So how goes your Fall Home Maintenance my friends? Have you finished raking your leaves? Did you clean out your eaves troughs? Has your lawn mower been put to bed? What about your outdoor taps? Are they turned off with hoses stored for the winter? Don’t feel bad if you haven’t got all those projects ticked off your list yet, but you might want to get on them soon. Even though the weather has been downright balmy, it looks like we’ve got snow expected in the long-range forecast. You might want to add putting snow tires on your vehicle to that list too!

So if snow is on the way (it’ll stick to the ground sooner or later people), what other tasks should you get accomplished before settling in for that long winter’s nap?

PREPARING FOR WINTER AROUND THE HOUSE

  • Pull your shovel out and place it somewhere handy for access for snow shovelling
  • Buy ice melt for your sidewalks (postal workers like it, as does the pizza delivery man)
  • Dig out your car brush, so its handy to scrape your windshield on cold winter mornings
  • Stock up on windshield washer fluid
  • Wrap any tender bushes or new trees to protect them from heavy snows
  • Place a boot drip tray beside your door to prevent puddles and the accompanying wet sock syndrome
  • Don’t forget to ensure smoke detectors are working properly and replace batteries as needed
  • REmove window screens and install storm windows if you have them
  • Put in an order of fire wood to enjoy a crackling fire on cold winter nights
  • Switch overhead fans to a clockwise direction so that they circulate warm air down towards the floor
  • Stock up on emergency preparation items, like bottled water, canned goods, extra blankets, extra batteries, candles and an emergency generator in case of power loss during winter storms
  • If you haven’t already, take time to get up those outdoor Christmas decorations, before you are decorating in sub-zero temperatures

After spending the day working outside, it sure is nice to come in for a some hot and tasty comfort food that is ready when you are. And there isn’t anything as big a comfort food as old-fashioned mac and cheese. This tasty addition to Crock Pot Corner comes from Moms Who Think. A big thank you for posting this recipe ladies! I’ll be enjoying it this weekend.

CROCK POT MACARONI & CHEESE

Macaroni and cheese in a white bowl.

Macaroni and cheese (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ingredients:

  • 1 (16 oz.) package macaroni, cooked & drained
  • 1 Tablespoon salad oil
  • 1 (13 oz.) can evaporated milk
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup melted butter

Directions:

Lightly grease Crock Pot. Toss macaroni and oil together and put in crock pot. Add all remaining ingredients. Stir, cover and cook on low 3 to 4 hours, stirring occasionally.

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