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post #41 of 113
Oh reallllllyyyyy? Just how close is close, Joan? One of my idols? Right down the street?
post #42 of 113
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Originally Posted by Red
Frog-I dry the leeks in my dehydrator, just slice them and throw them in. I LOVE my dehydrator! I used to dry apple slices over the wood stove.
Bah. I don't have a dehydrator...maybe I'll try them on low in the oven. It's just too warm for potato leek soup and I have all these leeks from the CSA...if anyone can give me drying-leeks-in-the-oven tips, I'm all ears...eyes...something.
post #43 of 113
I have been consuming massive quantities of food. I will hibernate through the winter, and emerge from my den in the spring.
post #44 of 113
Wow. You people are amazing. Briss...didn't know you were a black bear
post #45 of 113
I am in SoCal, so there is not much to do except;
  • put away the summer bed spread and sheets and get out the flannel sheets and down filled comforters.
  • clean out the heater and filter and get the gas line checked.
  • clean out the gutters, clean out the chimney, and cover the turbines
  • put in new lawn
post #46 of 113
Thread Starter 
Hmmm, HB, I hadn't thought of just eating heavy now and sleeping all winter! Good idea.


Oh, yeah, the kids, that's why I'll have to console myself with food all winter!

Frog, I think teh oven will work fine. I'd set it on low and watch them, they split into rings and dried pretty quickly.

StephenandOwen, I wish I were closer! I'd love to get more apples! I'm going to have to pay to pick them at the pick-your-own place. Maybe our trees will be old enough to produce next year!

When I'm overwhelmeed with apples, I make tons of apple sauce, spread it out on a plastic tray in my dehydrator and make it into fruit roll-ups. My kids love it, they're friends wanted to buy it! And it's soooo healthy sompared to the jusk they usually want to buy!

Irish, good luck on your house!

Justice2, crafts are great in winter! A family jigsaw puzzle is always popular here. Stock up on popcorn and cocoa!

Anyone have an awesome make-your-own-cocoa recipe?

Shantimama, we don't have a furnace and heat our house on about 4 cord a year. WE only have an old living room size stove in our basement, but the heat rises, and we stay toasty! We do have a small, portable electric radiator that we stick in the laundry room if it's going to be bitterly cold, so the pipes don't freeze.

I HATE dealing with clothes, winter or summer. Ugh!

Crochet? Did someone say crochet? I want to crochet my dd magnificent afgan for her wedding, I have a good year or two, no rush. ELowyn would you know of any great places to find patterns? It's so cozy to make a blanket in the winter! And crochet is easy to learn if Justice2 needs another craft idea.

Raynbow, god idea, I always forget to dowater, and we lose ours when we lose electricity. (mmmmmm, you can never have too much PB. Cookies anyone? WIth that cocoa?)
post #47 of 113
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Originally Posted by Mom4tot
Oooh, good luck with that! I bet it's closer to me


It's not haunted, is it?
About half an hour closer!

I have no idea if it's haunted or not, though I had a dream that we were all in the front hall (including the realtor), and I said out loud "If there's anyone else here, please leave", and there was a huge gust of wind right past us, and the door swung open.

I think I watch too many movies.
post #48 of 113
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Originally Posted by Hilary Briss
I have been consuming massive quantities of food. I will hibernate through the winter, and emerge from my den in the spring.
I wish I could do that!
post #49 of 113
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Originally Posted by Red
Anyone have an awesome make-your-own-cocoa recipe?
Alton Brown has one that I gave to my mom a few years ago, she loves it and uses it all the time. Will have to see where I put the recipe

For making applesauce we just wash, cut the apples in half, stick them in a huge pot with a bit of water, cook them down. We then run them through a folly food mill wich removes seeds and can. Thats it very easy We do about 8+ qrts at a time. Its saves us $2 something a jar.

I was reading in one of the Reiman magazines and somebody figured up all the canning and freezing they do and then compared it to buying at a store. The store would cost them $250 a month at the least and thats just cheap brands. Canning cost them $14 a month. Thats seeds, canning supplies, electricity for canning freezing and all that good stuff.
post #50 of 113
We canned a gazillion jars of applesauce, green beans, wax beans, and peaches. We froze about 80 ears of the most delicious corn, and stocked up on baking goods and of course peanut butter. Last year I did a great job stocking the freezer with the once a month type meals but I'm not sure if I have the energy this year, and we are trying to eat more vegetarian anyways.

Oh, we put in new windows! Happy dance!

The whole boot, properly fitting jacket business always makes me insane, and I always put it off. I seriously dislike winter gear. It is all wet and stinky and EVERYWHERE, then nowhere when you need it, and the damn mittens take up with one another and run away leaving their twin behind, and the boots shrink, and AGH! Winter, make it stop, make it stop. When will it be spring?
post #51 of 113
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Originally Posted by Red
And a tip from someone who knows? Spend money on BOOTS. Get Sorrels. THey're a bit pricey, esp for the kids. Start looking now. THey are the only thing that keeps your toes from frezing off. They last years and years, so the kids can pass them down.
Red, do you get these locally or online?
post #52 of 113
Red, I can crochet washcloths! My 10 year old dd taught me *insert proud smilie*
post #53 of 113
I gotta learn how to can...

Funny thing is, I moved from Colorado to Oregon...it is pretty dang temperate here, compared to the below zero temps wegot in Colorado.

I am pretty sure I am not going to need quite as much prep as I did there. :LOL

But you know - after 30 years of snow and cold...hard to change gears.

Although - Portland did have an ice storm that shut down the city for two days....

I want a garden where I can have my own veggies. Course I want a house of my own where I can paint the walls and get new windows that don't leak air.:LOL
post #54 of 113
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Originally Posted by momto l&a
For making applesauce we just wash, cut the apples in half, stick them in a huge pot with a bit of water, cook them down. We then run them through a folly food mill wich removes seeds and can. Thats it very easy
That's exactly how we do it too

Adina- Canning is pretty easy If anything- it's a bit time consuming, but worth it in the end. This is my first year canning and I've been really impressed so far.
post #55 of 113
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Briss...didn't know you were a black bear
Yeppers, you got it.
post #56 of 113
Red - my only patterns are for knitting - I tried crochet, and it failed miserably, but I knitting.

That reminds me: need to stock up on sweet corn while it's still at the store and freeze a bunch for winter. mmmmm.
post #57 of 113
Thread Starter 
I get the boots locally. Shoe stores, not Payless, but the real stores, usually have them, as do the smaller privately owned department stores, and I think JC Penneys.

Yo, Adina! COme on over to my think yourself rich, beautiful, etc thread. You can think your way to a better home!

Justice2, what a smart kid! I tried but made them from yarn. Yuck. What do you use?

Hey, can you freeze corn on the cob?????? How?

Elowyn, you can knit but not crochet? Sheesh, knitting is wayyyyy harder!


I need to stock up on flannel so we can make new PJ bottoms. My kids will make their own. Keeps 'em busy!
post #58 of 113
Freezing corn on the cob is easy! I just put the shucked ears in cold water, bring to a boil, turn off the heat & leave them on the hot burner (electric - gas would just turn down very low?) and leave it for 2-3 mins. Then cool in ice water, pat dry, freezer bag. Easy peasy.

No idea why knitting "works" and crochet doesn't. Just my weirdness, obviously.
post #59 of 113
We've started to winterize, heres what we've done so far:

Bought 1/4 beef, this should last us all winter and maybe into early summer
Put plastic over windows, in certain rooms
Caulked outside of house where any cold air might get in
Working on slowly adding insulation
Washed all of my winter sweaters, really is a lot harder than it sounds
Got out our storage tub of winter clothes and am packing away our summer clothes
Washed winter coats and got scarves, hats, mittens and stuff ready so we know where it is
Got the garden cleaned out and tilled, except for my pumpkins
Dh is installing baseboard heat in a few rooms in our house that I like to keep a little warmer, then he will take all of our baseboard heat along with our dryer and put them on a seperate electrical panel that we can put on "off peak" to get a much lower electrical rate
DH is also installing a really big outside light to mount in the peak of our garage that will be much brighter, this will make it way easier when blowing open the driveway at night
Got emergency car kits ready, Coffee can, candle, energy bars, chocolate, flashlight, flares, couple of blankets, bottle water
post #60 of 113
Winter clothes shopping, but that's about it.
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