Are you ready for Winter?
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we're all busy getting ready for Thanksgiving and Christmas, "Old
Man Winter" is likely to sneak up on us. Are there things we should
be doing now to be prepared? Yes there are . . . and that's what
we're going to talk about in this newsletter! At our Econobusters
website a few weeks ago, Lisa guest-blogged about prepping her homestead for winter.
Do you live in the sunny south? That's no reason to click this
newsletter down. There will be information and links you can use too!
this time of the year I also make sure to assemble a
winter-weather-emergency kit in both our vehicles. You can find my
checklist in the January 2009 Digest,
or do an online search to compile a list of your own.
weather is on its way! I'm taking a little time this week to get
our nest and wheels ready. It's a much better plan than scrambling
and being caught unprepared when that first snow or frost arrives!
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Recipe of the Week
Since we are talking about preparing our homes for the winter
months, I thought it would be a good idea to include a recipe for
preparing our bodies for winter also. I don' t know about you, but we
have already been dealing with colds, viruses, etc., so building up
everyone's immune system has been weighing on my mind. Rather than get
caught without the soup we need in the midst of illness, why don't we
spend some time building up those systems so they can withstand the
harshness of the winter cold and flu season better?
I was recently at my local health food store and I was talking
with one of the associates who just did a training on this very topic,
and together we came up with this recipe. She told me that mushrooms
are now known to help build the immune system, so if your family enjoys
those, add more mushrooms to this recipe. It could only help. And just
a quick note: adding the last half of the garlic, the parsley, and the
lemon juice at the end and letting it steep like tea helps to add more
health benefits to this soup. I hope it helps you!
This soup can be quadrupled and made ahead of time, frozen, and
simply thawed and reheated as needed. I packed mine into quart size
storage bags so that I have just enough for a couple of servings at a
time. This way I don't use it all too quickly.
2 large cartons (32 oz/ea.) of either chicken broth or mushroom broth
2 yellow onions
8-20 cloves of garlic, divided
4 carrots, peeled and sliced thin
4 stalks celery, sliced thick
8-16 fresh mushrooms, sliced thin (try Crimini or Shiitake for more immune power)
2-6 Tablespoons fresh grated ginger root
6 Tablespoons chopped, fresh parsley
2-4 Tablespoons lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste
Bring all to boil, reserving half the garlic, all the parsley, and
the lemon juice. Reduce the heat to a simmer for about 20 minutes or
until the veggies are tender.
Remove pot from heat and stir in remaining ingredients and let
them steep, covered for about five to ten minutes, like you would for
tea. Cool slightly and serve, or cool completely and then store in bags
and place in your freezer for later use. Enjoy with health!
Insulate Your Pipes
One of the worst things you can do during the winter is let your pipes freeze. I went through this a couple of years ago, and it cost us a lot more money than it would have if we would have taken the time to insulate our pipes for the winter. It was because of my ignorance on how to insulate them, that we did nothing.
The DIY Network has a video and a step-by-step process on how to winterize those water pipes. To keep you from having the same problem that I did, I have included the link HERE for you to watch the video and learn how to keep your pipes from freezing!
Photo courtesy of DIY Network
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