Baby, It’s Cold Outside
From cozy fireplaces to hearty soups, here are the best ways to stay warm in the Deep South.
The 2022-23 winter season has just begun, and it’s predicted that it’s about to get even colder, especially in the Deep South. According to the latest weather forecasts, the weather will be colder than normal through Christmas and into the New Year. Most people associate winter with fever and colds, but the cooler temperatures actually bring some health benefits, too. Not only can the cold help to alleviate allergies, but it also boosts your body’s ability to burn calories. However, too much of a good thing can be detrimental to anyone’s well-being, so staying warm and preparing your home for winter should always be a priority.
Get the Most Out of Your Fireplace
When cold weather hits, you’ll want to keep your home as warm as possible without running up your utility bill. Pets should be protected from the cold, too, so make sure to keep them inside where they’ll be safe and warm. One way to do that is to make the most out of your fireplace.
Many older homes in Mississippi, Louisiana and South Carolina still have wood-burning fireplaces to keep warm during the winter. To get more warmth from it, only use dry and well-seasoned logs. It’s also important to clean out the fireplace and the chimney before the start of the winter season for safety and to consistently have a hot, clean-burning fire. You should also use a damper to control the amount of air that flows out of the chimney.
Decorate for Warmth and Coziness
Apart from decorating for the winter holidays, it’s also essential to create a feeling of warmth and coziness when beautifying your home for the season. Swap out sheer drapes for heavier curtains to prevent cold air from seeping through tiny gaps in windows, and install door draft stoppers to the main door.
Also, when redecorating your space, combine warm colors like woodsy brown, golden yellow, crimson and rust with wintry ones like emerald green, navy blue and white to create a cozy vibe. You should also place some soft rugs on the floor, a few throw blankets on couches and chairs and some scented candles on tables to make your space feel warm and inviting.
Serve Hot and Nourishing Foods
Winter is the best time to eat healthy, warming foods that will give you nourishment and comfort. Stews are easy enough to make since everything is cooked in one pot, and you can add any type of meat and vegetables that you like. Try making Brunswick Stew, a chicken and sausage gumbo or old-fashioned chicken noodle soup. You can also make thick, hearty soups and pair them with some freshly baked bread. Consider making onion soup, broccoli and cheese soup, potato soup with some cheddar cheese or pumpkin soup. Meanwhile, hot pasta dishes are also excellent choices since they’re filling and can help to keep you warm.