt has a close encounter with a bear, and everyone wants a candle clock. Learn more about Christin's writing on her website: http://christinbrecher.com

Sep 15, 2019

Cats Sell Books: An Interview with T.C. LoTempio

T.C. LoTempio (@RoccoBlogger) calls in to discuss the first entry in her Purr N' Bark Pet Shop mystery series, The Time for Murder is Meow. We chat with Toni about the joys and challenges of making cats central characters in mystery novels, the influence of horror on her writing, and how a one-eyed Persian cat entered the picture. Matt watches Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, Toni watches The Thin Man, and Gillian escapes upstate New York. Learn more about T.C. LoTempio's writing on her website: www.tclotempio.net

Sep 01, 2019

Matt and Gillian Make a Candle

Matt and Gillian make the leap from candle reviewers to candle makers. Matt gets stabbed by a cooking thermometer, Gillian adds a little bit of herself to the candle, and both have unrealistic expecations for candle cooling.

Aug 18, 2019

The Krakens are in Love: An Interview with BJ Harrison

Audiobook narrator BJ Harrison (@bjharrisonaudio) soothes Matt and Gillian with his euphonious voice as he describes his experiences narrating paranormal cozy mysteries, his Classic Tales Podcast, and how he makes his home studio cozy. The trio also chat about Gillian's love for plot holes, Matt chasing down a Halloween decoration, and BJ's professional responsiblity to avoid cheese. Finally, in addition to reviewing a candle from LA's Candle Delirium, we also finally learn what Gillian's Makers Mess candle smells like. Check out BJ's Classic Tales podcast and website here: https://www.thebestaudiobooks.com

Aug 04, 2019

Comfort Food or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Eat Garbage

Gillian and Matt comfort themselves with food suggested by listeners. Gillian passes around hot potatoes, Matt puts eggs in a basket, and both call their moms for cooking advice. Join our Patreon and become a Cozy Commando! www.patreon.com/allthingscozy

Jul 21, 2019

Crying on Shakespeare's First Folio: An Interview with Jennie K. Brown

Jennie K. Brown (@jenniekaywrites) calls in to discuss Prose & Poison, the first entry in the Cafe Prose Mystery Series she writes as Jemma Bard. Jennie shares her love for Shakespeare, walks Matt and Gillian through the self-publishing process, and describes how she made the leap from teaching to writing full-time. Jennie likes to watch the Agatha Raisin TV show, Gillian likes to watch TV alone, and Matt likes to watch bats fly out of a cave.

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Prose & Poison by Jemma Bard can be purchased here: https://www.amazon.com/Prose-Poison-Cafe-Mystery-Book-ebook/dp/B07SH31Y83

Jul 07, 2019

Cozy Gets Real

Matt and Gillian hide out at the Hatchery to chat about cozy reality television. Gillian seeks justice for Jessica Simpson, Matt wants to live on the Roloff farm, and both can't imagine what Newlyweds would have looked like if the producers got their first choice: Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley.

Jun 23, 2019

Murder and Noodles: An Inverview with Vivien Chien

Vivien Chien (@vivien_chien) calls in to discuss her Noodle Shop Mystery series, bringing the voice of a mixed-race character to the cozy mystery genre, and the coziness of Cleveland. Gillian munches on mozzarella sticks, Matt sees an unauthorized musical, and Vivien shares her latest gaming obsession. Learn more about Vivien's writing and her latest novel, Murder Lo Mein, on her website: www.vivienchien.com.

Jun 09, 2019

I Can't Believe It's Not Cozy

With the help of their listeners, Matt and Gillian find coziness in topics like air travel, grocery shopping, and The Sopranos. Gillian busts out her Long Island accent, Matt dreams of an All Things Cozy hologram tour, and both are incredibly grateful to Kate Littleton for providing a candle for this episode that is truly an All Things Cozy milestone. Thank you, Kate!

May 26, 2019

Contracts Are Another Form of Fiction: An Interview with Linda O. Johnston

Linda O. Johnston (@lindaojohnston) stops by to talk about her Barkery & Biscuits Mysteries, how she names the pets in her series, and how writing paranormal romance novels also informs her mystery writing. Linda shares her love for Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Gillian takes a lovely tip to Vancouver, and Matt won't shut up about the Impossible Burger. Big thanks to Norma G for providing the candle for this week's episode! You can learn more about Linda O. Johnston's writing and her latest novel, For a Good Paws, on her website: lindaojohnston.com.

May 12, 2019

Cozy on Vacation (w/ Robert Balkovich)

Robert Balkovich (@robertbalkovich), Matt, and Gillian gather 'round a fireplace on Bainbridge Island, Washington, to share cozy vacation tips. While double-fisting coffee and rosé, Gillian confesss she needs to go to cutting school, Matt declares his love for small zoos, and Robert doesn't write for Lonely Island.

Apr 28, 2019

A New England of the Mind: An Interview with Barbara Ross

Barbara Ross (@BarbRoss) calls in to chat about the latest installment in her Maine Clambake mystery series, Steamed Open, the importance of blogs in the cozy mystery world, and her approach to writing short mysteries. Also, Gillian loves to sit and eat, Matt visits a cat cafe, and Barbara soaks up the sun in Key West.

Visit https://maineclambakemysteries.com to learn more about Barbara's writing and to subscribe to her newsletter.

Pre-order Barbara's Barnes & Noble Exclusive, Jane Darrowfield, Professional Busybody here: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/jane-darrowfield-professional-busybody-barbara-ross/1129942476?ean=9781496719942#/

Pre-order the next Maine Clambake Mystery here: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/sealed-off-barbara-ross/1131080244?ean=9781496717955

Pre-order Haunted House Murder here: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/haunted-house-murder-leslie-meier/1129963551?ean=9781496719966#/

Apr 14, 2019

Cozy A to Z

From apple pie to Zelda, All Things Cozy listeners write in with an alphabet of cozy topics for Matt and Gillian to discuss. Gillian gets invited to events for dentists, Matt's great grandma pulls a Brooklyn, and both are crazy about the new Dido album. Thanks to everyone who submitted a cozy topic and Jon Pernisek for the candle!

Mar 31, 2019

Very Charming and Delightful Body Parts: An Interview with Rhys Bowen

Rhys Bowen (@RhysBowen) calls in to discuss her Royal Spyness series, pen names, and respect for cozy mysteries. Despite the technical issues with this recording, Rhys' insights on researching and writing mysteries make it well worth the listen. Visit rhysbowen.com to learn about the many other wonderful series Rhys writes and to subscribe to her newsletter.

Mar 17, 2019

Book Clubs & Bookstagram (w/ Greg Peterson)

Greg Peterson (@gregorysven) of Browns Book Club (@brownsbookclub) gives Matt and Gillian tips for starting and maintaining a successful book club. Matt and Gillian love office parks, Greg and Gillian smash rocks, and everyone aspires to be the kind of person who remembers to pack a travel candle.

Mar 03, 2019

In Louisiana, We Only Follow the Rules We Like - Interview with Ellen Byron

Ellen Byron (@EllenByronLA), author of the Cajun Country Mystery series, stops by to discuss the craft of mystery writing. Ellen explores how writing for television influences her mysteries, teaches Matt and Gillian the difference between pantsers and plotters, and reveals that Stormy Daniels is the perfect casting for one of her characters. Visit ellenbyron.com to learn more about her latest work and subscribe to her newsletter.

Feb 17, 2019

Valentine in the Vineyard

Love and drones are in the air as Matt and Gillian celebrate Valentine's Day by watching the Hallmark Channel Original Movie "Valentine in the Vineyard." Matt watches whales, Gillian watches whale tails, and both pitch an LGBTQ romantic comedy to Hallmark.

Feb 03, 2019

Tidying Up to Cozy Up

Gillian and Matt shuffle into 2019 to discuss Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. Gillian has a dalliance with the wind, Matt overcomes his fear of Woodwick candles, and they both debut their new segment, "Soothing Sounds," with picks from Sharon Van Etten's 'Remind Me Tomorrow.'

Jan 06, 2019

The Second Annual Cozy Awards 2018

Matt and Gillian look back at 2018 to recognize the year's coziest books, movies, TV shows, songs, and All Things Cozy listeners. Happy New Year!

Dec 16, 2018

Hallmark! The Herald Angels Sing (w/ Alonso Duralde)

Film critic and author of Have Yourself a Movie Little Christmas, Alonso Duralde (@ADuralde), returns for a deep dive into what makes Hallmark Channel Christmas movies tick. We list our favorite Hallmark Channel Christmas movie tropes, drink Countdown to Christmas Tea, and wonder what it is exactly Lacey Chabert's character does for a living in Pride, Prejudice, and Mistletoe.

Dec 03, 2018

Hannah Swensen Cozy Mysteries

To get into the holiday spirit, Gillian and Matt read Joanne Fluke's Christmas Caramel Murder, a Hannah Swensen Mystery. Gillian appreciates Midwesterners, Matt is crazy about ceramic trees, and both agree there's something off about Canada.

Nov 18, 2018

A Cozy Thanksgiving 2018 (w/ Dave White)

It's an All Things Cozy feast for the ears when Dave White (@dlelandwhite), film critic and host of the Linoleum Knife podcast (@linoleumcast), joins Matt and Gillian to share his cooking expertise and Thanksgiving traditions. Dave is thankful for his L.L.Bean flannel shirt, Gillian is thankful for her new cats, and Matt is thankful for a game everyone else stopped playing in 2016. Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 11, 2018

Death on the D-List (A Hailey Dean Mystery) by Nancy Grace

Gillian and Matt determine if Death on the D-List by Nancy Grace, the second installment in the Hailey Dean Mystery series, qualifies as a cozy mystery. Matt tries to feed boiled egg to a stray cat, Gillian apologizes to Henry Winkler, and both are impressed by the quality of Trader Joe's candles.

Oct 28, 2018

2018 All Hallows' Hoopla (w/ Michael Varrati)

Michael Varrati (@MichaelVarrati), host of the podcast Dead for Filth, emerges from the darkness to talk chillingly classic black and white horror films with Matt and Gillian. Matt is haunted by Hill House, Michael uses every part of the pumpkin, Gillian is now Gillain, and everyone disapproves of pumpkin launches. Happy Halloween!

Oct 21, 2018

Hocus Pocus & The All-New Sequel

On All Hallow's Eve when the moon is round, a virgin summons Matt and Gillian to discuss Hocus Pocus & The All New-Sequel. Matt goes nuts for Buffalo cuisine, Gillian misses the lesbian subplot, and both can't remember the names of things. Thanks to Jason, Jana, and Katy for the candle and check out our social media (@allthingscozypodcast) for more information about our Fall Givaway!

Oct 07, 2018

Double, Double, Toil and Trouble (w/ Sarah & Thia Schuessler)

Sarah and Thia Schuessler (@thiaschuessler) join us to prepare Halloween costumes and discuss the Olsen Twins TV movie Double, Double, Toil and Trouble. Gillian becomes a cat mom, Sarah works out to Call Me By Your Name, Thia listens to French Harry Potter ASMR, and Zendaya is Meechee.

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Sep 23, 2018

Murder, She Wrote Novels

Matt and Gillian travel to Cabot Cove for the second time this month to discuss the Murder, She Wrote novels by Donald Bain. Gillian doesn't have two nickles to rub together, Matt gets admonished at a winery, and both think abs are violent.

Sep 09, 2018

Murder, She Wrote (w/ Murder, We Spoke)

Ben and Marissa from the Murder, We Spoke podcast (@MurderWeSpoke) guide Gillian and Matt through the legendary TV series Murder, She Wrote. Gillian chats with Silly Willie Geist on Twitter, Matt spoils the first episode of Making It, Ben bakes banana bread, and Marissa starts her day with Fireball in her Pumpkin Spice Latte.

Aug 26, 2018

Fixer Upper Mysteries

Gillian and Matt chat about the first of Kate Carlisle's Fixer Upper Mysteries: A High-End Finish. Matt reads the Sunday Funnies, Gillian murders a lobster, and both attempt to play a game of Teri Polo.

Aug 12, 2018

ASMR (w/ Sean Brewster)

Writer and Tinglehead Sean Brewster (@theseanbrewster) stimulates Matt and Gillian's scalps with information about Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR). Sean gets messages directly from Ariana Grande, Matt works up the courage to visit a comic book store, Gillian gets some help from her neighbors, and everyone enjoys harmless grumps.

Jul 29, 2018

Summer Sisters

Matt and Gillian take Judy Blume's Summer Sisters to the beach. Matt thinks Won't You Be My Neighbor? can usher in world peace, Gillian worries about Randy Fenoli, and both hate swimming. If you've read the book or don't mind spoilers, stay tuned through the end of the episode for a spoiler-ridden discussion of the book's ending.

Jul 15, 2018

Surfing the Web (w/ Kayla Mattes & Justin Seibert)

Kayla Mattes (@kaylamattes) & Justin Seibert log on to discuss the early internet. Gillian and Kayla create false identifies, Justin misses the tag, Matt is Neopets poor, and everyone likes mist. Check out Kayla and Justin's art at besttest.studio!

Jul 01, 2018

Paddington (w/ Kevin T. Porter)

Kevin T. Porter (@KevinTPorter) pops by to preach the gospel of Paddington. Gillian solves the mystery of a spooky estate sale, Matt still plays Pokemon Go, Kevin defines his relationships in fast food parking lots, and everyone wishes they liked marmalade as much as Paddington.

Jun 17, 2018

All Creatures Great and Small

Matt and Gillian curl up with James Herriot's All Creatures Great and Small. Matt congratulates the class of 2018, Gillian describes her Great Uncle's "Wall of Special Ladies," and both refuse to get their rocks off on a snowmobile.

Jun 03, 2018

How to Stay Cozy on Social Media Without Really Trying (w/ Robert Balkovich)

Robert Balkovich (@robertbalkovich) returns to provide recommendations for making social media cozy, including, but not limited to, deleting your account. Gillian gets harrassed by a family of raccoons in Costa Rica, Matt manages to find a bookstore on the Venice Beach Boardwalk, and both Robert and Gillian like a steady operator.

May 20, 2018

Gladdy Gold Mysteries

Gillian and Matt gab about Rita Lakin's Gladdy Gold mystery series. Matt charges his crystals under the Scorpio Moon, Gillian gets cozy with a Sinister Minister, and both aren't sure if they're repeating themselves.

May 06, 2018

Cozy Cafes (w/ Sabrina Kaiser)

Sabrina Kaiser (@sbrik27) joins Matt and Gillian to chat about cozy cafes and her adventures as a Starbucks barista. Matt visits a Maid Cafe, Gillian feels like a slimeball when she asks for the wifi password, and Sabrina brews a Laurie Trio.

Apr 22, 2018

Cleo Coyle Coffeehouse Mysteries

Matt and Gillian have a latte to say about On What Grounds, the first book in Cleo Coyle's Coffeehouse Mystery series. Gillian plates her dinner, Matt makes the mistake of ordering french fries in Los Angeles, and both can't get over the word boycheeks.

Apr 08, 2018

Cozy Cartoons (w/ Jon Pernisek)

Jon Pernisek (@jonpernisek) gets animated with Matt and Gillian as they share their favorite cozy cartoons: Anastasia, Arthur, and Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers. Matt plugs Best Western, Gillian eats chicken fingers at Ground Round, and Tommy Wiseau dismisses Jon.

Mar 25, 2018

The Little Book of Hygge

Matt and Gillian discuss Meik Wiking's The Little Book of Hygge while sipping glögg in a hyggekrog. Gillian rubs a furry chair, Matt dives deep into the origin of the word "hominess," and both highly recommend blankets and cushions.

Mar 11, 2018

Cozy at Work (w/ Alex Alvarez)

Alex Alvarez (@soalexgoes) joins Matt and Gillian to give tips for creating cozier work spaces. Alex makes a case for cubicles, Matt predicts the return of wood paneling, and Gillian doesn't want to be asked about her lunch.

Feb 25, 2018

A is for Alibi (The Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Mysteries)

Gillian and Matt overeat Thai and discuss A is for Alibi, the first novel in the Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Series, written by the late Sue Grafton. Gillian loves the winter theme of the Winter Olympics, Matt bullies nerds, and both adore Hoda Kotb.

Feb 11, 2018

Now That's What I Call Cozy Music! (w/ Robert Balkovich)

Björkoholic Robert Balkovich (@robertbalkovich) stops by to exchange cozy jams with Gillian and Matt. Robert protests not being nominated for Coziest Listener of 2017, Matt feels disconnected from nature, Gillian leaves, and John Kerry stages his home.

Jan 28, 2018

Still Life: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

Matt and Gillian sip tea and butcher the French language as they chat about Still Life, the first novel in Louise Penny's Chief Inspector Gamache series.

Jan 14, 2018

The Great British Bake Off (w/ Dave White)

On your marks, get set, bake! Dave White (@dlelandwhite) joins Matt and Gillian to discuss The Great British Bake Off. Dave bakes cupcakes, Matt rants about Cake Wars, and Gillian escapes the holiday melee.

Dec 31, 2017

The First Annual Cozy Awards 2017

It's the end of the year and Matt and Gillian are exhausted. Fortunately, they manage to rally and award the winners of Coziest Book, Coziest Movie, Coziest TV Show, Coziest Song, and Coziest Listener of 2017!

Dec 17, 2017

A Cozy Christmas 2017 (w/ Alonso Duralde)

Alonso Duralde (@ADuralde) shimmies down the chimney to discuss Love Actually and White Christmas with Matt and Gillian. Matt declares war on LED lights, Gillian needs tickets to the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Alonso brings a luxurious candle, and Dave's not there.

Dec 03, 2017

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

Matt and Gillian spill the bush tea about Alexander McCall Smith's The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. Matt gets nightmares, Gillian loves airports, and both are crazy about Mickey Blue Eyes.

Nov 19, 2017

A Cozy Thanksgiving 2017 (w/ Jeffrey McCrann)

Jeffrey McCrann (@jeffreygmm) gathers 'round the table with Matt and Gillian to give thanks and share recipies. Jeffrey brines a turkey, Gillian bathes a cheesecake, and Matt adds cream cheese to everything.

Nov 05, 2017

Framed for Murder: A Fixer Upper Mystery (w/ Molly Lynch)

Jewel aficionado Molly Lynch (@mollshewrote) joins Matt and Gillian to discuss Hallmark Channel's Framed for Murder: A Fixer Upper Mystery starring Jewel Kilcher. Matt invents a brand of razors called "shtick," Gillian has no time for slow pedestrians, Molly hates ranch dressing, and they all marvel at Jewel's ability to steal the spotlight at a funeral.

Oct 22, 2017

2017 Halloween Spooktacular

Michael Varrati (@MichaelVarrati) returns to talk Halloween trends, costumes, and movies. The trio of witches also share their greatest fears: marketing emails, middle school, and Barney.

Oct 08, 2017

Library Lover's Mysteries

Matt and Gillian check out Jenn McKinlay's Library Lover's Mysteries. Matt rails against the mobile gaming industry, Gillian is fed up with getting laughed at outside of Lassens, and both learn the definition of decoupage.

Sep 24, 2017

Furry Friends (w/ Carrie Rosen)

Carrie Rosen (@CarrieRosen) and her dog Dexter join Matt and Gillian to discuss their favorite pets, past and present. Gillian shares memories of her pet frog, Tad, Matt remembers his cat, Kit-Kat, and Carrie tells the story of how Dexter came into her life.

Sep 10, 2017

The Golden Girls (w/ Louis Peitzman)

Louis Peitzman (@LouisPeitzman) reunites with Matt to discuss the show that makes him feel coziest: The Golden Girls. While Gillian shares her hatred of wedding hashtags, Louis and Matt spend way too much time matching each Golden Girl with her respective Hogwarts House.

Aug 27, 2017

Troop Beverly Hills (w/ Zach Heltzel)

Zach Heltzel (@ZachHeltzel) stops by to discuss comedy classic Troop Beverly Hills. Gillian and Zach drag Kmart, while Matt tells a non-story about the time he saw Jenny Lewis on the street.

Aug 13, 2017

Murder, She Baked (w/ Michael Varrati)

Michael Varrati (@MichaelVarrati) joins Matt and Gillian to discuss the Hallmark Channel's Murder, She Baked: A Peach Cobbler Mystery, based on Joanne Fluke's Hannah Swensen cozy mystery series. Matt shares a close encounter with Joanne Fluke, Gillian praises the dim lighting in Sbarro, and Michael detests lines.

Jul 30, 2017

YA Lit: Harry Potter & Dear America

Matt and Gillian discuss the young adult literature nearest and dearest to their hearts: the Dear America series and Harry Potter. Matt also recommends Carry On by Rainbow Rowell and sings the praises of Lesley Nicol. Gillian declares war on her girlfriend's Roomba and sets her intention with a handmade candle.

Jul 16, 2017

Cozy TV: Fixer Upper & Dateline

Gillian argues that Keith Morrison is cozy, while Matt exposes HGTV's anti-popcorn ceiling agenda. A weathered wood scented Nature's Wick candle scares Matt and underwhelms Gillian.

Jun 29, 2017

Lucy Stone Cozy Mysteries

Matt forces Gillian to read a book from his favorite cozy mystery series: The Lucy Stone Mysteries by Leslie Meier. Gillian dishes about Long Island diners, Matt preaches about The Vicar of Dibley, and both enjoy the subtle scent of a teakwood Chesapeake Bay Candle.