web analytics
May 29, 2015 / 11 Sivan, 5775
At a Glance
Sections
Sponsored Post


Staying Warm, On the Cheap

Eller-100512

Touch your electrical outlets and light switches and see if you can feel any cold air coming in. If so, head to your nearest home improvement store where you will find inexpensive covers that fit behind the cover plate in order to block the cold. If your air conditioner spends the year living in your window, make sure to cover the vents to keep the cold air outside, where it belongs.

While I am not a big fan of candles since I am always worried that something will catch fire, feel free to head to the kitchen and pull out your favorite cookbooks. Remember how hot your kitchen got in the summer when you were using your oven? Play that to your advantage and delight your family with freshly baked bread, cake, cookies, kugels or anything else that strikes your fancy. Or pull out a big pot or two and start making soups and stews. Not only will they warm everyone from the inside out, but the added heat from cooking will be a welcome fringe benefit.

When all else fails? Take those freshly baked cookies, cook up some hot cider and invite a group of friends over to enjoy the goodies. The extra body heat from all your invited guests will raise the ambient temperature in the room, keeping everyone warm and toasty!

Other ideas, some new fangled and some old fashioned? Consider an electric blanket. A Snuggie. Hot water bottles. For a totally bizarre yet novel idea, bake two small potatoes and keep them in your pockets to use as hand warmers. (Refrigerate them when you are done and find a way to use them the next day in your meals. After all, we wouldn’t want to waste perfectly good potatoes, now would we?) Keep a stash of fleece blankets handy to use as throws. Fill a sock with rice, microwave it until warm and tuck it under your blanket to warm your bed. Buy some long undies, layer up and drink lots of hot beverages.

Still feeling a chill in the air? All these years later, my mother’s words of wisdom still echo in my ears.

“Go put on a sweater!”

Sandy Eller is a freelance writer who has written for various websites, newspapers, magazines and private clients in addition to having written song lyrics and scripts for several full scale productions. She can be contacted at sandyeller1@gmail.com.

About the Author: Sandy Eller is a freelance writer who writes for numerous websites, newspapers, magazines and many private clients. She can be contacted at sandyeller1@gmail.com.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

No Responses to “Staying Warm, On the Cheap”

Comments are closed.

Current Top Story
What's happened to NYC's Celebrate Israel Parade?
Israel Rejects as ‘False’ UJA Federation’s Claims about Israel Parade ‘Inclusion’
Latest Sections Stories
Respler-logo-NEW

When I complain, she tells me it is retail therapy.

West-Coast-logo

Tal Dimenstein has been selected to present her ELI Talk about Appreciation during this year’s conference in Chicago.

How is it possible that some of our people cannot see what I see, the miracle of the existence of the state of Israel?

Birobidzhan railway station sign is the world’s only one spelling the town’s name in Yiddish letters

She’s seen as a poster child for The Jewish Home’s efforts to reach beyond its Orthodox base.

Girls don’t usually learn Gemara. Everyone knows that.

Mordechai and his men shared a strong mutual loyalty.

“Can I wear tefillin in the bathroom?” That was the question US Private Nuchim Lebensohn wrote to Mike Tress, president of the Agudath Israel Youth Council, in a letter dated November 18, 1942. Lebensohn was not your typical young American GI. Polish by birth, he was forty-three years old and married when he was drafted […]

To what extent is your child displaying defiance?

This therapist kept focusing on how “I could do better,” never on how we could make the marriage work.

Mistrust that has lingered after the fiasco in Ferguson, Missouri, has edged the issue forward.

“The observance of a kosher diet is a key tenet of Judaism, and one which no state has the right to deny,” said Nathan Diament, executive director for public policy of the Orthodox Union.

More Articles from Sandy Eller
Justin Zemser, a”h

“…his neshamah reached out to us to have the zechus of Torah learning to take with him on his final journey.”

Food-Talk---Eller-logo

It’s hard not to be intrigued by recipes with names like Thanksgiving Stuffing Soup, Braised Chicken with Rhubarb Gravy and Vidalia Onion Fritters with Sambal Yogurt Dip.

A graduate of Rhode Island’s Johnson & Wales College of Culinary Arts, the very personable Massin came to NoBo with both a solid education and years of experience at Mike’s Bistro and The Prime Grill.

For all their deliciousness, frozen beverages do not stand the test of time well, as any ice or frozen fruit thickening your drink will melt into a watery mess.

“People who never buy cookbooks are getting this one,” said Victoria. “They read it cover to cover and find it so interesting.”

It goes without saying that when it comes to your kids, safety is always your number one priority.

While we are all accustomed to the occasional recipe substitutions – swapping milk for creamer, applesauce for oil – gluten-free cooking is a whole different ballgame.

Kitchen surfing is a unique concept that brings professional chefs to your home to prepare a meal in your own kitchen.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/sections/magazine/potpourri/staying-warm-on-the-cheap/2012/10/05/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: