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Winter Snow and Snowman

Winterize Yourself and Your Home with Warm Clothes, a Wall Furnace and More!

Snow days are right around the corner. That means we will be cozying up to heaters, piling on the clothes and doing our best to get through the winter season.

Below is a list of ways to feel warm and comfortable through the coming season. Go outside and build that snowman, getting warm again is a cinch!

Woman in winter clothes

Go Shopping

If you've been thinking of a reason to spend a little money, then think of the winter cold and update your wardrobe. Invest in good socks, boots, and a nice coat. Hats and scarves are a must and so are thermals and gloves. These items will go a long way to keep you warm when you're out in the cold.

Indoors, get some extra blankets and put your thermals and socks to good use. Try a heated blanket. This handy household item will make staying warm a lot easier.

Use that Old Wall Furnace

After you've warmed up with your favorite meal, cozy up to your wall furnace. Use this heating system to keep indoor areas warmer than they would otherwise be. Granted it only heats a small area, it can keep you comfortable. Most units are installed in the living room or a dining room area.

This heater will keep you cozy while you watch T.V. And if your gas version is just too old, update it and go for an electric one. This option is inexpensive and effective at the same time.

Invest in a Space Heater

We all know that the wall furnace doesn't keep every room in the house warm. If you get a space heater you can use it in the bedroom to stay warm. Wall furnaces have a short reach, supplement it with an electric space heater and you can feel comfortable.

An oil-filled radiator heater is a great way to build warmth in the bedroom and keep it that way. This heater keeps spreading warmth even after it shuts off, and with an adjustable thermostat it will turn on and off as set.

Try Central Heating

If you can afford it, invest in a central heating unit. This heating system requires extensive installation that can be costly; however, the benefit outweighs the cost. Central heating units are ideal because they keep the whole house warm.

And if you're trying to save money you can shut the vent in the room you're not using and heat only the rooms you want. Overall heating might be a little more expensive, just because of the cost of gas, but this heater is effective and will keep you comfortable.

Enjoy Soup of the Day and Other Warming Treats

The best part of winter is the food you can cook. Break out the Dutch oven, crock pot, or turn on the oven. Foods that were too hot to prepare in the summer are fabulous in the winter. Make cookies, prepare your favorite soup, or enjoy the best hot cocoa. This is a great way to get warm after sledding. Try the Ginger-Pumpkin Soup recipe below from Country Living.  

Ingredients

  • 2 cans (15-ounce) pumpkin puree
  • 3 cans (14 1/2-ounce) chicken broth
  • 1 can (11 1/2-ounce)pear nectar
  • 1/3 cups creamy peanut butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger root
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped green onion
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • ?? teaspoon salt
  • ?? teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • Toasted pumpkin seeds (optional)
  • Chopped chives (optional)

Preparation

  1. In a 6-quart saucepan, combine pumpkin puree, chicken broth, and pear nectar. Bring to a boil over high heat. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer 10 minutes.
  2. In a blender or the bowl of a food processor fitted with chopping blade, process 1 cup pumpkin mixture with peanut butter until smooth. Return to saucepan with the remaining pumpkin mixture. Add garlic, ginger root, green onion, lime juice, salt, and cayenne pepper; cook 10 minutes over medium heat.
  3. Divide soup among soup plates and garnish with pumpkin seeds and chives, if desired. Serve immediately.
    Woman enjoying hot drink
  4. Below is a recipe designed to tantalize your palate. Add a little flavor to your hot cocoa and follow the recipe below for Mexican hot cocoa.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 oz semi-sweet chocolate
  • 1 teaspoon panocha

Preparation

  1. Pour milk into a saucepan on medium heat.
  2. Combine cinnamon and vanilla and whisk.
  3. Using a mortar and pestle, grind a block of panocha into a fine powder, and whisk 1 teaspoon into the milk mixture.
  4. Rinse the mortar and pestle, then place the chocolate in the mortar and use the pestle to pound the chocolate into a powder. Add to milk mixture and whisk.
  5. Continue stirring until all of the chocolate has melted.
  6. Pour into your mug of choice and sip away.
  7. Try some adult cocoa and add a little bit of rum.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups milk
  • 3 1/2 oz bittersweet or semi-sweet hot chocolate
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons dark rum

Preparation

  1. Break chocolate into pieces.
  2. Combine chocolate, milk, cinnamon stick, honey and sugar in a saucepan and heat on low until chocolate is completely melted.
  3. Add vanilla and rum and whip with a whisk.
  4. Take out the cinnamon stick and pour into mugs.

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